I recently visited the adorable little town of Eugene, Oregon to visit my sister, who lives there. It is always exciting to have a local tour guide – my sister has lived there for a couple of years now and knows all the best places for a vegan, beer loving coffee fanatic. Though I don’t always make it, I try to visit Oregon every time I go home to find new places.

What to do In Eugene, Oregon

What to Do In Eugene, Oregon

Visit the Breweries

One of the best things about the state of Oregon is the incredible beer that originates here. The first time I visited Eugene, I stopped at the uber popular Ninkasi. I first drank Ninkasi Total Domination a few years ago, and it is still one of my favorite IPA’s to date. I’m also a fan of their Maiden in the Shade, Dawn of the Red, and Hop Cooler. We bring a big box of Ninkasi every year when we go on our family camping trip, and the brewery doesn’t disappoint.

This year, we visited a new favorite, Falling Sky Brewery. They have a great outdoor seating area, big tables, and a great variety of beer and food. We got a few different styles and all tried each others beers.

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Try Something Vegan

If you’ve never tried vegan food, Eugene is the place to do it! Boasting delicious vegan comfort food, Eugene is full of options for anyone looking for some vegan fare. My favorite go-to cafe in Eugene is the adorable, old-school diner Cornbread Cafe. I visit this place at least once every time I see my sister.

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This time, we tried some new restaurants, including Morning Glory Cafe…

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And the refreshingly healthy Laughing Planet Cafe:

What to Do In Eugene, Oregon

If you’re vegan, you’ll never go hungry in Eugene, one of the most vegan friendly cities in the US.

Satisfy Your Inner Fat Kid

Though Eugene is full of vegan food, it’s not filled with raw dishes and green juices. This little college town is stuffed with pizza joints and doughnuts to fulfill any junk food desire you could conjure up. Another must-visit is Sizzle Pie, the happening pizza joint that makes the best vegan pizza I’ve ever had. Stop in for happy hour for cheap draft beers and slices, or order up some pies to be delivered. Pro tip: the ranch is 100% vegan and a great dipper, and the Vegan Angel of Doom is NOT TO BE MISSED.

What to Do In Eugene, Oregon

Right down the street from Sizzle Pie is the world class Voodoo Doughnuts. If you’re not completely stuffed with pizza, hit up Voodoo Doughnuts any time (they are open 24 hours on the weekends and until midnight weekdays) to satisfy that sweet tooth. They have an entire shelf of strictly vegan doughnuts – Eugene is the city where vegans are never left out.

What to Do in Eugene, Oregon

Cafe Hopping in Eugene, Oregon

After gorging on junk food and beer, you may need a little pick me up. Eugene is full of adorable little cafes to spend your mornings. One of my favorites is Vero Espresso House – a house remodeled into a coffee shop. Sit on the porch outside to revel in that morning sun, but don’t forget a jacket, as Eugene can get a bit chilly.What to do in Eugene, OregonWhat to do in Eugene, Oregon

What to Do in Eugene, Oregon

These were my favorite things to do during my week in Eugene, Oregon. I’m a bit jealous that my sister gets to live around all of these fabulous places, but that means I get to keep going back to visit!

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What to Do in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of my favorite cities on Earth. Luckily, my parents live just over an hour’s drive away – which means I spend a fair amount of time here whenever I’m home in California. These are some of my favorite things to do in San Francisco.

What to Do in San Francisco

What to Do In San Francisco
Marin Headlands

The Marin headlands is a must-see if you are driving into the city from the north. Take the last exit off the 101 before you hit the Golden Gate, and drive up the hill into the mountains to get an epic view of the bridge and city. I stop here almost every time I visit the city. What to Do in San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

The Marina

The Marina is just on the side of the Golden Gate Bridge, and not only is it full of gorgeous sail boats and yachts, there is a very large, long grass area that is a fabulous spot for a picnic (if only I’d packed a lunch!). It’s a great spot to take a break on a sunny day, or take in the views of the uber expensive and fancy houses along the marina. What to Do In San Francisco The MarinaWhat to Do in San FranciscoWhat to Do In San Francisco

Veganburg

Stopping for a vegan burger is on the list of my top 3 favorite things ever. San Francisco is home to one of the best vegan burgers in the world. It’s located right on the famous intersection of Haight and Ashbury. Head into this hippy central to grab a very filling meal of vegan burgers, fries, and a shake or kombucha before window shopping down Haight Street.What to Eat in San FranciscoWhat to Eat in San FranciscoWhat to Eat in San FranciscoWhat to Eat in San Francisco

If you’re in need for new threads, make sure to check out the popular thrift store across the street. It’s called Crossroads. They are super picky about the clothes they accept. This means that everything there is in great quality and on trend. I recently bought a pair of AG jeans for $7 at Crossroads!What to Do in San Francisco

Ben & Jerry’s

If you’re vegan, you’ll understand the struggle of going to ice cream shops and only being able to have sorbet. Lucky for us, San Francisco knows what’s up. They offer vegan ice creams at the Ben and Jerry’s (which is located just a few doors down from Veganburg). My favorite was the salted caramel and almond cluster.What to Eat in San FranciscoWhat to Eat in San Francisco

The Full House House

I’ve lived an hours drive from San Francisco my whole life, and I’ve just recently visited the house that is at the beginning of every episode of Full House– which I used to watch almost daily. Seeing this house in real life brought back so many memories.What to Do In San Francisco

If you’re in the Bay Area, make sure to check out my favorite little towns in the Bay and my favorite things in Sonoma County.

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Vegan Fast Food in Australia

I often get asked how easy it is to be vegan in Australia. I spent almost an entire year in the beautiful country of Australia, and I was vegan the entire time. It wasn’t difficult at all, and I actually found Australia to be one of the most vegan friendly places I’ve visited so far. This is a list of the best vegan fast food in Australia.

Australia is home to many a fast food restaurant that includes vegan options on the menu. There are so many vegans in Australia, it is easy to find a place that caters to us.Best Vegan Fast Food In Australia

Vegan Fast Food in Australia
1. Lord of The Fries

This place is magic. It’s an entirely vegetarian (transitioning to vegan) fast food restaurant that serves burgers, fries, hot dogs, and milkshakes – all of which can be made vegan. This chain is spread throughout Australia, with stores in all of the major touristy areas of the big cities. Vegan Fast Food in Australia

2. Guzman and Gomez

There are loads of Mexican restaurant chains in Australia, one of which is Guzman and Gomez. Most of these chains offer vegan options on the menu, with free guacamole for veg burritos! Other Mexican chains with vegan options include: Zambrero (my favorite and probably the healthiest), and Mad Mex (this would be my third option out of the three). A burrito at any of these places will cost you about $12-$15 AUD. Vegan Fast Food in Australia Guzman and Gomez

3. Doughnut Time

While Doughnut Time isn’t a completely vegan establishment, this magical place offers a variety of vegan doughnuts. My favorite is the Liam Hemsworth, but all of the vegan doughnuts are amazing. One of these little hunks of joy will cost you anywhere between $7-$9 AUD, but is completely worth it. Split it with a friend if you don’t want a stomach ache from sugar, because they are massive! Vegan Fast Food in Australia Vegan Fast Food In Australia Vegan Fast Food in Australia

4. Grill’d

Grill’d is a healthy burger chain, with one vegan option on the menu. The veg option here is a vegetable burger, filled to the brim with fiber but not overly filling – make sure to grab a side of sweet potatoes fries. Grill’d is a great place to grab a meal with a friend. They offer seating, tons of drinks options (from kombucha to beer), and a cute setting. A Grill’d vegan burger will set you back about $11.50. Vegan Fast Food in Australia Grill'dVegan Fast Food in AustraliaVegan Fast Food in Australia

5. Crust Pizza

Crust is a fast food joint that has locations around Australia. They stock vegan cheese, and can make any of the vegetarian pizzas vegan if you just ask for it to be made vegan. A pizza here will set you back about $23-$26 with the addition of vegan cheese, but it’s very worth it. Vegan Fast Food in AustraliaVegan Fast Food in Australia

These are my favorite options for vegan fast food in Australia. They are all amazing, satisfying, and cruelty-free. Make sure to check out my favorite vegan restaurants in Melbourne!

What’s your favorite vegan fast food option?

 

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How to Spend 24 Hours in Gold Coast

After my 24 hours in Brisbane, I got to spend a day in the Gold Coast. This is how to spend 24 hours in Gold Coast. How to Spend 24 Hours in Gold CoastHow to Spend 24 hours in Gold Coast

How To Spend 24 Hours In Gold Coast

I recommend booking a place to stay near the action if you’re staying for a short time – and the most interesting spot in Gold Coast is Surfers Paradise. How to Spend 24 hours in Gold CoastHow to Spend 24 Hours in Gold Coast

Where to Stay

I stayed in an airbnb (my favorite type of accommodation), and I got super lucky because I found a great place right in Surfers Paradise. This is the airbnb I stayed in. It was super cute and in such a good location! (Use my link to get $25 off your first airbnb stay)How to Spend 24 Hours in Gold Coast: Where to Stay

What To Do

One of my favorite things about Surfers Paradise was the beach. The beach here is one super long stretch of ocean, backed up by skyscrapers and palm trees. I spent hours walking on the beach, laying in the sand, and watching the tourists taking photos of their friends jumping in the sand. How to Spend 24 hours in Gold Coast

How to Spend 24 hours in Gold Coast

Gold Coast is a shopping destination, which I’m not usually into, but it worked out well for me because my phone died the day I got there {like permanently}. I was lucky enough to find a phone store selling refurbished iPhones and pick one up.

Where to Eat

There are so many cafes and restaurants in the Gold Coast! I usually prefer to seek out vegan restaurants so I can try something new (or at least have more than one option from the menu). How to Spend 24 Hours in Gold Coast How to Spend 24 Hours in Gold Coast: Where to Eat

I found Cardamom Pod and I highly recommend it. This place is awesome! It’s not cheap, but the food is amazing. I had a Malaysian Satay with basmati rice and a super detox salad.

They also have some incredible dessert options if you have a sweet tooth. How to Spend 24 hours in Gold Coast: What To Eat

I also had a vegan kebab from a street stall – my first one in Australia! Aside from that, I ate mainly fruit and some juice from Wollies. I try to keep my meals budget friendly and only splurge when I know it will be worth it (aka my vegan restaurant escapade in Melbourne).

Planning a trip to Australia? Make sure to check out the best hikes in Sydney, my guide to Rottnest Island, or the guide to a working holiday visa in Australia!

How to Spend 24 Hours in Gold Coast

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How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, Queensland

I recently went to Brisbane, Queensland – for 24 hours. This was my first time in “Brissie,” as the locals call it, and I was determined to make the most of it. This is how to spend 24 hours in Brisbane. How to spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, Australia

How To Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane

You’re going to want to start off your day with a solid breakfast. After researching all of my vegan options, I decided to go for an indulgent pancake breakfast. I headed to the Lost Boys in the CBD after seeing this listHow to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane

What I received was a bit different than what I’d expected, though. The pancakes were alright, but I’d recommend checking out a more relevant list (or some instagram accounts) if you’re looking for an instagram-worthy breakfast. I’m constantly on the search for insta-worthy food for my vegan instagram account.

After you’re fueled up, take a walk down the river to Kangaroo Point. I took the Story Bridge, which was a great opportunity to get a glimpse of the city on the other side of the river. How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, AustraliaHow to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, AustraliaAfter crossing the bridge, head to CT White Park and take the walking trail along the harbor. It’s a great walk. If you aren’t a fan of long walks, you can rent bikes by the hour at stops along the path. How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, AustraliaIf you get a bit tired, have a sip of water at one of the many water fountains along the way and have a seat at one of the little piers. How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, AustraliaOnce you’re ready, walk across Goodwill Bridge and head across the river back into the city. How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, AustraliaHow to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, Australia

I used this chance to make friends with the locals. How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane is a beautiful city and has lots to offer. I stopped for a chilled (and inexpensive) lunch at the Queens Plaza – there is an Indian restaurant in the food court that offers rice & one curry for $6.80 (that is insanely cheap for Australia).
How to Spend 24 Hours in BrisbaneThe day was a bit windy and I was a bit tired from the walk, so I took the bus home after lunch, which was around 4 PM. I spent the night having a good chat with my airbnb host.

Where to StayHow to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane

This is the airbnb that I stayed at – the hosts were so great. The room was so cute and comfy and the house was only about 20 mins by bus into Brisbane. I love airbnb and use it almost exclusively when I am in a city for a short time. Use my link to get $25 off your first airbnb stay! Airbnb hosts are so helpful. I asked my hosts how to spend 24 hours in Brisbane and she helped me map out this entire walk.

I visited Brisbane after leaving Cairns – check out my first scuba diving experience in Cairns! If you’re planning a trip to Australia, make sure to check out my guide to the working holiday visa in Australia, and my favorite restaurants in Melbourne, and the best hikes in Sydney. 

 

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