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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My Dear Veggie Heaven

Hello again citizens of Internetia Land. I am back to finally post about one of my favorite places.
Veggie Heaven, it is one of my absolutely favorite restaurants.

Here is the address, so hurry up and get going!:

1914 A Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705

What not convinced yet? Read on and hopefully that'll do that trick.

If you know me personally; then you know that one of the main components of my daily wardrobe is a Veggie Heaven T shirt. Thank goodness that I have a good collection of them now. Upon my very first visit to Veggie heaven I purchased 1 Tshirt in a medium dark green; which turned paler and paler the more I wore it over the  next few years. I can remember insisting to my brother Jonathan that I needed to go back there to get more shirts and of course to enjoy another wonderful meal.

Whenever I've gone to this restaurant I look through the menu a couple of times because I guess I'm always a bit overwhelmed at the selection of food from which I can choose. It is so different from having to 'settle' at other restaurants; so you bet I take my time and pick and choose. I'm trying to remember what I ordered the very last time I was there and even though I'm not sure; I know it was delicious and made me happy.

Here is a photo of a contender of my dining pleasure at Veggie Heaven:

This is #44 Hawaii Taro.
Taro, broccoli, baby bok choy, cauliflower, carrots, napa cabbage, fried tofu, onion and garlic in spicy sauceI am a sucker for Taro! Mmmmmmm!!!

Ohhhh and I found another contender for my dining pleasure at Veggie Heaven:

#35 Five Stars -
5 fried bean curds made from tofu wrapped by seaweed are cooked with broccoli, baby bok choy, cauliflower, carrots, napa cabbage, onion and garlic in brown sauce

Check out the rest of the Veggie Heaven Menu!

I don't know about you, but I am starting to salivate =) 

Aside from the food and awesome T-shirts; I also love what Veggie Heaven represents and conveys to the community and world. They are so generous and conscious and they always have food ready for the homeless or somebody in need. If you get a chance to visit their website you will find out how involved they are with Falun Gong or Falun Dafa. From the website it states the following:

As you explore the site further you will be able to learn a multitude of things about Chinese culture as well. You always have the opportunities to lend help where needed. They do a lot of campaigning  for Human Rights. Some of it stems from the way  followers of Falun Gong/Falun Dafa are persecuted in China. I must warn you that some of the persecution art is graphic, but it's supposed to be to show the truth and reality. 

It doesn't matter where you live, we all do feel isolated or persecuted at point or time in our lives, but for those of us who are fortunate to live in places where we do not fear for our lives every waking second just because we choose to follow or believe a certain way; we really need to be grateful and in turn use that gratitude to help other people through out the world who may not be able to get themselves out of perilous situations.

I know this may sound biased coming from somebody who is a Vegetarian, but it is my feeling and observation that for the most part people who are Vegetarian or Vegan have a much higher awareness of the on-goings of the world around them. I understand that some of that awareness stems from the fact that none of use want to see bloodshed or any life taken. One of my relatives once told me that they believed that I was enlightened and had a specific kind of aura. I would like to think that is true and that my 'aura' is a positive one that helps to change the world for the better. Maybe it's because as a Vegetarian/Vegan we go out of our way to protect so many things in the world. I find that a lot of people are passionate about conservation and the environment.  It doesn't mean that only Vegetarian or Vegan people care about these things; I think that it's just a natural thing that coincides with the choices we make daily. 

Anyhow, I'm sure I could discuss that further, but that is for another time. =)

Veggie Heaven will forever have a place in my heart. Whenever I'm in Texas, you know I am making at least 1 stop there (Ya Hear me Kuya???!!!! ;p  or else I'll feel like my trip was incomplete. 

Reeling it back to the Veggie Heaven T-shirts ( Look at the array of colors and happiness from which to choose!) It has helped to bring me to closer to some people who are now my friends. Whenever I wear it I always get smiles and they tell me how they love my shirt and I get to tell them proudly about where I got it from and how awesome the restaurant is and how they should check it out if they're ever in Austin. =) I met  my friend Mirel and her sister because of my wearing it at the airport a few years ago. They were going to visit their cousins and they were just coming back from a shop in the airport and Mirel spotted my Veggie Heaven shirt. She professed how awesome it was and I told her the aforementioned 'spiel' (of love!) and told her that I would send her a shirt if she wanted to give me her home address in London. She told me that she would wear the shirt with pride in the high-streets of London. Hehe. We have since been in touch and continue to be in touch and one of these days I will be visiting her on her turf and we'll have a Veggielicious time together =) Prior to her having some Veggie Heaven shirts from me she had a 'Veggiesaurus' shirt which is very cute and reminds me a bit of Dino from the Flintstones cartoons.

Basically what I wanted to convey through this post is that I love Veggie Heaven!!!!!

Thank you for existing and continuing to exist and thank you to all the patrons who go there and keep on supporting this wonderful establishment. Thank you to my brother Jonathan who introduced it to me and continues to bring me there every time I am in Texas =)

If I ever decide to get a tattoo; I just might consider having the T-shirt logo put on my body, hehe ;p

Mahal Kita Veggie Heaven!

Jessica =)

P.S. I don't know what happened when I posted the pic why I'm still in the captioned area of the last photo, but I will fix this later! Kudos to you for spotting the weirdness, but how could you not miss it? ;p