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Lunch at It's Rawsome Cafe, Maroochydore
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Last week I was finally able to make it up the Sunshine Coast to have lunch at It's Rawsome Cafe in Maroochydore after over a year of knowing about the place. Rhys and I had a great road trip adventure up the coast from Brisbane and here's some photos of what we ate.

We started with the Raw Nori Rolls AU$16 - Asian greens, sprouts, avocado with a tumeric, carrot and almond pate wrapped in organic Nori sheets:


Interview with The Holistic Health and Wellness Project
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 20 June 2012

I was recently interviewed by the lovely Claire from A Modern Zen Girl for her The Holistic Health & Wellbeing Project blog that features many articles on health, wellness and spirituality. NEW LINK on her Zenspiration blog.


Q&As from Leigh-Chantelle's Live ARZone Guest Chat
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Tuesday, 12 June 2012

I had a great time over the weekend taking part in the ARZone live chat. It was a really positive experience and had a great vibe. It was a pleasure to be involved. I received 14 questions from various ARZone members and I wrote over 7000 words in response to them. I had some great questions and some hard ones. I hope you like my responses.


Vegan Online and Retail Stores in Australia
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Thursday, 07 June 2012

In Australia we have a great range of vegan products and various vegan stores online and with shop fronts. Where once there was only the Cruelty Free Shop and Vegan Perfection, now we have over ten online and store fronts who sell only vegan products. You can now buy a lot of vegan goods in health food stores and in supermarkets but it's always good to support the vegan owned and operated ones! Here's a list of them:

The Cruelty Free Shop - Glebe, New South Wales AND Fitzroy, Victoria

Online. Shop Front in both Sydney & Melbourne


Dairy Milk Alternatives - Soy & Almond
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 30 May 2012

I have many how-to videos on the VLV! YouTube channel, two of them show how to make dairy milk alternatives using cruelty-free, plant ingredients - plus not harming any cows in the making. I have raw Almond milk as well as Soy milk videos that I hope you enjoy.


Live ARZone Guest Chat with Leigh-Chantelle June 9 / 10
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Thursday, 24 May 2012

I'm honoured and excited to be taking part in the Live ARZone Guest Chat on Saturday 9 June (for my US and UK friends) which is Sunday morning (!) 10 June here in Australia.


30 Day Vegan Easy Challenge for 2012
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Thursday, 10 May 2012

Once again, Viva la Vegan! is a proud sponsor and supporter of the 30 Day Vegan Easy Challenge put on by Animal Liberation Victoria - in my opinion one of the best vegan outreach events:


Haiku + Activism
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 09 May 2012

I was asked by a friend to submit a haiku poem on activism for a fundraiser in Portland, OR the other night.

Here's what I wrote:

Inspiring changes.
What is the most effective?
Those that come from love.

See HERE to read the other 14 haiku poems, find out more about the event and read the blog.

How to Create a Bake Sale Zine with Vegan Baking Tips
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Thursday, 26 April 2012

Saturday was the first of the Green Earth Group Bake Sales at West End markets, Brisbane as part of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale that took place this year from 21 - 29 April. There are many different groups taking part from all corners of the globe. Food, in particular sweet foods, are a great way to show the mainstream that vegans have many choices to chose from to eat as well as some vegan outreach and education at the same time. Inspired by Jeremy's zine workshop from last weekend, I decided to create an 8-page zine from one piece of A4 paper - instead of my usual handout. Here's the cover:


Green Earth Group Bake Sale blog by Kommoner
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Here's a blog by Keira from Kommoner who helped out with the GEG bake sale over the weekend.


Leigh-Chantelle featured in the upcoming VStream zine
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Monday, 23 April 2012

I had a great interview with Jessi from Vegan Mainstream recently for the upcoming VStream zine:

VStream sneak peak cover

Click on the pic above or see HERE for the sneak peak.

Leaflet for Jeremy's Zine Workshop plus Vegan Zine ideas
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 18 April 2012

On Saturday in the back room of Brisbane's Loving Hut restaurant, Jeremy Staples held a Zine workshop for my volunteer-run, not for profit, environmental awareness, Green Earth Group. Here's a selection of some of Jeremy's own zines from his personal library:


The Truth behind Red Meat: Eat Meat & Die Infographic
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Sunday, 15 April 2012

Peter from the Online Associates Degree shared their latest infographic with me on the truth behind red meat for those people wanting to study nutrition or similar professions. The title of the infographic Eat Meat & Die is a bit in your face, the graphics aren't subtle, the references are credited. Overall I think the impact is great.

3 course Vegan meal at Cloudland for Miranda's birthday
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Saturday night it was Miranda's birthday and we celebrated at Brisbane's place-to-be-seen Cloudland with a 3 course vegan meal especially created for the 11 of us. Here's the gals (and Paul):


L-R: Amelia, the Birthday gal Miranda, L-C, Sal (front), Christina, Paul, Corinne & Tarryn.

Leaflet & Top 10 Tips for Vegan Food Outreach
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 28 March 2012

On Saturday, Renata and I ran the first of the Green Earth Group Food Outreach events for this year in Brisbane. It also neatly coincided with MeatOut. I made a flyer to hand out to people on the day which had vegan recipes and more information:


Cruelty Free Money speaking tour: Link your Money & Values
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Monday, 19 March 2012

In April and May this year, Lee Coates, OBE from new website Cruelty Free Money and the founder of Cruelty Free Super (Australia’s only dedicated cruelty-free Superfund for People, Animals and our Planet) is coming to Australia from the UK to speak about how to allign your Money and your Values with his Cruelty Free Money Speaking Tour & Animal Sanctuary Fundraiser:


NEW Vegan Tees & Clothing as Outreach
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Saturday, 17 March 2012

I've had really wonderful feedback from my Art as Activism pieces that I blogged about previously. Since then I have added these designs to shirts that you can buy:


3 simple recipes for Vegan Pizza toppings
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Thursday, 15 March 2012

I've just uploaded a new video featuring 3 easy to prepare, vegan, pizza topping ideas. I'm not much of a fan of cheese and much prefer to use soy cream cheese spread on the base rather than cheese completely covering the top of a pizza. Here's my pizzas (click on each photo to take you to the video, or see below)

Mediterranean Pizza:


For the Mediterranean Pizza I used tomatoes, basil, sesame seeds, soy cream cheese and cracked black pepper.

Tomorrow would have been Green Earth Day 2012
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Friday, 09 March 2012

Tomorrow would have been the third all-vegan, environmental-awareness festival for my grassroots, volunteer-run, Not For Profit Green Earth Group if I was continuing to organise the event.


Happy International Women's Day & working together
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Thursday, 08 March 2012

Today is International Women's Day a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday!

Intl Women's Day


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