Eat well, live well.



So I made a scroll kit. And it’s pretty awesome. I feel like it could have a few more pictures, but I just wanted to mostly get my opinion across, rather than grossing people out with pictures of tortured little animals. I really hope to add more to this in the future because it was fun to make and I really liked the setup and design of the site. Here it is! Have a good break! (:


Herbivore Clothing Company

ImageAfter weeks of emailing and tweeting and calling, Herbivore Clothing Company finally got back to me and agreed to do an in-store interview! Keep in mind that in-store interview = subpar audio quality. But the store was the perfect setting to film in, and the owner was wonderful. (hereit is, finally.)

Video: The store was relatively small, so there wasn’t a whole lot of different angles to get, but I feel like I did a pretty good job getting everything in there at least once. The bookshelf that I did a part of the interview in front of was really colorful and bright and made for the perfect backdrop. I felt that since his personality was also so outgoing and colorful that it fit perfectly in front of a loud wall of books.

Audio: Oh, audio, you kill me. I tried two different audio sources, but since he kept talking to people who were coming in, great for customer service, although bad for my interview, I ended up having to use the sound from the camera. I tried using Audacity to get the background noise out of there, while also adding a little that I took from the store so it wasn’t completely silent, but it may have been a little much.

All in all, I really loved interviewing John, and the store remains to be one of my favorites in NE Portland. He was such a pleasure to meet, and I honestly can say that there wasn’t a single awkward silence throughout the entire couple of hours that I was there. Making connections and meeting small business owners is really what I feel this project to be about, and in the end, I can’t complain.

Pinterest Page!


Screen shot 2013-11-18 at 1.01.05 AMHere it is!

I’ve decided to create a “Vegetarian ThingsPinterest page. I’m always finding so many recipes, products, brands that I want to try, but it’s hard to remember what they are/where to find them. Therefore, I have created this board to organize my thoughts. It’s still a little empty, but I don’t want to fill it with just anyhing. So I’m taking my time and finding my favorites!

The recipes are an obvious choice of pin, but vegetarian products are a thing that I’ve recently gotten into. The fact that they aren’t tested on animals makes them even better!

The caption of the board is one of my favorite quotes. “Now I can look at you in peace; i don’t eat you any more.” -Franz Kafka. I love this quote, not necessarily Kafka himself as he was a womanizer and kind of an ass, but he was a brilliant writer. Off topic, the point, is that to me, this quote is beautiful in some way and I thought it would be perfect for the board.

Like I said, it isn’t by any means a board filled with a million pins, but I feel that it’s a process, and meaningful pins will come in time. But as this process continues, go check it out, because I think that it’s pretty darn cool. (:

Feature: Canteen Vegan Cafe

ImageA dedicated vegan for 13 years, Brian decided to channel his passion for animal rights into place where locals can stop in for their daily lunch break and enjoy a healthy, 100%%vegan meal. After running two food carts in Portland called Sip, serving as vegan juice-bars with other treats such as oatmeal and vegan milkshakes, Brian decided that he wanted to expand. Canteen started in June of 2011 after he noticed that Mojo, a coffee shop around the corner from his house was closing down. “I had always really loved the shape of the building as well as the location. I always told myself ‘I’m going to open up something there someday,’” and when the opportunity came, he didn’t hesitate to make his dream a reality.

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The name Canteen comes from the European idea of a lunch break in a cafeteria as being a place for workers to come every day and eat a solid healthy meal. The café serves a variety of things, such as coffee, raw locally made chocolates, cheesecake, organic bowls, salads, and coming in 2015, local beer and wine (everything vegan of course).  One of Canteen’s signature bowls is called the Portland Bowl.

It includes:

  • Quinoa
  • Black beans
  • Green kale
  • Hazlenuts
  • Maple-baked tempe
  • Carrots
  • Northwest sauce (a garlic-lemon-cheesy type of sauce) kind of like the Yumm sauce from Café Yumm.

This local café serves as a place where vegans can come enjoy a healthy meal without having to worry about being in the presence of meat. “The vegetarian/vegan culture in Portland has evolved so much. You’re hard pressed to find a restaurant in town that doesn’t have at least one vegetarian option”.

This little café is absolutely delicious and if you’re looking for a mellow place to stop and have a quick meal, Canteen is the best choice.  Stop by, eat well, and support this animal-friendly local business.

Finally, a response!

Okay, so as everyone knows, I’ve had an extremely hard time getting any kind of vegetarian store/business/restaurant in Portland to respond to my emails about shooting a quick video. BUT, the lovely owner of Canteen in Portland finally got back to me! We are in the process of setting up an interview, so the video will be coming soon!

Screen Shot 2013-11-04 at 6.52.29 PMIn the mean time, I made a super cool storify! From restaurants to personal opinions, I found a great collection of vegetarian tweets and Instagram photos from the Portland area. I’ll continue to add to it weekly and maybe add a few of my own tweets in there as well. Click here to see!


Diesel Food Audio Slideshow Recap

I absolutely loved working on the Diesel Food audio slideshow. Not only did I get to meet some really cool people, I got to share my vegetarianism with them which is something that I find to be pretty rare these days. The whole process was pretty ideal and quite simple. I reached out to the writers of a blog that I follow, tweeted that I would love to interview them, and they got back to me immediately! They were so passionate about cooking and taking boring everyday recipes and making them vegan, and I really loved how dedicated they were/are.

When working on the audio, I actually had a great location and it wasn’t hard to capture what he was saying at all. He did hit his hands the table a few times, but for the most part it went pretty well. As for background noise, I just recorded some of the sizzling of the frying pan in the background and then when he chopped up some onions. For the pictures, I couldn’t have had a better focus; food! The lighting in their kitchen was absolutely perfect and all of the vegetables looked absolutely delicious.

As a whole, everything went so well and I couldn’t have asked for a better pair to interview. Loved this project.

Sweet Pea Baking Co.

During high school, I discovered a cute little bakery called Sweet Pea Baking Co. in a little vegan mini-mall in Southeast Portland. Not only do they use mostly organic, local ingredients and compost 80% of their waste while also using compostable packaging for to-go orders, but everything is 100% vegan and absolutely delicious. Although they haven’t yet gotten back to me about shooting video yet, I’m confident that they will be happy to talk to me about their bakery.

From delivering wholesale to catering weddings, teaching/hosting cooking classes and making everything in-house, this bakery has it all. This bakery doesn’t only have sweets, however, it also serves soups, sandwiches, biscuits and (vegan) gravy, quiche and potatoes! 

For my video, I plan on interviewing the owner, inside of the store, because it’s very well designed and I feel that it will be very aesthetically pleasing. I’ll also get shots of delicious baked goods being taken out of the oven. 

On to filming!