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Charleston, SC

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

Scott & I spent the weekend in Charleston, SC for his 10th Citadel reunion. It was the first time I was back in Charleston since our wedding and since I was vegan. 

Although the South--and especially Charleston, is known for its hospitality, I had to wonder how hospitable it would be to some rather picky vegans from New York City.

Turns out the South has charm even for the vegans. Three of the restaurants we visited, Caviar & BananasFish and Mellow Mushroom, had vegan options on the menu. (C&B actually had a vegan sandwich called "Herbivore" which I just *had* to order). Then, Coleman Public House had vegetarian items aplenty (that were easily adaptable to be vegan) and even Wild Wings (a famous wing house) bent over backwards to create two vegan dishes we could eat! (p.s. I think my idea to put their famous BBQ sauce (that's vegan!) over some fries was pure genius! It was like eating the wings again but without the cruelty and cholesterol!)

I also found this little gem that was vegan, too:

A Charleston Sweet Tea Vodka Martini. 

And we enjoyed one of our most beloved Southern foods which are naturally vegan---boiled peanuts! 

Here are some photos from the Citadel reunion: 

Inside the barracks Scott lived in (the checkered floor is called the "Quad")

Scott (in blue) saluting his company as they passed by during parade.

Our beach house--quite the spacious change from our NYC studio!

Also, here, Scott & I are sitting at the exact table, in the exact seats, where we met almost seven years ago. It was purely accidental that we ended up at this restaurant (we'd ducked in to get out of the rain and suddenly realized where we were). When the hostess asked us if we wanted to stay for a drink, and we saw that our table was open, we sat and savored the seven years we've been together. It was a fine start to a memorial trip.

Going back was indeed interesting. It feels as though we lived there many lifetimes ago. I suppose it is true, then, that life does indeed change you and with each passing moment, you are a new and slightly different person.

Thank you, Herbies!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

In my anniversary post I touched on how Happy Herbivore would not be where it was today without you -- without the support and press of bloggers, friends and fans of Happy Herbivore. I am so grateful for your efforts and today I'm sharing a few blog posts about HH recipes written by HH's fan... enjoy!

Keri at I Eat Trees made HH's brown rice pudding (that is her awesome picture) and HH's zucchini muffins (we all need more zucchini in our life!). Plus, Lindsey of Eat Read Run also rocked the pudding! 

Ms. Sarah at See Sarah Eat rocked HH's meatloaf (and her photog makes me wish I wasn't allergic to broccoli!) while Gabrielle at Oh Just Gabbin' made HH's mac n' cheese gluten-free! 

Next, my girl Megan (Sweeton) of Sweet On made HH's single-serving brownie (and her pic makes me want one....NOW!) while my good friend Danielle of It Starts with Me inspired us with HH's Apple Crisp Muffins during her plastic-free week!

Then Kendel of Eating Abroad adapted one of my fave recipes: HH's Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (doesn't her picture make you want to lick the computer screen) and  Mary of Risen Loaf/Rooted Faith turned HH's famed black bean brownies into a pie! 

and still more delicious food porn and black bean brownie love from Katey of Bonne Sante and Tyffanie of La Chilenguita.

Plus Anu of Baking Adventures of Vicki and Maiis making me hungry for HH's cheesecake while Emily of AnEmily's Vegan Adventure makes me want to whip up another personal fave:  HH's teriyaki chickpeas!

Still more tasty StephORama of Veg Fort Worth baked up a batch of HH's cinnamon buns and Steffers of Thoughts of Life and Dark Chocolate admits to being addicted to HH's Red Lentil Dal! 

Lastly, J & J of Sketch Free Vegan added a pear-spin on HH's blueberry oatmeal muffins while Sarah S. of Ordinary Vegetarian rocked HH's quiche (pictured).

Memorable HH Recipes

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Holiday

In light of HH's 4th Birthday, this week's Top 10 Tuesday names the recipes I'm most sentimental about...and why!

1. Blueberry Crisp - this was one of my earliest published recipes and it's still a fave!

2. Chickpea Tacos - my first invention! I remember the night I created this recipe. I was starving and the only thing I had on hand was a can of chickpeas and taco shells. Add homemade taco seasoning and voila! Who knew chickpea tacos could be so awesome?

3. Red Lentil Dal - my first experience with preparing Indian food. Right after we moved to Los Angeles, we found a vegan Indian restaurant near our apartment. It was the first time I'd ever had Indian food and I was in love at first bite. The restaurant also had a small store where I picked up a bag of tiny red things called lentils. I had no idea what they were at the time, but I was eager to experiment with them...they were just so cute and red... The result? Wow. Red Lentil Dal, where have you been all my life?

4. Carrot Cake Cupcakes - Never underestimate my love for carrot cake! I created these cupcakes (my first wholesome, fat-free dessert) for my first veganniversary...just a few months after Happy Herbivore was born!

5. Black Bean Brownies - the day I posted this recipe, I half expected everyone to shudder in horror. I had no idea these brownies would take over the Internet by storm! To this day, this is my most searched for and visited recipe here on happyherbivore.com!

6. Sweet Potato Muffins - a lesson that sometimes a wild idea ends up most delicious!

7. Teriyaki Chickpeas - another 'invention' and perhaps the recipe I am most proud of. (It's also in my top 5 of all time!)

8. Butter Bean Cookies - I put beans in cookies. 'Nuff said.

9. Vegetarian Delight - the first vegan meal I served to skeptical omni's. It was a huge success!

10. Cinnamon Buns - my first dreamer recipe. I woke up one morning hungry for a cinnamon bun and wondering if I could make one that's vegan, fat-free and whole-wheat... well, lets just say this recipe dared me to dream big!