True Christmas Spirit

Its starting to feel better and better when it comes to family gatherings and my beliefs cared for. Its really quite simple. I don’t eat meat. I love animals and think their my friends. Its not hard. Just let me pick and choose my food that no animal dead or suffered in. And close family recognize that more and more.

I truly felt it for the first time at Christmas Holidays at my cousins. Its an annual tradition to meet at her house from all sides of the family. First by getting texts week prior on the meals being prepared. And my cousin and her husband noting they will cook certain dishes for me. It is quite heartwarming and utmost respect for who I am as a person.

But its when I got to to the house on Christmas day. To just see and feel it in person is where it truly is felt. Potato dishes and vegetable dishes made for me. Fruits and sides available where I can also eat. I can really feel at home and not be judged when plenty of options for the lone vegetarian of the family. Even others asking what is made or not made, items were converted so items weren’t cook using other animal fats. and GUESS WHAT, IT STILL TASTES DELICIOUS!

With my son and niece/nephews running around and playing. It was happy to see all around. Family to gather for a Christmas Holiday. I can talk about who I am and what type of morals have changed for me. It can be open and respectful, no judging or hate or laughter. I’m not crazy, everybody just needs to catch on. On to more Happy Holidays in the future.

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Just wanted to share some good news and some work I’ve been doing on Instagram. It may not be much but depicting the vegan movement in the correct light is important. People perceive things different and the conversation changes tone. Feel free to use and share!

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Pangolins Strike Back!

In light of all the Coronavirus epidemic, is the cause and research back to what started and cause this. A result of this being tens of thousands and nearly a thousand are sick or dying from this deadly disease. At the beginning of it all, it starts with the animals who initially carried them and past them on.

At the heart of the story, bats and snakes continue to be in the mainstream. A new fact is emerging that Pangolins are the root animal and transfer of the disease. What seems to be a light flu and caution is turning out to a be a full scale terror on the world and especially China. It seems like a mild war time effort with evacuations, city isolations, travel bans, hospitals being in 5 days, etc. It is unbelievable the length and magnitude of what has happened.

All due to someone or group of peoples eating exotic animals and getting the virus. From there infecting thousands in a few weeks. And you must ask yourself what fulls such a drive to eat such animals. Whether it be for health, fame, love, or pure sport. It shows a culture that thrives and puts a mystical aura on eating such animals. When in fact there is virtually no gain in any of those aspects. I do not mean to be cold hearted or cruel in my discussion. My heart goes out to those inflicted with such pain and misery and even those pass away. But the selfishness of one or a few has caused all this.

It simply has to stop. Stop eating the exotic animals. They can not do anything for you. They just want to live in peace. If anything, this is a great lesson for the world on what lessons we need to preach and put in place. Places like Vietnam and China fuel the demand of such industries. Even Cambodia and all across the world have hidden demand for it. It is just incredible to see such selfishness to continue. Do thousands dying and effecting the world give you any second thought to what you are doing.

Nature has its way and this is one way to balance and make the score even.

New York City Vegan

I just came back from a lovely trip to New York City a couple weeks ago. My sister in law loved Christmas in New York and we all took a big family trip last year. We tried to make it happen again this Winter but unfortunately couldn’t. Our weekends didn’t align but we both went only two weekends a part. My mother went twice with each family!

One thing my wife and I never did before was travel by train. I went on Amtrak once from San Diego to Los Angeles to visit my uncle and loved the experience. The impression hasn’t left me. I convinced my wife we need to try it out. And oh boy it was a wonderful one.

We got there in about 3.5 hours instead of 5. There isn’t a need for a driver and everybody can relax. You easily eat food and drink. You can walk around and stretch your legs. Accessible and clean bathrooms. You have great cell signal, power outlets for laptops, and good Ole USA country side views. A win to the win and win winning combo for me. We used the Red Cap service to make it even better. You get to board the train first and not be in the rush.

Henry was happy to run around and play. My wife and mother could chat about the whole time. And guess what, oh yeah, I ain’t driving!!!!!! Last time shall we say, I drank a little too much. Then driving home for 5 hours ain’t too fun.

Well as soon as we arrived we directly went to Chelsea Market. A fun vibrate place with ton of food options. Last time, I had vegan sushi! But with new and exciting places popping up left and right, I needed to venture. How lucky a place my wife was lookinn up had a vegan option. My surprise surprise… Not. NYC you make me happy. It was Very Fresh Noodles. Right off the bat is a line at 1pm. I ordered the vegan noodle soup and it was full of flavor. I wish I could get this back home. Lots of spices and mix of Chinese cuisine to blend into a perfectly delicious bowl.

What next. Oh yes. My wife had to hit up Ichiran. That was a must of this trip. After we hit that, she could call the trip done. No lines, big location near Time Square. Oh and surprise, the only Ichiran in the world with a vegan option! I wouldn’t say this vegan Ichiran dish was mind blowing. But used a lot of Dashi for flavoring. Soft and tasty noodles and I’m not missing out on any regular tonkatsu ramen.

New York City a place vibrant with life and culture. It’s arguably the #1 city in the world. Tall buildings, tons of people, fashion galore, wealthy and poor, nightlife, latest events, politics, celebrities, and the list is endless. We came across buses with Dunkin Donut advertising their new plant based breakfast sandwhiches. A partnership with Beyond Meat I believe.

Animals were everywhere doe Henry and yeah me. A quick stroll through Central Park would take care of that. Squirrels, birds, mouse, and horses! Henry is on a horse binge. He couldn’t stop staring and yeah he got a high five from the horse driver. Made my day to see him so happy. From toy horses to real ones.

One thing I’ll have to say I need to shut down. Fuck Canada Goose people. Can you not wrap your morality on how those jackets were mad? Geese basically tortured in the process of their feathers, and wild coyotes hunted for fur. There are tons of options to keep you warm and an animal didn’t need to die. You know it, and I know it. So why is ever 10th person I walk pass have this jacket. At least half are probably fake, so thank you Chinese counterfeiters.

Anyways, let’s keep this trip going and focus on the positive. The one place I had on my bucket list before left. The cinnamon snail located at Penn Station. DAMN is The Cinnamon Snail good! Now thags why I call a burger! It was made with the freshest and tastiest ingredients. The Peking Tots were simply amazing. And sorry my wife didn’t like it but I sure did was the Cauliflower soup.

One of few places with a line. People couldn’t stop coming to the snail. I can see why. When other foodie bloggers out calling Cinnamon Snail as top 5 foodie joint, I’m ecstatic to eat all myself. Can you come to Virginia please!? Thanks. It really hits upon the fact, vegan food doesn’t have to be boring. People don’t really care as long as it tastes good. This place met and exceed at that criteria.

Thanks again NYC for a wonderful time. We hope to see you again. My vegan adventures and stories will continue. And I will keep sharing. Animals are our friends, not food.

Hidden Oaks Nature Center

My quick review. It’s a great place to expose children and adults alike to nature and animals. It’s quiet or not so quiet environment depending on how many children are there. A wonderful center to come see real life turtles, frogs, and snakes. It was lots of interesting info and provides a ton of toys and hands on things for children.

For any parents needing a place to bring your children for a day out. This is definitely a place to stop by for fun and education. There is also trails surrounding the center and a nearby playground. My son can’t stop watching all the animals and talking to them.

All the staff we have encountered have been extraordinary friendly. One volunteer told us how one women called the center said she had a Dinosaur and lots of eggs in her yard! The volunteer told us they went to collect and found 34 eggs! You wanna he the crazy part? All 34 hatched successfully and released! Now how’s that for a happy ending.

We take our son here almost once a week these days. Let the kids interact and learn love our animal friends that surround us.

Angkor Kingdom Trees Weep

I read an article quite awhike ago that has a very lingering affect on me. It was a very detailed insider story on the deforestation of Cambodia. All the ins and outs of the people living on the land, the statistics and the people that profit.

As much as I always want to positive and be uplifting about the environment and all life matters. I cant help but share the grim reality. We still live in a world where we know climate change is a true facing danger. That deforestation can have absolutely profound affects on many aspects of a ecosystem. Where people are devestafed just as the animals who called it home.

The sheer size, profit, disregard for nature, and selfishness is on a massive scale. I cant get into all the details and link the article below. But it makes me wonder why kind of fucking world are we becoming. To need to be thag rich, to destroy so much, and all for what? When peoples lands and live hoods are completely removed. Is there no heart?

These trees commanding thousands of dollars for a single one. How can you blame these impoverished Cambodians. You circumvent the laws and morality to attain these logs. All for millionaires home or art piece. Leave some helpless. What can I do? I’m halfway across the world. I cna scream and shout at the top of my lungs and nobdy care.

We are truly living in a golden age. Because these monsters are ripping out our nature’s soul. And if one is stopped, others will replace that one for destruction. Creating an incentive that at least I make the money instead. There will be no end in sight. Such greed wins out.

I remeber being told by. Cambodia family friend acquaintance where they can walk miles on end and hours into the forest. Those days are no more. All cleared for farmlad or illegal logging.

Until it is a barren wasteland with no suitable life will people realize it’s too late. The problem is you can’t turn back the clock. In the end you just hurt yourselfs.

You’re not just shooting yourself in the foot, you’re shorting yourself in the heart.

Game Changers

A main stream Netflix documentary that my cousin told me about was Game Changers. A man set out to find the best diet for health, fighting, athletics, and recovery. To be the best, you need the most optimal lifestyle. His adventure takes him to discuss with sports athletes, doctors, nutritionist, chefs, trainers. All which have lead him on the truth that a plant based and vegan diet is the most optimal.

Ill let you watch for yourself and this is not a review. But I really liked how James Wilks goes through the history, myth, media, and research all to lead to the truth. How did we get to this point where we eat so much meat to destroy ourselves. We sacrifice our own health and the world around us. It’s really exposing the truth in a simple and understanding manner.

He’s not bashing meat eaters or submitting you to endless propoganda. It’s because when you look at everything as a whole, you cnat argue the facts. It’s great exposure to change everybody’s mind through Netflix.

Confidence Builder

I have to say the more and more I talk about my vegan lifestyle I gain ever more confident. It’s like anything in life the more you do and practice.

Ill have to give all those thanks to my cousins. The enjoy talking to me about my lifestyle and how such a positive effect they can see in me. More energy and looking substantially healthier. My one cousin even explaining how my “glow” even is very apparent. (I have a glow!)

Along those discussions, comes the reality of challenges I may face or help then face in their one lives. What to eat, how to eat, facing hunger pains, wanting meat still, etc. But my point to them it’s not black or white at all. It’s most definitely gray in my eyes.

It’s a big change for the better and as long as you are getting better. Thats all that matters. Don’t get mad or disheartened you can’t go complete vegan. It’s on you want to eatit once in awhile. It’s a big shift in our hearts and minds and yes our stomach. As people like me want everyone to switch turn key on the dime. Life and people don’t work that way. We are striving as a whole to get better. Saving a few animals with a few meals is better than none. Keep progressing.

If I feel like a good brand ambassador for the cause. Learn to make good valid points, learn not to get emotional. Learn to help and be positive changing force. Not to be mad. Because what does being mad do, nothing. People don’t respond kindly to anger. None of us vegans would, so how can you expect others too. Get a few drinks in me and yeah it will get very emotional. Learning my own lessons here.

I love who I am and what I’m doing. There is no better cause to get others to join for.

Fall for Fairfax And Animal Learning

I always find it funny this little conundrum and hypocrispy that is farm animals and children. Whether it be some festival, event, fair whatever you may call a large gathering of people for social activity. In this particular case Fall for Fairfax Kidsfest in well Fairfax, VA. Dont get me wrong. I think this fair is absolutely spectacular fun and relaxing family event. I have been the past two years and enjoy it thoroughly. It is a much more tame and calming event for myself than the Fairfax Fair for the young and energetic.

But there is the Petting Zoo with about 20 or so animals. It is stocked with chickens, ducks, baby lamb, some reptiles, lamas, goats. People are lined up around the bend for this Petting Zoo. Its probably the only real line except for some food. ITs pretty anticipated. Kids are giddy and can’t wait to pet the animals. I mean hell I love it still.

But it just goes to show the major oxymoron of our society. You come rush to learn to love and adore these furry creatures. But we do not teach or amend this same love and adoration to the animals we eat. A blind eye. A very blind one. I just stare and pause. I sit and think what is going on here and that is a moral fabric cloak that is covering us. And until we realize this systematic code in our brain is there and we dont break ourselves free from it. This cloak is always there. It should be used as a teaching moment for children for how they are, how they think and feel.

Makes me think of the Matrix really. How blind you are to see the truth? in front of your very eyes. On your plate every meal is death and suffering yet you are in this mind numbing state to continue to eat every bite and it tastes good to you. Yet you have the domain and superiority over these animals to go ahead and back hand there souls in the face but petting them. And we teach our children that as well. If only these children knew the truth, I wonder how many in their own will which sit and think. And think I love animals but wander how it is ok to eat them as well. Because no longer can we say it is for health or survival. That there is options out there readily and cheaply for us to become vegetarian and vegan. But yet you still eat them?! I hope that in years time I will be able to talk to my son and let him choose for himself. Whether you are 5 or 50 years old, I think you are able to make a choice based on love whatever it may be.

Animals are friends, not food. All Life Matters.