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DomiCile: What’s your favorite spot in your neighborhood? Vaishali: I love the greenery of Rock Creek Park. Coming from the gray concrete jungle of Mumbai, India, I feel incredibly grateful to have a beautiful, natural space to enjoy smack-dab in the city. DomiCile: Where do you shop for your ingredients? Vaishali: I rely a lot on major grocery stores for fresh, organic, vegan ingredients. I also occasionally shop at the Takoma Park Silver Spring Coop. Seasonally, I shop at farmers markets in Silver Spring and Takoma Park. Although I must confess, I am not an early enough riser on the weekends to make it to the farmers market each week. I shop once a month at an Indian grocery store—Patel Brothers in Hyattsville, Md. and Daily Spices in Fairfax, Va.—for spices and dals and other essentials, and for Indian vegetables that I cannot find elsewhere, like methi (fenugreek) leaves, bitter gourd, bottle gourd, and small eggplants. DomiCile: What inspired you to blog? Vaishali: I started writing “Holy Cow!” in 2007, just months after becoming a vegan. I always loved animals and had thought about giving up meat, but I loved to eat—and cook—meat too much to take that step. Then we adopted our dog, Lucy—may she rest in peace. Her Shepherd features sometimes intimidated others, but she was the sweetest dog. Then we rescued our current dog, Opie—a Chow/Golden Retriever mix with a mind of his own. He gets his way with me all the time 44

because I am crazy about him! Then we adopted two cats—Pubm and Pie. After adopting all of our animals from the Washington Humane Society, my husband, Desikan (Desi for short) and I signed up as foster volunteers. The more I got into animal rescue, the more I felt like a hypocrite for eating some animals and trying to save others. I finally took the step to becoming a vegetarian, and a year later I adopted a completely vegan diet.

After going vegan, I started to experiment with new foods that I had never eaten before. I didn’t feel deprived like I thought I would—not as an eater and not as a cook. Desi, a confirmed omnivore, loved the foods I was cooking and I thought, “Why not share them via a blog with others who wanted to eat healthy, plantbased foods?”

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DomiCile Winter 2013/2014  

The Winter 2013/2014 Issue is the premiere issue of DomiCile Magazine. It highlights the Hampden neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland and sho...

DomiCile Winter 2013/2014  

The Winter 2013/2014 Issue is the premiere issue of DomiCile Magazine. It highlights the Hampden neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland and sho...

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