We had the good fortune of connecting with Brian Lane and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brian, what makes you happy? Why?
Food, learning, and meaningful relationships. There’s no order to this but it’s just easiest to talk about food first. You won’t find anyone alive who doesn’t like eating food and food is amazing of course. I definitely sound crazy when I say this but even though I love food so much, once a year I will fast 5 days for multiple beneficial reasons. During this fast my love for food grows tenfold. You really don’t know how much you love food till you stop eating it. In addition to eating food, I love cooking and baking to share my beautiful mouth explosions with others. The act of sharing my food is evening more rewarding. What takes my food to the next level is learning new cooking techniques and understanding how flavor profiles play with each other on the playground of your palate. A combination of these has sprouted loads of meaningful relationships in the vegan community just because we all share the same love of food, cooking, and veganism.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is my food. Most times I try my best to set myself apart from others by creating new original content. That being said so far I’m most proud of my french toast breakfast dogs. I had stale hot dog buns and really no idea what to do with them besides tossing them out. After recently making french toast from my banana bread which was also mind blowing the idea was obvious. The concept of the dish is a french toasted hot bun with a banana or breakfast sausage. Getting to where I am professionally was all done by doing. There was no risk involved for me, and the factor remains the same everyone else who would like to become some kind of a creator. It’s easy to become a creator, in order to become a successfully creator is the hard part. I wouldn’t say I’m even close to who I can compare myself to, however in the progress I’ve made for myself I have made it far enough for someone to want to read this. Overcoming the challenge of growing your audience is a never ending challenge. Everyday I try to think of how I can create something new, try a new form of media, and learn about what’s trending. One thing I’ve learned along the way is that no matter what you do some people will leave your audience. You cannot please everyone, but you can always make sure you are happy with what you have created. Do what makes you happy! I like eating good vegan food and I want to share that with the world!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The best itinerary for a visiting friend to the Phoenix would be loaded with so many spots it’s easy to miss one. For food I think it’s illegal if they visit and don’t try Green New American Vegetarian. They have been my favorite comfort food spot since going vegan. Other favorite eateries include GuacStar, Coronado, Verdura, and Pomegranate Cafe. One thing I’m surprised Arizona isn’t known for is their beer. My list of must go to breweries in the valley include Huss, Four Peaks, OHSO, and SanTan. Lastly, check out the camelback mountain for hiking, and Tempe Beach Park for hanging out.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are three important highlights for my shoutout. As a freshman in college, I used the mealplan for lunch and dinners and microwaved the rest of my food. I didn’t really know much about cooking or baking but I knew you could possibly materialize food if you followed the instructions correctly. Once I was a sophomore living off campus, mealplan became harder to use and I was eating horrible. I finally asked my roommate to teach me how to cook one dish at a time from chicken to even spaghetti. By the time I went vegan, I had the foundation he brought to me to make the process seamless. So thanks Nick! If you look at my posts since the start of my page, I have tried to include arizona vegan hashtags everytime. Being apart of the local vegan community is important to me, and two people that help with that are Steph @comfortfoodvegan and Joana @joanasvegantreats thankfully. They are ten times more involved than me but my involvement has only grown since meeting both of them. Lastly, I’d like to thank Watson @thee_burger_dude for teaching me the way of deep frying. A year ago, my life was changed when he showed me the way. I don’t deep fry all the time of course because of how unhealthy it is, but all my life most foods and cooking techniques have seemed like a scary mystery until I debunked them. Thanks to him I’ve made countless variations of fried tofu, fried pickles, and even vegan fried oreos!

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