Summer Favorites: Pittsburgh VegFest

It’s officially fall, so it’s a great time to reflect on some of the highlights of my summer. It was a memorable one for sure; big changes, healing deeply, more nature than ever before, and the occasional event thrown in there to pump me up.

I’m going to kick off the summer recaps with VegFest which was held on July 30. Last year was the first Pittsburgh VegFest. I was swept up in the amazingness of that day for a long time afterwards, and so I jumped at the chance to be a part of it this year. I had a booth and also did a food demo (check out the recipe here). The day was really wild but also really amazing, and it made for a truly memorable event. Continue reading

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Where I Am Now + My Feature in Edible Allegheny

Hi, all!

It’s been pleasantly productive over here with an abundance of fulfilling work being done, but oh how I’ve missed spending time on this blog. I haven’t even written about my word of the year/yearly focus as I did with last years “soften,” which was only the first of three words that fostered my personal evolution in 2015.

While 2015 was centered inward, 2016 has been all about branching out beyond myself. Continue reading

Ethical Chocolate + Writing for Chic Vegan

Hello, friends. I’m here today with a really fun announcement; I am now contributing articles to the website Chic Vegan! I’ve been reading the site for a long time — I even used to receive their (now-defunct) Sunday Spectacular newsletter in my inbox every week. Because of my history as a reader, it’s pretty cool to now be contributing content to the site.

My first article is all about ethical chocolate: what it is, why we should care, and how to make the smartest consumer choices going forward. you can find the article here. Happy reading!

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Yummy Plants turns 5

This past weekend, I attended the birthday celebration for my friend Rebecca Gilbert’s vegan lifestyle website, Yummy Plants, which turned 5.

It was held in a new bar/cafe/music gallery called Mixtape, which in addition to hosting the event provided some of the hors d’oeuvres and created specialty vegan cocktails. And if that doesn’t already sound like the makings of an amazing party, just wait because we’re not done yet; the proceeds benefited some of my favorite animal advocates like Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary, Justice for Animals, and Vegan Pittsburgh. Woohoo!

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Mixtape is a long and narrow space with areas to lounge and standing tables to mingle. I got there after the party had kicked off, and there was a great turnout. Most people were chatting in the front seating area or squeezed in the back near the bar. Continue reading

Pittsburgh VegFeast

At this time of year when 45 million turkeys are murdered in the name of “giving thanks” (when you figure out a logical explanation for that one, let me know!), my calendar always has room for another vegan Thanksgiving. That’s why I snagged two tickets for Pittsburgh VegFeast, a benefit for Justice for Animals and the Western PA Humane Society that was held on November 21.

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