I’m 34. I live in Cape Town. And I’m just an ordinary guy.
As I am writing this, my stomach is grumbling. Hell, if you are reading this my stomach is probably grumbling! I LOVE FOOD. And like everyone I have had my ups and downs (in weight) and have tried every single fad/phase known to mankind.
A few years ago I would have told you that my favourite foods include ribs, Spur burgers with cheese sauce, chicken, bacon & feta pizzas, Milky Lane waffles, and bacon and eggs.
I did the banting thing, I did the gluten-free thing, I did the dairy-free thing. Whatevs – they had their pros and cons.
And then one day, out of nowhere I sat down to a rack of ribs, took one look at it and thought, “There is no way in hell I am going to eat this.” But I did, and I felt weird afterwards. “Maybe I have eaten too much meat,” I thought to myself. So I decided to take a break from meat for a week or two.
Fast forward three meatless weeks later and there was an offer on roast chicken with mayo on fresh bread for lunch. Rad right? Well, I thought so, until I watched the meat being peeled from the (what I would now call) carcass. That was me done with chicken – just for a while.
Next came fish, then came eggs…
Then… I was vegan.
What?! Vegans become vegans because they want to save the planet or save the animals or because they are hippies! Not me! I like braais, and ice cream. Was I undergoing an early mid-life crisis? Was this a phase? Did I have a moerse spiritual awakening?
I had become a vegan. A vegan with an allergy to avocado, and banana… and an intense dislike for mushrooms.
And so began my journey of walking through Pick ‘n Pay trying to find out what vegans eat. I was CLUELESS. I joined some Facebook groups. Started falling in love with animals. Became weirdly compassionate and emotional all the time. Started wanting to save the planet. I even began hugging people when they would tell me they were vegan, etc.
What happened was that I WOKE UP.
And here I am now. Happier, healthier and so passionate about what it means to be vegan.
Don’t get me wrong – not all vegans are nice people! I have met some pretty mean, ego-driven, scary vegans who belong to the Cape Town Vegan Mafia – I’m not one of those. I’m just an ordinary bloke who doesn’t want to see animals get harmed and who wants to eat really awesome food.
This is how this website was born. For the ‘everyman’.
Are you confused as to what you can/can’t eat? Do you want to know where the best spots are for food? Do you want to help spread the love?
Then you’ve come to the right place.
I’d love to hear from you all. Let me know what you’d like to review – and share some info with me! Let’s bring about some amazing change in the most beautiful city in the world.
Peace and love to you all.
Cape Town Vegan