I have been to many exciting vegan events over the last few weeks, though I’ve been really lame with blogging about those events. I promise to get better at this blogging thing because I know you would love to hear about how awesome the vegan community is in Los Angeles. Last night at the Compassion Over Killing event with Sarah Kramer, I was overwhelmed at how nice, compassionate, and good-looking (if I don’t say so myself) the vegan community is here. I’ve been in hibernation mode for the last 3 years, so it feels good to get out there and meet some new smiling faces.
Last weekend, I went to San Francisco to shoot the photography for my cookbook. I ate at Cha-ya which is always tasty and Herbivore twice, once for breakfast (delicious) and once for dinner (not so great).
Soba noodle bowl with veggies at Cha-ya
I popped by Berkeley on Friday to see Jonathan Safran Foer speak about his new book Eating Animals. It was good times and I’m so excited to have him as the new spokesperson of vegetarianism. The vegans keep giving him slack for not promoting full-on veganism, but COME ON people, give the guy a break. He is opening peoples’ eyes to the cruelty and helping the general public look at their dinner plates and question their choices. This is GREAT for the movement. Baby steps people. I think vegans need to be a little less judgmental and give credit to someone who is doing awesome work.
Last night I went to the Compassion Over Killing event, featuring Sarah Kramer, author of How It All Vegan, La Dolce Vegan, and Garden of Vegan. She is the cutest! She told us her life story and how she became vegan. Sarah is so sweet, down-to-earth, and hilarious. I’m glad I went, and she signed my copy of her new 2010 calendar, which is adorable and can be purchased at various retail stores and her website. Oh, she supports Brendan Brazier of The Thrive Diet, and I won some smoothie mix by Vega. Yum! I dragged my not-vegan friend along and hope she was inspired by all the lovely vegans we met last night. Everyone has the potential to change their eating habits, but it is one of the hardest things for people to do since our society brainwashes us and leads us to believe that we must eat animal products.