by Holladay Allen
Native Foods Cafe
Where are you from? I’m originally from Oklahoma but now live in San Luis Obispo, CA and Palm Desert, CA.
What is your sign? I’m ever the balance-seeking Libra.
What inspired you to become vegan? I no longer wanted to contribute to the suffering of animals.
Native Foods Cafe vegan restaurant uses this photo courtesy of Farm Sanctuary.
What do you think has had the biggest impact on the growing vegan movement in the past year? There is (finally!) more attention being paid to the irrefutable evidence of the health benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet.
Why did you start your blog Carrie on Vegan, and how do you come up with the recipes? I started blogging when friends and family members kept asking for my recipes. I am inspired by other bloggers, meals at restaurants, even non-vegan recipes I see on tv or in magazines, but I really try to make my own, healthy versions.
Do you have a favorite vegetable? Kale is where it’s at, baby!
Native Foods Cafe vegan restaurant uses this photo courtesy of Carrie on Vegan.
What is your favorite dish to enjoy at home? For everyday, I make a lot of steamed greens or water-sauteed vegetables with an Almond-Tahini Sauce. I bust out the black bean brownies with a cashew-based vanilla icing for special occasions.
Do you have any pets? I have two companion felines, Roxy and Xena; I adore them!!! (P.S. I also have a vegan husband…does he count as a pet?)
What is your favorite thing to eat at Native Foods Café? I absolutely love the Caribbean Jerk Kale Salad!
If aliens landed in your backyard, what is the first food and drink you would serve them? Since aliens are green (right?), I’d have to give them some kale chips with a green smoothie to wash them down.
What one vegan product do you think you could never live without? Tempeh is the bomb.
What do you do in your free time? When I’m not whipping up green smoothies in my kitchen, you can find me hiking, prowling around farmers’ markets, yoga-ing and advocating for veganism.
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