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Amy Guidry, Vegan Artist - Her Art & Inspiration
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Friday, 05 April 2013

Amy Guidry is an American artist residing in Lafayette, Louisiana. She grew up in Slidell, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans. She attended Loyola University of New Orleans where she received her Bachelors degree in Visual Arts in 1998. She was the recipient of the Loyola University Art Scholarship, which is awarded to only one student per graduating class.


Handbook for the Aussie Vegan New Book & Launch
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Silva Mirovics from Nutritional Empire has recently released her Handbook for the Aussie Vegan. A book which incorporates Australian Vegan businesses in one handy resource. It includes recipes by some of Australia's vegan businesses, as well as a collection of articles submitted by well-known Aussie vegans.


I asked Silva about the book, the upcoming launch and her Nutritional Empire website.

My Video Book Trailers & Authorpreneur Magazine
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Friday, 15 March 2013

I recently shared my success with two book trailers for my books What Do Vegans Eat? and My USA Adventures in the latest Authorpreneur Magazine (#2):


Read the Magazine online. Here's what I said:

Lunch at Peace Pies - Vegan Pastry shop, Redcliffe
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Quite a few new vegetarian and vegan restaurants have opened up since I was overseas on my 6 month SE Asia adventures. One of them is Tracey Chapman's Peace Pies at Redcliffe, Brisbane North.


Fashion label UMASAN & Band Notic Nastic join on Runway
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Thursday, 07 March 2013

High end, vegan fashion label UMASAN and Berlin-based, vegan band Notic Nastic joined forces at Berlin Fashion Week to promote inspiring change in others.

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Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale & T-Shirt Design Competition
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 27 February 2013

The Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale (WWBS) is once again happening from 20 - 28 April.


The WWBS is an easy and enjoyable way to raise funds, and to raise awareness about food that is delicious and satisfying but does not involve exploiting or mass-killing animals. Green Earth Group have participated in the WWBS in 2011 plus 2012 here and here.

There's also a T-Shirt Design Compeition!

Vegan Articles, Media & Press from My Indonesian Travels
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Tuesday, 19 February 2013

So, my South East Asia adventures have come to a close. I had a wonderful time and met some amazing people. Even though I hadn't planned to, I was involved in a lot of vegan activism, outreach, food demos and talks - my friends would say, "of course!"

I thought I'd share with you some of the press that was published in Indonesia. (Click on the photos to view on FaceBook in high resolution)

This photo is of me with Metropolis - Magelang Express newspaper on December 17 where an article about myself, my work and my book was on the front cover!


My South East Asia Adventures in Tweets
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Friday, 15 February 2013

I've got a blog on my Leigh-Chantelle.com website about my South East Asia adventures - all in Tweets.


Here's the rest.

Here's the Blogs:

(to come)

  • Part 10: Luang Prabang & Laos
  • Part 11: Vietnam
  • Part 12: Magelang, Java
  • Part 13: Surabaya & Jogja, Indonesia
  • Part 14: Penang, Malaysia
  • Part 15: Ubud & Sanur, Bali
How to make Scrambled Tofu by Leigh-Chantelle Video
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Friday, 01 February 2013

Foodie And Friends wrote a lil' blog on one of my how-to recipe videos for scrambled tofu:


Here's the text:

Here is a simple method to use tofu as an egg replacement for a “scrambled egg” breakfast.  Leigh-Chantelle from vivalavegan.net shows us how to make a delicious and healthy alternative to scrambled eggs.

She uses firm tofu and simply breaks it up with her hands.  Shes adds it to a hot wok, adds sliced cherry tomatoes and baby spinach. The mixture just needs to be warmed up.  She adds some simple spices, tamari and sweet chili sauce.

In just a couple of minutes, you have a recipe that can be part of a breakfast, brunch, or even dinner.

This is a healthy and simple recipes that fits our nutrition guidelines.

See the original post.

Vida Vegan Con: Lifestyle Blogger Conference & Seminars
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Monday, 07 January 2013

The Vida Vegan Con is happening again! This year (again) in Portland, OR in the USA the second vegan bloggers conference will take place at the Portland Art Museum from Friday 24 May - Sunday 26 May.


I'm speaking on the Saturday about Ethics Beyond the Plate and Vegan Invasion: Community Building

On Sunday I'll be speaking about International Activism.

Here's the Agenda for 2013. (This is what happened last time)

Top 10 Blogs, Articles, Videos & Pins for 2012 Viva la Vegan
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Friday, 04 January 2013

It's that time of year again, I know you can't wait to find out the Top 10 VLV list of Blogs, Articles, Videos & Pins for the year that was 2012. Well here they are:

The Most Popular Blog - What Do Vegans Eat? the NEW Book by Leigh-Chantelle


The Most Popular Article - Vegina's Veganism: Necessary But Not Sufficient

The Most Popular Video - How to make Vegan Cheese sauce with nutritional yeast flakes

The Most Popular Pinterest album - Vegan & Animal Rights Events



Vegan Video Baking Tutorials with Indonesian translations
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Friday, 07 December 2012

Since I've been over in SE Asia, I've attended many veg events and even have another one in December around Christmas. I have been speaking at these events along with giving food demonstrations of my vegan recipes including my Vegan Cheese Sauce:

Download the recipe HERE.

SE Asia Adventures: Part 9 - Mae Sai, Myanmar & Chiang Mai
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 05 December 2012

Tuesday 6 November – Bus from Chiang Mai to Mai Sai

I finally arrived at 01:20 at the Chiang Mai train station – 5 hours late and after 16.5 hours on the train. Exhausted. It was easy to get to the Poi De Ping Hotel from the train station. A driver drove myself and 6 other people to their places. Mine was about 5 minutes away and the drive cost THB100. One of the staff was waiting for me to arrive.

I did a bit of computer work, had a shower and slept for a bit before waking up at 06:30 to call the Green Bus to see if their early buses to Mae Sai were free, but they only spoke Thai on the message. Went back to sleep after realising I’d just have to get the 12:00 midday bus.

When I woke up and had a shower, one of the staff members took me to the bus station – a 2-minute drive on his motorbike – to get my ticket. I paid THB234 (under AU$8) for a VIP back seat 5B. The staff memeber drove me back and I looked around the area for something to eat, but there wasn’t anything. I ended up leaving earlier to get something to eat at the bus station. I ordered noodles with bean shoots, garlic and chilli for THB30. Not that exciting, but okay. I also bought some snacks at the shops and the 7-11 over the road. I realised when walking back to the station that there was a market down one of the side streets, which would have been fun to explore.

Vegan Christmas Event in Surabaya, Java, Indonesia HELVIExpo
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Tuesday, 04 December 2012

I'm taking part in the upcoming HELVI Expo just before Christmas this year in Surabaya, Java, Indonesia


SE Asia Adventures: Part 8 - Bangkok & Koh Tao, Thailand
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Sunday, 02 December 2012

Thursday 25 October – Butterworth to Bangkok by train


The Butterworth, Malaysia to Bangkok, Thailand train was meant to leave Butterworth at 14:20 and arrive the next day in Bangkok at 11:24. I booked a KTM sleeper train with Air Conditioning in a second-class berth ANST. It was the 36-Ekspres Antarabangsa. On Coach 10 #10 at a cost of RM 111.90 (just over AU$34.)

The train arrived at the Butterworth station at 14:45 and finally left at 15:00. The sleepers were down as seats. An attendant had told me that you could sit anywhere until we crossed the Thailand border around 19:00 when the berths (beds) would be made up. A Finnish guy sat with me and we had a bit of a chat. He was studying herbal medicine and Muay Thai in Thailand and had been in Thailand many times.

A lot of people got onto the train until we were at Pandang Besar. This is where we all got off of the train to get our Thailand land visas at around 18:30. Because I was crossing over on land (train) and not by air, I could only get a 15-day pass. It’s 30 days if you fly over. I hope this will be enough time for Thailand. If not, I can always do a border crossing and back.

Top 50 Vegan Blogs: Institute for The Psychology of Eating
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Friday, 23 November 2012

The Institute for The Psychology of Eating has just released their Top 50 Vegan Blogs

Viva la Vegan! is on it - we're number 32!


SE Asia Adventures: Part 7 - Veg Events in Sumatra Indonesia
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Thursday 11 October –Palembang

I arrived about 15:20 at the Palembang airport where I noticed a lot of smoke/fog/pollution when flying down. Santi and her partner, Gary picked me up. This was the hottest I’ve been since arriving in Asia on August 7. We drove to Santhi’s to pack some of her clothes as we would both be staying at Jhonson’s (the head of IVS in Palembang) house. We then drove to Taman Golf where Jhonson and his wife, Aphing (nicknamed Cece) live with their two daughters, Vanni and Cici.

Cece cooked dinner: tofu with sweet soy, soup with tofu skin, curry, kang kong, beans and corn with rice:


SE Asia Adventures: Part 6 - Veg Events in Java, Indonesia
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Saturday, 17 November 2012

Friday 21 September – Solo Square talks

Today begins a month-long journey for me, speaking at various IVS veg events in Indonesia. Sumatra will be in a couple of weeks, first up is the island of Java.

Chindy and Santhi  from IVS picked me up at the Yogyakarta airport with our driver, Siti. We then drove to a hotel to pick up Avara from Living Food Lab and her work mate, Lukman. Avara and her business partner, Steve run the Living Food Lab at Bali’s Green School that I had meant to see when I was in Bali last but still haven’t.

Here's Santhi, myself and Chindy:


The Viva La Vegan! list of Interviews with Vegan Athletes
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Friday, 09 November 2012

2012 marked the beginning of the Viva la Vegan! interviews with Vegan Athletes, Fitness Fanatics and Exercise Enthusiasts worldwide.

As of the end of May 2015, all of the 130+ interviews have been published online here - below in alphabetical order.

Also see the photo albums on FaceBook, Google+, and Pinterest. The book editing process is now well underway!

Click on each photo or description to read the interviews.

Dr_Akilah_ElDr Akilah El: Natural Vegan Bodybuilder

Alan_DumondAlan Dumond: Vegan Exercise Enthusiast

SE Asia Adventures: Part 5 - Kuala Lumpur & Penang, Malaysia
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Monday, 08 October 2012

Saturday 8 September – Kuala Lumpur

I arrived in Kuala Lumpur (KL for short) a bit after the scheduled flight arrival time of 00:20. I had met a great guy, Satri on the flight who works with Air Asia. He ended up giving me a lot of tips and helping me when we got to Malaysia. My Telekomsel SIM card synced up to DIGI as soon as I got to Malaysia, notifying me that I could use DIGI in Malaysia easily. Before I knew it I had bought a new SIM card for Malaysia from the DIGI counter and had another SIM card to add to the collection. Note: I had tried to use a "global" SIM card at the beginning of my journey but had not been able to call or receive calls and it was really expensive. Annoying to buy a new SIM card in each country, and not good for the environment or humans but it’s the safest thing for me to do.

I also got some money out of an ATM in the Malaysian currency, Riggit RM. I didn’t need to get a visa in Malaysia as long as I was staying under three months and had a return flight home. I just had to scan both my index fingers at the customs counter. Very easy process, especially after midnight.

I had been advised to only go in a taxi if I had bought a voucher at the taxi stand. So, with the help of Satri, I bought a taxi voucher to go to my hotel that was 50% extra due to being after midnight! RM 78.30 (approximately AU$26 – divide RM by 3). I arrived at Langit-Langi Hotel safely, text my Mum, heard from Vick - one of Dad’s work mates who is visiting his Mum in Malaysia at present - and went to bed.

Slept in and got a bit of computer work done. Checked out at 14:00 and walked around for a bit before Vick, his Mum Gnanma (pronounced “Yanum”), and family friend Sundrum picked me up. Vick was leaving to go back to his hometown Cairns via Singapore and wanted to meet me before he left. As my hotel was close to the airport, it was great that they could pick me up before Vick left. Here a photo (from Vick's camera on his phone) of Vick and I at the airport:



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