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Locals deem Bloomington a vegan-friendly, committed city

April 19th, 2018

Local vegan, Olympic weightlifter and animal-lover Cathi Crabtree laughed when she talked about getting enough nutrients and maintaining a healthy diet. She said the question, “Do you get enough protein?” is a running joke among vegans.

Because of her respect for animals, Crabtree has avoided meat for the last 22 years. She made the transition to a vegan lifestyle four years ago.

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Froconut owner Naomi Posner-Horie has always had a knack for frozen desserts

March 29th, 2018

On a rainy Wednesday afternoon, Naomi Posner-Horie is relaxed as she sits in the back of her family-run restaurant Falafels with a steaming cup of herbal tea. She chats amiably with a customer standing beside her table. A server casually asks Posner-Horie a question during the lunch-time lull.

Posner-Horie, the 56-year-old owner of Falafels and Froconut, a vegan gelato business, has a lot to be content with. Though she did not always expect to have so much success in the food industry, successful she is.

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Interviewing strangers on the street not as bad as it sounds

March 27th, 2018

Originally, my plan was to interview people at the Bloomington Winter Farmer’s Market that takes place in the Harmony School gymnasium every Saturday from Dec. 2 until March 31.

My thought was that this is an occasion where the event-goers are interested in obtaining organic, locally-grown food so they would be more willing to talk about the vegan-related questions I was planning on asking. In theory, this was a good idea. In execution, it proved to be more trouble than I intended.

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Bloomington residents unsure about veganism

March 1st, 2018

Four Bloomington residents share mixed feelings over veganism, according to four informal interviews on Feb. 10, Feb. 11 and Feb. 13 off of Kirkwood Avenue and at the Winter Farmer’s Market.

One said she had attempted veganism before, while others were uncertain about the ease and convenience of maintaining such a lifestyle in Bloomington.

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On the Beat – Community & Culture

February 15th, 2018

AFRICAN-AMERICAN VEGANS IN CHICAGO REDEFINING SOULFUL FOOD

Veganism is a growing trend in the United States. It also has a home in Chicago at restaurants like family-run Original Soul Chicago. “We’re seeing a reawakening in the African-American community of what’s been in our soul all along,” said Executive Chef Tsadakeeyah Emmanuel.

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Bio: Ali Chica

Ali Chica
Ali Chica is a senior at Indiana University, pursuing a degree in advertising and graphic design with a minor in Spanish. She spent a semester with the Indiana Daily Student as a page designer. She completed an internship with the creative agency Us Berlin assisting with an internal redesign. And she is currently interning with the book publisher C&R Press helping to layout novels, provide artwork for social media posts, and design book covers. Her professional interests are in graphic design, preferably doing magazine layout.