Well Well Well, what do we have here, It is June’s Sexy Bad Ass Vegan. This wonderful lady is one of the most wonderful people to be around. Her energy is contagious… You just can’t have a bad day in her presence. She was also on the creative team (PARADOX) that created the New and Improved BAD ASS VEGAN website. Want to learn more about this wonderful Bad Ass Vegan? Check out more below:
Name: Melissa Rodriguez
Where do you live and where are you from? I live in Hollywood, FL but I was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica.
What do you do for a living/profession? Account manager at Paradox Design Studio and event planner to family and friends. (She works with her husband Ambert, who is also vegan and just so happens to be MR. JUNE)
What do you like to do for fun? I love cooking, trail running, tennis and planning vegan birthday parties for my vegan nephews and niece.
How long have you been vegan?
I have lost track of the years, but maybe 7 or 8 years. I was vegetarian before that.
Why did you become vegan? Long story made short J My sister went vegetarian in 1999 (around that) and she and I were always together so I obviously went vegetarian. Eventually, we both went vegan as we realized how great we felt the more plant based we were.
conscious for the crazy road of life ahead of them.
How was your transition? My transition was easy because I loved fruits and vegetables and the more I ate them, the more I wanted.
What is the funniest misconception(s) that you have heard about vegans? HA! Where do I begin? We are weird. I get that from my family a lot. But how is it weird to have compassion? How is it weird to want to be healthier? I could go on….
What is your Favorite thing(s) about being a vegan? Being healthy all the time! I love all the good food I put in my body and I love that my meals are always flavorful and colorful.
What do you think makes a Sexy Bad Ass Vegan? An educated vegan. Not a trend follower.
What is the best vegan dish that you make in your kitchen? I cook so many different types of food, from Jamaican food to Mediterranean food (My grandmother was from Lebanon and migrated to Jamaica). I don’t know what the best dish is but a favorite in our home is Jamaican food. So Rice and peas with brown stew tofu with a salad. I don’t have exact measurements but I love having people over!
What is the best Vegan Restaurant you have ever had the pleasure of eating at? Native foods café in Chicago! And a new favorite is Green Bar & Kitchen in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
What advice do you have for those that are thinking of transitioning to a vegan lifestyle? Educate yourself! Don’t be afraid of being different, of standing out because you choose to be vegan.
Do you have a website to share with the BAV nation? No but you can find Melissa on instagram @melissaguez. Also if you like how the new Bad Ass Vegan website looks you can check out their work at
Melissa – Love this and miss you both!! BTW – I was going to ask you for the recipe for your brown stew tofu, but like a typical JA, you don’t have a recipe 🙂
LOL Alyson… you are right, you should have known better about her having a recipe