About Dennis

Hi, I am glad that you have found my blog. I hope you are enjoying my posts and get some helpful information.

IMG_5301Well, as you are surfing my “About” page, I think you might want to find out something about me. My name is Dennis. I am a passionate traveller and vegan. A while back, I decided to entirely cut out animal products of my diet. Why, you might ask. First and foremost, out of respect for animals. Although, I think that human beings are supposed to eat meat or other animal products for that matter. It is who we are. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with that.

So, why did I decide to become a vegan. Simply because we went overboard. The demand for meat, eggs or fish is huge nowadays and we can’t ecologically keep up with it without harming animals and the environment. The demand can’t be satisfied with organic food anymore. I wouldn’t say that there are no farmers who treat their animals respectfully and take care of the environment. But, the problem is that we eat so much that there is no way around mass production. We have built a society and a behavior so that we have to produce huge amounts of meat, milk, cheese and so on. In order to keep up with this demand, we objectify animals and treat them as if they were another good, just like a pair of shoes for example. Back when I was not a vegan, I didn’t even think of where the meat in the supermarket comes from. To me, it was just another product. Another good that I can buy, just like a bag of chips. I didn’t see the animal anymore. I wasn’t aware that this “product” has been a living organism before. With feelings, emotions and a face. It was only a product wrapped in plastic.

The second reason why I became a vegan is health related. I am aware that you can also have a bad diet as a vegan. But in general, there is a way bigger chance that your nutrition consists of healthier products if you are following a vegan diet. I personally love healthy food. Cooked and prepared in many different ways. There are so many spectacular recipes which do not contain any animal products. And I love to experience new and different kinds of food. The various tastes of fruits or vegetables are so satisfying that I never looked back to my old times when I still used to eat meat or drink milk.

I would like to emphasize that this is a decision I have made for myself. I do not want to tell other people how they should live or what they should eat. I don’t even have any vegan friends. Even my parents are carnivores. I respect their way of life and they respect mine.

But, what I would like to do on this blog, is to inspire people to think about their diet and reflect it. You do not have to change it, but think about it. Do you think we treat animals the way they should be treated? Do you think our behaviour is sustainable? Can you change something in your diet to make a small difference? Eat a little less meat? Go vegetarian once a week? Do you want our children to grow up in a world with a diversity in animals and plants?

Further, I want to help fellow vegans around the world finding nice places to have some good vegan food. For the last two months (February 2015 to March 2015) I have been travelling in Australia and the Philippines. I experienced that it can get a little bit difficult sometimes as a vegan if there are no vegan menus in the restaurants. More importantly though, is that I also found an astonishing amount of restaurants, bars and street places that offer vegan food. Although, my travels soon finish, I decided to start this blog in order to share all the amazing places throughout the world, where they offer food for vegans. So, I hope you enjoy it and may leave a comment on one of my posts. If you know any good vegan restaurants, I am happy if you send me your post. I will gladly put it on my blog, so that others have the chance to try it out too.

So, what else is there to say? Ohh right, sometimes I talk to myself. But only when I really need expert advice 😉

Cheers Dennis

32 thoughts on “About Dennis

    1. Haha thank you Ophélie! I just dropped by your blog a few minutes ago and I really like it a lot. Your sweet potato gnocchi look incredibly delicious. I hope I’ll get the chance to try them out some time soon.

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post. I think it is great what you are doing for the environment by going vegan! I’m a vegetarian now, but hope to make the transition to veganism.

    1. Thank you, I really appreciate it. I wish you good luck going vegan. Just try it out for a while and decide if it is something you can make work. I find it very easy because I know why I do it. And that it’s worth it. Let me know if you need any advice. Maybe I can help 🙂

  2. Hey Dennis!
    Your blog is really cool! I’m also vegan currently but I’m not sure if I can pull it through ’cause it’s kinda difficult with invitations etc. and I don’t wanna trouble other people.
    It’s awesome that you’re a vegan traveler, I think I’d be too afraid of not getting enough food when traveling countries with other eating customs but you doing it makes me think of trying it too! 🙂

    1. AH you’re Swiss!! Awesome! haha I’ve been wondering if you understand my posts 😀
      I’ve just downloaded feedly so I can follow your blog 🙂
      thank your very much for your “7 personal tips for vegans eating out”, I think they’re very helpful!

      1. Haha ja wir können uns sogar in Deutsch unterhalten 😉 Ich verstehe deine Texte ganz gut und folge dir und Karina sehr gespannt. Ich mag eure Posts wirklich sehr. Ihr habt einen coolen Blog aufgebaut. Ich bin froh, dass dir meine Tipps helfen. Und falls du irgendwelche Fragen hast…einfach melden 😉 Ich finde es toll, dass du vegan zu leben versuchst. Aber ich verstehe deine Bedenken. Es kann durchaus schwierig sein. Das war auch der Grund, weshalb ich mit bloggen angefangen habe. Auch Einladungen bei Bekannten finde ich manchmal schwierig. Ich persönlich nehme es aber dann nicht so streng. Ich probiere sicher das Essen, wenn ich auf Besuch bin. Vor allem wenn ich sehe, dass sich Leute die Mühe machen um möglichst “Vegan-Nah” zu kochen. Ich würde mir da nicht zu sehr den Kopf zerbrechen. Tu dein Bestes! Auch ein kleiner und schrittweiser Beitrag kann helfen die Umwelt langfristig zu schützen 😉

        1. Umso besser, fällt mir leichter als auf Englisch zu schreiben 😀 danke für die Komplimente 🙂 Was machst du eigentlich beruflich bzw. wann kommst du zum Reisen? Nur im Urlaub?
          Nochmal vielen Dank für deine Absicherung, ich denke, ich werde es so handhaben wie du – bisher dachte ich, dass man “streng” vegan sein muss, aber wenn ich bei Besuchen die eine oder andere Ausnahme machen kann, dann wird das wohl gehen. Tendiere also im Moment zu “vegan bleiben” 🙂 und willkommen zurück in der Heimat! 😀

          1. Vielen Dank! Zu Hause ist es eben auch ganz schön 🙂 Ich habe im letzten September mein Wirtschaftsstudium beendet und war seither immer mal wieder unterwegs. In Brasilien, Australien und den Philippinen. Während des Studiums war ich auch viel auf Reisen. Die langen Semesterferien sind ideal für ausgedehnte Reisen. Aber das wirst du bestimmt selbst noch erleben. Du fängst ja auch bald dein Studium an, wie ich gelesen habe 🙂 Und nun bin ich langsam aber sicher auf der Suche nach einem interessanten Job. Ich hoffe, dass ich etwas finde, wo ich ab und zu die Welt bereisen kann. Na dann…drück ich dir die Daumen auf deinem veganen Weg 😉

            1. oh ja, vor allem hier im Tessin, umringt von den Alpen 🙂 oh, schön, dass du dir so viele verschiedene Länder angucken konntest! Gab es einen bestimmten Grund für diese drei Länder? In meinen Ferien wird’s vermutlich “leider” nur nach Uruguay gehen, weil mein Freund dort lebt, deshalb nutze ich diesen Sommer, um nochmal Asien zu sehen. Ist aber gut zu wissen, dass die Semesterferien lang sind 😀 Viel Erfolg bei der Jobsuche, ich hoffe, du findest bald was Tolles!

              1. Ohh ja, ins Tessin muss ich auch bald wieder einmal. Naja…diese drei Länder habe ich entweder noch nie oder schon lange nicht mehr besucht 😉 Und zudem ist es schön warm dort zur Zeit…so konnte ich ein wenig dem Winter entfliehen. Obwohl dieser durchaus auch seinen Reiz hat 🙂 Uruguay, cool! Dort war ich noch nie. Aber ich bin mir sicher, du wirst den einen oder anderen Post schreiben wenn du dort bist. Dann kann ich das ja etwas verfolgen. Vielen Dank! Ich hoffe es wird sich etwas gutes ergeben jobmässig 🙂

  3. Thanks for the like and stopping by, I’m not vegan but I genuinely think people don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to enjoy that kind of food. I mean I sometimes think they taste even better! I only really vegan-bake rather than cook but hopefully you’ll find some of the recipes on my blog useful 🙂

    1. Hi Cynthia, thanks for dropping by. That is really true. I think that there are so many good vegan or vegetarian recipes to try. I actually already found a great recipe on your blog. I know it is quite early but I just thought of trying to bake your Linzer cookies (or Spitzbuebe as we say in Swizterland 😉 for Christmas 🙂 I’m not really a talented baker but it would be worth a try. Those biscuits just look so delicious. I bet my family would love them.

      1. Aw I’m glad you like the look of them 🙂 and that’s awesome – please let me know how the Spitzbuebe turn out! 😀
        (Ganz wahllos (ich weiss nicht, ob das das richtige Wort ist :S) aber ich habe bemerkt, dass ihre letzte “Comment” auf Deutsch war und ich war überrascht, dass ich fast alles verstehen können habe – war das “Swiss-Deutsch”?)

        1. I will certainly let you know…if I really dare to bake them 🙂 Ohh you speak German? Dann können wir uns auf Deutsch unterhalten 😉 How come you speak German? But Monika and I actually wrote in standard German. Swiss German would be quite different. And the funny thing is, there exist no official grammar rules in Swiss German. So, I guess it would be pretty difficult to understand for non-Swiss speakers 😉

          1. Oh please do! 🙂 or perhaps I’ll have to think up a different fool-proof recipe to send over if you’re not much of a baker 🙂 since they were quite fiddly! Or are you more of a eater rather than a baker? 😉 Haha ja ein bisschen. Ich habe es seit etwa 7 Jahren zur Schule studiert aber ich bin sehr “rusty” haha! Haha oh I see, no wonder I could read what you were saying.. I was quietly impressed that I could understand Swiss German too 😉 also there is this vegan cake shop which sells this one really really nice (Ferrero Rocher!!) cupcake that you can buy in London – would you like to me to send you a link or do you only post about places you’ve been to before?

            1. Yes I am more of an eater 😉 But I will try to bake the biscuits. I just had another look at the recipe and it doesn’t seem to be too difficult. So, I’ll let you know when I’m done. That’s not bad if you still know German. It is so hard not to forget a language if you don’t use it often. Ferrero Rocher cupcakes…that sounds very nice. Yes please, send me the link. I usually just post about places I’ve been to. But it sounds like a great idea to write about your recommendation. And who knows…maybe I will be back in London one day and try it myself 🙂 London is one of my favorite cities in the world. So, chances are that I will be back someday.

            1. Thank you so much Cynthia, those cakes and cupcakes look delicious! Their vision and mission is really cool. I think I might soon write an article about Ms Cupcake 😉

  4. love your feedback on life as a vegan. i am not vegan myself, but i do strive to eat as healthy as possible. and thanks for checking out thefirst2hours. i will certainly be checking in with you!

    1. Thank you Vanessa. I like the pictures of Gunner on your blog a lot. I just subscribed to your blog, so I will be up to date from now on 😉

  5. I wish I found this last year when I went to Spain & Italy! This is such a cool idea, good luck! Can’t wait to read your finds 🙂

    All the best,
    Laura

    1. Hi Laura, thank you so much for your compliment! I am glad you like my posts. Yeah, that’s a pity. I just came back from Milan and will be in Spain in a few weeks. So, if you ever go back to Italy and Spain…there will be something to check out 🙂 Congratulations on your interview in Woman’s World Magazine. I am not sure, if they sell it in Switzerland. But if yes, I am surely going to buy a copy and read your interview 😉

      Cheers
      Dennis

    1. Hi Trudi, thank you so much for your compliment. Really true, it’s always great if you find vegan food in places where you don’t expect it. I love those moments too 🙂 I have just been on your blog. Wow, you have so many nice posts. I have just been reading a few but I will surely go back and read some more. Such a nice blog!

    1. Ohhh well, thank you very much. I am glad you like my description 😉 I can only say that for me becoming vegan was a very good decision. If you need any recommendations or tipps, just let me know 😉

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