So I was able to have a successful full vegan weekend this past weekend. In addition to that I was able to experience an amazing, flavorful experience with Go Vegan Philly. First of all let me share with you some of my personal reasons or my whys. I am transitioning to Vegan, one I believe with the assistance of my doctors this is the best meal plan for my life. If you ask the others in my house its a NO go. However that is not deterring me from choosing a Vegan lifestyle. My other issue is that I want to be able to eat clean. You know if you have been following me that over the past Summer I began substituting Vegan dishes and substitutes into my everyday eating. One of my issues that I experienced as I begin transitioning is the fear of having to only eat vegetables alone, meaning just salads. I love salads but let’s be real it’s not enough and I was finding even with several options for Vegans it was semi processed and definitely not whole foods that I need and believe will be better overall. I’ll admit a lot of it had a lot to do with ignorance of what it means to be vegan.
I feel I have had every salad combination there is. As I get more and more into it I am finding some amazing foods that can even surprise a non vegan. This is where Go Vegan Philly comes in. I had Jerk Chicken (Jack fruit) over rice with sautéed kale and cabbage and plantains. Let me tell you I have personally been to Jamaica and had it from the natives and this dish is super bomb and close. I kept telling myself to separate the platter. Have a little as a late lunch and then have the rest for dinner after a workout. NOPE! I ate the whole thing in a matter of minutes. Here’s my take. I no longer have to compromise flavor for a Vegan lifestyle.
I took the time to interview the owner of Go Vegan Philly and here’s what I learned:
Shaun Thomas has been Vegan for 4 years. He has had his home based restaurant for over a year and its taking off. I can definitely see why. His family is also vegan as well. He makes it all from mac and cheese to fried chicken and its ALL 100% Vegan. From first to last bite I am super hooked.
Him and his cousin Charmain Quarles are the chefs. I watched them in action as they prepared these dishes. They serve each meal with love and smiles. They worked extremely well and I just blended in the background to see how their chemistry meshed and it was amazing. I love food and I love to eat. I don’t want to just eat salads and then feel like I lost something by switching. That is exactly what Shaun’s vision is. He wants people to feel like they are getting the foods that they grew up with that is flavorful but remains healthy and a great alternative to those who are transitioning. When he made the decision to go Vegan, he woke up and just did it and stuck to his commitment. That is truly admiral. I aspire to take that full-time leap. So far I am doing well.
Jack fruit “Jerk” chicken, plantains, and sautéed cabbage and kale
The dish I had blew me AWAY. From the reviews of even non Vegans, its spot on. The food was more than amazing. I was full and not looking to snack on things or revert to a meat based meal later on that day. If I am honest, I ate around 4pm and didn’t feel the need to eat again until the next day at breakfast. I asked Shaun what are his dishes and his response was simple, tell me your favorite meat based meal and I can make into a Vegan dish. Take a look at some of their other dishes and you can be the judge:
If going Vegan looks like this and has my taste buds in full bliss, you can kiss meat based meals goodbye. So as the journey begins send good vibes. Also for those wanting to know, Go Vegan Philly does offer a meal plan service that I will be taking part in. As I type this, I have already eaten the second platter. Thank you Shaun, Charmain, and Go Vegan Philly you got a solid customer here!
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Hours are Tuesday-Friday; 5-9pm and Sat/Sun 1-6pm
Go Vegan Philly is located in Delaware County
As with any lifestyle change be sure to make the decision that best suits your end goal. Also be sure to research and have an open mind. Often times we are afraid to try new things because it challenges us to possibly end what we “always” known. Research! Research and then stick to your commitment!
Let’s flood Go Vegan Philly with orders and love! It’s well deserved!