For those who don’t know I am a journalist and I’ve been working with social media in the last ten years. You can imagine how much time I spend in front of my phone and computer going through all these social networks – and they keep coming – and I can say I am working! From the last year Instagram has being my favorite one. I just love it there. They say one image is worth a thousand words and I can see that. The way to get to know people through photos is exciting and intriguing. And this is how I’ve got to “know” a little bit more about two vegans that inspire me every day: Whitney Lauritsen, a.k.a. Eco-Vegan Gal and vegan organic raw cuisine master Jason Wrobel.
I wanted to interview both of them and first I was thinking about a regular interview to our People page here on All About Vegan Food but it sounded just more of the same so I decided to talk to them about something we have in common: we all love Instagram and are very active there. And we all also get to know more about their lives too!
How and when Whitney met Jason for the first time?
Whitney: We’re actually not sure of exactly when we met, but it was certainly a result of of similar online careers and mutual friends in Los Angeles. However, we attribute a lot to seeing each other at Natural Products Expo.
Jason: I used to see her at Seed Vegan Bistro in LA from time to time and the Natural Products Expo West every year. We naturally came together through similar business interests and sharing mutual friends.
Could each of you describe the other in 3 words?
Whitney of Jason: talented, spunky, charming
Jason of Whitney: brilliant, sexy, passionate
Let’s talk about one of the most popular social networks – and my favorite one today – Instagram. You guys are there and seem to have fun on it. What do you like more about it?
Whitney: Instagram is a wonderful way to share the small and big things happening in my daily life, and my aim with each photo I share is to make it inspiring to the person seeing it in their feed. We live in such a visual world that a picture says so much more than text in many cases, so I really enjoying browsing through the accounts I follow.
Jason: It’s instant gratification and potent visual stimulation. I find that pics of “food porn” get the most likes and people want to see beautiful, artfully arranged foods that stimulate their senses. I find it a very interesting experiment to see what pics get the best reaction from people.
How is to be a “public couple”? People seem to relate to love stories in social networks. Do you see this exposure as a natural part of your daily lives?
Whitney: I like to keep the details of our relationship private and sacred to us, but we are certainly not shy about sharing the fun things we do together! We have nothing to hide and sharing our experiences is something we both love to do.
Jason: We are both very private people and I find it very important to set healthy boundaries with what we share publicly. You’d be surprised how many posts we still get from our fans saying “are you guys dating?!?” There’s something very powerful about subtlety and keeping things sacred.
What are your favorite topics to post on Instagram?
Whitney: food for sure – I love coming up with creative ways to show the meals I eat and products I love, as people really respond to that. I also enjoy taking creative photos of nature.
Jason: I’ll sum it up in one tag: #foodporn
Are you able to interact with fans on Instagram? Do you read all comments?
Whitney: I love reading comments and interacting on other posts – there is so much love and support on Instagram that it feels really safe and fun.
Jason: Yes – interacting with fans allows me to get feedback on which recipes/restaurants/dishes people are most excited about. It’s great for taking the pulse of our community and see what they are reacting positively to.
You both post many food pics from places you eat. Could you list your top 5 places to eat out?
Whitney: Shojin in Los Angeles, Millenium in San Francisco, Pure Food and Wine in NYC…
Jason: ….Lula’s Sweet Apothecary in NYC, Au Lac in Fountain Valley, CA.
Do you guys travel for vegan food? What are the most vegan-friendly cities you have been?
Whitney: I travel whenever I can but usually not just for the safe of food (unless driving across LA counts!). Although, food is always the most exciting part of a trip and I love Sam Francisco and New York for their incredible plant-based offerings.
Jason: New York City is still #1 in my book. Although, with the amazing new restaurants that have opened in LA recently, it’s a darn close #2. San Francisco is still pretty good, although they’ve lost some great restaurants in the past few years. Chicago and Detroit have some amazing little gems, though! Gotta give some love to my Midwestern roots.
Tricky question when you are a chef or have a chef close to you: eating out or home made food?
Whitney: that is a tricky one! Home made dishes can be really fun and satisfying (and less expensive), while eating out is really exciting because I’m always on the hunt for new flavors.
Jason: All depends on my level of energy and inspiration that day. If I’m feeling passionate about trying new ideas at home or getting my hands dirty, it’s all about making food at home. I also get tremendous inspiration and delight from seeing and tasting what other great vegan chefs are doing. There are some incredibly innovative dishes out there.
Could you pick up your 3 favorite pictures from each other’s IG to share with our readers?
Whitney of Jason:
Jason of Whitney: