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Vegan in Tokyo

Lifestyle, Travel

 

Traveling while vegan may seem like a challenge but it’s not as hard as one might think. Before traveling anywhere I always search the city for vegan or vegan friendly restaurants. More people are changing their lifestyle and eating habits to suit a plant based lifestyle. 

When I traveled to Tokyo fortunately there were a variety of plant based and or vegan friendly restaurants. Many specialized in fresh, local, and organic ingredients which is a huge plus for me. Tokyo offered more than just traditional Japanese dishes. Of course I had sushi and most places we visited had veggie sushi such as avocado rolls!

 

Here’s a list of vegan friendly restaurants in Tokyo that I personally recommend: 

The first on my list was one of my faves. Mr. Farmers while not an exclusively vegan restaurant prides themselves on offering healthy environmentally friendly foods. All ingredients used to make their dishes are grown from local farms throughout Japan. This is a great spot if you are traveling with a variety of eaters. They have a vegan and gluten free menu plus many of the non-vegan options can be customized. I had the Mexican style salad with pumpkin soup on the side. Another bonus was the array of infused waters. If you’ve followed my blog for a while you know how much I love drinking infused water.  I would definitely visit this place again. 

 

 

Hemp Cafe is a creativity spin on healthy plant based foods. Unfortunately I didn’t get to experience much of this restaurant as I found it on my last night in Tokyo but it’s still worth the mention. Like the name says, the food in Hemp Cafe is all based on the hemp seed. They serve Mexican style dishes all infused with hemp seed. Even the cheeses are hemp seed based. Hemp Cafe is 100% plant based meaning none of their offerings contain any meet products. My friend isn’t even a vegan but she was open to visiting this restaurant. 

 

Green Brothers is actually an American born restaurant that made it’s way to Japan. It’s menu is primarily salads all based on using fresh produce. Like the name suggests Green Brothers wants to make sure you’re getting in enough greens. They also offer cold pressed juices and smoothies for an extra healthy boost. This is a great lunch option or snack of you just want a healthy smoothie mid-day. 

We are the Farm is another vegan/vegetarian friendly restaurant based on the premise of proving fresh locally grown produce in their menu. While not 100% plant based many of their meal choices could be made vegan or vegetarian. I thought this was a great place for meat and plant eaters a like. I got a late night green juice “cocktail” served in a beautiful glass. This green juice was like a detox with fresh greens and ginger. I also has grilled fresh veggies like squash. All very delicious. 

I thought I’d end this mini vegan in Tokyo guide with a nice dessert option. Kippy’s Coco-Cream is a California created ice cream shop that makes home-made ice cream from coconut milk. They aren’t 100% vegan because they use honey to sweeten their desserts. I’m a “vegan” who eats honey so this wasn’t an issue for me. If you don’t eat honey this may not be the dessert spot for you. I was in the mood for something sweet so I was happy to have found this place. It was a cute little shop that offered coconut cream ice cream in various flavors on one side of the restaurant. The other side offered cold press juices. So ideally there was potentially something for mostly everyone. I had the cookie dough ice cream drizzled with hot vegan fudge and crushed walnuts sprinkled on top. It was so delicious. 

 

Have you ever been to Tokyo and know of any vegan friendly restaurants. Leave them in the comments below. I hope this guide is helpful for any plant based eaters traveling to Tokyo. 

Why I Became a Flight Attendant

Faith, Travel

When I announced that I had become a flight attendant, many people friends and family included were surprised to say the least. Honestly so was I because this was the last thing I thought I’d do. From the moment I tell people that I’m a flight attendant the first thing they say is “I’ve always wanted to do that”. Unlike most people I’ve spoken to, being a flight attendant wasn’t my dream job.

Many years ago a now ex-boyfriend thought I’d make a great flight attendant. Although his reasoning was more superficial and aesthetic than anything else.  In his eyes I looked the part. But I digress. At that time I wasn’t the slightest bit interested and until a year ago I still wasn’t.

2017 was a difficult year as I had several family members pass away tragically and suddenly. To make matters worse I wasn’t in the greatest financial position so when they passed I couldn’t even afford to attend their out of town funerals. I felt awful. However the one good thing to come out of it was I finally stopped procrastinating and enrolled back in school to complete my degree. God had been pressing that on my heart for a year prior. Losing loved ones makes you realize just how short life truly is. As cliché as it sounds we have to live each moment like our last because tomorrow is not promised.

Last year I felt this urge in my spirit to travel so I started looking on Indeed for jobs that involved traveling. Of course Flight Attendant positions popped up but I overlooked them and applied for traveling Event Coordinator and Event Management positions because again being a flight attendant wasn’t my ideal career move. When those didn’t work out I went back online again and saw the same position with the company I now work for. This time I really sat down and thought about it. Is this really for me Lord? Could I really do this? Do I even want to? I waited another 3 months before finally deciding to fix my resume and submit my application.

My application process was seamless and quick glory be to God. Training was one of the hardest things I have ever done. However God had shown me so many signs and opened many doors along the way so much that I knew He was behind me. I can share my hiring process in another blog post for those interested. After applying I quickly learned how competitive this industry is and how people have been applying for years with no success. The Lord really blessed me with this opportunity because it wasn’t something I had ever thought about but it happened and He gave me such peace throughout the entire process.

Even though I never saw myself as a flight attendant I always loved to travel. From the first time I got on a plane by myself as a teenager the idea of going to the airport heading off to a new adventure was just exciting to me. Unfortunately due to various reasons I hadn’t always been able to go on many travel adventures. Still, I’ve always loved exploring new cities, places, and things. I tend to get bored very easily and I like to try new things. I feel that this world is too big for us not to experience all it has to offer. I think sometimes we as people get so caught up in our own little world that we forget that there’s an even bigger world out there that God created.

Now I get to see the world from a different point of view. I can fly anywhere in the world for FREE! My family can also fly for FREE. I can be there for my family without having to worry about the cost to get there. I’m still in awe that I have that privilege.

Some of my favorite experiences of being a flight attendant are sitting in the flight deck during a night flight watching the stars shine brightly in the sky and look so close as if you can touch them. Or an early morning flight and watching the sun rise as it leaves a beautiful pink strip across the sky. Beautiful moments that make small everyday problems seem so minute. I’m constantly meeting new people. Everyone travels for different reasons. I’ve comforted a grieving widow and given encouragement for a young med student on his way to school. I feel so blessed to be able to experience these moments.  

My life is definitely not the same and it was an adjustment in many ways (which I’ll share in future blog posts). Working in the airline industry is not the 9-5 corporate job it’s a lifestyle where everyday is different and there is no boss watching you. Now I wish I’d become a flight attendant sooner. This was an unexpected blessing and I can surely say this is where God wants me to be.