This spring I’ve been #blessed enough to do a bit of traveling. #hashtag #poundsign #travelbug #travelearthworm
I generally keep the blog to recipes and random anecdotes, but I thought I would experiment with including some details of my trips in case anyone is planning some visits and would like tips on what to do in these places (vegan or otherwise). My tips for traveling relatively cheaply are pretty straightforward: stay with people you know and/or couchsurf and/or find inexpensive Airbnbs; eat meals at home when you can, so that you can splurge on drinks and meals at night (haaaay box of cereal and almond milk for breakfast and lunch); book flights early and use Hipmunk to find deals OR road trip and get people to chip in for gas; travel domestically! I think the US is a fabulous place to travel. If you don’t believe me, read here, here, here, here, here and here.
In March, I went to Charleston, South Carolina for a long weekend with my mom. Some people might find five days nonstop with their mom to be their own personal hell, but I like my mom, so it was fun. My personal hell is the DMV, but I will likely get to that in another post.
While in Charleston, we ate at a bunch of great places, including: Xiao Bao Biscuit (get the Mapo Doufu– spiiiicy), Hominy Grill (everything comes with boiled peanuts!), Co, and Dellz Uptown. We stayed in an Airbnb, which definitely enhanced the feeling of being a local for a few days. With that in mind, I randomly found myself with a ticket to a Shakey Graves concert at the Charleston Music Hall and went to two yoga classes at a great local studio. I am trying to adopt this style of travel (hypnotizing yourself to believe you’re a local so you can skip all the tourist traps) because I think you get a lot more out of it. That said, we did hit some historic house tours, Magnolia Plantation, and the Charleston Museum, which were all super interesting. A lot of Civil War facts came flooding back from 8th grade, and I ain’t mad.
Continuing on our vague tour of the South, in early May we hit up New Orleans for my cousin Jasper’s wedding. The wedding was pretty perfect. They served champagne and potato chips at the reception and had a brass band come play, so obviously things got funky. For eats, we hit up Dat Dog (they have vegetarian and vegan dogs, plus SO MANY TOPPING OPTIONS), Mat and Naddie’s (ignore the Comic Sans on their website, the food is great), Maurepas Foods in the Bywater (1-2 veg options, but very good drinks), and Vietnamese food from Mint. We were fairly consumed with wedding and family things, but made time for walks around the Garden District and stopped by the French Quarter.
Last but not least, this Memorial Day weekend Ben and I shot up to Portland and Boothbay Harbor, Maine for a little getaway. Portland is SO COOL. We stayed at another fabulous Airbnb for one night (I really do adore them) and with Ben’s family for the next two. We borrowed bikes to explore downtown and had time to visit a handful of spots: LFK for drinks, Pai Men Miyake for some damn fly ramen, The Bearded Lady’s Jewel Box for more drinks and somewhat creepy times, Local Sprouts for breakfast (lots o’ vegan options), and always a stop at the Co-op. Up in Boothbay Harbor we grabbed our first cones of the summer (my blueberry sorbet tasted like sweet, sweet summer in my mouth). We spent the rest of the weekend hanging out at the rocky beach and pretending the water temp wasn’t actually 15 degrees.
That’s all I’ve got! If you have any questions hit me up. Where are you traveling next?