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So… Every year when I go to Coachella, I come back with about 6 months (not exaggerating) of Coachella Cough. What is it? Who knows… 3-4 days inhaling polo field dust, lack of sleep, dehydration (although I’m generally pretty good at drinking lots of water), lack of sleep, too much dancing, all of the above.

I got CC when I stayed in Palm Springs & drove in everyday, then I still got it when I camped for the weekend.

imageThis year, I decided to battle the inevitable. I personally believe that CC has a lot to do with the dust, so I decided I would buy a face mask. I was about to just buy a box of cheapies, but I did want to look halfway decent in my health protecting mask, so I visited the Coachella message boards. Many people recommended Vogmask. I looked them up & they’re cute, plus they offer N99 protection. While I didn’t wear the mask the entire time, I did put it on whenever I could see dust in the air, when the wind kicked up, or as we were walking in & out of the shuttle bus lot (where the fields are dustiest.)

I definitely notice a difference. I don’t have endless amounts of black stuff coming out of my nose & I don’t feel super congested. I did lose my voice though & since returning home, it has developed into a bit of a sore throat. Time with tell if this is the beginning of Coachella Cough, or just the aftermath of screaming, singing, too much fun…

To help my body recover from whatever this is, I went out & stocked up on some body healing foods: lemons, limes, tea, bananas, grapefruit, cranberry juice, garlic & carrots. Most of these are whole, but I wanted to get cranberry juice already made, so I could drink it right away. I made sure that I got one with no added sweeteners or “natural flavors” (whatever those may be.) Apparently, my only source of cranberry juice prior to this has been one mixed with vodka, because this doesn’t taste like the cranberry juice I’ve grown to love… Cranberries are sour!

In any case, I will keep you all posted & hopefully my throat pain will be all cleared up in a couple of days.

Happy Coachella (comedown)!

Coachella is here!

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Coachella is nearly here & I can hardly contain my excitement. Beginning last year (& for the rest of my life), I will be camping at Coachella, which means no hotel with a kitchen so I need to locate all of the vegan friendly trucks, stands and carts that I will be dining at throughout the weekend. I also bring some of my own food, but sometimes a PB&J sandwich or vacuum packed Indian food just doesn’t cut it (or I don’t feel like walking all the way to the campsite.)

I just downloaded the Coachella Official app & it’s got a great listing of all of the food vendors that will be at the fest this year.  You can sort them by Name (A-Z) or type of vendor & the app gives a description of where in the festival or campground the vendor is located. I’m bummed that Coolhaus is in the VIP area.

VEGAN:
118 Degrees: Vegan & Raw (Between Outdoor/Gobi & VIP White Peaks)
Strictly Vegan: Vegan Jamaican (Terrace West) <– I will be here
Tantes: Strips, Fries, Knish, Shwarma (Between Outdoor/Gobi & Terrace South)

VEGETARIAN:
Cali-Pop Culture: Kettle Corn & Shaved Ice (Terrace North)
Certified Farmers Market: Local produce, juices, baked goods, coffee & snacks, 7am to 2pm (Lot 8 Near Clubhouse)
Junior Corn: Corn on the Cob (Terrace South)
West Coast Island Noodles: Eats (Between Man/Outdoor)

FOOD TRUCKS:
(I tweeted each of these with the hashtag #Veganchella)
Wicked Kitchen @WickedKitchn – “No vegan, we do have a vegetarian option… ‘I Pity the Tofu’
Lime Truck @thelimetruck – (I had bok choy from here last year, yum!  They also said they can make other vegan dishes if you ask.)
Kogi @kogibbq – ” Just ask at the window!
Joe’s Pizza @JoesPizzaTruck
Mangler’s Meltdown @PedleyMangler
Green Truck @GreenTruck – (The Classic Mother Trucker Vegan Burger is really good, I had that last year.)
Cravon @CravOnFries – “We’re cooked in olive oil & lightly dusted w/sea salt. 50% less fat. 100% great potato taste.
Border Grill @BorderGrill – “We can make vegan burritos and tacos if you ask for them.

Last year I created the Vegans Unite! group on the Coachella Message Boards.  Join me there, and follow @becahveg on Twitter.  I will be live tweeting (pending phone battery life) during weekend 2 using the hashtag #Veganchella.

Veganchella

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Tickets went on sale, tickets sold out, and now we have just 90 days until the official start of Coachella 2012. As this will be my first Coachella as a vegan, I want to get a jump start on what I will be eating (which is, of course, the most important thing next to the music!) I am camping for the first time this year, and I plan to bring lots of water & lots of random packets of vegan food that I can have handy throughout the weekend. I’m sure that there will be times though when I (or my friends) will want to stop at the food court, cantina, terrace, clubhouse or food trucks, and I don’t want to be gumming up the works asking a million questions, So today (which I am thinking of dubbing Food Truck Friday), I tweeted all of the Food Trucks listed on the Coachella website to see what they might have to offer. This is what I got back:

BorderGrill: YES, we will be at #Coachella! Still working on our menu but we will keep vegans in mind. Hopefully we see you there!
TheGreasyWiener: We’ll be there, got a veggie dog & veggie fries!
kogibbq: Yes, we’ll be at Coachella this year, yes we’ll have a veg option.

So there you have it… step one DONE.

I started a vegan group over at the Coachella Message Boards, so feel free to join in the conversation.

See you at Coachella!

Finally!

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I was just thinking about my BCHVEG license plates yesterday… wondering if they would EVER arrive since the DMV cashed my (second) check on November 7th.  Well…. when I checked my mail today, there they were, all shiny & beautiful.  I took them down to Sofi (my Smart Car) & put them on immediately!  See…

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I guess I need to get serious about this blog now, since I am officially the Beach Veg*n.  So you tell me… what would you like to see here?  My Recipes?  Recipes I’ve tried? South Bay restaurant reviews?  Surviving in a non-Veg*n world?  Regular weekly features?  I’ll be coming up with a plan this week, so keep your eyes here & on my Twitter page @BeachVeg!

6 Months Vegan

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Today marks my sixth month as a vegan.  To celebrate, I am going to pay my first visit to the Seabirds Truck, which will be parked all day at the Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival.  I’ll tell you all about it when I get back.

So sad…. I made it to Patchwork, but as I approached the entrance, I saw the Seabirds truck driving out of the lot… at the exact same time. 😦    Apparently they ran out of food.  Well, I’ll have to catch them next time, but on a positive note, the Patchwork festival was totally worth visiting.  It seems like a truly Indie festival.  It’s not as polished as some other festivals, but they’ve got great vendors & a really laid-back vibe.  It’s happening again November 13th in Culver City & November 27th in Santa Ana, so check it out.  It’s worth it.

On another note, I am very proud of my 6 months as a vegan.  Contrary to popular belief, it really isn’t that difficult… and I feel amazing (which wasn’t even my intention in becoming vegan.)  In future months I will be posting the recipes that sustain me every day, both my own & other vegans ( I love to experiment, but I also like to try tried & true recipes like the “The BEST chocolate cake ever…that happens to be VEGAN. I kid you not!”  It’s amazing… REALLY!)

 

I hope you’ll come back, and I hope you find what I have to say inspiring & informative.  If you have any questions or suggestions, just let me know!

I ❤ Food Trucks!

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I love a good food truck, so I thought it would be fitting to do a little write up on the food trucks I encounter & which ones are safe for me (us) to order from.  There are, of course, the trucks/stands that I have been wanting to try: Seabirds & Frankenstand.  However, they don’t really come to the South Bay, and I have yet to venture north or south to see what they are all about.  That being said, I have decided to start with an event that I will be attending this week… 1st Thursday ArtWalk in San Pedro.  There will be 11 food trucks there this month, and I have reached out to each of them to find out what vegan treats they have in store.  Here is this months 1st Thursday Food Trucks line-up:

Nom Nom Truck: “Our bread, tortillas and tofu is vegan.  We also have Mushroom Pate coming back (next week though) stop byyy!” (Ask for no mayo if you get the Bánh mì)
Dim Sum Truck: “We have vegetarian dumplings that are steamed with carrots, peas, and cabbage! I believe that is our only vegan option.”
Shrimp Pimp: “I could do a veggie Po boy.”
Let’s Roll It: “We have our veggie roll. It’s very good!  Cucumbers, avocados, carrots, asian pickled radish, with our sweet teriyaki sauce”
Grilled Cheese Truck
Lobsta Truck
India Jones
Great Balls On Tires
Lake Street Creamery: “No I’m sorry – its all dairy right now. We do sorbets once in a while but don’t have any this week.”
OG Tempura: “as of now, we have no vegan option, but I will try and brain storm something…..”
Waffles de Liege: NO vegan options

The Redondo Beach Art Group (which I am a member of) will be presenting “California Coastal” at The Loft Studios on South Mesa Street, between 4th & 5th Street. Stop by and have a look, the galleries are open from 6 to 9 pm.

VICTORY!

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Today I got some great news!  My BCHVEG plate request has been APPROVED.  Thanks A. Correra!

I received a letter stating that my plate request was approved, and asking me to submit another application to complete the process.

See kids, persistence pays, as does asking nicely.  Remember that!

Now, everyone go out & get a California ARTSPL8… well, everyone in California that is!