Hey there! Welcome to the next edition of our latest Q & A series at Vida Vegan Headquarters! These special interviews give a glimpse into our past alumni’s upcoming projects, seasonal shenanigans and reveal what they really learned at VVC2013. They’re sharing which class sticks out in their minds so many months later, and just what they’d like to see more and less of in vegan blogging, a question that’s always on our minds.
We’re now joined by a devoted (and super appreciated!) member of the VVHQ support team and recent host of Portland’s Pop Up! Taco Shop!, Julia Legume.
So Julia, what have you been up to this summer?
Park Ranger-ing, watching Wheel of Fortune, petting every dog and cat I see in the streets of pdx.
Why did you decide to attend Vida Vegan Con II?
Looking back, what was the most memorable class?
Vegan Professionals in a Non-vegan World with Janessa, Fran, Julie, and Grant– good stuff dudes
How has your blog changed since the three-day conference?
I think one more person reads it.
How did VVC2013 affect your culinary style and home cooking?
I tasted Upton’s bacon— and now I eat a lot of it at home!
Who were you really excited to meet?
Any special memories of VVC2013 you’d like to share?
The Chicago Vegan Foods Teese nacho machine!!!!
So, have you started reading any new blogs?
Travel blogs, basically. The Gay Backpacker — I like his style.
What would you like to see more or less of in (vegan) blogging?
Less recipes/ how to’s with packaged ingredients, more thoughtful and creative dishes that are inspiring
What would you like to see the organizers incorporate into the next VVC?
Team building exercises. Mandatory. (Noted!)
What other vegan events put together by VVHQ would you like to attend?
Pool parties, pizza parties, slumber parties, hikes, campouts, dodgeball, Vegan Olympics.
Lastly, what was your favorite meal in Portland, outside of the conference? (as if you could resist!)
DUH EMAME’S ETHIOPIAN FOODCART DOWNTOWN.