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09/10/2014

Berkeley! On September 28, there’s a Vegan Sandwich (FINE, Sammich) throwdown and you should go there to eat all the sandwiches and vote on them and then eat some more. MAKE IT HAPPEN, SF BAY AREA! You eat those sammiches!!!
Get your tickets here. (Oh! And $3 from every ticket goes to Factory Farming Awareness Coalition! Excellent!)
(Also, the same folks are putting on a vegan iron chef event in February and they want home chefs to compete! You should totally apply here!)

Berkeley! On September 28, there’s a Vegan Sandwich (FINE, Sammich) throwdown and you should go there to eat all the sandwiches and vote on them and then eat some more. MAKE IT HAPPEN, SF BAY AREA! You eat those sammiches!!!

Get your tickets here. (Oh! And $3 from every ticket goes to Factory Farming Awareness Coalition! Excellent!)

(Also, the same folks are putting on a vegan iron chef event in February and they want home chefs to compete! You should totally apply here!)

Isa is going on tour! Isa is going on tour! Isa is going on tour!
If you are in NYC, Nashville, Chicago, or Napa, you NEED TO GO. Here are the details from the (talented, brilliant, lovely) maniac herself:

I’m going on tour! NYC, Nashville, Chicago and Napa. I’ll be preparing a 4-course dinner on stage at City Winery, while telling the story of each dish. You’ll be eating a 4-course dinner with wine pairings. Part dinner theater, part pyrotechnic arena rock, part Borscht-belt comedy. The menu is “to be announced” but you can bet it will be amazing and since you are about to ask, there will be gluten-free options. And brussel sprouts. And cheesecake. And a few super swanky things. From my early years in Brooklyn just learning how to make my own curries, to my life in Omaha, opening a restaurant and trying to perfect a tofu cheesecake, these recipes will tell the story of my vegan life. How I went from a little girl who loved cats to a woman who has sold a million cookbooks (something like that, who’s counting?) But you’ll also learn about the intriguing properties of coconut oil, the secrets to achieving perfect grill-marks, how to make eggs out of anything and the fastest, easiest way to mince a lot of garlic. And don’t worry, no matter where you are sitting you won’t miss a thing, because there will be video screens showing the action on my cutting board. There are more details at the ticket links below. These are advanced VIP tickets, at a reduced rate, with the best seats, so snag ‘em now with the top secret ticket code “VEGANARY.”Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks, and I can’t wait to feed you!PS There won’t actually be any pyrotechnics, I’m sorry!LINKS:Use ticket code: VEGANARYNYC - February 1st 2015http://www.citywinery.com/newyork/isalive020115.htmlNashville - February 4th 2015http://www.citywinery.com/nashville/isalive020415.htmlChicago - February 6th 2015http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/tickets/isa-live-a-vegan-life-in-four-courses-2-6.htmlNapa - February 8th 2015http://www.citywinery.com/napa/catalog/product/view/id/702999/s/isa-live-a-vegan-life-in-four-courses-a-live-cooking-tour-featuring-vegan-culinary-star-isa-moskowitz-2-8/

Isa is going on tour! Isa is going on tour! Isa is going on tour!

If you are in NYC, Nashville, Chicago, or Napa, you NEED TO GO. Here are the details from the (talented, brilliant, lovely) maniac herself:

I’m going on tour! NYC, Nashville, Chicago and Napa. I’ll be preparing a 4-course dinner on stage at City Winery, while telling the story of each dish. You’ll be eating a 4-course dinner with wine pairings. Part dinner theater, part pyrotechnic arena rock, part Borscht-belt comedy. The menu is “to be announced” but you can bet it will be amazing and since you are about to ask, there will be gluten-free options. And brussel sprouts. And cheesecake. And a few super swanky things. 

From my early years in Brooklyn just learning how to make my own curries, to my life in Omaha, opening a restaurant and trying to perfect a tofu cheesecake, these recipes will tell the story of my vegan life. How I went from a little girl who loved cats to a woman who has sold a million cookbooks (something like that, who’s counting?) But you’ll also learn about the intriguing properties of coconut oil, the secrets to achieving perfect grill-marks, how to make eggs out of anything and the fastest, easiest way to mince a lot of garlic. And don’t worry, no matter where you are sitting you won’t miss a thing, because there will be video screens showing the action on my cutting board. 

There are more details at the ticket links below. These are advanced VIP tickets, at a reduced rate, with the best seats, so snag ‘em now with the top secret ticket code “VEGANARY.”

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks, and I can’t wait to feed you!

PS There won’t actually be any pyrotechnics, I’m sorry!

LINKS:
Use ticket code: VEGANARY

NYC - February 1st 2015
http://www.citywinery.com/newyork/isalive020115.html

Nashville - February 4th 2015
http://www.citywinery.com/nashville/isalive020415.html

Chicago - February 6th 2015
http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/tickets/isa-live-a-vegan-life-in-four-courses-2-6.html

Napa - February 8th 2015
http://www.citywinery.com/napa/catalog/product/view/id/702999/s/isa-live-a-vegan-life-in-four-courses-a-live-cooking-tour-featuring-vegan-culinary-star-isa-moskowitz-2-8/

09/09/2014

Help NYC’s GustOrganics make its menu 100 percent vegan!  »

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Ever heard of GustOrganics, on Sixth Avenue between 14th and 15th streets in Manhattan? Yeah, neither had we. But besides being a certified organic and eco-friendly restaurant, the West Village spot is on the verge of going completely vegan!

Though it’s always been vegan-friendly, GustOrganics’ proprietors are all about putting their menu where their ethics are. In other words, earning their sustainable label. Say goodbye to steak and fish and dairy and eggs: Tofu and tempeh and a whole bunch of other delicious plant-based offerings are taking over.

However, they can’t make the big switch without help, which is where we supportive vegans come in. Check out the crowdfunding campaign! GustOrganics wants to bring in renowned Brazilian chef Diego Castro to curate the new menu. The campaign expires in nine days and is still far from the proprietors’ $10,000 goal, so if you’re going to donate, you’d better get on it.

The rewards for donation are pretty sweet, but at the $75 level things get really good: a ticket to the relaunch party on November 3, when GustOrganics will celebrate its new, vegan menu. If this succeeds, it could make the restaurant a vanguard of new, cruelty-free, environmentally friendly eating. Vegan is the diet of the future, and helping GustOrganics succeed could send a big message to restaurants in New York and across the world.

Can’t donate? Use social media to spread the word. Check out GustOrganics on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and show your cash-richer friends where to give!

[photo and video via GustOrganics’ Fundafeast page]

09/05/2014

The great and glorious Miyoko Schinner has launched her vegan cheese line and you’d be a fool not to order her goods. She is a true cheese genius and you’ve never tasted anything like it, vegan or not. GET ON IT. (I just got out of bed to write this post and I do not get out of bed. Ever. This is not a cry for help, I am just trying to make you understand how good this stuff is.) (This might be a cry for help.)

Animal News You Can Use!: Which Star Wars villain did factory farmers compare HSUS to?  »

Big news from food giant Unilever this week, with the company announcing that it opposes the practice of grinding male chicks at egg industry hatcheries and will work to eliminate it.

Also big news from Dunkin’ Donuts, which is adding almond milk to its stores nationwide!

California’s landmark Prop 2 is coming into effect in just a few months. Some egg producers are going cage-free while others aren’t. Civil Eats has the story on what’s happening so far. And more info from HSUS at our site on the topic.

And speaking of California and eggs, San Francisco-based Hampton Creek made headlines this week by picking up a big name in the technology investing world. Read more about it in the NY Times.

Finally, in one of the more entertaining meat industry attacks on HSUS, this week one industry writer penned a column comparing us to the dreaded General Grievous of Star Wars infamy. :-)

Paul Shapiro
Vice President, Farm Animal Protection
The Humane Society of the United States
Follow at http://twitter.com/pshapiro  

P.S. Video of the week: Summer’s almost over! Don’t you wish you were doing what this dog is?


P.P.S. Are you on Twitter? Did you know that for free you can “donate” your account to help occasionally get the word out about important farm animal protection efforts? I’d be grateful if you would—here’s the link!

Cute elephant plays with giant ribbon like a true hero of fun  »

The Dodo posted about this forever a while ago and just how cute is it? Here’s a hint: SO FREAKING CUTE. The choreography gets really elaborate around :43. 

This lil’ ele is a resident at the Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary in Northern Thailand. 

09/04/2014

DUDETTES! AND DUDES! So Delicious is really bringing it lately! First, Coconut Whipped Cream. Now, Candy Corn and Pumpkin Spice ice cream popsicles OH MY GOooooOOODNESS. Not sure when these hit the shelves but probably soon because it’s already autumn and it’s time to stuff our faces with candy corn ice cream.

WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE!

Rabbit Food Grocery is a rad vegan mobile/online grocery store in Texas that wants to open a brick and mortar shop and we should help them! Because they are amazing people spreading the word of veganism all over the Texas capital! Plus, the Kickstarter rewards are kickass. You want them. You want all of it! 
Yay vegan grocery stores!!!

Rabbit Food Grocery is a rad vegan mobile/online grocery store in Texas that wants to open a brick and mortar shop and we should help them! Because they are amazing people spreading the word of veganism all over the Texas capital! Plus, the Kickstarter rewards are kickass. You want them. You want all of it! 

Yay vegan grocery stores!!!

Mistress Ginger Cooks: Vegan ShowGirl Supreme creates cruelty-free recipes for all!   »

imageMistress Ginger, the self-identified “vegan showgirl supreme,” has created a new cookbook that’s aimed at “burly truckers” and “pink-haired divas,” and everyone in between. 

With recipes like “French-Kissed Toast,” “Drizzle Me Dressing,” “Miso Sexy Soup,” and “Flaming Stir-Fry with Hot Mess Dressing,” this is definitely not your average cookbook. imageIn between lasciviously described culinary creations (each recipe sets the scene for a different scandal, like having a male suitor up for chai, or preparing “love juice” for your boyfriend), Mistress Ginger includes lots of fun photos of brawny men bedecking her, sometimes in suggestive poses. Let’s just say it’s really clear what she means by “Pound-Me Cake” (a real recipe!). In addition to the clearly fabulous stories and sass interspersed, I also love that Mistress Ginger brings an intersectional perspective on LGBTQ rights and animal rights:

I hope that we can recognize how all movements for liberation have striking parallels, how no one is free when others are oppressed, and how our daily choices can support freedom for everyone on all fronts.

I couldn’t agree more! Here’s one of my favorite recipes from Mistress Ginger Cooks: Kickass Guacamole! 

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Kickass Guacamole 
posted with permission from Mistress Ginger Cooks!

Ingredients:

3 ripe avocados
3 tablespoons diced onions
3 tablespoons diced seeded tomato
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced jalapeño chile
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

Here are Mother Nature’s instructions for making gorgeous guac. I am just the messenger. She said, and I quote, “Mash the avocados in a medium bowl with a fork. Stir in the onion, tomato, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, and chile. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.” Mother Nature cuts to the chase, doesn’t she? Use within 2 days, as if that will be an issue.

Buy Mistress Ginger Cooks! on Amazon or contact Mistress Ginger for a personally autographed copy.

09/02/2014

The Elephant who cried when he was freed might go back into captivity!  »

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Do you guys remember the wonderful story of Raju? We were so so so happy when Raju was rescued two months ago. This is his new life, with all his fresh jackfruit he gets now:

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But now his cruel former “owner”/abuser has filed legal documents to take him back! YOU CAN HELP! 

From Wildlife SOS, India:

What you can do now:

1.) Sign the petition

2.) Donate to our elephant legal fund (select “elephant legal fund” from the dropdown list on the donation form)

3.) Send an email (recipients and instructions here)

Show them that the world cares! Raju should never wear chains again!

UPDATE: I wrote this Friday, they’ve added an FAQ since then

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