Okay. Apologies first (I write these far too often). I have been a horrible blogger recently. But! I have been busy doing a LOT of exciting things which now will hopefully make for a flood of action packed posts.
One of the reasons I’ve been so absent lately is that I’ve been fortunate enough to be welcomed into the incredibly hospitable, always exciting, compassionate souled vegan community of Los Angeles. I hate to brag to those vegans out there who aren’t fortunate enough to live in a city in which animal and environment lovers are so prevalent, but you should know that it at least exists somewhere! And if you do happen to be reading this from, I don’t know, Des Moines, Iowa or Houston, Texas, and you are feeling alone in your community, hopefully this will inspire you to do some research into local groups of like-minded, kind-hearted people. Because let me tell you, it’s such a breath of fresh air to know that you aren’t alone and that there are thousands of people out there working and living just as peacefully and progressively as you are (or as you try to). Here’s a brief recap of a couple vegan social events of late.
1) Launch Party for the LA Vegan Society:
Hands down, one of the most amazing parties I’ve ever been to. The event was hosted by Ady Gil, who is known most famously for donating the funds for Sea Shepherd’s fastest boat (the “Ady Gil”). He opened his home to hundreds of Los Angeles vegans to celebrate the start of the very necessary LA Vegan Society. Because we had to sign up for the society at the door, a line started to form, so Ady himself came outside to pour tequila shots for everyone so as to guarantee we were already having a good time. To say that the night got progressively wilder from that point on is an understatement. Here are some photos from the event, so you can get to know a few of the faces:
2) Ady Gil’s Into the Wild Halloween Party
Ady Gil’s house, once again. The only rule was that you had to dress like an animal. If you didn’t, there were face painters there to help you out. There was an abundance of vegan pizza and wine to be consumed. There was also a stripper pole.
(That’s me with the ladybug wings. And that’s ALF badass Peter Young on the far right. Trust me, you want to know who he is)
My best friend Ashley and I
So so many Animal Rights heroes are here in this photo. That’s PETA champion Christina Cho in the Tigger suit.
3) Vegan Beer Fest
Hosted by Tony’s Darts Away (a very vegan-friendly, beer-loving bar) and Quarrygirl.com (THE #1 vegan blog), LA’s first Vegan Beer Fest was a HUGE success. The live music was incredible, the beers were delicious (I fell in love with a coconut stout that I can still taste), and the food trucks were the best of the best. This event brought in a very different crowd of vegans than I’ve gotten to know on other occasions, so it was a great opportunity to widen the circle and meet some new people. Word on the street (okay, on Twitter) is that they’re trying to have one every three months, which I think is a pretty fantastic idea.
So there you have it- vegans have more fun. If you don’t believe me- well- come to the next event! What I love about being a Los Angeles vegan is that you’re able to create your own personal cocktail of activism/social life. You can attend only protests, only potlucks, only beer fests, or all of the above, and you are still accepted with 100% of everyone’s love, compassion, and enthusiasm. It’s rad. So, who’s moving to LA?