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My name is Christina, and I’m a vegan living in Dallas, Texas. Welcome to my blog!
You may think that being vegan in Texas is hard to do, living in the heart of a state mostly known for its cattle ranching. The truth is my lovely city has developed such an amazing vegan community in the past few years! Watching it grow has really taught me that it’s possible for veganism to spread just about anywhere and it has sparked a desire to help grow not only my own community, but vegan communities everywhere! Since becoming vegan a little over seven years ago, I’ve become extremely passionate about educating people on just how delicious vegan options can taste, and showing them that you don’t have to give up indulging in gourmet cuisine when you give up animal products.
Before embarking on the vegan path, I was someone who really appreciated the gourmet experience whenever I could. Growing up, watching PBS cooking shows and food documentaries with my mother had given me a deep appreciation for cooking and fine foods. I took pleasure in all kinds of artisan cheese, fancy meats and chocolates whenever I could afford to. Which definitely wasn’t a lot, but if I could splurge now and then, I would. Fine food for me was a sort of sacred ritual. Something to be savored and appreciated. I’ve always been a big foodie.
Of course, when I was faced with just how most of that food was produced, I couldn’t ignore the environmental and health impacts or the blatant cruelty involved with the meat and dairy industries. Once I transitioned into a vegan, many of my friends, family and coworkers would often assume that I had given up on my taste buds and embraced a life of dull and lackluster foods. I’ll admit, at first it was a little hard for me to navigate vegan cuisine, but once I got the hang of it with the help of a few blogs and cookbooks, I was always ready to prove them wrong with my renewed and enthusiastic love of cooking.
As the years went by, more and more vegan products and options at restaurants were popping up, and I made it my mission to try everything I could and to support the companies behind them with my dollars. Some of those vegan options were fantastic; others were down right terrible. I quickly became a resource for many of my friends who were veg-curious on what was really good and what wasn’t, and I realized that there must be so many people out there who are now completely confused about where to start and what products to buy…so with that, I decided to start a food blog!
Right now, I’m working towards having my own gourmet vegan cafe and shop, but I knew I wanted to share my vegan foodie love with people before then, and that’s why I really started KindGourmet.com, to feature my favorite products, local food and restaurants, and even the occasional recipe. I also spend my time running V MARKET, a local Dallas vegan popup market with my business partner.
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