One of the many things we love about living in Los Angeles is the incredible vegan food scene.
We knew about many of the amazing vegan establishments before moving here, yet I don’t think we had a grasp on how far-stretching the food scene was, and how we would just love being right in the middle of it.
We have literally had dozens, if not over 100, vegan meals in a restaurant or at a food truck since moving here last July.
I bring all of this up as recently in LA there has been news that the owners of some of the more popular vegan restaurants here have decided to slaughter animals at their farm and to sell the animal flesh.
I am definitely disappointed.
I have believed for a long time that if a person decides to become vegan for animal rights/animal cruelty issues, they will most likely always be vegan. I personally can never imagine not being vegan.
I don’t expect every vegan I know or hear of to always be vegan.
I digress. I call myself vegan. I’m not sure I am purely vegan, or a pure vegan. I suppose these terms mean different things to different people. I have not purposefully consumed animal products in over 20 years.
There is a lot to think about in regards to whether or not I continue to eat at their establishments. Their chefs, especially those at Gracias Madre, do an impeccable job at showing the world how delicious vegan food is, and that makes a difference to me as someone who fights for the voiceless animals.
What I keep coming back to while paying attention to this news are the vegan places I love that are vegan because of the animals, because of compassion. First on the list are my friends at One Veg World in Pasadena. Compassion hits you like a loving embrace when you walk in, and it continues through their wonderful staff sharing and preparing incredible vegan food. I am grateful for places like One Veg World that add so much to my life.
I was at One Veg World today and will be back soon.
I also have a few places we have found in LA that are not entirely vegan but do have amazing vegan dishes. I will continue to go dine with them too. As some in the discussion of the recent news have pointed out, and I understand, restaurants like these have never purported to be vegan or having a food vision based on compassion or animal rights.
More to come on this.
Thanks for reading.