About Me

Hi, I’m Waz!

I’m an architect turned graphic designer who discovered a love for food while working in advertising for the wine industry. Currently based in Portland, Oregon, I feature all things veggie including restaurant reviews, simple recipes, vegan living, and local events. I moved here in the summer of 2016 and plan on sticking around for a while. Prior to that, I’ve lived in New York City, Berkeley, Pittsburgh, Copenhagen, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Previously known as Let’s Nom Nom, this blog has followed me on my food adventures since I moved to New York City in 2011. There, I documented the NYC dining scene, food events, and my home cooking. Scoping out ramen spots is my specialty, and ramen is my most blogged about dish. As much as I love exploring restaurants, I love making a mess in the kitchen too. I’m a self-taught home cook whose signature dish is mac & cheese, and I’ve both competed in and judged vegan mac contests.

Going Vegan

Over the years, I’ve gone from flexitarian to vegetarian to vegan, and my blog has followed me on that journey. A plant-based diet is healthier and kinder to my body, to animals, and to our environment. I believe the best way to promote veganism is by raising awareness of the positives of the plant-based movement and by celebrating great food that just so happens to be vegan.

This is not a strictly vegan blog with a capital “V”. If you dig back far enough, you’ll find old posts back when I was still eating meat about once a month. While you won’t find any animals on my plate nowadays, you may occasionally see an omnivore dish in the background as I sometimes dine with non-vegan friends, and I’m a fan of restaurants where we can all dine together. If the future really is vegan, we won’t get there by isolating ourselves from omnivores, scolding those who see things differently, and judging other vegans for not being vegan enough. Instead, we need to be compassionate and learn to work together.

Beyond Blogging

Beyond blogging and content creation, I work as a freelance graphic designer. Many of my favorite projects revolve around food and veganism, like U.S. Veg Corp’s plant-based festivals.

I also lead the Portland chapter of Veganizer, a plant-based food consulting agency built upon the idea that every restaurant should have vegan options. We collaborate with omnivore restaurants to host vegan popup events and help bridge the gap between the vegan customer and non-vegan establishment as they test out new vegan menu items. Since our launch in 2017, we’ve partnered with MF Tasty, Red Sauce Pizza, SouthFork, and Quaintrelle to name a few.

Features

KGW News – Vegan dumpling popup at Feastly
Brew Bound – Portland Cider Grape Stomp cider collaboration
KGW News – Veganizer helps restaurants go vegan
Eater PDX – The hottest popups in Portland right now
Red Sauce Pizza – RSP names vegan special The Waz
My Darling Vegan – podcast interview
Aria Gin – Aria names cocktail the Waz Collins
Vegan Iron Chef – podcast interview
Peta – Brooklyn just got its first all-vegan pizzeria

Work with Me

Please contact me if you would like to learn more about collaborations and other opportunities. I’d love to hear from you and look forward to working together!

10 Comments

  • Reply
    alt.truisms
    March 25, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Thank you for following my blog. Look forward to sharing more with you. xoxo Anais

  • Reply
    Joann
    July 4, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Hi there. Love your blog. I nominated it for a Starlight Blogger Award.
    https://joannsfoodforthought.wordpress.com/2015/07/05/starlight-blogger-award/

    • Reply
      wazwu
      July 6, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by and nominating me! :)

  • Reply
    vivalaViv
    December 16, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Being vegetarian was a wonderful experience and a great life style for me when I was living and working in Taipei, Taiwan in the 90’s. I’m thinking about cutting my meat intake again slowly. Most of the time I eat meat not because the taste of it but simply just being lazy. Now I think about it, yes we do have choices and vege dishes taste delicious!

    Vivienne X

    • Reply
      wazwu
      December 17, 2015 at 11:59 am

      I was never vegetarian when I lived in Taiwan, but I imagine that most places are very veggie friendly. It’s so easy and delicious to go more veggie nowadays. We have the choices, and it’s more economical too!

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    manavmalik
    February 22, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Simply love your blog. Specially the name. Its kind of cute. Lol
    The second reason why I like it is coz you look like a pro with reataurants in NYC so I can always vouch for ur suggestions when I am there.
    Happy to stumble upon Nom Nom. 🙃

    • Reply
      wazwu
      February 23, 2016 at 10:05 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your kind words. :)

  • Reply
    Nancy Arriaza
    April 11, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Good morning , Waz,

    I wanted to tell you about the one ingredient flatbread which I have started to import from the Dominican Republic. We are currently involved with the gluten free group in Portland and sell at stores such as Food Fight. I would love to give you a sample
    and get your feedback. It is called Casabi and made from yucca pulp. Please let me know if you are interested.

    Sincerely, Nancy Arriaza

    • Reply
      admin
      April 11, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      Thanks for reaching out Nancy! I’ll send you an email shortly.

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