simple pleasures: flangirl

i had the pleasure of penning a post for conscious city guides, which has some fantastic travel guides that include where to find eco-friendly apparel + ethical wares, relaxing + regenerating green spaces, and cozy cafes serving up delicious + nutritious plant-based fare. i included a bevy of magnificent, all-vegan restaurants + cafes. this gem made the list: patisserie vegetale, a fantastic bolungerie in the 11eme offers all the vegan sweet treats, traditional tarts + classic croissants your heart cold possibly desire. and they even have vegan flan! i was accidentally served two glistening flans, so i purposefully ate both with a happy heart! catch the full paris guide with all of my favorites farm-to-table cafes, vintage shops + parks here!

eco travels: marrakech, the red city

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known for its rose-colored walls made of red sandstone, its maze-like streets and its labyrinth alleyways dating back to its founding in 1062, marrakech has a rich history that can be traced to neolithic times. with its myriad outdoor suqs {the araab word for bazaars} brimming with handcrafted silver baubles, pink pottery, woven tapestries and fragrant spices as well as the vibrant central square + marketplace, jamaa el fnaa, known as the busiest square in africa, marrakech is a locale vibrating with high energy + travelers from all around the world converging in a region filled with talented artisans + genial locals.

here are my six fave must see + must do experiences in this colorful, sometimes cacophonous + always dynamic city of marrakech: 1. dar cherifa cafe a sunny riad and eatery offering an entirely vegan menu. the vegetable tagine, served up in a traditional earthenware pot, was flavorful, fantastically filling + perfectly seasoned. insouciant kitty cats lounge around + happily dispense of patrons' leftovers. a beautifully tiled courtyard with blooming orange trees provide a tranquil + multi-hued venue; 2. maison de la photographie is an open-air photography museum featuring some of the most intriguing images + a visual history of quotidian life of the people of marrakech. a beautiful panorama view of the city is offered from their rooftop cafe; 3. majorelle garden french painter + passionate botanist jacques majorelle poured his heart + soul into the creation of this dazzling green oasis, a calming garden filled with exotic plants + trees from all five continents. you'll find a quaint cafe within to rest + enjoy traditional mint tea: the perfect place to recharge amidst songbirds; 4. musee yves saint laurent is a museum dedicated to showcasing the work of the legendary fashion designer who emancipated women from their restrictive clothing and gave us flattering utilitarian wardrobe essentials; 5. koutoubia mosque is a red brick + stone, 12th century mosque with an expansive garden + fountains. a central landmark located in the medina quarter, it is an architectural wonder with decorative arches, spires + orbs. from the mosque comes a call to prayer five times a day; 6. the market: jemaa el-fnaa this prominent marketplace was a place an introvert like me shied away from, but late one evening with the urging of our convivial host, my partner + i ventured out into the night air under a blanket of bright stars and we were swallowed by the whale. in the most beautiful sense, we were enveloped by the clamor of wide-eyed merchants, the smell of handcrafted incense, the colors of handmade berber rugs, and endless stalls of steaming food. it is a highly stimulating experience, but it is also the most magnificent reminder that we are alive + we were experiencing all of life's exquisite sights, sounds + smells. 

full of plant-strong options, i was overjoyed with the veggie + vegan cafe options available throughout the city: try the 100% vegan earth cafe + the veg-friendly nomad restaurant for more plant-strong options.

{eco mode: top photo, wearing an handcrafted, organic cotton sun dress from by the sea; bottom photo, wearing a #30wears cropped sweatshirt with an entirely thrifted including a faux leather moto jacket, oversized chinos + a vintage military messenger bag from mad vintage paris with a handmade, organic cotton scarf purchased in turkey}

simple pleasures: sunshine + lemons

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To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.
— Francois de la Rochefoucauld

love me cru, located in the 20eme, is currently my favorite juice bar to get a fresh, immune-boosting smoothie. david, the plant-powered proprietor with encyclopedic knowledge of the benefits of each of his ingredients, serves up local + organic produce in his zesty drinks. he adds a touch of ginger, turmeric + lemons for lots of vitamin c and for that happy antioxidant high you need to stay strong + healthy. get your green on + join the crew!

{eco eats} wild + the moon: the rhythm of nature in paris

Through food we align with the rhythm of nature. this is slow food set to an urban beat.
— Wild + the Moon

servez-vous: a lovely plant-powered animal activist + fellow blogger from tennessee, living in new york, recommended this cafe in paris to me. and what a fine rec. this is wild + the moon.

i struck out early in the morning one day to find it, but i ended up a little turned around. that's when i found out that there are two wild + the moon venues: a juice bar + cafe. and thank goodness for both. expect colorful quinoa bowls, detoxifying smoothies {my fave: the black gold with almonds, dates, activated charcoal + sea salt}, handmade chocolate macaroons, zesty kale chips, raw cacao bars with hemp + nib from pana cacao and fresh focaccia sandwiches. all vegan, all gluten-free. all so delicious. oh, and great customer service.

the folks at wild + the moon use no refined sugar, no additive, no chemicals, no gmos, no soy, no dairy, no gluten. what's left? the good stuff, my friends: pure + unprocessed.

i like my food the way i like my fashion: slow.

interested in exploring all the vegan + veg cafes that paris has to offer? check out my paris vegan cafe guides, part I + part II here on the blog!

{simple pleasures} the cheesecake chronicles: les chroniques du cheesecake

I’m a dessertarian!
— Bill Watterson

cheesecake chronicles: some people dream in color. others dream in black + white. i dream in desserts. this rich, creamy pumpkin cheesecake was phenomenal. if you're in portland, have a smoothie or a slice of delicious at canteen, a lil shaker-inspired mdoern cafe. all vegan, all the time. for my vegan guide to a weekend in portland, oregon with plenty o’ pics, hop on over here!

remember, eco boys + girls, drinks sans straws! get your own darn straw here.