Each month, we highlight a different reader's "vegiversary"—the anniversary of when they went veg. Share yours at vegetariantimes.com/vegiversary.
Reader Name: Julie D'Angelo
Location: Madison, Wis.
Vegetarian Since: June 1986
What motivated you to go veg?
My love of animals. I knew nothing about the nutritional benefits, to be honest. I was a teenager growing up in the Dairy State in the '70s and '80s!
What’s your favorite veg restaurant, and what do you order there?
Native Foods Cafe. I eat there when I'm in Chicago. I love the Bangkok Curry bowl.
What fruit or veggie best describes you, and why?
Tomato—solid but tender and ready for anything!
What’s your most treasured piece of cookware?
My late mother-in-law's sugar scoop. It is the perfect size for scooping anything and always makes me smile at memories of her with it.
What’s your best advice for new vegetarians/vegans?
Do not think rules and limitations. Think exploration and adventure. You are going to learn so much!