Philly Vegan Blogger, Eric Belfi, Discusses Animal Agriculture, Veganism and Life as a Blogger

Photo from the PhillyVeganGuy Instagram page

Eric Belfi has been a vegan of four years, is a long distance runner and author of Philly Vegan Guy.

Eric and his wife Karen, a vegetarian for over 20 years, have been involved in dog rescue since 1999. From there, he started to become more conscious about the life of animals.

Although he was an “unapologetic carnivore” before going vegan, his love for dogs started when he was young while growing up in South Philadelphia, PA.

“It struck a cord with me. I spent so much money saving for dogs, it did not make sense to me to dictate a difference between all animals,” Eric said.

It’s been five years since Eric got introduced to the health kick. After watching Vegucated and reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, he started questioning where his food came from. He soon became more conscious about the effects that meat consumption has on animal agriculture.

Just over a year ago, Eric started his blog to share what he goes through as a vegan, specifically as a vegan athlete. He explained that the blog was created as an outlet for his experiences, whether it be the trails and tribulations, road blocks and any other difficulties in his path towards a healthier and more conscious lifestyle.

Eric hopes to share his message and the message of many who believe that a vegan lifestyle is not only healthier, but is benificial to every aspect of life.

“Blogging has a large part to play in the future of journalism,” he said.

Dedicating the time between work and training for marathons is what Eric explains as the hardest part about maintaining his blog. He is currently training for the Broad Street Marathon, ODDyssey Half Marathon and a Fall marathon in Chicago, IL. Eric also has a section on his blog about his running career.

Eric suggests that anyone who wants to start a blog should pick a topic that is close to your heart, and which you will set aside time to write about it. 

“Communicating with people who find the lifestyle inspirational is the most rewarding,” he said. 


A Visit to a Philly Vegan Pizza Shop, “Blackbird Pizzeria”

This past weekend I went to Blackbird Pizzeria in Philadelphia, PA. Everything they make is vegan, including their homemade cheese. Blackbird is famous for their cheesesteaks, wings and delicious pizza. See the pictures below to find what goes on in this amazing vegan pizza shop.

Outside the Blackbird Pizzeria, located at 507 S 6th St, a block away from South Street.
Brittany Metz waiting for her food inside of Blackbird Pizzeria.
Blackbird Pizzeria’s menu on a chalk board. Kelly Pray talks with her coworker, waiting for customers.
Blackbird Pizzeria’s t-shirts for sale.
A drawing of the pentagram and horned goats head pasted on the shops tip jar.
A skull on top of the shops register, staring at costumers while they order.
Vegan cupcakes and sweets on the shops counter.
A row of pizza’s, including the “Beetza” which includes roasted beets, green kale, roasted garlic, tofu ricotta and daiya cheese.
TJ Allen making one of Philly’s best vegan cheesesteaks.
“Well these are Philly’s best,” TJ Allen said.
Blackbird Pizzeria’s homemade cheese poured by TJ Allen on top of a vegan cheesesteak.
Jake Kotarra mixing the pizzeria’s wings into the root beer barbecue sauce.
The pizzeria’s homemade cheese on top of fries is “delicious,” Jake Kotarra said.
One of my favorites, the Haymaker pizza.
“It’s really the best,” said Brittany Metz, a loyal costumer at the pizzeria.
Root beer barbecue wings with garlic aioli dipping sauce made for customer.
Brittany Metz dipping fries into the homemade cheese.


The Best Post-Workout Vegan Meals on a Budget

If you’re looking for a quick, cheap and hearty post workout meal, I have some tips for YOU!

If you’re on the run, Chipotle Mexican Grill is a great option! You can get a burrito or bowl for under $10!

Vegan Options at Chipotle:

  • Brown or white rice
  • Black or Pinto beans
  • Sofritas (vegan meat substitute)
  • Fajita Veggies
  • Mild, Medium or hot salsa
  • Corn salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Lettuce
  • (Chips are vegan too!)

Tip: If you get the fajita veggies without sofrita’s, you don’t have to pay an extra $1.95 for guacamole.


All natural vegan supplement post workout smoothie:

Ingredients: (measurements fit to preference and portion)

  • Kale or Spinach
  • Bananas
  • Berries (Acai, blackberries and strawberries are my favorite)
  • Pineapple (the secret to an all natural delicious smoothie is pineapple)
  • Coconut water (Use this to liquify to preferred thickness)
  • Spirulina powder
    (Spirulina is the secret supplement for your post workout. All natural and loaded with vitamins, including lots of protein)

These are a few ways to incorporate a hearty meal into your vegan diet.

Organic super foods are the best way to enhance your post workout meal. Spirulina is one of the most powerful organic foods to have. I use it the same way people use protein shakes after a workout. It helps with muscle recovery and it also boosts energy. This miracle food also does wonders for disease prevention.