Check it out, NYC friends! We should all go to this and buy shit and drink stuff and have a gay old time!:
Vegan Shop-Up is BACK! The all vegan all local pop-up market brings you tons of rad eats, treats, goods and wares to satisfy all your cool weather cravings.
Come on out Sunday, Oct. 23, from noon to 5 p.m. to the Pine Box Rock Shop (our favorite vegan bar!) for the Vegan Fall Shop-Up! (It’s happy hour too!)
You’ll see new vendors and old with handmade soaps, Brooklyn-made hummus, artisan tempeh, gluten-free truffles, kale chips, botanical tinctures, letterpress stationery, soy wax candles, lip balms, kombucha, granola bars, coffee, farm fresh veggies, and LOADS MORE.
Rock Candy Snack Shop in Bernal Heights! Hello, I love you.
Rock Candy Snack Shop is really cute, and you need to go there! Tons of vegan candies and chocolates and Halloween treats and it’s really adorable and owned by a super nice lady who is specifically catering to vegans so hey, like I said, go there, get fat, get happy, and LIVE YOUR LIFE IN STYLE!
If you look at Melissa Clark’s New York Times archive, you’ll see articles about London broil steak, clam sauce, pork cutlets, and “How to Spatchcock a Chicken,” which term is not in my browser’s dictionary but is in my computer’s (it sounds filthy). However, on Oct. 14, she wrote about a vegan dinner party, with a menu that sounds pretty amazing. Great job, Melissa Clark!
She uses lots of early autumn produce, and makes a delicious two-appetizer, four-course meal. The menu:
Yes, those are links to all of the recipes. Who’s making what this week? I am all about savory tarts—please veganize Zwiebelkuchen for me and then make it for me and serve it to me, I will do so many things for Zwiebelkuchen, it’s undignified, but oh—and reading about that pumpkin-red pepper-olive concoction is making me so hungry, oh man.
Go read the article, and maybe tell the Times how happy you are to read a lovely article, complete with recipes, on the delights of eating vegan. Because it is delightful, and one of our post-VVCon projects is to recognize and express appreciation for positive things, such as “sincere praise for vegan food in the New York Times.”
Guest Post: Vegansaurus D.C. and Baltimore: Great Sage’s Beer Pairing Dinner!
I found out a few days ago that an employee at Great Sage considers me a “regular.” I really shouldn’t be surprised considering I eat there at least once a week, but I thought that I was more discreet than that. Going in twice in one day probably didn’t help, but come on, a girl has to eat three meals a day plus dessert, right? Now I just imagine that every time I go in, the wait-staff must snicker.
As a regular, I feel it’s my duty to spread the word about Great Sage’s beer pairing dinner that is going down in just over a week. Of course I’ll be there!
Here are the details: Beer Pairing Dinner, featuring vegan beers from Samuel Smith Brewery Monday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Great Sage, 5809 Clarksville Square Dr., Clarksville, M.D. (443) 535.9400 $55 per person (plus tax and gratuity, reservations required, limited seating, not gluten-free)
MENU Tasting 1: Organic Lager, Grilled Romaine, roasted pepper, hearts of palm, chili crackers and rosemary-black truffle vinaigrette.
Tasting 2: Tadcaster Ale, Quinoa and lemon-herb ‘tabouli’ with red bell pepper and parsley garlic emulsion.
Tasting 3: Indian Pale Ale, Crimson lentil stew with coconut and tomato over Indian curry fire rice.
Tasting 4: Italian Oatmeal Stout, Crisp seitan-“feta”-spinach phyllo tart with garlic whipped Yukon potatoes and stout glaze.
Dessert: Pumpkin cheesecake with pomegranate syrup [Ed.: HOLY SHIT].
How delicious does this menu sound!? Make your reservations now, Washingtonians and Baltimoreans!
Shay Kemble is an aspiring lifestyle writer in Washington, D.C. She believes she can bring humor to any situation and will do so on her upcoming blog.
I’m not sure this recipe counts as super-fast, but it’s weeknight-fast and SO good I just HAD to share it with you. My awesome vegan husband Danny invented it, because he does lots of the cooking ‘round our place. Also Isa kind of invented it—it’s a modified version of the Pasta della California in Veganomicon.
Ok let’s get to it!
Ingredients: noodles kale olive oil 2+ Tbsp. garlic, chopped red pepper flakes 1 lemon, juiced and zested 1 cup white wine 1 can white beans 2 avocados, cubed salt and pepper nutritional yeast for garnish/topping
Cook some whole-wheat spaghetti, or noodles of your choice.
Boil some kale in a small amount of water for like 20 minutes until it’s soft. Probably chop it up first.
Meanwhile, saute some garlic, red pepper flakes (depends on how much you like), and the lemon zest in some olive oil for about 5 minutes. USE THE ZEST! It makes a huge difference in the tastiness factor.
Squeeze in the juice from that naked lemon, add white wine. Cook a little longer.
Drain and rinse a can of white beans (or cook them from dried in a pressure cooker) and throw in with the garlic saucy stuff to warm up.
In a big bowl, mix together the noodles, the kale, the avocado, and the saucy beans.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with nooch on top.
Seriously, this is really good. I was gonna blog about something else but then Danny went and cooked this and I was like shit, I gotta pull out my camera now because dinner is just THAT GOOD tonight. It sucked, I swear — the camera was all the way in the other room and everything.
Opti3 Omega-3 supplement winners, stand up and be counted!
We have chosen our winners for the omega-3 supplement but I need their email addresses! Normally, I just search my email and disqus has sent them to me but this time I just got aliases. And what lovely aliases they are! VEGANTRASH and MEOWMIX, send me your email addresses! Yay! You are winners!
If you ever are planning a trip to Denver, make sure you’re here on the first Wednesday of the month because that’s Chomp day, otherwise known as the tasty vegan hipster gathering that helps me not miss CA so much (though nothing will diminish the pain of losing Berkeley Bowl).
Chomp is a themed public dinner party, where some talented and shockingly unselfish vegans cook up enormous batches of THE BEST food ever and you donate some money and then you eat it. This month the theme was French, so the yums included cream puffs and basil pastry shells and seitan bourguignon from Julia Child herself (OH SNAP, I just had the best idea, what if someone does the whole Julie & Julia thing but vegan? Get it on, guys).
The event usually goes down at Green Spaces, a warehousey-chic co-working space. 120 people showed up to chow down this month and as usual the cooks ran out of food (this is the only bad part of Chomp: You can’t gorge yourself like I do at any normal meal).
Bonus awesomeness this month:
The Speakeasy, which is a “donation-based” snobby cocktail bar, run by the uber-sexy Randa in her bartender dress, with her amazing cocktail menu for super cheap.
I had a thing with strawberry and basil and lemon and lime and fancy gin and it was SO GOOD will you marry me Randa?
I think that smile means yes?
Denver Seitan Company, our new local seitan-makers, had samples of their DELISH logs. They’re gonna start a seitan CSA thing, I can’t wait!
Live music! By a sweet little acoustic duo called Poet’s Row.
It’s clearly the cool place to be on first Wednesdays, so I just wanted to make sure you weren’t out of the loop. If you ever come to town let me know and we can sit together, it’ll be great! I won’t steal your dessert, I swear! (I’m lying).
Hey-Oh! It's Vegan MoFo Hump Day with Leslie Hall!
Did you know that Leslie Hall, the midwest lady cyclone, doyenne of the gem sweater, and wearer of the stretchy pant, is VEGAN!?!? Neither did I until very recently, and let me tell you, THAT IS THE MOST FANTASTIC NEWS IN THIS UNIVERSE OR ANY OTHER! Not only is she vegan, she’s a super vegan, who wrote a song about being vegan and it’s catchy as hell and adorable and now is your chance to hear it and be very happy!
Just click on this magical animated gif below (made by the one and only lovely Kittee Berns!) and be transported to a land of complete aural pleasure. Enjoy!
Now, of course you’ll want the lyrics:
I eat the finest cuisines, in the finest of places Stuff my mouth full and always say thank you. But if it’s raised in a cage, and it can’t even move, if it’s hormone filled and in a bad mood. I’m gonna pass on that. Reach for something better. The only milk I’ll drink comes from the nipple of a soy bean. Veggies make you live forever, and they seem to taste much better. when they’re cooked and grown with love. So give a chef who knows what’s up a hug. Momma just can’t seem to get it, Papa he just rolls his eyes. When I tell them I’m much healthier, they just say that it’s all lies. But beans, nuts, fruits and veggies can really fill the belly. Get you vitamins you need, shiny hair and extra speed. Don’t take that meat-wich any further, I want a marinated, deep fried, hand-tied mushroom burger. I like it! We gotta stand strong for our feathered furry sometimes scaly animal friends and their little babies. ‘Cuz I wouldn’t want to live in a cage in a dark warehouse killed at an early age. Pumped full of hormones, sleeping in my feces. Never met my mother, raised by machines. Never get sunshine never get green, but that’s just me. [That girl loves fruit leather.] So ask us what we’re eating. Delicious and repeating, fruits and veggies are so nice. With a slice of tempeh, yes, I’ll have that twice. Don’t forget the legumes!
Do you guys love my decorating skills? I know you do.
Those of you who were aghast at my suggestion last week to have a cupcake, possibly for breakfast, will be glad to know that a stew like this is as healthy as it gets. I used the Food Not Bombs technique of putting basically everything you have into it and simmering until everything is way overcooked. I swear it’s good. It’s also economical.
2 cloves of garlic (or more, if you’re nasty like me)
vegetable broth or water
every vegetable you have, especially if it’s in danger of going bad
some cooked beans
whatever spices you like, particularly salt and pepper
a fake meat product of some kind (optional)
In a big ol’ stockpot, saute onions and “hard” vegetables—to me this means peppers, carrots, celery and the like—for 8-10 minutes until soft. Crush or chop garlic and add to the pot, along with a bunch of spices (thyme, salt, pepper, rosemary, marjoram…). Stir and saute for a few seconds until you can smell the delicious smell of cooking garlic. Add the softer veggies (zucchini, broccoli, and so on) and saute for a while. Pour water or broth into the pot until everything is just barely covered. Add beans and fake meat if using, then bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling, reduce the heat and simmer to your heart’s content. Taste and adjust spices. Serve on top of rice or quinoa, and/or with a side of crusty bread if you can afford it.
I’m always glad when the mainstream gets enlightened to cruelty, but this footage of raccoon dogs being tortured at fur farms is from 2009. My guess is it’s making the rounds now because the connection to fake Uggs is new. All the same, it’s getting attention! And it should; that shit is sick. Skinned alive? Just the words seriously make me want to vom, never mind the footage. The footage itself is seared into my brain forever.
I was in London last fall and Ugg boots were in full effect. They were EVERYWHERE. Much more common than I see in NYC or SF. But it’s not just the Brits who may unwittingly be buying raccoon dog fur:
Imports of domestic dog and cat fur are also banned in the U.S., but it’s possible that these brands of boots have infiltrated American markets as well. This isn’t the first time that raccoon dog fur has been found in clothing stateside. In fact, a 2008 Humane Society report found that 70 percent of falsely advertised or mislabeled fur-trimmed jackets contained fur from the raccoon dog, despite knowledge of the inhumane treatment of the animals.
Of course we know that all fur should be banned, and that’s what British activists are calling for. Clearly by that 70 percent figure, you can’t trust what kind of fur you’re buying (you know you gotta get the “right” fur), so ban it all, dummies! For real, right? The truth omnis won’t acknowledge here and everywhere is that unless you go to the farm yourself, you have no idea what really goes on there. Sorry, omnis, labels shmabels.
[Instead of the video, I offer the adorbs pic of two raccoon dogs from Wikipedia. They look like a cross between raccoons and mini-bears, no?]
Did you see the post about Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker in the Post the other day? The Humane Society of the United States gave him the Humane Public Servant award last week for his work building Patrick’s Place, a “state-of-the-art animal shelter” named for a pit bull who was found in a Newark trash can, starving to death.
Sometime between then and receiving this HSUS award, Mayor Booker stopped eating meat, because of the animals. Part of his anti-animal-cruelty campaign is to stop eating meat! It seems like the most obvious thing in the world, but they don’t make those Shelter Pet Project commercials just for non-meat-eaters. For most of the country, there’s a huge disconnect between donating some towels to an animal shelter and actually taking preventative measures against animal cruelty. But not for Cory Booker! He gets it.
Growing up a half-New Jerseyan, I heard a looooot of Newark jokes. It’s a pit, they’d say, it’s the worst. Nothing more terrible in Jersey than Newark (the response to that is, Have you seen Trenton?). But since its citizens elected Cory Booker mayor, its fortunes have risen. Risen! I wish our young, go-getting mayor had been half as useful. I mean, sure, marry the gay citizenry, but what about infrastructure? What about jobs? What are you even doing in the Lieutenant Governor’s seat except killing time doing your hair until you can run for governor and smarmily fuck up the state GODDAMN IT.
Laura says if you want to learn more about a younger Cory Booker, watch Street Fight, the Oscar-nominated documentary about his failed campaign for mayor in 2002. It’s on Netflix instant! It’s a trifecta of awesome—a documentary whose handsome star is an idealistic politician—so watching it would probably improve your life. Especially when you remember that later, he wins! And grows into an even better person! Cory Booker, he is pretty great.
It’s time to get fat and drunk with the best of SF! All you do is, you make or buy a vegan dish, you show up, you drink and eat, you make friends, you possibly meet the LOVE OF YOUR LIFE, you leave. It’s that simple! And there’s a chance you’ll meet the LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. How can you resist!?
I love you, Subway. Now give us more vegan options!
Last time I posted about how much I love fast food/chain restaurants, the responses were mixed. Some of you were all, “Me too (and duh, of course the beans have bacon in them),” while others exclaimed, “WTF is wrong with you, you live in SF, eat somewhere better!” I’ve taken all sides into consideration and I’m back, to shout my love of Subway, from the rooftops of San Francisco! (Or type it out while watching Seinfeld in my apartment, whatever).
I’m not saying pick Subway over Ike’s Place or anything, but on a road trip in the middle of fucking nowhere, with no gourmet vegan restaurant to eat at; in the suburbs in the middle of nowhere at your parents’; stuck with picky eaters (only pasta with marinara sauce or dry turkey sandwiches, for real?): a popular chain restaurant it is! SUBWAY! I totally recommend the ‘Veggie Delight’ with sweet onion sauce as your condiment! DELICIOUS.
Subway, I loved you, but I wasn’t IN love with you. Until today! In honor of Vegetarian Awareness month, Subways asks us, the vegan people, what we want them to carry on and for their sandwiches! Compassion over Killing has made a spiffy little website where you can leave comments about what Subway should do and what products they should carry. You guys, it’s a forum for you to COMPLAIN ABOUT SHIT, and it will be valued. DO IT. Get your vegan angst out! Subway WANTS you to!
It’s Wednesday night—what’s for dinner? Something quick and tasty, cause you are probably tired from work or school, or whatever it is you do on hump-day (I had the day off and I’m soo tired from lounging and watching Mad Men). Don’t worry, I got you covered. Vegan chili cheese dogs—yes please and thank you!
Ingredients 1 to 2 cans vegan chili 1 Tbsp. BBQ sauce 1 package of your favorite veggie dogs (I like Smart Dogs) Cooking oil Green onions Vegan cheese (I used Daiya) Buns Fritos (optional)
Instructions I like to fry up my hot dogs (Health food? What’s that?). I heat up some veggie oil in a pan, slice my veggie dogs in half and cook them til they are bubbly and ever-so-slightly charred on all sides.
While that’s going on, heat up your chili. I like to add BBQ sauce to mine. If you haven’t tried this before, OMG IT’S AMAZING.
Once everything is heated through, put your dog and your chili together!
Great news! Vegansaurus has just secured four VIP tickets to the VegNews Book Bash with Spork Foods, despite the event’s being almost sold-out! We have connections, what can I say. I am going to be at the party (I’ll be under the Cinnaholic cinnamon bun bar), and I hope you will, too! We’re giving away two pairs of these coveted tickets, which include sumptuous vegan appetizers, all-you-can drink cocktails, a signed copy of the brand-new Spork-Fed cookbook, all the photobooth photos you can take, and, yes, the aforementioned cinnamon bun bar. And this all takes place on VegNews' gorgeous rooftop deck in the Mission. Seriously, it's the prettiest and most glamourous place in this filth-ball city!
We’re gonna give them out in sets of two. That’s two sets of two VIP tickets, if my math is correct! For a chance to win, just tell me what your current favorite vegan cookbook is (side note: did you see that Vegan Pie in the Sky is out?! So exciting! Buy a million copies! Plus, we’ve heard there are recipes for OLIVE OIL CRUST and MIND-BLOWING CHEESECAKES. Hello!), and I’ll draw two winners this Friday at 5 p.m.. That’s in TWO DAYS! So get to stepping! The same day we stop selling our t-shirts! And the Vegucated tickets giveaway ends! Friday is a big day!! Please only enter if you can definitely make the party (Friday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m.). More details here! Now, enter!
Plus, we’ll get to hang out? How awesome will that be?? The answer is: VERY AWESOME because I am like, the cutest, coolest, sexiest, smartest, most down-to-earth lady you’ll ever have the pleasure of lying under a cinnamon bun bar with. Let’s do this!
Finally, let’s drool over the Cinnaholic cinnamon bun below and dream up our most favorite topping combo would be. Oh! If you don’t want to tell me your favorite vegan cookbook, let me know your favorite cinnamon roll topping combo OMG SO FUN.
Harvest Home Sanctuary is currently working with the City of Stockton Police Department to re-home a large flock of urban chickens living in substandard conditions at a private residence in East Stockton. The Neighborhood Services Section of the police department does not have the resources to help these birds. Recently, the city requested the sanctuary’s assistance in spearheading an effort to find adopters for these needy birds.
We are currently searching for loving homes for the birds. The majority of the beautifully feathered chickens are under the age of one. A photo gallery of the chickens can be viewed on Flickr.
If you are interested in opening your home to a chicken or group of chickens, email us for adoption information. We welcome donations to support our rescue work online at Support Harvest Home.
The evening will mainly involve eating tasty vegan burgers and piles of fries, and drinking gallons and gallons of beer. What could be better? All the money raised goes to help animals rescued from shitty factory farms or shelters. A ticket buys you a burger and fries, with beer a little extra. Fortunately, all money raised goes to Harvest Home, so you can feel good about indulging your drinking problem.
At the event, you’ll have the chance to meet the Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary Half Marathon Team, and sign up to join them. Really good marketing on their part because you’ll be all fat and drunk and they’ll be like, “Fatty! Get up on this!” and you’ll be all, “I don’t want to die before I’m 30!” Done and DONE!
Harvest Home strongly recommends buying your $15 tickets online, so then they know how many tickets to tell Pyramid, ya know? So get up on that!
Let’s all hope the burger looks something like the plant burger because I hella want to eat one so badly right now this very minute:
Ecorazzi Eats, beginning tomorrow, is a nationwide celebration of sustainable (bleh), vegetarian (OK), and vegan (huzzah!) restaurants! There are all kinds of deals and specials for this eco-restaurant week. It’s kind of exciting.
Let’s look at the restaurants participating! L.A. is really putting out; SF is not representing so well, but Berkeley is picking up the slack! That’s right, everyone’s favorite cinnamon roll shoppe is in on this:
Cinnaholic: Free “Old Skool Roll“ ($4.25 value) with the purchase of any regular priced roll.
Nice. You can afford Cinnaholic!
Sacramento is in on the action, too: get a free dessert or iced tea with any purchase at Sugar Plum Vegan Cafe!
As for New York, guess who’s going to Candle Cafe! THIS GUY:
Candle Cafe: A 10 percent discount for all dine-in customers that mention Ecorazzi Eats Restaurant Week.
Gobo in NYC is also participating with a three-course tasting at $25 per person. I do love a tasting! I think I’ll have to check that out too.
There are lots of other restaurants participating in other cities—though none in Philly! Poor show, Philly, poor show. You can check the Ecorazzi Eats site for all the listings. So, who’s going?! Tell me which restaurant you’re going to! More importantly, who wants to go with me?!
For my Vegan MoFo post this week, I made Sarah’s popcorn recipe, and took it to the extreme! Actually, no, I didn’t, I just added tons of salt and nutritional yeast and made that shit healthy and delicious. Ain’t nothing tastier than popcorn drowned in Earth Balance, salt, and nooch. Except for lots of things, but that’s not the purpose of this post!
Hey everyone! Two weeks ago I went to Sin City and OMG. Even though the idea of Las Vegas depresses me (casinos in the middle of the desert, half-naked girls dancing, gambling addictions) I always end up having a blast! Probably because I’m like, the most fun person I know.
Everyone keeps asking me what I possibly could have eaten there. I’m like, guys, it’s super easy to be vegan in Vegas when you subsist on margaritas and Bud Light for 2.5 days. In the (paraphrased) words of my idol, Chelsea Handler, “I prefer to be on a liquid diet on my vacations.” Half-kidding! I had at least three meals.
The first night was not about eating: I ate before I left, knowing I would not be up for finding vegan food at 9 p.m. in Vegas. I did buy some vegan Power Bar-type thing and wasabi edamame in the airport, ‘cause I like eating while doing everything, especially waiting to board a plane. The Southwest terminal at SFO is not nearly as exciting or vegan-friendly as the Virgin America terminal.
The next day began with a Bud Light (seriously, I’ve never had so much Bud Light in my life. I can’t bear to look at another bottle right now) and then lunch at Chipotle!
My standard, a veggie burrito bowl: black beans, fajita veggies, NO RICE, both tomato and corn salsa, guacamole, and lettuce.
Dessert came in the form of a margarita at a bar stand outside of Caesar’s Palace. Now, normally I don’t drink margaritas because of the sugar in the mixes, but the people at this little tent-bar made theirs with lime juice, AGAVE NECTAR, tequila and Cointreau. Delicious! So worth the $12.
I know you are all wondering, DID SHE HIT UP LA CAVE? Of course. The second I made my plane reservation I knew I’d be eating there. After many hours and many Bud Lights (did I mention we stayed at Hooters Hotel and Casino? $30 rooms and $1.50 Bud Lights. SCORE.) I put on one of the 30 dresses I brought for my three-night stay and headed to the Wynn with my roommates.
Waterfall at Hooters. The pool and the hot tub are open 24/7! Drinking in them is totally acceptable. Even spilling a shot of tequila in the hot tub is fine!
Walking into La Cave, I felt like a vegan Kardashian. It’s so fancy! Now, one thing I didn’t know about the place is that it’s small plates/tapas-style. I did get a dirty look from one of my roommates (“I’m paying $15 for tapas?!”) but once we got our food, everyone was stoked/the evil stares dissipated.
You guys, go to Vegas just to eat at La Cave. Though I have to warn you, being fancy does not come cheap.
After some more Vegas shenanigans (Old Vegas is super fun. It’s like being in an episode of Mad Men; the casinos are so retro), we ended up back at Hooters. You know, because it’s where we were staying. The boys wanted wings (so gross boys, SO GROSS) and luckily for me, there was totally a sandwich I could veganize on the Mad Onion menu: the “Sassy San Franciscan.”
Take out the cheese and mayo, sub mustard on this veggie sammie, please and thank you!
On our final day, I simply could not be bothered to leave the pool, so I ordered the sandwich AGAIN! There were plans to go to Ronald’s Donuts, but in the end, pool > donuts. I know, you guys are all “WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU,” but the thing is, I didn’t eat donuts before I was vegan and I’m not going out of my way to eat them now. Sorry I’m not sorry!
That’s all the vegan-ing I did in Vegas. I know there’s a lot of places I missed (drinking Bud Light all day really kills motivation) so let me know what to hit up next time! Because even though I don’t think I get Vegas, for some reason I always miss it when I leave. I’m already itching to go back. Sin City, I might love you.
UK pals, please tell me, WTF is this? I mean, I know what it is but are they serious?
This is a new campaign, at least to me, encouraging people to take a stand for quality pork? The Assured Food Standards gives their stamp of approval to various food providers that meet their standards. From their About Us:
Assuring food safety through every part of the supply chain is a vital priority for the food industry and for its many millions of consumers. Couple this with the demand for traceability of food; a concern for minimised pesticide residues; and in livestock production, increasing consumer awareness of animal welfare issues; the need for meaningful farm assurance is self-evident.
Now, honestly, I am not an abolitionist vegan; I think any improvement to quality of life for farm animals is good. I think the simple acknowledgment that animals deserve ANY quality of life by the government and general public is significant. It lays the foundation for the eventual realization that animals are totally sentient and deserve freedom and the best nature has to offer! OK, maybe that won’t happen, but it does set a precedence. If people agree farm animals deserve a certain quality of life, that means they believe that animals have rights. That’s a big deal. And if the rights of animals elevate to such and such today, tomorrow we can push that ceiling higher.
I think it’s good to give meat-eaters the option to buy meat that’s slightly less inhumane, and this seems better than the crazy double-speak of “cage-free” and whatnot. With that said! This campaign pains me. Does it have to be so fucking cutesy? Their mascot is a smiling pig. WTF.
I’ll tell you about “sausage’s best friend”: It’s the rest of its organs intact, living in a goddamn pig. I mean, “Stand by your ham”? Fuck you.
Here’s my suggestion for their next advertising campaign: Pictures of a real factory farm, with pigs falling off a conveyer belt and being stuffed into pens and beaten. And then be like, “Stand by your ham!” And then that would be the whole ad. Genius!
I love books! Lucky me, Ashland Creek Press recently sent me Out of Breath, which is a novel by “Blair Richmond” about runners, vegans, and vampires living in the Pacific Northwest.
This is the second first-of-a-series novel about vegans and vampires that we’ve come across; recall Merlene Alicia Vassal’s The Vampire and the Vegan, which Jenny reviewed back in May. I think Out of Breath is the superior work; there’s no grody “love-making” and the characters are all clearly drawn.
I love a teen novel almost as much as I love a teen television dramedy, which is to say, passionately, but Out of Breath had difficulty balancing its message with its plot, so I feel like a lot of the hilarity was unintentional. Maybe I’m not the ideal audience, who I think is actually a teen-novel reader who is vegetarian and/or hasn’t considered a vegan lifestyle before. The “why veganism is really the only choice” arguments are compelling, but not very deftly incorporated into the plot. The action would be zipping along—I read the 263 pages in about an hour—and then our hero, Kat, would drop a big old paragraph of “Meat Is Murder” on us, like, way to ruin the mood, lady.
The plot is rather formulaic, but although Richmond telegraphs the twist before it comes, you won’t guess its scope until the author drops it on you, and it’s pretty good. I laughed with disbelief and appreciation for the shocking ridiculousness of it. Don’t take that the wrong away: It’s AMAZING; it’s silly and it’s weightless and soap operatic and wonderful. I mean: It’s set in a town called Lithia, and everyone’s supposed to be happy because THERE’S NATURALLY OCCURRING LITHIUM IN THE WATER. So much wtfuckery! You will probably love it.
Despite its heavy-handed deployment, the vegan message is refreshing to read. Better “Don’t eat animal products” than “alcohol/drugs/premarital sex KILLS,” by a million; at least the information is truthful and useful, and might positively influence the young readers of Out of Breath. Presumably. I wouldn’t argue that any one YA novel would have measurable impact on even the most impressionable readers, but as part of a series of pro-vegan novels, it could make a positive difference. I realize this is the same sort of thing that evangelists of all beliefs say about their niche literature, but unlike the Left Behind people, vegans are actually right, and I know that begs the question but shut up it’s true and you know it.
If you want to read the book—and believe me, you do—the Kindle version of Out of Breath is on sale for $2.99 throughout the month of October. That is cheap! Ashland Press will also hold an online book-release party on Oct. 31, which will involve an author Q&A, giveaways, and tips and tricks for vegan trick-or-treating. Because “Blair Richmond” is a pseudonym, the author won’t make any physical appearances to promote the book, so this internet party will be your sole chance to interact with this person. I recommend you drop the three bucks, read Out of Breath, and visit the Halloween party to ask the questions you will doubtless have about it afterward. Actually, read it while eating some vegan Halloween candy. It’s like a vegan marshmallow in literary form, anyway: you love it while you’ve got it, though the enjoyment is fleeting, but it’s better for you (and the animals!) than the standard fare.
Thanks so much to Ashland Press for sending me a review copy of Out of Breath. I really enjoyed it!
HAHAHAHA what? Cute, PETA, but like, is this where my donation money goes? I feel like it could be better spent, even though this PR fellow is clearly an asshole. Maybe I’m taking it too seriously. What do you guys think?
Melbourne, Australia has the best-looking bread in the world!
How ridiculously good does that sourdough look? And it’s not even from San Francisco, it’s from Iain Banfield of Fruition Bakery in freaking MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA. Hot damn, I’m moving! If you’re anywhere near Melbourne, you’d be a fool (a damn fool!) to not eat all of it.
Organic flour, salt, water, and natural sourdough leaven; to many of us that is the definition of “bread,” but there are so few bakeries today that have the skill to make bread with just these base ingredients.
Iain uses a beautiful little two-arm mixer to craft his dough and massage in olives and selected fruits to produce a variety of breads, including focaccia and fruit bread. An Alan Scott wood-fired oven completes the baking process.
Also, read this excellent write-up on them and OMG PLEASE BUY ME A PLANE TICKET. Or, if not, can I at least stay with you once I’m on the run for killing someone to assume their identity/have a ticket to Melbourne? Thanks!
I made this salad for dinner the other night, and it was good, but when I ate the leftovers for lunch the next day, I almost had an orgasm right there at my desk, because it was that much better. So maybe let it sit a bit before you eat it?
Also everything’s awesome when it’s swimming in olive oil.
This recipe is “adapted” (i.e. copied with a couple minor changes) from Big Vegan, a cookbook I’m trying to use as much as possible so I can review it for y’all.
Lemony white bean salad! Ingredients 1/4 cup minced fresh rosemary (or less, b/c that’s a shit ton of rosemary) 4 garlic cloves, sliced 1/4 cup olive oil (shit yeah, olive oil!) red pepper flakes to taste 2 lemons’ worth of juice (around 2 Tbsp.?) 2 14-oz cans white beans (Or 2 cups dried, cooked in your pressure cooker. You do have one of those, right?) 2 large carrots, chopped 1 tsp. salt Chopped parsley (up to 1/3 cup, or whatever you’ve got)
Instructions Cook the beans if you’re not using canned. This is less fast but cheaper, tastier, and more sustainable b/c you’re not shipping around cans and water.
Rinse and drain beans, pour into serving bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the garlic and rosemary in the oil on medium-low until they’re warmed through and the garlic starts to change color a little.
Add the red pepper and heat another minute.
Pour the oil mixture, lemon juice, and salt on the beans.
Put the carrots in the same oily saucepan, and add water to cover about halfway. Bring to a simmer and cover for about 5 minutes, until the carrots are tender but still have a little bit of crunch.
Add the carrots and parsley to the bowl. Toss. Let sit a bit. Devour.
Living in a dorm comes with the convenience of making friends with your neighbors and beginning to forge a more independent life. But being away from home often means reliance on school-designed meal plans that don’t always suit everyone’s dietary needs, such as vegans. You may have to learn how to cook, or improve skills you developed before you met your new roommate. Cooking in a dorm room can be pretty simple, especially if you have a microwave, mini-fridge, or toaster oven. Snacks from vending machines are good for treats and staving off late-night hunger, but it’s also important for busy students to have some options for meals.
Though many universities are listening to students’ needs and beginning to offer a wider selection of foods on menus, including vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options, you’ll still want a few items that you can prepare in your dorm room. Meal halls have set hours with which your hunger might not comply. Here are some ideas for quick foods you can make in your room.
If you have a mini-fridge Try mini pizzas. Use Ritz crackers, a dollop of pizza sauce, and a few chopped vegetables like green bell pepper or mushroom. Combine and sprinkle with nutritional yeast for a taste similar to Parmesan cheese. Enjoy with a spinach salad. (Annie’s Naturals has a nice selection of vegan salad dressings.)
If you have a microwave For a nice treat in the evening, try microwaving fruit (any kind of fruit you like, from sliced bananas to diced peaches) and top it with a couple tablespoons of granola (which can be dressed up with any number of vegan-friendly ingredients, like dried fruit). It’s a little like eating a decadent cobbler without the calories, the mess, or the need for an oven. Best of all, it only takes a minute or so to make. If you have a mini-fridge with a freezer, pick up some vegan ice cream (Rice Dream has a variety of flavors) and add a couple spoonfuls to your quick dessert.
If you have a toaster oven Roasted soy nuts are a healthy and delicious snack that you can make as an appetizer or snack. Pick up soybeans at any health food store, rinse to clean, and soak them for at least eight hours. Drain, line the toaster oven tray with foil, and spread the soybeans out in one layer. Stir the soybeans around after about 15 minutes and monitor for the next 15. (Total roasting time should be about 30 minutes.) Cool and garnish with a sprinkle of sea salt, cumin and chili powder, or just some black pepper. Store in a plastic bag and you’ll have it with you to snack on between classes.
Planning vegan meals and snacks takes a little planning and the willingness to pick up a few necessary ingredients from a grocery store or farmers’ market, but the effort will be worth it. Supplement that meal plan fare with your own choice of foods that are sure to please even the pickiest vegan palate.
Danielle is a hippie at heart who strives to consider Mama Earth in all decisions. Read her blog about healthy living, active lifestyles, and sustainability on Eat Breathe Blog.
Just when you thought people couldn’t be sicker, here comes the cow nipple dress. SO GROSS. But as Tofu Pup, who sent us the tip, notes, “Most of the comments I’m seeing are of the ‘OMG, that’s disgusting!’ ‘Ew! Ew!’ variety; I think, well, yeah. Leather is disgusting. People should be reminded of where their clothing comes from, and if 3,000 tanned cow nipples does that, then all the better.”
This is similar to the designer’s sentiments. All these nipples are discarded from leather factories, she says, and if people are comfortable with leather, they should be comfortable with this nipple dress.
While what Tofu Pup says is true, I will make a statement of my own: As icky as a dress made out of human skin would be, a dress made out of human nipples would be way grosser.
I have a couple more months of chemo to go, then the next step is a bone marrow transplant. As Jay and Tony describe below, minorities are severely underrepresented in the bone marrow pool, and I need help.
A few ways to help:
If you’re South Asian, get a free test by mail. You rub your cheeks with a cotton swab and mail it back. It’s easy.