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Vegan Caesar Salad with Vegan Croutons

After finding out that there’s such thing as a Vegan Caesar dressing, I’m convinced, there’s really no turning back. Thanks to Cheyenne at Spring Vegan and Heidi at Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom, I can make zesty, creamy Caesar dressing any time. One note about the recipe: it calls for Worcestershire Sauce, which is…

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Vegan Leche Flan, Trial Stage

I find flan tricky to make as it is, let alone veganized. The traditional process requires the correct balance of egg yolks, milk, and sugar carefully steamed in an aluminum mold we Filipinos call “llanera”. It results in a soft custard cake packed with sweet, fatty creaminess, best indulged with caramelized sugar on top. Transforming…

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Kare-kare, Vegan

Kare-kare is a Filipino stew with ox tail, tripe, and vegetables in thick peanut sauce. It’s usually served during special occasions perhaps because the procedure is painstakingly delicate. With the help of my mom, we both re-invented Kare-Kare to a vegan dish full of soulful flavor and familiar taste. Kare-kare is best served with shrimp…

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Halo-Halo, Vegan

I ran out of ice cream in the fridge and I found myself craving for something cold and sweet to beat the weather. “What else can I make?” I wondered. “Oh, but of course, Halo-halo!” (pronounced ha-loh ha-loh and NOT halo like angel halo). Growing up in Digman, where Halo-halo originated from, I terribly missed…

Awesome Food & New Friends while at Central Vegetarian

Aside from Hayward, another unexpected Bay Area city that has pockets of vegan goodness is Alameda. In here, you can find, “Central Vegetarian Cuisine“, an Asian restaurant that offers wide selection of vegan dishes.     For appetizer, we ordered Lotus Salad. I loved the crunch, the refreshing sweetness and the slight tang, not to…

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3 Delicious Recipes with Chickpeas

As if the “foodie stars” aligned, three of my favorite blogs posted recipes highlighting chickpeas. What a perfect coincidence. I had always wanted to create something delicious out of chickpeas but nothing comes to mind. With the help of these talented ladies, here’s what I made:       Inspired by Farrah‘s hummus recipe. Instead…

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Ice Cream Love: Homemade Mango Ice Cream & Red Bean Popsicle

Although it’s easy to just buy ice cream at a store, there’s something about it being homemade (or anything really) that makes it more special. To decide on the flavors, I went for my ultimate childhood favorites: mango and munggo (red mung beans). These two flavors are the most popular ones in the Philippines, along…