The holidays are over! Now it’s time to start dreading Valentine’s Day! Just kidding. I love watching people walk around with cutesy gifts, listening to them make fancy dinner reservations, seeing them proclaim their love for each other all over the fucking place. It’s the best! It definitely doesn’t make me wish for immediate death!
Where was I? Oh yes! The holidays are over! As much fun as it’s been gorging my face off since Thanksgiving, I’m feeling low on energy from all the heavy holiday foods. The shopping, the family time, the traveling, the working — man, I’m burned out! You too? I thought so. That’s why I present you with a recipe for an easy yet extremely tasty (side) dish. It’s light, it’s flavorful and it takes little to no energy to make! Roasted fennel — let’s do this!
Ingredients Fennel bulbs (They can be expensive, so I usually just get two.) Olive oil Balsamic vinegar Salt and pepper Garlic powder Vegan cheese (optional)
Instructions Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Cut your fennel bulb into 1/3 of an inch strips. Put strips into a bowl and lightly coat with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle on salt, pepper and garlic powder. Toss! Make sure each piece is coated with spice, oil and vinegar mixture.
Place your fennel into a baking dish. Bake until the fennel is fork tender, which is about 45 minutes. If you simply must add vegan cheese, sprinkle it on about 5 minutes before you declare your fennel done. Or if it melts easily (Daiya!), you can probably sprinkle it on after you take the fennel out of the oven. I don’t put cheese on mine, but I imagine it’d be tasty.
The very first WWVBS shirt, designed by Herbivore, sold out ages ago (because they’re so so cute), and the organizers want to print a new one. Of course they do, shirts are the best.
This time, they’re holding a contest for the new design, and you should enter! We know you’re all right-brained, left-handed creative geniuses, so put those brains to work! The contest ends on Feb. 19, giving you a little over five weeks to come up with a brilliant shirt encompassing the ideals of the WWVBS and veganism and also being super-adorable and wearable and you know what, get the details on the site. They have specific guidelines, including the design needing to look good on the organic cotton tees, which look like this:
Good luck, geniuses! I am 100 percent positive you can do better than this!
The Wall Street Journalreports today that Hostess is filing for Chapter 22, which means “restructuring” and also “we’re totally gonna fuck the unions and everyone in our pension plan on this one, investors! Promise!”
As vegans, we’re primarily concerned with our source of inspiration for classic vegan junk food. Thank goodness for Source and our supremely talented Jenny Bradley! For those of you without Source (or Jenny!): What Hostess products are you gonna veganize in 2012?
Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I made a list of 101 things to do in 1,001 days. So much can happen to send a year off track, but I figure 1,001 days — about three years — is plenty of time to get my ass in gear. One of my goals is to drink a chia fresca before bed each night every day for a month — if you don’t know about chia, read on to find out why I think that’s a good idea.
Venus and Serena Williams go vegan! (And why this inspires me to exercise!)
From the New York Times article on Vegan Body Builders to the news that Venus and Serena Williams are going to start a raw diet, I’m feeling like I should hit the gym in solidarity with these athletes! Not in a New Years Resolution kind of way, just in a “man, doing a crunch or two probably wouldn’t kill me” kind of way. And when I say “hit the gym”, I mean popping in a 10 minute Pilates video. What?! I’m extremely busy and also terrified of the thought of sweaty hippies in a very hot and confined space called a yoga studio. Or sweaty bros on the prowl in a gym. Actually, I’m just so very anxiety ridden about people seeing me work out.*
[The Laura dubbed ‘Super Smash Brothers’ being all cute and sisterly. As well as extremely buff. Not gonna lie, I’m jealous of that muscle tone!]
Alas, it is time to move onto people more famous than myself. I don’t know if you have heard of these sisters, supposedly they are really good at tennis — Serena and Venus Williams? I kid, I kid. Now, don’t get all mad like you usually do when I tell you that another celeb is going to try out a vegan diet. Apparently Venus is making this lifestyle change partially due to a New Year’s Resolution but also because she suffers from an incurable, immune disorder called Sjogren’s Syndrome. Yikes! She is hoping that the benefits of a raw diet will help alleviate some of her symptoms, like the inflammation of her joints. I sure hope that it does and also that she hires the right personal chef (ME!! Venus, I’m available! I have a Vita-Mix and a plethora of recipes!)
'Where does Serena fit into all this?' you ask. Well, she's acting as her sister's moral support by also adapting a vegan and raw lifestyle! Aww. Isn't it the sweetest when sister’s are besties? My sister just gave me an Envirosax for Christmas! She totally supports my cause of trying to be less wasteful! Hurrah for sisters!
*Again, I kid. I was quite the tennis player myself at 12! (White kid in the suburbs, of course I played tennis!) I worked in a gym and was a swimmer in high school, but now? The complete lack of muscle tone and coordination is frightening.
Laura’s pal Minty, the talented cartoonist and Vegansaurus interviewee, requested we do a vegan baby shoe round-up and I was like, “OMG that’s so funny! I was JUST looking at some vegan baby shoes!” And then Laura was like, “OMG Megan Rascal! You have a bun in the oven!” I was like, “No way, you need to have sex to get preggers!” So everything was sorted out. Except that conversation never happened. Well, it did, it was just all in my head. It’s like non-stop NPR up in there!
Moral of the story: baby shoe round-up!
These are from Silly Souls. They have a bunch of baby shoes! These are my favorite because hello they are pink high-tops!. They also have vegan baby Uggs which I think is hilarious and we should totally get these for our babies.* Minty says the most important thing with baby shoes is that they have 1. a flexible sole, and 2. traction so babies can get to steppin. I haven’t seen these in real life but the site says, “TPR outsole offers both traction and grip for bouncing and first steps for indoor or outdoor use. All Silly Souls shoes are designed with simple athletic construction and fit to offer your baby comfort, and cushioning for first bounces and steps.” So it seems like they have these concerns in mind.
As my sister would say, these IsaBooties are “so precious.” IsaBooties are really cute AND eco-friendly. Plus, their site says they are pediatrician recommended and the outsole has great traction because it’s made from the same stuff rescue dogs wear! I would get them just for that reason. The dogs part, not the doctor part. That’s just how I roll.
I don’t know much about these Native shoes but they are cute! Zappos says they are flexible for walking, etc.
These SoftStar numbers are cute and customizable! Boy, I do like to customize. My baby’s going to have customized everything!* Plus, the site says “Sof-TouchTM feather-light soles mold to your child’s foot while providing the protection of a sturdy, non-slip shoe.” Sounds good!
These Me-In-Mind shoes are adorbs because I know so many grown dudes with shoes like this. Baby and daddy can match! In a hilarious way! It says they are non-slip but doesn’t have much more info. But they are so cute!
And finally, OlsenHaus has baby shoes! I don’t know if they meet any of our requirements BUT THEY ARE OLSENHAUS! Huzzah!
Here’s something else rad to build on that radness (rad-squared?): One of the rescued bears, named Dream, is making great progress at Animals Asia's Moon Bear Rescue Center in Vietnam. Upon arrival at the sanctuary, Dream had emergency surgery to fix her awesome bear mouth. Despite missing her left front paw and the right one being deformed and practically unusable, now she's all about eating, especially dried fruit and flavored water.
Bears! They’re just like us! Sending you all our get-well wishes (they’re better than other wishes because they are vegan), Dream and the rest of the bears! I’ll make sure the bear army has a bear infirmary, just in case.
I’m on CNN Headline News tonight with the wonderful Jane Velez-Mitchell talking about agribusiness efforts to ban undercover investigations at factory farms. You can watch the segment here. Please forward it to friends!
The NY Times had an interesting story about the rise of vegan bodybuilders. (For some reason they failed to interview me… :- )
Here’s a very touching story about the last hen to be confined in a barren battery cage in the UK. (The EU law banning barren battery cages took effect Jan. 1. The US will soon have a similar bill introduced in the Congress that much of the animal movement is rallying behind and much of the agribusiness industry is trying to kill—stay tuned!
Finally, you know something’s messed up when the chicken industry is trying to fight the EPA’s upcoming dioxin limits by saying they would essentially render its product “unfit for consumption.”
The Post Punk Kitchen 100: The Top 100 Vegan Food Things!
The hardworking folks over at the PPK have come up with The Vegan 100! Well, mainly it was Isa with a little help from her friends and it’s FUCKING AWESOME. Isa writes, “From the cookbooks and blogs that got us into the kitchen, to the gadgets that made it fun to be there — here are 100 ingredients, recipes, chefs, restaurant, tips, cookbooks, tools and websites that made us swoon all year.”
Yes! It’s the best vegan food things of all stripes, and it’s intense and delicious. Of course, it includes vegan cadbury eggs because Isa’s no idiot! Hurry over to see if all your favorite vegan shiz made the list and if not, complain in the comments. This is the internet, after all.
Sidesaddle Kitchen's raw vegan desserts classes are here!
Laura wanted me to tell you guys all about this fun S.F. activity because she said that last time all the classes completely sold out! So get in there quick! Plus she said the Laura who runs the classes is super nice (everybody loves a Laura!). Which always helps me learn! No, really. I can’t focus when a jerk is teaching. Why do people even teach if they are going to be jerks about it?
I don’t know exactly what’s going on in the picture below but I’m into it. If this is what the classes promise, I’m gonna fly out to S.F. just for them! The point is: raw vegan desserts! Yum!
Vegan cheddar crackers! I’ve been looking for you my whole vegan life! Eco-Planet Cheddar Crackers are not the same as Goldfish but they sure do hit the spot! And they are great, the shapes are so funny! There’s a sun, an earth, a wind energy pinwheel and an electric car! Hilar! Plus, the designs on the crackers catch bits of salt in them, that’s my favorite part.
Now, keep an open mind, but my favorite thing back in the non-vegan days was Cheddar Goldfish and Peanut M&Ms. I swear to you they taste super good together! I am not even kidding! No one believes me until I make them try it and they are like, “Megan, you are queen of snacks!”* So once I find the vegan Peanut M&Ms, look out little eco-crackers because IT’S ON.
I got these from VeganStore.com (among other things!!!) but I’ve also seen them at the Fairway market in Redhook.
*And I’m like, “I’m already the queen of so many things, I don’t know if I can sustain another kingdom!” But then I accept the title because I’m a benevolent ruler.
Hello, friends! It's WTF Wednesday! (on Thursday!)
Now that I’m back to work I am much calmer. What Allen and his family would put up with because they still have some warm feelings left towards me will not fly with people at the office. I’m still knitting like I’m about to drop a litter of little Marks but at least I’ve stopped waiting for Allen in the dark, only to dramatically switch on the light and shake the ice in my glass as he enters, effectively giving him heart palpitations. I didn’t want to, but Allen said that it was either him or my imitation of Glenn Close on Damages (not especially close: I don’t own any crisp ladies’ suits, so I sit around in an African-print muumuu), and I want to keep this relationship going because Allen knows how to cook.
If I started questioning anyone again, however, I would start with a dog that likes guitar so much that he stops smiling when the guitar is not being played. Clearly the dog is on something, I would say intimidatingly, as I leaned over a desk to show off my middle-aged lady cleavage, and I am going to find out what it is is. And then, I would say slowly but impeccably enunciated, I am going to destroy you. I will take everything away from you. Everything.
My next case involves an assault. “Where’s the victim?” you might ask me, “it just looks like a confused bird.” That is my case. Why was my client being videotaped? Why was he being harrassed? More importantly, what kind of sick and twisted individual would get a bird drunk and then stick a decoy in front of him? Who would leak this to the press? (Amazing twist: I did it. The guitar-loving dog’s supplier had this video of one of my clients and was going to release it if I didn’t drop my suit, so I beat her to the punch and released it myself, making my client appear sympathetic).
Here’s one I don’t even have to make up dramatic plot twists for: A Chinese man was poisoned to death while eating cat stew. I can’t even say anything, you guys. Apparently people are eating cat stew now? And apparently other people are poisoning the stew for some kind of weird government thing? But also, rich people are eating cat stew? The guy who did the poisoning has been caught and I wonder what jail is like for poisoners. Are there levels? Do you get treated better or worse depending on the medium you used for your poison? Where does cat stew fall? I kind of hope that there is an animal-rights activist in jail with him. And that they meet. And that there is a reality show filmed about their encounters and also that the poisoner learns that it is wrong to both poison soup in order to kill a rival but also just as wrong to turn a cat into soup.
That’s it for this week. Please send me links for next week and have a court-free week. However, if you have to appear in court this week, please do so; my sentiment should not be taken as an instruction. Pay your debt to society and leave my name out of it.
Final note: for some reason your emails were going through a time hole and appearing in my AOL inbox, which I checked regularly in high school but no longer use. I have no idea how this happened but I am not ignoring you (I swear) and will use links everyone sent me this year (the ones AOL hasn’t deleted) next week. Promise.
Three separate errands have been accomplished, a batch of seitan is simmering on the stove, and yours truly is making good on one of many 2012 resolutions: Be Less Slackerly (and five is my lucky number, so here’s hoping it sticks). I don’t want you to heading into weird Mayan apocalypse (LOL?) in December without having your questions answered, so here we go.
Erin asked: How do you feel about receiving items secondhand that contain animal products, hand-me-downs, etc.? For example, your parents give you their old couch for your apartment and it is leather, or if you buy a pair of shoes from Goodwill that are leather? Does the fact that it is second hand negate it’s non-veganism, I guess? Hi, Erin; I don’t think it negates its non-veganism: It’s still made of animals, right? However, to me it equals out environmentally. Rather than have a company manufacture a new man-made belt for me, I’d rather just find a belt that’s already been used, or continue using a leather belt I bought before I was veg. Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer agree with me, according to How It All Vegan. If you’re asking me whether you should buy a new vegan belt or a secondhand belt of unspecified materials, I think you should do what you’re comfortable with. I have friends who are squeamish about wearing leather, fur, or any other animal material.
Allison asked: As a vegan, I have enjoyed eating soy yogurt with granola (yum!) to obtain that beneficial bacteria that aids in digestion. However, I just recently saw a disturbing note on the back of a Stonyfield O’Soy carton: “Contains milk (Our live cultures are milk-based).” Not buying that anymore! Back at the store, I decided to check out a cup of So Delicious coconut milk yogurt, which only reads “Contains live cultures” on the back. So what does this all mean? Does all live cultured yogurt contain milk or is Stonyfield the exception among non-dairy yogurt purveyors? Allison! I like soy yogurt, too! Have you tried the coconut ones? I did a little research, and Stonyfield appears to be an exception. Let’s do a quick roundup: Silk, which makes a lot of bomb-ass flavors, says its lactic acid and live cultures come from a vegetable source. Nogurt says its strains of microflora are free of dairy, wheat, gluten, and soy. WholeSoy says its strains are grown on a vegetable medium. And finally, So Delicious—a slightly trickier proposition, but all the company can say is that it uses no dairy. And you can always make your own. Does that help? More next time, folks. I’ll be Officially Less Flaky from here on out, deal? Don’t be afraid to hold me to it.
Want to Ask a Vegansaur a question? Email me, and try not to be a jerk!
Bowzer's Pizza in Alameda has vegan cheese, and cornmeal deep-dish!
Bowzer’s Pizza is like a Patxi's on The Island! Man, Alameda is really stepping it up. When I was but a wee lass, making my way around The Island’s culinary dining scene took everything I got. And now, you kids, just rolling around in your vegan pâté and your cornmeal-crusted deep-dish vegan pizza. It’s almost enough for me to blow the whole place up except that my parents still live there and I can’t really deal with that kind of tragedy right now.
I will say, the other night I was dining with my mom and she was acting like she had no clue about the takeout options around town and I was like, “WOMAN DID WE GROW UP IN DIFFERENT HOMES?” because I think I was actually fed sushi in place of breast milk. Maybe that’s why it’s so easy for me to be vegan? I don’t really have the strong culinary memories that many people do. Or, if I do, it’s for wonton noodle soup at China Gourmet or Dragon Rolls at Kamakura. Seriously, what does pot roast taste like? And what about fresh baked apple pie? AM I EVEN A WHITE MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICAN? *takes off mask to reveal 200-year-old Chinese lady*
Also, here’s a pic of the regular pizza with Daiya. The menu says “soy cheese,” but it’s Daiya. BIG SURPRISE. The pizza was really fantastic, I love cornmeal crust, and potatoes are an option for a topping. Yes! And they deliver on The Island! Strongly considering moving back to Alameda, as we even have a movie theater now. THINGS CHANGE, PEOPLE.
Leesah, a vegan for 18 years,* found out her dog Schultz has aural hematomas and needs surgery within days. Schultz’s ear is filling up with blood and fluid and it sounds hella awful. Leesah went to the low-cost vet mobile and they were able to drain the ear a little, but it’s filling up with fluid again and they say it will continue to do so until it bursts.
You see the need for the operation. However, the vet mobile people quoted the surgery at about $600, which Leesah does not have. She’s been able to raise a little but has a ways to go. I’m hoping we can rally the community to help poor Schultz!
Leesah has set up a ChipIn page where you can easily donate. I haven’t met Leesah but we’ve been in contact via email after Pets for Life NYC told her we might be able to help. If you want to contact Leesah directly, email me and I’ll put you in touch. At the bottom is her invoice from the low-cost vet mobile.
Leesah says Schultz saved her from depression and she loves him very much! I saw he’s super cute and I’m sad for him!
*Update: I thought she was 18, that’s actually how long she’s been vegan! My bad, I was confused.
We know, we know, but we’ve had our ups and downs with Mr. Bittman, and overall, we like him. And free recipes by a New York Times food writer are free recipes by a New York Times food writer, you know? I vote we forward this link to all our non-vegan pals, and start the year off right: converting everyone, forever. Nothing says “I cherish our relationship” like telling people they’re living wrong!
Remember, you only get 20 free clicks per month on nytimes.com, so make ‘em count and copy down these 10 recipes right away.
[thanks to all the readers who sent us this link! It’s always nice to get tips!]
What am I always telling you? You can’t just remove an apex predator and expect everything to be hunky dory! Meanwhile, all these hunters are super excited to kill wolves. Wolves have barely recovered from near extinction! It’s madness.
While we think about how terrible people are, let’s watch my favorite wolf video ever: wolf pup learns to howl!
My ma sent me this recipe from Slate last week, all excited, and honestly, I was skeptical. Hummus with peanut butter? Nonsense.
But the author does make an excellent point about peanut butter being more affordable than tahini, and I also feel like smoked paprika is a genius ingredient from heaven, and beyond everything else hummus is way super-easy to make, so why not?
Results: Delicious, slightly pinkish-brownish, rich, creamy, tasty hummus. Highly recommended. You probably have all the ingredients right now! If you don’t have smoked paprika, get some immediately: It’s inexpensive and adds a dimension of taste to your foods you’ll hate yourself for missing.
Not a fail, Eva Longoria. More like a beginner's mistake
Dear Eva Longoria, Hey girl! I just heard you tried to go vegan and feel kinda guilty about your epic fail. What’s this noise about not doing the research about how to nourish yourself with plant-based food? Passing out cause you subsided on salad? Not knowing almond butter exists? I’m just so confused. But don’t worry! For both our sakes, I’m here to help you with all this mind-boggling vegan stuff.
1.) I can’t help but feel that many people, when they make the transition from omnivore to vegetarian or vegan, don’t know what they are doing at first. It’s tricky to change your entire lifestyle and eating habits. Not to sound facetious, but there’s this tool a lot of us use called the internet. It’s great! I personally used it to find out how I could get my protein, iron, and vitamins from a plant-based diet! Then I made myself a handwritten list of how to make complete proteins and stuck it to the side of my refrigerator! Hey, like I said, I’m here to help you!
2.) You went from an omnivorous diet to a diet consisting of salads? Were you trying to go vegan or go raw? That’s some hardcore shit, Eva. I’d fail too! I mean, I tried a mostly raw diet and I didn’t last too long either. Let’s try some seitan buffalo wings before we move on to like, raw veggies in a collard green wrap, OK?
3.) If you need a personal vegan chef, call me. Seriously. I’ll move to Hollywood. I’ll move to Texas. Whatever you want, girlfriend. Let’s try this again. Your support system is in place!
Sincerely, Jenny Bradley (vegan chef extraordinaire)
They’re badges that express your fat veg pride! Yes! Now, that says “fat vegetarian,” which you can get if you’re an alright fat vegetarian, but if you’re an awesome fat vegan, just make the request at checkout and she’ll make you a fat vegan badge in whatever color your little piggy heart desires. I’m buying them all and wearing them at the same time because I’m extra fat and awesome!
I found the link to these through the most excellent latest Chickpea magazine! We love them and you should read the whole thing because it’s wonderful. Great recipes, stories, and I have about 15 things bookmarked from their gift guide. I know it’s January 2nd but it’s never too early to start thinking about what you’re buying me for Valentine’s Day. Sexy, sexy!
- Make out with Isa Chandra Moskowitz and/or Terry Hope Romero - Veganize the turducken - Be the person who finally converts Mark Bittman to complete veganism (you will get laid a lot with these bragging rights!) - Get your vegan croquet club fully funded via Kickstarter - Do not adopt another dog and/or cat and/or bunny and/or rat and/or etc. - Purchase no more than 15 vegan cookbooks - Build another house for when you adopt more animals and buy more vegan cookbooks
I’m not fully on my game this morning and I know there’s a million more! What are they?? Let us know in the comments and then let’s make the ultimate list and then we’ll print it out, laminate it, post it to our fridge (where we spend the most time ‘cause we’re vegan), and CONQUER IN 2012! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Please note, this is called part 2 because the lovely Samantha Cohen wrote a legit list for us a couple years ago. Question B: ARE YOU MAKING ANY OF THIS SHIZ HAPPEN?
I love this because Jenny is hilar and does the best strike-through jokes. Plus, I think the blending of vampires and vegans is how we’re going to take over the world.
Second: MARK! Mark is probably the funniest person I’ve ever met. Also, he’s hella smart and mean, but not in a bad way. His heart is filled with so much love, sometimes it’s like it’s just explodes in your face in the form of a fist. Delightful.
This is the best thing I’ve written all year, which is somewhat disheartening because this year I also wrote my master’s paper. The latter took two semesters, was a requirement for graduation and was “accidentally” lost to the academic world forever. When people ask me what I wrote it on, I mumble quietly and get the hell out of there as quickly as possible and never speak to the person again. However, when someone asks me if I’ve ever written a highly criticized open letter to a minor tv celebrity who is facing a fall into oblivion and who, as commenters rightly pointed out, doesn’t really warrant the anger I directed towards her, I happily direct them to this post!
Next, Miss Jenny Bradley! Not only is she super funny, adorable, and correctly obsessed with celebrities, she’s also a dessert baking maniac and I’d pretty much kill a man for her live pumpkin cheesecake.
I really like this post by Megan cause she went to her lil’ sis for advice, which I thought was adorable. And I loved Megan’s commentary on each shoe! So funny! Especially the part about any heel over 2 inches was irresponsible due to the amount of whiskey she drinks.
This Natalie Portman post because of the part about cleft-palate babies. Hahahaha. I had JUST read that article in Vogue. Plus I love celebrities! When I do my celeb posts, I try to channel Laura instead of an US Weekly writer, but….let’s just say I’m still working on it.
Sarah’s account of the ginger seal, as we got a glimpse into her mind and thus her love of all things ginger (except her own hair, when dyed!). I am so jealous the ruddy colored seal is following her on twitter and not me. Sarah is hilarious!
Meave’s Ecoturre shoe post because I really love whenever Meave writes about shoes because she is hilarious and passionate and I also love whenever she talks about rules about anything, especially every day behavior, because it’s so funny and spot on.
Megan’s meat week post is probably my most favorite Vegansaurus post of all time. IT’S SO GOOD! and right!
Now, it’s Sarah M. Smart time! She’s super great! And funny! And smart! We like her a lot, a lot.
This wasn’t officially part of Vegansaurus, but I feel like Laura’s Week in Vegan was like Vegansaurus outreach to the masses/readers of SFoodie, and it’s like Laura distilled, which can be intense, but is always awesome.
I have a crippling sinus headache and am extremely tired.
Rachel might be adding hers soon but I wanted to get this up and thank you all for reading and we love you all very much, even when you look ugly and you’re mean to us, we still want to do you. That’s love. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Hello, animal-lovers in Missouri or willing to drive to St. Louis. Please consider adopting 7-year-old Micro or 7-year-old Confetti.
To make a long story short, a friend’s mom has four cats, but she needs to get rid of these two. The family wanted to put the cats down and still will if they can’t find a home within a few weeks, so these kitties really need your love. I spent a lot of time with these cats when I was in college and can’t bear the thought that their lives could be cut short.
Confetti (above) is a shorthair calico female who gets along well with other pets, humans, children, and probably aliens. She’s kind of fat but likes to play and show affection. But she doesn’t have her shots, so she’s in need of some extra TLC. Her favorite sound is an electric can opener.
Micro (above) is a social, friendly black cat with medium-length hair. When he was a kitten, he was so tiny that he could fit in your hand, hence his name, but he is the opposite of that now, as you can see in the photo. He likes to lie around and lick people and get petted. He is kind of lazy, but it’s adorable. He would do best in a one-pet household as he can become a bully in competing for human attention. His middle name is James, but that’s negotiable.
Want to help? You’re my new favorite person! Email me, and I’ll put you in touch. Give the gift of continued life for these innocent kittehs. Please and thank you!
Wally and Tigger are best friends in desperate need of a new home. They’ve been kicked out of theirs because a new family member has allergies.
From the email forwarded to us:
They have been living outside, and they will be dropped off at the local shelter if they don’t find a home by the end of the year (and you can probably imagine what will happen next).
Can you help these poor guys out? They are friendly, loving companions, and they deserve more out of life than this. For more information, please contact Rene at 510-205-7373 or email@example.com.
Help these kitties out! It can be your one last good deed for 2011!
On Wednesday nights, Easy Creole, a New Orleans-style pop-up kitchen, sets up shop at The Residence in San Francisco. Cocktails and vegan dinner? Just twist my arm to get me out of the house, why don’t you, Easy Creole?
For $8 I got a plate of the Red Bean Succotash. I was mildly disappointed that they had run out of the $9 Spinach and Mushroom Étouffée earlier that day during their lunchtime hours in North Beach—it just means I have to go back and try it! Which I will, because the succotash was delicious!
A hot sauce spread I think Quarrygirl would appreciate.
Jess and Grant, the two guys behind Easy Creole, are super cool, and very much looking forward to opening a restaurant of their own and the idea of hiring their first employee. We can help them do this by eating their food! Let’s go when they re-open shop after the holidays!
Easy Creole is available at many locations throughout the week! They’re at 450 Broadway (between Montgomery and Kearny) from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, The Residence at 718 14th St. from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, and at La Victoria Bakery at 24th Street and Alabama from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Fridays.
Last day to save at Boygirlparty and raise money for Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary!
It’s the last day! The sale/fundraiser at Boygirlparty is over tomorrow! So remember: When you use the coupon code “VEGANSAURUS” on Boygirlparty’s Etsy store, you will get 10 percent off your order AND Boygirlparty will donate an additional 10 percent of the sale to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary!
And remember, you can opt to forgo your discount and donate 20 percent of your purchase to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary—just don’t use the coupon code and leave a note at checkout! You saintly bastard!
Ryan Gosling wants you to give money to help these goslings!
Inspired by The Morning News’ annual charity links, here is the Vegansaurus writer-and-reader-collated recommended donation guide, for your holiday giving.
Remember, charities don’t care whether you celebrate a religious holiday in December! They want your money, maybe your time, nothing else. So, as we put to bed 2011, this year of one-step-forward, two-steps-back, we present to you a short list of charities you can give to in all good faith.*
We have a new vegan among us! Teri S. from Status Vegan! AND she would like our help! Do you have a really great recipe you want to share with her? I know you do! Head over to her blog and share it with her. Build the community!