Thursday, June 28, 2012

5 Years of Living on the Vedge

It's been 5 years since I first sat down to share my thoughts on veggie food with you all. I started LoTV as a young freelance writer still in college who was interested in writing about vegetarian food. Since then, every few days I'd check in with a restaurant review or my latest food find in Philly (I was a hungry little thing). I had many the adventure and tried on more writing styles than Sybil, but I always found myself here, ready to put something down. It was so that I could look back on it later, but it was also to inform other people that a vegetarian could have panache, and not just be political. Through it all, I ended up becoming a vegan, learned how to cook and began posting recipes, met someone who could keep me on my faux leather clad toes, and found myself impassioned by nutrition and wellness. I've connected with some truly amazing food-lovers and entrepreneurs along the way, whom I now count as good friends and would gladly give my last bite of raw chocolate to.

I want to thank anyone who pops by here. This might never be an incredibly organized blog with a consistent schedule of beautiful recipes and exciting content. I try not to make it just a vegan blog, or an outlet focused on ethics, although that is something I feel strongly about, that's just not entirely what I'm doing here. This is my take on a vegan lifestyle, a collection of thoughtfully sourced products, a balance of nourishing recipes and vegan indulgences, and my experiences.

Some observations?

  • It's hard to believe how much vegan frozen food I ate while in college, a habit that was shrugged off after eating at enough of Philly's finer restaurants and developing my palate, and I have to thank  my food-obsessed friends for showing me the way. 
  • I also have no clue what anything I wrote pre-2009 even meant. I was incredibly sober and innocent, except when I was not. 
  • In 2010, I fell hard for raw food. It was inspiring and totally different and never boring, and it changed my health, my body, and the way that I think about food. 
  • 2011 was my favorite blog year. I spent more time in the kitchen than ever before, took too many photos, and had so much energy. The recipe ideas flowed. 
  • I make a really good cocktail now.
This year, things will be a little different. I'm living in a more rural town for the first time, which happens to be a very green and vegan-welcome place, but it's certainly not Philly, where I was constantly out and about at blogger events, restaurant openings, and cooking for lots of friends and parties. My pace here is...slow, and relaxed, and enjoyable, and I prepare a lot of quinoa-bean bowls because our grad student budget is okay with that. I'll be posting recipes and travels when I feel that they're special, and I hope you'll stick with me as we prepare to step into the hospitality industry when this year is through. 

XOXO, namaste, cheers, and all of that,

P.S. I'll be in Philly next week, in the usual places, and perhaps some new ones? You tell me! Or let's drink together.


Grace@ said...

I've enjoyed following your blog, and Ithaca of all places is a great place to slow down for a couple years. Philly and its restaurant kingdom will always be here!

Anonymous said...

re: Veggies

Today, walked across the street in Port Richmond and was given four heads of lettuce, about 1/2 lb of green beans and four large hot peppers.

The corn plants, tomatoes, strawberries are looking good though not ready. The crops/garden are planted in a small War Veterans Park next to I-95.

-- Allan Smithee

kellywhitephillips said...

Thanks Grace! I love what you're doing over at FoodFitnessFreshAir and I do miss my fellow Philly bloggers, you all make it easy for me to follow what's going on down there!

kellywhitephillips said...

Allan, that rocks. I used to hang out under 95 in port richmond as a teen, up to no good. Happy to hear it's been saved by veggies!

katie said...

Yours is one of my favorites because it's smart and not ridiculous. It is thoughtful without seeming like you're trying so hard to sound cool. Keep entertaining. Keep informing. Keep eating.

Ally said...

I, too, enjoy your blog. Thank you. And I have dabbled in the raw food thing--but I found the call of a PPJ sandwich to be irresistible or "nothin'says lovin' like something from the oven" and I was off the raw. I would enjoy reading about your raw experiences. Maybe sometime you could write about them?

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