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Vegan Indian high-tea party
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Friday, 10 February 2012

On Tuesday I held my first high-tea party with some of my gal pals. Not only this, it was an Indian high-tea party that local Brisbane children's Bollywood entertainer, Roushini created, cooked and served for us. Here's what we had (with photos from Carol Slater Photography)


How to make Quinoa Sushi Rolls (Nori rolls)
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 08 February 2012

Here's my latest video on my biggest obsession, quinoa and how to make quinoa sushi (nori) rolls:

Leaflet for Forks over Knives Video screening in Brisbane
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Thursday, 02 February 2012

Last night my not-for-profit Green Earth Group had our first Video Viewing for the year where we showed the wonderful health-based Forks over Knives. I made some information leaflets to hand out to our 45+ attendees last night and to share online:


What do you Eat? with Leigh-Chantelle of Viva la Vegan!
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Saturday, 28 January 2012

What do you eat? Is a question that echoes off from the walls a lot of the time vegans are around. Well, here's a video of what I eat to hopefully give some ideas to vegans as well as people who are new to the vegan diet and lifestyle:

Another Veg Restaurant in Mount Gravatt: Su Life
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Friday, 27 January 2012

There's another vegetarian restaurant in Brisbane's Southside that recently opened: Su Life located at Palmdale Shopping Centre: 2120 Logan Road, Upper Mount Gravatt. Su Life is another Asian-style restaurant that started as Hu Fo that was open in Sunnybank until February 2011. Ange and I went there to check it out last Thursday plus had a great time exploring Palmdale. We both chose an entree/starter and a main meal each and shared them.

We started with Ange's choice, the Golden Pancakes AU$5:


NOTE: As of 11 March 2012 after dinner here again last night, I enquired about the white sauce used in the meal above. The staff member said it was from soy milk and condensed milk (!!) I explained that this was not vegan. Make sure you ask for no white sauce if you order the above entree/starter.

Love Us by not Eating Us - Art as Activism
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 25 January 2012

I was inspired to be creative and create some art that could be used for marketing the vegan message when I heard about the PaperGirl Brisbane great idea of free art to random people delivered by bicycle. Here's how it works:

  1. Collect artwork and writing.
  2. Exhibit all the submitted pieces of work.
  3. Deliver all the work to random people via bicycle.


Vegan Fitness individuals wanted for Viva la Vegan for Q&As
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Monday, 23 January 2012

I’m looking for Vegan Fitness individuals (Male & Female) Professional or non-professional to share their tips for maintaining fitness with a vegan lifestyle & to answer some fitness-related questions for upcoming articles on Viva la Vegan!

Robert Cheeke

Some potential areas of fitness/exercise include:

  • Basketball
  • Bodybuilding
  • Cycling
  • Football
  • Marathon runners
  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Olympians
  • Running (endurance)
  • Triathlons
  • Weight lifting
  • Yoga & Pilates

If you are interested in being involved, please Contact me.

UPDATE Dec 2012: This is an ongoing project with a future book planned. Read the interviews that are live on VLV.

Please spread the word.

Be Vegan leaftlet from Animal Liberation Victoria
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Friday, 20 January 2012

Animal Liberation Victoria have just put their Be Vegan brochure online for download. This is one of my favourite outreach tools that I always have on hand:

Be Yourself Be Vegan

NOTE August 2013: this link will take you to the NEW booklet for 2013

Heather Lounsbury interviews Leigh-Chantelle
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 18 January 2012

This morning at 9:30am Brisbane time (Tuesday 3:30pm LA time) I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Heather Lounsbury, L.Ac. who is an Acupuncturist, Herbalist & Nutritionist in LA. Heather runs the website Live Natural Live Well and conducts interviews twice a month as DocHeather on BlogTalkRadio.


Here's the Interview Link where you can listen to the 30 minute interview. It was a lot of fun with 300 people listening in!

Please Don't Think I'm Rude - Vegan poetry booklet
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Friday, 13 January 2012

Vegan naturopath, Eve Adam who runs the informative Renew Vitality website has just released a wonderful 8-page booklet full of cute drawings and beautiful poetry entitled Please Don't Think I'm Rude


Sentience: hidden lives Exhibition in Perth
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Friday, 06 January 2012

This weekend sees the opening of the second Sentience: Hidden Lives exhibition in Perth, Western Australia featuring work by a variety of international and Australian artists across a range of mediums including Lorikeet Gaze a Digital paint media on Giclee print by Philipp Pahin (below)


The Viva la Vegan! Top 10 Blogs & Videos from 2011
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Sunday, 01 January 2012

2011 was a great year for myself and Viva la Vegan! I've interviewed many inspiring vegans (many of whom are my friends), spoke at various events in Australia and the USA, wrote an excessive amount of blogs and generally tried to continue with my positive information, education and vegan outreach in the best ways I know how. As a Sagittarian with a Gemini Moon and Ascendant it's all about communication for me - in all forms!

Thank you to everyone who has shared my blogs, recipes, articles, videos, links, interviews, talks etc etc on Social Media websites such as FaceBook, Twitter, Google+ and even MySpace. Thank you to those who have listened to my Podcasts on iTunes. Plus thank you to those who are subscribed to my videos on YouTube. 2011 was inspiring, I truly appreciate all those who have helped spread the vegan message and am humbled by hearing from each one of you. 2012 is going to be the year when some big shifts are coming. Are you ready?

My #1 blog for 2011 is: Adventures to Kind Living Cafe and Maleny:


My #1 video for 2011 (by far) is: Interview with Carol Glasser from Vegina:


Here's the Viva la Vegan! top 10 blogs and videos for 2011!

How to Survive Christmas as a Vegan
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Wednesday, 21 December 2011

I have never been into Christmas. Mum will say that when younger I loved all the presents my sister and I received, and there were a lot of presents. Why were they never from my parents though? Just some mystical guy with a beard who decided if we were good enough, or not. If the presents were known to be from my parents earlier would I have appreciated them more when I was younger? Why does everything in our society seem to perpetuate the black vs white, bad vs good, Devil vs God mentality? I can just imagine how wonderful children whose parents have no money to buy presents for them feel...

Vegan Santa!

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Cruelty Free Vegan Christmas Recipes
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Monday, 12 December 2011


(photo of the Koch & Charles family Christmas dinner 2010 above)

PURCHASE My Cruelty Free Christmas Recipes eBook HERE for AU$25

Christmas is that time of year when some people remember that:

  • they're religious
  • they haven't paid their credit cards from last Christmas, but that doesn't mattter because they also remember...
  • that everyone will be at the local shopping centre, so they must be too
  • they can't stand their family/friends/the world's population
  • for some reason this time of year is an excuse for gluttony in all it's forms
  • they love animals, somewhere after they've gorged on just about every creature they can
  • even though they're religious, love animals and such "thou shall not kill" just does not apply to anything they like to eat

I try not to be despondent at this time of year. But years of previously working in music retail, seeing people who can't afford to pay their credit off from last year, filling trolleys with more stuff that they do not need really gets to me. It gets to me that people force themselves to see people they can't stand, buy rubbish they don't need, eat food they don't need etc etc just because they're told they're meant to either from some deity or shopping/marketing deity. I realise that people celebrate Christmas, often begrudgingly, especially us vegans who know that even more of our animal friends are killed to fill already-indulged bellies at this time of year.

So, here's a collection of some Cruelty Free & Vegan Christmas ideas, recipes (raw and gluten free options) and tips to get through the silly season. I wish us all the luck in the world!

How to host an Ice Cream Party
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Friday, 09 December 2011

To celebrate my birthday this year on Sunday 4 December, I decided I was going to host an Ice Cream & Pool Party to celebrate with my family and some of my closest friends. I've had a lot of people ask me for recipes, ideas and other information on my party, so here it is!


The photo above is of Janenne's wonderful brownies with coconut cream that I had requested her make for my birthday.

Why Vegan? Talk by Leigh-Chantelle
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Thursday, 24 November 2011

Here's the Why Vegan? talk I gave as part of the Brisbane Raw Food and Healthy Living Group event:

Please share with your non-vegan friends and family.

Happy 30th Birthday to the Vegan Society New South Wales
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Tuesday, 22 November 2011

The Vegan Society of New South Wales are celebrating their 30th birthday this year!

Here's the birthday video featuring some great Australian and International activists:

new Veg restaurant: Green Vegetarian, Mt Gravatt
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Monday, 21 November 2011

There's a new vegan restaurant in town, out in the suburbs, very close to Loving Hut. It's called Green Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar and is located at 1299 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt. I went here for dinner last night with friends Ange and Steve on the anniversary of the restaurant's first week open.


Video Interview with the Cool Vegetarian at Vida Vegan Con
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Monday, 21 November 2011

Jeff from The Cool Vegetarian interviewed me at the Vida Vegan Con in Portland, Oregon, USA in August.

In the interview I share my success secrets for living a vegan lifestyle in a positive, healthy and responsible fashion.

See the original post here.

New Australian Vegan Magazine - Living Vegan & interview
Written by Leigh-Chantelle   
Created Friday, 04 November 2011
Australia has a new vegan magazine, Living Vegan that is out now - available to order on Uproar - the official launch will take place this Sunday in Melbourne at World Vegan Day. Living Vegan aims to be the Voice of Vegan Australia by providing entertaining, informative and innovative articles that appeal to both vegans and to those looking for more information. Living Vegan aims to advance veganism as the compassionate, rational and healthy lifestyle that it is. Here's the cover of the first edition:

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