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Vegan Travel Meal Ideas From a Former Flight Attendant! (Part 1)

June 24, 2011

(Super-secret information for flight crewmembers ONLY!!)

Vegan Snacks and Meals for the Regional Flight Attendant

(Okay, Okay…


For Anyone Who Travels a Lot)

By Alecia A. Lott

***PART ONE***

This is a post that I’d been working on for a while.  I recently quit my job as a flight attendant, but ahhh I have fond memories…

People seem to think it’s so difficult to be a vegan and a flight attendant at the same time.  Eh, it was and it wasn’t.  I just dealt with it.

Sometimes my job would me away from home for up to 4 days at a time, and eating at Subway because there were no other veg-friendly options available got tiresome quickly.  Sometimes there’s not even a Subway or ANYTHING within walking distance of the hotel and nothing vegetarian on the hotel’s ridiculously-expensive dining menu.

Thus, my food bag was extremely important to me. After a 12-hour day, all I wanted to do was take off my uniform, wash my hands very, very well with the Lush soap I brought (I saved the hotel soaps for my mother) and unpack all my goodies. Food is love, indeed.

In this three-part series, I’ll discuss my ideas for keeping fed while on the go!

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My Best Seitan Yet!!

June 21, 2011

Remember Seitan Tuesdays?  Probably not, but I do.  I decided to bring it back.  Never mind that by the time you read this it’ll probably be Wednesday… it’s the thought that counts, right?

Of all the things that a vegan is “supposed” to know how to make, such as tofu scramble, kale chips (yeah right) or hummus, seitan is one of those things I never quite got the hang of.  Wrapping the gluten dough up tightly in aluminum foil and baking it usually turns out well for me, but that method gives the seitan a very firm, dry texture that I don’t always want.  When I do the traditional method of simmering the dough in broth, usually it goes terribly wrong.

But tonight, I got it just right.  Purely by accident, of course.

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Where I Will Go.

June 9, 2011

(Broke my camera and I haven’t done anything lately that was photo-worthy enough to borrow Andy’s camera so I think this may be the first blog post I’ve done without pictures!  Oh dear!)

A few days ago I wrote a post explaining why I haven’t blogged in a long time.  I took it down because I was feeling very negative toward myself when I wrote it, which is not the way I wish to be.  I didn’t want that attitude floating around in cyberspace.  Yes, I have personal struggles with maintaining focus and truly identifying and following my passion(s), but I’m getting better as time goes on.  I started this blog to chronicle the search for whatever it is I’m looking for, so that is what I need to continue doing.

Anyway, just to get you up to speed…

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Some People Pack Before They Move. I Make Pot Pies.

January 14, 2011

Yesterday I finished my first trip since coming back from medical leave.  Overnight in Grand Junction, CO? Boooo.  Making money and getting out of the house?  Yaaaaaay!!

As I mentioned a few days ago, Andy and I are moving out of Denver in a few weeks.  Our place is filled with boxes and we’re starting to tell our friends not to send money and cookies here anymore (haha).

Where are we moving, though?  Not sure.  It was San Diego, but yesterday Andy’s friend offered him cheap rent on a condo in Las Vegas, so we will be checking that out this weekend.

Anyway, with the moving date quickly approaching, I’m not doing any grocery shopping.  We have to use up what we have in the pantry, which is getting less and less appealing every day.

But a couple days ago I wasn’t bitching so much because I made POT PIES!

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Out of The Pink Haze, Into Thin Air, On To the Sea.

January 6, 2011

Happy 2011!!  I’m so happy that 2010 is OVER, even though most of it was really good.

Well, you might be wondering what I’ve been up to since Thanksgiving.  Have I been on a fabulous vacay?  Have I been behind bars?

Noooo–for nine days I disappeared to a place that provided (some of) the relaxation of an exotic getaway and the institutional, yet oddly comforting feel of a fine resort prison.

I was in the dang hospital.

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Every [Thanksgiving] Meal Has a Story.

November 29, 2010

I hope you had a joyous Thanksgiving weekend! xoxoxo

The title of this post comes from a paper Whole Foods bag, which will feature prominently in my 2010 Thanksgiving tale.

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Oops, My Onigiri!

November 14, 2010

I’m so sick of being on reserve!  I’m on day 2 of a 6-day stretch of reserve time.  Sigh, the glamorous life of a flight attendant.

But it gives me so much time to COOK!  And BLOG!  Which is why I’ve been posting and Tweeting so much lately.  (So why am I complaining?  As far as I’m concerned, they don’t EVER have to call me in to work.)

Yesterday I made a ton of food for any possible trips I do get called for.  There will be a 4-day trip starting tomorrow, I just feel it in my soul!

One food I’d been dying to make is onigiri, which is a rice ball/patty that often has a surprise filling.  It’s a Japanese comfort food, eaten as a light meal or snack.

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