Posted by Danielle Bussone on Mar 30, 2014 in Ethiopian, Myrtle Beach, Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly | Comments Off on Redi-et Ethiopian Cuisine: Serving Healthy and Authentic Ethiopian Food in Myrtle Beach, SC
Traveling away from home can be daunting for a plant-based eater. Therefore, the excitement I felt when I discovered the first Ethiopian restaurant in South Carolina was urgent enough for me to declare to my children that our first dinner out would be to Redi-et Ethiopian Cuisine in Myrtle Beach. My sales pitch to them was that we would have fun eating our meal without utensils, utilizing the traditional Ethiopian bread, Injera, instead, and everyone from the family vegans to my omnivore son would be able to dine deliciously.
Located on the south side of downtown Myrtle Beach just where Route 501 meets Route 17, Redi-et Ethiopian Cuisine may catch your eye with colorful curtains displaying the red, green and yellow stripes of the Ethiopian flag. Inside was a somewhat simple but quaint atmosphere, empty except for one other table of diners. This had us a little leery at first but being a Tuesday night in mid-March, we were confident it would work out. We soon found that this is a gem amongst the plethora of mostly large chain and tourist styled restaurants in Myrtle Beach. Our assessment was confirmed after learning that the other diners were very happy regulars.
Nitsuh Woldemariam from Ethiopian Taste Food & Coffee in North Charleston, SC teaches us how to make traditional Ethiopian Coffee. Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee and is an integral part of Ethiopian culture. It has evolved into a ceremony of roasting beans on a fire, with incense burning in the background. The smell of incense alerts visitors that coffee is being prepared. Once the beans are roasted, the hostess takes the pot of beans around and each visitor inhales of the savory bean aroma before the coffee is made and the rich, sweet beverage is served. (I’m sad to report that this lovely restaurant is not longer in business.)
Much has been learned in the past decade about the plasticity of the brain, its ability to adapt in the event of the trauma or actual death of brain cells. Permanent loss of function is no longer the fate of people who have suffered a stroke. Sometimes, as in this case, stroke happens when you are doing everything right. Our staff writer, Pegge Bochynski, shares with us her family’s touching personal journey following her sister’s stroke when she was in the prime of her life. Pegge interviews her sister about her life after stroke in this inspiring Youtube video. If you have a friend or family member who has had a stroke, Martha’s Story may be something you’ll want to share.
Martha: Stroke Survivor
On July 17, 2006, my sister, Martha, had a severe stroke. She was 51 at the time. When my husband and I arrived at the ER, she lay on a gurney, unable to speak or move. We were to learn firsthand that when a stroke happens to an individual, it happens to the entire family as well. Martha’s traumatic brain injury was a turning point in all our lives—including Martha’s college-age daughter; my elderly parents; my other sister and her husband; and my husband, Kevin, and me.
Posted by Danielle Bussone on Mar 14, 2014 in Vegan Food Quest: Veggin' Out and About Southeast Asia! | 0 comments
In terms of finding delicious and inspiring food, Bangkok was a total success but TravelMush (my husband) and I (aka VeganMush) set off on the train to explore the south of Thailand with a niggling feeling that once out of a big international city, it might be harder to get good vegan food. Starvation might be in the cards. Dramatic, perhaps, but still…
Our first stop was a town called Trang. Trang is not a usual destination for most tourists, other than to stop over for one night on their way to one of the nearby islands. However, TravelMush and I had fond memories of a visit over a decade ago and decided that we’d stay longer than is usual. Trang is an ordinary Southern Thai town and I wanted to see how hard it might be to be a vegan in this sort of place.
So my running partner, Mark, and I had just finished an early 14-mile combo run (road and trail) and boy were we famished! We didn’t feel like the old run-of-the-mill bagel joint/deli where I usually end up with just a multigrain bagel with peanut butter! So we opted for the bi-weekly seasonal farmer’s market located in our beautiful city of Parkland, FL (a suburb just south of West Boca Raton, north of Coral Springs), where we knew we would find the Veggie Xpress food truck. A diamond in the rough, Veggie Xpress lives up to its motto: “Delicious. Nutritious. Conscientious.”
Sure, there were plenty of vendors with vegan-friendly products like guacamole, olive oil, pickles, pasta and pastries but no other booth or stand offered wholesome and satisfying made-to-order meals like Veggie Xpress. Owned and operated by registered dietician/nutritionist/personal trainer Lori Kupferman for well over a year now, Veggie Xpress offers a wide array of all-natural, vegan, Kosher-style fare with no added salt or sugar – from smoothies to soups, wraps to gluten-free sides as well as desserts.