Winter in Las Vegas with Valley of Fire State Park Visit

After three months of non-stop travel from Florida to Nevada in our self-converted van with lots of exploring in Colorado, Utah we welcomed a winter-break for work in Las Vegas and enjoyed the change in pace and environment. After living in a small van for three months, it was great to stay at a studio apartment with a real kitchen, a toilet and hot water! Which is a luxury when living minimally in a van.

Spending the winter in Las Vegas is a fun way to enjoy mild temperatures, plenty of sunshine and lots of great outdoor activities from hiking, running, biking, swimming, kayaking, outdoor workouts and more. On our time off we loved camping and hiking at Valley of Fire State Park, trail running in the Las Vegas hills and surrounding desert and wild camping at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

These were our favorite running and hiking trails in and around Las Vegas:

Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area, and Calico Basin Trails:

Valley of Fire State Park:

Hollywood Regional Park (with the adjacent Hollywood Aquatic Center):

Clark County Wetlands Park:

River Mountains Loop Trail:

Lake Mead – Multiple Trails:

Pittman Wash Trail:

Our favorite Las Vegas Vegan-friendly Restaurants:

Violette’s Vegan Organic Cafe and Juice Bar:


Simply Pure:

Veganos Kitchen:

Mint Indian Bistro:

Turmeric Flavors of India:

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Sustainable Living: Interview with Owner/Chef at Vegenation, Vegan Restaurant in Las Vegas

We had the honor to interview Donald Lemperle, Executive Chef and Owner of Vegenation, a community-based vegan restaurant in Las Vegas. Donald talked about the sustainability of food sourcing, veganism and the environmental impact of food choices, health benefits and trends of the vegan lifestyle movement.



On our travel through Nevada we stayed in Las Vegas for a couple of months and filled our bellies in the vegan Vegas valley. We frequently visited Vegenation and loved their inventive creations, the fresh and delicious food, their sustainable community approach and the friendly staff.

Their menu is 100% plant based and the restaurant is working with local small businesses to source beer, booze, coffee, tea, artisan vegan cheeses and seasonal herbs. The vegetables and fruits are grown locally in Nevada by school garden programs, community gardens, and freight farms and also sourced from farms of the neighboring State of California. Vegenation believes in sharing positive vibes, giving awesome service, being kind to the planet, being change makers and doing things creatively.

Currently, Vegenation has two restaurant locations in Las Vegas.
Please visit their restaurant for a delicious meal and check out their website for more information:

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Downtown Farmers Market, Grand Junction, Colorado

Here is our visit to the Grand Junction Farmers Market in Colorado. We loved the locally grown produce and sustainably sourced products.

Some of the local specialties we bought and loved were the freshly roasted peppers, home made pasta and vegan ice cream, the famous palisade peaches, fresh made pasta, handmade soaps, and locally sourced produce, spices and herbs. We really loved this market with its relaxed atmosphere.

The market takes place in the middle of downtown on Main Street between June and September on Thursdays from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

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Top 10 Best Vegan Cookbooks 2018

This is our list of favorite Vegan cookbooks! We hope you’ll get inspired by these beautifully illustrated vegan recipes that are full of vibrant, nutritious, delicious and healthy, plant-based whole foods! There are many misconceptions regarding vegan diets, but it certainly does not have to be boring, nor does it mean you’ll have to eat soy products and carrots every day. These books are a great guide and contain a lot of wisdom. Be inspired and enjoy some vibrant meals that make your body happy!

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Thrive Energy Cookbook: 150 Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes

by Brendan Brazier

150 plant based whole food recipes that will nourish your body and boost your energy and performance. This vegan cookbook by Brendan Brazier is based on the clean food principle which eliminates allergens such as gluten, wheat, yeast, soy, refined sugar and dairy. The recipes are created with the purpose of improving performance and wellbeing and every ingredient has a nutritional purpose and the dishes are super tasty and healthy.

Caribbean Vegan: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion

by Taymer Mason

These recipes are a feast for your tastebuds! Since traditional Caribbean food often contains meat and animal products, this cookbook is an exciting find! Caribbean food is influenced by African, French, Asian, and Spanish cuisine combined with the local flavors of Barbados, Saint Lucia, Trinidad, Tobago, Jamaica and other islands in the Caribbean Sea. Chef Taymer Mason created this beautiful cookbook with over 200 super tasty and flavorful recipes that will make you want to eat every dish from cover to finish.

Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed
by Bryant Terry

A great whole food vegan cookbook for lovers of healthy, rich, flavorful and spicy food. This book is written by renowned chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry and his modern recipes combine the tastes of African, Caribbean and Southern cuisines. A must have for lovers of the wonderful flavors of African heritage.

Vegan Street Food: Foodie travels from India to Indonesia

by Jackie Kearney

If you love Asian food, then this book is for you! These mouth watering street food recipes were collected by the author Jackie Kearney on her travel through India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Malaysia. The book also includes anecdotes of the author and information about her travel throughout Southeast Asia.

Roberto’s New Vegan Cooking: 125 Easy, Delicious, Real Food Recipes

by Roberto Martin

The author Roberto Martin, once the personal chef to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, created this plant based whole food cookbook which combines his French culinary training with his Mexican-American family favorites as well as Italian and International dishes. There’s a nice mix of tastes in these 125 recipes that are easy to follow and include great instructions for making many basic vegan kitchen staples, sauces, dressings and more from scratch.

Sweet Potato Soul: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes for the Southern Flavors of Smoke, Sugar, Spice, and Soul
by Jenné Claiborne

Sweet Potato Soul chef Jenné Claiborne creates delicious, vibrant and nutritious recipes with a modern twist and a Southern background. Vegan Soul Food at its best! She has her own youtube channel and we love watching her create one mouth watering creation after another. Now we are stoked to see her recipes turn into a beautifully illustrated cookbook.

Viva Vegan!: 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers
By Terry Hope Romero

Well known vegan chef Terry Hope Romero of American-Venezuelan heritage has created this great guide to authentic Vegan Latin Food. The dishes are full of flavor, color and spice and a feast for the stomach.

“Recipes For Peace” – Vegan Cookbook Based On The Traditional Middle Eastern Cuisine – Bilingual English and Arabic Recipe Book – Delicious And Healthy Plant Based Cookbook And Low Fat Dishes
By Kifah Dasuki

The wonderful tastes of the Arabic cuisine! Author Kifah Dasuki has written a beautiful cookbook with delicious vegan traditional Arabic recipes that are easy to follow. The dishes are created with healthy whole food ingredients and each recipe creation is a feast for your  taste buds! The author also writes about her story as an Israeli born Arabic woman and her journey of self-discovery.

The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples
By Miyoko Schinner

A great guide on how to make vegan staples from scratch, from condiments, dressings, vegan milk and cheese, broth and stock, “meat” and “fish” substitutes to vegan bread, sweet baked goods, gelato and much more.  Instead of buying processed and overpriced vegan ingredients at the store, this cookbook by Miyoko Schinner is a great inspiration and help on creating your own delicious pantry items.

But I Could Never Go Vegan!: 125 Recipes That Prove You Can Live Without Cheese, It’s Not All Rabbit Food, and Your Friends Will Still Come Over for Dinner
by Kristy Turner

Author Kristy Turner has created a great inspiration for those meat and dairy lovers who want to become vegan but are in fear of giving up their favorite grubs. The recipes are prove that comfort food can be delicious without the use of meat and dairy and vegan meals can contain more than just vegetables and fruits.

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