Vegan in Seattle, WA

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My mom and I started this tradition in New York 2016 that we would travel somewhere together once a year for our birthdays. We kept our tradition going in Seattle November 2017. My mom has been really supportive of my vegan lifestyle and ate vegan with me throughout the entire trip. We went for 2 1/2 days which was more than enough. This city is perfect for a weekend getaway and despite the raining weather, my mom and I had a blast! I will most definitely come back just for the vegan food. We arrived Friday night so I will not count that day since we just checked in and slept to prepare for the following day.Here is my itinerary of top attractions and a few vegan spots we visited.

Day#1

Wayward Vegan Cafe (801 NE 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115)

My mom and I headed for breakfast here before our day of adventures. I had the Ex-Benedict and my mom had their pancakes. I loved my dish it was very delicious. The pancakes my mom had were okay. I loved the atmosphere overall and I would come back here for their ex-benedict.

Chihuly Garden and Glass (305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109)

This museum has remarkable pieces of glass art. We went in the morning and it was a bit crowded in the beginning. I loved how colorful the art pieces were. I felt like I was in Disneyland in the “It’s a small world” ride. LOL

Space Needle (400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109)

The space needle is a must in Seattle! It amazes me to see the great things humanity can accomplish when we come together. I love the architectural design of the space needle and it obviously has a great view of the city.

Pikes Market Place

This bakery on the Public Market strip had several freshly made vegan bread. My mom and I got the Hazelnut bread and OMG it was amazing. We went back to buy more to bring back home with us. I honestly would go back to Seattle just for that bread! I love hazelnuts and they were not stingy with them.

Original Starbucks (1912 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101)

The very first Starbucks ever is right there at the market. There was a crazy line to order coffee so we didn’t care to get in line.

Gum Wall (1428 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101)

The gum wall is down an alley at the market, come prepared with some gum. My mom said I was gross for touching her bubble but whatever, she’s my mom.

Veggie Grill (1427 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101)

I love Veggie Grill and I was stoked that there was one near by. My mom was impressed by their Beyond burger! Oh and the market had so many BEAUTIFUL bouquet of flowers, we just had to buy some.

 Seattle Great Wheel (1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101)

We didn’t care to go on the wheel so we just admired it from a far.

Plum Bistro (1429 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122)

Almond Caper Tofu

Veggie Monster Pizza

The food here was absolutely delicious and the staff was super sweet. Their cocktails we also very good! I have to give it to them, their pizza is the best vegan pizza I have ever had, hands down. I will be coming to dine here again if I’m in town!

Day#2

Expresso Vivace (532 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102)

I loved this coffee shop! The soy latte and vegan donut was delish! I loved the vibes. This would be the coffee spot for me if I lived there.

Snoqualmie Falls

It is worth the trip out to these falls. I found it hilarious that on the plane some locals recommended me to visit these falls but they said it was far (40 mins out the city). Living in San Diego and dealing with traffic, 40 mins is not far at all to me. Any who, I’m glad we came out and we hiked along the trail to enjoy the beauty nature has to offer.

Loving Hut (1226 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144)

Tom Yum Soup

Veggie Delight

Vegan Cheesecake

Once again, Loving Hut does not fail to impress me. The food was sooo bomb! These dishes have got to be one of my favorite dishes I’ve had from all the Loving Hut locations that I have been too. The  raw cheesecake was phenominal . I just love Loving Hut!

Kerry Park (211 W Highland Dr, Seattle, WA 98119)

My mom and I did not plan to twin, I swear.  This was out last stop before heading to the airport. The park has a great view of the city and the residential homes near this park are gorgeous. We really enjoyed our weekend stay in this city. Most importantly, the vegan foods are worth the trip out here. I look forward to this years trip in 2018. Stay tuned, it’s a big one 🙂

 

 

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Looking for an easy and quick vegan lunch? Well, look no more! Since going vegan, I found it difficult to find tuna alternatives and I am quite happy with the result of using garbanzo beans as a substitute. This sandwich not only tastes amazing but it’s tuna free, low cost and healthy!

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of Garbanzo Beans
  • 1 Slice of Onion
  • 1 Celery Stick
  • 1 Roma Tomato
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 3 table spoons of vegan mayonnaise
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Avocado
  • Bread of choice

 

  1. Drain the can of garbanzo beans and place in a medium bowl.  Mash the garbanzo beans with a fork.
  2. Add the vegan mayonnaise to the garbanzo spread. I used Trader Joes Vegan Mayonnaise as it is much cheaper than Veganaise.
  3. Dice up onion & tomato and add to the mix.
  4. Sprinkle the lemon and add salt and pepper for taste.
  5. Toast you bread (I used Ezekiel Sesame Sprouted whole grain bread), add tuna mix, and top with Avocado slices.
  6. Enjoy!
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Chipotle Cauliflower Tacos

Where are all my spicy lovers at? I am bringing the heat with these spicy but delicious cauliflower tacos. Are you up for the challenge? Let’s get started!

Cooking time: 30 mins

Servings: 8 Tacos

Ingredients:

  • 1 small can of chipotle peppers
  • 1 head of Cauliflower
  • 1 pack of Corn Tortillas
  • 1 head of Romain Lettuce
  • 1 slice of Onion
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 1 Roma Tomato
  • 1 cup of Water
  • Salt
  • Guacamole

 

  1. Add 1 can of chipotle peppers, 1 Roma tomato, 1 slice of onion, 1 garlic clove, 1 cup of water, and salt for taste in the blender. The sauce is very spicy, I repeat, very spicy. If you are not a big fan of spicy food, you can go ahead and only add half the chipotle can and add 2 more tomatoes.
  2. Pull apart the Cauliflower head.
  3. Add the cauliflower and sauce in a large pan and simmer 15 mins with the lid on.
  4. Remove lid and let the cauliflower simmer for another 10 mins. turn off heat and set aside.
  5. Heat the tortillas on a griddle.
  6. Prep the tacos by adding chopped lettuce, cauliflower, and guacamole.
  7. Serve and Enjoy!

 

 

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My best friends moved a few months ago to Hollis, New Hampshire and I tagged along February 2017 to check out their new awesome house. Boston is less than an hour away so we spent some time there. It was too cold for my comfort since I’m used to California weather but it was beautiful and I enjoyed my stay. I went for 4 days and I had a blast. Here my travel guide to some vegan spots and tourist places.

Day#1 – Boston, MA

Pavement (286 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115)

This was out first stop after arriving to Boston. I was freezing and drank my soy latte before I could get a nice picture of the design but it was delicious and so was the vegan bagel sandwich!

Public Garden (4 Charles St, Boston, MA 02116)

After breakfast we walked around and made our way to the Public Garden which was gorgeous. We came across a shoe “speakeasy” called Bodega Boss Royal that was really cool actually. It looked like an old laundry mat and the entrance is through a sliding vending machine door. I’m not a big shoe collector but it was a cool experience. I also wasn’t able to take pictures, since it’s a “secret” spot. Look it up though and check it out!

L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates (220 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116)

This place is great and they have several vegan chocolate bars and hot chocolate. This tiny cup was more than enough as it is very rich but delicious and comforting for the cold weather.

Harvard University (Cambridge, MA 02138)

Boston is pretty much a college town, from Harvard and MIT to Boston University. You can’t be in town and not pay a visit to the schools!

Veggie Galaxy (450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139)

I am really grateful to have open minded friends willing to try vegan foods. We all came to eat at Veggie Galaxy which was a restaurant I told them we had to visit. The food was great but what I mostly enjoyed was their chocolate milkshakes. The milkshake was amazing and chocolately! Next time I am in town visiting, I will make a pit stop for their milkshakes.

Day #2- Hollis, NH

What better way to enjoy the snow than to spend it in doors with friends. We went to Whole Foods prior and I bought vegan groceries. My friends were kind enough to make me a lovely vegan dinner. We stayed in and played Nerf Guns (nerds, I know) but it was so much fun.

Day #3- Portsmouth, NH

Green Elephant (35 Portwalk Pl, Portsmouth, NH 03801)

I loved the decor and atmosphere of this restaurant. The food and cocktails were amazing. They have a ton of vegan options, I would highly recommend stopping by if you’re in the area.

My friends and I just bar hopped from this point and walked around the town. It’s such a nice and cute little town.

Day#4- Boston, MA

Life Alive Urban Oasis and Organic Cafe (765 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139)

My friends and I came to this restaurant right before heading back to San Diego. I absolutely loved this place. The food was amazing and healthy. I was actually getting sick with the cold weather and this help rejuvenate me. I will definitely be coming again when I’m back in town.

I really enjoyed my visit in New England, I did not take as many pictures as I wish I would have, I was too cold to take my hand out of my jacket. I will be visiting again seeing that my best friends moved there. Hopefully, next  time I visit, it will be spring or fall. I promise to take more pictures and of course try out new vegan spots!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Teriyaki Tofu Sushi Rolls

I was craving sushi the other night and decided to make my version of the “Baked Teriyaki Roll” from Sipz Vegetarian Restaurant, here in San Diego. I got my sushi mat and dried seaweed at my local Asian market but you can probably get the rest of the ingredients there as well, I just happened to already have them at home. As for the vegan cream, I got mine at Sprouts but Whole foods has some too. You can omit the cream cheese if you’d like.  The sushi is simple to make, however, it does take practice to perfect the roll. My first roll came out as a burrito so try not to over stuff the sushi. Let’s Roll!

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Serves: 6 Sushi Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 1 Block Extra Firm Tofu
  • 1 Package of Dried Seaweed
  • Vegan Cream Cheese
  • Agave
  • Soy sauce
  • Corn Starch
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 2 Avocados
  • Sticky Rice or Jasmine Rice
  • Bamboo Sushi Rolling Matt
  • Sesame Seeds

  1. Preheat oven to 450 Degrees.
  2. Open the tofu package and towel press the tofu, then cut the tofu in small squares.
  3. Spread a bit of oil on a non stick pan and add the tofu pieces. Once the oven is ready, place the tofu in the oven for 20 minutes. Make sure to flip the tofu pieces when it reaches 10 minutes to evenly bake it.
  4. While the Tofu is in the oven, let’s make the rice! Add 1 cup of rice and 2 cups of water in a medium sauce pan and let it boil. Once it starts boiling, reduce heat and let it simmer until it is fully cooked. (Approximately 15-20 minutes)
  5. For the teriyaki sauce, grab a small sauce pan and add 1/2 cup of water, 1/3 cup of soy sauce, 3 T of agave, and 1 T of corn starch then let it boil in medium heat until the sauce thickens (5-8 minutes). Set aside.
  6. Once the tofu has been in the oven for 20 minutes, add the teriyaki sauce over the tofu and mix well. Once the sauce is evenly spread, add the tofu back into the oven for another 5 minutes.
  7. Cut the cucumber and avocados into very thin slices.

8. On a seaweed sheet, spread cream cheese and add rice, cucumber, tofu, and avocado and sprinkle a bit of of sesame seeds.

9. Pay no attention to how I have the sheet on the mat, you will actually want to match the cucumber with the bamboo mat so they are both lined up horizontal (easier to roll).

10. Roll the sushi and carefully slice into pieces.

11. Garnish with sesame seeds on top and enjoy!

 

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Tostadas de Ceviche

Ceviche (se-vee-chay) is a Latin American dish that is raw fish cooked in lime juice. Of course, that is not vegan. We will be using soy meat instead which is a perfect substitute because it has a similar texture and it really soaks up the lime juice. It’s healthy, easy to make, and cheap to buy. Let’s get to it!

Serves: 4 (8 tostadas)

Cook time: 1 hour & 15 mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 Cups of dried soy meat
  • 10 limes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/2 bunch Cilantro
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Jalapeño
  • Salt
  • 1 pack of tostadas
  • Avocado (optional)

I got the soy meat at my local Mexican grocery store and it literally cost me $0.40 for the amount that I bought for this recipe.

  1. Cut and squeeze all 7 limes and mix well with the soy meat.
  2. Marinate in the fridge for 1 hour.

3. Once the soy has marinated well; chop cucumber, tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeño, and 2 slices of onion.

4. Add salt for taste

5. Serve on a tostada and top with avocado

6. Enjoy!

 

 

Vegan in New York, NY

It had always been a dream of mine to model in New York since the beginning of my model career and I was fortunate to live my dream November of 2016. I had two goals for this trip; have a killer photo shoot and discover new vegan foods. My original plan was to go by myself but my mom (who’s not vegan) decided to tag along last minute and surprisingly it was a lot of fun. We went for 5  days, which is needed, as there is so much to do in this city. Here is a travel guide to top attractions and a few vegan eats I visited in the big apple.

Day #1

My first day in the city consisted of us checking in, resting and visiting an aunt in Connecticut. We did, however, stop by  Uptown Veg in Harlem (52 E 125th St, New York, NY 10035) before heading to the Grand Central Station to take the train to Connecticut . Uptown Veg has a great juice bar with organic juices and is a buffet-style cafe that has vegan versions of American comfort food. If you’re in the area,  I would definitely recommend to check them out!

Day #2

Statue of Liberty

You can’t go to New York and not visit the famous statue of liberty. I bought the tickets in advanced to go inside the statue and it was great as you get a nice view of the city and there is a cool museum inside the statue as well. I bought the package deal that also included Ellis Island.

 

Ellis Island

Charging Bull

After the Cruise,  we stopped by the famous bull in Wall street. We then made our way to Terri (100 Maiden Ln, New York, NY 10038) vegan fast food for lunch . I had a sandwich which was pretty tasty.

China Town/ Soho/Time Square

I recommend to buy souvenirs in China Town as they will be cheaper than time square. We made it through Little Italy, Soho and finally took the subway to Time square. For dinner, my mom wanted Chipotle so I ordered a sofritas burrito. LOL

Day #3

Metropolitan Museum of Art

I love art and museums so I knew I had to come to the MET and it was amazing! After the museum we walked around Union Square and ate vegan soup and sushi for lunch at Beyond Sushi (229 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003). The food was okay.

Brooklyn Boulders

I just can’t stay away from the rocks! As tired as I was from all the walking around, I still wanted to check out this rock climbing gym. The climbs were fun and the ratings on the climbs were fair. The scenery was absolutely stunning! It is right next to the Brooklyn Bridge and you get a cool view the city.

Brooklyn Bridge

Lion King on Broadway

 

My family can pretty much quote the entire Lion King movie because I must have re-watched this movie like a millions times as a child. The Broadway show was incredible and I would totally watch it again!

Day#4

5th Ave/ St. Patricks Cathedral/ Rockefeller Center

I had my photo shoot in the morning and it was great because we knocked a few sites out of the way. The first location took place in Time Square, 5th ave, and the Rockefeller Center. St. Patricks Cathedral was near 5th Ave. I am not religious but my mom is so we made a quick stop inside so she can check it out. It was actually pretty cool inside. If you love shopping then 5th ave is for you since it’s the shopping district. The Rockefeller has the famous Ice skating rink.

Central Park

The last look was shot at Central Park  which was so beautiful. The trees and architectural designs of the park were gorgeous! I loved this park.

Strawberry Fields

After the shoot, my mom and I walked to Strawberry fields which is dedicated to the memory of former Beatle John Lennon.

Blossom (187 9th Ave New York, NY 10011)

My mom and I went back to our room to rest up before dinner which was at Blossom . It is one of my favorite vegan restaurants up to date. My mom is not vegan so she refused to order food but then once my food came out, she caved in. I had the Mushroom Calamari for appetizer and its the best vegan calamari that I’ve had. I originally ordered the Lasagna which my mom ate the majority so I then ordered the Cauliflower Risotto. I had such an amazing dinner with my mom. There was  a lovely couple next to us that found out it was my birthday and they secretly ordered me a Chocolate Ganache cake before they left. The waitress came to surprise me with it after. Wherever the couple is, I wish the couple a lifetime of happiness!

Mushroom Calamari

Lasagna

Cauliflower Risotto

Chocolate Ganache

Empire State

After Dinner we headed for a night of sight seeing at the famous Empire State Building. It was freezing up there, we literally just took our photos and headed back inside.

Day#5

Peace Food Cafe (41 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003)

This was our last day in the city. My mom and I had vegan tamales and pizza and they were both bomb!

I will definitely be coming to New York again to try more vegan spots. I enjoyed this trip very much and after my mom tried all these delicious foods, she finally accepted my new lifestyle. My mom even made me vegan tamales that Christmas since the tamales from Peace food cafe inspired her. We decided we would make it a tradition to travel every year together and we kept the tradition going on our trip to Seattle in 2017 that I will be sharing with you guys soon!

 

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Default photo: Charlie Kaye

 

 

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Tamales (tah-mah-les) are a traditional Mexican delight. It is made from corn based dough (Masa de Maiz) which is steamed in a corn husk or banana leaf. Tamales can be filled with meats, cheeses, or vegetables. Typically, the masa is made out of corn flour and lard (pork fat) so we will be using vegetable shortening as an alternative. Banana leaf tamales originate from Oaxaca, which is not where my parents are from but growing up we had a lovely Oaxacan woman who would sell us banana leaf tamales every Saturday and I didn’t care for corn husk tamales after that. Banana leaves give the tamales a delicious taste and keep them more moist, in my opinion. I was able to find banana leaves in the frozen section at an Asian market for $1.60 but you can also call your local Mexican grocery store to see if they carry them. Let’s get started!

Cook Time: 1 Hour & 30 Minutes

Servings: 1 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Maseca Tamal Corn Flour
  • 1 1/3 Cups  Vegetable broth
  • 1 TSP baking powder
  • 2/3 Cup Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 package of Frozen Banana Leaves
  • 1 Can of Jackfruit (In Brine)
  • 6 Chiles Guajillos
  • 1 slice Onion
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • Salsa Verde (optional)

Preparing the Masa:

  1. Mix Maseca Tamal corn flour, baking powder, and 1 TSP of salt in a bowl.
  2. Add vegetable broth and mix thoroughly with your hands to make soft-moist dough.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the vegetable shortening until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the masa to the vegetable shortening mix and continue beating until the batter becomes smooth.  Set aside in a bowl and cover with kitchen towel while we prepare the filling.

Jackfruit Stuffing:

  1. Drain the jackfruit and towel press the water out.
  2. Pull apart the jackfruit as much as possible for shredded pork texture. Set aside

3. Remove the stems from the chiles Guajillos and boil for 5 minutes.

4. Blend together 6 boiled chiles guajillos, 1 slice of onion, 1 garlic clove, 1 cup of the water used to boil chiles, and salt for taste.

5. Strain the sauce to remove all seeds

6. In a medium pan, sautee 1 slice of onion and jackfruit in oil until golden brown. Add salt and guajillo sauce and cook for 5-7 minutes.

7. Set aside to cool down.

Preparing the Tamales:

  1. Rinse and dry the banana leaves.

2. The banana leaves come in really long sections. Make sure to cut the ends off and cut into 12 medium rectangles. To soften the leaves, hold them over heat, either over a gas burner or a hot pan for a few seconds. Heat them only enough so that they turn to a brighter green and have soften. DO NOT leave too long of the leaves will toast and become brittle.

3. Grab the masa and make 12 small masa balls. Place one on the center of each banana leaf.

4. Spread the prepared masa evenly over each banana leaf and add 1-2 Tablespoons of the cooked jackfruit mix.

  

5. Fold the banana leaf in half twice and fold the edges as shown in the photos.

5. Tie the tamale with a small strand from any left over banana leaves.

6. Add water to the pot. (I got my tamale steamer at my local Mexican grocery store for $10)

7. Add banana leaves on top of the steamer, place tamales in the pot and cover with more banana leaves.

8. Boil the water and then steam tamales on medium heat for about an 1 hour.

9. After an hour, open one tamale to make sure it is fully cooked. Once they are ready, serve and enjoy your vegan tamales.  Garnish the tamale with salsa 🙂

 

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The holidays have arrived and what better way to comfort the body than with some warm Posole! Pozole (Po-so-leh) is a traditional Mexican stew/soup that is served as a celebratory dish during cold weather, typically on Christmas and New Year’s. It is made from hominy, pork (but we will be using jack-fruit as a substitute), and is garnished with shredded cabbage, radishes, and lime. LETTUCE not miss out on the holiday traditions and treat ourselves to some vegan posole.

Cook Time: 40 Minutes

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 2 small cans of Hominy
  • 1 can of Jackfruit (In Brine)
  • 1 quart of vegetable Broth (4 cups/32 FL oz)
  • 7 Chiles Guajillos
  • 1 Onion
  • 3 Garlic cloves
  • 1 Cabbage head
  • 1 Bunch of Radishes
  • Limes
  • Tortilla chips or Tostadas (optional)

 

  1. Drain the cans of hominy and the jackfruit.
  2. Towel press the jackfruit and pull apart as needed for pulled pork texture.
  3. In a medium pot, add 1 quart (4 cups) of vegetable broth, 4 cups of water, jack-fruit, hominy, 1 slice of onion, and 2 garlic cloves to boil.
  4. In the meantime, let’s make the Posole sauce. 
  5. Remove the stems from the Chiles Guajillos and bring to boil in a small sauce pan for 5 minutes.
  6. Blend together the tender chiles, 1 slice of onion, 1 garlic glove, and salt for taste.
  7. Once the sauce is completely blended, strain the sauce.
  8. Add the sauce into pot and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  9. Posole is ready to be served and garnished with raddish, cabbage, and lime!
  10. Enjoy with some tortilla chips or tostadas!

 

 

 

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ABSolutely Hard Core!

Although diet is the largest contributor to our health, working out is essential in helping to tone our bodies and make them stronger. As a rock climber, it is critical to have a strong core. It is my least favorite workout but I try my best to do core at least 2-3 times a week.  Let’s honor our bodies with a great ab work out!

Russian Twist (20 count each side)

Make sure you are sitting up straight and feet are off the floor. Have your right elbow touch your left knee and vice versa. If you want to bump it up a bit, you can carry a weight of your choice as you twist.

Crunches (20 count)

For your crunches, have your legs bent and off the floor. Come up half way and back down as slow as possible. Remember to keep your core engaged!

Side V-ups (10 count each side)

Start by having both legs up off the floor and one hand on your head. Lift your legs as high as possible to connect knees to elbows and then slowly bring your legs back to starting position. Repeat and Alternate sides.

Flutter Kicks (20 count each side)

Bring your shoulders off the floor and alternate your legs up and down as slow as possible.

Heel Touches (10 count each side)

Shoulders are off the mat, bring your right hand to touch your right heel and switch.

Yasss! You’ve completed the first circuit. Rest for 2 minutes and repeat the entire circuit 2 more times. You got this!

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Photography: Zeke Dominguez