The issue of recidivism in the vegan community is incredibly complex, and Matt and I are still in the beginning stages of mapping out and understanding all the intricacies. But it’s exciting work, and such important work (nobody else is talking about this!), and I’ll continue to share our findings with all of you as things progress.
This event, our first public appearance speaking together on the topic, was super fun and well attended, so thank you to everyone who came out and participated! Matt and I believe that this is a critically important issue for the future of the vegan movement. So please, watch the video and share your thoughts in the comments, on social media, and in your own communities. Let’s get this dialogue started! Because the sooner we can do that, the sooner we can begin to brainstorm effective solutions.
Special thanks to Prabhat and the amazing Animal Advocacy Museum. They’re a seriously fantastic organization, so please check them out!
As a bit of an aside, the day I gave this talk was one of the most fun-filled days I’ve had in a really long time, so I thought I’d share my adventures with all of you. I’ve been so delighted by the warmth and enthusiasm of the LA vegan community ever since I’ve moved down here . . . delighted, and I have to say, a bit surprised! I guess LA has changed a lot over the years, and I’ve really enjoyed getting reacquainted with this happier, healthier, friendlier city. So, with that said, a recent day in LA:
Jeremy and I made the drive down from Santa Barbara in the morning, nice and early to avoid any traffic. My number one biggest fear in the world is public speaking, so I wanted to be sure we got there with plenty of time to prepare. Jeremy made us a giant green juice to share in the car – truly the perfect way to start a day!
We made it down in excellent time. The day was clear and bright and warm, just perfect for a drive down the coast.
And having made such great time, and having a pretty light breakfast, our first stop in LA was for lunch! We decided to check out a brand new spot called Organix Vegan Deli, on the advice of Quarrygirl who raved about their jackfruit “puerca” sandwich. Organix Deli is just a little walk up window with a single table, at the back of a wee health food market.
But oh my god you guys. YOU GUYS. I can’t. I just can’t even.
This food was so good. Unexpectedly, mind-blowingly, outrageously delicious. Jeremy got the puerca sandwich and a mini tamale, and I got a burrito bowl with chipotle aioli (both gluten-free). And I’m going right back for more as soon as I’m in LA again. Anyone who lives down there – GO! NOW!
After lunch we made our way over to the Animal Advocacy Museum so that I could prepare. I met the organizers, met with Matt, and got myself ready.
Well you know how it went! You can watch the video above!
You know, public speaking is my phobia, to such an extent that it’s actually held me back both academically and in my career (which is why I’m trying so hard to confront it, now). But the thing about public speaking is, every time I do it, I have a blast. And afterwards I always think, “That was so fun!!! When do I get to do it again?!” So I try and keep that in mind going into it now. I think it’s helping.
Happy and relaxed with my partner in crime, post-discussion:
After the talk we stuck around for long while, chatting with folks and mulling over the many complexities of this issue. I even got to meet a few Bonzai readers, which was so, so awesome. Hi guys!! Eventually though, we had to excuse ourselves. We had a party to attend!
Jason Wrobel, vegan chef extraordinaire, has recently debuted his ALL-VEGAN cooking show on the Food Network’s new sister station, The Cooking Channel. Jason’s show, How To Live To 100, is funny and fun and packed full of amazing vegan superfood recipes. Check it out and support the first-ever vegan cooking show on mainstream television!
We were thrilled to support Jason and attend the show’s launch party at the official Gardein Test Kitchen. Awesome location full of awesome people, and lots and lots of (alas, gluten-filled) free samples:
It was great to reconnect with Whitney and Jason, to meet so many amazing people for the first time, and mostly, to witness this incredible step forward for veganism. Let’s bring this thing to the mainstream!
With the man of the hour:
Afterwards, we stole away with a pair of fellow party-goers, for a late night visit to LA’s newest vegan Thai restaurant, Satdha. Satdha is all-organic and exclusively vegan, with clean fresh flavors and inventive offerings. This food is pretty epic – definitely a “must try” for those in the LA area.
Mostly though, I was just happy to have a quiet meal at the end of a long day, with excellent company. Geoff and Kylie are friends of Jeremy’s, and I met them on the same day that I met him, last year at LA Vegan Beer Fest. Geoff actually appointed himself as Jeremy’s “wingman”, when he walked up to me at beer fest and started chatting, to break the ice. He likes to take credit for our subsequent romance, and feigned disappointment at not being included in my 2013 Recap when I finally spilled to you guys about Jeremy. So here Geoff, for you – front and center!
Thank you, friend, for being bold and taking the initiative that day. We will forever be grateful!
And then? A late night drive home, holding hands, chatting at the end of a very long day, and then straight to bed for us. Tuckered out, and grinning into sleep.