Glamping, Zion and Hikes

October 2017 I hope you enjoyed the Glamping, Zion and Hikes video I made!  I went for my friend Jasmin’s bachelorette celebration and it was the best bachelorette party ever! UNDER CANVAS GLAMPING This was my first time glamping and it was a memorable experience. We flew into Las Vegas, rented a van and drove …

WHAT TO DO IN OJAI

July 2017

Our weekend getaway to Ojai was completely rejuvenating. With less than a two hour drive from Los Angeles, it is a hidden gem, filled with history, healing natural hot springs and a great eco-friendly community.  Farmers markets, hikes, Rose Valley Falls and Los Padres National Park can also be found in Ojai.

History of Ojai

Ojai was named after the Indian term meaning “Moon.” The Chumash Native Americans originally inhabited the area. Today, the community is comprised of organic farmers and people dedicated to healthy living. It is known as sacred land as well as for its crops such as oranges, olive oil and wine.

Farmers Market

They have farmers markets mainly on Sundays, which sell fresh fruits and veggies, local jam, walnut/olive oil and more. We tried their fresh sprouts, ate them raw with some hummus and chips, which was delicious!

Accomodation

We decided to stay at an AirBnb.  The house was beautiful, very welcoming, bright and cozy. We had a private room with a shared bathroom. Very clean and accommodating. There was also a pool, jacuzzi and tv outside on the patio, yes!

Los Padres National Park

Rose Valley Falls can be found in the Los Padres National park and is covered with lush moss. It reminded me a bit of Oneonta Gorge in Oregon. This 300-foot waterfall is located on the west end of the Topatopa Mountains of the national park. Although there wasn’t a lot of water gushing from the falls, it was still, very serene and beautiful to experience. It was a short easy hike to the falls, about 20 minutes more or less. I felt the misty water from the falls, fall onto my face and skin, which was refreshing after soaking in the hot springs.

Ecotopia Natural Hot Springs

Ecotopia natural hot springs are said to have healing powers. If you are lucky enough to find this hidden gem, be sure to explore the community sustainable gardens.  The scent of eggs filled the air, that distinct sulphur smell. This scent was much more potent than the blue lagoon in Iceland. The different pools ranged in temperature, from hot to warm.

A cold creek flowed nearby, surrounded by trees.  Dipping back and forth from the hot to the cold was both invigorating and relaxing.  At the end of the creek was a small waterfall, which provided the zen sound of running, flowing, healing water.

Also don’t be alarmed but there may be naked people at the springs as swimsuits are optional.

FOOD

If you are in the area be sure to check out Hip Vegan for some delicious vegan food!

This bomb BBQ coconut bacon vegan burger was so tasty!! One of the best vegan burgers i’ve ever had!

The vegan reuben sandwich was busting with flavor despite its lack of color lol. One of the best vegan reuben sandwiches as well!

The South Indian Dal soup was also bursting with texture and flavor. This place does really good with making my taste buds dance, so good!

For dessert, this vegan vanilla ice cream affogato topped with cacao nibs was absolutely divine! So we ordered a second one, fattys! lol!  All the food that we tried here was amazing!! This doesn’t happen all the time so we were so happy this place exist! A perfect touch for Ojai!

*Be sure to check them out on Yelp or give them a call firs. I recently heard they are temporarily closed as of now.

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-VAL PAL

Vegan By Nature: Vegan Camp Food

Hello all! Welcome to Vegan By Nature, my first episode cooking in nature.  This vlog was filmed in the beautiful Sequoia National Forest in California. Camp food doesn’t have to be unhealthy.  Here is a vlog showing you some recipes on how to make vegan camp food. So pack your tent and don’t forget these ingredients!

Vegan Breakfast Avocado Quesadillas

Ingredients

  • Organic Corn Tortillas
  • Vegan Mozzarella Cheese from Trader Joe’s ( recommended because it actually melts)
  • Avocados
  • Hot sauce of choice

Directions

Heat corn tortillas on both sides, add in vegan cheese, allow to slightly melt and add in cut up avocados. Eat with hot sauce if you like.

Vegan Sausage Hash

Ingredients

  • Vegan Spinach Pesto Tofurky Sausage ( buy at some Ralph’s, Sprouts or Whole Foods)
  • chopped onions
  • chopped garlic
  • chopped bell peppers
  • chopped potatoes or sweet potatoes

Flavoring

  • Nutritional Yeast ( adds nutty flavor, can get from Sprouts or Whole Foods)
  • Vegetarian Mushroom Flavored Stir Fry Sauce (Asian Store lol)
  • Bragg Amino Acid
  • Pepper
  • Optional Squeeze of lemon

Directions

Over medium heat, cook the potatoes first ( don’t follow what we did in the video lol). When slightly soft add in garlic, onions and bell pepper. Cut up the sausage and add in.  As far as how much to add with the flavoring, we always just eyeball it.  If you that doesn’t help add less, then you can always add more. The Bragg Amino Acid is salty so just a few drops.

Amy’s Organic Vegan Chili From A Can

Ingredients

  • 1 can of Amy’s Vegan Chili (from Sprouts or Whole Foods)
  • Sprinkle of Vegan Mozzarella Cheese from Trader Joe’s ( or any other vegan cheese)
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • Optional: Chips or Bread
  • Optional: Beyond Beef ( We forgot to bring it but would have totally added it in)

Directions

Mix it all together over medium heat and eat plain or with chips or bread. Taah-Daah! Super simple and easy!

VEGAN SMORES (not featured on vlog)

Ingredients

  • Vegan marshmallows ( from Trader Joes or Whole Foods)  *marshmallows aren’t vegan because they contain gelatin, which is derived from collagen from various animal body parts…betcha didn’t know that huh)
  • Vegan Graham Crackers, I use S’moreables from Whole foods because they are also gluten-free, you can get any that don’t have honey
  • Vegan Dark Chocolate (Trader Joes or Whole Foods)

Directions

hMake them just like normal Smores, have fun! The Smores taste just the same, or actually even better because no animals were harmed hooray!

Hope this helps with veganizing your camping meals. Please comment below with any questions or comments and subscribe to my Youtube channel Loving and Alive

Thanks for watching and reading!

-Val Pal

 

A Taste of Ireland: Vegan Irish Food

Here is a vlog on some of the vegan Irish food I was able to try while in Dublin and Kilkenny.  I really enjoyed the potato cauliflower lentil cake, it was tasty and filling! The Irish coffee was a fun drink to try as well.

On this trip we definitely missed asian food.  So we were happy to find Nore Asian Street Food in Kilkenny Ireland. Sadly it isn’t featured on this vlog, I think we were too hungry to take footage LOL. They were able to veganize just about any of their dishes.  We got the vegetable curry which was packed with flavor! Hope you enjoy the video!

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-VAL PAL

Roadtrip To The Cliffs Of Moher

Hi everyone! I’m having a lot of fun editing videos and making vlogs, so here’s another one! Hope you enjoy this short video of our road trip from Kilkenny to the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. It took about 3 hours one way.

The roadtrip was definitely an experience riding on the opposite side of the road! Pretty scary at times too, but all worth it! The cliffs were absolutely breathtaking!

 

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Sneak Peak Inside The Guinness Storehouse Factory

Here is my sneak-peak vLog inside the Guinness Storehouse factory! I had a lot more fun than I imagined .The tour was very informative about the whole brewing process of Guinness and was definitely a 5 sense experience. It gave me a deeper appreciation of the traditional Irish stout beer.

If you are in Dublin, Ireland or planning a trip there, be sure to check it out!

Book your tickets in advance as it can get packed.
Sláinte! (CHEERS!)

HOPE YOU ENJOY MY VLOG!

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-VAL PAL

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My Icelandic Vegan Food Experience

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