Friday Feature: Cadry Nelson from Cadry’s Kitchen

FridayFeatures3In our weekly Friday Feature, we share a 5-question interview with one of the fantastic members of Take the time to get to know your co-members, pick up tips and tricks, blogging know-how, and recommendations from your fellow bloggers. If you’re an HLB member and haven’t gotten your interview email yet, don’t worry, you will in time! We’re working our way through a list of 2,000+ members’ blogs at random.

What’s your name, blog name, and how did you create your blog title?

My name is Cadry Nelson, and I write the vegan cooking and lifestyle blog, Cadry’s Kitchen. I chose the name, because I liked the alliteration. And of course, the blog is all about my cooking adventures.

What can a new visitor expect to find from your blog?

New visitors to Cadry’s Kitchen can expect approachable vegan recipes, highlights from my travels, and insights on living a vegan lifestyle. I’m also a huge fan of cooking with an air fryer, so you’ll find plenty of air fryer recipes there!

What is one lesson you’ve learned about blogging since you first started your website?

One lesson I’ve learned about blogging since I first started is that you’re never going to be able to please everyone. It just comes with the internet that there will be criticism. You have to take it with a grain of salt and sense of humor, if possible.

What is your favorite way to get moving, burn calories and energy, and get your exercise-on?

I really love biking. It’s exercise that feels like play. I have so many fond memories of riding bikes with my dad when I was a kid. When it’s summer, and I’m cruising down a big hill, I feel like I’m 10 years old again.

On days that aren’t ideal for bike riding, you’ll find me at the gym on the treadmill or elliptical trainer watching the Food Network while I work-out.

Do you ever experience days when you don’t want to make healthy choices? How do you motivate yourself when you really need it?

If I have a day when I don’t feel like making healthy choices, then I don’t. If there’s a day when I want to eat potato chips or tater tots, then I do that. I don’t believe in “guilty pleasures.” Guilt isn’t pleasure, and life is too short to feel bad about potatoes.

I know myself well enough to know that there will be times when something fried will sound good. So I will have it, and enjoy every single bite. And once I’ve scratched that itch, there will be plenty of other times when a kale salad or brown rice bowl will sound best. I will enjoy every bite of that too.

Life is a lot more pleasurable, and healthy eating is a lot more sustainable, if foods aren’t put into categories of good & bad.

What is one internet trend you are ready see end for the rest of time?

I don’t think this will go away, but I get tired of seeing rant-y, food policing sort of comments on the internet. When I see angry comments in which people are mad about oil or processed foods, for example, I wish they’d find more constructive ways to use their time. Either find a way to re-make the recipe, so that it suits your needs or preferences, or keep scrolling to find a different recipe.

I don’t think people realize how much time, effort, and energy bloggers put into creating recipes, taking photographs, filming videos, and writing posts. It can be pretty disheartening to go to all of that work, and then have the first feedback be from people who are angry that vegan burgers exist or that you called something “cheese” that is made with cashews. I have to wonder why people waste their time being hostile about someone else making a sandwich.

If you could live any place for the rest of your life, where would it be and why?

It would be pretty amazing to live in London. There’s a wonderful sense of history, lots to see & do, plenty of outstanding places to eat, and when I’ve had enough exploring, loads of good television! It would also be a great base of operations for visiting new places – just by hopping on a train or short plane ride.

Let’s talk traveling: what is your favorite place to visit in your favorite city or town for vacationing?

New York City is my favorite place to vacation. There’s a palpable energy to the place, and limitless things to see and do. As someone who wants to visit as many vegan restaurants as possible while traveling, with NYC I know there will never be enough time. There are just too many places to visit – even if you were staying for a month.

A perfect day there would include breakfast in Central Park, eating a NYC bagel with vegan cream cheese, and a soy latte. Then I’d go shopping in SoHo with a stop at Pearl River, an Asian import store, for adorable new plates & bowls. Lunch would be at Franchia, an all-vegan Korean restaurant with the most amazing bibimbap in stone bowls. I’d visit Washington Square Park and take pictures, a location from one of my all-time favorite movies, When Harry Met Sally. And dinner would be at Candle 79, one of the best high end vegan restaurants anywhere.

Tell us about your favorite SOMETHING.

My husband and I re-watched Gavin & Stacey this summer, a British show about a couple that falls for each other when they are talking on the phone at work. They finally meet in person, fall in love, and (spoilers!) get married. It was co-written by Ruth Jones & James Corden, before he became a big talk show personality.

Watching the show is like putting on your coziest slippers and pajamas. It’s a wonderful ensemble of characters that really feel like they have their own language with one another. It’s the perfect antidote to the stress of our current times.

What is your favorite site to visit to find motivation in your healthy living journey?

Oh, it’s impossible to choose! I’ve been blogging for over 9 years and reading blogs for just as long. I have A LOT of favorites.

Some of them include:

I really like sites that show not only how to make inviting and colorful plant-based food, but also how to live happy & healthy lives.

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