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As I’ve discussed before, vegans can eat so much more than just celery.balloons

Take this week for example.

It was particularly delicious because it included a birthday celebration for my hubby!

We started the day with a savory breakfast:

Tofu scramble (recipe here) and hash browns with hot coffee and So Delicious Coconut Creamer (more amazing dairy alternatives in this post!).

I forgot to take a picture (I was too busy hanging streamers while it cooked!), so here’s the tofu scramble we made for our vegan brunch:

Sizzling tofu scramble in the cast iron skillet vegan in charleston

Sizzling tofu scramble in the cast iron skillet

We met at Mex 1 Coastal Cantina (which is on my list of recommended veg-friendly restaurants) for a fun birthday lunch featuring a zingy Shrooms Bowl:

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Spicy beans, brown rice, guac, salsa fresca, and lime. We add roasted onions and peppers, and just ask for no cheese to make it vegan!

For an after lunch treat, we nibbled on these vegan Cocomels that we found at the new grocery store in Mt. Pleasant, Southern Season.

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Melt-in-your-mouth vanilla caramel candy

Hanes chose to go to Xiao Bao Biscuit (also on my list of recommended veg-friendly places!) for a birthday dinner.

This hip little joint on the corner of Spring and Rutledge serves “Asian soul food” from China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

They have vegan options (designated by an asterisk on the menu) for three ‘to-be-shared’ small plates and one vegan main item.

We decided to try the small plates (to save room for birthday cupcakes!) and a couple of creative cocktails:

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The vegan version of the okonomiyaki (cabbage pancake); it features sesame seeds, spices, Veganaise, and sriracha!

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Left: The Passport (Manhattan-style bottle aged cocktail w/Ramazzotti Amaro, Chocolate Bitters and Rye); Right: The Taipei Storm (rum, gin, and coconut milk)

Bahn He: Chive and scallion fritters w/ sprouts, herbs in lettuce. (Ask for no fish sauce on the side to make it vegan!)

Bahn He: Chive and scallion fritters w/ sprouts, herbs in lettuce. (Ask for no fish sauce on the side to make it vegan!)

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Eggplant Yam: Eggplant curry salad w/ roasted corn, leeks. This was my fave!

We topped the celebration off with the birthday boy’s favorite cupcakes: Cookies ‘N’ Cream (from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World)!

vegan cookies and cream cupcake

Chocolate cupcakes with bits of chocolate cream-filled sandwich cookies in the cake and ‘buttercream’ icing.

As you can see, there was no shortage of birthday deliciousness here!

These compassionate, Earth-friendly, and healthy(-er) foods added even more joy to the celebration of a wonderful, kind, and handsome man.

Consider adding some vegan food or cake to your next birthday. Or go all out with a whole vegan day! In sparing others’ lives, this food is truly a celebration of life.

To Vegan Birthdays!

Sarah

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