I think of Trevor as my vegan grandchild – I was a big influence on Rachel’s decision to cut out meat from her life, and Rachel had a crucial conversation with Trevor on animal exploitation that started him on his path to veganism. I’ve never actually met Trevor, but Rachel and him have been friends for years, and the three of us had a pretty active group chat for a couple months. He’s currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) at Suffolk University. Here are Trevor’s recommendations for vegan eats in Boston, his favorite cookbook, and what made him decide to leave animals off his plate.
Name: Trevor Price
VegHead Status: Vegan
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Current Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Occupation: Barista; Student at Suffolk University
Companion Animal(s): My Siamese cat Boots
Favorite Plant-Based Milk: Almond milk for cereal, oat milk for coffee
Favorite Veghead-friendly Cafes and/or Restaurants: Pavement Coffeehouse (where I work) has a HUGE array of vegan meals as well as almond/oat/soy milk. Veggie Galaxy and Myers + Chang in the Boston/Cambridge area have some of my most favorite vegan meals of all time. Myers + Chang has a sizable, award-winning vegan menu but it can be pricey. So good though!
Favorite Foods: Portabella mushroom steaks and the Impossible Burger! I can’t recommend the Impossible Burger enough. It tastes so much like the real thing I find myself nervously checking repeatedly to make sure my order was correct!
Favorite Place You’ve Visited and Why: I loved living in Toronto, the vegan options and sheer amount of things to do was incredible! Canada’s largest city is beautifully clean and extremely dynamic, as well as the most diverse city in the world.
Favorite Veg Influencer/Celebrity: I recently found out that Beyonce went vegan and has been encouraging her fans to explore veganism, so Queen Bey herself!
Favorite Veg Cosmetics/Body Care Brand or Company: Although it’s on the pricey side, Root Science is a 100% vegan and cruelty-free brand that I love! Their products do wonders for my skin and I always keep their exfoliant around.
Fav Veg-Related/Environmental/Social Justice Books: I wish I read more veg-related literature, but my favorite vegan cookbook is Vegan Comfort Classics by Lauren Toyota of the famous “Hot For Food” vegan Youtube channel.
Fav Veg-Related/Environment/Social Justice Movies: Earthlings, but it’s not for the faint of heart. The footage is quite graphic but does an incredible job of explaining animal agriculture.
When did you go vegan and why? Tell us your story:
Going vegan was a slow and then sudden transition for me that I made in the summer of 2016. Over time I think I began to subconsciously process and realize how deeply unethical it is for me to kill and consume living beings merely for taste. I remember having a conversation with Rachel Imlay, who has a featured profile here on WorldWideVegHead, about how indifferent I was to animal suffering.
Thinking about that conversation and my actions in it confused me. I had always considered myself to be an ethical person, yet there I was defending mass slaughter. I began reading into veganism and vegan advocacy by watching Dr. Melanie Joy’s Carnism: The Psychology of Eating Meat and had my entire mentality shift. I understood that my initial hostile reactions to veganism were largely grounded in cognitive dissonance I had created in an attempt to void myself of personal responsibility for taking animal lives for my own gain. A few weeks later I watched the film Earthlings, where I cried for the very first time watching a movie—and I’m not one to cry easily at all.
By late August 2016, as I was preparing to move to Toronto and begin my first semester of college, I decided that I was going to transition into veganism. By October of 2016 I had more or less fully transitioned. I never really had a vegetarian phase for longer than a few weeks which is unusual for many vegans, but I pushed myself into veganism and have been going strong for over two years now. I can’t believe it took me this long to figure that out but I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of this community!
Tell us about your travels:
In the US I’ve been to all of New England, New York, Florida, California, Virginia, North Carolina, and Hawaii. Outside the US I’ve been to Canada, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, all over the Caribbean, the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, and the Czech Republic/Czechia. In terms of VegHead recommendations, the most veg-friendly places I’ve been are Toronto, New York City, western Massachusetts, Boston, and Berlin. I lived in Toronto just as I went vegan and the vegan options available there are unlike any I have seen anywhere else. New York City is pretty comparable as well, although it tends to be concentrated in areas like Brooklyn. Western Massachusetts is surprisingly very VegHead-friendly, likely owing to its lovely progressive, crunchy vibes. Berlin was also incredible in terms of vegan options: I didn’t even have to go and seek out specific vegan options, I just kept running into them!
Do you have a favorite veg recipe you want to share with us?
I love making portabella mushroom steaks with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, a liberal amount of garlic, and some parsley. You let them soak for about an hour to marinade and then cook them on the grill and the results are absolutely delicious! I tend to follow this recipe.
What are your future plans?
I’d love to travel to South Asia/Southeast Asia at some point where veg-friendly attitudes have been a part of their respective cultures for centuries. I do get nervous about travelling on a vegan diet (I had a hard time in Prague finding vegan options) but this corner of the world seems to be quite friendly.
Education-wise, I see myself pursing a Master’s degree in Urban Planning or anything along the lines of that.
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