vegan miam was born on June 30, 2012. This web site used to be a travel blog in 2011, but became a vegan food and travel blog in late 2012.
hello + bonjour
Rika + Doni are a couple, photographers, global travelers and vegan foodies based in Oregon, but living elsewhere as often as possible. The term “miam” is just a way of saying yummy in French and represents their desire to discover decadent vegan cuisine and recipes around the world together.
rika the food crafter
Covers tech stuff, dining + recipe posts, some photography + social networking
Born on a little island (part Taiwanese), raised in Pittsburgh and educated in Oregon, Rika works at a private design agency specializing in marketing and web design & development. She also has designed for several vegan businesses, yoga retreats, and other Clients around the world. Rika enjoys photographing animals and feral cats & dogs from around the world to create awareness.
doni the photographer
Copyeditor. Covers hotels + travel topics, photography and some product reviews
Raised in Oregon and educated in Oregon, New York and Sweden, Doni has a lifelong passion for journalistic and travel photography including football (as in soccer). He also spent some time in France. He focuses on Airlines, Hotels + Travel topics and provides feedback on vegan products. Doni has been a lacto-vegetarian all his life, but led most of the vegan diet.
who writes, manages or photographs?
In late 2011, Rika started a travel blog in Vienna, Austria on her own focusing on restaurant reviews and travel. There was a big hiatus in 2012 due to a busier travel schedule. Later in early 2013, her partner Doni became part of the blog and contributed to some product reviews and travel topics including photography. Rika focuses primarily on recipe + dining posts, photo editing, some photography and social networking. So in conclusion, a bit of both.
how did you guys meet?
Rika and Doni went to the same University. He surprised her with vegan cupcakes with her name, RIKA on them and loads of French greeting cards with “MIAM” on them. And vegan miam was born.
how did you guys get to travel so often?
Travel is a their passion and to be able to continue doing it requires a bit of effort and plenty of flexibility. Doni keeps a firm eye on airfare deals, makes great use of their frequent flier miles and hotel loyalty points and also uses Airbnb to find long-term deals. They much prefer to be a traveler than a tourist, and being able to stay in apartments can not only save money but also provide a more local perspective.
Doni is available to consult with travelers to plan trips and find the best deals. Please contact Doni at veganmiam[at]gmail.com if you are interested in a consultation.
You travel a lot, so far which has been your favorite food destination?
Thailand is their favorite food destination. Cheap, tasty, culturally aware and open to vegetarian and vegan diets and the food is often made to order so even non-vegan restaurants are able to accommodate.
What is the ONE “magic” ingredient you can’t help but to always use in your cooking?
Miso. If you asked Rika which one ingredient she absolutely needs, it would be a good sea-salt, but the one ‘magic’ ingredient for her is Miso. It delivers that umami flavor that provides an added depth and complexity.
When and why did you become interested in vegan cooking?
Rika really only got interested in vegan cooking in the last 2 or so years and it was the travel that propelled her to cook more.
In late 2011, she initially started her blog to share their experiences as vegan travelers but quickly found that their experiences abroad motivated them to craft dishes inspired by their travels.
There is nothing more rewarding than bringing food back, both figuratively and literally, from their travels.
While traveling, Rika and Doni love to craft local dishes using locally sourced ingredients but they also enjoy bringing concepts and dishes back from their travels to veganize at home.
do you guys have pets?
Rika and Doni rescued and took care of feral and abandoned cats whilst traveling. At the moment they are fostering animals in need. There are so many out there that are in need of help and a comfortable home.
what are your favorite lens and cameras?
Here are their few favorites (click on one of the items to view):
May I post vegan miam recipe & photos on my Web site?
Please understand that it takes hours to post, edit photos and create content for a blog.
It’s okay to post an image from Vegan Miam with logo and direct link to the original post and/or recipe (directing your readers to the original recipe on veganmiam.com). Altering an image is an unacceptable practice of reproduction or use, e.g. removing the logo/watermark. If you would like to reproduce anything more than an image, contact Rika at veganmiam[at]gmail.com.
Recipes that belong to Vegan Miam or the cookbook author cannot be duplicated on social networks or any other pages unless with a written permission by Vegan Miam, the cookbook author and/or the cookbook’s Publisher.
If you edited the recipe to make it your own, that is perfectly fine, but include the credit to Vegan Miam (http://www.veganmiam.com), please.
Thank you so much, you guys! xx
what is your favorite restaurant around the world?
• PUN PUN Organic Vegetarian Restaurant in Chiang-Mai, Thailand
• Naturalmente Restaurante Vegetariano in Bogota, Colombia
• Midnight Espresso in Wellington, New Zealand
• Max Pett in Munich, Germany
• Napfényes Étterem in Budapest, Hungary
• Yug Vegetariano in Mexico City, Mexico
• Wayward Vegan Cafe in Seattle, Washington, USA
• Departure Restaurant & Lounge in Portland, Oregon, USA
• Memphis Taproom in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA