Some Favorite Vegans on Instagram

Happy Asian American / Pacific Islander month! Here are some of our favorite vegan Instagram accounts!

Cheri Tu




Joanne Molinaro


Krystle Anne


Miyoko Schinner


Priyanka Naik


Ted Lai


Toni Okamoto




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Vegan Middle Eastern Cookbook!

We are excited to present a cook book with savory Middle Eastern recipes that are vegan! Veganistan: A Vegan Tour of the Middle East & Beyond is by Sally Butcher. It is interesting that the author of a vegan cook book would have the last name “Butcher.” One could only imagine what childhood anecdotes she may have about her name growing up. Her photo with wild red hair and punk-rock fashion juxtapose a calm and reflective demeanor, gives a bit of insight into the character that developed Veganistan. An outward explorative nature, may explain the subtitle “the Middle East & Beyond.” While the choice to share vegan meals often is a result of an analytical thought process – of which her photograph hints at.

The tantalizing photographs of the vegan food Sally Butcher shares in her cook book, Veganistan, range from scrumptious rice dishes, delicious cabbage stew, yummy staples like falafel and mouth watering desserts such as Sweet potato cake. When you make a dish, let us know how you like it – send a photo! We would love to hear what you think!


“Beef” Between Vegans and Indigenous People?

(Happy International Womens Month / International Womens Day! Read to end for highlighted lady-owned business.)

There have been quite a few articles and commentary on the tension that has emerged between some vegans and indigenous people.  There are those who identify as vegan, who have been attempting to shame indigenous communities for their use of animals.  It would be important to first state that most vegans are not likely to agree with this approach.  Even so, it has become a trending topic of dispute.

So let us weigh in on the conversation.  Although we are obviously advocating a vegan lifestyle with this website, the first thought that came to mind was – “Why is anyone attempting to further dictate the actions of indigenous people in Abya Yala (aka: America) on their own land?”

We believe the focus of non-indigenous people who are vegan should remain firmly on the largest perpetrators of deaths of other beings.  This would mean actively working on reducing the suffering of beings in slaughter houses, promoting vegan meals to the main stream, and advertising more eco-friendly and morally sound material use – like cactus leather instead of the skin of beings.

Marginalized communities should not be the target of vegan activism before large corporations are fully addressed and mainstream habits completely changed.  This misplaced attention reminds me of some environmental activists who briefly attempted to shame impoverished people in African countries for burning tires for warmth instead of fully focusing on the far greater pollution of western countries.

Yes, at some point…far in the future…non-indigenous vegans may choose to respectfully offer vegan meal ideas and vegan material ideas to indigenous communities.  However, it will probably be more effective when these ideas are introduced by the vegan indigenous people that already exist.  Yes, there are indigenous vegans.  There are also many indigenous communities that eat a primarily vegan diet already.

Due to this conversation, for International Womens Month, we would like to highlight the indigenous founder, Tina Archuleta, of the vegan restaurant – Itality – in New Mexico.  She is using native vegetables, fruits and grains to make wonderful vegan indigenous food.  She hopes to improve the health of the community and re-connect with de-colonized traditional meals.



2500 12th Street NW

Unit E, Suite 2

Albuquerque, NM 87104


Wednesday-Sunday 10am – 5pm



Here is an interview with Tina Archuleta by New Mexico in Focus:

African-American Inventors

There are currently states in Abya Yala (original name of USA/the Americas) attempting to remove history of people from Alkebulan (original name of Africa)  from the school curriculum.  Well, here are just a few of the many contributions – important and fun – from African-American scientists, engineers, and more!

Materials used in some of the products below may not be vegan.

Alfred L. Cralle

  • In 1897, Alfred L. Cralle patented the ice cream scoop.

Get one for your next treat day here.

While you’re at it, get some vegan ice cream here.

Percy Julian

  • In 1923 Percy Julian completed his schooling at Harvard University with a master’s in chemistry.  Many scientists were attempting to find a more efficient way to produce cortisone – as it had been found to be effective in soothing inflamed joints.  At the time, they were killing 15,000 oxen to produce the bile used for the treatment of just one patient.  It was Julian who discovered a way to synthesize cortisone from soybeans instead. 

Frederick McKinley Jones

  • 1930s Frederick McKinley Jones created refridgeration equipment and has more than 40 patents.  He named one the Thermo King.  He invented refridgeration units for homes, trucks, trains, and planes.  “His work also contributed to the preservation of blood and medicine, proving to be particularly useful during WWII. In 1991, he became the first African American to receive the National Medal of Technology.”

Get one of the most eco-friendly refridgerators, like the Liebherr MRB 3000, here.

Gladys West

  • Gladys West was born in 1930.  She is the mathematician and programmer who’s mathematically accurate model of Earth was used as “the foundation for the creation of the Global Positioning System (GPS).”

Get a GPS system for your car here.

Mary Kenner

  • 1956 Mary Kenner patented the toilet paper holder, sanitary belt, sanitary pad, and walker.  She has the most patents of any African-American lady inventor.

Get an eco-friendly (no plastic) bamboo toilet paper holder here.

Get eco-friendly 100% organic cotton re-usable sanitary pads (light, heavy, and overnight) here.

Get a walker for yourself or a loved one here.

Marie Van Brittan Brown

  •  1966, Marie Van Brittan Brown filed a patent for the first home security system.  Thank goodness for that!  Need some extra protection for your home?
  • Get it here.

    Valerie Thomas

    • In 1980, Valerie Thomas invented 3D technology.  She patented it under the name – illusion transmitter – while working for NASA.  Here invention is still used by NASA today.   It is also used to make 3D TVs and 3D movies.  We may not be able to use her invention the way NASA does, but luckily we can set up a 3D entertainment system at home to enjoy some movies offered in 3D! 

    Get a 3D TV here.

    Get 3D movies here: 


    Mad Max: Fury Road



    Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens


    Mark Dean

    •  In the early 1980’s, while working at IBM, Mark Dean and a colleague created the technology that allows computers to interact with printers.  Need a computer and a printer?  Get them here:

    Here are a couple of the most eco-friendly laptops available:

    Acer Aspire Vero Laptop | AV15-51 | Grey (Eco-Friendly)

    Apple MacBook

    Here are some of the most eco-friendly printers:

    EcoTank ET-2720 All-in-One Supertank Printer

    Epson WorkForce WF-3540

    Dr. Patricia Bath

  • In 1973 Dr. Patricia Bath (deceased 2019) created a new and improved surgery technique to remove cataracts – increasing the number of those with improved healthy sight.
  • Materials used in some of the products above may not be vegan.


    Alfred Cralle. African American Registry. (2023)

    Futterman, A. (Feb 1, 2023). 5 Interesting Facts About Chemist Percy Julian. Discover Magazine.

    Surmounting the insurmountable. United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    Connolly, R. and Kinney, B. Ten Black Scientists that Science Teachers Should Know About. (2018, February 21). PBS Teachers Lounge.

    Gladys Mae West. African American Registry. (2023).

    Lane, D. (February 17, 2020). Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner: The Forgotten Inventor Who Changed Women’s Health Forever.

    Jean-Philippe, M. and Burnett, J. 15 African-American Inventors to Remember This Black History Month and Beyond. Oprah Daily. (Jan 19, 2023).

    Miller, A. 28 DOBE- Day 17: Marie Van Brittan Brown, Keeping You Safe At Home. (February 17, 2018).

    Valerie L. Thomas, Physicist, and Inventor. (2023). African American Registry.

    Fundación Acua. 8 abril, 2020. Valerie Thomas; inventora del transmisor de ilusión que la NASA usa hasta el día de hoy.

    National Geographic Kids. (2023). Making History: African American Pioneers of Science.

    Mark Dean: Co-inventor of the Personal Computer. (February 11, 2020). Capitol Tech University.

    Bath, P. Dr. Patricia Bath. (2020).

    Gift Ideas!

    It’s a great time of year to get gifts for those you care about.  Thoughtful giving can boost their day and yours!

    • Food

    The Vegin Out

    Vegan meal delivery!



    Prepared vegan meal delivery!


    Urth Box

    Vegan gluten-free drinks and snacks


    • Self-Care

    The Detox Market


    100% Pure


    Petit Vour


    UpCircle Beauty


    Love Goodly


    So Well


    • Baby & Kids



    • Household

    Crate & Barrel

    > Bedroom


    > Living Room


    > Dining Room


    > Patio


    • Tools / Hardware / Construction

    The Home Depot


    • Books

    Barnes & Nobel


    • Vegan focus


    Digital downloads


    No Meat Athlete


    • Apparel



    Will’s Vegan Store


    Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather


    Immaculate Vegan






    Happy First Nations of Abya Yala Heritage Month! (aka: Native American Heritage Month)

    For First Nations of *Abya Yala Heritage Month (aka: Native American Heritage Month) and to celebrate First Nations Heritage Day on November 25th, we visited Native American World at Venice Beach!

    *Abya Yala is the original name of the land called “America” by European invaders.

    Native American World is a cozy charming shop with a mystical quality to it.  Enchanting flute music sweeps you into its open doors.  Once inside you are surrounded by interesting handmade items from First Nations in North Abya Yala (North America), Central Abya Yala (Central America), and South Abya Yala (South America).


    We are happy to say the owner is from a First Nation.  The staff are helpful and attentive.  You are guaranteed to struggle not to purchase something from this unique store.

    Enjoy your time there!


    Native American World – Indigenous

    1207 Ocean Front Walk

    Venice, California, USA 90291


    (310) 452-0684



    As we travel the coast of what is currently known as Southern California – Ventura County, Los Angeles County, and Orange County – It is important to recognize and acknowledge we are on the land of the First Nations of Abya Yala (called “America” by European invaders to their land).  These First Nations are the Chumash Nation, the Tongva Nation (aka: Gabrieliño Nation), the Acjachemen Nation, and the Payómkawichum Nation (aka: Luiseño Nation).  We at VEGANavigate make this video in honor of them.  We believe it is important that our first video on their land and those that follow, never forget who’s land we are living on.

    Vegan Candy!

    Happy Halloween! Here’s a list of some great vegan candy…

    Save the planet, save the animals, save us all! Here are some vegan candies that usually have no plastic packaging:

    Bottle Caps

    SOURCE: Sweet Candy Cafe

    Fun Dip



    SOURCE: europeangrocerystore

    Hubba Bubba


    SOURCE: candywarehouse


    SOURCE: ferraracandyshopusa


    Sweet Tarts

    SOURCE: sweetcitycandy

    The candy above usually has no plastic packaging and the following vegan candies have less plastic packaging than most:
    Charm’s Blow Pops
    Cry Baby (in a box)
    Dum Dums
    Mary Jane
    Now & Later
    Pixie Sticks
    Super Bubble Bubble Gum

    Other vegan candies:
    Brach’s Lemon Drops
    Brach’s Star Brites Peppermint Candy
    Fire Ball
    Go-Max-Go Candy Bars
    Laffy Taffy (mini version – NOT the regular size. The regular size has egg albumen)
    Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape
    Jolly Rancher
    No Whey
    Red Vines
    Ring Pops
    Swedish Fish
    Sour Patch Kids
    YumEarth (Lolli Pops)

    Cesar Chavez: Human AND Animal Rights Activist!

    Cesar Chavez was a human rights activist with a primary focus on farm workers’ rights. However, he also was an animal rights activist and received the In Defense of Animals (IDA) Lifetime Achievement Award. Many do not know Cesar Chavez was a vegetarian and at times a vegan!

    Here is a quote from Cesar Chavez’s acceptance speech for the In Defense of Animals (IDA) Lifetime Achievement Award:

    “We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to make all people understand that animals

    are fellow creatures. That we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves and that

    the basis for peace is respecting all creatures. That’s the basis for peace. We cannot hope to

    have peace until we respect everyone, respect ourselves, and respect animals and all living

    things – and that’s the basis we see the beginning of peace. We know we cannot defend and

    be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them – exploiting them in the name of science,

    exploiting animals in the name of sport, exploiting animals in the name of fashion, and yes,

    exploiting animals in the name of food.”

    Here is a video of Cesar Chavez’s acceptance speech for the Lifetime Achievement Award from In Defense of Animals (IDA) [starts at 43 seconds]:

    The Gray Zebra (100% Plant-Based; 100% Woman-Owned)

    Quote from the About page of The Gray Zebra website: “…come join our herd and let’s get grazy!”

    Outside of the Gray Zebra we noticed its cool exterior and funky design. It is also quite literally on the (northwest) corner of Sunset Boulevard and Normandie Avenue.

    As we entered we were greeted warmly by the chef – Chef Ali! She was very inviting and asked us to make ourselves at home. I made a guess that her accent is from Australia. When she arrived to take our orders (very quickly after we sat) I asked and she’s actually from South Africa! Too cool!

    There is limited seating, so I would suggest calling in advance – we did and it worked out perfectly. They were able to tell us a family was just leaving so they would have tables ready when we got there. (Inside there are three tables, plus a long high table with stools and a couple tables outside.)

    There is a lot of yummy stuff on the menu:

    I wanted nachos, but I’m usually not a fan of chorizo – they were topped with vegan chorizo. The chef offered to prepare them without the chorizo, but said she thought I may like the way they do it. I took the gamble and she was right! Oh my goodness the chorizo was perfectly seasoned – not too firm and not too soft. I was a happy “grayzer”!

    Our table shared the Crispy “Chicken” sandwich (actually listed on the menu under “Burgers”) and I think it may be the best vegan crispy chicken sandwich I’ve ever had. I knew immediately that next time I want one all for myself *grin* – and I think I would ask for a little extra vegan cheese on it.

    One of us got a mix-berry smoothie without the banana and the “Grazy Cobb” salad and oh my stripes! I gladly accepted the offer to try some and once again, things I normally avoid (in this case tempeh and ranch dressing) were “grazy” good! The dressing was lightly tossed throughout the salad, perfectly covering each leaf and wasn’t a heavy ranch flavor. I started with a little nibble off a piece of tempeh and it was so tender and yummy I popped the whole thing in my mouth, followed by a couple more I had commandeered out of my neighbor’s container and had to keep myself from trying to sneak a few more. It was another one I plan to order in the future!

    My cousin (who is not vegan) got a BBQ Beyond Burger with a Green Smoothie and said they were both really good!

    Chef Ali was so welcoming we could have just sat and talked with her. I’m so happy we tried The Gray Zebra because now we have a new vegan restaurant to add to our favorites!

    VEGANavigate TIPS:

    • If you’re dining-in, bring change for 2-hour metered parking
    • You can order food in advance for pick-up
    • The Gray Zebra also offers Catering!


    The Gray Zebra, 5101 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

    PHONE: (424) 401-5101


    INSTAGRAM: @thegrayzebra