Los Angeles, CA(Redford MI originally)
How long have you been vegan?
What motivated you to become vegan?
That animals are being abused and murdered even for milk and eggs.
Is your family or partner also vegan?
What is the hardest part about being vegan?
Affording vegan food on a low budget due to the government subsidies making dairy & meat affordable, as well as finding vegan food in most neighborhoods I've lived in. Also having to live in reality where majority of humanity is ignorant to the fact that they're supporting torture, slavery and murder while having it justified to themselves somehow.
Are you involved in vegan activism? If so, in what way?
I don't participate in group activism really, but whenever the opportunity provides itself, I make the truth known about what people are doing to their bodies and animals. Vegan concepts often appear in my music, film, art.
What do you do for a living? Do you incorporate your vegan lifestyle into it?
I have often worked in the food industry but have quit because of refusing to serve or cook meat. Currently one of my jobs is delivering raw vegan food for the local LA company "Back to Life." I believe in what the company is providing. We deliver all over southern CA.
How do you eat throughout the week? Cook at home? Or eat out?
I mostly cook at home. I'd like to eat out at vegan restaurants more often.
Can you share your favorite vegan recipe?
I enjoy cooking. I make a lot of pizza. I used to not use any vegan cheese and even meat eaters told me it was the best pizza they ever had. I'll fry up tomato slices, use various types of bread or dough, sauce, pineapple, red pepper, minced garlic, mushrooms, oregano, basil leaves. the basics. I like making breakfast bagels, or sloppy joe, sandwiches. Basic stuff using vegan meat substitutes. soups, soul food plates. nothing really from scratch in terms of making meat alternatives. It's all about texture, portions, temperature and seasonings.
Is there much of a vegan social scene in your community?
It's L.A., it's great. Even Detroit now has a pretty big awakening. I was surprised last time I was home at how many people I know have gone vegan and there's some great places like Detroit Vegan Soul, Seva, Institute of Bagels and a handful of pizza places.