How to Throw a Vegan Wedding

We were blessed to wed surrounded by family and friends at our favorite biodynamic and vegan winery in Sonoma. Our two rules were: Vegan Everything and Fun for Everyone. We wanted our day to be 100% cruelty-free to reflect our truest values. Since we’re all about the animals, each table was assigned a different spirit animal: As for fashion –…

4 Tips for Successful Vegan Travel

Who’s doing some travel this winter? I can’t wait to dip my toes in the warm ocean down ol’ Mexico way. I’ve learned a few travel tips over my 20 vegan years… First, pack as if it’s the zombie apocalypse! When I’m stuck places with no vegan food and I get HANGRY! It’s not pretty. At…

Why Vegan Matters

In their hearts, everyone’s already vegan, because no one want to support animal abuse! The meat and dairy industries are horrifically cruel. You eat three times a day. Eating vegan meals is one of the easiest ways to create positive change in the world. Compared to 2007, because of less demand, 400 million-less animals were…

Garlic Meditation

There’s two kinds of experiences when peeling cloves of garlic – one is when the clove just pops right out of its wrapper, rest to add flavor to your meal, happy to help. You’re stoked cause you picked the right bulb at the store, and surely it’s a sign that your day is going well…

Powerful TED Talk About Carnism and Veganism

I just watched this beautiful, inspiring video today. And then I sat my husband down and we watched it again. Then we had a lengthy discussion about it, and how grateful we are to both be Veg, (he’s mostly plant-based but not 100% yet). This TED talk is a MUST SEE!!!!! Whatever your diet, do…

Vegan Roadtrip!!! (Northern California)

Yes, it can be done! With a bit of foresight, and a handy smart phone, an extended road trip can easily be Veganized. I’m (still!) on a 5-week long road trip before moving into my new house. We hit the road with a loose agenda and a sense of adventure! From SF, we first headed…

Starter Shopping List

For new Vegans, I suggest this starter Shopping List. Always support the Organic, non-GMO options: Fruits and Veggies: golden potatoes garlic onions corn (frozen) avocados lemon romaine lettuce kale bananas Grains: tortilla chips rice cakes pasta bread long-grain brown rice oatmeal popcorn Proteins: chickpeas (dried or canned) lentils burger patties of your choice tofu (medium…

My Vegan Story

I thought vegans were snobs, even though I’d never met one. I was 18, living in the midwest, where I grew up on meat and potatoes. I heard about vegetarianism for awhile. I decided to try it just for kicks. Within a week, a piece of meat made it’s way into my mouth. Only this time…

Barn Diva: Restaurant Review

Barn Diva, up in Healdsburg, is the quintessential high end, localvore restaurant in Wine Country. The problem is — the menu is very meat-centric. However, they have an amazing chef who will cater to vegans on request. And they do it right! Again, I really think such restaurants should have an *asterisk on their menu that…

World Map of Vegetarians

I thought this was interesting/depressing. With all the access to information we have, how are so many people either still ignorant or apathetic to animal rights? Not to mention health issues! One bright spot, literally, is India! And Brazil, UK, Italy, and Germany — keep the upward trend going 🙂 America, step it up already!…

Carl Sagan and Dr. Ann Druyan

“Humans — who enslave, castrate, experiment on, and fillet other animals — have had an understandable penchant for pretending animals do not feel pain. A sharp distinction between humans and ‘animals’ is essential if we are to bend them to our will, make them work for us, wear them, eat them — without any disquieting…