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 + photo editor
Covers tech stuff, dining + recipe posts, some photography + social networking
Born on a little island, raised in Pittsburgh and educated in Oregon, ex-fashion editorial photographer and web designer Rika has been a vegan since 2006. She works as a creative designer for Clients around the world and has designed for couple of vegan businesses. During her travels, Rika spends time with feral and stray animals, and photographs them to create awareness.
doni the food photographer
Covers hotels + travel topics, food 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. He blogs sometimes on Airlines/Lounges, 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.
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.
who writes, manages or photographs?
In July 2011, Rika started a blog on her own. There was a small hiatus in 2012 due to a busier travel schedule, but later in early 2013, Doni became part of the blog and contributed to some product reviews and travel topics including full-time photography. Rika focuses primarily on recipe + dining posts, photo editing, and social networking. So in conclusion, a bit of both.
how did you guys get to travel so often?
Travel is a passion of ours and to be able to continue doing it requires a bit of effort and plenty of flexibility. We keep a firm eye on airfare deals, make great use of our frequent flier miles and hotel loyalty points and also use Airbnb to find long-term deals. We 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.
You travel a lot, so far which has been your favorite food destination?
Thailand is our 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 me which one ingredient I absolutely need, it would be a good sea-salt, but the one ‘magic’ ingredient for me is Miso.
It delivers that umami flavor that provides an added depth and complexity.
When and why did you become interested in vegan cooking?
I really only got interested in vegan cooking in the last 2 or so years and it was the travel that propelled me to cook more.
In late 2011, I initially started my blog to share our experiences as vegan travelers but quickly found that our experiences abroad motivated us to craft dishes inspired by our travels.
There is nothing more rewarding than bringing food back, both figuratively and literally, from our travels.
While traveling, Doni and I love to craft local dishes using locally sourced ingredients but we also enjoy bringing concepts and dishes back from our travels to veganize at home.
do you guys have pets?
We’ve rescued and took care of feral and abandoned cats whilst traveling. We used to have pets during our childhood, at the moment we 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?
We can share a few favorites (click on one of the items to view):
May I post vegan miam recipe & photos on my blog?
Please understand that it takes hours to post & edit photos and create content for a blog. It’s okay to post ONLY one photograph with logo (with direct link to the original post, an image without a logo means stealing) and post a link directing your readers to the original recipe on veganmiam.com. If you edited the recipe to make it your own, that is perfectly fine, but include the credit, please. Thank you so much, you guys! xx
what is your favorite restaurant around the world?
We have a few favorites:
• 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
Illustrations are created by the talented Timoshi