Hello, dear readers! It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted on my blog. I’ve not been contributing to furthering the vegan message in my community much at all the last few years except for a few hours volunteering here and there…and of course asking for vegan food at every restaurant I go to! After co-founding Ann Arbor’s first Veg Week in April of 2013, I found myself taking somewhat of a hiatus from my vegan activism. Although I continued to teach monthly vegan cooking classes at Whole Foods through December 2015, I chose to let go of the idea of making Ann Arbor Veg Week an annual event. My heart just wasn’t in it and I’ve learned to listen to myself before I make commitments, especially ones that require a lot of energy and dedication.
I’ve been pondering for awhile now what my next project would be. I’m clear my passion lies in promoting the eating of more plants and less (no) animals. I’ve asked myself what aspect of advocating a vegan lifestyle excited me and had an impact by inspiring others to become plant eaters, too!
So here’s what’s been interesting me for awhile now: I have a strong desire to increase the amount and variety of vegan food options available in Ann Arbor (and Ypsilanti!), especially in non-vegan restaurants. I would like to be able to go to ANY restaurant and find a delicious vegan entree on the menu. My goal is to inspire the many talented chefs in Ann Arbor to create something special for their venue, thereby making yummy vegan food available for everyone who patronizes their establishment. Vegans get their needs met and non-vegans get to taste how fantastic plant-based dining can be. What’s more perfect than that?
By the way, you can help make more plant-based food available at any restaurant by always inquiring, in a pleasant way, if there are vegan options offered. Be sincere in your appreciation of what they do have and make requests for additional items. You might be surprised at the positive response you get.
To promote the fantastic vegan food already available in our fine town, and to stimulate buzz for additional items, I’m planning to post “best of” reviews for food categories at vegan and non-vegan restaurants in the area. I’ll write about best pizza, best appetizer, best stir fry, best burger, best soup, best salad, best burrito and others. I’m interested in hearing your ideas and recommendations in these categories and others you suggest, so please let me know your thoughts.
So, to start this off, tell me about your favorite vegan sandwich in Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti. I personally have two current favorites of my own, namely the Tree Town Tempeh Reuben at The Lunch Room and the Falafel Sandwich from Jerusalem Garden. Try the Falafel with Hummus and pickled turnips, our family’s favorite combo. Have you had either of these? What other local vegan sandwiches should be in contention in the “Best Of” competition?