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Liebster Award, part 2

Thank you, A Year of Going Vegan, for nominating me for another Liebster Award!  It’s super flattering.  Since, with every nomination come new questions, I decided to do another post on it.



  1. Answer the 10 questions that the tagger set for you (see below)
  2. Choose your 10 favorite new bloggers with less than 200 followers (see below)
  3. Create 10 questions for your favorite new bloggers to answer (see below)
  4. Go to their page and tell them
  5. No tag backs



My answers to the questions posed by A Year of Going Vegan…

  1. What inspired you to begin your blog?

I decided to transition to a vegan lifestyle and thought that if I was going to go to the effort of contacting restaurant headquarters for ingredients in their dishes, I should make it searchable for other vegans.  It also works as a personal log for me.  I write about recipes I have tried and what I would do differently next time.  It’s also nice to have my favorite recipes accessible by smart phone when I’m at the grocery store.

  1. Do you have a pet? Or many pets?

I have two cats: Vito (a tuxedo cat) and Noche (a black smoke tabby).  We adopted them from a shelter in our area a few years ago and they are such a joy.  They have such distinct personalities, it’s crazy.  Noche is crazy for water (he’s a former stray) and once got in the shower with me out of curiosity.  Vito has huge eyes and is named after Vito Andolini/Corleone of the Godfather.  It’s really nice that they have each other for when we aren’t home.

  1. Tropical island or cabin in the mountains?

My family has a cabin in Big Bear.  We went there often as kids.  I love it in the summer and the winter.  However, I haven’t ever been to a tropical island, so I very likely could be swayed on that one.

  1. Can you drive in the snow?

I’ve driven in the snow in Big Bear, but that’s hardly heavy snow.  I can handle it, but it tenses me up.  I wouldn’t like to live in a snowy place.

  1. Do you follow a diet plan or a lifestyle of eating, or do you just eat whatever?

I follow a vegan lifestyle 99% of the time and never eat meat.  I make myself try new things all the time and am slowly discovering that I love things I had previously thought I hated (bell peppers, cauliflower, eggplant).  I allow myself vegan junk food (hello, Oreos!), but I try to limit it.0

  1. Do you incorporate exercise in your weekly activities?

Yes, I love running.  Mainly, I love it because I hate it.  I’m sure this doesn’t make any sense, but, I’ll try.  I generally hate to run, but the mere fact that I can overcome that a few times a week and just will myself to run 5 miles makes me feel incredible.  I like being a person who runs, but I don’t like running.

  1. Do you enjoy alone time?

Yeah, I enjoy having the freedom in my time to do whatever I want.  Generally, though, I would prefer some lazy couch and laptop time with my hubby.  You never laugh as hard when you’re alone.

  1. Wine, beer, or mixed drinks?

I really like white wine, particularly Pinot Grigio.  I’ll drink red wine, but I’m not a big fan.  I hate beer and prefer Cider.  I can take or leave mixed drinks.

  1. Do you have a bucket list?

I have a travel bucket list.  I want to visit the following places, in no particular order: Germany (castles!), Ireland (cliffs!), Amsterdam, Utah National Parks, Montana, Hawaii, Switzerland… and the list goes on.

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I have been thinking about this a lot lately.  The LA area is just so pricy and the job market is so freaking competitive.  Since he graduated, my husband hasn’t been able to find a job in his field (communications).  I also don’t think we’ll ever be able to afford a home here unless we move to the outskirts (no offense, but I am not interested in moving to Palmdale).  The average home here costs $450,000, way above the national average of just over $200,000.  We are looking strongly at the Pacific Northwest, particularly Portland, Oregon, where housing costs approximately 30% less than it does here.  Once we get an opportunity, we’re going to check it out.  My parents are even interested in relocating for their retirement and it would be really nice to have them nearby.


The Nominees Are:

Farmed Animal Welfare League:  My younger sister’s farmed animal advocacy organization

Getting Fit, Sassy, & Beautiful:  My sister in law’s blog on living a balanced, healthy lifestyle


Vegan Adventures

Hangry Tales

Vegan in VT

Georgia Kate’s Kitchen


The Cooks Next Door

Just a Thought


My questions for the nominees:

1.  In this golden age of television, what’s your favorite show currently airing?

2.  Have you ever won anything (other than an Liebster nomination of course!)?

3.  What is your go-to cookbook?

4.  What is your first ever memory?

5.  If you won the lottery, what would be your first expense?

6.  Where is your happy place?

7.  Where would you next like to travel?

8.  Did you complete any college?  If so, what was your major or emphasis?

9.  What do you feel is the most important issue facing society that is largely being ignored?

10.  What is your favorite kitchen appliance?

Liebster Award

Thanks, Wholesome Hostage for nominating me for the Liebster blog award!  I’ve only been blogging for a short time, so it’s nice to be thought of.

My understanding of the Liebster Award is that it’s a chain letter of sorts to recognize other great blogs that you enjoy and an opportunity to share a little about yourself that you wouldn’t normally write about.

Liebster Award | A Vegan in Progress


1. Add the award icon to your blog!

2. Link to your nominator to say thank you.

3. Each blogger should post 11 facts about themselves.

4. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, & create 11 questions for your nominations to answer.

5. Choose 11 up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers, go to their blog, and tell them about the award.


1.  I wish I had more time for recreational reading, but college reading takes up most of that time.

2.  I don’t even particularly like to cook, but I love having something that I made from scratch to eat and share with others.

3.  I have really curly hair and was called “Felicity” for a while in high school when that show began.

4.  I have an inexplicable fondness for 90’s movies – particularly Sister Act, Jurassic Park, Father of the Bride, and Mrs. Doubtfire.

5.  I am an insane perfectionist when wrapping Christmas presents.  I always look forward to it.

6.  Dick Van Dyke is my fantasy boyfriend.  He is adorable and so super talented.  I love that I haven’t seen all episodes of the Dick Van Dyke show because they can still be a surprise.

7.  I love Disneyland and Eric and I used to have annual passes.  If you ever go there – try the vegan gumbo!!  (click here for more vegan options)

8.  I actually like my mother in law and she likes me.  How often does that happen?

9.  I love vintage clothing and accessories – particularly the 1950’s and early 60’s.  I just have a hard time incorporating it into my daily wardrobe!

10.  Adopting our two cats was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  They both bring so much happiness to my life.  Watching Noche go from being a very timid former stray to a point where he is comfortable and adventurous has been such a joy.

11.  Even though I don’t have any kids, every time I go by the Janie and Jack store in the mall, I have to go in.  Those tiny coordinated outfits are SO CUTE!


1. What do you hope people get out of your blog?
Originally, I thought that if I was going to go to the effort of emailing the corporate office of chain restaurants for ingredients lists, I should make that information available for anyone who needs it.  I don’t think my non-vegan husband should have to eat at vegan places or Chipotle all the time, so I have tried to figure out a number of other places with acceptable options for me.  As time has passed, I have realized that so much of this lifestyle change has been about trying new things, so I hope I inspire visitors to try something new themselves.

2. Who’s the funniest person you know?
My whole family is very funny, so we have a lot of fun when we’re all together.  When my sisters and I get together, we’re often laughing the whole time.  Number one, though, would have to be my husband, Eric.

3. What is your favorite cuisine to cook?
I love Italian food, although, I haven’t experimented with it much since I began making vegan food.  I have always wanted to conquer Indian food, but it’s rather intimidating with all of those spices!  I tend to make a lot of Asian food: kung pao seitan, lettuce wraps, pad thai, and rice bowls.

4. What is your favorite restaurant?
This is such a great question.  I have only been there once, but my recent visit to the Rabbit Hole Café has left me wanting to go back more than any other restaurant since I went vegan.

5. How do you deal with cooking for picky eaters?
I am usually the pickiest eater in the room.  I’m working on that and trying new things has made me realized that my taste buds have changed and I should have given bell peppers a second chance a long time ago!  However, I try to make everyone happy when I am cooking.  I don’t cook anything with meat (I actually never felt right about handling meat in the kitchen – even when I used to eat it) but I have on occasion sprinkled real cheese on a casserole for my husband, while using Daiya for myself.

6. Would you prefer to shop in a grocery store that gives you tons of choices for essentially the same item or limited choices?
I would prefer tons of choices.  It may take me longer to do my shopping, but I like having options.

7. Who’s your role model?
This is such a hard question to answer without sounding pretentious.  My goal is to be informed so that I may live my life truly according to my values.  I thought I cared about animal rights and welfare before… but now I’m walking the walk and saving animal lives (and my own) with every meal.  I am trying to be someone who stands up for their beliefs and constantly works to see things from the perspective of others and make decisions with them in mind, so in that way, Gandhi is my role model.  See?  Sounds pretentious.

8. Do you have a food you’re obsessed with? If so, what is it?
I go through cycles where I am obsessed with one particular food, then I overdose on it and lay off of it for a while.  My usual obsessions are clementines and edamame… pretty safe to OD on.

9. What are your thoughts on growing your own food?
I think that’s awesome if you can do it.  We live in an apartment, so it’s not practical for us, but definitely something I would like to think about in the future.  When I was a kid, my grandparents lived on an acre of property with many avocado trees, an orange tree, and strawberries.  I remember eating the strawberries right off the plant.

10. Are you competitive?
Generally, I’m not.  However, just Monday I was called competitive.  On the final day of one of my classes this semester, we were reviewing all of the readings and discussions in preparation for a paper tying together some of the themes.  She had us in groups, competing for extra credit points.  I had really prepared for the review and really wanted those points!  I guess I got carried away.

11. Do you prefer cooking savory or sweet dishes more?
I don’t make desserts very often, even though prefer to eat sweets more than savory.  I tend to cook meals – which are more savory.


1.  What makes you happy?

2.  What is the best decision you have ever made?

3.  What’s your favorite snack?

4.  What’s on your holiday wish list?

5.  What’s your guilty pleasure?

6.  What do you like to do on a rainy day?

7.  What’s the most impressive meal you can make for non-vegans?

8.  What convinced you to start a blog?

9.  What is your favorite cook book?

10.  What is the biggest challenge for you in terms of your lifestyle?

11.  Who inspires you?


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