Flourish Heights Girl Chat Feature

While you may know cruelty-free fashion is a passion of mine, what you may not know is my journey to a cruelty-free lifestyle started with food. I have been eating plant-based/vegan diet since 2016, and diet was the door that lead me to a cruelty-free lifestyle. Recently,  I had the opportunity to be featured in Flourish Height’s Girl Chat Series and talk about my passion for living a plant-based/vegan lifestyle as well as key milestones about my health and wellness journey.

The series is run by Valerie Agyeman, a passionate Registered Dietitian based locally here in the DC-metro area. Her business is all about helping women “plant their health on higher ground!” Check out my interview here: http://flourishheights.com/casey-shea/

DC Restaurant Review: HipCityVeg

One of the reasons I enjoy working in metro center (downtown DC) is how many restaurants and food options there are – especially for plant-based eating. Since expanding to DC last year (it’s Philly-based), HipCityVeg has quickly become one of my favorite lunch options.

Hip City Veg is a fast-food style restaurant with burgers, sandwiches, salads, wraps, etc. and everything is 100% plant based. Just walking in you know off the bat that’s it’s not a regular fast-food joint, it’s a ~*cool*~ fast-food joint. For starters, they’ve got a full wall with plants and, my favorite, plant-based books! I almost cried with happiness the first time I walked in and saw The China Study displayed prominently. And, everything that comes with your meal (napkins, bag, cutlery) is compostable. How awesome is that?

Their philosophy:

Embracing healthy bodies, a healthy planet, and compassion for all living things, we bring delicious vegan food to people everywhere.

This place “gets” me.

I’m a creature of habit and while I’ve tried lots of items on the menu, like the Ziggy burger, which is their flagship item, and chick’n nuggets, I usually stick with my go-to: the arugula taco salad with crispy chick’n on top (pictured below).

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How delicious does this arugula taco salad with crispy chick’n look?

If you’re in the city and looking for a quick meal, I highly recommend Hip City Veg. It’s directly across from the Capital One Arena (formally Verizon Center) so it’s a great option for pre-game bites. I wouldn’t recommend coming with a large group for a sit down meal, however. Seating is limited.

Have you tried HipCityVeg? If so, what’s your favorite meal?