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Who are the Vegan Trap Queens?
Eat Well. We love you.
From bundles and dreads to braids and locs, we grew into writing The Traphouse Vegan. We met at Plummer Elementary School in Southeast, DC. When we ended up being a teacher and a counselor at schools literally on the same street (s/o Malcolm X and Hart), we understood that the universe was trying to tell us something. Who knew almost three years later, us just trying to eat healthy would transform into this.
Eb cooked dinner for our first date, Rasta Pasta. #bihsluvpasta We cooked together almost every day and still do. Before we left for Thailand, we cooked an Asian inspired vegan meal for Eb’s family complete with a homemade vinaigrette. It was a good night until Eb got harassed by a racist police officer in Richmond, VA and thought she was going to be another statistic. She was harassed and threatened with no possible cause. It was confirmation that sometimes it’s not the flower, it’s the soil. Our flights were already scheduled. We left the same night.
After a year in Thailand, we moved to Chiang Mai, a beautiful UNESCO city in northern Thailand. We joined a beautiful community in CM, shoutout to Blackpackers Connect in Southeast Asia, and volunteered to cook Sunday dinners at our house. We started calling our house the Traphouse while we were living in Chiang Mai as kind of a joke. In a city full of hippies wearing elephant pants, we were distinctively and unapologetically urban. #eastcoast #DC #BX We weren’t always peaches and sunshine, but we were passionate and brutally honest. We still are. Our upbringing did more than influence our no nonsense attitudes and stern facial expressions. We were exposed to illness and death throughout our lives due to family members dying from diseases like Cancer, Diabetes, Heart failure, and other preventable food borne illnesses caused by acidic foods and high purine foods. We also watched the harsh affects of poverty both directly and indirectly at different points in our lives and were always determined to contribute positively to our communities. When it was time to pick a name for our company, Vegan Traphouse was the only one that really fit.
In the early days of Vegan Traphouse, we wanted to start a blog and share our experiences in real time, from teaching English to overseas professional modeling to performing at spoken word events to becoming the Saigon Veggie Burger Champs to volunteering with refugees and feeding the hungry. Essentially though because we were so focused on doing all of it plus managing Eb’s anti-inflammatory diet, our quest to become a blogger metamorphosed into us becoming the authors of a lifestyle guide. The Traphouse Vegan is a book of over 100 easy and simple recipes designed to make veganism accessible to anyone including people who live in impoverished areas and food deserts. The entire book is filled with easy recipes with few ingredients that you’ve never heard of and each one is vegan, oil-free, dairy-free, tofu-free, no added gums or strangely expensive additions.
Food was honestly the last thing on our minds. Social work, activism and mentorship has always been at the forefront of what we’ve done at home and abroad. We honestly needed to take a break. We were both so dedicated to everyone else’s issues that we hadn’t truly taken the time out to devote to our own trauma and healing. Traveling afforded us the space and resources to heal and learn. We attended unconventional events like healing circles, cacao ceremonies and womb healing meditations and we also delved deeply into our own ancestral lines and spiritual gifts. We read and studied. We argued and cried. We sought outside help when we needed to. We opened ourselves to our own inner-verses. We practiced herbal remedies. We saw real results. We saved lives, literally with simple remedies where medicine was failing.
Our experiences abroad were irreplaceable and served as empirical evidence that food is medicine and energy is true and real. We started practicing cartomancy in Vietnam and our first tarot card reading was to a friend. Chele started intuitive palm reading before she ever picked up the Tarot. Chele has always been interested in being a tarot reader and palm reader and always knew that they were gifts that she could explore and expand. Eb felt the same way and together, we’ve been able to blossom and grow on our twin flame journey.
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