Soul Veg, Vegan Soul Food in Chicago

Not so long ago, I went to Chicago for my boyfriend’s sister’s bachelorette party. I was the only vegan in the group but everybody was cool about it. They even let me meet up with a friend who lives there. My friend Joy who lives there now was equally gracious. She let me choose our meeting place knowing very well…

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Vegan Filipino Food Demo at Savor Filipino Festival

  I would love to invite you to a Filipino Food Event called “Savor Filipino“, where I’ll be teaching how to make Vegan Kare Kare, a Filipino stew that tastes savory and delectable with various vegetables, seasoned with toasted peanuts, toasted rice, onions, garlic, and many more. After the demo, guests will have a taste of…

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5 Ways to Cook and Enjoy Collard Greens

A COLLARD GREENS FEAST Personally, I wasn’t a big fan of collard greens because I thought they were too bitter. It wasn’t until I’ve tried my friend’s collard greens dish at a recent potluck that I realized it’s all about how you prepare them. Lucky me, another friend at the potluck gave me fresh collard greens…

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Scenes from the “Sariwa” Filipino Food Pop-up

When Aileen Suzara of Kitchen Kwento emailed me an advance invitation to her upcoming Filipino Food Pop-up event, I knew I had to buy my tickets right away. I had a feeling it will sell out. Sure enough, it did and within just a couple of weeks of the announcement.  I was relieved I was able to…

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Astig Vegan’s Private Screening

I invited some of my friends to get together and watch the launch of the Astig Vegan Cooking Show. The event was a celebration over some food featured in the show, such as the Adobo dishes,  Palabok (next week’s episode), and Bibingka (one of the future episodes). And because my friends are awesome, they also brought…

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Vegan Bicol Express Recipe

No it’s not fast food because it’s called “Express”, although it’s pretty simple to make. My vegan version cuts back the cooking time because you don’t have to worry about cooking pork. You will have to cook raw jackfruit but that just involves boiling it in water until it’s soft. You may find raw jackfruit…

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Writer/blogger and psychology student Desiree Tan, recently wrote an article about the different kinds of healthy diets including vegetarianism and veganism. Much to my delight, she has reached out to AstigVegan for an interview. Of course, I gladly said yes. Desiree posted the article on her blog, “Tales of a Fearless Princess”. The article talks…

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Where to eat Vegan: Souley Vegan, Oakland

Before going to Bryant Terry’s Speaker Series, TJ and I headed to Souley Vegan in downtown Oakland for some delicious vegan soul food. For starters, we had “Artichoke Garlic Dip with Garlic Bread and Vegan Butter”. The creamy dip tasted pure bliss especially because it had  strong flavors of my two favorite ingredients: Artichoke and…

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Food Ethics: Animal Rights vs Human Rights?

On January 26th, TJ and I headed to Oakland to get “vegucated” on food ethics . The event was called “Food, Justice, & Sustainability” with vegan chef, author and activist Bryant Terry. I always hear amazing reviews of Bryant’s cookbook “Vegan Soul Kitchen”, so I was excited to see him talk about his cooking as…

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Day 4 & Last Day of Vegan in Vegas

To conclude our Vegas (food) trip, Chris and I grandly celebrated at the only place we knew we ought to be- at the buffet line! Contrary to most people’s assumptions, some vegans do love to eat at buffets because they’re not stuck with only one dish. For us, it only cost $16 each for lunch….

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