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Kebaba is a Middle Eastern restaurant in Bend, Oregon.  On Friday I ate there for the first time.  When I walked in the door, I was ecstatic to see that the lunch special was vegan 🙂 , but my excitement was tempered by seeing lamb– baby sheep– on the menu.  Of course, there were plenty of other animals on the menu, too.

No– baby sheep are no “better” than any other animal species, but yet I somehow still get a visceral reaction when I see “lamb” on restaurant menus.  Is it because I never ate lamb even before I went vegan?  Or, is it because I currently volunteer at a goat rescue that also cares for sheep?  At any rate, it does bring up a certain question…

A friend gave me this sticker.

Kebaba is located on Newport Avenue.

Kebaba sign

Eric at Kebaba

The vegan lunch special at Kebaba

I chose the spicy tomato eggplant soup with my curried tempeh salad.  The soup was outstanding.  The salad and pita bread were delicious.

Curried tempeh salad with spicy tomato eggplant soup

Curried tempeh salad with spicy tomato eggplant soup

I tried a bite of my sister’s curried lentil soup.  It was almost like a puree, which I liked very much.

The “Karnabeet” appetizer (seared cauliflower with lemon tahini sauce) was crazy good.  Not only could I live on cooked cauliflower anyway, but I do believe I could drink lemon tahini sauce straight.

Curried lentil soup and Karnabeet

Karnabeet (seared cauliflower with lemon tahini sauce)

This was a great vegan meal.  It’s just too bad that the whole restaurant couldn’t be vegan.  It could SO easily be!

I’d like you to meet my buddy, Opie.  Opie is a wether (castrated ram) who lives at New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary.

When I volunteer at the rescue on Fridays, Opie is usually eager to rub his head against my thigh for as long as I’ll let him.  This is okay when I wear pants, but in the summer I have to tell him no.  His wool is just too abrasive against bare legs!

Like the ocean– I’ve learned to “never turn my back” on Opie.  If I do, he’ll run up and try to butt me in the rear.  If I do turn my back– and then see him running toward me– all I have to do is turn around and put my hand out.  He stops right in his tracks!  Opie could do some damage to me if he wanted, but the truth is, he’s just a lover.  Enjoy these pictures of my fluffy friend.

Eric with Emmett & Opie – 3/19/10

Elisa & Opie – 3/19/10

Opie – 3/16/12

Elisa & Opie – 3/16/12

Such a sweet guy!

My friend.

Opie running toward me!

Acting tough!

Opie is a sentient being– just like me and just like you.

Opie with his full winter coat – 3/23/12

6/14/12 – He’s so handsome when he gets a haircut. And so skinny!

Lazy summer days – 8/03/12

Elisa & Opie – 8/10/12

Opie is safe, but too many of his brothers and sisters are not.  Here are some ways that you can help:

  1. Don’t eat sheep (lamb, mutton).
  2. Don’t eat cheese made from sheep’s milk.
  3. Don’t buy items made from wool.  Learn more about the wool industry.
  4. Don’t buy personal care products that contain lanolin.  Don’t buy products tested on animals.
  5. Learn about vegan sources of Vitamin D (that don’t contain lanolin).  Buy Vitashine Vegan Vitamin D3 or Global Health Trax Plant Based Vitamin D3.
  6. Go VEGAN.
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