South America isn’t exactly known for its vast plethora of vegetarian options, and Cartagena, Colombia is no exception. That being said, I’ve been a vegetarian for 20 years, and I managed to find plenty to eat during the eight days I spent in Cartagena (and various beaches nearby). As long as you like corn-based foods and melted cheese, you’ll be good to go. That’s essentially what two of the most popular foods in Cartagena are–both an arepa and an empañada are basically cornmeal dumplings filled…Continue Reading “Being a Vegetarian in Cartagena, Colombia”

You know the scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding when the main character was explaining that her fiancé is a vegetarian and therefore doesn’t eat meat and her aunt was like “don’t eat no meat?!…it’s okay, it’s okay, I make lamb”? Well, that legitimately happened to me when I was in Greece, except it was my friend’s godmother and she said it was okay if I didn’t eat meat because there would also be oysters at dinner. It turned out to be fine because almost every meal in…Continue Reading “Traveling as a Vegetarian Isn’t as Much of a Pain in the Ass as You’d Think”

Gather ’round, boys and girls, it’s storytime! The year is 1995. The setting is Santa Cruz, California. Four-year-old Jessica is sitting on the couch in the living room, watching a PBS special about lions whilst going to town on a hot dog. Suddenly, the happy-go-lucky zebra who had been prancing about on the screen a second earlier was brutally attacked by a lion and reduced to a bloody carcass on the plains, and four-year-old Jessica freaked out. Now, this in itself didn’t bother me so…Continue Reading “How PBS Made Me Go Vegetarian”