Hi, and welcome!

I’m Ty. I started this blog as a fairly new vegan freshly transplanted to New York, so some of my earlier posts and links reflect that. However, after 3 months of living in Brooklyn and starting this blog in our itty bitty studio kitchen, I happily came back down to South Florida.

CPV is my place to share original recipes and recipe reviews, new vegan products, and restaurant reviews with you. Please feel free to leave a comment, question or insight! You can subscribe to CPV by using the links on the right side of the page. You can also follow CPV on facebook, twitter and tumblr.

Thanks for stopping by! : )

Why cameraphonevegan?

When I was living in New York, one of my roommates stole the nice, second-hand digital SLR that I had just purchased, so the that left me with my only my cameraphone! As it turned out, the cameraphone is convenient and always around. Fortunately, in April 2011 I got a new cameraphone. The Samsung Epic 4G, and it has a great camera on it! :D

How did you learn how to cook?

Many years ago, I learned how to cook out of sheer necessity. The Food Network and the zillion cookbooks I started collecting provided me with all the instruction I needed. Over time cooking diligently from recipes was no longer necessary and  I started to experiment and make my own versions of things.

What cookbooks & kitchen supplies do you use?

My favorite cookbooks are listed on the right side of the webpage for easy reference. I listed them with their proper title as well as their common abbreviations (for the longer titles). You can see a list of my favorite kitchen items through the Ty’s kitchen page tab at the top of the site. Although I don’t often mention it, I buy organic whenever possible, and you can find me at Whole Foods way too often!

How long have you been eating vegan?

I began transitioning to a fully vegan diet in the fall of 2009, making the official start date January 2010. I was eating & cooking fully vegan for almost the whole year of 2010, until I fell off for a couple of weeks with all the holiday temptation. Even just switching back to a mostly vegetarian diet made a big impact in how I felt. After 2 weeks I started feeling lousy, and got back on board.

Isn’t it hard?

Maintaining a vegan diet can be hard, especially at first, but the longer you do it, the easier it is. (And it keeps me from eating a lot of garbage!) I think at the beginning, one of the most challenging parts is dealing with other people’s reactions to it. I think you’ll find that a lot of people find the whole thing threatening. It’s always a good idea to avoid being preachy. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to talk about it if anyone asks! Over time it just becomes your normal life and people tend to get over it. Especially when they see that you do still eat real, yummy food.  : )

Personally, I just feel a lot better on a vegan diet; this is where I prefer to be.  ; )


10 Responses to “About”

  1. veganpilotmarty April 4, 2011 at 12:56 PM #


    I am a vegan charter pilot and have a blog, Marty’s Flying Vegan Review.

    Maybe we could get together for a dinner/lunch when I drop into Florida on my irregular schedule.

    I’m trying to form a vegan bloggers get together in NYC but of course, you bailed back to warm weather, beaches and sun so I have to eliminate you from contention, unless of course you come back for a visit.



  2. Tatiana April 9, 2010 at 5:43 PM #

    Yeah Tanya! I am so proud of you :) I have been so busy with the twins so this is the first time I got around to checking your blog out! I don’t know if I am ready to give up my meat and cheese but always willing to eat more healthy humane foods… any suggestions or recommendations on what recipe/s to try first? XO

    • cameraphonevegan April 11, 2010 at 4:30 PM #

      thanks for coming to check it out! : ) i know you’re a busy momma. what recipe to try first? there are some amazing empanadas that i’ll be posting later in the week! i’m making some for a potluck next sunday, so i’m gonna make the picadillo ahead, and then fry them up at the house. i guess it depends how much time you wanna spend cooking, hah! if you want a recipe for something specific, email me on facebook, and i will try to deliver. xoxox

  3. Morgan La Rue March 26, 2010 at 12:10 PM #

    Hey sweets thank u so much for letting me know about this blog… I can’t wait to make some of the stuff you have been showing…
    we miss u down in south florida

    • cameraphonevegan March 26, 2010 at 12:16 PM #

      thanks for reading! you need to make one too! miss you all!

  4. DESTINY March 23, 2010 at 12:37 AM #


  5. conradvisionquest March 17, 2010 at 4:59 PM #

    hey, we have the same vegan birthday! woohoo! i’m originally from florida, too. can’t wait to read some recipes…

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