The Long Game (and that’s just me warming up)

by Izzy Jacobus


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South-Sydney, Australian-born, surf enthusiast James Aspey is an extraordinary man. He puts his body on the line to create awareness about the oppression of the weak and to urge the public to help those in need. In the last couple of years, he’s gone from a relatively unknown personality to a highly respected and revered activist. This cancer survivor, addiction survivor and eating-disorder survivor is like no other.

“I was in such a minority, you know…Ninety-nine percent of people love animals…so, I couldn’t understand why it wasn’t, 99% of people are vegetarian or vegan, fighting for that 1 or 2% to change.”

11380874_839431309468040_1027688737_nAfter a lengthy time in spiritual meditation in Bali, something arose from his subconscious: a realization that he would take a vow of silence for one year to bring attention to the plight of animals. This insightful and articulate man chose to avoid using his voice for 365 days in the hope to speak to the world. He broke his silence on Australia’s most watched news program, citing “the voiceless victims of this planet” as his reason and inspiration.

“I wasn’t wasted one night and had this idea…it came from a pure place.”

13380889_177845419285084_1557769485_nAfter putting his vocal chords and will-power to the test, the twenty-nine-year-old next will move to offering up his skin. He will attempt a 24-hour tattoo challenge “Ink To Make You Think,” with two other human canvasses. The Guinness rules for lengthy tattoos allow for a five minute break every hour which can be taken cumulatively. This group of stereotype-breaking vegans will get equal rights related imagery and quotes inked on them, while doing a live broadcast to raise money for three charities: A Well Fed World, which feed the hungry with vegan food; Lifeline which takes help calls from people about domestic violence; and Greener Pastures (an animal sanctuary).

“And that’s just me warming up.”

jamesaspeyatmantralounge2As for James’ future plans? Well, he plans to donate a kidney to someone in need to “illustrate what it means to suffer and show how incredible it is to help someone.” In addition to highlighting the extent of suffering on this planet, he hopes “to inspire others to do more for those in need. “You don’t have to donate a kidney to save a life. Three times a day we make choices that either help or hurt other Earthlings.”

 

James Aspey can be found at www.jamesaspey.com.au and the “24-Hour Tattoo Challenge” is on Oct. 29th, beginning at 3pm, donations and viewing, www.think24.com.au

 

 

Kols Staem: Vegan Butcher & Cheese Shop

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Recently, I had the pleasure of eating artisinal, expertly conceived and delivered specialty foods including plant-based meats, cheeses, sauces and other delicacies. Wine, beer and craft cocktails were included in a twelve course tasting menu to raise funds for Kols Staem & Esee Che, a vegan butcher and cheese shop set to open in the coming months in NYC after a succession of future fundraisers which will be advertised on VeganizerNYC.

We began with an heirloom crudités and a charcuterie board of tomato prosciutto and herbs de provence cheese with grilled summer fruit and ended with a bourbon vanilla semi-freddo topped with a matcha caramel. These whimsical ideas with daring flavor profiles and appropriate textural components is just a taste of things to come from Staem & Esee Che.