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Are you a gluten-free vegan and miss delicious bread?

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Are you a gluten-free vegan and miss delicious bread?

Recently, I became enthralled with a new Netflix four-part documentary called Cooked, where chef Michael Pullon takes watchers on a journey of understanding the origins and science of food more deeply. On an episode entitled “Air” Pullon discusses bread, and introduces us to a Québécois baker based in the Berkshires who maintains the traditional method […]

Soul Food and Puerto Rican Flavors In Harlem

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Soul Food and Puerto Rican Flavors In Harlem

In celebration of International Women’s Day, I was recently invited to perform at Celebrating Puerto Rican Women: Today, Tomorrow and Always, a special event in East Harlem dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of Puerto Rican women. It was a huge honor to come down from Albany to sing in celebration of three incredible Puerto Rican women who […]

Eating Vegan in Old San Juan

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Eating Vegan in Old San Juan

For the past several years, my brother has stayed in Old San Juan for about a month each winter to run a college program (I know, lucky him!). Three years ago, when I was visiting Puerto Rico with my family, he recommended we check out a vegan-friendly restaurant called Cafe Berlin located in Old San Juan. To be honest, in all my […]

5 Tips For Visiting Family As A Vegan During the Holidays

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5 Tips For Visiting Family As A Vegan During the Holidays

Our family is Puerto Rican and Sicilian, and for us, the concepts of family and food are almost synonymous. Holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are particularly important times of the year for our families to get together and express our love to one another with sharings of our favorite cultural foods. When I […]

Gluten-Free Vegan NYC Bagels

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Gluten-Free Vegan NYC Bagels

One of my favorite things I love to eat in the world is a good old bagel from New York City. I regularly travelled to NYC a in my childhood to visit my grandparents, one set who lived in East Harlem, and the other in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. I can’t remember the […]

Eating Local in Portland, ME

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Eating Local in Portland, ME

Since 2009 my band, Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde, has visited Maine to perform at one of the many festivals they have at Harry Brown’s Farm in Starks. For the past six years we have driven north to join with our New England family in epic festival adventures. After a beautiful night of singing and dancing, […]

Birthdays and Vegan Bliss In Berlin

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Birthdays and Vegan Bliss In Berlin

The last day of our Break the Chains European Tour this past June landed us in Berlin, Germany. It has always been a dream of mine to visit Berlin, and it was even more exciting that I would have the opportunity to perform there. But the most exciting part of our visit was that we were […]

10 Tips For Easy Vegan Family Travel

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10 Tips For Easy Vegan Family Travel

After 18 years traveling the world as a vegan musician, and 12 years of traveling as a vegan family, I have learned quite a few traveling tips that might come in handy to you. Planning ahead and knowing what to look for while you are on the road can make a huge difference in your […]

Vegan Ricans In Chicago

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Vegan Ricans In Chicago

Enjoying Vegan Puerto Rican Food In Chicago Featured Song:   I have been inspired by the Puerto Rican community of Humboldt Park in Chicago, particularly Paseo Boricua on Division Street, ever since I first performed there over 10 years ago. A friend had invited me to perform at the opening of a new youth cultural center […]

Social Centers & Vegan Cafés On Our Europe Tour

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Social Centers & Vegan Cafés On Our Europe Tour

Featured Song:   I first heard the legends of the amazing squatted spaces in Europe during my teen years in the punk scene. Friends in punk bands would tour Europe and come home raving about these abandoned buildings that would be re-occupied by activists and turned into thriving housing, music and art venues, activist meeting […]