Each month, we highlight a different reader's "vegiversary"—the anniversary of when they went veg. Share yours at vegetariantimes.com/vegiversary.
Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Vegetarian Since: June 1995
What motivated you to
I was in the sixth grade and saw a cow get branded on TV. I swore right then and there I’d never eat meat again—20 years later and I still haven’t!
What’s your favorite veg-
friendly restaurant, and what do you order there?
I love, love, love Life Alive in Cambridge, Mass. The Green Goddess bowl is one of my all-time favorite meals. Their Ginger Nama Shoyu Sauce is unreal.
What fruit or veggie best describes you, and why?
A sweet potato: sweet and grounded with strong roots.
What’s your most
treasured piece of heirloom cookware?
My (still-growing) collection of hand-painted Polish stoneware that my mom has been buying for me for years.
What’s your best advice for new vegetarians/vegans?
Do your homework. When I went veg at the age of 11, my parents took me to see a nutritionist so I could really understand what a healthy vegetarian diet looked like. It was the best thing they could have done for me.