Hello, Internet friends! It's been a while since I've posted on Vagabond (since winter, to be exact) and this one will be short and sweet. I've spent a speedy month back home in Taipei after completing my first year in college and had a chance for some much-needed city exploring.
Since March, I've transitioned into a full-time vegetarian. How does a sometime-food blogger and self-proclaimed gastrophile decide to — gasp — give up meat for good? For me, it's mostly for moral and environmental reasons, but I like to think that I'm also doing my body some good along the way.
I think when it comes to something like vegetarianism, it's the intent of your actions that matters. You don't have to punish yourself if you're not perfect 100% of the time; for instance, I remember taking baby steps and only having veggie meals twice a week in the beginning. If you want more information on vegetarianism/veganism, I highly recommend the following books and films:
The China Study by Thomas Campbell and T. Colin Campbell
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism by Melanie Joy
Earthlings (link here)
Hungry for Change
Anyways, back to the feature presentation. When I first got back to Taipei and was trying to find restaurants catering to my newfound plant-based diet, I found Herban Kitchen & Bar (二本). Not many restaurants in Taipei are vegan friendly, so I applaud Herban for having so many options on their menu and helping fuel a much needed conversation about sustainable eating and living.
|Warm Mushroom Salad with Grilled Tofu — Herban absolutely knocked it out of the park with this one: crunchy tofu, garlicky mushrooms, and a tangy vinaigrette. Highly recommend.|
|Spicy Thai Pasta (garlic, cilantro, cashews, and Thai tomato chili sauce). Two words: SUPER. SPICY. But also a nice fusion of flavors from two completely different geographical regions.|
Thanks for reading until the end! I'll be returning back to the States for my (whelp) sophomore year of college, and I'll be working (my first paid job!) and taking classes for the rest of the summer. If you would like to contact me, or have any questions, please feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you ever try going vegan or becoming a vegetarian?
HERBAN KITCHEN & BAR
No. 27, Alley 101, Zhongxiao East Road, Section 4, Daan District, TaipeiPhone: (02) 8773-7033
Hours: 12:00 pm-11:00 pm