Eating Whole Food Plant Based When Traveling: Netherlands


Traveling and eating a plant based diet are two of my favorite things. And I’ve never believed that one has to compromise the other.

There are definitely challenges that come with eating plant based when traveling and I, for sure, don’t eat as healthy when I travel as I do when I’m home, but with a little planning, some steadfastness, and a bit of wiggle room, I’ve always been able to stick to a plant based diet while exploring the world. Or at least, pretty dang close.

I just got back home from a trip to The Netherlands where I spent Christmas and New Year’s. As you will see from my pictures below, eating a kick ass plant based diet while exploring the world isn’t always easy, it’s not always oil free, there are the occasional non-plant-based items (but never any meat, poultry or fish for me) and sometimes you just have to do the best you can and leave it at that. But just like anything, if you really want it, there is always a way to make it work.

Below are pictures of my food while traveling to and from Holland, and while visiting. I’ve added captions above each photo with explanations and tips.

Enjoy my vacation!

I drink a green smoothie every morning. The morning / day that I leave for a trip I sometimes have two because I know I likely won’t have another until I’m settled in wherever I’m going. I added a ton of spinach and blueberries to this one, along with a little soy milk, water, flaxseed meal, banana and turmeric powder.

Travel day green smoothie.

I usually pack a shit ton of food for my travel day. I packed a shit ton X 10 on this trip because we were flying halfway around the globe. Our flight path was Hilo > Honolulu > Seattle > Iceland > Amsterdam. I wanted to make sure my food was covered until we got to Amsterdam. #MissionAccomplished

The almond butter jars are my travel food containers. I fill one with steel cut oats and one with a mix of grains, beans, greens and dressing. They are plastic so they’re super light and they won’t break. I’ve been using the two jars pictured below for well over a year on various trips.

Stash of whole plant travel food.

Security scrutinized my food and did some kind of swab test on the jars but my line of “I follow a specific diet. My food gets checked all the time and they always let me through with it” worked like a charm (I am always SUPER nice when I explain this. Being snotty will not help you).

If you bring oats with you when you travel, don’t add any type of milk because too much liquid becomes a problem at security. Also, I packaged these oats up cold and ate them cold. I could have probably found a restaurant in one of the many airports I was in and asked them for a bowl and a microwave to heat them up but that’s way too fussy for me. I’m happy to eat them cold / room temp.

Be sure to bring plastic silverware and a few napkins / paper towels in your food bag.

Steel cut oats with pomegranate seeds and walnuts in one of my trusty travel jars.

I basically make a Buddha Bowl in my jar with whatever ingredients I have in my fridge that work well together. This one had brown rice, steamed broccoli, hummus, kale, Walnut Parm and some dressing that I was working on for a meal plan.

Buddha bowl in a jar.

When I go on super long trips I bring along dehydrated split pea soup. This is great for the plane because you can ask for a cup of hot water and then add some soup and stir. Voila, hot soup, ready to go! When selecting my soup, I always make sure it’s vegan and preferably low sodium. I found this one on the bulk bin section of my local health food store and it saved me on many occasions during my many flights!

Dehydrated split pea soup.

Instead of buying pre-made trail mix, I just toss some nuts, seeds and raisins in a bag and call it good. This way I avoid the salt and sugar that’s in most pre-made trail mix.

Homemade trail mix.

Pomegranate seeds burst with powerful antioxidants. If I can find one before my trip I always pack it. The key is to take the seeds out of the fruit and put them in a plastic bag. There’s no way I could peel a pomegranate in transit. Once they are in a bag, those beautiful seeds can be eaten with a spoon whenever you feel like having something sweet.

Pomegranate seeds packed for travel.

Here we are getting our grub on at the airport. Nothin’ to see here folks, just two Dirty girls fueling with plants!

Me & Luanne noshing it up, airport style.

I packed 4 sandwiches in total (there were two of us traveling). Two almond butter and fruit sandwiches, one hummus and avo sandwich for me and one egg sandwich for my wifey who is not totally plant based.

Hummus and avo sandwich for me.

I love arriving at an airport after a flight and eating my oats. When I used to eat airplane and airport food I would feel fucking blah during my travel day. When I fuel with plants that I brought from home, I feel energized, light, and happy to be traveling. Breakfast is nearly impossible for plant based eaters in airports. You might be able to get some unripe fruit or some processed oatmeal but that’s about it. I never travel without my oats.

Ready for my steel cut oats.

I layer my oats like a lasagna; oats, fruit, oats, nuts. Putting the nuts on top helps them stay crunchy.

My layered oats with nuts on top.

In one of many planes, happily eating my portable Buddha Bowl.

Buddha bowl on the plane.

My travel yoga mat is a must for my carry on for this exact reason. Busting out some downward dogs, forward folds and general stretches between flights makes a huge difference in how your body feels when you arrive to your destination. I don’t love the stares I get, but I just smile and keep stretching.

A little stretchy stretch in between flights in Seattle.

Poppin’ a squat on my yoga mat with some tea before we board. I always bring my own tea bags and ask for a cup of hot water when I’m ready for some tea.

We bring our own tea and order hot water.

Finally arrived in Amsterdam, feeling ready to explore the city for as long as I could keep my eyes open. The time difference is 12 hours from my house so there were a couple days of adjustment. My best advice for having minimal jet lag is as follows:

  1. Follow the time wherever you are and forget about what time it is where you came from.
  2. Do NOT take a nap and try to stay up until at least 7pm.
  3. Instead of holding up in your room / hotel / house, take long walks and explore!
  4. Drink lots of water and keep fueling with plants.
I’m finally here in Amsterdam, still awake and ready to explore.

Here’s a tip – any ethnic restaurant will have plenty of plant based options. Don’t be afraid to try new cuisines from parts of the world that you can’t even point to on a map. I had to ask where Suriname was because it wasn’t ringing any bells.

It turns out that it’s in South America and it was colonized by the Dutch in the 1600’s. Their food is a mix of Indonesian food and Southern Indian food and it’s damn nice. If I see a sign for “exotic food”, I am THERE! We ate here the first night and went back again for lunch. It was that good.

Simz Exotic Food Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam. So good!

I had curry potatoes, noodles, tempeh (the best tempeh I’ve ever had), and stir fried cabbage. I’m salivating as I’m remembering this meal. It might not look like much but the flavors and textures were spot on.

Best tempeh I ever had, from a Surinamese restaurant in Amsterdam.

When you order ginger tea in Holland, you get a cup of hot water and big ass chunks of ginger. I loved it!

Ginger tea, no need to peel!

The morning after we arrived, we woke up at 4:30am, did a little work and then bundled up and started walking the city by 7:00am. We were excited to get some tea / coffee and food. Little did we know that it stays dark until 9:00am and not much opens until that time. So we wandered the dark streets, happy to be outside and feeling refreshed by the cold.

We finally stumbled upon a cafe that was open. I skimmed the menu and the plant based options were limited to toast with sautéed mushrooms and onions. Are you kidding, sign me up! It was oily but I didn’t care. I was thankful I could eat!

When you’re hungry and options are limited, mushrooms and onions cooked in oil on toast will do the trick.

The cafe didn’t offer fresh fruit, but they did offer a pancake with fresh apple slices, so we ordered it and Luanne ate the pancake and I ate the apples. There are perks to being with omnis.

No fresh fruit on the menu at this cafe, so apple slices in a pancake will suffice.

Later that day we stumbled upon an Indian restaurant just as we were ready for lunch. One of the funnest ways to explore a new place is to have zero agenda and just see what happens when you wander. Too much planning can lead to missing out on unexpected gems. This restaurant had solid Indian food and I was happy to eat a bunch of beans in the form of heavenly Chana Masala. Dutch food is meat and cheese heavy, so eating at ethnic restaurants kept me fed!

Indian cuisine in Amsterdam.

There is no shortage of juice bars in Amsterdam. All the juices are pre-made but they don’t have added sugar and they have the ingredients that I would juice if I were at home. The only downside to this type of juice is the nutrients aren’t as potent because it was made earlier in the day. But seriously, who cares! I was happy for green juice.

This little juice bar also had steel cut oats topped with raw cacao nibs and cashew cream. Unexpected bonus.

Green juice + fancy steel cut oats with cashew cream and cacao nibs. Score.

We were going to be in Amsterdam for a few days so we hit the grocery store after we were done exploring the first day (we walked the city for 10 hours!). I bought some fresh fruit, soy milk, cereal and some carrots. Here I am eating an apple during another day of exploring the city by foot.

Apple-ing it up on our 10-hour first day of exploring Amsterdam.

And here is my croissant at a little cafe we stopped at. It was delicious and wonderful and I enjoyed every last bite!

Sometimes you just need a croissant.

Because were were only in Amsterdam a few days and I didn’t feel like spending all my time cooking, we ate out a lot. This was awesome because a big part of traveling is experiencing the food. We found this great Mediterranean restaurant and I ordered a few things to try and a few things to pack so I had dinner and breakfast.

Here is our dreamy hummus and falafel.

Falafel and hummus, baby.

They roasted a whole eggplant, split it open and filled it with couscous, tahini sauce, parsley, pomegranate seeds and pine nuts. You will very likely see something similar in a future meal plan.

Whole roasted eggplant dish that was wowzers!

Our lunch spread.

Mediterranean lunch spread.

A little cereal before we start another day of tromping around. I usually don’t eat granola unless I make my own, but when you travel you just have to do the best you can. This is easy because granola doesn’t need to be refrigerated and you can pack it if you are traveling within your travels. If you can’t find soy milk you can always top your cereal with orange juice.

Simple granola, non-dairy milk and fresh berries.

This is the granola I bought. It had sugar but was vegan. Again, do the best you can and be flexible.

I picked up some vegan granola.

From Amsterdam we went to Leiden (where my sister, brother in-law, niece and nephew live). We went to get coffee / tea when we arrived and the coffee shop had this big, beautiful salad on the menu. The kicker? The dressing was oil free! What?? It was a simple lemon, salt and pepper dressing. I ate this salad with pure delight. It’s always good to see what’s on the menu, even if a place doesn’t seem like it would have anything for you.

Oil free dressing on my coffee shop salad, score!

After our visit, we went to the healthy grocery store and I loaded up on ingredients for the house we were staying at. Fruit, veggies, spelt bread, rice, almond butter, lentils, a vegan pate, Coconut Aminos – all the staples. We would be staying at this house for the remainder of our trip (with day trips throughout) so it was time to stock up on plants.

We stocked up at a healthy grocery store.

I needed dulse powder or flakes for a dish I was making for Christmas but I couldn’t find it. I did find whole dulse so I put it in the oven at 200° and baked it for about 30 minutes. Then, I transferred it to the food processor and VOILA! I had dulse powder. I usually wouldn’t bother and would just leave it out, but it was a key ingredient in the Carrot Lox I was making for Christmas morning.

For my DIY dulse powder.

The next couple of days I was in the kitchen preparing food for Christmas eve and Christmas morning. There were 11 of us in total, ranging from total meat lover, vegan, WFPB, omni, to picky eater – my family runs the gamut.

Here are some veggies I roasted with a simple marinade of thyme, balsamic vinegar, some veggie broth, salt and pepper.

Roasted veggies for Christmas.

Veggie platter with hummus and roasted red pepper dip. Olives on the right and a bean salad on the left.

Veggie platter with roasted red pepper dip and hummus.  Check out those lovely olives on the right.

Bean and veggie salad I threw together from the roasted veggies and a couple cans of beans. Super easy and yummy.

Used some roasted veggies to make a lovely bean salad.

This pate was a crowd pleaser.

Tartex Pesto Style vegetarian pâté was pretty tasty. It was actually vegan but it did not advertise that on the package.

I made some brussells sprouts that I tossed with tahini, a bit of soy milk and some spices and roasted until brown and crispy.

Roasted brussels sprouts – no oil.

Christmas morning with the fam (and a mouthful of food, as usual)

Christmas morning. Empty plates, full bellies, lots of love.

THIS is coming to a future Plant Fueled Meal Plan thanks to our Dirty Wizard, Jen. Bagels with Cashew Cream Cheese, Carrot Lox, red onion and capers. Even my hardcore meat eating nephew liked it. It’s fucking delicious and my DIY dulse powder was perfect in it.

My bagel with cashew cream cheese, carrot lox, red onion and capers. Oh, and some dulse powder.

Tofu Sausage, also from an upcoming meal plan.

Whole food plant based tofu sausage. It’s SO good.

White Gravy that is HEAVENLY. Another Jen special that will be in a meal plan in February (2018).

Whole food plant based white gravy. Oh yeah!

Christmas breakfast was a hit. Potatoes and Tofu Sausage with White Gravy and the Lox Bagels. Everyone was pleased, from the meat eater to the omni, to the plant based peeps.

Potatoes and tofu sausage with white gravy. YUM!

The next morning I had a big bowl full of berries for breakfast.

Berries for breakfast.

We found another Surinamese restaurant in Leiden that was almost as good as the one in Amsterdam. They had the same options available. They also had samosas with no meat or dairy and FULL of spices and veggies. So yummy! Here is my lunch with a side of hummus.

Another tasty Surinamese plant based meal, this one in Leiden.

Off exploring the quaint city of Delft. We found this restaurant right in the heart of town that had lots of plant based options, along with green juice. When I see a place with green juice, I never pass it up.

Coffee & Crafts restaurant in Delft.

I ordered a kale, cucumber, celery, apple juice right away.

Freshly made Dirty Girl style green juice.

I also ordered the plant based BLT (they used eggplant for the bacon) as a salad with a pita. The dressing was tahini based and totally Dirty worthy!

Deconstructed plant based BLT with eggplant bacon.

They had a nice pumpkin soup that could be served vegan if they held the cream. Also, their turmeric hummus was fab! #anothermealplanidea

The great thing about The Netherlands is that most people speak some English, so navigating restaurants and grocery stores and transportation isn’t daunting.

Pumpkin soup, hold the cream.

During a rainy walk, my mom and I (she was there!) found a Thai restaurant and warmed up with some veggies and curry.

I asked the woman who worked there if the food was vegetarian and without eggs and dairy. I find that it’s easier to ask like this instead of asking if something is “vegan” because people may or may not know what that is exactly. I did’t even bother asking about oil. She pointed out the options that were vegetarian with no eggs or dairy.

One of them was a coconut curry with tofu and it was delish. The other was veggies with tofu. As soon as I tasted the veggies with tofu I knew there was either shrimp paste or fish sauce in it. I forgot the golden rule of ordering vegan food at Thai restaurants, to hold the fish sauce and fish paste. 

Oh well, I packed it up for Luanne and happily ate the curry.

Thai food. Coconut curry tofu was vegan, the tofu and veggies had some type of fish or shrimp paste in it so Luanne had that.

When you order mint tea in Holland they give you hot water with loads of fresh mint. Between that and the ginger tea, I was loving it!

Now THAT’S some mint fucking tea!

We ate lunch one day at a restaurant that my sweet nephew picked because he said it had vegan options. It was really yummy and they also had green juice. I always drink green juice when it’s available, gotta get those greens in any chance you get!

Another green juice. Not freshly pressed but it did the trick.


Green juice is always better in a glass.

Most places that had soup didn’t use cream in the soup, they only topped the soup with cream. So if I found a vegetarian soup and asked them to hold the cream, then it was vegan soup city! This is a tomato soup that was divine.

Tomato soup, hold the cream.

Here is my stacked veggie sandwich with hummus, roasted veggies, avo, chickpeas and greens, and to the right is my nephew, Finn.  If you’re ever in Leiden, Ann and Max is a great lunch spot. If you see my nephew, give him a big hug for me 🙂

A delicious stacked veggie sandwich and my nephew, Finn.

We had a girl’s night out one night and had dinner and then went to the ballet to see Swan Lake. It was my 9-year-old niece’s Christmas wish. I am not big on ballets but I had FOMO so I went along. I didn’t fall asleep and it was actually really good.

My sister picked the restaurant, being mindful of the pack of food choices that our crew rolls with. The restaurant didn’t have any vegan options listed on the menu but I had a chat with our server and she was really helpful. I ended up ordering a big salad with roasted veggies and tomato soup without the cream. It was super yummy.

Sometimes asking for things that aren’t on the menu is uncomfortable but if you’re nice about it, and open to suggestions, most restaurants and servers will accommodate. Remember, it’s always a no until you ask.

Roasted veggie salad.

A fantastic bowl of tomato soup.

Tomato soup, hold the cream.

Here’s the thing. I only brought one pair of shoes with me to Europe and I didn’t bring anything fancy to wear because I knew it was going to be colder than my freezer. Here I am outside of the ballet in my one pair of shoes and the best outfit I brought with me. The kicker? I checked my leftovers along with my “blanket thingy” (as Luanne refers to my poncho) at coat check.

And that’s why they call me #PoDunkMol.

Ballet attire, Dirty Girl style.

Once I was situated with my groceries in the house where we were staying, my smoothie routine resumed. They weren’t as good as they are at home, but they got the plants in my bod.

Getting my green smoothies in when I can.

Granola with unsweetened soy milk and berries and a cup of hot water with mint.

Breakfast in.

On New Year’s Day we had a brunch / snack get together and then we made our way to check out the North Sea, a good luck tradition for the Dutch. We had fruit, guacamole, smoked white bean hummus, veggies, crackers, tea, wine (none for me, of course) and chocolate. We also had blinking Christmas light necklaces that my mom brought for everyone to wear. Mom, you’re the best!

New Year’s Day brunch.

Me, my nephew and my mom taking flight for the camera.

Me, Finn, and Mom. Happy New Year!

The North Sea was beautiful. And fucking cold.

Sea foam at the utterly beautiful and bitterly cold North Sea.

I love exploring the world with this woman!

A pic by my niece playing with her new Polaroid Christmas present

Luanne and I took my whole fam out for a meal on our last day together. Since we were paying I made an executive decision that we would eat at a plant based restaurant in Amsterdam. I chose Mr. and Mrs. Watson because they could accommodate 11 people and they have good reviews.

In the excitement of house-made vegan cheese platters, vegan Reubens, veggie chowder, grilled cheese sandwiches, veggie croquettes, sloppy joes, flapjacks and tiramisu, I forgot to take pictures. I will say that it was a yummy meal that the vegans at the table thoroughly enjoyed.

It can be intimidating to take meat eaters to an all plant based restaurant, but fuck it! Us plant eaters are so used to eating nothing but a salad when we go out to eat, sometimes we need a turn. And this was a really yummy turn.

Plant eaters choice for the last meal.

My plastic almond butter jar can only mean one thing. It was time to head home.

I filled that sucker up with non-dairy yogurt, granola and berries. Not as healthy as steel cut oats but this was the best I could do and it was better than eating airport food. I was super happy with my snack.

My plastic travel jar is filled yet again.

Chillin’ on the floor because our Icelandair gate didn’t believe in chairs. That was A-okay for #podunkmol! I love a good floor sit.

Non-dairy yogurt, granola and berries.

One of many planes that brought us home, over the course of our 30-hour journey, back to Hawaii. Here I have a veggie burger on bread with tahini sauce and lettuce that I packed for the air.

Packed my veggie burger for an in-flight meal.

Keepin’ it real with a crunchy apple.

Apples make great travel food.

Not a great photo, but I needed a snack, deep in the night, so I had a carrot and a banana.


I found this couscous at one of the many airports we were in. Maybe it was Seattle. Even though I brought my own food, I never pass up a solid vegan offering when the journey is extra long.

Vegan airport find: couscous salad.

Busting out some split pea soup in the plane. I asked the flight attendant for a cup of hot water and let the dehydrated peas do their magic. It was so nice to have a warm cup of soup on the plane.

Split pea soup on the plane.

My plane noms. Soup, another carrot and some hummus and crackers.

Another in-flight meal: soup, hummus and crackers, and a carrot.

We arrived in Honolulu late and we stayed the night because there were no more planes going to the Big Island. When we got to the hotel we were starvin’ marvin’ so we hit up Yelp. The only place that was open near us was a Ramen restaurant. I ordered some edamame and asked for a side of nori. I added some ground sesame seeds to my beans and I was a happy camper!

Edamame in Honolulu.

The server looked at me like I was crazy for ordering plain nori. And that was okay with me.

A simple side of nori.

The next morning we got up and hit Heavenly, a restaurant in Waikiki that has a couple vegan options and green smoothies. There is nothing like a glass of green the morning after a long travel day.

Green smoothie for the win!

Bowl of fruit.

Fresh berries back in Honolulu.

More fruit to help hydrate after the LONG ASS trip.

More fruit, yes please!

Jet lagged and ready to eat!

Can you tell I’m happy about these berries?

After our smoothie and fruit we ordered some split pea soup and avo toast. The soup had meat in it so Luanne ate it and I ate the toast. It was the perfect amount of food to get us to our next flight and finally home.

Luanne’s split pea soup and my avocado toast before our short final flight home.

Hello beautiful Hawaii, what an amazing place to come home to.

Home sweet home.

If you’re inspired to eat plant based on your next trip, pop a comment below and tell us about it!

We have another trip coming up in March. This time we’re headed to South East Asia for a month. You  can bet your perfect butt I will document my food and share it with you!

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  1. Jess on January 13, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Awesome review of food and family fun! Sooooooo…. While you guys were gone I made “biscuits and gravy” with a modified mozzarella sauce and Italian tofu crumbles over sprouted grain toast with avocado on top! It was absolutely amazeballs and it looks like you guys had something similar on Christmas. So yumyums. My Omni hubs even liked it to dip his oil free potatoes in ????
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Glad you girls had such a great trip and thanks for sharing ????

    • Vicky Haluska on January 16, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      Happy New Year Molly and Luanne,
      The food options are fabulous and the pics are excellent. It was so fun to see you guys in Netherlands all joyfully engaged in family togetherness at the appropriate holiday… Christmas!!
      I’m inspired to pack better and more travel bites… know what you mean about feeling yucky after one too many Starbucks “dopio con panna” and the accompanying crappy pastry! Thank you so much girls! Love to Pam and Joe.

  2. Foodiedame on January 13, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Great piece with lovely images of which I saved some, like the roasted veggies. They look really lovely. Just how did you enjoy the trip while taking pictures and pictures? huh?

  3. Marilee on January 13, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Loved the eggplant dish. Gonna try it this week. And looking forward to your South East Asia discoveries.

  4. Valerie on January 13, 2018 at 10:48 am

    I was eating my lunch of kale, onions, white beans, mushroom sauce, carrots.& some spices with a mug of green tea…and you were making me HUNGEY as I ate!!! LOL!! Can’t wait for the weeks that feature these ‘vacation’ foods!!!
    PS, and apple fixed up my hunger! LOL!
    Glad you had a wonder holiday vacation with family and friends…sounded perfectly wonderful.

  5. Carmen on January 13, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Thanks for sharing. I have been traveling alot for work and this has given me great ideas as well as motivation.

  6. Laura on January 13, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Oh man that was a great blog! Loved all the photos. I got the eggplant and fell in love and then was doubly pleased it would be added in a future meal plan. Thanks for sharing the trip with us!

  7. Lindy Green on January 13, 2018 at 11:45 am

    ????????Love love this lovely long post and beautiful pics
    You rock #podunkmol

  8. Wanda on January 13, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Enjoyed your trip/food log. I will now be more aware of what I order and will be taking more food items with me when I travel. Unfortunately for me I have a jaw injury so eating raw carrot/apples is an issue. I would have to be able to slice up the apple and grate the carrot and I’m certain the airline would not allow me to have a knife or grater in my carry on, but there are other fruits that do not require being cut up and it is getting easier to purchase slices apples in locations. I just need to remember to look/think outside the box.

  9. Patricia on January 13, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    We fly a ton as we are USA expats living in the UK. I hate buying organic food and not eating it all and then having to throw it out. Any tips to get around this problem?

  10. Kim on January 13, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Thank you for sharing, I travel a lot and will use so many of your great ideas!!!

  11. Corinne on January 13, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Awesome read! Thanks for sharing. ????

  12. Marla on January 13, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    I have actually been to Delft as I have an aunt and uncle that live there. We are planning a return trip in a few years so this was wonderful to see! They are vegetarian and always up for trying new things. Love all the pics and you both look beautiful and happy. Thanks for taking us along on this journey!

  13. Rich on January 13, 2018 at 1:25 pm


    Fav pics: You with mom and nephew jumping, then all around the table with your mom holding white plate and making face.

    Yo! Welcome home, homie!!

    • Mary Miller on January 14, 2018 at 6:41 am

      LOL, I loved the empty bowl/sad face picture too!

    • Pamela Patrick on January 14, 2018 at 7:58 am

      The photo of Molly, my grandson Finn, and me jumping for joy on New Year’s day at Noordwijk on the North Sea was taken by my granddaughter, Lily Rose Misquez who kept shooting and yelling “Do it again!” We were all laughing and getting a slight work out. I LOVED that day shared with all three daughters, their spouses, our grand kids and Molly’s dad, Joseph. And oh yes…It was easy to eat every morsel of Molly’s Amazing Christmas Morning Feast! I was a bit sad when my plate was clean, as my face can attest!

      • Brenda on January 15, 2018 at 4:00 am

        I remember doing s “jump shot” with my kids too. We were laughing so hard. It took several tries to get it done. Thx for the memories.

  14. Trudi on January 13, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Molly, thank you so much for documenting all of this on your travels. Does that mean your trip gets to be written off as a business expense? 😛 heh heh. I’m going to post the link to all my favorite plant-based and vegan FB pages. I know people will find it incredibly useful.
    I love your almond butter jar trick. Any tips for getting those suckers clean after the AB is gone? It is SUCH a pain in the arse!

    • Pamela Patrick on January 14, 2018 at 7:51 am

      YES! Simply buy a stiff brush from Ace and use it along with hot water to brush out the remaining butter. Mine cost $1.59, is about 6 1/2 inches long, the handle is yellow with grey sides. The stiff brush is 1 1/2 inches and at the end of the brush end, is a mini bush. When you have cleaned the jar, the almond butter rinses easily off the brush, which is a stiff plastic/nylon type material. I keep this brush especially for cleaning nut and seed utter jars! No more pain in the arse!

      • Trudi on January 14, 2018 at 10:58 am

        Excellent! Thank you, Pamela. Well worth the $1.59!

  15. Margaret on January 13, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing, that was a great read. Love the photos! Inspiring!

  16. Ulrika on January 13, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Awesome post, soooo inspiring. Usually I am so stressed out with everything that has to be done before I go on a trip that I am too exhausted to prep and come up with food ideas to bring but you make it seem so simple. I will definitely try to get better myself as I know I feel so much better if I get good food in me. And it is true that it is wonderful for your jetlagged and stiff body to go exploring on foot when you arrive rather than hang out in your room and wait for the time when it’s ok to go to bed.
    Thank you for this!

  17. Carla on January 13, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Thanks for that, Molly. Very inspiring! I’ve had yogurt, nut butters and even date paste taken at security, so I’m surprised you were able to take cereal with yogurt, but then again, you took that through security in Europe – maybe a little less strict than the US.

    We will also be spending the month of March in SE Asia, specifically Thailand and Indonesia. I’ll keep a lookout for you! Lol!

    • Luanne Teoh on January 13, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      Hey Carla,
      Molly brings food on EVERY single flight and through US airports all the time. In fact, every single flight through ANY country, we always have food with us. She’s never had an issue. It’s true that the US is much stricter. The key is being nice and perhaps declare that you have food with you so you hand it over and let them take a look. They only usually look more carefully at the oatmeal “liquid” ratio. Everything else like fruit and sandwiches just get the cursory glance. Do say hi, if you see us around! Don’t know if we’re going to Thailand this time round though 🙂

      • Carla on January 14, 2018 at 7:16 am

        Thanks for your reply, Luanne! The time I had my yogurt taken it was in the original cup from the store, and the same thing with my date paste – it was in the original package. Maybe the key is to make sure it’s in some slightly altered form. I’ve had no problem taking hummus in a sandwich or wrap, but the minute it’s just plain hummus in a container – taken!

        • Luanne Teoh on January 14, 2018 at 10:04 am

          Yes. If you brought pure peanut/almond butter in its original jar, it gets taken. The trick is to add your yogurt to a cereal/muesli as your food to be eaten because you follow a “specific diet”. Molly normally says that. Anything in its original form can be re-purchased from beyond the security gate, that’s why. Maybe not exactly the date paste or the brand you want but you know what I mean 🙂

  18. Heather on January 13, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    I loved all the photos! I noticed lots of bread pics. Bread is hard for me since I’m GF and WFPB. Were you able to find that many vegan bread offerings?

  19. Ana on January 13, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    I loved reading your travelogue! Thank you for sharing this with us. You’re always so amazingly positive and inspirational, and your family is lovely. Oh, and I want to come live in Hawaii too 🙂

  20. Mary on January 14, 2018 at 12:06 am

    You are brilliant! Next time you go through Amsterdam you should connect with my friend Colette Nickerson. She is a Canadian raw vegan chef based there and teaches people the ways of the force.

  21. Libby valentine on January 14, 2018 at 12:28 am

    Wish you lived around the corner!
    What a delight to share part of your food and family journey…very inspired to now pack my own travel food…have always been concerned customs will seize it…
    And really, common sense and a creative mind and we can eat plant based healthy food wherever we go in this beautiful world….
    Thanks and I’m glad I found you and this blog ????????????

  22. Mary Miller on January 14, 2018 at 6:39 am

    I’ll be traveling a lot this year, so I read everything and took note! So glad you two are back. We missed you! Your trip and your upcoming trip sound amazing! Thank you for sharing them with us!

  23. Pamela Patrick on January 14, 2018 at 8:15 am

    WOW! What a wonderful post, so full of excellent travel tips that enable Plant Based eating while travelling. It was wonderful sharing the holiday with you and Luanne in the Netherlands! We walked through our share of rain on the treks to the bus stop; layered on pounds of long underwear, socks, more socks, turtleneck tees, sweaters, boots, coats, scarves, hats, and gloves daily; ate a fair share of, well, croissants; drank lots of fresh mint tea and amazing Dutch coffee (that would be me and Luanne!); enjoyed the eye candy offered at art museums and galleries; took tons of trains and taxi cabs, buses and trolleys; saw the ballet, Swan Lake,and enjoyed the frivolity of Reindeer Games conjured up by your sister, Kirstie ! So much story telling, laughter, and even some tears. Saying good-by never gets any easier. I treasure the memories of this family gathering and celebration of the Yule and New Year! Thanks to you and Luanne for being there. I LOVE you!

  24. Heather on January 14, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    What a fantastic post and vacation! I’m going to forward it to my husband so we can work harder on how we eat when we travel. Airport food is especially bad and disappointing. Thanks so much and welcome home!

  25. Annelies on January 15, 2018 at 1:56 am

    What fun we had! Love this post xx

  26. Brenda on January 15, 2018 at 4:10 am

    You have inspired me to do better when traveling. I love the dehydrated pea soup idea. I never would have thought! I will keep this blog tucked away for future reference. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. I truly love your writing style and look forward to reading and learning more. Blessings. ????

  27. Billie Burhite on January 15, 2018 at 5:14 am

    Thank you for sharing your travel life, such great and amazing ideas! Every time I travel I am miserable because of what I eat, this helped so much with ideas! Honestly, I had no idea I could take my own food with me 🙂

  28. $ on January 15, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    this is amazing! I fell off the wagon for so long but this post really taught me that it’s important to try, even if you’re not perfect. I am so inspired, thank you! Also, i’m excited to know where you’re heading to in SEA! Drop me an email if you happen to head to Singapore!

  29. Rachel on January 17, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Thank you for sharing. Very motivating.

  30. Maaike on August 26, 2018 at 5:16 am

    I live in The Netherlands – born and raised there, we have a lot of relatives from Canada and other places in the world and it is always fun to see how other people see Holland. There are quite a few vegan restaurants in Holland now – love the Happy Cow website – and fresh juice is available in quite a lot of places actually. You may have to come back to taste 🙂

    • Molly Patrick on August 26, 2018 at 9:19 am

      My sister just bought a house in Holland so I will definitely be back.
      We had such a nice time in your country!

  31. Kristen on July 23, 2023 at 9:57 am

    Molly, do you have any concerns about leaving the food un-refrigerated for more than two hours? I’m thinking of the sandwiches especially, since it appears you ate them long after takeoff. Are you packing a cooler with ice packs as well?

    • Stephanie from Team Dirty on July 24, 2023 at 12:14 pm

      Hi Kristen,

      Molly is generally careful about making sure to bring as many shelf-stable foods as she can when traveling, but will occasionally make exceptions for items like hummus or salad dressings, etc. She doesn’t travel with ice packs, but food borne illness is nothing to play with. If you have any concerns, feel free to make your own adjustments or pack your items in a cooler (we aren’t sure about the TSA’s policy concerning them, though).

      Do what you need to feel and be safe!


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