Sunday, August 2, 2015

New adventures

It has been a while since I posted here and I want to take a few minutes to explain what has kept me so busy. 

A few months ago I was offered an opportunity at a new location. While it meant moving a long distance for my family....

 (He actually naps almost the entire time in a car!)

It also meant a new adventure.

So after long discussions and weighing the options, we packed our bags and headed west. 

This Heart of Georgia is now deep in the Heart of Texas! 

What does this mean for this blog? The group on Facebook? We'll as long as people are still interested in reading these post (when I post!) then I will continue to post on here. You'll probably see posts about Texas as well. I'll label those and tag in a different section. 

For the Facebook group, it will stay as well. I often post items in it of interest or sales in the Columbus/Macon area. Also, everyone who is a member can post. So if you know of an upcoming event or anything else please feel free to post! 

If in the future, this blog becomes to Texas slanted then maybe I'll make changes. For now, we'll continue as is, ok? 

Now what kind of post do you want to see? Reviews? Post about restaurants? Post about chef Jonathan cooking? He is after all the one who makes many of the delicious recipes on here. Post about every day life of a vegan? Let me know in the comments if you have any preferences on post as I will be posting more in the future and will do my best to add in some of the recommendations.

For now, I leave you with this little family ...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

VegWeek Meet Up: April 24th

I'm so excited to announce that we are having our very first meet up! This has been something many of us have wanted to do for a while, and what better time than VegWeek?

Join us on April 24th at 7 pm at Mellow Mushroom in Macon for the Heart of Georgia Veggies VegWeek meet up. It is our first ever meet up event, and I am excited to finally meet some of your in person!

We will get together for introductions, good food, share literature/recipes/books, and discuss future events. We are meeting at Mellow Mushroom, who is a sponsor for VegWeek and has tons of veggie options. Learn more about US Vegweek online

Let us know in the comments or on Facebook if you plan on attending so we can grab a big enough table.   I mean good food and good conversation... what could be better?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Review: Pho Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant

Pho Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant in Macon, Ga

I really enjoy trying different food, and going to new places; however, I'm always leery of new places since it is difficult to confirm the ingredients in dishes. Pho Saigon is a small locally owned family restaurant in Macon, Ga. It offers Vietnamese food and does veganize some of the foods. Just make sure to let the server know you are vegetarian or vegan.

A couple of quick notes: the Pho is a meat based broth. For the veggie fried rice ask for no egg. For the Bun, ask for no fish sauce. My husband likes to get the peanut sauce with the Bun and the spring rolls (ask for tofu in spring rolls instead of shrimp).

So we typically order spring rolls with tofu and lemongrass tofu Bun.

Once I tried the vegetable fried rice, which was good, but I prefer the Bun. So I typically order it when I go to Pho Saigon.

The owners are very nice and have actually learned who we are and our typical order. If you enjoy Vietnamese food or just want to try something new, then I suggest stopping by Pho Saigon. Support local restaurants and enjoy a great meal.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Peaceful demonstration for circus animals

Today, I participated in my first peaceful demonstration. A peaceful gathering of a few dedicated animal rights activist to speak up for the animals in the Ringling Brothers Circus. It was a liberating event. The first time I had ever done anything like this, in fact it was the first time any of us had participated in a demonstration. 

First, I want to thank Jessica for putting this together so quickly. She found out just a few days ago about the circus being in town, gathered together a group of people, made signs, and arranged everything. It was great to meet and stand along fellow supporters in support of the animals. 

Some might say, why would I want to hold a sign, and others might ask why I've never done this before? Well first, I have to say it took a while to gather the courage to even stand on the side of the road holding a sign. It is way outside my comfort zone. 
I did it not to make others feel uncomfortable, but to put the information out in the open that wild animals are not meant to be confined and forced to perform. We were speaking up for those who have no voice and are born into a sad life or torn from their home. Wild animals belong in the wild. 

I share this not to judge others, but to make people stop and think about the animals. The animals are not in the circus at their choosing. "They “perform” out of fear of retaliation, of further torture, out of necessity. They travel for thousands of miles in discomfort, enduring endless trauma in their confinement, putting everyone who could come into contact with them at risk. These animals are mere commodities to the multimillion-dollar circus industry; their “caregivers” are their jailers."

Do I think we made a difference? I don't know, but I hope so. I hope those who saw us went home and researched the topic for themselves. I hope they stopped to think about the animals in the show. We all have an impact on this world, and I try, to the best of my ability, to make a compassionate impact on the lives of my fellow earthlings.

For more information please see this video below and also review the I share this information to help others understand the life of circus animals.