This weekend is actually a big holiday here in Hong Kong, known as the Mid-Autumn or Full Moon Festival. My boyfriend got off work on Friday, so we turned it into a fun 3-day weekend staycation full of sushi dinners, horror movies, and long walks outside. I decided I’d pass on the traditional dessert of mooncakes in favor of these raw vegan caramel tarts. They’re full of a creamy, dreamy date caramel on top of a delicious raw cookie dough base.
photo via Down To Earth
Since I just recently got back from the most amazingly spectacular birthday trip in Ubud, Bali, I thought it would only be fair if I shared my favorite vegan restaurants there with you. We went to Ubud because it’s peaceful and fun, nestled in the rice paddies and surrounded by the jungle. I grew up surrounded by the sounds of the forest and when we went to Bali last year, I fell in love with Ubud instantly even though we only spent the day there. I loved the scenery, but let’s be real I really loved the food too. It was vegan paradise, so this time we went I was determined to make it a foodie trip.
I’m on cloud 9 right now! August is one of my favorite months by far. My boyfriend and I just celebrated our 3 and a half year anniversary since we started dating (though I told him it feels like we’ve been together for like 6 years). I taught my first ever kids cooking class, where I helped them make my famous banana oatmeal breakfast cookies. I was nervous beforehand, but it ended up being a huge success. Now, I’m getting ready to leave for Bali on Sunday where we’ll be celebrating my 23rd birthday on August 30th!