Meet Memphian no. 180, Bianca Phillips. By day, Bianca is a reporter for the Memphis Flyer (where she was photographed at her very well-decorated desk). The rest of the time, she’s eating, cooking and spreading vegan love through her blog, Vegan Crunk.
Here, she answers my questions about food, her guilty pleasures and time travel:
Name: Bianca Phillips
Occupation: Associate Editor, Memphis Flyer
Hometown: Jonesboro, Arkansas
Neighborhood: Midtown’s Crosstown neighborhood
The last thing I cooked was: Spaghetti with Mushrooms and Spinach in a White Wine Garlic Sauce.
It’s Friday night, and I’m going out. You’ll find me at: Either at Crossroads or Dru’s Place with the Bluff City softball team. I don’t play, but my boyfriend is the token straight guy on the Tooth Fairies team.
My guilty pleasure is: Ramen noodles! And Beer! But not together. Well, on second thought, ramen and beer might be excellent together.
I’m excited about: Traveling to Portland in August to speak at the Vida Vegan Con food blogger conference. This is the first-ever convention for vegan food bloggers, and I’ll finally have the chance to meet all my online friends.
I’m vegan because: I don’t eat my friends. The meat and dairy industries are cruel, and I cannot bring myself to support the torture and suffering they put thousands of animals through everyday.
If I could time travel, I would: Go back to the suffragist days and fight for women’s rights.
I’m proud of: My best friend Sheridan, who after supporting my vegetarianism (and later veganism) for 16 years, finally went vegan this past January. And her partner of 10 years made the switch too!
If I could open any business in Memphis, it would be: I would say a vegan restaurant, but Imagine Vegan Cafe is doing a great job with that! My other choice would be a vegan bakery, but Muddy’s Bake Shop and Lady Bugg Bakery provide awesome vegan options. So, perhaps I’d open an exclusively-vegan health food store. We’re sorely lacking in health food stores around here.
I love Memphis because: It’s so vegan-friendly despite its barbecue-loving reputation. In the past couple of years, more and more restaurants have begun offering vegan options, like the vegan chili-cheese nachos at Fuel Cafe, the black bean burger wrap at Cafe Eclectic, the soul food delights at Deja Vu, the tofu egg salad at 3 Angels, and everything on the menu at Imagine.