Gracias Madre – vegan restaurant, San Francisco, California, USA

Gracias Madre   –  is truly an expression of who they are – it represents their deep love of and reverence for food, their commitment to health and sustainability,  unconditional love for multicultural family and community,  devotion to the Earth and the divine feminine, their commitment to raising consciousness on the planet. Their intention is that the emphasis they place on the sourcing of their food will bring consciousness in the community to the importance of sustainability and of buying and selling locally grown organic food. 
They are an establishment proudly serving delicious organic Mexican style cuisine. And are open for Lunch, Dinner, Coffee and Drinks.
Open Mon – Sun from 11am to 23h00
Their full address is : 2211 Mission St, San Francisco, California 94103
Accepting: Visa, Mastercard and Discover
Call them: (415) 683-1346
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Itadakizen London – vegan restaurant, United Kingdom, London

Itadakizen London  is  stunning Japanese organic vegan restaurant in Kings Cross serving gorgeous Asian Fusion. Check out there Facebook page, give them a like and share across the globe. We fully support all vegan restaurants.
Full address is 139 king’s cross road, WC1X 9BJ London, United Kingdom.
Contact number: 02072783573
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They are open Mon – Fri: 12h30 – 14h30 and Sat 18h00 – 21h30
A little more about them:
Why are alternative, more natural methods of cure and prevention regaining popularity in modern society? For thousands of years the medicinal value of plants and food (food as medicine) has been appreciated in Far Eastern tradition.What you eat not only affects your day-to-day health but also helps to determine the quality of your life.Moreover the Itadaki-zener believes that food is closely related to human consciousness as well as human body.

Itadaki means ‘to take the food life’; Zen means ‘to fix, to mend’.
The primary end of the Itadaki-zen cuisine is not merely an agreeable taste, but its healing qualities.

The Itadaki-zen restaurant was born from the need to provide those who are strong advocates of taking responsibility for their own health and preventing as much illness as possible with a source of food as medicine.
In Itadaki-zen cuisine it is essential to eat a good balance of grains, vegetables and seaweeds. This will enable you to build a balance, healthy and slim body.

Rice, root vegetables, seaweeds, soya beans and by-products, are recurrent ingredients in our cuisine because deemed to be essential for a sanitary and strong metabolism.“Slow food” characterizes the cuisine preparation, reflecting appreciation and care in the making of each dish. Anyone who ever thought that vegan meals were dull will be proved wrong by these dishes.

And the restaurant desires to be a cultural place made both of sharing and personal experience with food, Art and people. Cross cultural artistic events are held periodically, such as art exhibitions and live music. Free workshops are organize regularly, focusing on food and agriculture and all the craftsmanship around it (traditional products elaboration, cuisine, etc).

South Africa! Shop local for vegan products – online here!

If you live in South Africa – then this link is for you! Why are we posting this you may ask – because we care. We care about animals, we care about our environment, and we care about you and your health. We want you to go green! Shopping online has never been easier.

Taking good care, living consciously with those around us, both human and non, means less violence, less harm, to everyone that we have the capability to care so much about. Everyday we sob our hearts out at the harm, the horror, that is unnecessarily inflicted upon the animal kingdom, we ask ourselves how can we change it for them – what can we do to stop their suffering and pain.

Everyday, we read, we hear about climate change, methane Co2, how over 51% of this noxious gas, is derived from the animal agricultural sect. We hear how the ice caps and glaciers are melting, how we are destroying the forests, how we are acidifying the oceans, poisoning our waterways, polluting our air, and destroying the fundamental ecosystems that we have all become so reliant upon, and whole species who are going extinct.

There are solutions, we’re not at a complete and utter loss – there are phenomenal alternative ways we can refine our lives, to improve and change the tragic situation, as South Africans we are capable of embracing the concept of going green, to start living consciously, to reverse this violence, violence to animals, violence to ourselves, and violence to our mother earth.

We encourage you to check out this link offered by Faithful to Nature – your online organic shop. Check out the hundreds of vegan products on offer here in South Africa, on our very own soil – our land, and know, that what you purchase is free of animals, free of animal bi-products, free of harm, it’s organic – no chemicals or pesticides, environmentally safe and green.

We have spoken to so many people who say that it is difficult to go vegan and hard to live consciously – it’s not. Going vegan, living our lives nonviolently, has never been easier, it’s just a simple mind switch. There are mega products which have hit local supermarkets today! And if you can’t find them in some stores – you will find them here on line. Vegan restaurants are booming, stores are getting with the programme, so many more South Africans are starting to embrace this gorgeous way of life today. The movement is growing exponentially, the markers are up – the demand Is growing. Join in, have fun, live life ethically, make the switch, make the difference! Let this be the day that you say – ” I have had enough of violence, this is my stand, my choice to no longer be a part of violence. I am going vegan for ethical reasons. I am doing it for animal rights”.

Another excellent link that you may be interested in :

Millennium – U.S.A – Oakland, California.

Check out  Millennium Restaurant ‘s brand new address.

Millennium’s cuisine is influenced by the flavours and styles of many cultures. They are dedicated to the essential earthly concepts of organic food production, including sustainable agriculture, supporting small local farms, as well as composting & recycling.
They cook with only the freshest, organically grown produce and are proud to state that their restaurant is completely free of genetically modified foods. They believe that a gourmet dining experience can be created out of vegan, healthy, and environmentally friendly foods. Most importantly, they are dedicated to providing a deliciously memorable dining experience for every guest who walks through their doors. Enjoy! Make a reservation with them today.
Check out their website here:

Vegetarian House – vegan U.S.A

Organic Vegan Restaurant serving non-GMO cuisine with a variety of flavours from all around the world. Mostly gluten free with raw options.
If you’re in San Jose, California, U.S.A – check them out!
Check out their page here for further details – do give them a like and support! :

~ Active Vegan ~  in full support of all vegan restaurants around the world.

Start your very own vertical garden and eat healthy food for free!

It’s no tall tale: Vertical gardening maximizes the growing potential of your container garden or small-space garden plot.

Try growing beans vertical by guiding them up a trellis.

If you’ve ever longed for a lush garden full of vegetables but have put that dream aside because you live on a 1/4-acre lot or in a high-rise condo, you might be surprised to know that your high hopes really can blossom. Vertical-gardening techniques can put fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach and more within easy reach—literally.

Vertical gardening uses an assortment of support structures to help plants grow up instead of out, where their sprawl can take up a lot of space and leave fruits and vegetables vulnerable to diseases, scarring and garden pests. A garden filled with vertically grown vegetables not only produces more in a small space but can also camouflage unattractive structures, provide privacy and shade, and add interest to landscaping. Vertical structures also make a garden more manageable for those who have difficulty bending and stooping, because the vegetables are at eye-level and above, making them easy to prune and check for garden pests.

Starting a vertical garden isn’t hard. Many garden-supply centers offer ready-made supports, including stackable containers and an assortment of trellises, tepees and netting. The most common structures are those designed to support tomatoes, such as the tomato cage and the hanging “upside-down” tomato planters.

There are a surprising number of items that can easily be put to work as garden supports: fences, old gutters, saplings, branches, other plants and even your apartment staircase. For small spaces, vertical gardens often work best in combination with containers or raised beds.

The plants that thrive in a vertical garden are those that are naturally vining, sending out tendrils to grasp their way along as they grow, including cucumbers, winter squash, pumpkins, melons and grapes. But tall, non-vining plants, such as tomatoes, work equally well in a vertical system, given the proper support. And believe it or not, you can even grow low-growing plants vertically.

One key to any successful garden is sunlight. Vertical structures will help expose plants to more of the sunlight available in your area. In situating your vertical garden, be careful your vertical structures won’t cast shadows that could keep sunlight from lower-growing plants. Most vegetable plants need an average of 6 hours of sunlight daily, though root vegetables and some cool-weather-loving plants will tolerate some shade. In a vertical system, sun-loving plants should be grown in a north-south orientation, ensuring that one side will get morning sun from the East and the other will get afternoon sun from the West.

Propping Vertically Grown Plants

Joe D’Eramo, a gardener in Harvard, Mass., who began practicing vertical gardening 16 years into his gardening career, was inspired by Mel Bartholomew’s book, All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space! (Cool Springs Press, February 2006). After reading Bartholomew’s book, he created a garden of raised beds and upright structures that can only be described as an engineering marvel. He says that the source for all the vertical framing was the “take-it-or-leave-it” section at the local transfer station.

His 7-foot vertical structures, aligned along a north-south axis, are made of discarded metal  tubing, and he uses plastic trellis netting with a 6- by 51⁄2-inch mesh to support the plants. The garden is completely enclosed in deer fencing, and weeds are kept at bay with Lumite landscape fabric, which helps give the garden the feel of an outdoor room. He uses the vertical system to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, pole beans and butternut squash.

If you’ve never gardened before, it can be tempting to rely on ready-made structures available at your local garden center. Depending on how much you hope to grow, that can get expensive. There are many structures you can make yourself (such as a portable trellis), from the simple to the sublime, using readily available materials—maybe even those lurking in your own backyard.

If you’re partial to a natural look, suitable branches leaned against a wall or tied together tepee-style make an attractive structure for peas, beans or cucumbers. You can actually use tall, erect plants to serve as climbing posts for vining plants. A traditional practice among Native Americans has been to plant the Three Sisters together—corn, beans and squash. The sturdy, upright corn acts as a support for the climbing beans, which in turn add nitrogen to the soil for the heavy-feeding corn. The squash is allowed to crawl along the ground, crowding out the weeds that would otherwise hamper the growth of the beans and the corn. Like corn, sunflowers can also be used as a support plant.

If you’d like something with a little more structure, there are other options close at hand:

  • Do you have a chain-link dog kennel in your yard? That’s a perfect structure for any vining plant grown vertically.
  • Old wooden ladders can provide the basis for a surprisingly productive garden when leaned against a fence or the side of your house. Vining vegetables or fruits planted underneath will climb the ladder as they grow. They may need to be lightly tied to the first rung when they become tall enough, but once the tendrils latch onto the rung, the plants will take off on their own.
  • Clay pots, strung together with rope and suspended from a sturdy support, make another simple and attractive way to grow plants vertically.
  • Even used children’s toys can serve as support structures for climbing plants. If you know children who have outgrown their Slinkys, put these toys to good use as a creative trellis for beans or peas: Simply suspend a Slinky from an overhang, such as an eave, a porch roof or a stairway railing; anchor the Slinky in place at the bottom by placing a stake in the ground and tying or wiring the stake to the Slinky.
  • Easy Garden Projects to Make, Build and Grow: 200 Do-it-yourself Ideas to Help You Grow Your Best Garden Ever (Yankee Publishing, 2006) describes an old wooden step ladder put into service as the framework for a small garden that could support tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, salad greens, flowers and more. Flower pots for greens, herbs or flowers are positioned on the ladder’s steps and pail shelf, held in place by long screws through the bottom of each. The drainage holes in the pots are set over the screws; the pots are then filled with soil and seeds. Garden twine is wrapped horizontally between the ladder’s rails, providing support for tomatoes, cucumbers or even pole beans.

When planning your vertical structures, consider what you plan to grow and how tall those plants will become. To keep plants from growing out of your reach, consider an arbor, where plants can grow up one side and down the other.

Vertical Gardening Super Stars

I don’t think anyone has the last word on which plants are best for a vertical garden. There are tried-and-true plants that many vertical gardeners use, but you’re limited only by your imagination—and the location of your garden.

D’Eramo says he likes to grow cucumbers on a trellis because they’re easy to find and pick. “If I were to rank vegetables that do well on a trellis, cucumbers would be at the top of my list, followed by tomatoes, beans and peas,” he says.

Cucumbers, which send out twisting tendrils, grow easily on upright structures. For years, I’ve grown mine on a simple portable fence of  wire attached to two poles. It doesn’t take long for the vines to cover the fence.

Climbing beans and peas are naturals in the vertical garden and are so popular that pea-trellis netting is a stock item at most garden centers. There are many varieties of beans from which to choose, including pod-type beans and shell beans. Imagine growing and drying your own shell beans for a deep-winter batch of chili or soup!

Because tomatoes aren’t naturally vining (i.e., no curling tendrils), they must be supported upright somehow. For my money, D’Eramo’s solution is ideal. Tomatoes can be easily guided through the 6- by 51⁄2-inch mesh openings in his garden trellis as they grow. The metal frame and plastic mesh are sturdy enough to hold their ground as the prolific plants make their way up the 7-foot-tall structure.

Many people use wooden stakes to support tomatoes, placing them in the ground next to the plant and tying them loosely to the stake as they grow. Others use tomato cages, which take up a little more room. My experience has been that the plants quickly outgrow the cages and stakes and eventually tip over at the top, creating a “tomato jungle” that can become a good habitat for garden pests and diseases. Laden with fruit, the plants often cause the cages to fall over, unless the cages are also staked.

If you plant tomatoes and cucumbers, you’ve almost got a salad. What about greens? Lettuce and spinach can be grown in hanging baskets, in gutters mounted on a wall or in vertically set PVC pipes. Little-known Malabar spinach, a climbing perennial plant whose leaves are said to taste a bit like chard, is an ideal candidate for a vertical garden. (This is best grown in locales that have cold winters.)

Even winter vegetables like squash and pumpkins work well in a vertical garden; though heavy fruits such as these may need extra support. Create a “sling” from old nylon stockings (or T-shirts) tied to the stake, and place them around the squash when they’re small. The sling will support them as they grow. Trellises for larger fruits, such as pumpkins or Hubbard squash, may also require extra support. If you really have a yen for pumpkin but no desire to engineer a sturdy frame, consider growing one of the small varieties, such as Jack-be-little or Baby Pam.

Easy Vertical Garden Upkeep

Because the soil around vertically grown plants is exposed to more light and air than the soil under plants left to grow on the ground, it could dry out more readily and could be a handy target for weeds. This calls for plenty of mulch and more frequent checks to see if watering is needed.

A healthy topping of compost in the spring will provide plants with nutrients to help them grow their best throughout the season. At the end of the growing season, remove all dead stalks and leaves and cover the bed with more compost.

Vertical Gardening Results

D’Eramo’s “garden room” isn’t confined to a particularly small area, but his use of vertical structures and raised beds maximizes the space available. His garden, consisting of 17 raised beds—seven of which are trellised—produces more than enough for a family of four. He’s never weighed his yield, so he can’t say how many pounds of produce he gets from his efforts annually, but says, “We grow enough to supply our family and leave us with storage problems.” And, he says, he shares his garden’s overabundance with friends.

The sky is the limit for urban farmers who need to maximize growing space by growing vertical, rather than out.

About the Author: Lynda King is a freelance writer and organic gardener from central Massachusetts and is the president and co-founder of a sustainability group in her community. Her articles on sustainability, food, organic gardening and family research have appeared in Hobby Farm Home, Urban Farm, Family Chronicle and GenWeekly magazines.

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2010 issue of Urban Farm magazine. Happy vegan.

~ Active Vegan ~

The Poor People’s Palace – Antigua and Barbuda

Inandi’s Ireations/THE Poor People’s Palace on Facebook – please do give them a ‘like’ – they opened their doors on November 8th 2013 – serving authentic vegan.

Their address is; Upper Long Street, St John’s, Antigua.

Open Mon to Fri; 11am to 8pm, and Sat noon to 6 pm
The Poor Peoples Palace offers a warm bright atmosphere, authentic vegan food creations, Caribbean/African cultural crafts health/wellness and more love.  What POOR Means to them is prosperity, opportunity, over standing, righteousness  – not poverty. The main object is to make high quality products & services that are not only healthy & wealthy but most of all affordable and accessible to the general public. Their style of cuisine covers Western, Brunch, Burgers, Caribbean, Pizza, Sandwiches, but most importantly is all Vegan.
They take cash only.
Contact them on;  12687242158
They are a family style of serving island food with veggies and legume, vegan desserts – and are inexpensive.

The Vegan Kitchen – Egypt.

The Vegan Kitchen  :Egypt’s First Vegan Restaurant! Vegan Gluten-Free Organic, Sugar-Free & Many Raw Options!
Open; Mon – Thurs 12 to 12 and Fri 2 pm to midnight, then Sat 12 to 12.
Their full address; 10, Street 256, Maadi, Cairo, 11431
Contact them on ; 01155006688

Cuisine: Vegan, Organic, Western, Egyptian, International, Raw, Take-out

Small, family-run vegan restaurant with a creative menu designed to impress, opened Mar 2014. They provide a wide range of international vegan favourites, as well as some of their very own original recipes! Offers a varied range of menu items – from vegan sushi to seasonal salads – made using organic and local ingredients whenever possible. The Vegan Kitchen isn’t just about great food, it’s also about feeling good! Furniture is made 100% from up-cycled  pallet wood, living cacti tables to purify the air, and there is also a green outdoor area. Has outdoor seating. They accept cash only.

It’s not just a cuisine, it’s a lifestyle!

About The Owners:

The Vegan Kitchens owners are passionate about holistic and eco-living. One is a vegan nutrition consultant, and the other is an eco-builder specializing in building low impact houses. Together they created Egypt’s first vegan restaurant, to share with you a taste of their delicious and healthy lifestyle.

Please do give their Facebook page a like, share them – and thank you once again for sharing your favourite vegan restaurants with us. Please do keep them coming.

Youthful Vegan Cafe – Trinidad and Tobago.

The Youthful Vegan  is situated at; 1 middle st. and patna st., st james (between joes pizza and long circular mall), Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Please do support their page, support veganism.
They are open Mon – Fri ; 09:00 to 15:30
They create delicious Vegan food for a Healthier alternative to some of your favourite treats! All items are meat, seafood, dairy and egg free!
Welcome to the world of the youthful vegan! Their goal is to introduce you to a world of delicious, fresh, all natural delights! Some of you may be thinking vegan food can be one noted, but they dare you to try it and let your 5 senses be the judge of it! Mouth watering morsels made with the freshest ingredients, no additives, no artificial anything! Made with love from the Youthful Vegan!
Contact them on ; 6287674

As much as we love all the food and wine events that we attend, most days what we really want are vegetable-centric meals and healthy snacks.

Located in a bright St. James space just west of Long Circular Mall, the cafe offers”morning” and lunch menus of good-for-you vegan food like a Tofu Quiche w/Spinach & Sweet Peppers; Palak Tofu “Paneer” w/Coconut Basmati Rice;Tofu “Chicken” SandwichAsian Rice Paper Rolls w/Sesame Soy Sauce; and Parfait Cups (vanilla banana-cashew cream, berries, wheat-germ, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and coconut).

On the sweet side, YOUTHFUL VEGAN CAFE also features fruit smoothies, desserts, juices and teas; don’t miss the Glow Juice made from carrots, ginger and orange juice!

A wide range of prepared items are also available including the Youthful Vegan’s very moist (and sugar-free!) banana chocolate chip or date-spiced raisin muffins, roasted pumpkin-beet pasta sauce, veggie burgers quinoa-chickpea falafels, quinoa salad, and salad sprouts (organic and non-GMO)

Also worth noting is the cafe’s veganization of local holiday favorites like Divali sweets and Christmas pastelles and ponche de crème.

Thank you for sharing x

Nebos – Ukraine.

Welcome to restaurant “Nebo’s” – the most popular meeting place of conscious people! Opening hours: Mon-Fri from 8-00 to 22-00 Kiev, M.Zhitomirskaya Str. 3/4, Maydan Square. All vegan and one of the best according to comments all over the net!

Raw food restaurant “NebO’s” – the restaurant of healthy and sooo delicious food! – New fantastic menu! – Ionized air! – Water from the spring! – Organic Coffee – Tea Ceremony The unique “space of savour” of the restaurant consists of two dining rooms: the first dining room is perfect for business meetings, events and negotiations while the second dining room is designed to escape from fuss and will transfer you to a world of peace and calm. The dining room is decorated in the Boho style and contains plenty of live plants, compositions made of dried fruits, original wall painting and design decorations. The candles shed a soft light and the ionized air is always fresh. The magic atmosphere is completed by relaxing Lounge and Chill-out music. The original menu of the restaurant includes a special menu for children who deserve special attention. The attentive personnel will offer you a wide choice of delicious dishes, desserts, pastry and beverages, as well as the first in Ukraine map of organic coffee and tea from Thailand. You will enjoy the magic taste of the fresh exotic fruits, dried veggies and ice-cream stored in open showcases. This food inspires you and brings benefit to your body to the subtle level! Their dishes are made of natural exotic fruits and succulent vegetables, fresh herbs, microgreens, nuts, seeds, spices and asafoetida. All of the dishes are prepared without the use of fats, sugar, flour and are not heat-treated. As a result this food is light, nourishing and delicious, it maintains its beneficial properties and brings strength and energy to everyone. And this is the most precious gift, because you are what we eat! You will fill your attention even in a simple drink of water, of Live water, specially brought from a clean spring! Due to the cozy and comfortable atmosphere of the restaurant your dinner will be slow and calm. The calendar of events of their restaurant is full of various activities: tea ceremonies, live music concerts, recitals, literary meetings, house concerts, master classes as well as unforgettable special holidays that they will gladly organize for you. They take great care for you to have tasty meals, relax, create and simply enjoy all the colours of Life at their restaurant!

Open: Mon – Thurs; 11am to 9pm

Fri – Sun; 11am to 10pm

Contact them on; 380674658359

~ Active Vegan ~