First of all, I’m a pretty big science geek. I got a microscope for my 10th birthday, and it’s been downhill ever since. But you’ve got to believe me when I tell you that vitamins, and the ways they interact, are FASCINATING. I’ve been looking this stuff up (for how many hours now? Oh lord) and it’s actually kind of awesome.
See, it’s not just whether you get your vitamins, it’s also in what COMBINATION. The effect they have depends on what other vitamins you take them with. It’s like they’re little vitamin friends and enemies (like middle school!) and there are some vitamins that they totally hate, and if you eat them at the same time they cancel each other out. But their vitamin friends help them be SUPER-POWERFUL and have slumber parties and things.
Here is a drawing of vitamins fighting on a school bus; it is SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE.
This is why multivitamins, though they’re good at reducing scurvy and whatnot, aren’t the absolute best thing. There are some vitamins that it’s just really hard to get enough of. Even if you eat healthy unicorn food 24/7, kale and quinoa and things, that won’t give you all the micronutrients you need.
Like, say, Vitamin D. In the summer, vegans are fine, because your body just MAKES it from sunlight. But in the winter? Now? Where do you get it? The health websites are all, “Salmon! Tuna! Sardines! Cod liver oil! Eggs! Oh, and milk.”
Basically, being a vegan in winter—with no supplements, and no sun—is a pretty good way to get a Vitamin D deficiency. Soy milk has it, and fortified cereals, but not much. Plants don’t have it at all. And if you don’t get enough, you’re much more likely to get Seasonal Affective Disorder—a.k.a., I’ll Go Cry Into My Pillow and Sleep For 14 Hours Disorder. And a whole lot of other scary diseases on Wikipedia that I won’t talk about because I’m nice.
The point is, if you feel like crap in the winter, this might be why! Seriously! There are two kinds of supplements, D3 (super-effective, nonvegan) and D2 (not as effective, vegan). I’d suggest jumping on the D2 wagon. [Ed.: As you know, your Vegansaurus is not qualified to give complex dietary advice, and suggests contacting an actual nutritionist—with a college degree! not a certificate from like the Holistic Learning Annex!—if you would like to know more about supplements.]
We don’t normally like linking to Fox News, but sometimes they’re begging to get mocked, and we can’t help but oblige. You see, Fox News’s John Stossel, author of Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media, has a really hard life. If it’s not the eco-fascists denying him his God-given right to eat endangered animals, it’s those lazy women mouthing off about how their easy jobs don’t “pay” enough.
This time he’s locked in epic battle against the Forces of Tyranny, in the urban hell-hole known as Cambridge, Mass., where "Vegan Mondays" have been proposed by the city as a way to fight climate change.
In dubbing it “tyranny,” Stossel comes to the startling revelation that Mayor Denise Simmons wasn’t legitimately elected by a democratic process, but in fact seized control of Cambridge by military coup, because that’s what actual tyranny is. After a decade of cheering on racial profiling, torture, secret prisons and other war crimes, Fox News wants us to believe that leaving meat off the menu one day a week is tantamount to jackbooted thugs marching through the streets.
Never mind how much meat production and animal experimentation remind us of the cold, mechanized efficiency of a certain World War II-era regime that will remain nameless, or how island nations like Tuvalu and the Maldives are faced with evacuating their entire populations. None of that matters if someone, somewhere feels guilty about eating a steak. No one is free when others are oppressed; that’s a bumper sticker we take to heart here at Fox, though we’ve exempted “confinement crates” and “watching your nation slowly drown to death” from “not free.”
Saturday morning, the day of the SF Vegan Bakesale, I ended up sleeping late because my new thing is not being awake, so I didn’t get over to the sale until the early afternoon. Boy, were things popping! There was of course a HUGE line outside the famous Ike’s Place but there was also quite a buzz around the bakesale tables. There was such a spread! I saw treats as exotic as peanut butter and jelly cinnamon rolls and red velvet whoopie pies, and as classic as chocolate chip cookies and banana bread. Being a true journalist, I took a wide sampling. It’s all in the name of science! The cinnamon rolls (from Cinnaholic!) were AMAZING. I also scored some nice and salty focaccia bread which was totally what I needed between sweets.
This vegan bakesale, I actually got off my lazy ass and contributed so there was also, ahem, some SUPERAWESOME coffee cake courtesy of moi (recipe to follow!). I can attest that it was good because I accidentally ate several pieces before I got to the bakesale. Pro tip!: make your goodies the day of if you want the maximum amount of product to actually make it to the sale. I made the coffee cake the night before. Silly me!
Of course, your Vegansaurus represented—Laura, Jonas, and Megan Allison! We did our Megan-power handshake! There was also some help from Doris, the first chicken I ever pet in my whole life! And some fine young folks from Cycles of Change APC even pitched in—special thanks to Jerrard and William!
All and all, I’d say it was quite successful. But I’ll let the numbers do the talking: this SF Vegan Bakesale profited $2,800! Holler!
The lovebirds, a sheep named Chico and a goat named Dorothy, reside at Farm Sanctuary’s New York Shelter and have formed a very special bond.
Farm Sanctuary’s National Shelter Director Susie Coston writes of the pair, “They seek each other out, and when they meet, they exchange adoring greetings by rubbing their heads against each other. They spend hours each day grooming, playing and snuggling together. We don’t know how it happened, but these two are obviously smitten.”
What the hell, world. You keep getting us down with how fucked you are, then you show up with some interspecies love and instantly make us go all mushy in the mind tank.
Anyway, if you and your sweetie are shunning the flowers and candy thing and looking for selfless presents for each other, we heart donations to Farm Sanctuary and you should too. No sweetie? Self-gift!
Here at Vegansaurus, we love V-Day! We know there’s a lot of haterz out there. And rightly so! Who the hell was St. Valentine anyway? We have no idea!
But we do know that we love what V-Day is REALLY all about, it’s Hallmark-Catholic unholy alliance origins be damned: Vegans, Vaginas, Vegetables. That said, here’s your guide to V(egansaurus) Day!
THE BASICS! Despite their deeply offensive meat-based nicknames (fish tacos? roast beef?) (why, I never!), both penis and vagina are 100 percent vegan (deep-fried seitan tacos! Tofurkey lunch slices!).
NOT AS BASIC BUT STILL BASIC! Birth control pills? Not vegan. Condoms? BE CAREFUL! That’s not to say we don’t advocate birth control, because we do, fools! If you happen to not be careful, though, do not ask us whether abortions are vegan or not. WE HAVE NO IDEA. THAT IS A COMPLEX MORAL QUESTION!
No seriously: While Trojan still does make gross lambskin condoms that are made out of real animal membrane (I think using these should be counted as bestiality and necrophilia together it’s so nasty), some latex condoms have milk protein in them. And it’s not man-milk! So do some research, folks! There look to be some good ones here.
OK, SAFETY IS BORING. ON TO THE ORGASMS! Unless you’re really into dry-humping, chances are you might like to purchase some lube at some point in your life. The bad news is that lubes can contain lots of weird shit that is bad for your vegina and bad for the animals that are sometimes squeezed into those tubes. The good news is that apparently everyone out there is obsessed with having anal sex, because there are a TON of lubes for you to chose from! Personally, I’ve had some great times with a bottle of Liquid Silk. You can buy it a Good Vibrations online or throughout the Bay Area; their helpful staff will be happy to tell you which lubes are animal-free, as well as which is the best for your junk. You can also check out the selection at The Sensual Vegan.
WHEN MAN-MEAT JUST DON’T CUT IT! I have no idea which dildos and vibrators are vegan and which are not. Holy fuck this stuff is complicated. I just pulled these up from a Google search. Any of you vegan perverts want to enlighten us? Please take advantage (shut up, not in THAT way) of our comments section.
Oh, and ALSO. What do you people think about sex toys that have animal faces on them? I think it’s fucking weird, but if you want a vegan rabbit in your rabbit hutch, then whatevs—I won’t judge.
FURRIES! These are just wrong. So, so wrong.
BONDAGE! Most dungeonmasters like to use leather straps and silk ropes for their hogtying and Japanese rope bondage. That SUCKS for vegans! After all, just because vegans are nice to animals doesn’t mean they have to be nice to people. People are assholes! And way more fun to beat than puppies! While Sensual Vegan is pretty light on the heavy bondage and sadism, the totally non-threatening-sounding Extreme Restraints offers a variety of cute, animal-free restraints, which are curiously mostly in pink.
PORN! And, if you’re all alone for V-Day, you can check out Veg Porn, which isn’t this, despite what you might think. Veg Porn’s motto is “Eat Pussy Not Pork.” Ha! Hahaha! And the site features pictures of people who don’t eat meat bearing their meat. Judging from some of the pictures, that was probably the only qualification for models (OK OK, that’s actually just a mean way of saying that they have representatives from a variety of body types and personal styles among their 32 models—SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! EVEN YOU, PERVERT!). And, it’s all PC and non-exploitative and stuff, so you might not even be able to rub one out to it. But hey, who are we to judge?! After all, we’re the losers looking at internet porn instead of enjoying an authentic and meaningful physical experience with someone we care about.
Terrible humans, pandas and puppies, cat cafés, another SF Vegan Bakesale and MORE in today's link-o-rama!
Who’s the cutest puppy in the White House? Is it Bo? Oh yes it is! Yes it is Bo! Bo is the cutest puppy in the whole White House! Yes he is!
First things first: Upcoming events! The most important event of the weekend: Your SF Vegan Bakesale! Same time, same place as usual—that’s Saturday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of Ike’s, at 3506 16th St. at Sanchez Street. Follow the official Twitter for up-to-the-minute information, and BE THERE.
Veg Dr. Steve Blake is in the Bay Area, right now! On Saturday, Feb. 13 he’ll give a lecture on Choosing Supplements Wisely at the Institute on Aging in SF. There’ll be a veg potluck for $2 at 6:30 p.m., and the free (!) lecture will begin at 8 p.m. On Thursday, Feb. 18 he’ll speak on Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease at the Smart Life Forum in Palo Alto; he’ll lecture about Healing Medicine on Saturday, Feb. 20 in Pleasanton; and on Making the Journey to a Healthier Diet on Sunday, Feb. 21 in San Mateo. This final event will also include a veg potluck. Check out Dr. Blake’s schedule for specifics!
Meet the angriest vegan in the world! Ingrid Newkirk will make an in-store appearance at the Westfield Centre Aveda on Monday, Feb. 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. She will read from The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights, which you’ll be able to buy from Aveda right there!
Good news: the Humane Society is making vegetarian dog food! Now if your dog has trouble with V-Dog, you have another choice. This food isn’t vegan, because it seems that three micronutrients “may come from animal-based sources,” according to our friends at Pawesome, but it seems like a responsible choice for people for don’t want to feed their dogs murdered, diseased horse. Hazel’s a vegan and she’s the happiest, healthiest dog in the city!
Moby and Miyun Park (of Global Animal Partnership) edited a collection of essays called Gristle! It is about “America’s industrial food system” and it sounds pretty interesting. Granted, contributors include Lauren “I’m a model AND related to those two presidents” Bush, and John “no fat chicks” Mackey, but also Wayne Pacelle, president of HSUS, and we love the hell out of him! We’ll have more on the speaking tour for this book as it develops.
Friend of Vegansaurus’ Paul Shapiro wrote a tidy little article about how the most shocking, obscenely fucked-up practices of the dairy industry aren’t unique incidents but total industry standards. Lay off the dairy, you are contributing to so much suffering.
On the Whole Foods beat, Wal-Mart’s organic, local (because of cost, SHUT UP CAPITALISTS) foods beat all of WF’s organic, local foods in a blind taste-test, except for the chicken, milk, and pomegranates. No problem for vegans! Unaddressed in this article: how Wal-Mart remains The Devil because of its sexism, racism, and exploitation of workers both domestically and internationally. Go fuck yourselves, all of you.
It is really hard to have animal companions in your apartment in Japan, so for the deprived, there are cat cafés! You can have tea and hang out with a bunch of non-fancy-breed, totally awesome cats and feel better about life for as long as you like (approximately $9 US per hour).
Remember those dudes on the Australian I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here who were sued by the Australian RSPCA after they killed and ate a rat on the show? Well! The Aussie RSPCA dropped the suit against the rat-killers, and instead sued ITV, the show’s producers, who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and paid a fine of $3,000 AU on Monday. See, the rat really suffered before it finally died, and the producers didn’t even know if letting the show’s participants murder it was legal.
Oh, PETA. The organization sent a get-well-soon basket to the premier of Newfoundland (abbreviated “N.L.” in the Canadian press, which is very confusing) after his heart surgery on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Apparently he takes Omega-3 supplements made from SEAL OIL, which officially makes him a disgusting human who doesn’t deserve the fancy vegan caviar PETA sent him.
Supreme Master is opening another Loving Hut in San Francisco! This one will apparently be in Union Square. You know we have mixed feelings about the particularly wacky branch of the Supreme Master tree that is Loving Hut, but as long as they serve the fried “seafood” plate I’ll be happy.
Actually if you really want to be cheered up, you’ll check out these 15 pictures of pandas frolicking in the snow. Pandas love snow! And frolicking! And being best friends! Huuuugs!!
It seems that seahorses, my favorite sea creature with the head of a mammal, are in danger! According to the BBC, they are being traded on the underground market, used for icky medicines and threatened by pollution. This will not stand! The Anglesey Sea Zoo (zoos blow, but this is a good cause so I don’t know) in north Wales is dedicated to preserving these guys (btw, Megan is one of the most popular names for girls in Wales. It’s usually the first- or second-most common baby girl name each year. BOO-YA). The owner of the zoo has been breeding seahorses for a while but had trouble breeding the local species, but things are looking up! “He said that despite initially breeding hundreds of the creatures, none of them survived, until this year when 150 seahorses thrived.” THAT RHYMES. Oh BBC, you and your lyrical prose.
If we can’t have it at the restaurant, at least they gave us the recipe. I will refrain from further comment because I don’t want the internet police to rape me with their billy club of street justice but WHO WANTS TO HAVE A FRY PARTY!? That was rhetorical, obvs.
Mix in one big bowl:
1/4 cup lemon pepper
1/4 cup Spike seasoning
1 cup soy sauce
5 cups vegetable stock
5 cups water
Mix and separate into four separate bowls, Then add:
3 1/2 cups vital wheat gluten to each bowl (14 cups total)
Mix in 3 1/2 cups of water to each bowl and mix into a firm ball or loaf. In a large pot, boil:
10 cups water
4 cups veg stock
1 cup veg base powder.
Simmer the loaves on the stove; keep seitan covered with liquid, adding veggie stock as it boils. Stir at least once every 20 minutes to prevent sticking and burning. Cook for one hour and 10 minutes. Cool and wrap in plastic.
Automate your tedious and time-consuming companion animal bond with the Dog-e-Minder!
Keep forgetting to feed your dog? Not sure if anyone took Fido out for a walk even though he’s running around in circles and desperately clawing at the door to get out? Or maybe you’re looking to show your furry loved one this Valentine’s Day exactly how much you care. WELL YOU’RE IN LUCK! The Dog-e-Minder promises to be your dog’s new best friend, because, you’re just too busy.
Seriously, check this out. Hang it on your dog’s collar and record the last time you fed, walked, or gave him or her medicine just by pressing a button. There’s the fire hydrant button for walk time, the dog bone button for meal time, and the Rx button for medication. It comes in four attractive colors, hand-dyed by the tiny hands of child laborers and imported from China. ORDER NOW and they’ll include a bonus Puppy Piñata™!
Anyway, what do you guys think? Would this really save a lot of headaches of owning a dog in a larger household, or should I stick with my knee-jerk reaction of “at least now it’s easier to identify the truly awful dog parents just by passing them on the street”? Who am I kidding, As Seen On TV junk is THE BEST!
Yes, your dog is whimpering by his bowl because someone else already fed him.
Hometown hero Jonathan Safran Foer (if your hometown is Awesomeville, Veglandia) was on Colbert last night, talking about how U.S. meat production is antithetical to American values. He also attacks “free range” as a meaningless label with no real standards, and reminds us that, contrary to myth, animals are no longer raised by kind families on idyllic family farms, but by machines and industry. Definitely send this one around to your family, especially to your right wing uncle who still hasn’t figured out that Stephen Colbert is parody (yes really, Colbert has viewers who don’t realize he’s laughing at, not with, them).
Rhea's Deli: Get a vegan chicken sandwich delivered to your face!
Word on the street is that Rhea’s Deli delivers. What the street is leaving out is that Rhea’s can deliver a vegan chicken sandwich with a spicy asian barbecue sauce and all sorts of pickled things on it. Friend of Vegansaurus Joel tried it and liked it very much, and that fucker hates everything so you should get on it. PLUS HELLO DELIVERY.
Of course there isn’t any mention of the vegan sandwich in the Yelp reviews so as soon as you eat one, write one and tell people what’s up! And let them know where you heard about it! Which was here! Even if it wasn’t, we need the hits! Unless you want us to go away! Oh my god, that’s what you want, isn’t it!? TOO BAD I’M NEVER LEAVING WE’LL DIE IN THIS SHITBOX TOGETHER.
UPDATE: Jonas tried the sandwich and confirmed that it’s the BOMB and to ask for it mild spicy unless you’re hardcore. Here is a picture of half of it because it was so tasty, he couldn’t stop to blog. Solid.
Philip Gelb & Co. have released a line of artisan tempeh and it’s the best damn tempeh I’ve ever eaten. You don’t even have to steam this stuff before you cook it, it’s already tender and delicious. OH DON’T BELIEVE ME? Well, would you believe MILLENNIUM?* That’s right, Millennium has started serving Dragon Lines Tempeh because it’s so g-d good.
If you want some now, you have to order directly from them. It’s easy, just email and ask how you can get a bunch delivered to your face. You really should because this stuff is truly the best tempeh a person can eat in the entire world and you’re not better than Millennium, okay?
That’s all I got right now. I’m not feeling very writerly today. Or swearly even. I don’t know, maybe I’m dying.
*Also, screw you, I’m hella trustworthy in matters of food.
Come drink beer and eat vegan cupcakes to raise money for Rocket Dog Rescue. Yours truly will be there, along with the Hot Ladies (and a few bros) of the Internet, serving up drinks at Elixir from 9 pm to 1 am. It’s gonna be super trashy, Coyote Ugly style! If you’ve been bad, there will be some table dancing and ripping off of shirts and playing ballads on the bar while also in a wet t-shirt contest. Basically, it’s your dream night.
Ellen Degeneres is the shit. Watch this from 15:25 on. She’s so fucking right on. Love, love, love, love, love. My favorite is when she tells Katie Couric that Food, Inc is like a Disney movie compared to Earthlings. GET IT, GIRL!
“But why anyone would question the benefits of vegetarian diets, or diets that are largely vegetarian, is beyond me. People who eat vegetarian diets are generally healthier than people who eat large amounts of meat.”—
Is veganism really a battle between good and evil?
Presenting an op-ed by Brianna, one of our writers! Her views do not necessarily represent those of Vegansaurus as a whole, but as one of our regular contributors, we’re happy to give her the space to express her opinions.
There are a lot of very outspoken activists in the vegan community. While I admire anyone willing to fight/argue/do anything/etc. for their beliefs, I do feel that certain types of arguments detract from the discussion (read: turn it into a shouting match). This includes: making gagging noises when people eat non-vegan food in your presence, ridiculing or belittling anyone for their lifestyle choices, and adopting an argumentum ad hominem debate strategy. PETA often incorporates a lot of these “shock tactics” in efforts to “raise awareness” and promote veganism; but at best, it completely devalues any real discussion going on about veganism. In my opinion, veganism is a very personal lifestyle choice, not a crusade against evil.
Let’s be real here: we’re all hypocrites. If we have access to a computer and we wear clothing, we are supporting the same capitalist measures that we oppose in other areas. Are some of the clothes I wear made in sweatshops? Yes. But it’s not that I support sweatshops, it’s just that I’m a poor college student with little agency. And I try not to buy clothing that often.
My point is, it is impossible to be 100 percent good, to fully adopt the ideal lifestyle we present to the world. It is impossible to be 100 percent vegan. ANY crop will be harvested at the expense of animals’ well being (think about the destruction of their habitats, or the actual machinery that is used to collect the produce that will inevitably swallow them up as well, or the amount of insects/lizards/birds harmed by transport vehicles in getting your food to you—never mind the myriad environmental effects that ultimately bring many creatures to their demise). The farm industry has permanently damaged entire ecosystems, yet we rely heavily on it for our produce and specialty goods. Further, any medicine you take was probably tested at the animals’ expense—yet it is fundamental to your physical well being.
I think that the black-and-white view of the world (vegan: good; anything else: bad) is what makes a lot of people view veganism as a crock. My switch to veganism some three-plus years ago was one of the most incredible life changes I have ever undertaken. It is a beautiful thing to approach all of my meals with a critical eye, with a concern for what is going into my mouth and how it got on my plate. But I am imperfect, and I implore you to admit the same. We all slip up; we are all at the end of the day human. Veganism is a personal choice, a challenge to the body and the mind that takes great concentration and great care. It isn’t something that you should be bullied or guilted into; it is a decision that you should make with a lot of thought and great personal struggle.
I challenge you to challenge those who have differing views—I aspire to do much of that in my life. I am often asked “why?” and I always take great care to give a logical, unbiased answer. I tell whoever asks me about the great harms of factory farming to both animal welfare and to the environment. If they ask further, I tell them of the health implications of eating antibiotic-riddled meat or PCB- and mercury-laden fish. If someone ridicules me for my lifestyle choice, I smile and nod and I understand that there is nothing I can say to change their mind. But there is something I can DO: I can live as exemplary a lifestyle as possible, and hope that they see the positive aspects of veganism. I implore you in your life and in your discussions with others to refrain from attacking them as people, from removing their humanity and mistaking ignorance (as in, an ignorance of your views and why you have them) with evil.
I don’t believe that there is a single “right” or “wrong” way to live for everyone. There is, however, a “right” way for yourself, and you should do everything in your power to find out what it is. But you must also recognize that what is right for you may not be right for someone else, and respect their choice to live omnivorously, just as you expect them to respect your choice to live herbivorously.
Product Review: East & West Gourmet Afghan Food and the Bolani!
East & West Gourmet Afghan Food is a local company that makes these great bolanis. A bolani is a stuffed flatbread and it’s SUPER and VEGAN—yay! I happened upon this little meal when I was walking around Whole Foods one day and I walked by this guy who was set up with a little sampling table and whatnot. He was like, “want to try some blah blah blah?” And I was like “no.” He got all persistent so I was like, “No thanks, I’m vegan.” He’s like, “this is vegan!” That’s how they get you! But yes it was vegan so I had to try some and then the guy was totally all, “you should listen before you say no to something.” Megan Rascal: “I don’t know if that’s true.” What is true: I don’t like dudes I don’t know telling me what I should and shouldn’t do. Homeboy was lucky the bolani tasted good—otherwise, who knows (Pow! Right in the kisser!)!
They have four different kinds of bolani: spinach, potato, lentil and pumpkin. Thus far, I’ve only had the lentil because I was trying to be healthy-like. I would have gotten the spinach one but it’s never in stock! According to their website, spinach is the most popular bolani. However, the lentil one does have a bit of a spanakopita taste to it anyway which is great. I heat it up for 30 seconds in the microwave, but you could also toast it or whatever. It’s a free country.
The bolanis are a bit dry but have no fear! East and West Gourmet Afghan Food makes sauces too! How convenient! And seven of their eight sauces are vegan—more yay! I’ve been getting the bolanis at Whole Foods but they are also available at a bunch of farmers markets' throughout the area—including Island Earth. (Island Earth has been shut down, unfortch)
I went on a crazy cooking binge on Saturday and included on my list was this cake, but I used two and a half (peeled! Very important to peel them first!) Fuji apples mixed with the juice of one lemon instead of pineapple.
Let me tell you, this cake is AMAZING. It takes forever to brown the Earth Balance but it is worth the wait, because oh my giddy god the brown sugar like instantly caramelizes under the apples, and the next day you eat a piece and it takes like apple fritter cake. Seriously, it is like a donut cake, I LOVE IT, and that’s not just all the wine I tasted on Sunday afternoon talking right now, honest. If you like good things, you will like this cake.
Animals in space, bunches of books, 1 million events, ovine poetry, the Panda Channel, AND MORE in this weekend's link-o-rama!
Welcome to this weekend’s link-o-rama! This time, with images! First we have for you a ton of events, because what are you doing this weekend? Well, a whole lot NOW, right? DUH OF COURSE.
If you missed Mine when it played earlier this year, you can catch it tonight, Saturday Feb. at 7 at Hollywoof, with your dog(s)! What? OK, it’s this crazy fundraiser by Dogopolis, and actually there will be a double-feature with Sniff. If your dog is unhappy all cooped up because of the bad weather, this is how to make it up to him/her. It’s at Dogpile Dogs, 1338 Illinois St., and the doors open at 4:30 p.m.
Too much for you? Take your dog to the Grateful Dogs Rescue happy hour at Doc’s Clock (2575 Mission St. at 22nd Street) from 4 to 8 p.m. today. Proceeds will benefit Chico and Georgie of GDR.
The BAARN Activist Showcase is tonight, at the SF SPCA (243 Alabama St.) from 6 to 9. Admission is free; there will be snacks. Don’t show up too drunk after the GDR happy hour, OK? That is seriously unprofessional.
Hey South-Central Bay! The super-cool kids of the San Lorenzo Valley High School Animal Right Club are having a bakesale for Haiti on Thursday, Feb. 11 at noon on the Senior Lawn! I am being 0 percent sarcastic when I say super-cool kids, I wish we’d had an Animal Rights Club at my high schools. Good luck, SLVARC, you guys are The Best!
Everyone’s favorite CELEBRITY VEGAN CHEF Tal Ronnen will teach a course on plant-based cooking at the California Culinary Academy on Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. You can attend! RSVP by Monday (Feb. 8) to Kristin Treat. If you can’t make it, he’ll be at the Whole Foods (ugh) at 1765 California St. on Thursday, Feb. 11 from noon to 2 p.m., giving a demonstration featuring Gardein.
Vegansaurus’ belovedRocket Dog Rescue is holding a fundraiser on Thursday, Feb. 11 at Elixir (3200 16th St. at Guerrero Street) from 9 p.m. to last call to benefit a puppy with Parvo and a puppy with a cleft palate. Per usual, there will be a raffle with terrific prizes, plus vegan cupcakes, and local cewebrity bartenders! Be there or be a big selfish jerk!!!
Don’t forget, the next SF Vegan Bakesale is happening on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ike’s (3506 16th St. at Sanchez Street)!! It’s going to be great and you know it!
And now, your weekend reading The 2010 Big Eat SF by 7x7 magazines names eight items that are verifiably vegan, in a list of 100. I believe this is better than last year’s list, even though at least two of these items are cocktails.
The President wants to decrease farm subsidies! And increase funding to school lunch programs, using the money the government wouldn’t be subsidizing devil-companies like Monsanto and DuPont! I am dreaming, aren’t I?
The greatest nation in the history of nations, Iran, put a bunch of live animals in a rocket and shot it into space on Wednesday, because Scientific Progress. The animals include one rat, two turtles, and an undisclosed number of worms. There is no word on what will happen to the animals, but Iran is totally talking to GOD, so that’s all right.
One of Vegansaurus’ founding editors returned to her hippie college for hippies this week! We’re so proud of her! We also hope she gets lots of use out of PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook, which apparently makes copious use of the microwave. One of my worst cooking-related college memories involves tacos and a grease fire; one of my best involves a vegan pineapple upside-down cake. Tell us your college cooking stories, please! If you are not yet in college, Vegansaurus does not advocate your reading so many swears. KIDDING! Swears are the best.
Blue whales have changed their songs. Apparently they’re singing lower, which makes the reporter anthropomorphize them into Barry White-style manly men who are more potent and way more into boning than they used to be. Nice one, LA Times.
Valerie Laws is a poet who has spray-painted the words of a sheep-related poem onto the backs of actual sheep. Then the sheep wander around and inadvertently create new poems. Because sheep don’t have to put up with enough stupid shit from humans.
SFGate launched a Bay Area food carts feature this week, using Google Maps and Twitter. Social media! Obnoxious nouns! Honestly though this seems fairly useful, at least for those of you who don’t already know how to track your favorite food carts online. FYI: we love Bike Basket Pies and Banh Mai.
The Humane Society is currently taking entries for its annual Spay Day contest. Enter your pet and get everyone you’ve ever connected with to vote for it. Each vote costs $1 and all proceeds go to charities chosen by the human companions of the pets you vote for.
Onion fans, have you ever thought, “Boy, I sure wish this onion didn’t taste like an onion”? Well move right the hell over, endless sea of genetically modified monster corn, because there’s a new crop on the block and it’s comin’ to a (Schnucks) grocer (in St. Louis) near you!
Malevolent dictator Monsanto is proud to introduce the EverMild, a feisty new breed of onion poised to take the world by storm. True to its EverGross name, the EverMildMagicOnion is a milder version of your average, shitty old onion.
"The EverMild was grown and selected to have a mild and sweet flavor," Danielle Stuart, a spokesperson for Monsanto’s vegetable-seed business, told AOL food blog Slashfood. "They are very versatile, you can use them raw in salads, or roast or grill them. They’re grown domestically in the Pacific Northwest so they will be available in the winter months," unlike the EverRegular sweet onion Vidalia, which siestas on the moon during winter.
Alarmingly, the EverMildMagicOnion was “developed using good old-fashioned traditional plant breeding techniques.” Is Monsanto selling out??
Fear not, readers; when asked (in an exclusive interview!) what else might be coming down the pipeline, a Monsanto spokesperson told this Vegansaurus contributor, “We’re currently working on an exciting new variety of apple with the texture of cardboard and the flavor of boiled gym socks. We’ve also had our eye on an upstart food science company that’s had great luck producing lettuce that tastes like french fries and corn that spontaneously turns itself into Mountain Dew. It’ll be a landmark year!”
Well, that’s a relief!
Kate lives in the hull of one of San Francisco’s buried sea-faring vessels. It’s dank and dusty down there but she doesn’t mind; she’s got her two cats and a library of science fiction novels to keep her warm. When she’s not worrying about lantern fires and whether Safeway is out of Boont, Kate enjoys obliterating zombies and making vegan nachos. You can find her on Flickr and Twitter.
“I’m not happy that I ate dog. But I’m happy China eats dog. It so proclaims both a particularity to be prized in a homogenizing world and its rationality. Anyone who doesn’t want China to eat dog must logically embrace pigs as pets.”—
That’s New York Times opinion columnist Roger Cohen on eating dog in China (we reported earlier in the week about the law proposal to ban the eating of dogs and cats in China).
I’d argue that the person who doesn’t want China to eat dogs must logically NOT EAT OTHER ANIMALS. You don’t have to embrace a pig as a pet, you just have to recognize that pigs are smarter than dogs and if you can’t even do that much, at least acknowledge that they lead horrific lives and terrifying deaths. That’s where logic should get you. One of my favorite parts about Eating Animals is when Foer suggests that if we really gave a shit about sustainability, we would eat the millions of animals that are killed in our nation’s shelters each year. Real Talk.
I love how a lot of commenters (note to self: DON’T READ COMMENTS EVER) are totally all, “Oh I’d eat fluffy! Dish it up!” It’s like, okay go to the shelter, adopt a dog, and then murder it with your carving knife. Then skin, debone, and fry him or her up. What you’ll be doing is still a lot more humane than how it goes down right now in China.
Now, for me, I don’t want to deal with any of that shit and that’s why I choose to be vegan. The rest of you, enjoy Fido!
I am Seva, hear me roar! Raw vegan adventures at the Tree of Life
Today I awoke to a gorgeous sunrise over the desert mountain range of Patagonia, Ariz. The wispy clouds swirling around the peaks in the distance reminded me of the geography of my previous hometown, San Francisco. Besides that, the red rock and cactus-infused landscape here at Tree of Life, which is nestled in the midst of highly spiritual nexus of several energy meridians, is a totally new environment for me. But with each day, this oasis feels more like home.
It is my fourth day here at Tree of Life, or as many folks here affectionately call it, “the Tree.” I was brought in to be the Tree’s newest Seva, which is “a deeply intense spiritual journey of commitment, intimacy and transformation.” Being a Seva provides an opportunity for those with spiritual perseverance (or, netzakh in Hebrew, a language spoken in the Essene Kabbalistic Jewish tradition that, along with the American Lakota tradition and the Nityananda Yoga traditions, underpins the spiritual foundation of the community here) to do an individualized work-trade that harmoniously links their particular gifts and the needs of Tree of Life community.
Besides paying for my flight from SFO and transportation from the Tucson airport, situated an hour and a half from the Tree’s location in Patagonia, and a small fee to live in the staff dorms, every other aspect of living here is included in the work-trade arrangement. This includes yoga classes, meditation and chanting sessions, Inipi (sweat lodges), access to hot tubs, a sauna, personal growth workshops, music and dance programming, incredibly delicious, mostly local and all-organic vegan live food cuisine, and most importantly, the invaluable chance to immerse myself in a unique, spiritual, raw vegan community. All of this is in exchange for my commitment to help Tree of Life to innovate and expand its online media presence to spread the organization’s beautiful teachings of peace, spiritual living and live food veganism to heal the planet.
From just a few short days here, I can already see how much this place changes lives. The day after I arrived, I attended a women-only Inipi, which involved howling and crying and singing and sending out prayers for women in our lives and all women everywhere in a steam-filled, womb-like cavern under the guidance of the fabulous, highly-respected live foodist, dance, spiritual and energy healer Parashakti. Afterward, as we 15 or so women toweled off while sipping organic green juice and grapefruit juice in a warm teepee, people shared the most beautiful words of gratitude for the experience. I felt myself getting wet around the eyes, and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t just leftover steam!
Thanks for reading! I’ll keep try to keep Vegansaurus updated with my raw vegan Tree of Life adventures, including copious pictures of the amazing things the live vegan café prepares.
This is the latest post by Vegansaurus raw correspondent Sarah E. Brown. Thanks, Sarah!
Ok, I may be a bit of a fangirl here, but LifeThyme is the coolest fucking grocery store in the entire fucking world. Family-owned? Check. Responsive to customers’ desires? Check. Lots of vegan specialty food? Uh huh. Good to their employees? Fuck yes. ALL-VEGAN BAKERY? OMFG YES FUCK YES!!!
LifeThyme is a super-store. Even though it’s super-tiny, and you always feel like you’ll knock down an entire aisle of exotic maple syrups, it has everything the conscientious consumer could desire—an all-vegan bakery (that also offers many gluten-free options, AND MAKES THE MOST DELICIOUS POPCORN IN THE WORLD FRESH RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES!!), a hot foods/soup bar that has many vegan options, and a juice bar (with the coolest smoothie-makers around) with vegan options (including FRESH coconut water!!!). Regular-grocery-style, it’s fully stocked everything you could ever want that is vegan as well: a good selection of soy/rice yogurts/milks; Amy’s frozen dinners; specialty baking products; seitan; tempeh; expensive cashew cheeses; raw chocolates; vegan kale crisps—the kind with the creamy garlic flavor—etc., etc. There’s also an upstairs lifestyle area with eco- and animal-friendly cosmetics and personal hygiene products. Plus, it’s not WholeFoods :)
But I really feel that I have to plug their gorgeous and amazing bakery. They have so many yummy things in that glistening case, it makes you want to hit the treadmill as soon as you see it. Lush chocolate cakes, apple-walnut scones, and coconut cream pie are just a few of the daily offerings in that magical corner of the market. It’s all I can do to not gain 249,328,429,340,284 pounds when I walk by that 100 percent vegan masterpiece. That’s right, ONE HUNDRED PERCENT VEGAN. Not a drop of animal-derived cruelty goes into the delectable delights.
So why the fuck are you still reading this? GOOGOGOGOGOGOGOGO. It’s on 6th Avenue in the Village between 8th and 9th Streets. Give them your business!!!
Why should you care about the Puppy Bowl? It is sponsored by disgusting-ass Pedigree, which is The Worst, and it’s all HEY PUPPIES without any of the HEY RESPONSIBILITY
parts, which is what leads to shit like spending $1,000 on a super-special puppy and abandoning it two weeks later when it pees on the floor and doesn’t stop barking when you yell at it.
HOWEVER: the majority of the puppy bowl players are mixed breeds. Further, you cannot be a human being with a heart and begrudge puppies their adorability. Look at Jersey Boy, he is basically a blonde otter. COME ON.
Even further, puppies are objectively more entertaining than dudes in shiny outfits knocking brain damage into each other. Professional football is no Friday Night Lights, and if you need to spend 10 hours with the television on while you bicker through a mouthful of seven-layer dip about who’s the better runner or whatever with your friends, I posit that puppies both make for superior background TV and subjects of debate.
Recipe: Tempting Tempeh! I know, the name is amazing. Came up with it myself! Believe it!
This recipe is actually almost a direct rip-off of one from Lisa Jervis’ STELLAR cookbook, Cook Food (BUY IT). This recipe goes out to everyone who thinks they don’t like tempeh (I too was non-believer at one point! Now I’m straight speaking in tongues on tempeh’s ass!) and for those Vegansaurus editors who are going back to school at Oberlin and need something to cook up for their vegan co-op kitchens. You can eat this right before you have group sex in a hot tub. Bring your banjo and some Rilke and IT’S A PARTY!
AND SO WE BEGIN.
You need: • 2 8-oz. bags of tempeh • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast • 1/3 cup soy sauce (if you can do this half and half with a vegan Worcestershire sauce, all the better! If you’re feeling the co-op love, throw in a spray or two of Braggs animo acids) • 2 Tbs. onion powder • 2 Tbs. garlic powder • throw in some herbs if you’re feeling fancy • couple dashes of paprika if you got it • peanut oil to fry in (sesame oil and olive oil work well too!)
You do: Cut the tempeh into bite-sized pieces and then steam it for about 20 minutes. While it’s steaming, combine all the other ingredients except for the oil. Then take the tempeh out and coat it in your mixture; it should cake on. Fry that shit up in your oil of choice until it’s nice and crispy on all sides. Serve over whatever, probably brown rice if you’re in a co-op. HIPPIES, AM I RIGHT??
15 Romolo is near my school, right off Broadway, so it’s very popular with my school homies. I had been there a few times before but recently I’ve been going A LOT because it’s just been delightful! Sorry about the picture below, they have mood lighting so that was the best I could do; that’s the spicy carrot and fennel dip with pita and dude, it’s the hotness! I came upon this appetizer because I was there with some folks and I asked the waiter if the spiced cauliflower was vegan—yes it was! In addition, so was my handsome young waiter! I LOVE when I find a vegan waiter because while I prefer a vegan restaurant (of course), I’m also pretty happy when people for sure know what’s vegan and what’s not. A relaxing confidence runs through me and the food tastes that much better!
So this carrot fennel dip, I was like, “whaa? sounds weird!” but IT’S NOT. I swear to goodness that it kind of tastes like when you dip a grilled cheese in tomato soup. I swear! And it has that good pita—all grilled and whatnot. The handsome young waiter also assured me that the fries are cooked in their own private oil—they don’t share it with any meat or whatevs. And the fries are goood. The menu changes regularly, and there’s not much in the way of a vegan entree, but it’s more of a cocktail and appetizer place. Oh! The waiter said they may be adding a vegan dessert very soon! Keep an eye out! And speaking of cocktails, they have some crazy shit. Crazy GOOD shit. They are pricey but they are delicious. They put like basil in them and all kinds of good shit. Mmmm. See, I prefer to drink my meals anyway, so it works out great for me!
OK so remember this: if you are hanging with some hip but fancyish people and they are trying to make you go to some wack place after work, steer them to 15 Romolo instead! You won’t be disappointed. Also, don’t miss the jukebox! As a jukebox enthusiast I can assure you this one is top-notch. Iggy Pop + Hall and Oates = happy Megan Rascal!
Anna's Brooklyn Supermarket Adventures: Neck Road stop on the Q
Anotherlovely Eastern European supermarket is Net Cost Market, at 2257 E. 16th St. off the Neck Road stop on the Q (way down in South Brooklyn). It’s worth visiting for several reasons, and only one of them is the food. Like so many tiny cultural bubbles in New York, it’s a completely different country. I’m not exactly sure whether that country’s Russia, or Poland, or what. Shuddup, I can’t read Cyrillic. But it’s a CRAZY COUNTRY.
There are a platoon of imperious women in large fur coats and blue eyeshadow, striding around like queens, barking orders in Czech? Latvian? Estonian? at their husbands. The supermarket has an entire AISLE for boxes of chocolate. Another aisle is devoted to cheap tea and odd jam. Yet another aisle is reserved for pickled vegetables; mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, in jars as small as a fist and as large as a jug.
There’s a wall of freshly baked bread—the loaves shaped like horseshoes are $2, a dark rye blend, and some of the most delicious, squishy, yeasty bread I have ever eaten. They’re on the left, in the cubby next to the bread counter.
The produce section looks fantastic, but some things are bargains while other things are expensive. They had seven varieties of pears, at least that many types of apples, and several were mondo cheap.
This supermarket, if you are anything like me (which, I dunno, I like reading historical novels, OK?), will make you imagine that you are living through a Russian winter, a stranger to the icy steppes. As you pore over the sour cherries in syrup, the eggplant spread, the boxes of tea, you’ll feel swept up in a romantic tide of expatriation. It’s a good way of dealing with those “winter blues” that make you want to “break things.”
It’s also an ace location to take pictures of people, as long as they don’t see you do it! Net Cost Market is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.
Diddy Pon's Weekly Deals: Kettle Chips and Garden of Eatin'!
Now, from what I understand, not all Kettle Chips are vegan, so do your homework and don’t blame me because you accidentally ate some cheese or a whole steak. These are on sale at Whole Foods for 3 for $6 (normally about $3 a bag!), and if you go here and “take the pledge,” WHATEVER THAT MIGHT MEAN, you can get a $1 off coupon, making each bag after sale and coupon this week only $1.
Garden of Eatin’ is kind of an adorable company because it was started by some midwestern farmer who went vegetarian after seeing his family slaughter his pet chicken. Or something. I’m easily swayed. These chips are on sale at Whole Foods for 3 bags for $7 (regularly $3 each). Go here for a $1 off coupon, and get each bag for OH DO YOUR OWN MATH. IT’S CHEAP, TRUST ME.
Hey San Francisco pet owners! Keep your cats and dogs inside/on-leash or coyotes will eat them!
Your daily pissed-off PSA: San Francisco is full of urban wildlife, and that means coyotes. If you have a cat or a dog, then do everyone a favor and KEEP THEM INDOORS or on-leash. Cats and dogs who roam free are at risk of meeting and getting killed by coyotes. This isn’t just bad for your pets, but bad for the coyotes, too, who get killed when efforts to coexist with them fail. As reported yesterday in the San Francisco Chronicle (and SF Appeal):
A coyote killed a cat early this morning in an unexpected spot, San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood, said the pet’s grieving owner.
Melissa Dunn said her husband let out the couple’s 2-year-old black cat, Ulubulu, at about 5:30 a.m. An hour and a half later, the male cat was found dead in bushes about 15 feet from the front door.
Dunn said she was sure a coyote had killed her cat because her husband and the couple’s gardener spotted the canine.
San Francisco is native territory for coyotes, but when they tangle with us and our furry familiars, residents demand that they get “dealt with.” If stubborn coyotes refuse to leave their territory, the next step is to dispatch people with guns. So for the sake of the coyotes, keep your pets away from wildlife! It’s seriously not that hard.
And if you haven’t already seen it, now is a good time to watch San Francisco: Still Wild at Heart, a 30-minute documentary about urban coyotes and other wildlife in our city.
Photo credit: Daily Coyote—an example of what WON’T happen if your cat meets up with a coyote unless they were raised together as kitten/pup and goddamn interspecies snuggling is so adorable that it’s almost too painful to look at!!!! UGH KILL ME NOW!
And to top it off, they’re being dicks about it. Dude, nobody ever accused you of being a vegan restaurant so fucking relax. We’re just bummed you’re taking away the one place we could get fried seitan in this city. To tell us to suck it up and head to Gracias Madre is a bunch of bullshit; the menus aren’t comparable at all! I hope your shit burns to the ground. I SAID IT, OH GOD DAMN. And before everyone has a fucking conniption fit, I’m just ONE vegan and this is ONE opinion. I know lots of vegans who might disagree with me and will still go there, but the reason I went was for fried seitan and french fries, vegan Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, and yam tacos, so yeah no, your papaya salad isn’t going to cut it.
Also, talking about all the “vegans grumbling” when there are plenty of non-vegans grumbling on other blogs and plenty of vegans who are OK with the change: way to be jerks about one of your core customer bases. Hardly anyone is stoked about your new menu, but if you want to become less sustainable and have a less inviting menu FOR ALL CUSTOMERS, that’s your business and your lack of business sense. Good day, sir!
My theories: Timothy, the owner, was spurned by a vegetarian or vegan girl and had a nervous breakdown about veg options. He was further negatively influenced by the chef from The Corner who is now the new head chef at Weird Fish. The Counter always weirded me out because Timothy co-owned that place and there was NOTHING veg on the menu, but I was always like, “Whatever! We have Weird Fish!” ANYWAY, my guess is that the chef from The Corner is just kinda bad at his job and can’t do creative vegan fare so they just gave up. Soyrizo taco? I can get that at Papalote for cheaper and better, guaranteed. PLAYED.
Oooh…or maybe Timothy just stopped smoking weed and became way less chill and together with evil chef created a way lamer menu? I mean, that’s why he acted the way he did, right? He was like the most productive stoned guy on earth. I don’t know…maybe some seitan killed his mom. WHO KNOWS; but I’m pretty sure a veg chick dumped his ass. I’ll be back with more theories later! Or you know, be bored with this and move on! Whatevs!
We received an email from a Vegansaurus reader, who said she contacted Anthony Myint (you know, MSF head chef) and offered to invest $500 if MSF would keep vegan options on the menu. She said that “it appears Anthony is considering it.”
Any other vegans with money to spare may want to make a similar offer. We’re not assuring its success—that’s something that would be worked out between the Mission Street Food partners—but we certainly endorse the idea! It’d be a great way to truly invest in a delicious vegan future, and act on your beliefs. Regardless of our (many, many) disagreements with MSF regarding the cuisine, we’ve always admired its support of so many charities. And you know, if we had a spare $500, we’d make a vegan-money offer. Not that theoretical money means anything coming from us, but it’s sincere.
Updated on Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. to add this comment from Mission Street Food "We do not encourage vegan investment. "Someone did email me asking if we would have vegan options and I said we "might." Whether or not we have some vegan options will depend on a lot of factors, and one thing we are trying to avoid is upsetting anyone who would have invested with unrealistic expectations. While we may have vegan options, we cannot firmly commit to that right now. Furthermore, since we have no real stake in veganism, it would be a really misguided investment if that were a factor in the decision. "Thanks, "Anthony”
So there you go—another good idea in theory that doesn’t actually work in practice. Thanks so much to Anthony for his forthrightness. Now, back to the really vegan trenches, everyone.
"The Cove" and "Food, Inc." up for Academy Awards!
We reported that they were short-listed and they fucking made it! YES! Our heart belongs to The Cove but we reallllllly hope one of them wins. AND YES, we know the awards are totally ridiculous and the winners are usually just whomever the production companies pimped the most, but it’s still exciting. Pass the popcorn, bitches!
Cheaposaurus: Your Weekly Deals! Um, that you gotta use TODAY!
Cheaposaurus would like to be referred to as Diddy Pon from now on. Now that that’s out of the way.
Diddy Pon back with some yummy vegan bargains! Hurroooo!! NEVER MAKE EYE CONTACT WITH ME. Also, use these deals today or um, never. I’ll be back with more deals & steals* very soon!
At Whole Foods this week (Always check as the stores’ sales vary by region. AKA, do your homework, hooker.):
Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips. Now, go to their the website and click on the purple circle at the bottom where you can get a $1 off printable coupon. Combined with the deal WF has going right now, that is $1 a bag! These are usually $3 to $4 a bag!
R.W. Knudsen Morning Juice Blend. Very fancy and very delicious juices. Go to the website and print off a $1 coupon, making each bottle only $1.50 (when combined with the deal that WF is running right now!). Again, that is over half off the regular price.
Yippee, deals!! And steals*!!
*That just involves you stealing and ain’t my business! Or, the vast majority of my business, as it were!