I met Sarah Kramer

Sarah Kramer is a stylist, inspiring vegan author whom I had the pleasure of meeting at an animal fundraiser. The event was held at Karmavore, an awesome local vegan shop in New West that I am falling in love with. I have two cook books by Sarah: How it all Vegan and The Garden of Vegan. Neither have pictures but they have some great recipes. The part I like best about her books are the personal stories and lifestyle tips she includes.

Check out her website here: http://www.govegan.net/

The Garden Diet

I just finished doing a 21 day raw cleanse with my Mom called “The Garden Diet“. It cost some money but they sent us all the recipes to follow and there were a bunch of other people doing it at the same time as us.It was created by this really cool raw family that is super healthy looking and fun having (the website talks all about them). I started it the same day I started working at summer camps so it was really nice to not have to make decision about what to eat… you just follow the recipes! A few of them were kinda gross but from the most part they were delicious and helped me to try new things and learn which flavours I prefer, This cleanse was completely raw and didn’t use a dehydrator at all. I was amazed there were so many recipes using just nuts, seeds, fruits and veggies.

I stuck to it pretty religiously except for the last few days…

I did it because I wanted to support my Mom doing it, anything that puts more vegan food in our house is a good thing, and I am also very interested in raw eating.

The first few days I was EXHAUSTED and this could have just been from starting a new job and not being used to working with kids all day. Wednesday the energy started coming and I felt unstoppable. Everything was great until Thursday of week two, “Water Day”. On thursday itself I was fine not eating and just drinking water. I went to rehearsal and had a full day without really being hungry at all. The next morning however I woke up and was too weak to move, my Mom had to drive me to work and make me some juice and almond milk. I felt like Mimi in RENT when she’s been “doing lots of drugs and not eating any food for three weeks”. Apart from that is was really good though, I’m glad I experienced it and it was a fun/tasty adventure.

If you don’t know what raw food is it basically entails not cooking anything and eating lots of fresh juice, soaked nuts, seeds, veggies and fruits. YUM! Of course this is gluten free and vegan (some recipes used honey but I substituted fruit and dates in those cases).

MMMMMM.

Vegan Pizza Party

Pizza Party Menu @ The Loving Hut

MMMMMM! So on Wednesday I went to the Vancouver Vegetarian Meetup for the first time. It was so full of deliciousness and awesomeness. The meetup was a Vegan Pizza Party hosted by The Loving Hut, this great little Vancouver restaurant. I got there a bit early but some folks had already showed up. Everyone was really friendly and super cool. I love how at these things you can have a great conversation with pretty much anyone. Everyone comes from such different places and has such unique stories to share. You can learn so much from other people. We got to try all four of The Loving Hut Pizza’s and also sample their poutine and royal caesar salad. It all tasted really good, my favourites were the vegan poutine, Island Bliss Pizza and the Ocean Love Pizza. They all used Daiya Vegan Cheese which is the one i’ve been most impressed with as far as cheese alternatives go. This way of eating vegan isn’t the healthiest (compared to say a raw diet… more on that soon) but every once in a while it’s nice to try something new and good : )

They had pictures of famous vegatarians on the wall and a bunch of happy writing painted on about nourishment, respect and joy. The minute I went inside it was like : D

That should be one of the awesome things, liking a place just based on the atmosphere and vibe it puts out. I suppose that could apply to people too.

I also got to try this drink called Oogave which was really delicious. It’s only available in the US but i’d definitely pick some up next time i’m across the border (maybe on my trip to HAWAII??? details to follow…). Someone was nice enough to share so with everyone so I got to try the watermelon creme flavour and I’m not a huge fan of super fizzy drinks but this was a pleasant level of carbonation.

I didn’t stay for the fireworks because I had some trip planning to do but I definitely would have. Everyone was super nice and I had a really good time. Looking forward to future meet ups!

Being a Weirdo in the Modern World

I sometimes feel that it is rude to force my beliefs on others. Just becasue I belive in certain things and chose to live a certain way doesn’t mean everyone should, right? I wouldn’t like it if a bunch of religious fundamentalists forced their belifes on me… but then I can’t see anything outside of my way of thought. To me there is no reason to not be vegan. There is no reason to buy bottled water. There is no alternative way to live. To someone else though, I am the religious fundamentalist. I am the crazy person. And what separates us really? Deep down we are all human. But just as I can’t see how joining the army is the right thing to do, many people can’t see how living an environmentally friendly life is right.

I’m trying to find a balance. My beliefs dictate that I should be sharing and spreading my knowledge, I suppose that’s what this blog is meant to achieve. After all, if nothing had spoken to me about these alternative lifestyle choices I wouldn’t know they exist. The point of individual change is to inspire and promote societal change. But then, what the best way to do that? Lecturing people about eating meat when out for dinner with friends just becomes a damper on a fun social outing. It’s hard to find the right way to communicate. Seeing someone accept a plastic bag at the store makes me want to scream out at them but of course that wouldn’t be polite or socially acceptable…

Why is this so hard? Because if it was easy it wouldn’t be worthwhile I suppose.

I’m making some more changes this week. With the summer semester starting i’m going to stop using public transit (so travel by bicycle and foot) and buy only local foods. Possibly other things too. It’s late and I need to contemplate what I want to implement in my life. I need to decide what I want to achieve.

Nom nom nom

Being vegan I frequently get the question “What do you eat?” which is both amusing and fun to answer (generally). In my mind the more pressing question is not what I eat but where I eat. I can find something at just about every restaurant but fries aren’t always the healthiest choice. Here are some places I love to visit, let me know if you ever want an introduction : )

Awesome Restaurants in Vancity:

Gorilla Food: Raw, amazing, downtown… The decor is so cool, it’s like being inside of a tree!

The Naam: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This place in kits is purely awesome because of it’s vibe if nothing else (but the food is good too haha)

Sweet Cherubim: A cool spot on the drive, gave me a new appreciation for some Indian dishes : )

Nuba: I’ve walked by this place so many times without noticing it (right by Victory Square)! I was just introduced to it and will definitely return. More than half their menu is vegan and the dim lighting is very chill.

Restaurants I want to visit before death:

One Lucky Duck in NYC

Cafe Gratitude in San Francisco (thank you to Jason Mraz for the introduction)

Life Cafe in NYC (kudos to RENT for the introduction)

The Foundation here in Vancouver (introduction via an SFU contact and the Olympic Resistance Network haha… long story)

In The Bowl in Seattle (thanks to Teejay, see below for more on him)

Chaco Canyon Organic Café in Seattle

(I hope I got all those names right : P)

If eating out and about interests you then you should check out this blog my friend Teejay runs called nomwith.us, they review restaurants frequently : )