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.
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 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.
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!