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What do you do in the community? I've been the social media marketer for The Herbivorous Butcher for the past two and a half years, and I've had the blog called One Girl, Two Cities for five years, which mostly covers food and theater. I am currently transitioning to a blog called Bite Sized Beet.

What's your favorite J. Selby's menu item? My favorite J. Selby's menu item is the Buffalo Cauliflower Wings. Anytime I bring someone new to the restaurant, I make sure they try them. Buffalo sauce + ranch = happiness

What's your favorite thing to do in the Cities? My favorite thing to do in the Twin Cities is go to dinner and a show. I love the theater, and we're lucky to have a vibrant scene full of amazing talent. And luckily, these days it's easier than ever to find vegan options at restaurants.

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What's your favorite animal? Cats are my favorite animal; they're engaging and intelligent, majestic and graceful. My tabbies Chloe and Gus are the loves of my life.

What is something you're passionate about? Why? I'm passionate about showing non-vegans that vegans eat amazing food. It's weird to me that there's still this perception that all we eat is salad and tofu, so I love sharing photos of burgers, pizza, cupcakes, and more. You can basically eat anything vegan these days.

What made you decide to follow the vegan diet/lifestyle? I initially went vegetarian after realizing I could never kill an animal myself, so it didn't seem right to pay someone else to do it. Once I finally opened my eyes to the horrific abuse that animals endure in all aspects of animal agriculture, I knew it was time to go vegan. That was almost four years ago, and I haven't looked back. A bonus is knowing that my health and the environment are all the better for it.

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What is one piece of advice you'd offer to someone hoping to become vegan or eat plant-based? One piece of advice I would offer an aspiring vegan is to take it slow if you need to. Start by cutting out cows, then pigs, then dairy, etc., or whatever order works best for you. Give yourself reasonable timelines for when you move onto the next one so it's not too overwhelming. Some progress is better than no progress.

You can follow Laura on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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