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“Well, first-things first. 

I blatantly stole the name Bang-Bang from Rinko Kikuchi’s character in The Brothers Bloom

My version adds a hyphen that I feel is vital.”

Hi!  My name is Alecia Lott and I was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH.  I’m a vegan who has a multitude of interests and likes to try new things. I love to stuff my face with falafel, travel whenever I can, cook, write, craft…

My curious nature has taken my career on many, many, many different paths…I’ve been a freelance writer.  I’ve been a landlady.  I’ve worked at Walt Disney World.  I’ve been a mystery shopper.  I…could go on but you get the idea.

In 2006, after realizing that the animals I had been eating were no different than the dogs and cats I loved, I instantly became a vegan.  With that, my health improved and my life took on a whole new meaning.  Food became an even bigger part of my life because, well, it simply had to be.  Not that I was complaining!

In 2008, I got a folding table and made a few dozen cupcakes for a street festival.  Before I knew it, I was “the cupcake lady,” running a successful vegan cupcake business from my apartment.  And that should have been IT for me, right?  I was finally being paid to make people happy with my food, and proving how AWESOME vegan baked goods can be.


But…something was missing.  For starters, I knew I didn’t want to be in Cincinnati forever!

My then-boyfriend, Andrew, pulled me out of the Midwest and showed me the world.  We sold many of our belongings and kept our passports open and ready.  Copenhagen, Morocco, Paris (where I started this blog), then a road trip across the US… travel became part of my life instead of just a dream for “one day.”

The best part of traveling was the FOOD I ate!  People think that finding vegan food while traveling is difficult but I didn’t think it was that hard.  You just have to know where to look.

In early 2012, after spending two months in Barcelona, my now-husband and I moved to Chicago for a year, then San Diego where we live now.  We’re feeling pretty settled, but hopefully there will be more travel in the future…

Well, I hope you’ll join me for the rest of my story as I embark on the path toward Yay, Yum, and Yes!  Follow me as I figure out what it means to be successful and happy…while remaining well-traveled and well-fed.  :)

You can contact me at:

alecia [AT] bangbangsquest.com

14 Comments leave one →
  1. February 20, 2010 2:54 pm

    F-ing Good Cupcakes is the best name ever! I like your style!

    • February 23, 2010 12:18 am

      Hey thanks! That name sure got attention, and showed me how conservative Cincinnati is… :)

  2. Samantha permalink
    March 26, 2010 7:06 am

    I’m a vegan who just moved to the Cincinnati area and am frustrated, to say the least, at the lack of vegan food options around here – or at least what I have found/not found so far. So please tell me…how can I get these CRAZY GOOD cupcakes of yours that everyone talks about???

    • March 27, 2010 10:37 pm

      Samantha!!
      I feel your pain, my friend. Just keep telling yourself: at least you didn’t grow up in Cincinnati. That’s a mark that just never washes away.

      You’re right, vegan options aren’t plentiful in the city of goetta, five-way chili, and potato pancakes that are wonderful until you realize they probably have eggs in them. The good news is, new places are opening up all the time and more menus are offering a little somethin’ somethin’ for us. Keep in mind that my suggestions below may be out-of-date because I left Cincy in August, and is geographically-biased because I lived downtown and rarely visited the suburbs.

      For cupcakes, have you tried Sugar Cupcakery? I just found out about them myself, but their flavors sound amazing…

      For savory choices, I’m sure well-meaning people have recommended Melt about a million times already. (Right?) Even though my last review of them was harsh, they’re still really good when they want to be. There are vegan options at other Northside places as well, such as The Hideaway and Honey. Sidewinder Coffee has vegan muffins and other baked goods, but not cupcakes unless they got another vendor after moi. And there’s The Comet, further up the road. A jerked tofu burrito and a beer to wash it down? I’m there.

      In Clifton, Cactus Pear was always a favorite of mine for southwestern grub–the Aztec Tofu sandwich is yummy (though they could drain the tofu a bit more) but make sure you ask for no butter on the bread. Mac’s Pizza Pub serves a vegan pie that’s decent, and if you ask them nicely they might turn it into a calzone for you. And in several neighborhoods including Clifton, there’s Dewey’s Pizza–hold the cheese!

      Everyone–well, my friends, at least–raves about The Loving Cafe in Pleasant Ridge, but eh, I dunno. The vibe in there made me uncomfortable. BUT it is the only 100% vegan place I know of in Cincy. (If anyone knows of another, feel free to share below.)

      If you need vegan marshmallows and lip balm, your best bet is Park + Vine in Over-the-Rhine. Also in OTR is Coffee Emporium, another former customer of mine which can sometimes be a good source for vegan baked goods, as well as soups and sammiches.

      If you need something uber-upscale, make reservations at Boca in Oakley or Nicola’s in OTR and tell them you’re a vegan–they’ll hook you up. While less expensive, Sung Korean Bistro and Shangai Mama’s are also great options for a downtown date-night.

      On Fountain Square, the same family that owns Nicola’s also owns Via Vite, which has good pasta and stays open late. Well, late for Cincinnati. Chipotle, obviously much more affordable, is located right behind them, and Graeter’s Ice Cream, diagonally across the square (as well as other locations around the city), also makes lemon sorbet that is accidentally animal-free.

      Across the river, in Newport, York Street Cafe has a vegan burger and decor that’s so cute you’ll pee your pants.

      Not so bad, eh? Back to the cupcakes…Alas, the cupcakes no longer spring forth from my oven. (Sorry that sounded weird, haha.) Besides, I’m in San Diego now, how would I get them to you? :P I just checked my old F-ing Good web URL today and, oops, the site’s still up. No wonder people keep calling me! So until I get Andrew to take that down, please spread the word.

      Stay strong!
      –Alecia

  3. Angie Cupas permalink
    April 1, 2010 5:32 am

    Hi Alecia!

    Are you still making your “F-ing Good Cupcakes?” I am interested in having you bake me some for my upcoming bridal shower/party on April 10. I am particularly interested in your margarita cupcakes!! Tequila/ritas are sort of my calling card ;-)

    Please let me know asap!! Thanks!! Your reviews look FANTASTIC!

    -Angie Cupas

  4. April 1, 2010 9:49 am

    Hi Angie,
    Thanks for your interest. :) Mmm tequila…
    Unfortunately, I’ve been out of the cupcake biz since August. Please see the last paragraph of the (insanely long, sorry) comment I left right above yours, and check out Sugar Cupcakery.
    Hope you’ll continue to read my blog for more info on what I’m currently up to in San Diego!
    –Alecia, aka Bang-Bang

  5. Lydia permalink
    March 17, 2011 7:22 am

    Hi there, Alecia! I stumbled across your blog when I was doing a search for lunch bags and found that we have a bit in common, you and I. I am a writer (currently working on my first novel, actually), a vegetarian, (cheese will always be the dividing line between me and veganism…..screw steak, give me CHEESE!), and a flight attendant for a regional airline. : )

    I just wanted to give a shout out and tell you that I am enjoying the hell out of your blog!

    -Lydia : )

  6. Lydia permalink
    March 17, 2011 8:26 am

    Good grief, I forgot to mention the most important thing we have in common (and the subject of your blog!)

    I am also a foodie and an aspiring chef!

    Also, if you haven’t already, you should definitely add quinoa to your list of must haves! I only recently discovered it myself, but it has become a staple in my diet. It is one of the most complete sources of vegetarian/vegan proteins available. It is a little pricey, but definitely not as much as a tbone or even a chicken breast.

    Here is a great little piece of info I found about it (and no, I’m not affiliated with this site, so I’m not making any commission when you visit. ; ) )

    Not only is quinoa high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Not only is quinoa’s amino acid profile well balanced, making it a good choice for vegans concerned about adequate protein intake, but quinoa is especially well-endowed with the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. In addition to protein, quinoa features a host of other health-building nutrients. Because quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus, this “grain” may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis.
    http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=142&tname=foodspice

    I carry some with me on my trips and add some diced tofu, cilantro and lime. Simple and FABULOUS! Also good cold or warm and it keeps well for several days. : )

    I’m sorry to hear about your recent bout with sickle cell! : ( I hope you’re feeling better.

  7. Stephanie permalink
    July 24, 2011 6:55 pm

    I am a vegan and I just became a flight attendant. Your website gave me great ideas on meals to pack with me!!! Thank you so much!!!

  8. superfunvegan permalink
    December 8, 2011 6:47 pm

    Nice to meet you! Will you be making some of those delish cupcakes in Chicago? :)

    • December 27, 2011 5:13 pm

      Hmmm… perhaps!! :-D

  9. Randi permalink
    February 26, 2013 8:12 pm

    More posts please! Your blog is a great read and contains some great info. Keep it up. And congrats on getting hooked.

  10. Andrew Jernberg permalink
    March 6, 2016 7:38 am

    Hey Kara!

    I’d like to introduce myself- My name is Andrew and I am a Design student in Bellingham, WA. Our latest studio project has been designing bags; I chose to create a bag for flight attendants. During my research I stumbled upon your blog (which is absolutely amazing by the way). Along with other blogs and interviews, your story has really helped me narrow the focus of my project.

    Now I know you must be incredibly busy between working, blogging and living life; I would love to have your brief input though!

    My idea is to create a tote/ bucket bag that can be used to carry your things during layovers (as brief as they may be) and also have the capability of keeping food cold during the flight day. Basically a cooler tote that doesn’t look or feel like a cheesy cooler.

    Would you use a bag like this? Are there any other features you think would be killer for this?

    Look forward to hearing back from you soon, any quick yes/no/tips/advice/etc would be amazing!

    Best,
    Andrew Jernberg

    Industrial Design
    Western Washington University

    • March 8, 2016 7:28 am

      Andrew,
      I’m not sure who Kara is, but your bag idea sounds pretty awesome! :)
      Alecia

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