If you’ve been looking for the sexiest vegan in Vegas, your hunt is over. Paul Graham, who writes a blog at EatingVeganInVegas.tumblr.com, was named a finalist in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ 2011 Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50 contest. Although he didn’t win, the 54-year-old was game to answer our pressing vegan questions.
What’s the best advice you’ve given on your blog?
To not limit yourself by where you think you can eat as a vegan. You can find a vegan-friendly meal almost anywhere—you might just have to modify things a little bit. Most restaurants are more than willing to work with you. Also, anything that you can find to eat in a restaurant can usually be re-created at home, so pay attention to what you are eating.
What is your favorite vegan meal in town?
It is probably the first meal that I blogged about: Swimming Rama at Ping Pong Thai Restaurant [2955 E. Sunset Road]. I cannot tell you how many times I have had this meal. It is steamed broccoli, carrots, spinach and cabbage with tofu and rice covered in an amazing peanut sauce. Simple, yet fantastic!
What is the most misunderstood aspect of being vegan?
That somehow we don’t get enough protein. We consume way more protein than our bodies need. We only need to have about 10 percent of our calories actually come from protein. We consume protein regularly from grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, vegetables, etc. My muscle tone is amazing for my age.