When traveling, what food do you look forward to? Any favorites from any cities?
EVERYTHING in Bali. It’s the perfect mix of all my favourite tropical, Indonesian flavours and the Australian café culture out there – it really makes some of the best vegan creations in the world. Everything is so fresh; all the tropical fruits, gado gado all the way, anything with tempeh, super fresh salad bowls, smoothie bowls. Could never run out of things to eat there!
Funnily enough I also love the pizza in Italy. Over the summer in 2015, I travelled around Italy starting in Sardegna then making my way through the mainland and I never got sick of all the pizzas. I order mine without cheese but they’re so fresh and delicious it doesn’t even matter to me, I think I actually prefer it without. And knowing all the pizza dough is authentic I don’t even need to worry about eggs/dairy because it’s just flour, water, yeast and olive oil! There’s an element of simplicity and emphasis on fresh food in Italy that made me fall in love with their food culture.
My memory of taste is really strong, when I remember what I ate in certain moments in brings me back to particular memories and places. I spent a few days in Paris with my housemate from university and on one of the nights we were walking (painfully in my very high boots) back to our flat, and we stopped at one of the very many falafel shops by the river and got a wrap to share. Again it was so simple but the roti was made fresh it was so pillowy and soft! Everything about that wrap was so good we both still reminise about it!
Another thing I also look forward to is trying all the vegan burgers. Every city’s got something special, so I like to see how it’s done around the world. My favourite has to be one I had in Barcelona from La Central Hamburgueseria – it had wakame and wasabi mayo, totally not what you’d expect but it worked!
We found out from our customers that a lot of them turned vegan due to many reasons: animals, allergies, health, faith and some just to simply try out. What are other reasons people should start eating vegan?
Really just to get in touch with food again. You don’t need to be healthy per se to be vegan, but one thing it makes you do is read food labels and in turn realise how much stuff goes into our food without us realising. All the marketing makes us believe processed, packaged food is the norm, but when reading through 20 ingredients trying to spot something you can’t eat, it also makes you realise what you’re putting into your body when you choose something processed.
There was really no such thing as organic in our grandparents’ time, food was naturally organic. Times have obviously changed, but I think on top of all the other benefits of being vegan what it can do for you is make you more conscious about what you’re eating.
When we started doing vegan desserts in 2013, hardly anyone understood the term. Recently however, vegan restaurants, products, and vegans in general are increasing. Do you think it will die down or will there be a surge of people going vegan moving forward?
I definitely don’t think it’s a phase. I think we’re going through a period of awareness and education. People are asking more questions and finding out about food and I think vegan eating will become more of a norm than being seen as something extreme. I don’t think everyone will turn vegan, but hopefully vegan food with be more accessible, and it’ll be something someone who eats meat also enjoys.
Based on my experiences on reading and watching in regards to veganism online, there are definitely a lot of people who will judge you for your food choices and try to push their beliefs on them, even from one vegan to another. As a vegan yourself, how do you spread the positive results of eating vegan to the rest?
By nature, I’m just not very confrontational. I’m not very outspoken and I don’t feel like I get my point across in situations where I have to. My philosophy is just to do my own thing, and if someone is intersted then I’m more than happy to share my thoughts. A few people have actually told me they’ve tried being vegan because of what I’ve shared so it’s quite nice to know people appreciate that.
If someone is going to judge me, I try not to let it get to me. At the end of the day, I’m not doing anything that should affect them so for them to judge me just seems invalid – like what is it based on?
Any tips for those who are thinking of adopting vegan way of eating?
Understand the reasons why you want to do it. I’ve seen so many people half heartedly attempt the lifestyle but because their mind isn’t there, they torture themselves for not being able to keep it up. Once your mind understands the impact of your choices and the reasons for eating this way I think it just becomes natural. And the easiest way to do this is by educating yourself! There are so many documentaries and platforms out there with all the information you need, it’s just a matter of opening your mind and learning!
But also don’t be hard on yourself and take your time, I think even if you can’t make the switch right away, going at your own pace and making adjustments over time is more sustainable than giving up because you couldn’t make the change 100%.
" Your relationship with food is a personal one, so spend time nurturing it and learning about yourself through it too! "
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Originally published on 11/20/2017