Vegan Mooncakes!

Growing up with Taiwanese heritage, which draws heavily from Chinese traditions, holidays can be trying. Traditional festive fare tends to be rich in meat products since it was perceived as more luxurious. However, I’ve been delighted by the availability and variety of plant based alternatives that are rapidly gaining traction on the island. Mid Autumn…

Trying the Beyond Burger at TGI Friday’s

There’s been a lot of buzz around the Beyond Burger, and I am so excited we finally got it in Taiwan! They have partnered with TGI Fridays to bring this pink-tinged meatless burger to the island. I haven’t experienced red meat in over 10 years, so I don’t know if the burger accurately replicates its…

VegTalk: Brother Yong – Professional Wrestler and Lu Wei Chef

It’s not everyday that you meet a wrestler who also happens to be a professional chef. At the Vegan CEO training held by Taiwanese entrepreneur and vegan advocate Fanny Su of Colorstone Diamonds, I had the opportunity to meet LU Shi-yong (呂事壅) a.k.a. Brother Yong, founder of LU ZHI SHENG Luwei. Luwei is a traditional Taiwanese…

5 Vegan Cafes to Try in Taipei

At a recent F&B mixer with several German beverage companies I was chatting with one of the representatives and got the idea to write a quick guide to vegan cafes in Taipei. Whether you’re working in the city or just passing through, here are a couple plant based options to try out. I’ve put the…

A Short Summary of Taiwan’s Veg. FDA Labels

A recent discussion regarding Taiwanese labeling for vegan and vegetarian foodstuffs led to this document, which is the official guide from the Food and Drug Administration: https://www.fda.gov.tw/tc/includes/GetFile.ashx?mid=133&id=13721&t=s The link above will lead to a .pdf download which contains a Q&A regarding vegetarian food labeling regulations. Food companies are not required to label their products at vegetarian-friendly,…

TrueGrasses: Plant and Recycled Plastic Stationary and Products

At the recent Songshan exhibition I was very pleased to find TrueGrasses exhibiting. Their eco-friendly pens are sold at KingStone Bookstore and I had been curious about their brand for a long time. Truegrasses is part of a growing group of companies, including Huskware, combining polymer and plant material to create new eco-friendly wares. By…

A New Type of Vegan Leather

This excellent bit by The Gloss lists traditional leather alternatives. Most are made with petrol byproducts, including those utilized by Puma and Birkenstock. Enter Pinatex, a pineapple leather that is much easier on the planet and doesn’t use petrol products like it predecessors. Instead, it uses the leaves of pineapples, which are a waste product…

Food Culture and Timing in Taiwan

One of the most confusing things for me when I first got here was the timing of everything food here: certain things are only served during certain times and all of it can be rather arbitrary.  Here we will run through some basic food enterprise types and what times they are available. Breakfast Shop 5:00…

#WhoMadeMyClothes 誰做我們的衣服

You might remember I posted this video a couple days ago, which is about promoting ethical fashion in Taiwan. Ethical fashion covers the entire clothing production process from material production, sourcing, logistics, retailing and distribution. Even little things like packaging can be made more eco-friendly and ethical. I’ve always been into green and ethical fashion;…

Ethical Fashion 道德時尚

What is ethical fashion and why should vegans care? This short bilingual video featuring Vnicorn founder Sidney Hsu and succinctly explains why ethical fashion is important. 什麼是道德時尚而為何維根該觀照這個議題呢?這短片由台灣Vnicorn的Sidney Hsu出現並簡潔地解釋道德時尚的重要性。