Avoiding meat and fish while travelling can be frustrating and sometimes impossible says Shahnaz Habib, but it can also lead to all sorts of adventures and give you a unique insight into a destination In India, where I grew up, I was never considered vegetarian enough. I do not eat fish or meat, but I do eat eggs, which meant outing myself as a non-vegetarian when someone asked if I am pure veg. After all, this is a countryRead More →

Carrots aren’t the most exciting veggie out there. For many of us, they were one of our first foods, fed to us as a pureed mush before we could even talk. After a lifetime of eating this root vegetable it’s no wonder that few people get excited about cooking with them. But here’s the thing: carrots are wonderfully sweet, very affordable and oh-so-good for you. You just have to cook them in a new way. We have those recipes for you. Prepared into beautiful shaved salads, roasted with herbed creme fraiche and snuck into pork buns, these dishes prove that carrots deserve a spot onRead More →

In case youve forgotten the section on the food web from high school biology, heres a quick refresher. Plants make up the base of every food chain of the food web (also called the food cycle). Plants use available sunlight to convert water from the soil and carbon dioxide from the air into glucose, which gives them the energy they need to live. Unlike plants, animals cant synthesize their own food. They survive by eating plants or other animals. Clearly, animals eat plants. Whats not so clear from this picture is that plants also eat animals. They thrive on them, in fact (just Google fishRead More →

Welcome to Earth Day, where we save the world by drinking! To continue on our superhero saving from yesterday, lets dive in to some bubbly Prosecco! ZONIN1821s limited-edition Dress Code Collection is your new fav bottle to pop when you wanna celebrate something like the shut down of the TPP. If you dont know what that is, ask a hippie. ZONIN1821 practices ecologically sustainable viticulture, which basically means that literally everything they do is safe for the environment, socially equitable and feasible financially. So like, a win, win, win. They use green manure AND solar energy, so you know theyre super dedicated even though theRead More →

While other high-street outlets struggle, the ubiquitous British chain is doing so well that business is booming even in the spiritual home of the deli Just after 8am, in the bowels of Manhattans concrete rabbit warren Penn Station, there are a lot of queues. Long lines of travellers wait for the Long Island Rail Road and Amtrak trains; for the bathrooms where dozens of homeless people spend the night; and for food and drinks outside Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks and Pret a Manger. The line for the French-sounding-but-British-owned Pret is longer than that for any of the other food chains. Thats no surprise as the outlet,Read More →

I’m sure you heard of the mighty acai berry by now. And by heard of it, I mean you probably don’t know it’s a berry from South American rainforests, and you have no idea how to pronounce it, but acai bowls definitely blow up your Instagram feed lately, and you’re wondering what they’re about. I don’t blame you. Those bowls are so pretty! They’re heaped with nuts, granola, bananas, strawberries and blueberries, and sometimes, there’s peanut butter drizzled on top. Not following? Here’s an example of what those big, beautiful acai bowls look like: Now that we’re all on the same page, let’s talk aboutRead More →

Its been five years, and the thoughts still consume my mind. Not as much as they used to, but the little voices inside my head, the ones that yell at me about the food I eat, still exist. They never seem to go away, and I doubt that they ever will. Its been five years of doctors appointments, arguments, tears, therapists, highs and lows five years of people thinking Im vain, obsessed, and selfish. Ive had to deal with people judging me on my weight fluctuations and how frequently I go to the gym; whether I choose that side of fries or opt for theRead More →

  When you think about fast food, what comes to mind? If you’re like me, you probably start salivating as you imagine greasy burgers, gloriously deep-fried onion rings, and calorie-laden milkshakes. Yum. Basically, this. Image via Thinkstock. A new fast food restaurant in California is aiming to broaden that image by introducing a vegetarian option. Andy and Rachel Berliner, the founders of Amy’s Kitchen, originally launched their line of vegetarian frozen, canned, and prepackaged foods in grocery stores (you’ve probably seen Amy’s organic, vegetarian, and vegan food in your local grocery store) after they found themselves frustrated with the vegetarian options available at the time.Read More →

I love sweets and desserts of all kind, but now that summer is fast approaching, Im constantly on the lookout for lighter treats to accompany fresh and dainty warm-weather meals. After all, when youre supping on something nourishing and simple like this easy dish of salmon and veggies, you dont necessarily want a heavy dessert weighing down your palette. Thats why Im all about recipes that take the warmth and richness of classic desserts, and repackage them into a more nimble form perfectly suited to lazy evenings dining by candlelight, with a chorus of peepers serenading you. My latest go-to is a flaky, golden-brown berryRead More →