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07/12/2011

Happy Veggie Kids: Sam!  »

Say hello to six-year-old Sam from Massachusetts. From his mom: “Sam is six now, as of a couple of weeks ago, and has been a self-declared vegetarian since he was four, when we were reading a book about who uses forks, who uses chopsticks, etc. It showed hunting in it and he made the connection between animals and meat and has not eaten one bite of meat since. He’s even converted his younger brother (Nate, three) for the past few months, which was no easy feat.” Yeah! Awesome, Sam! And congrats, Nate! Way to be, fellas.

What is your favorite food?
Sam: Cheerios and macaroni and cheese.

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?
Sam: The one that I had when I was six [AWESOME]:


Why are you vegetarian?
Sam: Because I found out that meat was animals and I didn’t want to hurt animals

Do you like being vegetarian?
Sam: I do. That was an easy question.
Why?
Sam: Because then I don’t hurt animals, and I don’t like to hurt them.

Is it ever hard to be vegetarian?
Sam: No.

What do your friends think about you being vegetarian?
Sam: I haven’t told them. I think they think it’s fine.

What is your favorite animal? Why?
Sam: Cats, all cats. Because they’re cool. I learn from cats, from Chewy (our cat) and sometimes from Molly (our other, shyer cat).

Do you like pink dinosaurs? Can you draw one for us? We would love it!

[Ed. note: Totally awesome! Thanks, Sam!]

07/05/2011

Guest post: Vegan Cookie Connoisseur Kelly Peloza goes to Mad City Vegan Fest!  »

The first-ever Mad City Vegan Fest was held last month in Madison, Wis., and I was lucky enough to be there doing a baking demo and speech. Over 1,300 people attended, and there were so many fantastic, inspiring presenters: Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan of Our Hen House spoke about food activism; Terry Romero made chipotle seitan potato tacos; Kenny Torella of Mercy For Animals spoke about everyday compassion; and there was a nutrition talk, yoga session, and raw food demo! There were lines wrapping around the exhibitor room full of people eager to get their hands on lunch from local Midwest vegan food vendors like Dandelion Food Cart (I got a breakfast-y tofu ciabatta sandwich and it was yumz), Ste Martaen Vegan Food Truck, and a whole host of tables offering samples. A smashing success, and everyone was extremely friendly and super awesome.

It gets even better! There were Vegansaurus Happy Veggie Kids at the vegan fest! My friend Marla of Chicago VeganMania was there with Justice. Then I recognized Ayame, who sat in the front row at my demo and volunteered to be one of my cookie-decorators. I clearly need to be best friends with more eight-year-olds because Ayame said she loves cookies and bunnies, and OMG me too! I went vegan when I was 14 and grew up very much involved in the vegan community, and it’s wonderful to see these awesome vegan kids being a part of such a wonderful community at such a young age!

For my demo, I talked about cookbook-writing and the greatness of microplane zesters, then made Shirley Temple Cookies. They are a delicate, shortbread-like citrus cookie topped with cherry grenadine frosting, garnished with a cherry, candy straws, and a cocktail umbrella—just like the drink. Get the recipe here.

Sandi and Ayame and I piped frosting and garnished the cookies with all sorts of fun stuff. The audience also got samples of Chocolate Peppermint Cream Bars (such a summery recipe, I know!) and Hypnosis Cookie Lollipops. Jasmin commented that my dress matched the cookies—when you spend all your time making cookies, at some point desserts become your (subconscious) fashion inspiration. The demo went smoothly and everyone was gobbling up cookies by the end of it!

The after-party was held at High Noon Saloon, with pizza and cupcakes galore (the only food groups you’ll ever need)! My friend Jessica of Compassionate Cake baked a huge selection of GORGEOUS cupcakes, in flavors like Chile Chocolate, Death by Chocolate, and Maple Vegan Bacon, topped with intricate fondant and chocolate sculptures. I had met Jessica a few days prior to the event, after seeing her cupcakes and deciding we needed to be friends immediately. She is just starting her catering business and she’s an amazing lady. Just look at these cupcakes!



I always go home happy and inspired from vegan fests and other events, and Mad City was no exception (well, 8 a.m. class the next day was kind of a drag). I met so many wonderful people, saw some good friends, and made new ones. Go get your vegan fest on in a city near you, or get involved with starting one! Something about putting hundreds of like-minded people with great ideas and enthusiasm all in one place all day makes awesome things happen!

Kelly Peloza is the author of The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur, which is great. Find her at The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur and Seitan Beats Your Meat online, or all over the place in real life! Thanks for the post, Kelly!

06/28/2011

Happy Veggie Kids: Samara!  »


Samara is from England but now lives in jolly old Michigan. She is seven years old and adorable and a genius artist as you will see. She has been vegetarian her whole life. Go Samara!

Vegansaurus: What is your favorite food?
Samara: Biscuits and gravy.

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?
Red velvet.

Why are you vegetarian?
Because I love animals too much to eat them.

Do you like being vegetarian? Why?
Yes, because animals are living things and need to live.

Is it ever hard to be vegetarian?
Not really.

What do your friends think about you being vegetarian?
Samara: Some people like my friends make fun of me. [Ed. note: OMG who? We’ll make them take veggie-sensitivity training!]

What is your favorite animal? Why?
My favorite animal is an elephant because African elephants have big ears!

Do you like pink dinosaurs? Can you draw one for us? We would love it!
I would love to!

It’s beautiful! Thanks, Samara!

06/23/2011

Happy Veggie Kids: Isabelle!  »


This is Isabelle with her vegan dog Bean! HOW FREAKING CUTE?! She is from Benicia, Calif. Isabelle has been vegan since conception and will be 10 in July. Happy early b-day, Isabelle! Give Bean a big kiss for me. Kissing dogs is good for you—gives you antibodies!

Vegansaurus: What is your favorite food?
Isabelle: Salad. I REALLY like healthy food!

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?
Chocolate, mixed with vanilla (I like a mixture of sweetnesses)

Why are you vegan?
I really don’t want to decrease the animal population AT ALL!

Do you like being vegan? Why?
Yes, because I know, deep inside, that it’s not a good thing to be eating animals, so I did just the opposite: To NOT eat animals!

Is it ever hard to be vegan?
Yes, very much so! I usually feel left out when most of my friends (One is a vegetarian) have more treats than I do!

What do your friends think about you being vegan?
I really don’t know! In my opinion, they think that it doesn’t exactly make much sense!

What is your favorite animal? Why?
Ugh! The hardest part! It’s hard to choose, because I love ALL animals! But I’d say my top five are: Dog, parrot, meerkat, cougar, and rodents! Especially rats! I LOVE rodents! That’s part of the reason that my friends kind of think I’m kind of nuts! (Even though I think so myself!) I know it’s uncommon to like rats, but all I know is that I do! (Most of my other friends are kind of overly cautious about rodents in general!)

Do you like pink dinosaurs? Can you draw one for us? We would love it!
I LOVE them! And I’d LOVE to draw one for you guys! I LOOOOOOOOOVE drawing! Anything! Even an octopus! You know, the eight-legged dudes! You could even HIRE me to be your artist! And I mean it!

Vegansaurus World? OMG I LOVE IT! I want to live in Vegansaurus World! Isabelle, as soon as I get an art budget, you’re our lady!

06/22/2011

I ran out of veggie kids! That’s why you haven’t seen one yet this week. But! I do have this adorable video of our very first Happy Veggie Kid, Mac, explaining veganism to us! He’s totally the man, right? The adorable little man!

If you want to participate or if you are one of the many who I’ve sent questions to but you haven’t responded yet, email me! Let’s keep this going! Happy Veggie Kids are the cutest!

06/17/2011

Happy Veggie Kids: Lucy!  »


Today we have a big kid! She’s 16! PLUS, totes European. This is Lucy with her cat Dessy. She’s from Bulgaria! So exciting.

Vegansaurus: What is your favorite food?
Lucy: Anything vegan. I really enjoy pasta and tofu as well as different types of salads and sugar-free vegan ice cream.

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?
Well, I’m not really into sugar, so I don’t have a fav kind of birthday cake.

Why are you vegan?
Because I respect all forms of life on this fragile planet and don’t want to contribute to cruelty. Veganism stands for living in harmony with the world around you and that’s what I want to achieve.

Do you like being vegan? Why?
Of course, I do. It makes me feel useful or at least I know my diet is not harmful to the planet and all the creatures we share it with.

Is it ever hard to be vegan?
To be honest, yes. Considering the fact that I live in a country where almost no one is vegan and where we don’t have any vegan restaurants or stuff, it can be hard sometimes. There’s one good thing about it though—I learned how to cook my own meals, which is awesome, hehe. And being vegan even in a country like that is always a LOT better than being an apathetic meat-eater.

What do your friends think about you being vegan?
They often wonder how I survive without animal products. That’s the lack of education, sigh. But there’s always hope things could change and we won’t give up until this happens.

What is your favorite animal? Why?
I can’t say I have a favorite animal. They are all unique and I love them all.

Do you like pink dinosaurs? Can you draw one for us? We would love it!
Of course! I know of one pink dinosaur that everyone likes and that deserves a portrait by me.

06/16/2011

Happy Veggie Kids: Zoe!  »


Zoe is a 10-year-old vegetarian living in Hemet, Calif. I never got a picture of her but as you can see from the pink dino, she’s a genius artist.

Vegansaurus: What is your favorite food?
Zoe: Pizza or Mac ‘n’ cheese.

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?
Marble food cake.

Why are you vegetarian?
I think it would be sad to eat other animals.

Do you like being vegetarian? Why?
I don’t have to feel bad for animals. [Ed.: Same here!]

Is it ever hard to be vegetarian?
You can’t eat at some restaurants.

What do your friends think about you being vegetarian?
Some like it, and some…well…I don’t know what they think.

What is your favorite animal? Why?
Dolphins. They are nice to humans, they are cute, and they are pretty.

06/15/2011

Happy Veggie Kids: Julian and Astrid!  »

Fourteen-year-old Julian and nine-year-old Astrid live in Vancouver, B.C. and they’ve been vegan their whole lives! The hilarious picture above was taken at an all-vegan Mad Tea Party—jealous! And my goodness, these kids are DEEP! We’ve got some real thinkers!

Vegansaurus: What is your favorite food?
Astrid: Pizza—vegan pepperoni and Daiya cheese, thank you.
Julian: Inside out German Chocolate Cake!

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?

Astrid: Chocolate cake with peanut butter icing.
Julian: Chocolate pudding cake! [Mom note: I was a vegan baker by trade for five years; the kid knows his cakes.] [Ed. note: So. Jealous.]

Why are you vegan?
Astrid: Because I feel animals that aren’t human should have the same rights as us. Also, I think that it’s not right to kill animals and sell them for the prices that people do, because you took a life away, and you’re selling it for cheap. Also, another thing, I find animals reeeeeaaallllly cute.

Julian: I suppose one of the reasons is because I was raised that way—that could be a slight influence. If I hadn’t been raised vegan, I may not have even thought of being vegan. But since I have been raised vegan, I’m more aware of stuff like, there are a lot of impacts that supporting mass animal farming has on the environment. It accounts for the majority of air pollution, and raising animals takes up a larger amount of grain crops than humans do. And besides all that, it just isn’t right to cause such a huge amount of suffering for no real necessity.

Do you like being vegan? Why?
Astrid: Totally! It’s awesome because I feel that because of my awesome mom’s cooking, I can have almost every single thing that meat-eaters have, without having this disgusting thought in my mind that I’m eating a dead animal. That’s just nasty. It’s awesome to be vegan. [Ed. note: love it!]

Julian: Yes, definitely. Because there’s absolutely no reason to not like being vegan, as long as you have someone doing some good cooking, capable of making both nutritious and tasty meals.

Is it ever hard to be vegan?
Astrid: Well I think when kids at school bring in cupcakes or cake or something and they’re sharing them with everyone and I’m sitting beside someone stuffing their face with that, I can get a little jealous if I don’t have something vegan. So I could say that’s hard, but in another way, it’s better to not take the cake or whatever because of what it is, and how the animals were treated for the milk and eggs they use. Booyah.
Julian: Now that I’m in high school, I’m being exposed to people who are physically more mature rather than behaviourally mature, so sometimes it’s a bit disturbing to be a vegan around these people, because they have violent and/or scary feelings about how animals should be treated. Recently I have observed a class dissection and it turned out to be more of a way to output anger than actually learn any anatomy of the creature. Like, they were violently dismembering the rat and joking around about the evisceration. I thought that was a really disrespectful thing to do to the animal who was killed to be studied.

What do your friends think about you being vegan?
Astrid: I’ve changed one girl in my class’s mind, and she is changing how she eats because of it, but she’s not vegan yet. I’ve told lots of other people about it and they think it’s interesting, what I eat and what I bring for lunch; they think they might try being vegan when they get older.

Julian: Most of my friends are fairly nonjudgmental about it. Most of them are surprised by the concept when they first hear about it but get used to it eventually. Although most of my friends are quite ‘off’ when they think about the nutritional aspects. They often underestimate the amount of nutrition you can get from vegan foods.

What is your favorite animal? Why?
Astrid: This is a hard one. I think I’ll have to go with a panda, because they’re vegetarians and they’re my two favourite colours, black and white. They also are really cute (obviously), and they are really cool how they can climb.

Julian: Platypus. Because they are mostly vegetarians, and they look amazing. They are not in fact part beaver, part duck.

Do you like pink dinosaurs? Can you draw one for us? We would love it!
[Mom note: They both like pink dinosaurs and accept your challenge.] ]

LOVE THEM! Julian’s vegansaurus is RIPPED! And if you can’t see what Astrid’s says, “Vegan is tasty! My fave food is carrots and cabbage,” what a healthy dino! Or Irish dino? That’s what they eat in Ireland, right? Sometimes I make stuff up. As usual, if you have a vegan or vegetarian kid who wants to do the interview, email me!

06/14/2011

Happy Veggie Kids: Anna!  »


This is the adorable Anna! She’s almost five years old and lives in St. Paul, Minn. I’m loving her short-sleeve sweater over long-sleeve look! And the shades! THE SHADES! Anna’s dad blogs over at This Little Piggy Had Tofu so check it out!

Vegansaurus: What is your favorite food?
Anna: Corn on the cob.

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?
Strawberry.

Why are you vegan?
'Cause we don't want to eat animals 'cause they want to be free and out wherever they live.

Do you like being vegan? Why?
Yes. ‘Cause we don’t eat animals and I like animals. I don’t want to eat them ‘cause I want them to be free.

Is it ever hard to be vegan?
Yes it is sometimes, when they’re not vegan and they want to turn vegan.
Dad: Oh, you mean it’s hard for other people to go vegan
Anna: Mm-hmm.
Dad: OK, is it hard for you to be vegan? 
Anna: No, ‘cause I’m already vegan. [Ed. note: fair enough!]

What do your friends think about you being vegan?
I don’t know what they think.
Dad: Do they know you’re vegan?
Anna: Yes.
Dad: And they don’t really say anything about it?
Anna: No.

What is your favorite animal? Why?
My favorite animal is a sheep. ‘Cause it has furry stuff on it and it goes “Baa! Baa!” [Dad note: Anna will sometimes correct books when they refer to an animal as an “it,” yet she will occasionally make the same mistake herself.]

Do you like pink dinosaurs? Can you draw one for us? We would love it!
Anna: Yes I do! Yes!
[Dad note about the picture: That’s a triceratops eating grass. And there’s grass behind the triceratops. And above the triceratops. And a flower and a sun. Because why not?]

LOVING IT. As usual, if you have a vegan or vegetarian kid who wants to do the interview, email me!

06/13/2011

Happy Veggie Kids: Alana!  »


OK, OK, try not to die! I know that picture is too cute! I died. Totally worth it. That’s Alana from Indiana. From her mom: “She eats some dairy but has recently told me she wants to ‘quit the cow milk’” Ha! Do it! So she is on the verge of veganism but we did the questions as a vegetarian. But still, good for you, Alana! She will be six at the end of this month. Happy early bday!

Vegansaurus: What is your favorite food?
Alana: Fruits and vegetables.

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?
Cookie dough [Ed. note: where do I get me one of those?!]

Why are you vegetarian?
'Cause meat is animals. I don't like to eat animals. They're living things.

Do you like being vegetarian? Why?
Yes, ‘cause of all the food I can eat.

Is it ever hard to be vegetarian?
No. But it’s hard to be vegan.

What do your friends think about you being vegetarian?
They think I should eat meat. But I don’t think I should.

What is your favorite animal? Why?
Kitty cats and wolves. Because they’re cool…and cute!

Do you like pink dinosaurs? Can you draw one for us? We would love it!
Ummm, uh… yeah. Yeah! [Mom note: She took drawing the dinosaur very seriously as she wants to be an artist when she grows up.]
I think she has what it takes! Am I wrong or does this remind you of hieroglyphics? Awesome! As usual, if you have a vegan or vegetarian kid who wants to do the interview, email me!

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