Ethical Eating

Vote for Local Hot Guys and Gals in PETA's Sexiest Vegan Next Door Contest

Sure, you can make all the jokes you want about "hot sausage" and "makin' bacon," but when it comes down to it, vegetables and fruits are pretty darned sexy too.

First of all, cucumbers and bananas are pretty raunchy (you heard the ol' banana-in-my-pocket reference), and there's nothing sexier than feeding your significant other some ripe strawberries.

Plus, it looks like eating a vegan diet attracts an insane amount of gorgeous people.

Which is why PETA hosts its annual Sexiest Vegan Next Door contest. Each year, the hottest herbivores on the planet compete for the title and a trip to Hawaii (sans roast pork luau, we presume). Best of all? There are plenty of beautiful local men and women to vote for.

This is the first round of voting, which ends March 28. The five men and five women who receive the most votes will advance to the finalists phase (along with an additional ten sexy vegans chosen by a PETA panel), which runs from April 14 to May 2. PETA will then select two winners, a man and a woman, based on several factors, including vote count, and will announce the lucky vegans on May 6.

Here's a list of all the local contestants. Let's have one of these vegans win the title for South Florida. To vote, visit PETA.org now:

  • Dony Ponce (Homestead)
  • Frances Cortina (Miami)
  • Gia Salazar (Boca Raton)
  • Jeneene Romero (Miami)
  • Jennifer Eady (Wellington)
  • Miranda Peterson (Ft. Lauderdale)
  • Monica Hornung (Boynton Beach)
  • Paloma Bustamante (Boca Raton)
  • Christian Lam (Miami)
  • Ryan Beckett (Wellington)

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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