Sorry I have been M.I.A. for a while. My husband, Kyle and I decided to move from Asheville, N.C. to Bellingham, WA.
Kyle found Bellingham, WA and we have fallen in love! We have been searching for a place that we can call home and I think we have found it:) Bellingham has easy access to outdoor opportunities in the San Juan Islands and North Cascades as well as proximity to Seattle and Vancouver. 80,000 people live here. It is not too small or too big. We love where we live in the city. We are about a mile from the bay and we try to see the sunset every night. We also live close to Sehome Arboretum which is a forested hill with many trails. The Arboretum borders Western Washington University. We also have access to an amazing trail system. Kyle and I have both gotten back into running. I am starting slow but hope to get better. We also love the fact that we live close to two lakes: Lake Padden and Lake Whatcom. You are able to swim in both. Bellingham seems to be a pretty vegan friendly place with many asian restaurants and restaurants that have many vegan option. Rocket Donuts even has vegan donuts. A woman who lives here has a blog called Vegan in Bellingham! We are both very happy and excited to start a new chapter in our lives!
We drove 3,000 miles to get to Bellingham, WA. We packed all of our things into our Honda Accord and set off on July 31st. We drove through Knoxville, Nashville, St. Louis, Kansas City, Topeka, and arrived in Denver. We visited with my parents for awhile in Denver. We then drove to Rock Springs and spent some time visiting Kyle’s family. We then drove through Idaho Falls, Missoula, Coeur d’Alene, and Spokane.
Vegan food along the way:
Kyle and I wanted to see if we could eat bananas every day. We ate 20 bananas every day. It only lasted about 2 days! We just got sick of bananas. My vegan travel advice is to shop at grocery stores along the way. We enjoyed getting fresh produce, hummus and bread/chips, Bolthouse Farms juices, cereal, and dried fruits like raisins. Subways are also an okay option. Just make sure you get a vegan bread. All of their breads are vegan EXCEPT their Flatbread, Italian Herbs and Cheese, Monterey Cheddar, and Parmesan Oregano. We also stopped at a Qdoba. The following is vegan: black beans, pinto beans, fajita vegetables, grilled vegetables, potatoes, tortillas, salsas, guacomole and their cilantro lime rice. I found this information on the blog, Vegan Restaurants Master List. You can also go to their website.
We also ate out occassionally.
Denver: Watercourse Foods and Chipotle
My parents took us to Watercourse foods for our wedding anniversary. We had been to City O’ City in Denver but I think Watercourse is the best vegan restaurant I have been to in Denver. We enjoyed their seitan buffalo wings. They ask you if you want buffalo, teriyaki, or BBQ sauce. If you can’t decide they can make half with one sauce and the other half with the other sauce:) Kyle had the Country Fried Seitan. He loved it and said it tasted just like Chicken Fried Steak. I had the Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos which were amazing.
We went to Chipotle to meet up with my friend Amber. You should avoid the pinto beans because they are cooked with a small amount of bacon.
Fort Collins: Beau Jo’s
We met up with my Uncle and sister in Fort Collins and went to Beaujo’s for my birthday. Beau Jo’s is a pizza place. They offer dairy free mozzarella and a variety of vegetables and fruit like pineapple, scallions, tofu, and artichoke hearts. The gluten-free crust is vegan if you don’t eat honey.
Rock Springs: Applebee’s and Bonsai
We went to Applebee’s with Kyle’s parents and sister. Kyle and I both had the Oriental Chicken Salad without the chicken.
We celebrated my birthday by going to Bonsai. We had the Kung Pao Tofu and Tofu Vegetable Soup. It was excellent.
Coeur d’Alene: Bonsai
We were happy to find a Bonsai here! We had the Kung Pao Tofu here as well. However, the portions are a lot smaller and it is more expensive.
I am excited to do more with the website so keep checking back!!!