New Vegan Product Alert: Beyond Meat Crumbles!!! »
Let’s get ready to CRUMBLE!!!!!!
Beef-Free Crumble “beefy” flavor. “Without the Bull” GET IT?!?
Bonus that they are both GLUTEN FREE and SOY FREE, thanks to the power of pea protein!
I was lucky enough to go to the Beyond Meat headquarters for their holiday party in December, where Chef Dave Anderson, owner of the late Madeline Bistro, showcased the Beefy Crumble in a Shepherd’s pie. Holy beefless-roni, it was good!
Don’t feel like seasoning these little love crumbles yourself, no problemo!! Beyond Meat’s got you covered for a lazy taco night with the Beef-Free Crumble “Feisty” flavor.
Beef-Free Crumble “Feisty” flavor: killing it in tacos without killing anyone.
I don’t think there are enough exclamation points to truly show how excited I feel about this. (See what I did there???)
Bare Bones Beauty Are the Skin Products for Sensitive Vegans »
Um, so that’s all of us, right? Damn sensitive vegans.
Bare Bones Beauty is a line of skin products developed by vegans for people with sensitive skin. There’s cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and lip balms, and they’re all made of very few ingredients you can pronounce and feel amazing on your skin.
Since using them, I haven’t had any itchy red skin or breakouts. I don’t know if it’s coincidence, but it just is. If you’re looking for something super simple to clean, tone, and moisturize your skin, you’ve found it. Also, the logo is an adorable skull and crossbones with bubbles on its head. The whole thing is just so (vegan) quiche, I can’t stand it.
Full disclosure: I received these for free, but I will definitely pay for them in the future.
Bramble Bakeshop Is Los Angeles’ Newest (and Most Delicious?) Vegan Bakery »
Bramble Bakeshop is an online vegan bakery specializing in custom cakes and small sweets in Echo Park, Los Angeles. It’s also delicious and wonderful and gorgeous and you should order from them immediately. Seriously. Immediately.
Here’s the details about the new bakery, in their own words:
We provide a sustainable yet delicious option with an emphasis on unorthodox flavor combinations and a unique interpretation of the classics. Our treats are made with certified organic flour and sugar and we utilize local produce and spices whenever possible. Everything is made from scratch and devoid of highly processed ingredients. We strive to provide every birthday with a cake, every holiday with a treat, every wedding with a centerpiece, and everyone with a scrumptious, guilt-free option.
Seriously. It’s all amazing. I am enthusiastic about their treats, and the second you try them, you will be too. So go ahead! Order! For yourself! For your friends! For your daddy’s twin cousin! Just do it!
Now, SOME BRAMBLE BAKESHOP VEGAN FOOD PORN (for more, follow their Instagram because damn it is very delicious):
Hella Vegan Eats (our favorite!) are inviting bakers and eaters to boycott the opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics with them on Friday, Feb. 7th at Black Spring Coffee Company (2930 Telegraph Ave, between 30th St & 29th St in Oakland) from 4pm-7pm! All proceeds benefit Queerussia LGBTQ Network outreach & activism!
EVERYONE GO! Bake some stuff and drop it off! Or go visit and buy all the stuff! It’s for a very worthy cause and plus you know it’s gonna be the most delicious.
Los Angeles Might Get a Vegan Mac and Cheese Food Truck, But It Needs Your Help! »
Chef Ayinde is a dude in Los Angeles who is very good at cooking and wants to bring us a food truck DEDICATED TO VEGAN MAC AND CHEESE. This is genius and we all must support it. Which brings me to my next point:
Dear L.A. Vegans and lovers of delicious food: IT’S SHOW TIME, SYNERGY!
And by that I mean, it’s time to put down your hard earned money on this Kickstarter. It’s for the love of Mac and Cheese and you know there is no greater love in the world except for the love of lasagna.
To motivate you to donate to this most worthwhile cause that will benefit us as a nation, check out this most delicious picture of Chef Ayinde’s famous and crazy delicious Mac and Yease:
You could be eating all of that. You will be eating all of that. Let’s do this.
Product Review: Red Apple Lipstick keeps the toxins out of your makeup! »
Someone asked about hypoallergenic makeup on our FB page and Red Apple Lipstick immediately came to mind! I had tested a few of their products they sent me for free and now I’m finally writing about them. They are special products—not just lipstick, fyi—because they are gluten-free, among many other things. I didn’t know gluten-free makeup was a thing but I do know I like vegan makeup! And most of their products are vegan. But check ingredients because several of the lipsticks have beeswax, and a few other things. But besides being gluten-free, they are very conscientious about toxins and that sort of thing. They have this chart of all the terrible stuff that you can find in makeup, but not in their products:
The lipstick I tried which is beeswax-free was Rebel! You can see below:
Very smooth application and nice and moisturizing! Obviously I liked it because the name has an exclamation point in it. However the color was not as bold a red as I was expecting. But it’s a nice color all the same. The other lip product I tried was their Rallye balm. It’s a “unique Vitamin E suspended in a very special Castor seed oil” and I love the stuff! It’s hyper-moisturizing and I use it all the time. It’s in my purse as we speak. And apparently you can use it in a bunch of ways:
-Nail beds and cuticles.
-Under your eyes - It reduces puffiness!
-The heels of your feet.
-Dry spots on your face or scalp.
-Under eye shadows for slippery, easy smoky eyes.
-As a lipstick base.
-Heal a pimple.
I haven’t tried those but I’m about to rub the stuff on my cuticles as soon as I’m done typing.
The last things I tried were these two eyeshadows:
Very sheer with some shimmer. I applied the Graphite Glam all over my lid and then the Violet Vixen in the crease, heavy on the outer corner. The Violet Vixen and Graphite Glam are their “dynamic duo" but you can also put together a palette on your own, which is fun.
So if you have sensitive skin and are looking for a new makeup, Red Apple is definitely worth a try. And check out the Rallye balm!
OMFG how is it snowing in NYC AGAIN?! All I want is to be home in front of the Roku with a nice bowl of this Leek and Potato Dumpling Casserole I saw on Kitchen Grrrls. This is pretty much my new favorite blog—it’s named after Riot Grrrls! And the logo is extra fun. And they love biscuits maybe as much as me. WHICH IS SO MUCH.
They adapted the recipe from Veganomicon so you’ll need that but you really should have that.
Bright Star in Rancho Cucamonga: Go there! »
It’s my last week as a resident in the Bay Area, and while I am reminiscing about my life as a NorCal girl, I am very excited to begin new adventures in the city of angels! I was the last Vegansaurus contributor left in the bay, where this blog started, and now I’m leaving! Oh well, things change, right? At this very moment my life is in boxes in my parents’ garage, so yeah, I’d say things change.
Before I make it to LA however, there will be a month-long pitt-stop in Temecula, where members of my family are starting to relocate. I am trying to convince my mom that we would have a blast visiting the Temecula wineries, as neither of us has gone wine-tasting before. Since she only enjoys white zin, I’m sure you can imagine that my convincing, begging and pleading, is not going very smoothly. If you have any tips for me about how to go about vineyard crawling, or want to join me in sampling all the vino Temecula has to offer, it would be greatly appreciated. We’ll discuss in Disqus below.
Alright, on to the point of this post! In June of 2012, my sister picked me up from Ontario airport and gave me a list of vegan restaurants in the area we could stop at on the way to her place. After closely examining a few menus I chose Bright Star in Rancho Cucamonga! I’ve been promising my little sis I’d do a recap of our meal, as we both loved it, and as a lady of my word, almost two years later, it’s here! Another note about our trip: I sang Rancho Cucamonga to the tune of La Cucaracha over and over again. She laughed every time. She was also about six months pregnant, so I’m guessing her maternal instinct must have set in big time because normally she has no patience for my shenanigans (I don’t blame her).
All of the details of my family life aside, I am grieving moving away from my beloved Bay Area, but am very excited to eat my way through southern California! Okay fine, I’m excited about much more than that, like, somewhat affordable rent for a studio apartment, warm beaches, celebrity sightings and Temecula wine tours. Alright, alright, alright, without further ado, I present you with one of the restaurants I am most looking forward to revisiting when I get down south: Bright Star Thai Vegan restaurant!
They have miso soup! I love miso soup and I hardly ever get to order
it when I go out!
Tempura vegetables with vegan shrimp! I was SO STOKED!
I got the orange chicken dinner special, which came with salad, a spring roll, fried brown rice and the miso soup pictured above. All this for $8.95! I am not the biggest fan of rice, so I gave it to my sister and I think I must’ve been able to eat most of the tempura veggies in return. We are the perfect dinner companions!
My sister got the Bright Star Pad Thai with soy chicken. She is not vegan, and possibly what you would refer to as a picky eater. However, she is a fan of soy chicken and kept exclaiming “I can’t even tell this is vegan!” with a huge smile on her face.
We were so happy with our visit to Bright Star! I was delighted about my sister being into vegan food, I tried to see how far I could push this thing. We tested another one of my favorites, Food For Lovers queso and she liked it! She took me to my first Fresh and Easy, where I found Gardein chicken and overly-packaged vegetables, so we had vegan taco night at her house, with her hubs and cutie-pie sister-in-law!
The Gardein chicken tacos were a hit and I have also been just looking for any excuse in the last year and half to show this picture off.
Bright Star is located in Rancho Cucamonga along with Viva la Vegan’s original store! You can make a whole vegan afternoon of it all! Side note: I get really tired of Thai food because it feels like that’s all everyone wants, all the time, but I thought Bright Star really rose above what I am used to. We also went to Earth Bistro while I was in Temecula, but I only like to spend my time writing about things I enjoyed. I’m thinking they might be worth another shot since I’ll be in town for a month, but my sister and I were not pleased.
You can find Bright Star Thai Vegan Cuisine at 9819 Foothill Boulevard, Unit F, in Rancho Cucamonga. You can reach them by phone at 909 980 9797.
Ani Kyd’s New EP is Awesome! »
Let me be real with you: I am not a fan of metal. Or jazz. Or any combination of the two (with the exception of Diamanda Galas. Shriek shriek shriek). I also don’t like new things. But I like Ani Kyd, and here’s why.
Kyd’s new EP Entangle is gorgeous. Kyd’s voice is strong and commanding, the soundscapes are lush (as in forest, not as in me on a Friday night), and the songs are memorable without being too catchy (this is a thing) or too cloying. I probably won’t be singing “it’s like a viruuusss” out loud at the grocery store (like that one time I sang Call me Maybe at Andronico’s because I thought it was on the radio but it was only on in the radio of my mind) but I am pleased when it comes into my head, reminding me to give the album another listen. I am also autopsied by how accessible the music is, especially considering how complex the sounds are and Kyd’s history of recording metal and jazz.
Don’t trust me? (That’s cool, no one does. I’m pretty shifty.) Take a listen for yourself.
Aside from creating an awesome EP (and Kyd has a pretty impressive body of work, otherwise. Check out Evil Needs Candy Too on iTunes), Kyd also hosts a vegan video series where she and her non-vegan (the horror!) co-host travel the country by motorcycle looking for the best vegan products. Yes! Let’s do this!
You can find the EP on iTunes. You can find Ani Kyd all over the world on a motorcycle!
Turns out the chickens are the real losers at the Super Bowl! From the ASPCA:
More than 1 billion chicken wings will be eaten on Super Bowl Sunday—that many wings could form a line from CenturyLink Field, the Seattle Seahawks’ home stadium, all the way to MetLife Stadium…30 times over! Nearly all of these wings came from chickens raised in dirty, cramped quarters who were bred to grow so big, so fast they can hardly walk. But it doesn’t have to be that way: Chickens deserve better, and so do we. Check out the ad [above], then share it on Facebook and Twitter. And if you haven’t already, make sure you stand up for healthier, more humanely raised chickens by signing our petition at TruthAboutChicken.org.
They have a giant screen set up outside MetLife stadium playing this chicken spot and this short spot about puppy mills.
As I’ve said in the past, the ultimate goal is to have all chickens totally free, chilling on the range or wherever, safe from ever being eaten. BUT until that happens, I would love to see an improvement in the way chickens are treated currently. And this is such great exposure! I hear this Super Bowl is quite popular.