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Isabella “brushing” her gums with her banana brush! She’s getting so good at holding things! #3months #vegan #veganbaby #veganpostpartum #baby #brooklyn #breastfeeding #teething #nyc #taurus #cute

Isabella “brushing” her gums with her banana brush! She’s getting so good at holding things! #3months #vegan #veganbaby #veganpostpartum #baby #brooklyn #breastfeeding #teething #nyc #taurus #cute

Sleeping among the cat food in a bodega on 18th ave. Brooklyn. #brooklyn #nyc #cat #catsofinstagram

Sleeping among the cat food in a bodega on 18th ave. Brooklyn. #brooklyn #nyc #cat #catsofinstagram

Just read this to Isabella. Acabo de leer este libro a mi nena Isabella. #baby #brooklyn #veganbaby #vegan #veganpostpartum #read #espagnol

Just read this to Isabella. Acabo de leer este libro a mi nena Isabella. #baby #brooklyn #veganbaby #vegan #veganpostpartum #read #espagnol

Woodstock Vacation Continued

All right. All right. I did more than just visit the animals at the farm when I went to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary July Jamboree. Wow what a title to get out. :P 

I went for the food.

Who doesn’t go for the food? Especially vegans. You can’t tell me that you’re vegan, but don’t eat at vegan festivals. You have to. And you absolutely have to post photos of it everywhere. That way people know exactly what you’re eating. 

But back to the Jamboree.

There were 4 different places to grab some vegan fare from. The sanctuary had their own BBQ style tent complete with kale caesar salad, mac & cheese (with daiya), baked beans, veggie burgers, grilled corn (with earth balance), and cookies. I got a combo plate, priced at a reasonable $10, that included a veggie cheezeburger and two sides. I chose the kale caesar and the grilled corn. I also chose a vegan cookie, however, a turkey came up to me while I was eating and decided he needed it more than me. Which was probably true. This postpartum body isn’t going to tone itself! 

For the simplistic vegan, the BBQ food was delicious. It was nice and homey with country/folk music playing in the background and sitting on hay bales. However, if you are trying to avoid soy, maybe skip the veggie burger and stick to the sides of baked beans, corn (sans EB), and the Kale caesar. 

Next was the Ice Cream truck Like No Udder. I will preamble this review by saying that there is a vegan ice cream place (well veg and non veg) about 4 blocks from my house. I am a little spoiled in that regard. However, the soft serve at LNU was almost exactly the same as the dairy laden, cancer causing, stomach pain inducing soft serve without the awful side effects! They had numerous toppings, each costing $.50 to add. I opted for chocolate sauce, oreo crumbles, and sprinkles. I also grabbed an imitation Snickers bar. It’s a vegan friendly version of the regular candy bar. I will say that I was skeptical at the employees knowledge of vegan fare as the chocolate sauce they used was Hershey’s chocolate sauce, which I am pretty sure has dairy in it… Does that mean the sprinkles also had confectioner’s glaze? Questions worth asking, but I was too caught up in the moment to ask.

The last stop for me was the Cinnamon Snail. This renown food truck has made appearances in many vegan hot spots in New York, including the Brooklyn Vegan Shop Up (which I will be reviewing in a few days). My husband (the good sport that he is), Isabella, and I waited in line for 2 hours for this vegan fare. I had spotted the truck when we first arrived and mentioned that I wanted to eat there. At the time there were about 7-8 people in line waiting. My husband said that we should wait until later. Ha. Little did he know that we would be in a much longer line later. I was struggling with what to order. I am trying to avoid eating so much soy since it’s in everything. Plus, I had eaten more than my fair share between the ice cream and the veggie burger. The menu offered proteins of seitan and tempeh, but also included their own veggie burger recipe as well as a portabella mushroom dish. The truck is known for its Korean BBQ sandwich, which until I arrived at the window, I thought about getting. Upon seeing the plethora of desserts I wanted to order, I opted for the less fatty and less processed portabella dish over a bed of greens (rather than on a tortilla/bread). It included a fig moustarda and a dijon dressing. I also ordered a chocolate danish. The mushroom dish was delicious. It was cooked to perfection and seasoned (not only from the smokiness of the grill) but also a little but of spice to give it a kick. The mushroom melted in your mouth. The greens and dijon dressing added a much needed crunch and bite to complement the mushroom. The Danish was a little too sweet for my taste, but definitely mimicked the taste of a chocolate croissant. Overall, it was worth the 2 hour wait.

The festival was definitely a nice place to try different vegan fare at a reasonable price. They severely underestimated how many people would be in attendance. I believe that had they known the jamboree was going to be a huge success, they would have hired more food trucks to support the hungry stomachs of the festival goers.

So on July 5th my family went up to the Woodstock Animal Sanctuary festival. The festival made promises of vegan food, merchandise, ability to see and pet the animals, along with a cooking demo from Terry Hope Romero. 

What I found was much more.

First we were heading to Woodstock from Brooklyn. Leaving the city to head into the mountains is always a nice trip full of beautiful landscapes and non trash smelling air. As someone who hates driving, I actually enjoy driving into Upstate New York. The trees were a deep green from the previous rain making the air smell crisp. It wasn’t overly hot or humid outside. A pleasant 80 degrees. The start of a great mini vacation.

As we arrived at the farm, we were immediately greeted by the friendly, smiling staff. They directed us into the open pasture to park our cars. I got Isabella out of the car and immediately applied her sunscreen and put her in my wrap to nurse. The sun was extremely bright for 10:30 am. It seemed as if it were right above us…

We walked into the farm and I was immediately smiling to see such mammalian freedom. First off, my boob is hanging out while my LO is deciding she’s finished nursing and wanting to look at the pigs. No stares or odd looks for the workers (this is better than Brooklyn already!). Then there were cats, dogs, turkeys, chickens, running free, out of fenced areas. The dogs weren’t even attempting to eat the birds. I found that impressive. There was an immediate sense of harmony. Everyone was getting along. No one was being hurt or feared being hurt. They (the animals) knew that they were just here to live their lives. No one was going to force food down their throats or inject them with growth stimuli. They could just be turkeys. They could just be cows. They could just be pigs. 

Why is this unusual? Why isn’t this the norm? Why do animals always have to flinch when a human hand rises to pet the neck or face of an animal? These animals were free of that fear of humans. Humans were their friends. This was a safe haven. 

Aren’t we evolved beings, capable of providing food for ourselves that doesn’t come from the bloodbaths of slaughterhouses? Why are we still living in the past of killing for survival? Why can’t we create a sanctuary everywhere instead of a few places randomly located in secluded mountain farms?

Sleepy baby says happy 4th! #vegan #veganbaby #veganpostpartum #baby #breastfeeding #brooklyn #july4th

Sleepy baby says happy 4th! #vegan #veganbaby #veganpostpartum #baby #breastfeeding #brooklyn #july4th

Between sizes, Isabella can wear the whole diaper stash! #gogreen #fabric #clothdiapering #greenliving #brooklyn #nyc #vegan #veganbaby #veganpostpartum #baby

Between sizes, Isabella can wear the whole diaper stash! #gogreen #fabric #clothdiapering #greenliving #brooklyn #nyc #vegan #veganbaby #veganpostpartum #baby

She wants to meet her auntie Amanda who got her this onesie. She’s outgrowing it I had to take a picture before it was a t shirt on her! #veganbaby #vegan #breastfeeding #baby #veganpostpartum

She wants to meet her auntie Amanda who got her this onesie. She’s outgrowing it I had to take a picture before it was a t shirt on her! #veganbaby #vegan #breastfeeding #baby #veganpostpartum