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Sad to report the passing of Veggo

I am sad to report the passing of my brother, Veggo.

Veggo loved the camaraderie of Chowhound and thoroughly enjoyed swapping witty comments and food ideas. He traveled to more places than most people will dream of going, ate in some of the finest places, and could hold his own in the kitchen. Veggo didn't seem to need a cookbook like I do; he had an ability to put things together that just tasted good. His experiences, love of writing, and food interests made him a good fit at Chowhound. Like most of us, his life wasn't all roses - he had his life challenges, health issues, and family squabbles. But he marched on, and marched as far as his body would take him. He was 61.

'Next time you sip a glass of wine, savor a piece of cheese, crack open a beer, cook a Mexican dish, enjoy a slice of New Haven apizza (Pepe's White Clam), eat a Stone Crab or take part in a lively Chowhound discussion, please take a moment to remember Veggo.

Peter

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  1. I am so very sorry for your loss (and ours). Veggo's contributions to Chowhound were invaluable. I hope he knew how much we appreciated him. If "little Veggo" the cat is still with us, please give him a pat for me.

    1. Sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed reading his comments.

      1. This news is so sad. He was one of my earliest follows. My thoughts are with Veggo's IRL friends and family . . . he will be sorely missed here.

        1. Will be toasting him tonight! Best to you and your family.

          1. My condolences.

            I feel like I lost a part of my Chowhound identity. He and I exchanged many e-mails off-line. Knowing him not only made me a better 'hound but an infinitely richer person.

            The best to you and your family.

            Thank you for sharing the news with us.

            (I suppose the one silver lining is that Veggo is now sharing a drink and bite with Sam. Bravo to both of those fine gents!)

            1. Condolences to you and his family.

              I always enjoyed his posts.

              1. Sincere condolences on your loss. Your brother was always ready with a wisecrack when the opportunity presented itself, but it was clear from many of his other posts that he had a big, open heart.

                We will miss him here.

                1. Oh, Peter,
                  I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. He's made me giggle and heartily laugh. He's kindly made me reconsider my opinion. I never developed more than a distant admiration. He was a spitfire whom I admired and would have liked to call friend. My deepest condolences to you and your family and his friends. The lights of chowhound have certainly dimmed with this sad news.
                  Fondly, Bellachefa

                  1. Peter, so very sorry for your loss. I'm reading these words in shock, not quite processing how they can be true.

                    1. It is so sad to hear this, he really seemed like he would have been great dinner company- funny, interesting and fair.

                      My sincerest condolences, Peter.

                      1. I am relatively new to this board but I always enjoyed his straight forward posts. He will be missed ..dammit:-((

                        1. Oh that's too sad. I said 'oh no' out loud when I read this. sorry for your loss and he will be missed here on CH.

                          1. Oh no. I am so very sorry for your loss.

                            1. Oh no.

                              Veggo was a man of the world. He had a wonderful wit and knew when to grace us with it and when to unleash it.

                              I would like to believe that Veggo and Sam are plotting some mischief from up above.

                              Miss you, buddy.

                              1. I am so sorry Peter for the loss of your brother.

                                I am in shock on hearing this news.
                                He and I were born the same day, September 16th and we were kindred spirits and I adored him.

                                RIP my beloved Popi and Viva 916!

                                1. Protagonist, Wit, Sage, Inspirer, Mentor, All round good guy. He was a presence here on Chowhound, and will be missed. Gone to see Sam finally. Having a hearty meal, a stiff drink, a cigar, and probably a raunchy story or two. Farewell Veggo, see you on the other side. I hope. What a shock this is.

                                  1. Thank you, Peter, for letting us know. I've been an admirer of Veggo's wit for over five years, and he will be missed here by many.
                                    I am so sorry to hear this news.

                                    1. Veggo was one of the very recognizable and respected monikers on Chowhound. Do you know the derivation of his screen name? He didn't present as a vegetarian... My thoughts go to you and his family, and his contributions will be missed on these boards.

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                                      1. re: nosh

                                        Veggo was his given name--like Viggo Mortensen--rhymes with "ego" not with "Eggo" and you're correct, he was NOT a vegetarian.

                                        1. re: kattyeyes

                                          I always thought of him as Veggo (rhymes with "ego"). He was a prolific poster and we'll run across his name here for years to come. Yes, gone, but certainly not forgotten. Happy trails, Veggo.

                                      2. Oh Peter I am so sorry for your loss. He will be dearly missed here. My prayers our with your family.

                                        1. i will miss veggo. not much else to say - my condolences. not many people are as funny, thoughtful, smart, food-savvy and kind - especially not on the interwebs. i can only imagine in real life - my heart goes out to his family and friends. veggo will be missed.

                                          1. I'm so, so sorry to hear this. My condolences to you and your family.

                                            1. So sad. Thanks for letting us know.

                                              1. So sorry to hear of your loss.

                                                1. Ohhhh, I'm so, so sorry!

                                                  He was an amazing writer, lover of food, and an absolute joy to read here on Chowhound. He was an amazing poster on this site; one who I was always glad to see post on a thread.

                                                  My heart goes out to you and your and his family and to his little buddy, Veggo the cat.

                                                  1. So sorry to read about this. He was far too young. My sympathies.

                                                    1. Veggo and I shared hundreds and hundreds of emails and dozens of phone calls. He was one of a kind.

                                                      Peter, my condolences to you and your family.

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                                                      1. re: c oliver

                                                        "One of a kind," indeed. What a shock. I'm in Libourne, France, today, and will seek out a nice bottle of the local wine to toast him with at dinner. (I'll also eat the next plate of Anguilles in his honor -- I'm quite sure that he would have enjoyed them.)

                                                      2. Like many others, I spoke to my computer and said, "Oh no!"

                                                        May V's family, digital and physical, find comfort in his legacy of wit and love of writing about food and foibles.

                                                        Be blessed.
                                                        KB

                                                        1. I am so sorry for your loss. Never once did I see his name here and not stop to read with a little smile. He had much to offer, and all of it was appreciated.

                                                          1. I'm very sorry to hear this and can only offer sympathy and the shared knowledge that he was well regarded among us, his comments were always read with interest and warmth. he will be missed.

                                                            1. Peter, thank you for sharing this news with the community that Veggo was so big a part of. It is such sad and surprising news. Our loss pales in comparison to yours, of course, but his good humour will be sorely missed here.

                                                              1. Auwe! I will miss his voice.

                                                                E ho'omaha me ka maluhia, Veggo.

                                                                1. to veggo...a man whose wit would always draw a smile from me no matter how crappy my day. i'm so sorry for your loss, peter.

                                                                  1. Terribly sorry for your loss. Sixty one is far too young. His contributions here will be greatly missed. He always livened up the show.

                                                                    1. I'm so sorry to hear this. I enjoyed reading Veggo's posts. RIP Veggo.

                                                                      1. Oh, such a loss. My condolences.
                                                                        He was such a voice of reason and knowledge on these boards. I am sure he was a wonderful companion to dine with! I will sorely miss his insights on everything Mexican :(

                                                                        1. Peter, rest assured in the coming days your brother's wit and sagacity will be honored when we "...sip a glass of wine, savor a piece of cheese, crack open a beer, cook a Mexican dish, enjoy a slice of New Haven apizza (Pepe's White Clam), eat a Stone Crab or take part in a lively Chowhound discussion." If there's a ticker tape in the great beyond it shall click madly as we remember and toast his memory.

                                                                          He will be missed. Condolences to you and yours.

                                                                          1. I am so sorry to hear this sad news. 61 is far too young.

                                                                            Sending you hugs and strength.

                                                                            1. I'm so sorry. Thinking of you and your family. 61 is no age at all.

                                                                              1. I'm shocked and saddened to hear of your brother's passing. He'll be very much missed.

                                                                                1. Peter, my sincerest condolences to you and your family. I will miss Veggo.

                                                                                  1. My condolences. I was deeply saddened to wake to news of your loss. Find solace in the fact that we see it as ours as well.

                                                                                    1. Very sorry. I took great pleasure in reading his posts.

                                                                                      1. I'm so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed his wry sense of humor and witty observations. He has left a lovely legacy here and will be missed.

                                                                                        1. Very sorry to hear this.

                                                                                          1. I am so, so sorry for your loss. I always looked forward to what he had to share.

                                                                                            1. Sad news. We will miss his voice here at Chowhound.

                                                                                              1. Dear Peter, My deepest condolences to you and your family. He was a fine friend here on Chowhound, and one with whom I had personal (albeit through the mail) contact. He will be sorely missed, his wit and his wisdom. May he rest in peace.

                                                                                                1. Wow, he was posting here so recently. Very sorry for your loss.

                                                                                                  1. Very sorry for you loss. He was one person on here that always seemed to have the same opinion or thoughts as me. Bet he was a great guy.

                                                                                                    1. I’ve been at a loss of words as to what say about the incredible shock and sadness at reading this news. Veggo was one of the first people to reach out to me “off the boards” and we struck up what I consider to be a genuine friendship. I often joked about joining him on one of his annual trips to Mexico, and I do believe his open invitation was genuine. I enjoyed our discussions and we shared many of the same interests, and a very similar sense of humor. He was a very intelligent man; this was obvious in his written word(s) and sharp humor. I’m terrible saddened for his RL family and friends, and us his cyber family and friends. The boards will certainly be lacking and I’m sure the mod’s can probably be reduced by half now just not having to monitor his posts 24/7.

                                                                                                      Veggo, you were a gentleman and a scholar and you will be missed. God’s speed my friend; your next dive will be in the blue horizons.

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                                                                                                      1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                                        I add my condolences to Peter and his family, and refer you all to a recent back and forth between Veggo and jrvedivici that made me laugh: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/975778

                                                                                                        Quick on the draw and always with tongue firmly in cheek, that was Veggo. His voice will indeed be missed here.

                                                                                                      2. so sorry to hear of your loss.
                                                                                                        like Sam, another of my secret Chowcrushes.
                                                                                                        he will be missed.

                                                                                                        1. We'll miss him, even those of us who only knew him by his writing here. Thank you for letting us know, and condolences to you and the rest of Veggo's family, and to what I am sure must be a wide, wide circle of friends.

                                                                                                          1. I'm so sorry for your loss.

                                                                                                            “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”

                                                                                                            The silencing of your brother's "voice" will be greatly missed by this community...

                                                                                                            1. Oh, dear. How sad. My condolences to you and his family. I have fond memories of our late great Chowhounds, and Veggo is one of them. (Sam F, anyone?) I've been on Chowhound since the Jim Leff days of the 1990s.

                                                                                                              1. One of the brightest lights in the Chowhound constellation has been lost.

                                                                                                                Even now when I read CH, I will still be looking to see a post from Veggo. I will miss his voice.

                                                                                                                ETA: I'm just reminded then of what must have been one of his last posts where he expressed a desire to go to 15 East for an omakase meal but then said it probably wouldn't happen. I guess this is what he meant. I wish I could have had a meal with him.

                                                                                                                1. So sorry for your loss. He will be missed here.

                                                                                                                  1. I am so sorry to hear of this loss to you and to the Chowhound community. I enjoyed Veggo's presence here on the board. Like Sam, I will miss him greatly.

                                                                                                                    1. Wow - so many thoughtful condolences and comments, thank you so much everyone. I will share this with family, and I know Veggo's mother will be moved to read it and to know he was such an integral part of the Chowhound community. Thank you again,

                                                                                                                      Peter

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                                                                                                                      1. re: just_ducky

                                                                                                                        It is sad when a parent has to bury a child. I'm sorry for your family's loss. So many here have written heartfelt posts about Veggo, who will be missed greatly.

                                                                                                                        1. re: just_ducky

                                                                                                                          Peter, please know that my heartfelt and deep sympathy go out to you and all your dear family. My original post focused on Veggo but I know the sorrow that falls upon families when a member dies. Please accept my condolences.

                                                                                                                        2. Peter, I'm sorry for your loss.
                                                                                                                          And sorry for the loss here in our little community. He was so knowledgeable and witty, I always really enjoyed his posts.
                                                                                                                          I just opened a beer, and will hold this one up for him.

                                                                                                                          1. I'm so sorry for your loss. I haven't been posting much or even checking the boards lately, but a fellow poster told me the news of Veggo's passing today and I had to stop by to give my condolences.

                                                                                                                            With so many great people on these boards, Veggo was certainly still always one of my favorites. I will miss him dearly.

                                                                                                                            1. It was date night for my husband and me tonight. At the end of the date I explained about Veggo, and we raised our refilled wine glasses and made a very heartfelt toast to him. Funny how much you can feel the loss of someone you never met, but who you encountered daily.

                                                                                                                              My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.

                                                                                                                              1. Count me as another distant admirer of Veggo who will sorely miss his great knowledge, fine wit, and passion for things Mexican. Though I didn't know him, he somehow often made me feel like I was in on the joke. I'll be sure to raise a glass in his honor while next in Mexico.

                                                                                                                                1. Well damn, that sucks.

                                                                                                                                  Condolences to y'all, Veggo will be missed.

                                                                                                                                  1. His smart and witty contributions will be greatly missed on these boards.
                                                                                                                                    My condolences to you and yours. May he rest in peace

                                                                                                                                    1. Peter,
                                                                                                                                      I just got the news and am quite shocked.My condolences to you, your mom and the rest of the family.

                                                                                                                                      I spent a wonderful afternoon with Veggo at Pepe's the last time he came to town to see mom. He had a white clam, and I had a typical New Haven Apizza, sauce and grated cheese, no mozzarella.

                                                                                                                                      Only a year in part in age, and our family having been in business in Hamden since 1955, we knew many of the same people and enjoyed conversations about both food, haunts, travels and people.

                                                                                                                                      Remember the good times and things...the others crop up on their own. I'll drink a glass to his memory tonight.

                                                                                                                                      1. Peter, I extend my deepest condolences to you and your family. I cannot tell you how many times Veggo's comments brought a smile to my face and improved my day. He will definitely be missed.

                                                                                                                                        1. <sigh>

                                                                                                                                          The world is a little dimmer and less interesting now.

                                                                                                                                          Cheers, Veggo. And my most heartfelt condolences to you and your family, Peter. Salud.

                                                                                                                                          1. My heartfelt condolences.

                                                                                                                                            I can only hope that Veggo, Sam F. and Chino Wayne are making each other laugh as much as they did me.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: Pwmfan

                                                                                                                                              And moh and Foodfuser.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                                                And danhole.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                                  And JonParker and Decolady.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                    Wow! What a roundable of wit and wisdom. I was unaware of the passing of some of these wonderful posters.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Pwmfan

                                                                                                                                                      absolutely some of the very best!

                                                                                                                                            2. My deepest condolences. Peter and family. I only knew him as Veggo. I always looked forward to his witty comments to my posts. I am sad. Looking at his profile I know he is having a picnic on top of Angel Falls, with mesquite grilled whole cabritas ,angulas, hand crafted margaritas, and duck liver pate. Rest in peace.

                                                                                                                                              1. Oh Peter, I am so very sorry for you and your family! I had no idea Veggo was sick. He was surely the lifeblood of Chowhound for many of us. And yes, surely he and Sam are annoying each other's company! Hugs to you all, Erin

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: enbell

                                                                                                                                                  enbell: if that was intentional, I think I prefer it over a typo (enjoying vs. annoying)

                                                                                                                                                  the best ones are always a bit cantankerous after all.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                    Oh my goodness a typo indeed
                                                                                                                                                    You're right it *is* better ;)

                                                                                                                                                2. Peter,

                                                                                                                                                  Thank you for taking the time to let us know. It is always unsettling when a frequent contributor goes silent.

                                                                                                                                                  Veggo made a big impression on this community. I'm sure his real life relationships will miss him terribly.

                                                                                                                                                  He always struck me as one of those people you would find fascinating if the opportunity was presented to spend a meal together. He will be missed.

                                                                                                                                                  1. Peter

                                                                                                                                                    Many thanks for letting us know this sad news. Too often, folk disappear from the board and we are left wondering what may have happened. I appreciate you taking the time out to post.

                                                                                                                                                    I always enjoyed Veggo's contributions - knowledgable, direct and often just plain good fun.

                                                                                                                                                    Condolences from north west England

                                                                                                                                                    John

                                                                                                                                                    1. Ah, so sad. So sorry for your loss, Peter, and sorry for ours. Veggo was a bright spot on any thread.

                                                                                                                                                      1. So sorry to hear about this! For me, Veggo was one of the more recognizable and lively names on this board and I remember his posts as being fun and playful. My thoughts go out to Veggo's family.

                                                                                                                                                        1. I am sad to hear this and very sorry for your personal loss. Veggo was among the greats here.

                                                                                                                                                          1. So sorry to read such sad news.

                                                                                                                                                            1. I am so very sorry for your loss. Your brother was a wonderful contributor here.

                                                                                                                                                              1. Peter,

                                                                                                                                                                Please accept my condolences. Veggo's passing is a deeply felt loss, but I hope you, as much as we, can find comfort in the record he left here of his wit and wisdom, his joy for life and food. He was one of a kind and he will be missed.

                                                                                                                                                                1. I'm sorry for your loss. He'll be missed.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Intrigued by the title " Plight of the Cock Sauce" on the Food Media and News board I opened the thread for the first time to see what it was all about. Immediately after reading the body of the post I was met with the first of a few comments in that thread by Veggo. I smiled at first, then paused and the smile quickly faded from my face realizing I'm reading him for the first time postmortem.

                                                                                                                                                                    Curiously I then went to his profile just to see what his last post was. If I recall properly you go to someones profile and click on "posts" and that will show you their latest post, correct? Well, I did this and it shows that Veggo's last post was actually on a thread I started about the Red Lobster brand being sold. The smile came back across my face.

                                                                                                                                                                    RIP again my friend..........................

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Peter, I am so sorry for your loss and that of the rest of Veggo's family and friends. As so many others have said, Veggo's posts never failed to entertain and enlighten. We have lost a great one, no doubt about it. Will raise my next glass to him.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. I am also from Hamden where, thanks to your grandfather, the name Veggo is well known and respected but I never met your brother until I joined ChowHound.
                                                                                                                                                                        Even tho I never met him, I consider him a good friend. Please know you have my deepest sympathy for your loss.
                                                                                                                                                                        Bob Weiner
                                                                                                                                                                        bwein@att,net

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Peter -

                                                                                                                                                                          So sorry for your loss. Sending my condolences to you and the rest of the family. He will be missed on these boards.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Peter,

                                                                                                                                                                            I am sorry for your loss. Veggo and I compared notes on many things related to food in the S.W. Fl area. A. P. Bell being one of them. I had the honor of having dinner with your brother and a few other "hounds" about 18 months ago at Darwin's Sarasota. He was truly interested in foods of the local area, the country and the world.
                                                                                                                                                                            I will miss our frequent banter on CH.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. What terrible news. My heart goes out to you and your family. Every CH thread he took part in was worth reading just because he was on it. Hail and farewell.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. sorry to hear that.

                                                                                                                                                                                i thought he would go on and on.

                                                                                                                                                                                too bad now we can never meet up for a cigar or two. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                i thoroughly enjoyed those witty comments.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. So sorry to hear of your brother's passing. The number of replies speaks volumes. He will be deeply missed.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. This makes me sad. I did not know Veggo but read his posts. I'm so sorry about your brother, just_ducky.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. It's funny but I shed a tear every time this thread pops up with a new reply.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Even without having the pleasure of actually meeting the man in person (although we talked about doing so quite often) I really feel like I lost a little part of me.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Some people make you a better person, and some people make you feel like you are a better person.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Veggo did both.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                        Veggo and Sam were interesting characters. Both were intrepid travelers, both had a wicked sense of humor. Both were taken from us way too soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: steve h.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm amazed how sad I can feel losing someone I only know on-line. Some personalities really come through. I still miss Sam and will miss Veggo, now, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Here's a post from Veggo on the announcement of Sam's passing, April 2010;

                                                                                                                                                                                        Veggo 04/15/10 12:02AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Sam you magnificent bastard, you were so much more than a friend and an hermano to me. We first got in trouble here 3 years ago by bantering in spanish, and the mods reminded us that this is an english-speaking site. So we took it off - board and developed a beautiful friendship.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Tu fuiste capitan, ni marinero, y tenias mas que un poco de gracia. Ahora eres arriba, arriba, como se canta, y "por ti sere."
                                                                                                                                                                                        I know you will be there in heaven when I see you, hermano, keep the floor clean and I'll smuggle a bottle of Flor de Cana and we will dance La Bamba una vez.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Con amor a mi hermano,
                                                                                                                                                                                        Veggo the cactus-eating jackass

                                                                                                                                                                                        You know, I do hope they're dancing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                                                                                                                                          Very nice...I can't believe it has been 4 years since Sam died. I hope his little girl is doing well. She was much loved by her Father.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                                                                                                                                            I'd say the bottle of Flor de Cana is long gone and they're rifling through other stashes to continue the dance.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                              I'll just say, wherever Veggo, Sam and Chino Wayne are now, the humor level has taken a quantum leap upward...

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                                                                And ours has plummeted exponentially...

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, we had them for a good long time (for which I am eternally grateful). Now it's someone else's turn - the lucky bastards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Not Chino Wayne too???? Sob!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: missclaudy

                                                                                                                                                                                                    It sounds like you missed that thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8909...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I haven't been around for a while, thanks for the update!
                                                                                                                                                                                                      SOB!

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. sad to hear this, and so very sorry for your loss. i had limited interactions with your brother, but i read his posts with great enjoyment. such a character. and i loved hearing about his cat in Mexico!

                                                                                                                                                                                              our reading lives have been diminished, but i'm sure not as much as your life has been in losing your brother. raising a cheer to you and your family as well. thank you for letting us know.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. A great loss to us all. Peter, my thoughts and good wishes go out to you, your mom, and the whole family. May the great joy of having had Veggo in all of our lives conquer our sense of loss.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Out of all of the friends I've made on Chowhound through the years, Veggo is the only one I've met face to face. We had dinner a couple of times during the short while he lived in Dallas, with the promise of more whenever he returned. Somehow the expectation is never that you will survive someone a generation younger than you, but there is comfort in how full a life he led. RIP

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. To Veggo -raise your glass

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I didn't know him, but I loved him. He made me laugh. More often he made me giggle.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  And so I toast him, as others will.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_KDPU...

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cheers

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I've bantered with Veggo, joked with him, argued with him, and learned from him. And I admired his talent for doing all of the above in a single post. He helped make this site interesting. Cheers to Veggo, and condolences to his family and loved ones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. am so sorry for your loss, bu thank you for sharing this news with us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      he contributed to my boston board as well and we knew some of the same local luminaries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      he will be missed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Condolences to all of Veggo's loved ones at this time of grief.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'll miss his repartee :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. What a shock!! Condolences to his family.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I had the pleasure of having Veggo in my home a couple of times recently sharing stories, food, drink and cigars. A very entertaining gentleman who I hoped to share more time with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I will raise a glass of rum and toast to his life and memory. Rest in peace Vegoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. One of my fave recipes is Veggo's shrimp, corn and poblano soup:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/669662

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. So very sorry, Peter. We'll really miss him on the boards. He made a huge contribution to the community here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. My sympathies to you and your family.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. l am sorry as well. just got news in Paris, where the dear Veggo was supposed to join me but changed his mind at last minute.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We ate together a lot in Florida and l had planned to visit him in the fall there.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  He will be missed and especially by me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  l am now even happier that we shared an old vintage port at a dinner a few months ago. It, as always, was a fun and moderately raucous evening.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just back from Europe and found on my fridge at home a label from Spanish anguilla Veggo and l shared just before l left.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As said before he will be missed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. So very sorry to hear. Really enjoyed reading his posts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Oh no, how sad. I loved reading veggo's posts, he was one of the first people I followed here. RIP, veggo, we'll miss you, and condolences to his family.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I am sad to hear of Veggo's passing. Always positive and upbeat , at least here on CH....My sincere condolences.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fred

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Sob, anything you eat today while thinking of Veggo has NO calories in it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. In honor of a *real* Chowhound: Veggo, here is his first post:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/348644

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: rudeboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for looking that up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: rudeboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What a great post! I don't know I missed this last week. I was just reading a post yesterday that referenced the eloquence of Veggo and was surprised he did not chime in. My deepest condolences, he will be sorely missed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. So terribly sorry to hear this news, Veggo will be deeply missed on chow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I am so sorry to hear this. He was funny and intelligent. He was one of my favorite posters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I just heard this sad news and am still reeling from the loss, as you must also be, Peter. Veggo was my constant companion on the CH Mexico board; we shared so much information with one another and he was always reliable and interesting--and fun!--to read. We talked about meeting but never had the chance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll sip a mezcal tonight in his honor. Qué en paz descanses, amigo Veggo! Nos vemos en el más allá--y salúdame a Sam, por favor, otro cuate que nos hace tanta falta pa'cá.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Link: http://www.mexicocooks.typepad.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Veggo, you are truly missed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Tremendous loss. The world is so filled with sadness these days. But it was people like your brother that filled the heart with joy. He will be missed by many. He was The Man in Riviera Maya, among other places. On my next trip down there I will raise a glass in his memory, on the beach, with my family. I will explain how people like your brother made the world a better place. Pepe's and Stone Crabs, I had no idea.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sorry for your loss.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Stuart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. For Veggo's followers on Chowhound, I wanted you all to know how comforting it is to read about him from you all and to have our memories of him reiterated by your tributes. Veggo was my friend for over 40 years and I was charmed from day one by his witticisms and plays on words. I was his long time girlfriend in college and I can testify that he started out as a strictly meat and potatoes type of guy who was looking to fill up the stomach of his 6 foot4 inch frame... and one who regularly burned everything on a grill on my fire escape in Philadelphia. He did love all things Mexico but had not yet embraced the food... When we spoke, he often spoke of his community of friends on Chowhound and would recommend spices and talk about his newly discovered interest in cooking... He lived a modest life but he was a brilliant writer and speaker who always made me laugh at his twists on words and his way of presenting the story... Your stories have brought back so many of my memories of him in such a positive light and with such warmness and it means everything to me and his family to read of his "other life" on your board...Thank you all for bringing both tears and laughter to our mourning of him... He was just one of those special guys who make a mark on those who knew and will always love him. Elizabeth

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Very well said Liz. The outpouring of comments has been very comforting, and more than once my vision went blurry as I read them. This morning I printed the thread and mailed it to our mother - I just know she'll love reading the comments. I'd like to express a huge thank you to all the wonderful people here who've commented. Thank you, Chowhounds.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Peter

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the two of you just brought tears to my eyes! so glad this thread can give a bit of comfort at such a sad time. it's always nice to hear that others loved and esteemed our loved ones, isn't it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Just found this. Damn. Always enjoyed Veggo's posts. My condolences to all who miss him.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. II am so sorry to see this post. What a loss to the CH board... I will miss getting deleted with him :) ...we had a good time..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Aw, sorry and sad to read this. RIP Veggo. You will be missed. Hope you're at the big dining table in the sky enjoying wonderful things along with my Dad......

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Peter, I had not seen your post until just now. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Veggo was a lively and generous contributor to these boards. I will miss him. Thank you for letting us know.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ~TDQ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Oh no, no, no. Wow. I am so sorry to hear about your brother.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wit is hard to find. Veggo possessed it in bundles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm very sorry he's gone. Hang in there, Peter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Peter, so sorry to read of your family's loss. I apologize for conveying my heartfelt wishes to you all so far after Veggo's passing. I just caught this post this morning and am very saddened. He has touched so many of us with his wit, candor and charm. I can only imagine how he has affected those close to him - how lucky you all are to have known him as son, brother, a lover, as a compadre.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Veggo was the main reason I would occasionally stray away from my "home" board. Regardless of what he wrote, his entries were always filled with a vibrancy of life well lived. His humor always stood out, but his love, passion and deep regard for the ocean was my personal touchstone with him. And yeah, his humor - it needs to be mentioned again. I personally referred to Veggo as, "fuckin' Veggo," because after reading so many of his humorous posts, I'd laugh and mutter to myself, "that fuckin' Veggo!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tonight, I will pull out my best rum, pour to Veggo, and raise my glass high.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Oh, I'm sad to read this. Veggo was such a good and funny writer. I'm sorry for your loss, family and friends, and all the chowhounds he touched with his stories. Is Veggo the cat ok?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Veggo the cat hasn't lived with Veggo since he moved from Mexico some years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Thanks again for the thoughtful responses. lagatta, last I heard from my brother, little Veggo (the cat) was living well in Playa, Mexico. The last time Veggo was in Mexico he stopped in to see little Veggo; Veggo hadn't been to that house in a couple years, and little Veggo went running up to him, much like a dog would. The cat wasn't that friendly towards other people, clearly cats can remember people. (We all know cat people are always good people!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: just_ducky

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, we are. Glad to hear about el pequeño Veggo, and glad you have such good memories of your brother. My cat is a "one-person cat" as well, but then, he is half-Siamese, and Siamese are very "doggy". He's also 18 and some months (18 1/2 in September), so he is relatively much older than your brother made it to (which was not much older than I am, so it hits hard). I guess this means we have to enjoy life while we can.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                one our emails about his cat in his Avatar ..and how different a cat was from a dog..Mom grew up with cats and said the house was missing something and we just a cat...Veggo was very right...Rose cat brings so much to our house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. My condolences to his family.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I just saw this now and feel as if the wind has been knocked out of me. Veggo was a kindred spirit in his passion for Mexican food and global flavors. I cherished his contributions whenever he came into threads. Love and peace to you on the other side, Veggo! :_( My thoughts are with Veggo's friends and family.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: luckyfatima

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Not a day goes by, or a Chowhound question gets asked that Veggo isn't missed.