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Today was amazing in so many ways… Not only was it World Vegan Day but it also happened to be the first day of Main Street Vegan Academy in New York City. We were teleported by the 2 train to the heart of Harlem… Right off of Malcolm X Blvd and 116th Street lies a LEAD certified, environmentally friendly, condominium tower which serves as the home base of Victoria Moran and Academy Headquarters.

Victoria asked us to introduce ourselves, tell where we were from and confess to the group one thing that we still do that is totally NOT Vegan. The answers were highly amusing and ranged from the mundane “I have leather couches” to the unforgivable “I sneak meat into my recipes.” Okay, that one was a joke.

After introductions, Jason Wyrick, owner of The Vegan Culinary Experience, spoke about his experience being diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes and his foray into veganism. He has since lost over 100 pounds and reversed his disease! What a come-back kid! He taught himself to cook and now contributes recipes to PCRM’s 21 Day Vegan Kickstart and other Neal Barnard books.

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Dinner was a delcious quinoa mac and cheese, steamed broccoli, Aztec Salad and a daringly delicious, spinach salad. Dessert was phenomenol with a sample of DF Mavens hand-crafted ice cream and a donut from Baby Cakes. I know, I know. Life is tough but somebody’s got to do it.

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Creator of the Vegan Guide to New York City, Rynn Berry, delivered a thoroughly enjoyable history of veganism with accompanying power point show. Academy students got to test out their acting chops and read parts of Berry’s play “Tea with the Tolstoys” while TAZO flowed.

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It was an incredible start to a life-changing week for 15 lucky vegans! There’s lots more to learn tomorrow and class starts at 7:30 a.m. so I will see you darlings tomorrow.