Welcome to Casa Coquí, a vegan Puerto Rican restaurant concept in Southern California. Check out our proposed menu, learn about our journey to opening our first location, and find out about our upcoming events.
I decided to become vegan while I was still serving in the Army back in the Summer of 2011. As a Mexican-American and a native of Los Angeles, surprisingly my heritage wasn't what most affected my transition to adopt a plant-based diet. Instead, I’d say deciding to go vegan while serving as a military leader is what made my transition challenging...
Throughout my teen years I severely struggled with my weight. Bad habits such as binge-eating quickly became a comfort zone and coping mechanism. At just 17 years old, I had reached my highest weight of 300 pounds and ultimately had to make a decision to change my life...
For as long as I can remember I have been taught to respect the natural world and all of the beings in it. I was raised as a hiker, backpacker, outdoorsman, and naturalist. Being so close to nature showed me the link between the natural world and human’s place in that world.
I have been vegetarian since 2006, and stopped eating meat because I was feeling increasingly guilty about eating animals. I worked at a health food store from 2001-2005 and began to learn more about factory farming practices and the effects of a highly acidic diet.
One night, about 6 years ago, I got a call from my dad with bad news.
“Your sister has breast cancer.” “What?! How is that even possible? She’s the healthy one in the family!”
In fact, my older sister was the only one who ate salads, exercised daily, and looked slim. The rest of us enjoyed junk food, laziness, and looked like the Michelin Man. That phone call put my health into focus for the first time in my life, because if my sister (“the healthy one”) could get sick, then it really could happen to anyone.