Well, I am FINALLY back to blogging, after not posting anything for over 3 months. You see, wedding planning is almost like a second full time job, so I had no choice but to neglect my blog. I still cooked great vegan food, however didn’t document much of it. But I do have a backlog of things to post, so I’ll be working on that.
So now I’m a Mrs!! We had an amazing wedding and the hard work did pay off…
After the wedding we went on a honeymoon in South America. It was such an amazing way to unwind after over a year of wedding planning, and to start off our lives as husband and wife. Our trip went something like this: Quito, Ecuador then the Galapagos Islands, back to Quito, then to Otavalo, then back to Quito, and then sadly back home. We definitely could have spent more time in South America; it was an amazing place to visit.
I could go on and on with stories of our adventures, however this is a food blog and I wanted to focus on our experience as two vegan travelers on another continent. Overall, we ate very well and didn’t have many issues. It just took a little effort.
I could tell you being prepared is key, however we were not really prepared for this trip. We didn’t have much time to spare with the wedding planning, so we kind of winged it, but it all worked out. A couple of tools we picked up along the way became very handy – our Lonely Planet guide book we picked up at the airport, and an English/Spanish speaking stranger we met who wrote out a list of “no’s” of what we do not eat as vegans. The guide book listed some vegetarian restaurants and Spanish phrases, and the list clearly defined what we didn’t want to consume in our meals. The list went as follows – no queso, no leche, no huevos, no mantequilla, no carne, no pollo, no pescado. Now try to repeat that one! In Ecuador, meat means only pork or beef – chicken is chicken, and fish is fish. They also don’t know the term dairy, so you have to list cheese, butter, and milk. So it was good to be as clear as possible!
The airlines were an issue. But who ever has a good experience with airlines? We were not fed a single vegan meal as we requested. We ended up being so hungry on the way there that we broke down and ate a vegetarian meal with cheese and probably eggs. But we lived…although I will be sending an angry email to said airline very soon. We learned after this experience and brought a ton of snacks on each flight afterwards.
Eating in Ecuador was quite inexpensive! Our first meal we had was lunch, which only cost us $2.50 US each. We came across a vegetarian Asian restaurant not far from our hotel.
Not bad for $2.50 – cabbage slaw, rice, veggie mix, soup, lentils, popcorn, and fresh juice!
It was delicious and we were stuffed!
We went to the grocery store often to fill up on snacks. Ecuadorians do seem to like their meat, eggs and dairy, but it seemed they eat more variety and less processed foods than in Canada/USA.
An example of one of the snack bounties we picked up – sweet potato and plantain chips, peanuts, dark chocolate.
When we visited the Galapagos Islands, we basically lived off a boat so we were served all our meals on the boat. We of course requested our vegan meals when we booked the trip, and they happily accommodated this. The chef did a great job and we ate a lot.
For breakfast it was always lots of fruit, toast with jam, granola, coffee and fresh juice. One of my favorite things about eating in Ecuador is that they always had fresh juice. It was so delicious! I never want to drink juice from a box again. Also, our dessert was always fresh fruit. Here is a fruit salad we had for dessert:
Here are some more of the meals we ate on board the boat:
Rice, veggie/potato mix, salad with cucumber and hearts of palm, fried potato & onion patty (so yummy!)
Plantains, cabbage salad with avocado, potato cake with peanut sauce, rice
A part of one of my fav meals on the boat. This avocado tasted marinated in lime juice or maybe in the salsa itself. The whole thing was tasty and filling.
Okay, I just had to share a pic of a visitor to our boat (we also got to snorkel with them and I love these creatures!)
And now eats in Quito:
Fresh pineapple juice, YUM!
Fresh bread and jam. They also have amazing jam flavors in Ecuador!
We made a couple visits here, their food was amazing!
Breakfast at Manantial – fruit bowl with granola, coffee with soy milk…
…and fresh blackberry and passionfruit juice!
More Manantial eats…this was sooo good! Appetizer – spicy mushroom and zuchhini mix with garlic bread.
My dinner pick: salad, avocado, potato cakes, fried tofu, vegan chorizo sausage.
My hubby’s choice, vegan burger. It was wheat based, so probably seitan, and he said it was probably the best burger he’s had!
On to El Maple in Quito:
Vegan burrito. They removed the cheese and topped it with this red sauce instead. Yum!
My husband said this wasn’t as good as it looked, unfortunately.
And now on to Otavalo, a more rural city about 2 hours outside Quito.
These were awesome nachos loaded with good stuff!
Bean burrito filled with mostly the same thing as the nachos had.
The best guacamole I’ve ever had!
Our hostel just outside Otavalo was amazing. If you ever go here, I highly recommend staying here at the Hosteria Rose Cottage. Some reasons:
Our cozy little accommodations at Rose Cottage. Not your typical hostel!
Beautiful, peaceful place to chill.
One of the friends hanging around the hostel.
We showed up to Hosteria Rose Cottage with no reservation. They didn’t speak much English but happily cooked us vegan dishes that were wonderful! We only got a couple nights there but wished we could have stayed for weeks.
Wow, that was quite the post! I hope you all enjoyed it and I hope it will help you eat wonderful vegan food when you travel.