Who – or what – is VegCharlotte?
Some people say I should call my blog VegCatherine. I’m Catherine – an imperfect and practical vegan living in Charlotte, North Carolina.
I’m just your typical Irish lassie living in the American South with my partner from North India and four furry rescue babies. So my food inspirations are a bit varied, to say the least. One day I may make faux chicken salad and summer squash casserole for dinner. The next night, the menu may be rajma and raita.
I try to make my blog very accessible to everyone and take a laid-back approach to veganism. I’m not going to say you can’t read my blog if you’re not vegan. I don’t post pictures of slaughterhouses or go into all the health reasons for becoming vegan – if you’ve found my blog you probably already know that. I just try to post great recipes and advice on how to make your vegan lifestyle easy and fun.
I’m also a practical vegan. I realize that not every new vegan can afford to give their pantry and closet a total makeover. I realize that we sometimes have to go, for family or work reasons, to restaurants that would not be our first choice. I realize that many new vegans may not yet have developed ninja cooking skills, and that cashews, although great for making creamy bases and cheese substitutes, may be more of an occasional cooking splurge than a daily ingredient. So I’ll review the Olive Garden as well as Bean Vegan Cuisine. And most of the recipes I share are fairly simple and inexpensive.
I tell the truth. There are many vegans who believe they must support every vegan product, restaurant, or endeavor out there. I don’t do the vegan lockstep. If something isn’t good, I’ll say so. It doesn’t do our cause any good if someone tries some horrible vegan food and then gets scared away because they think all vegan food tastes like that.
I love to cook, eat, and read, so therefore I:
Share vegan recipes – both for the Southern soul food I grew up on, and the spicy Punjabi food I’ve completely fallen in love with over the past five years. Most of the recipes are quick and easy, and many of them are gluten-free.
Review vegan-friendly restaurants in the Charlotte, NC area.
Review vegan books – both vegan cookbooks and other books that may be of special interest to vegans and vegetarians.
Share reviews on vegan products – from vegan convenience foods to vegan cruelty-free makeup.
And since I am a practical vegan, I also share tips on how to live the vegan life a bit more frugally.
I also write about local vegan and vegetarian happenings in Charlotte, NC – the Annual Charlotte Vegfest, circus protests, the challenge of finding vegan food during the DNC, where to obtain prepared vegan foods for Thanksgiving and Christmas …
At times, you may also be subjected to photos of my cats (who love to photobomb my recipe pictures).
Or photos of dogs wearing shoes.
VegCharlotte is also a community I run with my partner Amrik and my amazing Organizers Brittany and Ron! – www.meetup.com/VegCharlotte. (I’m also an Organizer for Ron’s group, Charlotte Vegan and Vegetarian Social Club.)
If you want to know still more about me, and what it was like to go veg in Charlotte, NC over fifteen ago, check out this post.
DISCLAIMER: In all my restaurant reviews and other posts, I do try my best to determine what, if any, animal ingredients are used. However, servers, managers, and company contacts can sometimes be misinformed (or confused about the differences between vegetarians and vegans); and chefs, menus, and recipes can change. Please use the information in this blog as a guide and ask your own questions when you dine out.
DISCLAIMER 2: While I may occasionally receive free product samples for review, all opinions are 100% my own and cannot be bought, sold, or otherwise tampered with.
DISCLAIMER 3: Due to the high number of trolls on vegan blogs, I have found it necessary to moderate comments. I reserve the right not to publish or to delete comments that consist of personal attacks (against me, other commentators, or vegans in general), name calling, racial or religious slurs, profanity, and/or vulgarity.