Hey guys! The cool people from Sea Shepherd, NYC are having a cool bakesale this Sunday! I’ve been meaning to go to Mooshoes anyway, I’m past due for some new shoes. Well, not really. I just want some. Don’t judge me!
When: Sunday, Feb. 17th, 12:30-5:30 PM (volunteers and bakers welcome starting at noon)
Join Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, NYC chapter for our annual winter bake sale to support our vital ocean conservation work. From the Cove Guardians in Taiji, Japan monitoring the dolphin capture and slaughter to the partnership with the park rangers in the Galapagos to campaigns in the Mediterranean to stop poaching of Bluefin tuna and exposing the slaughter of seals in Namibia, Sea Shepherd is on the front line of protecting the world’s oceans and marine wildlife. Come eat some savory or sweet vegan treats, purchase official Sea Shepherd merchandise, and learn how you can get involved in Sea Shepherd’s work.
If baked goods aren’t your thing, come by anyway! MooShoes is donating 10% of the day’s sales to Sea Shepherd so you can support marine conservation without even having to chew.
Please bring a container if you plan to take home any of your treats.
ALDF's new series "30 Second Animal Law" is interesting and useful!
Animal Legal Defense Fund has a great new series on YouTube! “30 Second Animal Law” explains legal issues for and surrounding animals in tiny clips for your attention-deficit-addled brain. Check out the first installment, Legal Problems for Animals:
She’s an adorable pup who’s missing a paw due to complications at birth. However, that doesn’t hold Lily back! She’s currently training to be a therapy dog to humans who use prosthetic limbs. To relate better to her friends, she’s being fitted for her own prosthetic paw. If she likes it, she’ll be an inspiration to people using prosthetics. If she doesn’t like it, she has an awesome new chew toy. Win/win.
Lily rules without her paw, and she’ll rule with it, should she choose to use a prosthetic. Either way, therapy dogs are the best and we love them, the humans they help, and the humans who put them together. Oh, how our hearts are warmed.
There’s no way to look at the meat industry today and say, “There’s no environmental impact.” Animals grown for food pollute our air, our soil, our water, our streams, our oceans. And these are United Nations statistics; these are not statistics from PETA or animal rights groups. The United Nations four or five years ago put out a study that said the meat industry, meat-eating, growing meat for food is the No. 1 killer of our planet—not No. 2 or No. 3: No 1. You know what’s No. 2? Transportation. Everyone thinks that No. 1 is transportation, and goes out and buys a hybrid car. Screw the hybrid cars. Don’t eat hamburgers. If you don’t eat a hamburger, your carbon footprint is so much less than driving a hybrid car, I can’t even tell you.
She doesn’t call herself vegan, but she doesn’t talk like she consumes any animal products, and she loves VegNews (all the good people love VegNews, duh), and this interview she gave to HuffPo following her new PETA ad is pretty great. Vegansaurus doesn’t have a lot of love for PETA [Except Megan! -Megan], but we do appreciate a smart, ridiculously beautiful woman advocating a veg diet using feelings and dispassionate facts. You win this round, Maggie Q and your international torso.
people may not realize it, but due to ingredients like butter and gelatin, traditional rice crispy treats aren’t vegan…or even vegetarian! in this video clara shows us how to make cruelty-free raspberry rice crispy treats that taste even better than the original using vegan substitutes like earth balance and dandies.
watch and learn, and be sure to hit up clara’s cakes for treats next time you’re in LA.
Raspberry rice crispy treats! They’re the perfect color to serve to your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day, especially if your sweetheart is an entire elementary school class. Or someone with the tastes of a grade-schooler. Our long-distance Valentine is quarrygirl and we looooove her and her video series.
Hi, Sarah E. Brown, Raw Sass here! Shameless plug alert: I’m the editor the following cookbook, but it’s OK I think because 100% of the proceeds go to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary so it’s really not my cookbook, it’s all for the animals! [Ed. note: Silly Sarah! Of course it’s OK, free stuff and self-promotion is why we write for this money pit]
The Queer Vegan Cookbook showcases the unusual, creative, and amazing recipes by beloved vegan chefs and bloggers! This cookbook features recipes that do not use animal products of any kind and are truly queer in an effort to expand the vegan culinary canon beyond traditional vegan cuisine, which tends to imitate the non-vegan food world (vegan ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgers, fake meat, mac n’ cheese, etc.)
The most delicious part of this culinary assemblage is that 100% of proceeds from The Queer Vegan Food Cookbook will go to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in Woodstock, New York!
A Beautiful creature gets the love and respect it deserves at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary!
Everyone can benefit from adopting a diet that prevents cruelty toward animals. A vegan diet helps improve personal health and the health of the planet, and promotes freedom and joy for all human- and non-human beings.
Blueberry Avocado Salsa by Allyson Kramer
Supercharged Superfood Nori Love by Mish Divine
Cabbage Pie by Mariano Caino
Glorious Green Wraps by Lisa Pitman
Ube (Purple Yam) Ice Cream by Allyson Kramer
Easy Black Bean Enchiladas by Mark Hawthorne
My Goodness, Green Goddess Smoothie by Marlie Centawer
Chocolate Covered Potato Chips by Allyson Kramer
Avocado Lime Cheesecake by Heather Pace
Berry Lemongrass Granola with Coconut and Cashews by Ali Seiter
Pau d’Arco Tea Elixir by Marlie Centawer
This cookbook features the most delicious recipes from Carol J. Adams, Gena Hamshaw, Rory Freedman, Jason Allen, Allyson Kramer, Christy Morgan, Mish Wish, JL Fields, Lisa Pitman, Courtney Pool, Rande McDaniel, Marlie Centawer, Erika Reir, Eric Levinson, Mariano Caino, Sara Jane Kurpeski, Rochelle Koivunen, Jason Das, Joan L. Brown (my mom!), Stephanie Austin, Heather Pace, Kelly Peloza, Mark Hawthorne, Rachel Lee, Alessandra Seiter, Lee Khatchadourian-Reese, and Heidi George.
It’s Paul Shapiro's Animal News You Can Use! Yay, Paul! Yay, Animals!
Hear about the meat industry’s effort to silence whistleblowers on factory farms? I’m honored to be on CNN Headline News tonight with the always-fantastic Jane Velez-Mitchell discussing how badly the industry wants to keep Americans in the dark. Watch the short segment, and please share the link!
Fortunately, the word is still getting out about how abusive practices are the norm, not the exception, in animal agribusiness.
For example, in just the past week: The president of the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association has a good op-ed on why gestation crate confinement of pigs should be ended. Similarly, there’s a compelling op-ed in New Jersey’s largest paper advocating for the state’s pending bill to ban gestation crates, and a great op-ed in another NJ paper supporting the same bill. And there’s a very good blog about all the food retail companies making moves to get gestation crates out of their supply chains.
Video of the week: Did you see the Super Bowl “God Made a Farmer” commercial? If so, you may enjoy this parody!
Hampton Creek Foods is developing new vegan mayonnaise products, and we need taste testers today! If you’re interested in trying some of their new vegan mayo, and are available this evening for 15 minutes to come by their facility in SF’s SOMA district, they’d love to get your feedback.
They’ll be hosting folks from 4-6pm, and you will be compensated $5 for your time. Plus, there’s beer and wine for people after the taste-testing.
Space is limited, so RSVP if you’d like to reserve a spot (or need more details). Woo!
According to LA Weekly fish man-gunk guzzling “gourmands,” sperm-eating is becoming en vogue in LA. This “hot spot” Japanese restaurant off the 405 has been turning out cold milt (aka fish wank) to people who REALLY need to stop stealing the sexual secretions of innocent damn cod and get themselves to Shojin. Sexual politics of meat aside, this trend is completely gross and hopefully not growing. Ugh.
Kombucha habits are no joke. I’m not especially proud of this, but after several “buch” benders resulting in formidable piles of those slim bottles dominating our recycling bin, I realized I may have a problem. I eventually created a specific kombucha budget in my Mint.com account, watching in shame as the green bar turned to yellow and then red: “you’ve spent $4,000 over your kombucha budget this month!”
I’ve lived and hung out in enough hippie enclaves to have had unlimited access to kombucha SCOBY’s and even resided in households where kombucha was brewed in our very kitchen, yet somehow I’d never managed to muster the gumption to make a batch myself. Call it lazy, call it denial of the severity of my addiction, but I was scared of kombucha brewing myths like that I’d accidentally create toxic mold or penicillin and kill myself or my loved ones or that it would take 3 months to finish brewing and who has the time for that?
Thanks to Oregon Kombucha company, I now know that my at-home kombucha brewing fears were unfounded. Oregon Kombucha takes all the guesswork out of the myseterious process of kombucha cultivation, and offers simple, time-tested instructions and the all-important SCOBY to get you started.
While not everyone loves Kombucha (Sorry Laura!) Kombucha making at home should be right up there with at-home bean cooking and kale chip dehydrating as top activities to save you money while allowing you to indulge your expensive tastes.
Kombucha requires 5 simple ingredients:
1) The right tea 2) Boiling water to brew the tea 3) Organic sugar 4) Live kombucha culture 5) A 1-gallon jar and clean cloth and rubber band
Oregon Kombucha sent me a free Basic Starter Kit, which includes organic pear ginger black tea and live culture. All you do is add one cup of sugar and boiling water. Pretty easy! I borrowed a cup of sugar from a loved one because I never keep it around the house since I’m pretty opposed to straight-up sugar except when it’s being eaten by a SCOBY in order to convert it to delicious fermented tea beverage.
I bought a 1-gallon jar (it cost me about 20 bucks on Amazon) and filled it with hot tea and sugar. I let the tea cool, added the kombucha culture and the already-brewed kombucha it came with in this cool little vacuum-pack pouch that reminded me of those orange juices in a plastic bags enjoyed (?) during my public school days, and then added the clean cloth and rubber band and left it to do it’s thing by my heater, because apparently kombucha thrives in warm climates.
The whole thing looked pretty pathetic, just this little wad of hardened phlegm submerged in sugar tea. Really, if a booger drowned in a large tea pot and aged 40 years it would look like exactly like a kombucha home brew rig. I got kind of queasy looking at it and considered joining Laura’s kombucha-is-disgusting camp, but I held on to my lunch and my brewing resolve and nearly two weeks later I birthed this awesome batch of kombucha which actually tasted really good! Kinda more tangy than popular brands, I guess that’s because I let it brew for a bit longer than maybe they do. I hear there’s a serious art to kombucha brewing—you can vary the teas used, how long you brew, whether you do fancy things to make it fizzy, etc., but for now I’m satisfied with being a bewildered parent, shocked that my doings led to a life form creation and not wanting to jinx anything by fiddling too much.
With just the cost of sugar and 8 tea bags per batch from now on, plus tons less waste now that it’s a one-jar operation, I’ll have to re-do my Mint budget and languish in the expansive oasis known as my recycling bin. Can’t wait to toast with homemade kombucha at my next kiki! Order your Oregon Kombucha start kit online.
I had such a wonderful time at the Vaute NYC Fashion Week show! I even brought my nice lil’ point-and-shoot so I could get some sweet pictures for you guys.
Leanne says the collection was inspired by Sailor Moon so I was expecting a lot of wackiness, but it was actually rather understated. But there were a lot of fun little details like the heart cutout in the dress below and various interesting buttons and such. There was a lot of purple like the jacket above—I’m in love with purple so I’m stoked about that. Purple is just flattering on practically everyone. Or…at least on me! But yes, purple was the dominant color surrounded by variations of white and beige.
I love the sweater below so much. I love the shoulders and sleeves and it’s hard to see but there’s this little abstract silver design on the front. So great.
The Humane Society of New York represented at the show and brought doggie models! ADOPTABLE doggie models! Look at the handsome lady below. What a cutie!
Pup model backstage:
Here’s more purple:
The picture below is terrible but I wanted to show you the cute star cutout on the back of the purple dress.
Leanne was obviously the woman of the hour so I wasn’t able to get that close for a pic but here she is posing with some of the models. I absolutely love the dress she wore, all red with its little heart cutout.
The quotes they’re holding in the picture are all from Sailor Moon. I’m not sure I ever watched that show but Leanne was telling me all about it recently. Apparently the girl gets to be Sailor Moon because she rescues a stray cat from some neighborhood bullies? So AR.
In summary, I think the first-ever vegan NYC Fashion Week show was a hit! Rescue pups, sweets from Vegan Treats, and amazing clothes! Leanne is really helping to usher us vegans into a new era, one in which omnivores envy us instead of ostracize us. Fashion may not be your thing but it is a lot of people’s thing and if veganism is going to solidify its place in mainstream culture, it’s one arena we need to tackle. I think we are well on our way! The future is bright, my friends.
Summer in Winter: a smoothie and salad to cure your winter blues
My “cooking” style can best be described as hodgepodge. The more I try new things in the kitchen, the more comfortable I get, just like most things in life. Even though I needed to text TWO separate people asking them how to work the rice cooker that was immediately in front of me, and even though I’ve never finished preparing a meal without my sous chef, Chef Google-Search, I’m always pleasantly surprised at the finished product. And that’s saying a lot because I am the most self loathing person I know.
Back to the food. I say hodgepodge because I enjoy throwing many ingredients into what I’m making to try to find something that I haven’t tasted before or just switch things up from the monotony. Case-in-point, the rice cooker. In an effort to save money and not waste food, I try to eat as many things left in the closets, cupboards, and ‘fridge on the day I bring groceries home. Rather than gorging myself on all the new treats. A couple months back I did a post on SooFoo and their grain blend. I came across the nearly empty bag, buried in our bulk-food drawer, and decided I was going to finish it off but with some new twists. Then saw a bag of salad about a day before it was set to turn slimey and dark, a bag of bread that only had one heal left, and a soft kiwi. It was like the Island of Misfit Toys, but with vegan friendly food from your local grocer. That’s when it hit me, let’s make a cheap meal that will bring all the boys (or girls, or both) to the yard.
First up: the SooFoo.
Normally, you follow your ricers directions of 1 cup (which isn’t a real “cup” and no one has given me an explanation of why) of the blend and some water up to the “1” line and a teaspoon of oil. I said, to myself, “NAH SON.” Threw the rest of the bag of the blend in the ricer, along with a handful of roasted/unsalted peanuts and a handful of raw pecans. For the water, I felt that was the easy way out, so I threw one part water and one part Trader Joe’s Low Sodium Garden Patch juice. Think V-8 but way less gross and actually good. And not disgusting. Then I pressed the button and let this interesting concoction boil in that plastic and metal cauldron. After it was finished, which I should have done way earlier but my kitchen neuroses kicked in, I threw in a gang of spices—thyme, garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper, chili powder, and cayenne pepper—then mixed it in and was taken aback by my its awesomeness.
Next: The smoothie.
I like to brag about my smoothie skills. But that’s like bragging about exercising and we all cannot stand that person who loves to tell you how much they just ran, all before the sun came up too. But I wear my smoothie skills like a badge of courage—or more realistically, a badge of healthy poo. Because let’s be serious for a moment, that’s all the really matters in this world. The smoothie began with an extremely squishy kiwi that would not have been fun to eat normally. Then half of an avocado. Then a good sized handful of that almost wet and slimey salad. Followed by some almond milk. After blending those ingredients and getting a nice green, milky consistency, I threw in the frozen portions. Blueberries, raspberries, and spinach. Then blended like crazy and poured into a re-purposed glass peanut butter jar that any hipster on Pinterest would be envious of. I garnished it with a cuke moon because I’m classy (ignore aforementioned poo reference in previous paragraph).
Lastly: the salad, which is English for ensalada.
There was a giant Fuji apple nearby, that must have been in the bottom of a shopping bag because it had a dent and gash in it in the shape of a cereal box. Instead of doing some mouth-maneuvering around the bruise, I figured I’d use the apple in my salad. I chopped it up to 1 CM squares, which is way smaller than I usually make my salad-bound apples. I wanted each forkful to have as much of the many ingredients. After the apple came the other half of the avocado, cut, while still in its skin, into similar sized squares as the apple, then squeezed into the bowl. Next up with throwing the rest of the bag of salad in, followed by 1/3rd of a cucumber, cut into half moons. I toasted that lonely heal of bread and chopped it up to make semi-homemade croutons. Sandra Lee woulda been proud.
Finally I threw a heaping of the SooFoo blend into the salad and mixed it all with some goddess dressing. Between the kiwi in the smoothie, the apple and avocado in the salad, the (relatively) cold SoCal winter seemed to wither away. It was like, all the way down to 59 today. But this extremely fresh, resourcefully made, and low budget-friendly meal was reminiscent of just 3 weeks ago when it was 70. (hash tag California)
Andrew E. Irons is a blogger from Long Beach, Calif. He co-created and contributes to Rhode Island-based hip-hop website The Echo Chamber Blog under the pseudonym Verbal Spacey. You can track his daily diatribes by following him on Twitter.
This Valentine’s Day, Gnosis has created an incredible new collection of chocolates that seriously trump that bullshit milk-chocolate sugar bomb your 7th grade boyfriend thought would convince you to let him go to second base (they didn’t).
Gnosis’ Valentine’s Day “Passion Collection” includes delicately crafted morsels infused with “aphrodisiac herbs” like horny goat weed, dong quai, fo ti damiana and maca. Each delightful sustainable fair-trade ethically sourced artisan truffle and raw cacao piece in the Passion Collection has been engineered to inspire you to get it on!
The Passion Collection Truffles come in four flavors: Cherry Vanilla Truffle, Passionfruit Cupuacu Truffle, Wild White Rose Truffle and Madagascar Mylk truffle. The Cherry Vanilla Truffle was hands-down my favorite: elegantly filed with raw cherry-vanilla jam with dark chocolate ganache creme layers (and hella aphrodisiac herbs maca, damiana and fo ti!), how could I not be obsessed? The Wild White Rose Truffle came in close second as the first raw vegan white chocolate I’ve tried that tastes smooth and decadent yet doesn’t overpower with richness. A marvel of science and raw gastronomy! Each order of Passion Collection Truffles comes adorned with love notes (how cute is that?) so your sig other/crush/Vegansaurus writer friends can know you’re behind such a thoughtful gesture of confection bliss.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, Gnosis also offers two bars: The Passion Bar and the Berry Rose bar. Rose is a risky move for cacao, because rose oil can easily overpower the flavors of the cacao. Passion includes tart raspberries and lower-glycemic coconut palm sugar (my personal favorite!). It also has lots of maca and horny goat weed, which are sure to keep your passions revved.
Gnosis touts Berry Rose as “A bouquet of roses, box of chocolates & chocolate-dipped strawberries - all in one!” and I wholeheartedly agree! This special Valentine’s Day-only bar is adorned by strawberries, goji berries, cranberries and lemon and rose essential oils. To top it off, Gnosis even added dried rose petals to the bar’s surface! That’s classy!
Sarah reviewed Purely Posh a few months ago but I got a chance to sample some freebies from them as well and now I will give you my take!
Purely Posh is an online makeup/skincare/etc. store that specializes in natural beauty products. But it’s not all granola-crunchy-like, it is well-designed and modern. It’s not entirely vegan but the great thing about it is that you can search the products by vegan, organic, gluten-free, fragrance-free,* and U.S.-made so that you can find just the products that pertain to your concerns! Huzzah! Purely Posh sent me the lovely vegan eyeshadow you see above and the vegan lipstick pictured below to try out.
The eyeshadow is by Lauress and the color is moonbeam. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and made in the U.S. I thought it was a great color. My coworker said it really made my eyes pop! That is nice, no? It was subtle too though which is nice as well. I mean I wore it to work and it wasn’t like I was lit up like a disco ball the way our lovely front desk woman loves to be. Bless her glittering heart.
The lipstick they sent me to try is the Emani hydrating lip color in Dolce. I must say it is hydrating! Usually lipstick makes my lips feel dry and gets crackly and whatnot; Not this stuff! The color is very similar to my natural lip color except with a lot more punch. So it’s obvious I have lipstick on but it’s very understated (on me at least) at the same time. Lovely!
Now, guess what! Purely Posh is offering a 5% discount to Vegansaurus readers for the next two weeks! Just enter the coupon code “vegansaurus” at checkout (or wherever). It expires on February 18th. Go forth and sparkle!
*OMG I know you fragrance-haters are stoked! It must be hard to be irritated by fragrances, they put them in god-dang everything. You have my sympathies.
It’s Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use! Yay, Paul! Yay, Animals!
A lot of new opinion pieces this week!
My friend Bruce Friedrich has a great feature on how much the meat industry has to hide and its desire to pass anti-whistleblower laws. I have a new short piece on chickens, their mental lives, and our treatment of them. The Yale Daily News published a potent op-ed about Connecticut’s new bill to ban gestation crates, and the Syracuse Post-Standard has a great op-ed by a veterinarian on why gestation crates are so terrible for pigs.
Want to protect yourself against the #1 killer in the US? Scientists are finding that a vegetarian diet can reduce heart disease risk by a third.
BTW, did you know that dung beetles use the Milky Way for GPS? Just think how cool you’ll seem at your party this weekend when you bring this up. (And if your friends don’t think that’s cool, you may need some new friends.)
Video of the week: Last week we learned that mice can play fetch. This week, we learn that dogs love to Skype!
Kitty clothing site Cat-toure gets a makeover, kitty model is still baddass
Cat-toure, my favorite kitty clothing site, got a fabulous makeover! There are new clothes and a ton of new pics of the baddest B on the block, Liley. Look at that bruiser!
And remember, this line came to life because Liley’s breed doesn’t grow thick enough hair to stay warm in the chilly weather, so don’t get too angro about kitty clothes. As always, don’t put clothes on your kitty if she or he doesn’t like wearing clothes.
Hella Vegan Eats (our favorite!) is channeling Peggy Bundy and bringing a very sexy Valentine’s Day menu to Dear Mom in SF! They’re serving from 5-11pm, so go and eat everything, you might get laid! So sexy!
Spicy burgers and bulldog margaritas: Vegan Super Bowl eats from Jerry James Stone!
Jerry James Stone just doesn’t quit! Do you read Cooking Stoned? It’s not all vegan, but his vegan recipes are out of control. Look at these bulldog margaritas! You can tell a quality party drink when it looks like a party all by itself.
If you served them alongside his spicy butternut squash and black bean burgers (with quinoa and pepitas!), you would be the best Super/Puppy Bowl party host ever. Ooh, your friends would say, gourmet vegan food AND adorable animals playing sports? You are our favorite friend!
Alternatively, you could make them for your Oscars viewing party (Feb. 24). Bulldog margaritas and spicy burgers can improve almost any social gathering up to 43 percent!
I’m in love! New Orleans company Queork makes awesome accessories out of cork and has plenty of entirely vegan options. Like… this awesome phone case wallet! Don’t worry, I already bought one. I’m an aficionado of phone case wallets, they have saved my life. I used to lose my phone all the time but I haven’t lost one since I got a phone case wallet! My theory is that most people lose phones in cabs—there are studies!—but if my phone is also my wallet, I need it to pay for the cab so I totally have it in hand. Magic! I’ve been through several plastic, metal and rubber iterations but I was so jealous of my coworker’s leather wallet case. Well shucks to him because now I’ve got a cork one!
As you should well know, cork is an extremely renewable material and the company says the cork material they use feels super soft like leather (without the BLOOD and DEATH!). I’m so excited! And they’re only $39 with free shipping. Booyah!
Update!: There is a note on the Queork site that says they use beeswax to adhere the cork to the fabric backing—I contacted the maker to clarify and the cork fabric she uses to make these phone cases IS NOT made with beeswax. For other products, you’ll have to ask; but this one is a go! Long live phone case wallets!
Vegansaurus Giveaway: Win tickets to the Vaute fashion show!
Obvi the Vaute fashion show next Wednesday is the talk of the town. Will you be in NYC Feb. 6th and want to come to the show? We’re giving away 10 pairs of tickets! So that’s two tickets for ten winners. I’M going to be there so YOU KNOW it’s going to be the funnest!
VAUTE by Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart
Showing of Women’s and Men’s Outerwear and Ready-to-Wear Autumn/Winter 2013
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
TO WIN: just leave a comment on here about why Vaute is awesome BEFORE SUNDAY AT NOON (EST). I will pick ten winners and notify them by Sunday night. That’s when I’ll tell you where the show is and all that jazz. Yay! Go!
Harvest Home volunteer orientation on Saturday! Get a tour, help some animals!
Karen the chicken wants you to feed her greens! Harvest Home is looking for new volunteers. It’s a six-month commitment to one four-to-six-hour day per month of work that includes “barn cleaning and animal health tasks,” which isn’t much! You could hang out with all the animals and help keep them happy in their spacious Stockton digs.
This is your chance to support Harvest Home’s excellent work with your mighty vegan (or not!) body instead of your sad, malnourished pocketbook. Get some like-minded friends and make a day of it. The animals need all of us!
i’m so excited about today’s video with masa of echo park! as you probably know, i’m a huge pizza fan, and masa makes my all time favorite vegan version—an authentic chicago deep dish with teese soy cheese. we caught up with owner rob rowe and learned what makes the deep dish special, why it takes so long to bake, and which menu items everyone can enjoy at masa. check it:
I’m just passing on the news here, but I thought you NYC’ers would want to know about this. Lula’s is in danger! From the New York Post:
A bitter divorce battle between the co-owners of a popular vegan East Village ice cream shop is threatening to shutter the hotspot, court records show.
Derek Hackett and ex-wife Blythe Boyd, both of Manhattan, opened Lula’s Apothecary in 2008 while still married — quickly establishing a loyal following that included Paul McCartney’s ex, Heather Mills.
But the couple got divorced in 2012 — and earlier this month, Hackett filed papers in Manhattan Supreme Court demanding the business be dissolved because Boyd is hoarding the profits for herself.
What do you think? Is this just a tactic and Lula’s will never close? I don’t know much about divorce but it seems like a messy and tragic business. It will be sad if Lula’s closes though, I know many a vegan who cherish that spot.
Chipotle bringing tofu "sofritas" to the Bay Area!
This is kind of old news but I don’t think we covered it: Next month, a.k.a. February, Chipotle will be serving “sofritas,” a shredded tofu filling in the Bay Area locations. According to AP, “The Denver-based company said the tofu will be braised with roasted tomatoes, chipotle sauce and poblano peppers.” Sounds alright to me!
I know it’s not cool to like chains but I’m a big Chipotle fan. Their guacamole is just so good. And they give you so much! And I didn’t get that pinto bean drama because I knew it had pork in it for years…how did I know but no one else did? I’m not sure. But I thought everyone knew or I would have told you.
I know Laura was bummed they stopped serving the Gardein burritos, and that would be way better than tofu filling, but this is still cool. Everyone try one for me!
Alchemy Creamery: Brooklyn-based vegan ice cream with wacky flavors!
Look what I found in the Carroll Gardens Union Market last night! A new (to me) vegan ice cream, Alchemy Creamery. It’s all vegan and also gluten-free, though I don’t know if gluten is a concern with vegan ice cream.
There was some sort of pumpkin spice flavor, an apple cinnamon flavor, and then the chocolate chai-flavored “Fixation,” which I bought and you see above. It’s nice and creamy. In a word: delicious. The flavor is more chai than chocolate I think. The chocolate is bitter enough to balance out the chai though, which I usually find too sweet. Right? Chai is always so sweet. So yeah, this flavor isn’t that chocolatey but it is bittersweet enough to balance out the chai sweetness.
I want to try the apple cinnamon one next! Actually, if you look on their site, there’s hella crazy flavors I need to try. I will let you know what progress I make. Of course being Megan Rascal, I had to suggest a flavor I want to the makers, that flavor being coffee. Not mocha—strait-up coffee! A nice person named Giuseppe (right?!) answered my email saying he’s working on an espresso and donut flavor that will be out in the summer. I say hells yeah to that.
Apparently you can now buy the ice cream at all the Union Markets in city! And they will also deliver to the NYC area. How will we get it to our west coast friends?! I will work on this. But you will have to trade me those vegan cinnamon rolls they have at the SOMA Whole Foods.
New TV show stars plant-based diet advocate! Premieres tonight!
What Would Julienna Do? premieres tonight at 7 p.m. (EST I think) on the Veria Living channel. I’ve never heard of this woman or this television channel but YOU KNOW I love this trailer because of the hilarious dog at the end! He’s a comedic genius!
The anthology, edited by the fantastic Kara Davis and Wendy Lee with a foreword by Carol J. Adams, features 21 pieces by women artists, feminists, vegans, chefs, professors, and writers from all backgrounds. All proceeds from the anthology go to the wonderful vegan multimedia collective for change, Our Hen House.
I was thrilled to put to paper some of the many ways that Carol J. Adams’ work has impacted my life and activism career, and to share how my relationship with my brother Asher grew due to our mutual love of Carol’s book The Sexual Politics of Meat and shared commitment to veganism!
Here is the description of the book Defiant Daughters from Lantern Books’ website:
One writer attempts to reconcile her feminist-vegan beliefs with her Muslim upbringing; a second makes the connection between animal abuse and her own self-destructive tendencies. A new mother discusses the sexual politics of breastfeeding, while another pens a letter to her young son about all she wishes for him in the future. Many others recall how the book inspired them to start careers in the music business, animal advocacy, and food. No matter whether they first read it in college or later in life, whether they are in their late teens or early forties, these writers all credit The Sexual Politics of Meat in some way with the awakening of their identities as feminists, activists, and women. Even if you haven’t read the original work, you’re sure to be moved and inspired by these tales of growing up and, perhaps more important, waking up to the truths around us.
I am so honored to have been a part of this collection; the other writers are incredibly talented and truly carry the torch of Carol’s work, more than 20 years after The Sexual Politics of Meat was first published. I hope you’ll check out the book when it comes out in March. You can pre-order by clicking here. Additionally, you can “like” the book’s Facebook page and stay tuned for excerpts posted by other contributors in anticipation of the launch. There’s likely going to be a hella fun vegan book launch party in the Bay Area, and there’s already one planned in New York City and Los Angeles, so stay tuned! Yay!
Farm Sanctuary has two genius ideas for showing your honey (there’s an agave joke in there somewhere…) you care this Valentine’s Day.
Gift idea #1:
"Farm Sanctuary’s beautifully-packaged, delectable, organic, fair trade Vegan “Milk” Chocolate Heart, which opens up to reveal even more vegan sweet treats inside! Made from rice/almond “milk” chocolate, it’s the perfect expression of love and compassion this Valentine’s Day. Price: $18.00. Available for Pre-Order. All proceeds go to support Farm Sanctuary’s work on behalf of abused and neglected farm animals.”
Gift idea #2:
"Skip the flowers and Adopt A Farm Animal instead! Sponsoring a rescued cow, pig, sheep, goat, or chicken who resides at one of Farm Sanctuary’s three shelters in NY and CA is a cute, original way to show you care. Gift recipients receive an adorable adoption certificate complete with a color photograph, adoption card, and an invitation to schedule a VIP tour to meet their adopted friend!”
So there you have it, two genius gift ideas that help animals! Also, can we talk about that calf and her/his funny expression? Hilar.
About two weeks ago, I got to attend the opening celebration of the new Bliss Grand restaurant in Williamsburg, BK! Finally I can tell you all about it. The Bliss Grand owners have another venue in the area, a more casual place, but they wanted to open a more upscale restaurant. Mission accomplished! The place is very nice. Here’s the back bar area:
I love the exposed brick! The party was hosted by none other than Joshua Katcher. Here’s our handsome host:
To his right is the main dining area.
I totally drilled Joshua on vegan fashion. He told me he has some more items coming out from Brave GentleMan now that he’s launched the suits. He’s going to have some more affordable accessories and home items to complement his suit line. We also discussed the diligence it takes to create ethically sourced, sweatshop-free fashion. He is thorough!
They had a number of dishes out for us to try. My favorite thing we had were these little empanadas!:
Well actually, the empanadas were great, but it was the sauce that blew my mind! It’s a cashew margarita cream sauce and it is out of control delicious. It had a rich parmesan cheese flavor. And it totes has tequila in it because they are hardcore.
Other super popular items were these truffle oil fries (we eat truffle oil, no? They don’t still use pigs to find truffles, do they?) and this kale salad. Someone said the fries were possibly the best fries they ever had. And they were definitely delicious:
Other than the amazing food, I must also say the owners were incredibly nice. And not JUST because they kept me rich in delicious vegan wine.
The Bliss Grand is located at 167 Grand street at Bedford. Definitely worth the trip!
I went to one of the veggie Grubwithus dinners, the Vaute Couture one of course, and I met such nice people! One such person was Sarit. I got to talk to her all about her new site, forAnima.com, that’s launching next month. She sent me a little blurb:
forAnima.com is a vegan marketplace that is a cross between Etsy and Macy’s for vegan products and services. forAnima’s mission is to empower both consumers and vegpreneurs, and encourage self-sufficiency within the community. We believe that the more we empower vegan business owners, the more more money will flow back to animal causes. We also believe in the power of consumers to make change.
We were talking about this idea at dinner—you know, the notion that if you hire a vegan lawyer or vegan hairdresser, it’s good for the vegan movement because you know that money isn’t going toward milk or leather or what-have-you.
Like any normal person, I love Etsy, but even with veganetsy, it’s still difficult if you want to shop just from vegan vendors. This will make it so easy!
Like I said, the site isn’t live yet but I saw a preview and it looks awesome:
I can’t wait! I’ll be sure to tell you when it’s live.
It’s Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use! Yay, Paul! Yay, Animals!
Want to see the future of food? BusinessWeek had a great feature yesterday on the amazing Hampton Creek Foods.
Mom-to-be Hollywood star Kristen Bell cares about other moms-to-be, including pregnant pigs! That’s why she sent a letter this week to the National Pork Producers Council asking that they stop supporting gestation crate confinement. And just this past week alone, Marriott, General Mills, Au Bon Pain, and IHOP/Appleby’s all announced that they’re shifting their pork supply chains away from gestation crate confinement.
In response to the introduction of an anti-whistleblower bill that was just introduced in Wyoming, the opinion page editor of the Casper Star-Tribune blasted the sponsor, saying the “shameful bill is a new low for Wyoming.”
Video of the week: If you think mice can’t play fetch, basketball, or track and field, this stunning video is for you.