Road Trip to Page, AZ: Antelope Canyon, Glamping, & Vegan Eats

We just got back from an awesome road trip to Page, Arizona. Page is in the northern portion of Arizona, near the border of Utah and is famous for it’s gorgeous landscapes, particularly Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. Trust me, these are some of the most beautiful areas we have ever seen and are so unique. While there are lots of activities, I think three full days is the perfect amount to see all the highlights.                     road trip to page

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Nomad Vegan Donuts Review

 

Vegan Donuts
Strawberry Kiwi and Green Tea Black Sesame Vegan Donuts from Nomad Donuts in San Diego.

My boyfriend, Martin, recently graduated from his master’s program and one of his coworkers brought a bunch of donuts in as a celebration. Not just any donuts, but vegan donuts from Nomad Donuts, which I thought was really sweet and thoughtful of his coworker to remember. My boyfriend claimed these are the best donuts he has ever had and I was excited that he brought some home.

This might come as a shock, but I am not a huge donut fan. Sometimes I feel like I am the only person in the world who doesn’t get overjoyed at the sight of a big box of fresh donuts. However, when Martin brought two of these donuts home, I decided to give them a try. Especially when I heard they were “The best donuts. Ever.” While I wouldn’t say they converted me to a donut lover, I admit they were pretty good.

Vegan Donuts
Loved the fresh strawberry taste and the green tea was perfect with my morning matcha.

Martin brought home two flavors, strawberry kiwi and an unknown green flavor. We couldn’t quite put our finger on the other flavor, but after perusing Nomad’s website, we decided it was Green Tea Black Sesame. Our favorite aspect of these donuts was that they tasted really fresh. And not just freshly deep fried, but the strawberry tasted like actual fruit, not fake or overly sweet. The green tea reminded me of matcha, so of course I loved that and couldn’t help but enjoy it while sipping on my morning matcha. Next time Martin gets a donut craving, we will definitely be checking their donut shop out. It is located in North Park and looks really cute. If you are ever in San Diego and happen to be like 99.9% of the world and love donuts, I definitely recommend you check Nomad Donuts out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies ‘n’ Cream Cake

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies 'n' Cream
Light, fluffy cupcakes with a yummy peanut butter cookies ‘n’ cream frosting.

One of my boyfriend’s best friends requested this Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies ‘n’ Cream Cake for his birthday. After being away from my kitchen on vacation, as well as having eaten fairly healthy lately, I was excited to make something a little more indulgent. I don’t bake nearly as much as I used too, and have definitely made a switch towards whole food cooking, but sometimes it is really nice to get back to my initial food love–baking.

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Kiwi Mango Smoothie + Zespri Contest

Kiwin Mango Smoothie
A delicious and refreshing kiwi and mango smoothie.

Martin and I went on a major post vacation shopping trip, as our refrigerator was seriously barren. Lake Atitlan totally spoiled our taste buds and now all I want to eat is fresh fruit, juice, smoothies, and amazing four course vegan dinners. Sadly, this just isn’t going to happen. However, I was super happy to find some Zespri Golden Kiwi’s at Costco and used them to make this Kiwi and Mango Smoothie. I have been looking out for these bad boys after learning about them on Instagram, as well as the Zespri contest, with a grand prize trip to New Zealand! I don’t really think I will win, but I always find these contests fun and they help me come up with new and yummy recipe ideas.

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Tropical Smoothie Bowl + Guatemalan Shopping

Tropical Smoothie Bowl
A delicious tropical smoothie bowl topped with superfood berries, coconut, and JEM Raw. Check out that awesome table runner made by a women’s weaving cooperative in San Juan, Guatemala.

Being back from vacation is not easy. I am happy to be home and, of course, excited to see my favorite little fur child, but I can’t lie, I certainly do miss eating breakfast and looking out at the amazingly gorgeous Lake Atitlan. Most days I had an amazing fruit platter for breakfast filled with melon, papaya (picked straight from the hotel’s papaya tree!), pineapple, and banana, served with freshly blended juice and some delicious Guatemalan coffee (also picked and sun-dried from coffee plants at our hotel). It was pretty amazing, but all good things must come to an end. Arriving home to an empty fridge certainly doesn’t help matters, but luckily I had a bunch of frozen fruit, dried berries, and nut butters to create this delicious tropical smoothie bowl and ease my taste buds back to reality. Non-vacation life is hard.

The view from our restaurant where we had an amazing breakfast each day!
The view from our restaurant where we had an amazing breakfast each day! Did I mention the restaurant is 100% vegetarian, with lots of vegan options for every meal?

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Vegan Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Vegan Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
A delicious vegan vanilla cake topped with strawberry buttercream frosting.

Pink, lace, burlap. When I heard this was the overall theme for my dear friend’s baby shower, I was so excited to come up with an amazing cake for the event. When my friend told me she wanted a vanilla and strawberry cake, I was even more excited! I decided to do two layers, the bottom being the Vegan Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting that I am posting today. My friend is not vegan, nor to my knowledge was anyone else attending vegan, so it was important to me to make something that was delicious and got rid of some the vegan stereotypes that float around aka tastes like cardboard. Seriously where do people come up with this stuff?! This vegan Vanilla Cake with Strawberry frosting was both delicious and cruelty free, but definitely full all the fat, sugar, and calories of your traditional cake. While it wasn’t the healthiest of cakes, it was absolutely perfect for celebrating a soon to be born little princess and got rave reviews from other party goers.

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Basic Acai Bowl + Guatemala Preview

basic acai bowl
A Basic Acai bowl topped with strawberry, banana, and passion fruit.

On Tuesday I leave for Guatemala. I cannot tell you how excited I am for this vacation! I will be staying at the fabulous Laguna Lodge and Nature Reserve on Lake Atitlan. This place sounds amazing. With only 6 guest rooms (all with gorgeous views and balconies overlooking the lake), Laguna Lodge also features a 100% vegetarian (and vegan friendly) restaurant and contains a 100 acre nature reserve. Talk about absolute perfection. Today is a day for packing and tying up a few loose ends before my trip. To keep it simple (and use up some extra fruit before I go!), I made a basic Acai Bowl for breakfast.

Vegan vegetarian ecotourism
Laguna Lodge In Guatemala. Pretty amazing, right?!

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Roasted Corn with Cilantro Avocado Sauce

Cilantro Avocado Sauce
Delicious roasted corn topped with Earth Balance, chili powder and an out of this world Creamy Cilantro Avocado Sauce

I love roasted corn. It reminds me of summer days, bonfires, and I just can’t get enough of the crunch when you eat it off the cob. Living in the southwest for 15+ years, I have developed a love for chili, avocado, and lime. Putting these on corn is no exception! This corn recipes is perfect for the grill, but can also be made in the oven for those without a grill. The highlight of this dish is the Creamy Cilantro Avocado Sauce.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie
This vegan, gluten free and dairy free Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie is even better than the classic sandwich.

Ok, I will be truthful. I was a late bloomer on the PB&J train. When I was little my favorite sandwich was butter and mayonnaise on white bread. So gross, I know. Thankfully my more primitive taste buds evolved and I grew to not only love the classic peanut butter and jelly, but expand it from it’s sandwich form. Hence the birth of the Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie.

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Vegan Maca Cacao Hazelnut Ice Cream

Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free Maca Cacao Hazelnut Ice Cream
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan and Healthy Maca Cacao Hazelnut Ice Cream with no ice cream maker needed!

I am so excited to move The Kind Baker from being an Instagram account to an actual blog. I made the move for a few reasons, the primary being I want to share more information with all of you! Instagram is absolutely wonderful, but is primarily image based and I felt limited on how much I could talk about with each post. So, on to my first post… Read more