Jul. 15, 2014
Caregiver Celeste giving Ivan belly-rubs. Pigs are very tactile and love to be touched.
Animal Place, Grass Valley, CA.
© Andrea White 2014
Jul. 15, 2014
This is what I do when left to my own devices for dinner: frozen french fries on a frozen Tofurky pizza. YOLO LOL GTFO #WINNING #BLESSED
Jul. 13, 2014
How to Make Vegan Friends (masterpost by request)
A few tips to help you feel less lonely :)
1. Talk about veganism loudly and enthusiastically. Don’t be the vegan no one knows is vegan — bring it up everywhere you go! Talking about veganism attracts other vegans (I lack the scientific research to prove this fact, but personal experience indicates it’s true) and you’ll likely meet new people just by openly discussing the topic (and if you’re out somewhere and hear someone talking positively about veganism, break into that conversation and make a new friend!)
2. Use Meetup.com. Take advantage of technology, I cannot stress this one enough. Pretty much every major city and many rural areas has a Vegan/Vegetarian group on meetup.com so get on there and find yours! (if you don’t have one nearby, you can always make one!) Attend a few events, you’re basically guaranteed to meet at least a few vegetarians and what a bonus if you meet new vegans! Oh and join as many other meetup groups as you feel comfortable with. Every meetup I have ever gone to has had minimum 1 vegetarian there with me; I even met my vegan bff at a non-veg meetup!
3. Craigslist. This might be daunting for some, but I highly recommend it. I’ve personally posted only twice on Craigslist and have made a total of 5 vegan friends from it! You don’t need to say much, just include the word “vegan” in the title and definitely specify that you are not looking to date anyone (unless you are? in which case good luck!). Just be sure to meet your new craigslist vegan friends in a public place!
4. Convert the friends you’ve already got. I know it can be a bit tricky, but by far my favorite way to make vegan friends is by creating new vegans. Educate your friends, encourage and support their efforts (for example if one of your friends wants to try giving up chicken, it’s not much but you should tell them you’re proud), eventually, many do come around (my friend-to-vegan conversion rate is roughly 50%) and remember that people who do not support your veganism and derail you for your efforts are not very good people at all.
5. I recognize that for many with social anxieties or introverted tendencies, a lot of the above options can be daunting, so I humbly submit: the internet. Obviously, tumblr is a great place to start because you’re already here! Go ahead and contact some bloggers! I think it’s pretty safe to say that most people on tumblr would enjoy more interaction with their fellow vegans. Send an ask/fan mail, get each others facebook, skype or other IM information. If you see a post of someone saying they wish they had more vegan friends, contact them! Reaching out over the internet is a lot easier because you already know who is vegan for the most part, and you don’t have the pressure of speaking out in public places or meeting strange groups of people.
6. (Sorry this one is kinda location specific) If you live in Vermont, join the Vermont Vegans! We have a website (vtvegans.org) and a support forum (which I welcome all vegans to utilize) and we’ll be planning and participating in events all over the state. If you’re not in Vermont, check around you to see if there’s a local animal rights organization (I know in VT we also have Green Mountain Animal Defenders), not everyone in those organizations are vegan, but you’re likely to find at least one other.
Alright that’s my top 6 favorite ways to make vegan friends. I hope other bloggers will add suggestions!
Jun. 30, 2014
Roasted Spaghetti Squash, Cauliflower, Garlic, and Mashed Potatoes with Porcini Mushroom Gravy from the Peacefood Café/The HappyCow Cookbook.
Jun. 29, 2014
Enchilada Pie from Stuff I Eat/The HappyCow Cookbook.
Jun. 29, 2014
Key Lime Tarts from Rawlicious/The HappyCow Cookbook.
Jun. 29, 2014
Deep Dish Daiya Cheese Pizza! Having never made deep dish pizza before (I know, boo! hiss! boo!), this was a practice run for a Parks & Rec-inspired dish I’m planning for VeganMoFo. (It’s in August this year…right? RIGHT!?! Cue: flailing panic and mass hysteria.)
We used this crust recipe, halved and veganized. In addition to copious amounts of melty mozzarella cheese, it’s got sauce, onions, garlic, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, mushrooms and basil. Hella good, but I’m still feeling it this afternoon.