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Marty's Flying Vegan Review

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I'm a vegan charter pilot. I never know where I'll be, (well, sometimes I do), and I blog about the vegan meals I find on the road, from Cleveland to Turks and Caicos.

  • (no title)
    I have a soft spot for young vegans.  I have an even softer spot for young vegan activists.  This young man has taken it even further by getting on the radio and sending the vegan message out there.  My hat is off to him.  It was an honor to meet him last month after the Veggie Pride Parade in NYC. But ... I (...more)
    28 Apr 2015 at 3:28pm       

  • Brother Can You Spare A Dime? ... or ... shameless begging
    Hi all loyal followers, I need a few bucks.  Literally $5.  And I'll give it back to you. I'm trying to establish credit for my new business, Marty's Vegan Fast Food, ( and am crowd funding a loan. I want to stress that it's a 12 month loan and you can jump in for as little as five (...more)
    10 Dec 2014 at 11:50am       

  • (no title)
    Hi everyone.  I just wanted to give you a quick update. Marty's Vegan Fast Food will be vending for two more weeks this holiday season. We're in Brooklyn and LIC, NY.  If you haven't eaten our "fast food" yet, you're in for a surprise.  As you know I don't use the word "awesome" too often, (well, it IS appropriate (...more)
    8 Dec 2014 at 5:42pm       

  • Radio silence and stomach grumblings
    You may have been wondering about the radio silence.  Well, I've moved out of the aviating arena and no longer fly the 1% around to their 3rd or 4th homes.  Yes I miss a night or two in Aspen or a quick family visit at LAX but there really isn't much of a legacy when it's all said and done. I've also been having some back issues (...more)
    16 Sep 2014 at 1:52pm       

  • I vacationed in California, ate pork, and loved it ... or ... Golden Brewery Blows it big time and then makes it OK, sort of.
    My brother works in Glendale and had one more day at the office before vacation.  His company had some good times at the Golden Brewery and since they have specific items marked as vegan or non-vegan, (some have the V/NV marked since they serve both a vegan and non-vegan option ... more on this later), thought this would be an ideal place for lunch. (...more)
    10 Jul 2014 at 5:08pm       

  • Rude trumps convenient every time. Green Fig in Brooklyn loses my business
    I love when a place goes out of its way to cater to us vegans.  Very much appreciated.  So the first time I ate here I got some grilled veggie sandwich with Balsamic vinegar and vegan cheese.  I casually inquired about the cheese and was shown a package of Rice Cheese.  I guess they finally made rice cheese vegan but as I checked (...more)
    9 Jun 2014 at 12:25pm       

  • What's up ... and some shameless promotion
    I haven't been doing much in the way of traveling lately for a variety of reasons and my venue of choice, (it's just too quick and easy), is to post a comment on Foursquare and send it out into the twitter-sphere and Facebook land.  So if you haven't followed me on twitter I'm @veganpilotmarty and on Facebook you can look up this blog's page. (...more)
    13 Feb 2014 at 2:29pm       

  • Our final winner is ...
    Heather, Congratulations Heather! Rafflecopter selected your entry at random. Enjoy the book. Thanks to all who entered. Happy Holidays and wishes for a great vegan new year! Marty (...more)
    21 Dec 2013 at 6:04am       

  • And the first two winners are ...
    Simona C for both giveaways!  Rafflecopter picked the two winners.  Congrats Simona. 2 more days and we'll find out who wins the third book. Good luck! (...more)
    18 Dec 2013 at 4:17pm       

  • 3 Book Giveaway … Go Vegans!
    3 book giveaway … ready for takeoff. a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway (...more)
    10 Dec 2013 at 4:03pm       

  • New Mexico judge dismisses lawsuit, OKs horse slaughter to resume
    If you think it's OK to eat one animal and not another this is what happens.  Maybe one day we will justify dog and cat slaughter, (for export to those areas of the world that consume such 'delicacies' of course).  No, go vegan and stop all animal slaughter.,0,2414487.story (...more)
    7 Nov 2013 at 7:54am       

  • Book Review: Mind If I Order the Cheeseburger? And Other Questions People Ask Vegans by Sherry F. Colb.
    I heard an interview with Sherry F. Colb on Erin Red Radio, ( awhile back and since I can turn on my shopping gene at a moments notice, (I can be an impulsive buyer of things),  I …  well, bought the book.  That is pretty unusual as I'm usually downloading stuff to my kindle or nook app.  Sometimes I get a (...more)
    1 Nov 2013 at 7:39pm       

  • Readers Digest on Becoming Vegan. Yes, Readers Digest.
    Really, who'd a thunk it?  One of the most mainstream conservative publications runs an article and mentions so many people we all know.  Of course they didn't mention me so we're still sitting at 96 FOLLOWERS!!! Anyway, I got this link from Victoria Moran so as a public service … here it is. Readers Digest (...more)
    1 Nov 2013 at 6:11pm       

  • 96 and counting, here are the 3 titles for the giveaway
    As promised, when the blog hit 95 followers I'd tell you the names of the 3 books for the giveaway. The first is "FIT Quickies: 5 Minute Targeted Body-Shaping Workouts" by Lani Muelrath This is not the giveaway copy, this is my copy.  The giveaway copy is brand spanking new. The second is "Waist Away: How (...more)
    25 Oct 2013 at 2:50pm       

  • Help me hit 100 and I'll do a 3 book giveaway
    Yes folks, a paltry 100 followers will make me feel like I've arrived!  Shot the approach to minimums and greased it on the runway to the sound of the applause in the cabin. Seriously, 10 more followers and I'll give away 3 books. Two have been on my list for awhile and one I just finished. Get me to 95 and I'll give you (...more)
    22 Oct 2013 at 4:36pm       

  • Isn't it hard enough ... Or I was so shot in the ass by friendly fire. Disingenuous Zen Palate
    It's not really hard.  I've said that enough times.  It isn't hard being a vegan. It does take slightly more effort.  More research online looking for places to eat that have vegan menu items or options.  It does take asking a few more (of the right kind of), questions.  Sometimes a bit of teaching a waitperson or chef what (...more)
    18 Oct 2013 at 10:12am       

  • Volunteer opportunity and lots of great food at the Jamboree.
    OK, so inside the restaurant was packed.  I love when a vegan place is FULL.  But I digress before I even start.  I drove up to Woodstock, NY today after picking up some donations from Trader Joe's in Westfield, NJ.  I delivered them to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary where I am volunteering in the kitchen for the summer (...more)
    4 Jul 2013 at 7:34pm       

  • Native Foods, it's good to be home
    A few months ago I was in downtown Chicago. Since my usual stop is Midway it it rare that I get to the city center. I had a few days and my Hotel overlooking the lake had few culinary options.   After sitting at the tapas restaurant with a beer and a menu, querying a helpful waitress and finding nary a vegan option, it was good to realize thatNative (...more)
    7 Jun 2013 at 12:17pm       

  • (no title)
    Yes, more is coming, lots has been happening, don't give up hope, keep reading! As you know I'll update our facebook page and twitter with all new posts. Go Vegan! (...more)
    7 Jun 2013 at 12:15pm       

  • Wild Cow worth the trip to Grand Ole Opryland. Nashville.
    Wild Cow, Nashville Copy to: I love this place.  Even though they will put cheese on dishes by request, it's an entirely vegan place aside from that.  We sat at the counter and even though I was next to the register, where everyone paying a bill had a conversation (...more)
    8 Apr 2013 at 1:41pm       

  • Doomie's of Hollywood, CA. Excellent Comfort Food. Period.
    I eat at a lot of vegan places and I'm a comfort food kind of guy.  I love my fried stuff and my stacked burgers and most of them are above the line of acceptability.  There's usually one or two things on a menu that are good or really good but it's been a long time since I was over the top like I was a Doomie's. The sign as you (...more)
    27 Feb 2013 at 12:24am       

  • This Is What Vegans Eat
    As a vegan charter pilot I have to put a bit more THOUGHT into what and where I'm eating but not really much more effort. Websites like and Yelp are helpful in finding vegan restaurants (or veg friendly) in cities where I travel. I even did a few blog posts chronicling my foods for a week on the road. (...more)
    25 Feb 2013 at 1:50pm       

  • Mai Thai but no Mai Tai near Cincinnati.
    Staying at the Airport Hilton.  There is nothing vegan around here.  Chains and your standard roadhouse American kind of places.  Last night I went to Karlo's Italian Bistro and got a bowl of (vegan of course), spaghettini with a sun dried tomato, tomatoes, garlic and olive sauce served with a yeast bread and olive oil/balsamic dipping (...more)
    20 Feb 2013 at 8:34pm       

  • Vertical Diner at 4000 feet
    I was ecstatic when I found out my airline flight back east was put off until afternoon. Now I had my sights on a place I'd been to back in March and couldn't wait to get back to. It has "breakfast" written all over it. And for once, when I got up, I was HUNGRY. The airport Hilton is nice enough but I had to order up a fridge for the room, (as with (...more)
    16 Feb 2013 at 10:51am       

  • You can't eat healthy on the road?? Come on
    Even if you don't have the Daiya or meat substitute you can still eat a nice dish of potatoes and water sautéed veggies. A little hot sauce or ketchup and you'll survive. Hilton breakfast buffet items with a cooked veggie request from the kithen. (...more)
    14 Jan 2013 at 11:02am       

  • I hate you but love you Whole Foods
    I do have a love/hate relationship with Whole Foods. I hate that the word "humane" is even remotely associated with all of the dead animals being sold here but for a vegan pilot on the road it is a godsend. As I travel around the country I also find unique vegan product that are only available on a regional basis. You'd think living in NYC I'd get (...more)
    13 Jan 2013 at 6:45pm       

  • Interview with Happy Herbivore Lindsay Nixon and Cookbook Giveaway
    I had the opportunity several years ago to meet up with Lindsay at the Uptown Juice Bar in Harlem, NY and we got to spend a few hours talking and hanging out with some friends for a few hours.  It was a pleasure getting to know her on a personal level and I had always hoped to meet up with her on one of my charter flights to Ste. Maarten where (...more)
    29 Dec 2012 at 11:05pm       

  • Oasis in Sarasota provides for vegan options abundanzza
    Florida is nothing short of a vegan wasteland.  There are a few outstanding oasises but for the most part there are cities with no vegan options short of a juice bar or coffee house.  Sarasota is one of them.  I don't actually know how things like this escape me as I've been here more than a few times but through Happy Cow, up pops another (...more)
    10 Dec 2012 at 6:23pm       

  • Trader Joe's Announces Nearly 5,000-Pound Recall Of 'Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice' Over Listeria Risk
    I'm going to say it again, and I'm going to keep on saying it. Go Vegan and minimize your risk of getting these food borne illnesses. It won't totally eliminate it because there's always the risk of someone spraying cow poop on your spinach, but you won't likely get it from the source. In addition to health, environmental and compassion or course. (...more)
    4 Dec 2012 at 10:17am       

  • Climate Change Study Indicates Amount Of Heat-Trapping Pollution Rose By 3 Percent Worldwide Last Year
    "Livestock's Long Shadow" is a report by the UN. It points out the exorbitant amount of greenhouse gas produced by animals raised for food. It takes carbon 100 years to leave the atmosphere but methane, (an even more potent greenhouse gas), dissapates in only several months. The conclusion is that the most immediate and dramatic thing we can, "throw (...more)
    4 Dec 2012 at 12:51am       

  • Blossom, Upper West Side, NYC. THE Haute Cuisine of Vegan Cooking.
    Finding ourselves all alone, this happening more often now that we are the parent's of a teenager, we wandered the Upper West Side of Manhattan with the deer in the headlights look of parents suddenly cut loose on an unexpected date night.  One of my favorite places, Blossom, beckoned. Wow, what a great meal. Home runs all, except for (...more)
    26 Nov 2012 at 9:09pm       

  • "Make One More" campaign
    The other day the cashier at Chipotle commented that she liked my shirt.  I was wearing my Dr. Fuhrman shirt from the Nutritarian Festival in Aspen that I was lucky enough to stumble into a few years ago.  The festival, not the shirt.  It says, "Kale is the New Beef."  It's one of my many conversation starting "tools", and shirts, (...more)
    5 Nov 2012 at 10:52am       

  • Darbster. My reward
    I've been stuck in Palm Beach, (how's that for incongruous), with a grounded airplane.  It's pretty amazing how one broken switch can render a whole plane useless but it's the switch to turn on the EFIS tubes, the Electronic Flight Information System.  That's all of the TV screens on one side of the cockpit.  And we can't go with half (...more)
    1 Nov 2012 at 12:02pm       

  • Mellow Mushroom come out of the dark, Savannah GA.
    Why have I never heard of Mellow Mushroom?  Perhaps because in NYC there are umpteen billion pizza places, (all Original and all owned by a guy named Ray), and if you live in NYC you rarely will go out of your neighborhood to get pizza from a newly opened parlor.  So probably with righteous management analysis they haven't opened in (...more)
    10 Oct 2012 at 1:20pm       

  • Vegan Fast Food in Philly
    I was fortunate to have a layover for a few days in Philly and since I had the cities newest vegan fast food place on my radar for months it was a no brainer.  A short walk from the hotel and 20 minutes on the train ($5 each way but if you buy it at the downtown station it's a buck less), and a short walk on the other end and I was standing in (...more)
    21 Sep 2012 at 3:18pm       

  • Vegan Mentors
    The Vegan Mentors website, (, should be up and running in the near future. If you have any questions about veganism, need a hand or advice with moving towards a plant based diet or becoming a mentor, for now just send an email to me at: I'll do my best to help you or refer you to where the (...more)
    1 Sep 2012 at 3:03pm       

  • Cafe Gratitude, warm vegan welcome in the shadow of Kansas City's meatpacking history.
    Kansas City, the words are almost synonymous with meat.  Beef.  Stockyards.  Amazing that there are 3 vegan establishments here.  Fud is not open for dinner during the week and Mud Pie Vegan Bakery wasn't what I had in mind for a dinner, so what turned out to be a good choice was made by default. But first, KC you do have (...more)
    21 Aug 2012 at 9:41am       

  • Vegan options in Long Island's Bay Shore
    What a great little find in Bay Shore, while on an overnight in Islip, (ISP).  Although not a 100% vegan restaurant Tula Kitchen offers more than a gratuitous one or two vegan options.  I felt welcome.  The waiter knew what vegan was.  The kitchen apparently knew what vegan was.  Even though I have recurring nightmares about (...more)
    4 Aug 2012 at 11:34am       

  • The Palomino Bar, quiet, peaceful and great vegan bar food in Milwaukee
    I've been to The Palomino Bar a few times and it is one of my favorite places to go to while on the road.  It's only a few minutes, (like maybe 7), from where we park at MKE airport.  It's in a quiet residential neighborhood a block from the water.  It's got a environment that just cries out for a beer during the summer months but of (...more)
    19 Jul 2012 at 1:30pm       

  • Everything is Suspect but popcorn?
    7 Jul 2012 at 11:39am       

  • Limited Choices in West Palm Beach
    I thought better of not posting after the meal at E. R. Bradley's since there seem to be so few vegan options in West Palm Beach. Therefore, no photos were taken except for these two of the open air venue. There are a few smoothie options on the menu and mine was unaltered with apple, spinach, kale and pineapple. My salad was spinach, (my waitress (...more)
    4 Jul 2012 at 2:01pm       

  • Eros Cafe and After Athens, Rutherford backup
    I and 2 other pilots schlepped out to Rutherford for dinner, my mouth watering at the prospect of a seitan parmigiana hero/sub/grinder.  It was not to be as Rutherford Pancake House is only open for dinner Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. The people do protest your withholding of vegan food 4 nights a week dear Sirs. Across (...more)
    2 Jul 2012 at 8:43am       

  • Turkish in Riverhead, NY, on the river at Turkuaz Grill
    I know some of you like when I post pictures I take when I'm high so here's a few of New York City.  (Oh, not that high, I'm randomly drug tested ... duh.  But I do look forward to retirement in 75 or 80 years when I'm sure there will be Bong and Munchy bars on every other corner). We ended up in the arrival line to JFK even though (...more)
    30 Jun 2012 at 9:52pm       

  • Answer to "Mostly Vegan" Huff Post article
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    28 Jun 2012 at 11:19am       

  • On Being a Mostly Vegan
    I want to differentiate someone who eats a plant based diet from someone who is a vegan. More power to those who shift their diets. A vegan is someone who refuses to participate in the oppression of another being, IMHO of course. I ate a plant based diet and called myself a "vegan" but still ate fish. Now I realize the (...more)
    28 Jun 2012 at 11:15am       

  • Typical Airport Fare? Why Not?
    At Chicago'a O'Hare (ORD) between Concourse BC and EF there is a Cibo Express and a Johnny Rockets. Here's what I bought for a few days supply. Why not everywhere? (...more)
    17 Jun 2012 at 10:00am       

  • The Stand in Fairfield worth a quick stop
    I had the pleasure of sitting down with the world famous baker, Hannah Kaminsky, author of 3, (shh, working on a 4th), vegan baking and dessert books.  (I got an advance copy of her latest ice cream book.  Now I have to save up for an ice cream maker although there are some alternative ways to make your frozen desserts). We met (...more)
    13 Jun 2012 at 3:34pm       

  • PETA does this right
    As many of you may know I don't see eye to eye on many things PETA says and does.  Well, that goes for many of the welfare issues that, imho, take time, money, energy and other resources from what I call vegan-making. But in a well laid out presentation I think PETA got this right.  Here's the link: 14 steps that will (...more)
    13 Jun 2012 at 2:59pm       

  • Six Flags Great Adventure offers few vegan choices
    Great Adventure is a place where you can go and watch how America Eats.  Meat, Chicken and Dairy abound.  If you're a vegetarian or vegan you can dig and dig and find a few options but there is nothing actually held out that says, "Welcome." "Health," is on no ones tongue.  Nope, not even the tip. All that being (...more)
    10 Jun 2012 at 11:59am       

  • Traditional Chinese with Mock Meat Menu, Golden Star. Medford, NY
    We find ourselves on the Eastern end of Long Island, not quite as far as the forks or Riverhead but far enough out there to wonder about the availability of vegan fare. Fortunately Medford has a Chinese restaurant called the Golden Star with a vegetarian/vegan menu.  It's always nice to stumble on something like this in such an unlikely place. (...more)
    3 Jun 2012 at 10:30pm       

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