Who am I?

11059372_894047197285413_6471024034300676650_nI’m an American/Dutch expat who moved to Belgium for love. I’ve been vegan since 2010, and started commuting to Belgium (from Amsterdam) around the same time, emigrating in 2013. I’m always on the lookout for vegan products in the supermarket, health food stores, vegan specialty stores, pretty much everywhere I go. I created this blog to share what I’ve found with other vegans in Belgium, whether you’re new to Belgium, new to veganism, or an old hand looking for new ideas.

Who I’m not: I’m not a health food vegan. I’m not afraid of sugar, soy, gluten, or carrageenan. As long as it’s free from animal products, I’m happy to try it!

When I’m not scrutinizing ingredient lists, you can find me selling books, watching nature documentaries with Mr. Vegan Stuff in Belgium, enjoying the birds that visit our yard, or playing with the kitty.

(A note on language: I’ll be writing in English, but because I’m living in Flanders, I’m more likely than not to use the Dutch names of products.)

23 thoughts on “Who am I?

  1. Karin Zhen says:

    Hallo 🙂
    Ik ben al enkele maanden vegetariër en op weg naar een vegan lifestyle. In een kleine stad in België vegan zijn is toch wat moeilijker dan ergens anders en jouw blog is dan ook erg hulpzaam en gewoonweg geweldig! Dankje!

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    • sporkbill says:

      Hi Karin,
      Thank you so much for your incredibly sweet comment!! I also live in a small town and the challenge of finding easy, accessible vegan products was one of the reasons for starting this blog. I’m so happy to be able to help other people find things that make it easier to go vegan! 😀

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  2. louiseedv says:

    Thanks for the good work! Some products I didn’t even think of looking at the ingredients, because I was sure of what to expect.. Well I was wrong, and thanks to you!
    I also have a blog about veganism in belgium (more about fashion and eating out, ethics but also about arts in general 🙂 ) I would be super happy to link your blog in my articles, as it would help a lot of people I think! https://ledvdotbe.wordpress.com/
    Be well!

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    • sporkbill says:

      Hi Louise! Thank you! That’s so kind! Your blog looks great, too! Beautiful and informative! I’m adding it to my blogroll! 🙂

      I work in Brussels, and amazingly enough, two of my colleagues are also vegan. Thanks to your list of vegan-friendly places in Brussels, we now have more options to check out if we want to go out after work sometime! 😀

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  3. Sarah says:

    Hi !

    I just discovered your nice blog and it is going to be so HELPFUL for me !
    So many products I never thought would be vegan …

    Thank your for sharing those precious informations 😉

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  4. Aurore says:

    Hello!
    You know what’s fun and great?
    My two children and I are on your picture of the Loving Hut express!
    You can see my son Raphaël looking in your direction and my daugther Aline is in the infant carriers. It’s great for us to see a picture like this!
    I became vegetarian in 2007 and we are vegan since 2013.
    Have a nice day!

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    • sporkbill says:

      Ha! What a cool coincidence! The other two people in the picture (the woman in the blue jacket and the boy in the red sweatshirt) are my sister and nephew!

      It’s a small (vegan) world. 🙂

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  5. Aurore says:

    Yes, it’s a funny coincidence!
    Maybe we will meet one day again at the Loving Hut express!
    I know that it has to move and that it is now near the central station but I don’t know wich day and schedule it is.

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    • sporkbill says:

      They’re just across from the Cathedral on Mondays (not sure the hours) and the owner told me recently that they got a new food truck and might be at another location in Brussels on another day of the week.

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    • sporkbill says:

      Mr. Vegan Stuff in Belgium is my partner. Our kitty (actually, his kitty, but she welcomed me nicely into the family) is Mrs. Fuzzbutt “Poes” Heidegger. She’s not a vegan kitty, so she eats a store-bought kibble created for indoor kitties. (I can’t remember the brand.)

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      • Jenny says:

        Was benieuwd omdat ik zelf eens de kat de vegetarische brokken had voorgezet, ze (ze waren toen nog met 2) hadden er weinig zin in en wanneer wél, kwam het er gewoon weer uit. 😉
        Dikke proficiat met wat je hier doet, aangezien mezelf wil ‘bevorderen’ van vegetariër naar veganist, heb ik aan de hand van alles wat je hier zet, een nieuwe boodschappenlijst kunnen samen stellen, bespaart me een hoop tijd in opzoekwerk en etiketten lezen, dus dikke merci! Keep up the good work !! 😉

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  6. Aurore says:

    I have found the schedule on his facebook page. It’s a new food truck indeed. A smaller one. My children and I went in the new location on monday of the previous week. But I think it’s the only day the Loving Huts express is in Brussels.

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  7. Asja Reyntjens says:

    I just found your blog a couple of minutes ago and already need to thank you for making it and all the effort you put into it, and into being vegan. I’ve been trying to be vegan for the longest time now but never felt like Belgium offered as many options as America does, so I kind of put it aside (I am vegetarian though). Living cruelty free is something very close to my heart, so not being vegan makes me feel incredibly guilty. You definitely opened my eyes and showed me that being vegan doesn’t have to be that hard! A thousand times thank you, I hope you like living in Belgium and keep up the good work!

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    • sporkbill says:

      Hi Asja! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! It’s so great to know that my blog is helping people to find vegan options they didn’t know were there! Hang in there. Once you get your routines down and know what products you like, it gets a lot easier!

      P.S. I do like living in Belgium. 🙂

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