This & That

This & That |

Vegan Food is Everywhere.  A fun new(-ish) site, Vegan Food is Everywhere, is on a mission to map vegan dine-out foods across the globe.  Visit the site to check out vegan fare from Tokyo all the way to Tacoma.  Submit the restaurants/dishes you’ve discovered to literally help put vegan on the map!

The US House voted down the 2013 Farm Bill, which included a horrendous amendment from Iowa’s Steve King.  “Notorious Iowa ag-industry henchman Steve King’s amendment to the Farm Bill would have eliminated the few state laws that ban cruel production practices, including extreme animal confinement in cages and crates, the force-feeding of ducks, horse slaughter, and shark finning” (source).  Stephen Colbert — gotta love him — never misses an opportunity to poke fun at Rep. King and bring attention to his “career-spanning crusade against animal welfare.” (If you are viewing this in a reader or via email, you may need to click through to my site to view the video).


Do you sometimes compare yourself to others, especially other vegans, and wonder whether you are vegan enough or whether you eat healthfully enough.  Or do you feel like others are judging you?  Maybe you can’t speak on the details of every type of animal cruelty and you aren’t a super activist, maybe you eat more “junk” food than you think you should, or maybe raw foods isn’t your thing.  Know what?  It doesn’t matter.  Veganism isn’t an exclusive club, it’s a process, a journey; and we should all embrace and support each other in our efforts to better ourselves and the life of animals.  There is a lot to say on this topic, and Dreena Burton explores it more deeply in this great article, “Am I vegan enough? Am I eating healthy enough?

I’m keeping the This & Thats short again this month because June was a whirlwind!  We started the month on the beaches of Oak Island, North Carolina.  I’ve already shared a little about the restaurants we visited (The Wild Cow, Khan’s Desserts & Epic Food Co.), but I thought I’d share a few pictures from the trip.

We rented a second row beach house, which is totally the way to go.  We’d sit on our porch and watch the ocean, walk across the street and be in the sand.  We’d fall asleep at night to the sounds of waves crashing.  And — and this was huge for me — we had a full kitchen (that was about three times larger than the one we have at home!).  We were able to prepare real, nourishing foods every day.  We saved a ton of money (and felt better) by filling up with fresh, homemade smoothies, lots of kale salads and easy sandwiches.

Beach House and Kitchen |

I fully expected to be able to post while we were on vacation, but we didn’t have Internet access and my phone didn’t have enough data service to do anything other than upload a few pictures to Instagram — it resulted in an extended blog hiatus, but it was a blessing in disguise to disconnect almost entirely from the digital world and enjoy the scenery.

Oak Island & Ocean |

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
-Helen Keller


  1. says

    The beach house where you stayed is so gorgeous! I totally need to keep that in mind. It’s amazing that you actually saved money by staying there. What a coup! I’ve never been to North Carolina, but I’ve heard so many good things about it. Someday David and I want to travel along the East Coast. I haven’t spent nearly as much time there as I’d like.

    (Oh, and I just wanted to let you know there’s a little typo in the last paragraph. You have, “I fully excepted to be able to post…” but meant to say “I fully expected…”)

    • says

      Cadry, it was amazing! We went off-season (the season technically started the day we left) which meant cheaper rates, and then we shared the house with Erik’s family so the costs were split three ways. The two nights we spent in a hotel during our drive there and back actually cost more than the entire week at the beach house (which made it especially hard to fork over my debit card!). And thanks for the catch — I totally missed that! Fixing now. :)

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