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The Premier


The first few days of a brand new year seem ripe with possibilities, inspiring a fresh start in new ventures or revived inspiration for forgotten pursuits. There couldn’t be a better time to introduce a brand new magazine, starting what could be an entirely new chapter in many lives.

Laika, named as a tribute to the first dog in outer space and all other creatures treated unjustly, takes on a huge responsibility right off the bat. Serving up vegan content that anyone could happily digest, it takes the positive reinforcement approach that won me over so many years ago. It feels like a stroke of pure luck that I had the opportunity to be a part of the premier issue, and in a far bigger way than I could have imagined.

Based in Brooklyn, it was an easy hop, skip, and jump over to the site of Chef Merida’s Vegan Secret Super Club, an event that I had initially only planned to photograph. I hadn’t planned on becoming such fast friends with Julie, the magazine’s founder and editor, nor did I have any intention of writing a single word to grace those pages. Long story short, I ultimately submitted my first ever “real” article to the project, spanning numerous pages and delving far deeper than a mere recipe introduction ever could. Accompanied by my own photos, I feel almost as proud as Julie herself must be of the whole first issue. Of course, my penchant for creating and sharing is never satisfied, so I also was overjoyed to share a few thoughts on new, innovative vegan products, along with a recipe and photos.

It’s not at all a single-focus, food-only publication, despite my own edible additions. It’s the vegan lifestyle magazine that has been absent from news stands, that I’ve wanted all along. It’s about awesome, inspiring people, exciting events, innovative fashion, compassionate beauty and personal care, relationships- All that just happen to be vegan. This may just be the first issue, but it’s far from the last. Like 2013 itself, this is only the beginning of something great.

Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

20 thoughts on “The Premier

  1. WOW, this is awesome!!!

  2. Congratulations!! That is so fantastic!

  3. Congratulations! What a awesome opportunity! Excited to learn more about this magazine!

  4. This magazine sounds like it kicks some major ass! I stashed away a note of its existence, when I settle down from the move I’ll be sure to check out a copy!

  5. Congrats, that is amazing! I will have to see if I can find this magazine, looks great!

  6. I was so excited that Laika launched and I loved the first issue. Great article! :-)

  7. The more Veg*n Mag’s the better :)
    Thanks for the reminder! I saw this last month and need to look into it more :)

  8. Congrats on your contribution! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. I love Veg News, but this sounds like it has a broader scope of info and articles.

  9. AWESOME! I’m so tired of vegans just concentrating on food only. To the point where some people think being a vegan is just not eating animal products…Mega PROPS to Laika! =)

  10. Congratulations, Hannah! What an exciting way to end 2012 and begin 2013! Your words reveal how proud and happy you are to be involved in this project.

  11. Very awesome news! Way to go :)

  12. How exciting! This sounds awesome and I will certainly be checking it out! What a way to kick off 2013!

  13. Congrats Hannah! I have been hearing rumblings about Laika and need to check it out. It is so great to see the new opportunities coming your way. You continue to inspire and impress me.

  14. Congrats Hannah! you must be so proud!

  15. Hannah, what a positively fantastic way to start the new year!! Huge congrats to you, my friend, for such a stellar job. If only we could get it here!! I am just going to have to subscribe by mail. It looks like a stunning piece–so happy for you! :) xo xo

  16. Indeed a most motivating start to your year Hannah. I wonder if we will see Laika here on our magazine stands? I wrote a post about Laika last year when I first found out about her and what happened to her. I had always heard that they sent animals into space but didn’t realise that a dog was involved and as a dog owner, knowing how loyal dogs are, those photos of her broke my heart. If I can source Laika I will buy it.

  17. Always happy to welcome a new vegan publication!

  18. This sounds awesome! cant have enough of vegan mags!

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