Cocktail Hour: Josh Cohen Meets With Adam Lipson To Discuss Music, Travel And Eating Vegan
So I think this is the world's first-ever musical festival where all the meals are vegan—not even vegetarian, but vegan. They're the first festival. People. Places. Music. Food. We all know it's hard to get our hands on fully vegan kicks, so the news that Stella VC Meets: Vegan Tattoo Artist Fraser Peek . Plus, the vegan options were nowhere near where they are now, but even then, dairy To bring joy and love to all of the beings that I meet throughout the day.
The capital of the entertainment industry is obviously located right here in this state, so I think the influence is almost automatic.
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Like, some Hollywood big-shots want to be cool and on the scene and go eat a lunch that won't make them feel terrible, so someone says, "let's go to Cafe Gratitude, so we can feel cool. I also do feel that there are so many artists in LA who are emotionally in tune to both the planet itself and to all of the human and non-human inhabitants of this planet, and that we need to love and respect all of it.
It's these types of people who are able to fend off any of the negativity that comes from the more non-empathetic part of this business. Thankfully, there are so many incredible vegan establishments that are here and continue to arrive, and their positive influence continues to seep into this culture out here.
So, you grew up in Philly. How would you compare their vegan scene to the one that surrounds you in Los Angeles? If you wanted that cuisine, you would have to go to some type of an Asian restaurant where food is often naturally vegan anyway. These days, I have been so impressed by the Philly veg scene. The restaurant Vedge is an incredible vegan foodie experience, Hip-City Veg is a great chain, and Blackbird Pizza is awesome, to name a few.
Nothing though, compares to the LA vegan scene. I feel so lucky to live here for that reason. Your family is originally from India.
How is veganism viewed in Indian culture and do you feel they are more vegan-friendly over America in general? I would say that there is more of an awareness of vegetarianism in India than veganism. The cow is of course sacred for Hindu people, and so there is a huge vegetarian population. Dairy is still eaten quite a bit, as yogurt, paneer cheeseand ghee clarified butter are a big part of Indian cuisine. For Sikh people, like myself, the reasons for eating meat are almost socio-economic.
If you can afford to eat, as there are many people who cannot, then it becomes a status symbol to be able to serve chicken or lamb at the dinner party. Perhaps as the middle class grows in India, some of these things will change.
Does your family accept your views? Are any of them vegan? Do your friends share your vegan lifestyle? My family most definitely accepts my vegan views. Although none of them are full vegan, there is very little meat eaten in my family and very rarely even brought into the house.
I do have a few vegan friends, but more of them are non-vegans who are aware of how beautiful and powerful the vegan diet is. That's a great first step, and that acknowledgement is how people will find this lifestyle when they are ready. One of my closest friends in New York has been a vegan for about 20 years, and it was his influence over the years that helped lead me here. The only person that thinks I'm nuts for keeping a vegan diet is my grandmother. It's very hard for her to understand why I wouldn't want any ghee in my aloo ghobi!
He was actually the first person I knew to give up meat, and that was around I do believe that climate change is the biggest issue of our time, and it was really sad to see that it was not part of even one of the presidential debates. It's also quite sad to see that livestock is often not acknowledged as a major cause of carbon emissions when in fact it accounts for around half of the global emissions because of the meat lobby and their scary influence over lawmakers.
I'm interested in opening people's eyes to the world of possibilities that exist when you take meat and dairy out of the equation and focus on the wonderful ingredients that are normally relegated to the side of the plate. The recipes are about bringing those ingredients centre-stage. She gained a teaching qualification and ended up teaching music and drama at a school in Ealing, but then decided to see if she could make a go of a career in acting.
In the end though, it was the endless touring around the country with theatre companies that took it out of me. When we first moved to Chicago, we loved the food and thought that the prices were great, particularly when it came to meat and dairy products.
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But after a year, even though we had convinced ourselves that we were eating healthily, we were both feeling lethargic, and had gained weight. It became clear that the source of the problem was the food. The couple decided that they had to become vegan, so as not to contribute to further animal suffering, and have embraced the regime ever since.
Some of the earlier posts that included recipes using meat and dairy were lost when she changed server, but some remain. There's an insatiable appetite for fast food and cheap meat. I'm not trying to scare people into being vegan and I'm not an activist. Everybody has their own journey and needs to discover what's right for them. I don't want to be preachy, or make people feel bad about their choices.
I can just tell people about my own choices. I slept better, and woke more refreshed. Jason used to take forever to wake up and the difference was even more marked with him, he was positively leaping out of bed in the morning.
That was the first sign that our bodies were liking this.