vegan miam

vegan miam was born on June 30, 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 & Doni


Food Crafter. Recipe developer. Web & Photo Editor. Photographer. Social Media.

Born on a little island and raised in the East Coast, Rika currently works at a private design agency. She worked with vegan businesses, yoga retreats, and other Clients around the world. Rika enjoys photographing animals and ferals from around the world to create awareness.


Food Taster. Chief Editor. Photographer. Hotel and Travel-related Reviews

Doni has a lifelong passion for travel photography including football (soccer). He also spent some time in France. He focuses on Airlines, Hotels and Travel topics and provides feedback on vegan products. Doni has been a lacto-vegetarian all his life, but led most of the vegan diet.


This web site used to be a travel blog in 2011 and became a vegan food and travel blog in late 2012. Please note, older posts before 2011 are transferred from an older blog.

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, Doni became part of the blog and contributed to some product reviews and hotel & 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.

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.

what are your favorite lens and cameras?

Here are their few favorites (click on one of the items to view):


how did you guys get to travel so often?

Travel is 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 us at if you are interested in a consultation.


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  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

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 (, please.

what is your favorite restaurant around the world?

1. NAHM in Bangkok, Thailand (World’s Best 50 Restaurants, seriously)
2. PUN PUN Organic Vegetarian Restaurant in Chiang-Mai, Thailand

1. Max Pett in Munich, Germany
2. Napfényes Étterem in Budapest, Hungary

1. Hectors Restaurant in Auckland, New Zealand
2. Flying Fish in Nadi, Fiji

The Americas
1. Naturalmente Restaurante Vegetariano in Bogota, Colombia
2. Wayward Vegan Cafe in Seattle, Washington, USA
3. Departure Restaurant & Lounge in Portland, Oregon, USA
4. Vedge and HipCityVeg in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

online awards

Skinny Scoop Top 25 Vegan Blogs of 2013