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.
Photo credit: Erika