It's been one year since I became vegan. For a while now, I've been ruminating on what kind of veganism I strive to represent. In a lot of ways, mainstream veganism fails to represent the reality of what this lifestyle looks like for people who live in the Bronx and other communities like it. It is for that reason that I’ve created a structure for my activism, which focuses largely on the consumption aspect of veganism. While food isn’t the only part of veganism, it is a very important element. I hope this outline creates an opportunity for more people like me to take up space in this culture and thrive in it.
Welcome to a brand new school year! In the rush of this new semester, it’s always wise to take some snacks with you to recharge in-between classes. Below are some of my favorite vegan snacks that work perfectly for these occasions. All of these spicy, sweet, and savory snacks come pre-packaged, ready to be carried with you wherever you may go.
If you're like me, biscuits are life. Being British, you are basically raised on biscuits as a kid. So it can be pretty rubbish moving to a gluten-free, vegan lifestyle. Well that was three years ago; there are so many to choose from now!
There are times when eating vegan food leaves me feeling like I truly put something good in my body. It’s almost as if my mind, body, and soul is refreshed. That’s the kind of feeling I had when trying pho for the first time. It’s warmth travels through your body, healing you along the way. The decadent smell is invigorating with a taste that matches. Pho takes hours to create, and luckily you can get a filling, delicious bowl of vegan pho right in the Bronx.
One of my biggest concerns when becoming vegan was losing out on the dishes from my culture. With time, I learned that veganizing my cultural meals are achievable. These vegan cookbooks feature authors representing different cultural backgrounds and cuisines, making it easy to enjoy veganism without losing your own cultural influence.
This is my altered recipe out of my favorite cookbook, Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck. Except I won't use quite as much harsh language if any at all. I've actually had to copy recipes out of this book before for my mom, who cries when she hears or sees cuss words, when she wanted to try a yummy vegan recipe.
Walking around the immediate area of the busy Buhre Avenue train station will show you more food options than you can handle. It’s amazing that this area isn’t designated a food hub of the Bronx! Of all the places to choose from, there’s one spot that I get a craving much too often. If you’re looking for some solid vegan spinach enchiladas in The Bronx, look no further than Top Tortillas.
I don’t know about you, but Amtrak is one of my favorite ways to travel. Whenever I get the opportunity to travel, it’s the number one service I go to first. I love watching my scenery change from the rush of New York City to the calm and serene of Upstate New York. Traveling long distance by train is most comfortable because of the comfy seating, free accessible bathrooms, and my most favorite feature: the food cart.
As a sweet loving person, Chocolate needs to be on hand for any "I don't want fruit" emergencies. Although I must admit, I'm actually not that much of a "let's eat a Chocolate bar" kind of person. Saying that, when I open the packet it does tend to disappear pretty quickly.
On a beautiful day in NYC, six vegan leaders came together in the back room of VSpot Organic, located on the buzzing street of St. Mark’s Place. Each representing a different organization with different goals, what brought these leaders and the crowd to this Latin vegan restaurant was a commonality of plant-based and/or vegan practices and navigating this culture as people of color. It was an opportunity for everyone involved in these vegan communities to come together once again to uplift, inspire, and find new ways to support.
Does veganism seem radical to you? Can you even imagine a day in the life without animal products? Consider this. Do you think perhaps, because veganism is not the social norm, you discredit it too quickly? Let us look over some common rebuttals most vegans are very accustomed to hearing from their omnivorous friends and enemies, and see if they stand their ground in an argument.
Vegans aren’t what you think. Although you’ve heard rumors, they’re not a gang of angry people who created the tick that makes you allergic to meat, or people who will throw themselves at you to slap the ice cream out of your hands. They’re a bunch of loving, warm-hearted humans who are trying to save the world one step at a time. I started saving the world with this smoothie.