April 21, 2012
Hi Robb and Cathy I was aware of a meet up at Tibits earlier this week from a facebook update from Tibits. Unfortunately I couldn't attend, but I would like to attend another meet up to meet people with similar views.
I have been a vegetarian for 15 years & an almost vegan for about 5 years. I just love cheddar & struggle to find quick simple foods to substitute cheddar. At home I am pure vegan, but out & about I am aware that no matter how much I try to avoid anything that has come from a living creature this is impossible. Obviously I avoid leather goods, both my mum & sister have dead cow sofas which I do not sit on - or anyone's dead cow sofa for that matter. All my bags, shoes & clothes are man made, I have leather shoes from my pre vegan days but if I now threw them away, the animal will have died in vain. I am not into woolly jumpers but I am sure some of my clothes have wool in. I did an FOI to Clinque & was surprised by the amount of animal product in my face products & make up - they don't test on animals, just use them in their products! Now I am much more careful what I buy. I wanted to buy a decent car, but had to buy basic due to the leather interior. I could go on. . . .
In my household there is me, my husband and son - both meat eaters - and my daughter who is a vegetarian. She is 15 and isn't that interested in food and I don't want to force animal welfare down her throat (bad choice of words!). As a result, I am not that experimental with foods at home because I am too lazy to try new foods and not discuss with anyone. I enjoy simple foods, rice, peppers, onions and mushrooms do for me. I put loads of black pepper and chilli on my food.
I also struggle to eat at vegetarian restaurants as I don't know enough vegetarians to try these places. I have eaten in The Gate, Zilli Green and V Buffet. I usually go to generic restaurants and eat the V choice.
What do you eat? I don't understand why people ask that because I am not skinny or pale, so clearly I eat plenty!
I would hope to meet people with a similar mindset and have good conversations initially about being a vegan and hope that strong friendships are formed.
Hi Kirstin and welcome to KGOAB.
There's always plenty of things going on all over Kent so you are bound to find something that appeals to you.
Hope to see you at a meetup soon!