Chewy Raw Snickers {with Medjool Dates}

I served this incredibly simple and YET INCREDIBLY delicious dessert at a recent women’s retreat I offered…and they ALL went CRAZY for this chewy – caramel-chocolatey treat!

Thanks in advance for your patience as I am still finalizing exact amounts to be able to even call this a “recipe” BUT this will definitely offer you the guidelines you need to get started!

Trust me, this will be your new go to for healthy, raw desserts!

What you’ll need

A pack of organic Medjool dates

A jar of all natural peanut butter

~1/2 cup unsalted peanuts, crushed

For the homemade chocolate

1/2 cup raw cacao powder

1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil

3 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

a pinch of pink Himalayan salt

Method

Begin by preparing your homemade chocolate.
Add 1 inch of tap water to a medium saucepan. On top of it, place a glass or stainless steel bowl.
Turn the burner onto medium.
Add coconut oil into the pot, and it melt.
Once melted, add in the remaining ingredients.
Whisk together until well combined, ensuring the heat is not too high.
Taste. Add more maple syrup as desired but remember the dates are already super sweet!
The chocolate should be a perfect balance between not too thin and not too thick. Add more oil (to think) or cacao powder (to thicken) as needed.
Allow to cool and set aside.

Prepare a large plate of flat baking pan with parchment paper.
Prepare the dates by gently opening them in half with your hands to remove the pit.
Be mindful not to break them completely apart!
Fill each dates with 1-2 tsp of natural peanut butter.
Stuff the dates with some crushed peanuts.
Fold the dates back together and do your best to press the peanuts and peanut butter inside.
Place them in the fridge for 10 minutes to harden up (not necessary but it makes it way less messy)
Using your hands (or a spoon if you really want to!), dip the filled dates into the chocolate bowl. Do your best to cover the entire date.
Place on the baking tray and go through this process with each date.
You may wish to sprinkle the snickers with additional peanuts and salt!

Photo supplied by http://www.eatingbirdfood.com as I am still waiting to get an epic one! 

Wild Blueberry Vegan Muffins

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In Northern Ontario, the months of July and August is the season to celebrate blueberries!

If you are in a part of the world where you can pick your own wild blueberries, I feel your joy and gratitude! If not, feel free to use berries from the farmer’s market or local health food store. You can even substitute the blueberries for your favorites berries! Enjoy!

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Makes 24 muffins. I am offering this size of recipe because these can easily be frozen if not enjoyed within the week of preparation! Keeps for 3 days on the counter in an air tight container or 1 week in the fridge.

Ingredients

4 cups Organic Light Spelt Flour.  I am using local and organic from LoonSong farm on Manitoulin Island.

1 1/3 cup Uncooked Hulled Millet
What is Millet?

3 tsp Baking Powder

1.5 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt

1 tsp Cinnamon

Zest of 1 organic lemon or orange (optional)

2 cups Non-Dairy Milk, such as almond, hemp, oat or coconut, homemade if possible

1 cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce, preferably homemade. Alternately you can grate 4 apples and add them to the dry ingredients.

1 cup Canadian Maple Syrup

2/3 cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Melted

2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

3 cups fresh wild blueberries or fresh/frozen berries of choice

Method

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare two 12 cup muffin tray with liners or a light coating of coconut oil and set aside.

Whisk together the flour, millet, baking powder and soda, salt, zest and cinnamon in a large bowl. In a second bowl (or use the vitamix), mix/blend milk, applesauce, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla.

Add wet ingredients to dry. Combine just until all the flour has been absorbed.

Gently fold in the berries.

Pour evenly into the prepared muffin cups.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the tops are domed and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

The Liberated Woman: ReWild & ReConnect Retreat Costa Rica

Rewild 2020

January 15th – 22nd, 2020
Farm of Life, Costa Rica

Welcome Beautiful Goddess!

You are invited to join me, and a group of wise and divine women, in the Costa Rican jungle for my third retreat at the magical Farm of Life (one of my favorite places in the world!).

ReWild & ReConnect Retreats are created with so much love and intention as a heartfelt invitation for you to come home to nature – Mother Nature and the True Nature of who you are.

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The Liberated Woman retreat is specifically created to honour you as a woman during this time of potent transformation on the planet! In safe and sacred space, you will be supported, celebrated and nurtured as you fully explore, remember and embrace the Liberated Woman and Goddess within!

I invite you to acknowledge and reclaim your 

Worth
Power
Wisdom
Voice
Sexuality 
Sovereignty
Sacredness
Peace 
Freedom
… your Self!

I invite you to experience how deeply the world needs you to be authentically YOU!

Honour yourSelf with this gift of Self Discovery, Self Care and Self Love.
Know, in the depth of your Being, that when you put YOU first, you inspire all women around you (and actually give them permission) to do the same.
Together, we can remember our True Essence.
This retreat is being curated with love for 16 women.

 

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Who is the Liberated Woman? 

She is FREE of ALL conditionings and constructs.
She lives from intuition and instinct.

She is FREE of masks and societal pressures.
She lives as her authentic self with integrity.

She is FREE of guilt and shame.
She honours her body as a temple and her sexuality as sacred.

She is FREE of fear.
She trusts life fully. She speaks with courage. She flows with ALL THAT IS.

She is FREE of thinking she should look and act a certain way.
She is wild, natural and in touch with her natural rhythm and cycles.

She is FREE of judgement.
She is compassionate. She loves unconditionally. She lifts other women up.

She is FREE from the limitations of her mind.
She witnesses all of creation as a reflection of herself.

She knows who she is. She knows she was never bound.

She is Life itself.

She is Love.

Can you feel her? Is she alive within you? Do you want to connect with her more deeply and reawaken her into Being?

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Our Sanctuary: Farm of Life

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Farm of Life, nestled in the middle of the jungle at the top of a mountain, makes it the ideal location for our ReWild & ReConnect Retreat (it is literally at the end of the gravel road!). This gem is located in the Southwest coastal region of Costa Rica, near the Pacific Ocean, Dominical beach and the mountain town of San Isidro. During your stay at Finca de Vida, bask in the high vibrational elements of the farm, feel the nourishing tropical breeze, listen to the symphony of innumerable birds & insects, watch the mesmerising dance of the butterflies, dragonflies & hummingbirds.

This magical property bursts with radiant, fragrant flowers and lush gardens, towering ceiba trees, and flowing crystalline waters. Connect with Mother Nature and be nurtured by barefoot walking, sun gazing, breathing in fresh mountain air, hiking through the jungle trail, eating off the land and drinking pure spring water. Witness unforgettable sunsets and the mystical, shapeshifting clouds of the approaching rainy season. Every moment at the Farm, everywhere that you look, all that you hear, touch, taste, & smell is an opportunity to experience pure wonderment and awe of this magical slice of paradise.

All Inclusive Retreat Includes

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7 Nights/8 days Accommodation at the Farm of Life.  Choose from semi -private, shared or private cabin. All cabins include balcony with epic view, hammock and ensuite bathroom.

Daily Morning Meditation & Yoga overlooking the jungle and pacific ocean in the distance! The practice is for all levels and includes gentle hatha, chakra flow and restorative yoga.

Daily Transformational Women’s Circle. Each day will have a different theme as we explore, reawaken and welcome home different aspects of the Liberated Woman. Through a variety of practices rooted in ancient feminine womb wisdom, we will be calling upon our inner Wild Woman, and inner Goddess of love, beauty, compassion, strength, wisdom and sensuality. Our circles will also include sacred dance, group sharing, elemental rituals, song circles, mantra & mudra,  and special goddess ceremonies including a cacao ceremony with ecstatic dance and a water ceremony at the beach.

Three Waterfall Hikes including Nayauca Waterfall, peacefalls and the Jewel of the Sun. 

Two Beach Trips including a Sunset Beach Dinner and Special Oceanside Water Ceremony.

Waterfall Spa Day with all natural DIY products.

Jungle Flying Trapeze at Airborne Arts  – Awaken your inner warrior! Watch a video of Lacey at her first trapeze class! (Trapeze is optional. If you choose not to participate in this exhilarating experience, the cost can be used for a 90 minute massage)

Three Delicious Organic Vegan Gluten Free Meals a day including fresh coconut water and medicinal garden tea! The menu is a beautiful blend of raw high vibration foods (think the best tropical fruit and smoothies you’ve ever had and fresh leafy greens from the organic garden!),  and soul nourishing home cooked meals, prepared with ayurvedic principles. Yes, coffee is included with breakfast! 

Farm of Life Medicinal Prana Tour

Campfire with Sound Bath

Sungazing Instruction with Farm of Life Co-Creator, Brian.

Free time to explore the farm, read in a hammock, swim in the natural pool, rest, recharge on the crystal light rack, hit up the “jungle gym,” or unwind with a massage (additional cost).

Group Shuttle Transfer to/from San Jose Airport Hotel

Mid-Week Laundry Service

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Group Preparation Call before the retreat and Group Integration Call after the retreat

Private Facebook Group for connecting with sisters and sharing resources

Access to private Retreat Website with full details (ie: what to bring, how to prepare, airport hotel listings, Farm of Life Welcome Letter, retreat schedule, etc.)

Not Included

Airfare to San Jose International Airport (San Juan Maria)

Accommodation in San Jose the night before the retreat (January 14th), and the final night of the retreat (January 22nd).

PLEASE NOTE: The retreat beings at 8 am on January 15th in San Jose. All guests are required to arrive  in San Jose at least one day prior. The meeting point in San Jose is at Hotel Aeropuerto. The retreat ends on January 22nd, in San Jose, at 6pm. We suggest spending the night in San Jose and flying out on the 23rd or booking a flight after 9 pm.Upon registration, hotel recommendations will be sent to you. 

Taxi from airport to chosen hotel. Hotel Aeropuerto has a free shuttle.

Massage Therapy & Energy Work ($70)

Staff Gratuities

 Shopping at the beach in Dominical

 

 

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ReWild & ReConnect Retreat Sister Praise 


Take a tour of the Farm of Life,
the sanctuary for our journey together!

Vegan Food on Koh Phangan & Ubud Bali

5 Delicious Plant Based Meal Ideas … inspired from my travels in Thailand (Koh Phangan Island) and Bali (Ubud) 

 

Teriyaki Tempeh Bowl

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Terriyaki marinated tempeh, mixed greens, hummus, tomatoes, cucumbers, caramelized onions and brown rice served with tahini sauce.

Eat. Co Restaurant – Koh Phangan
See the full menu!


Creamy Vegan Caesar Salad

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Orion Healing Center – Koh Phangan Thailand  

See the full menu

Have you tried my homemade creamy vegan caesar salad dressing yet?


Pumpkin and Black Bean Burrito

served with cashew sour cream and spicy salsa  

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Karma Kafe Koh Phangan Thailand

Visit their Facebook page 


Design your own vegan pizza 
with homemade cashew cheese and veggies of choice! 

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Organic Love Whole Food Kitchen – Koh Phangan Thailand

Visit their facebook page 


“BLT” Wrap

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Grilled tempeh “bacon”, black bean hummus, avocado, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce and hot sauce!

Clear Cafe, Ubud Bali
See the full menu

 

More vegan food in bali coming soon! 

Register for Initiation Retreat

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All Inclusive Retreat Rates 

Semi Private Accommodation.
Simple 2 share room with shared washroom facilities

$575


Nature Camping
Bring all your own tenting gear. Washroom facilities available in the main hall. Space is limited. 

$ 515


Private Room or Private Cabin
Cabins are sold out. Private room with shared bathroom available for $25 extra.

Registration Details

Please complete the form below. A $200 non refundable deposit is required to secure your space.

Upon registration, you may choose to pay the full payment or only the deposit. A payment plan is also available.

To benefit from the early bird rate, full payment is due by May 31st.

All retreat payments are due one month prior to the retreat, by June 18th 2019. Payments methods include cash, cheque, or e transfer and PayPal sent to lacey.budge@gmail.com 

 

Closer to the retreat, you will receive an email with what to bring, the full schedule, and any other details. Arrival on Thursday July 18th is from 2:30 – 5 pm, and departure on Sunday July 21st is after lunch at 1:30 pm. 

 

Cancellation Policy

The $200 deposit to secure your space is non refundable.

In the case of a cancellation prior to June 18th, full payment is refundable minus the deposit.

In the case of a cancellation after June 18th, 50% of payment is refundable minus the deposit.

In the case of a cancellation after July 1st, there is no refund.


I see you, I honor you and I celebrate you sister!
What a blessing to share this life with you! 

In love and devotion,
Lacey 

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Healing Cancer Naturally

I am writing from a beautiful winter wonderland in Northern Ontario in Canada, where I am currently spending time at my parent’s home where we are all on a family healing journey.

In October 2018, we found out that my father was diagnosed with throat and tongue cancer, and so I felt called to be of service in the deepest way. Some travels plans were cancelled, and i left my job! I was on a mission to Educate and Inspire (the vision behind Holistic Lacey) a natural, non traditional, healing pathway without chemo or radiation (and to save my father’s life!). Long story short, fast forward 3 weeks, my dad said YES! 

You can read more below about all the many ways we are healing cancer naturally and holistically with the help of a naturopathic doctor as well as all the steps we take at home. I share this with you as some of you may either have/ will have/had cancer, or know a friend or loved one who will walk this path. It is my deepest prayer that all Beings have the education and knowledge to make informed treatment choices and know that natural options are available and effective.

If you feel inspired to make a contribution to our GO Fund me campaign to cover the $20 000+ cost, we welcome this fully.

LINK TO DONATE.

Treatments from the Naturopathic Doctor

High dose Vitamin C through IV; Ozone therapy; Colonics; Mistletoe therapy, and a superfood powder with milk thistle, green tea & turmeric.

Healing at Home: 

* Daily shots of fresh turmeric root, ginger root and lemon juice

Turmeric – Ginger- Lemon Shots!

* High fruit (raw) diet to flush the lymphatic system with whole fruit, juices and smoothies

All Fruit Smoothie Bowl

* Fresh Green Juices, Vegetable Juices & Green Superfood Drinks

Apple, Carrot, Beet, Ginger Juice

 * Raw and cooked vegan meals

Roasted Potatoes are a special treat!!! Our favourite Salad with my Creamy Vegan Cashew Kale Caesar Salad (GET THE RECIPE)

 * Homemade tea made of burdock root, marshmallow root,  pau d’arco, juniper berries, comfrey, plantain leaves 

Heal Thyself!

Green Tea (capsules and as tea) + Chaga Tea

Locally harvested chaga prepared with love from a dear family friend and medicine woman ❤

plus… Liquid Vitamin D; Vitamin B 12, black cumin seed oil

Lifestyle
* Infrared Saunas & Detox Baths * * Daily Oil Pulling with coconut oil and clove essential oil
* Prayer and affirmations

Please feel free to contact me with any questions!



Ginger Moalsses Cookie Dough Bites

I am SUPER EXCITED about this recipe!

Did you eat peanut butter balls for the holidays as a child too??? Gone are the days of kraft peanut butter and icing sugar so here is my healthy adult version inspired by @emily.likes.food but with my own twist! 

Recipe

Ingredients
1 1/3 cup almond butter
1/4 cup pure maple syrup 🍁
1 heaping TBSP organic blackstrap molasses
2 tsp freshly grated ginger root or 1 tsp ground/dry
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 medjool dates, cut into small pieces

Method

In a bowl, combine all ingredients except dates, until everything is well mixed.

Roll into balls with about 1 Tbsp mixture. Add more flour if its too wet.

Press a piece of date into the centre. Roll again.

Refrigerate & Enjoy!

Makes 20-24 balls.

Homestyle Blueberry Waffles {vegan | made with spelt flour}


Top with seasonal fruit like pomegranate ❤

Recipe

Ingredients

2.5 cups organic light spelt flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
heaping 1/4 cup of organic coconut sugar
2 tsp cinnamon (it’s our favourite)
2.5 cups nut mylk/ non dairy milk of choice
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup organic coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3 cups frozen blueberries

Method

Preheat waffle maker.
In a bowl, combine apple cider vinegar with nut mylk and let sit.
Mix all dry ingredients in another bowl.
Add vanilla and coconut oil into the milk mixture.
Add wet ingredients to dry.
Combine.
Fold in blueberries.
Once the waffle maker is ready, scoop in the batter using a 1/3 cup measuring cup and cook for about 6-8 minutes.
Top with fresh fruit slices, canadian maple syrup, hemp seeds or feel free to get extra fancy with a coconut or cashew whipped cream. Serve for brunch with a side salad to balance the sweet and savoury!
Serves 4-6

Roasted Asparagus & Radish with balsamic glazed leeks and walnuts

Inspired by mother earth and her cycles for an early summer cooking class

at Shanti Retreat.

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Serves 4

Roasted Ingredients

1 bunch asparagus

1 bag or 2 bunches of radishes

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt + pepper

Sauteed Ingredients

1 tbsp spoon virgin coconut oil

1 leek

¾ cup walnuts

½ cup dried cranberries

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

For the dressing

1 large handful of arugula

Juice and zest of 2 lemons

1 tbsp dijon

1 tbsp honey

Generous handful of fresh mint, chopped

Pinch of cayenne

More salt, pepper and oil as needed

Optional garnish with garden chives
Instructions

Preheat oven to 400.

Place parchment paper on 2 baking sheets

Cut off asparagus ends and cut veggie into 3 inch pieces

Toss in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet.

Trim radish tops, and if they are large cut into 4, or leave whole if smaller.

Toss radishes in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper and place on baking sheet

Bake veggies until soft.

In a pan, melt coconut oil and add leeks and salt. Sautee for 5 minutes, or until soft and brown. Add balsamic vinegar, walnuts and cranberries and sautee for another 5 minutes.

Set aside.

Once veggies are roasted, toss in a large bowl with leeks, walnuts and cranberries.

Add arugula, and all dressing ingredients.

Stir or mix with hands until well combined.

Add additional oil, salt and pepper as needed.

Optional, to garnish with chives.  

 

TRAVEL VEGAN IN THE PHILIPPINES

Let me start by saying that travelling as a Vegetarian or Vegan in the Philippines has its challenges, but it is definitely possible! Throughout my 6 weeks here, I have been blessed with finding some very delicious restaurants, colourful fruit and veggie markets/stands along with an abundance of fresh young coconuts!

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Do not let the lack of plant based menu items hold you back from travelling here. The Philippines is one of the least built up places I have travelled to and is home to some of the nicest people in the world. The islands I visited are so incredibly lush and abundant with waterfalls, beaches, secret lagoons and unique mountainous landscapes.  Plus, I can finally check this off my bucket list: staying in a waterfront cottage on private beach…for less than $50 CDN a night!

When my my partner Jack and I decided to take this trip, there were not many online resources on vegan travel in the Philippines. Trusting this inspires you and guides you during a happy, healthy and holistic trip through these incredible Islands.

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My first tip: Eat a lot more fruit than your used to! For most of our trip we’d wake up and drink a coconut water (mixed with spirulina we brought from Canada) followed by some fresh hydrating fruit like watermelon. In the afternoon, we had a mix of seasonal and local fruit like mangos, bananas, pineapple, papaya, jackfruit,  or chicos (similar to sweet bosc pear, also known as nispero in Central America) or coconut meat! Dinner would be time for the restaurant (and some times a home cooked meal at our airbnb’s). This is such a nourishing and hydrating way of eating. The tropical fruit here are fresh, local and therefore high in nutrients. With the hot weather, it feels so good to eat a more cooling diet. And if you plan to do lots of activity during the day, especially swimming, it’s  nice to feel a bit lighter.

 


CEBU ISLAND

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Moalboal Fruit Stand

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You can’t miss it. It’s right on the national highway soon as you turn into the city, next to city hall and the round about. There is also a much larger fruit and veggie market just behind the stores on the main road (national highway), but we were quite happy with what we found at the main fruit stand. Epic yellow watermelon (and red too), mango, pineapple, pomelo, jackfruit, soursop, coconuts, you can also find apples and oranges.

Ven’z Kitchen

 

Known as one of the best restaurants in Moalboal, and it has about 8 vegan menu options featuring local veggies like eggplant, carrots, purple sweet potato, okra, pumpkin, peppers and green beans.

What we ordered… Yellow Vegetable Curry w/ rice; Veggies in Peanut Sauce;  the vegan eggplant dish dish.

Tip: portions are small so you may want to order 3 dishes for two people if its for dinner.

+ We absolutely enjoyed playing with all the available board games like scrabble, uno, connect four and jenga while waiting for our meal!

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What we ordered...Thai Red Vegetable Curry, Indonesian Yellow Curry, Vegetable Tempura.

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Insider’s scoop:  Great portion sizes! The red curry was very tasty and a perfect balance between sweet and spicy- definitely more flavourful than the yellow. I wouldn’t recommend the tempura it was very oil and was battered really thick, not like the traditional style.

Free-Diving Planet (hostel + free dive training center)

What we ordered...Sweet potato fries and greek inspired quinoa salad, Teriyaki Veggie Noodle Bowl, Superfood Soup with moringa leaves, carrots and pumpkin.

Insider’s scoop: Pretty Plain, but was happy to be eating quinoa. The noodles were delicious. A bit more expensive than other restaurants.


PALAWAN

PUERTO PRINCESA

Lale Indian  & Thai Restaurant 

This was one of the best meals we enjoyed during the trip, we’re probably biased because we LOVE Indian food and hadn’t had any during our trip yet. But really, this was authentic, tasty, Indian Cuisine and very well received by our bellies! It’s a must for any vegan or vegetarian travelling through or to Puerto.

 

 

Tip: Definitely order the naan with chutney. Great price, good portions. nice decor and they do take out! A must for vegans and vegetarians visiting puerto princesa. 

Ima’s Vegetarian Restaurant

What we ordered… Tempeh Fries, Veggie & Rice Jambalaya, Vegan Burritos

 

Insider’s Scoop: The best thing was the tempeh fries! The rest of the meal was decent, but nothing remarkable. I was a bit uninspired by the menu that seemed to use a lot of canned veggies.

Fruit Stands

You can find these pretty much everywhere on the side of the street and they are always abundant. There is also a bigger town market as well. During our time near Puerto Princesa, we did a 6 day self guided silent retreat and fruit cleanse. We had so much fun transporting  our giant fruit haul in the tricycle!

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PORT BARTON

 We found 2 incredible restaurants and stuck to them… Gorgonzola and Mabuti!
#1 Top Restaurant of our trip:… Gorgonzola
This mainly vegetarian restaurant was an incredible treat for us! We enjoyed many vegan, Italian/Spanish inspired dishes, which is not so easy to do when travelling. The taste of a thin crust pizza, cooked in a wood fire oven is priceless, especially with homemade dough, yummy sauce and amazing toppings to choose from. It smells divine in here and the open concept kitchen is so beautifully designed. They are in the middle of expanding so I am sure you can only expect it to get better from here!
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What we ordered…
Wood fire oven, thin crust, vegan pizza with cashew cheese and all our favourite toppings like artichokes, olives, peppers, arugula, avocado, zucchini and eggplant.
Full Protein Salad with leafy green lettuce, shredded carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, mung beans, boiled egg/hummus, turmeric cashew dressing accompanied by homemade bread!

 

All types of toasts served on that delicious bread. We tried the humus and sautéed mushroom.
Oven baked focaccia bread with your choice of dip: hummus, pesto, eggplant, tapenade, or go for the bruschetta.
We didn’t have any, but they also make fresh homemade pasta in house which you can order with your choice of sauce, including pesto, tomato, creamy mushroom and a few others.
Insider’s Scoop: Each table comes with three kinds of homemade, infused olive oils : oregano, garlic and spicy! They are awesome to put on top of the pizza, salad or even the toasts. Its not always easy to come buy quality olive oil while travelling, so we took advantage of it and upped our healthy fat intake!
Tip: Try the ginger-mint lemonade, it’s super refreshing. Made with fresh mint, ginger root and blended in a vitamix with homemade lemonade!
 A sweet, modern, chic yet chill hang out space, with an almost completely vegetarian menu.
What we ordered…Mango-cashew salad with fresh spinach, Mixed greens salad (greek inspired), The best ever Veggie Burger (curry flavoured and served on a homemade bun) which comes with tasty & crispy baked potato wedges, Homemade Quiche with mixed veggie Salad.
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Tip: You’ll love the vegan burger, that’s all we need to say. Order any drink, we recommend the fresh calamansi juice and it comes with  a free bamboo straw.
Yoske’s 
What we ordered … Falafal plate comes with 6 falafels, small Israeli salad,  tahini dip and pita, Hummus and Pita.
Tip: This was quite delicious, although a bit pricey for the portion size. We were okay with it as the owner literally orders so much of his products in from Israel so that they are the most authentic version!
Enjoy a 1km walk from town to this very big outdoor restaurant all with bamboo furniture. This places is more of a bar, and not so much our style. To be honest, they have so many signs posted, we needed to go check it out. The food was perfect for an afternoon snack.
What we ordered… sweet potato fries, tempura olives. They have also have noodle bowls with tahini sauce or peanut sauce, but we were just there to snack and check it out.
note: Our accommodation (EVIO front beach cottage on airbnb) was on a private beach, in a cute little cottage, 30 minutes walking distance from Port Barton, in Pamuyan. The owner, Rosemary, prepared us delicious vegan meals like pumpkin curry, stewed mung beans, vegetable curry, spring rolls, mashed purple sweet potato, coconut rice  and desserts like fried banana! So don’t worry…we didn’t eat Italian every night!
EL NIDO
The only full vegan/veggie place in El Nido which is hard to believe for the number of tourists. This was a fun experience. We got to meet the owner, who is also the chef. He is so inspired by plant based cooking, especially inventing new kinds of burgers. He makes everything from scratch, including the bun which is made with whole wheat. You eat on a little bench in this mini snack bar. The power was out (very common!) when we were there so we enjoyed our burgers with candlelight.
What we ordered…Double decker falafel burger, Sweet potato burger, Fresh Cut Fries
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Tip: If you’re really hungry go for the double decker, other go for the other burger patti choices: sweet potato, eggplant, mushroom and corn or potato, all made from a chickpea based + he even does a banana burger!
Happiness Express
 This is more of a bar rather than a restaurant, and a very popular one indeed.  It has a cool vibe and funky decor and seems to be the place to go if you want to have some drinks after a day of touring. We went for the food!
What we ordered… Mediterranean sharing plate with hummus, best ever falafels, spicy tomato dip, tahini, eggplant dip pitas and spicy sauce, The Falafel and Hummus Plate.
Insider’s Scoop: Other delicious items on the menu (and what we saw being ordered around us!) were the home made fries and the shakshuka!
Athena Greek Restaurant 
What we ordered…

Greek Salad (with or without feta cheese), and a lot of other salads to choose from.

…and of course, more mediterranean sharing plates with hummus and babaganoush.
Insider’s Scoop: Very nice location, right on the beach. It gets busy so you may have to make a reservation. They also serve fresh veggies juices here.
On the island hopping tours, as a vegan you can always expect the same cuisine: fresh fruit like bananas, melon and pineapple; the classic marinated vegetable salad with cabbage, carrots and green beans; eggplant salad; rice; and a fresh tomato, cucumber and shredded carrot plate.

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CORON (town proper)

Fruit and Veggie Stands

Walk down to the waterfront, at the end of Don Pedro Street, 2 block to the left, to find lots of fruit and veggie stands and fresh coconuts.

Food Court in the local market (down by the water at the end of Don Pedro Street)

Buzz Express

You have no idea how blessed and lucky we feel to have found “The Harvest Bowl.” This is one of our favourite meals in Canada where we make many versions of this “Buddha Bowl.” This restaurant is probably one of the pricier ones of our trip, but so worth it. We also enjoyed a garden salad that actually included an abundance of fresh leafy lettuce (a rare find that was most welcomed!).

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What we ordered…The Harvest Bowl: Served on a bed of brown rice and topped with sprouted mung beans, thinly sliced cucumber and coconut meat, homemade marinated slaw, crunchy chickpeas, cashews and the best ever creamy coconut thai curry sauce; Garden Salad with honey mustard dressing; Calamansi juice with honey.

Insider’s Scoop: The bill adds on an additional, mandatory, 10 % service charge, so be sure to keep this in mind based on your budget.  See the full menu 

Brujita 

This was one of the first restaurants we found online with veggie and vegan options. It offers a variety of choices like curries, pesto pastas, salads, fried rice and canton noodles.

What we ordered (went went here twice!)… Canton Veggie Noodles; Creamy Pumpkin Soup with coconut milk served with a delicious homemade grainy rye bread; Sweet potato chips with homemade salsa and homemade mustard (the best!); Mung Bean and Chickpea Curry with Garlic Rice (our favourite dish).

 

 

Tip: #1. Order the homemade mustard, it will be the best one of your life! #2 Go for an early dinner. There are only a few tables and it gets busy, so to avoid waiting in line go around 5 pm.

Insider’s Scoop: The Canton noodles are quite good and the portion size is massive, but we later found out by reading some packaging in the store that the noodles are made with yellow food colouring, so we avoided them during our 2nd visit.

Muslim Halal Food Stall

What a gem of spicy, flavourful, homemade, cheap food! We seriously spent 150 PHP on dinner for both of us. That is a record, and so was the taste. How lucky we were to find this place. We have been wanting to eat street food our entire trip, but couldn’t find anything vegan other than fried food. We were so pleased to find this delicious jack fruit inspired coconut curry (I still can’t believe it wasn’t meat!)
What we ordered…Jackfruit and coconut Stew (40 php), Vegetable Curry (40 php), and Rice (15 php)

 


SIQUIJOR ISLAND

*This was our first Island visit, and I wasn’t take food photos at the time..sorry!*

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Mini Fruit Stand 

Where to find it: At the town square (you will see a public pool), Turn right off the main road, at the health clinic, drive along the water for less than a minute – you will pass people doing laundry in a small river, and then you will find the market where you can buy local watermelon, mangoes, pineapple, bananas and veggies.

Restaurants

Baha Bar

This was our go to place on Siquijor….we must have gone at least 6 times during our 10 day stay. They had so many choices, the food is incredible, good portions, above average prices for Siquijor but comparable with the rest of the places we visited, live music, comfy couches, fire dancing night and more!

What we ordered… Singaporian Red Vegetable Curry (daily special), Fresh Rolls, Green Sala, Roasted eggplant in coconut cream, Grilled Veggie Burger (they were out of banana bloom as indicated on the menu), Sweet Potato Wedges.

Tip: Do yourself a favour and order a fresh Pineapple Juice – Probably the only ‘not watered down or blended with ice’ juice/shake we had during our entire trip.

+ You can find a shop, owned by baha bar, across the street selling some fruit and veggies and other staples if you want to cook at your place.

The Mediterranean Restaurant (yep that is what its called)

What we ordered…Hummus, fresh veggies and homemade pita, Absolutely Divine Sautéed Okra served with quality sea salt.

Tip: Super small portions for these 2 dishes, think of them  as appetisers or order one per person.

Saki (part of Hillside Village)

This place is a gem. We came across it when we spent one afternoon driving around most of the island and up into the mountains toward the forest. We absolutely loved doing this and highly recommend it. We found Sake, just past Infinite Heights resort, at the top of a hill with an epic view. This authentic Japanese restaurant had an extensive menu, and quite a few vegetarian options- with the option to make them vegan.

What we ordered…Vegetable Tempura with Moringa, Pumpkin, Jump Oregano Leaves and Eggplant, Green Tea Soba Noodle Soup

Tip: Go for the the panoramic view and the beauty of driving up the mountains!