Healthy Vegan Summer Rolls


Our friend, vegan super-middleweight boxing champion, Omowale Adewale, is always looking for new ways to engage his children, Rayne, Aziza and Chi, in the kitchen. Danielle created these videos to teach them how to make summer rolls with a spicy Thai peanut sauce. So easy, anyone can do it.








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Enat Restaurant teaches us how to make Ethiopian pan fried mushrooms (Engudai Tibs)




Enat’s Spicy Engudai Tibs


Abiye Bisrat is owner and executive chef of Enat Ethiopian Restaurant, in Alexandria, Virginia. Enat (meaning “Mother”) is one of our favorite places to find authentic Ethiopian food in the DC area and we never leave DC without being sure to enjoy one of their thoroughly satisfying plant-based meals. Abiye was kind enough to prepare our favorite dish for us, Engudai Tibs, which are delicious pan-fried mushrooms. I make this dish at home but Abiye’s version is something special. His secret? Blanch the mushrooms before cooking to hold in the moisture. He also  deglazes the pan with burgundy wine (or pinot noir) and he uses the spice, mitmita rather than berbere. In my version I use berbere. While they are both scrumptious, Abiye’s engudai tibs are mouthwateringly delicious and well worth attempting to make yourself.

We had some technical difficulties when shooting this video. Our camera quit working in the middle of it and some of the segments were lost. Still, it will give you an overview of how this dish is prepared and I can fill in the gaps in the written recipe. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. It now holds a permanent place on our Ethiopian plate. Enjoy!

1 large portobello mushroom, sliced 1/4 inch thick, and blanched

1/2 medium red onion, julienned

1 medium jalapeño pepper (karrea), sliced into rounds, with seeds intact

1/4 to 1/2 cup (burgundy) pinot noir wine

1/2 teaspoon mitmita

1/2 teaspoon black cardamom

salt to taste (optional)


Preparation. 15 minutes

Wash mushrooms and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Blanch in boiling water for 30 seconds to seal in moisture. Drain. (You can reserve mushroom water for vegetable stock later use.)

Peel and julienne onion. Slice off ends of jalapeño pepper and remove seeds. Cut crosswise into thin rounds.


Directions: 20 minutes

In a hot skillet or sauté pan with a lid, sauté onion until caramelized. Deglaze the pan with burgundy wine (pinot noir). Add a little mitmita (pronounced mit-MEET-a) to taste. (Add jalapeños (karrea), add black cardamom and a little vegetable stock or water. Reduce heat and cover for two to three minutes. Finish with a few drops of good quality olive oil and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper.

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Omowale Adewale’s Upcoming Book Signing at VSpot in the East Village

Vegan Super-Middleweight Boxing Champion, Omowale Adewale, will discuss his new book, An Introduction to Veganism & Agricultural Globalism. Come and enjoy great food at VSpot Organic in the East Village and be a part of the conversation. Omowale will be available to answer questions and to sign your copy!


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by Danielle Bussone

Co-founder and editor of Veggin’ Out and About, Danielle writes restaurant reviews, profiles and interviews of people making a difference in the plant-based community. She is author of, “Time For Change: Whole Foods For Whole Health,” released January 1, 2015.

Danielle’s region is SW Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina and anywhere she happens to stop for sustenance along the road. Contact Danielle directly to share your restaurant finds, to make comments or just to say hello.

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Enjoy Extraordinary Injera At Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen, Jacksonville, FL

by Danielle Bussone

En-route to Tampa Bay, Florida, for their annual Vegfest, Rich and I stopped at a lovely little restaurant in Jacksonville to sample Ethiopian cuisine. Since I am in the midst of writing an Ethiopian cookbook, I’ve made it my business to try Ethiopian food in cities across the country, comparing and contrasting the different dishes, the methods of preparation and, of course, the variations in the Injera flatbread. After many hours on the road, Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen was an especially welcome treat.


Ibex owner Tsione


A little over 15 months ago, at the prompting of her best friend, Tsione (pronounced Tzani) Chiksemo moved to Jacksonville where she opened up Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen. Rich and I  arrived after the lunch rush and we were greeted at the door by Tsione personally and we were joined shortly by her fiance Teddy Aboye.  Ibex is named after a type of goat. Go figure, we never figured out exactly how this fits into the picture, but there you have it.


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The Garden Truck Eatery, Jacksonville, Florida


by Michael Wilkins


If I told you we were going to have lunch at the Garden Truck, it would bring to mind images of a food truck located in a parking lot where one could stand outside to order food. In this case, The Garden Truck Eatery is a trendy restaurant located in North Jacksonville, Florida.




I learned about this place through the North Florida Vegetarian Society here in Jacksonville. This Meetup group visits different restaurants in the area serving vegan options once a month. The Garden Truck Eatery was on their list one evening and we found it packed with happy hungry vegans and vegetarians. Ron and Gail surprised everyone by creating a sampling of most of their entire menu. Needless to say, everyone was delighted and vowed to return.


Roasted Veggie Panini

Roasted Veggie Panini


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SpaceCoast VegFest Looks Onward To Next Year’s Event

by Michael Wilkins

Our own Danielle Bussone was back on the road again doing a live demo in October at the Space Coast Vegfest. Naturally, I was curious as to what this festival had to offer so I tagged along to take pictures and gather information. This festival is the brainchild of a group of individuals committed to the vegan/vegetarian lifestyle on the Space of Florida. According to the website, Kim Smith, owner of A–Live and Healthy Café is one of the driving forces for putting this event together.




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Countdown to Tampa Bay VegFest! Nov 7th at 10am!

Join us at the Tampa Bay VegFest, November 7th, beginning at 10am! Danielle will be demonstrating how to make Coconut Curry With Indian Spices from her new book, Time For Change: Whole Foods for Whole Health!


Tampa Bay Vegfest

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Cocoa Village Celebrates Its Inaugural Space Coast VegFest!

by Danielle Bussone


This Sunday, Oct 11th, Riverfront Park is the place to be in Cocoa Village, Florida,  where Healthy Planet of Brevard will be celebrating its first ever vegfest from 11am to 5pm.

Healthy Planet of Brevard is a vegan/vegetarian organization that has been operating for 20 years. Founded by Susie and Eric Sricker, Healthy Planet is a local organization that promotes plant-based living through education and entertainment.




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Hot Woks Cool Sushi – Super-Charged Sushi In Chicago!



To celebrate a wonderful week filled with friendship, family and sport we went out to Hot Woks Cool Sushi to celebrate. Combining the philosophy of balancing Ying and Yang in our bodies, the restaurant has two separate kitchens: one for cold dishes (Ying) and another for the hot dishes (Yang.

Kate Strong-9 Menu


Hot Woks Cool Sushi offers many choices for vegans and omnivores – a good compromise for my family as I am currently the only plant-powered person. Introducing my family to spicy edamame beans was a big hit with my (very food-stubborn) father declaring that these are now his favorite pre-dinner nibble!

Kate Strong-10 Edamame


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Super-Charged Athlete in Chicago!


Competing for Australia in triathlon permits me to travel far and wide for competitions and this year, I had qualified for five World Championship Triathlons, three of which were held in the same city, in the same week: Chicago!

I packed my bike, my trainers and my passport and headed towards the Windy City for a whistle-stop 6-day trip.

Arriving two days before my first race, my focus was on race preparation: Registering for the competitions and getting to know the course, as well as waking up my legs from a long overnight flight from London, UK.


Kate Strong-1 Swim


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