Getting to know your tour guide: Jess

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In this series of meeting your tour guides, you’ll get to learn a little more about us and our staff. Hope we get to meet you on a tour soon!

WHO: JESS

TITLE: CO-FOUNDER AND TOUR GUIDE

How long have you been Vegan: 

3 years, since February 2016

Why were you inspired to go vegan:

We were fundraising for a trip to Borneo to help save the Orangutans in Indonesia, and someone questioned me if I was vegetarian and why I was trying so hard to save one animal but still eat others. It shocked me into a new state of mind and within a week or so I had cut out meat products altogether. The more I learned about intensive factory farming and that animal by-products were just as harmful to the animals and the environment, I knew I had to remove all of these products from my life and go vegan all the way.

Favourite food:

Vietnamese Noodle Soup. I am terrible at making them at home so I love eating it out!

Favourite animal:

The Quokka. I’ve been obsessed with these animals since we first saw them a couple of years ago. They can literally cheer you up just by looking at them. They remind me that there’s always something to smile about.

Best thing about being a tour guide: 

People actually listening to what I have to say. It’s hard as a vegan that as soon as you open your mouth to talk about your food choices, people assume you’re “forcing your opinion on them”. The tours are a great way to just chat about food and ethical consumerism in a relaxed way. And I get to walk around some of my favourite places in Melbourne. I love that Melbourne is so accessible on foot.

Favourite place to eat out at in Melbourne: 

This is a hard one. I have so many favourites. I adore Fina’s Vegetarian for their traditional Vietnamese. It’s like getting a big warm hug. But further away, Wombat Cafe in Dromana is the absolute best for home-cooked vegan food!

Favourite place in Melbourne:

Ruckers Hill at the top of High St, Northcote. Great place to watch the sunset.

Favourite quote:

“The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.” – Jane Goodall

Favourite vegetable:

Broccoli. I’m obsessed. I can eat three big bunches in one sitting. (cooked, of course)

Who inspires you:

Jane Goodall. She’s done so much to help us learn about animals and educate us that we are all the same. And Bob Brown. A true pioneer for the environmental movement in Australia. What I love about both of these people is that they are still inspiring younger generations to follow in their footsteps. And all the vegans who’ve been fighting for change for 30+ years. We owe so much to them.

Worst cooking fail:

Trying to make cream cheese pasta with tofutti for the very first time – turned out like pale sludge! The whole thing went in the compost.

Best thing about being vegan: 

Getting to eat a wide array of foods every day that taste great, don’t hurt the planet and are good for me.

This is Jess. You'll meet her on any of our CBD, Fitzroy or St Kilda Tours.

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