Meet a vegan: Erika from New York

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Your name for all the world to see: Erika

Where you live: New York

Why you went vegan: I was vegetarian for many years and tried to go vegan a couple of times during that time, but failed because I didn't really believe in it. I actually thought vegans were a bit "too much." Then, several years ago I went to a conference called Taking Action for Animals by HSUS and I found out how terribly cruel dairy 'production' is. It is absolutely heartbreaking. I never had dairy products again and I don't ever plan to. I can't speak for others, but my health improved significantly when I eliminated dairy from my diet and I just feel good.

Your favorite vegan meals to cook or nosh on: I love Vegetarian Dim Sum House in Chinatown (Manhattan), introduced to me by my friend Sophia. Their turnip patties are the best food on the planet. I only wish I could cook something so delicious. At home, my boyfriend and I like to cook stir fries together, and I like to cook anything new and different that involves garlic! I especially enjoy the chickpea cutlets from the Veganomicon.

What do you do? I am a graphic designer and I've just started my own small side business, designing needlework canvases and templates. I also teach design classes, which is a lot of fun!

How can people contact you? I'll take this opportunity to promote my newly launched website and facebook page.

Kelly Beth | @veganbotanicals | Facebook | website 
Colorado Kelly Beth is a clinical herbalist and vegan foodie. She lives deep in the mountains of Colorado with her fiancé, cat, and plants. She loves living as close to the land as possible and practicing self-sustainability, from growing her own food to wild crafting herbal medicine. Kelly Beth is the owner of twig & leaf botanicals, a vegan & organic botanical business that is also certified cruelty-free.

Photo credit: Erika

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