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05/06/2011

Benefit for bunnies at BOTH Saturn Cafes on May 11!  »

Because Jesus’ resurrection is all about the bunny rabbits, ridiculous people are like “Hey it’s Easter, I know, let’s get a pet I don’t really want because that will be hilarious!” And then oh, say, two-and-a-half weeks later they’re like, “Screw this, I didn’t realize bunnies made poop” and they give up the adorable little guy. Then the rabbit rescue people are like, “OMG I love bunnies there are so many of them now! What do we do?”

Well, if the rabbit rescue people are from either the House Rabbit Society in Richmond or The Rabbit Haven near Santa Cruz, they convince the bunny-allies at Saturn Cafe to host a fundraiser for them. Because nothing says “let’s rescue rabbits” like a giant plate of vegan nachos and a tofu breakfast burrito.* Hooray!

All you have to do to help is EAT! Bring a copy of the flyer (Berkeley | Santa Cruz) to either Saturn location anytime on Wednesday, May 11, and 10 percent of “all qualifying purchases” will go to helping the bunnies. Berkeley is open from 11 a.m. to midnight, and you can get your eat on in Santa Cruz from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Not only that, if you play your cards right, you may get to talk to real live bunny-rescuers. From their keyboards to your eyeballs:

Meet representatives from the House Rabbit Society. Rub elbows with the Rabbit Center staff, founders of HRS, supervisors, educators, and other bunny enthusiasts. We’ll be there to meet and greet from 6 to 9 p.m. Sign up for our reserved tables and dine other bunny people. Or just drop in. Bring in a copy of our flyer. For more details visit, www.rabbit.org/rabbit-center or call (510) 970.7575.

This will be an OUT OF THIS WORLD event for our bunnies! Rabbit Haven volunteers will orbit in and out during the day to say Hi and thank you! Bring family and friends and make this a great fundraiser for the Rabbits of Santa Cruz County! Bring in a copy of our flyer. For more details, visit, www.therabbithaven.org or call (831) 600. 7479.

Mark your calendar! Eat food! Don’t forget the flyer! Because you read this far, more cute pictures (props to C. Parshall who took the photos of HRS bunnies from a rescue in Sacramento)!

*Those are my own personal favorite menu items, since you were wondering.

05/02/2011

Every day is Earth Day when you’re vegan  »

For Earth Day this year I celebrated by attending Berkeley Vegan Earth Day, hosted by eco-friendly event planner Karine Brighten. Though you may be thinking, “Earth Day was soooo last week, why are you getting around to this now?” I have two reasons: One is that I am a slacker. Two is that it doesn’t matter because EVERY DAY SHOULD BE EARTH DAY! And the information is still relevant!
What was special about this particular Earth Day event was the link Brighten emphasized between veganism and its positive impact on both animals and the environment, as well as exploring “reasons and ways to take that commitment even further.” Mission accomplished, girlfriend! 

Berkeley Vegan Earth Day included a screening of the documentary Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction, followed by a panelist discussion and catered reception. 

To put it mildly, Call of Life was intense. Really, read its tag line: “If current trends continue, scientists warn that within a few decades at least HALF of all plant and animal species on Earth will disappear forever.” We live on a planet full of ecosystems that depend on each other for survival. When one species, whether plants or animals, begins to dwindle or become extinct, it causes a ripple effect to which human animals are not immune. The scientists, anthropologists, philosophers and psychologists featured in this documentary are hypothesizing that if we don’t fundamentally change our behavioral and societal patterns (RIGHT NOW) we are going to contribute to both the extinction of the plants and animals on our planet as well as ourselves.

Another point this movie touched upon was that as humans, we are not oblivious to this going on around us and may suffer from feelings of terror, anger, and despair. Yet our society is adept at pushing consumerism as a way to suppress those feelings, or block them out entirely. We buy the things we “deserve” to feel better, and indulge in meat though we know factory farming is vicious and inhumane, as well as a direct reason for clear-cutting rain forests. The longer this movie sat with me, the more powerfully my thoughts centered around throwing myself off my second-story balcony, but then I remembered I was hosting Easter this year, which would hopefully save at least one pig sent for slaughter this spring (nothing like an agave-brown sugar seitan roast). Activism, people! It saves lives!

Next up were the vegan panelists: David Vlansey, the executive producer of Call of Life, Lauren Ornelas of the Food Empowerment Project, Hope Bohanec of In Defense of Animals, and Alex Eaves of Stay Vocal.

My favorite points from the discussion include:

Lauren Ornelas:

  •  In the US farm workers are not paid overtime, though in pretty much every other professional it is mandatory. There are laws against compensating them for overtime.
  • Environmental racism—it’s no coincidence that oil refineries, land fills, truck depots,etc happen to be located around low income neighborhoods and communities of color. These areas have higher rates of cancer and pollutants along with less access to health care or healthy foods. Examples of these regions in the SF Bay Area include Richmond and Martinez.

 Hope Bohanec:  

  • The only difference between organic beef and conventional beef is what they are fed. Eating organic beef doesn’t effect green house or fossil fuel admissions.
  • It’s not feasible to have enough grass-fed, free-range meat to feed 6 billion people (the Earth’s population). There simply isn’t enough room.
  • Eating vegan is eating green. Two vegan meals a week is better than eating an organic, locally sourced lifestyle.

Alex Eaves:  

  • Recycling is failure to reuse.
  • It takes 400 gallons of water for all the cotton that goes into one new t-shirt.
  • If his friends that own coffeeshops were to charge everyone that brought in their own travel mug $1 and $5 for every paper cup, people could then pay for their ignorance and denial.

The reception was catered by Millennium, which was great for me, as I’ve never eaten there.

Brighten said she is “extremely happy to have had such an amazing turnout, and so much support from the community.” Sign up for her newsletter to receive updates on upcoming events here! I may have heard a rumor about vegan speed dating in Berkeley in the near future.

04/21/2011

Berkeley Vegan Earth Day is Friday (that’s tomorrow)!  »


Yo, all you vegans! And hippies! And people who enjoy having a great time! All of you will hopefully be served well at tomorrow’s Berkeley Vegan Earth Day! It’s actually not a whole day, it starts at 7 p.m., and I believe it’s a film screening and then a panel discussion? The site is a bit confusing and the about us page is just about the event planners, not about the actual event. I am bad at figuring stuff out, so that’s why I’m a blogger. Wait what? Anyway, it should be fun, and we’ll be on the scene doing some HARD! HITTING! INVESTIGATIVE! JOURNALISM! Or you know, eating cinnamon rolls from Sugar Plum Bakery. See you there!

04/01/2011

Confronting Compassion Fatigue workshop at UC Berkeley!  »

This Sunday at U.C. Berkeley, I’m going to be speaking with a couple other folks about not being depressed and carrying on in a world that’s filled with terrible shit. It’ll be fun, I promise, and there will be free vegan food and drinks. And I’ll tell you some secrets! Fun! If you need to jump start your activism, want to find creative new ways to help animals and humans, or just be surrounded by like-minded people for a little, this is for you!

Here’s the Facebook page with more details, and in case you’re too awesome for Facebook, here’s the info:

Sunday, Apr. 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
126 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley 

I guess that’s it! Oh, it’s free to students and $10 for non-students, and all the money goes to the wonderful Harvest Home Sanctuary. Love them, they’re the best.

See your compassionate asses there!

03/14/2011

Pigeon emergency in the Bay Area!  »


Mickacoo
, which is already filled to the brim with foster pigeons, is looking to re-home 100 pigeons that were abandoned by the owner of Lucky Dog Pet Shop in Berkeley. ON TOP OF THAT they are trying to help the survivors of more than 60 king pigeons that were “released” at a Milpitas business for good luck. King pigeons are domestic and can’t survive in the wild! Good going, jerks!

You can help by donating and adopting! Please contact AdoptKings@gmail.com. Pass the word around and please do whatever you can! I love pigeons!

[Picture of some of the birds surrendered by Lucky Dog Pet Shop. See more here]

03/03/2011

Get up on this: Vegan dinner crawl in Berzerkley!*  »

There’s apparently this thing called Dishcrawl and they organize mobile feasts for awesome fatties who want to binge. I like the sound of THAT! They’re doing one in Berkeley and it’s ALL VEGAN and that’s exciting. Basically, you pay $26 and they lead you to four restaurants and have delicious food planned out for you and you eat and laugh and then eat some more. Maybe at some point you pass out? Then you wake up and you eat some more! Actually, this is sounding like a dream-turned-nightmare I had.

Anyway, the event takes place on Thursday, Mar. 24 in downtown Berkeley at 7 p.m. If you want to join in on the food festivities, email organizer Colleen!

*dad joke!

02/14/2011

Happy Valentine’s Day from Vegansaurus! Even if nobody else does, we love you. Very much. In the following ways: sexually, mentally, physically, emotionally. Imagine us doing sex on you all night long and then making you everything in Vegan Brunch for breakfast and donating $1 million to your favorite charities and gifting you a puppy who’s also a unicorn. That is how much we love you.*
Not surprisingly, we are celebrating today with food. Because food is love. Especially cake, that’s extra love. That’s how you know fat people are the most loved people on Earth. Also, the most awesome and the best-looking. So eat up, LOVERS!
Oh, and hit up the Valentine’s Day vegan bakesale at U.C. Berkeley  because DUH.
*Or a kitten who’s also a dinosaur. YOUR CHOICE.
[Deeeelicious photo from Gingercat2008, recipe from VCTOtW. Duh.]

Happy Valentine’s Day from Vegansaurus! Even if nobody else does, we love you. Very much. In the following ways: sexually, mentally, physically, emotionally. Imagine us doing sex on you all night long and then making you everything in Vegan Brunch for breakfast and donating $1 million to your favorite charities and gifting you a puppy who’s also a unicorn. That is how much we love you.*

Not surprisingly, we are celebrating today with food. Because food is love. Especially cake, that’s extra love. That’s how you know fat people are the most loved people on Earth. Also, the most awesome and the best-looking. So eat up, LOVERS!

Oh, and hit up the Valentine’s Day vegan bakesale at U.C. Berkeley  because DUH.

*Or a kitten who’s also a dinosaur. YOUR CHOICE.

[Deeeelicious photo from Gingercat2008, recipe from VCTOtW. Duh.]

02/08/2011

Jenn Shaggy’s Veganize This! book signing at Cinnaholic!  »

The delightful Jenn Shagrin (check out our interview with her for proof), author of the newly released and highly delicious-looking Veganize This! From Surf & Turf to Ice-Cream Pie: 200 Animal-Free Recipes for People Who Love to Eat, is signing books at Cinnaholic* in Berkeley this Friday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m.! Man, this is a week of vegan celebrities and events in the Bay Area. Well, I guess I’m thinking of Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Saturday visit but STILL! Two awesome vegan cookbook authors in one weekend. Killing it.

*GIVE ME A CINNAMON ROLL NOW PUT IT IN MY FACE. I joke, I’m on a cleanse so that means no cinnamon rolls for me/I’ll seriously murder the next person who crosses my path, MOM.

12/30/2010

More vegan jobs for vegans: Cinnaholic is hiring!  »

Our pals at Cinnaholic need a "part-time highly motivated staff member who can do it all!" You’ll need to do a bit of everything, including bake and frost cinnamon rolls, run the register, and keep the shop clean and well-stocked.

Could you do this? If so, apply today! Of course you don’t have to be vegan or even vegetarian to get hired, though everyone would love you better if you were. Really. Come on.

11/26/2010

Happy Thanksgiving from Vegansaurus superfan Jon Church, who celebrated his day at Berkeley’s Cloyne Co-op Thanksgiving. Jon writes,
"This year is my first Thanksgiving as a vegan, as well as my first on the West Coast. All my family lives in Florida (where I used to!) and I’m way too broke to get back there just for stuffing my face and getting drunk with grandma this year, but I wanted to still be able to do the all-day cooking/kitchen drinking that I love so much about the holiday. But what’s a vegan-friendless person such as myself to do on Thanksgiving when 3,000 miles from home? The answer ISN’T cry into a cup of spiked cider! Luckily for me I found out that a Berkeley Student Co-op (Cloyne Court to be precise) was hosting a feast on the infamous day, and anyone who knows co-ops knows they need as much help as they can get. The BSCs are super-accommodating when it comes to dietary preference, but that still doesn’t guarantee a beautiful feast-sized vegan spread of gut-busting proportions. That’s where I come in, to represent in the kitchen for all who want an animal-protein-free food orgy!I had never even visited Cloyne Court before (have you? It’s an experience) and was really happy to find its kitchen filled with very nice and open would-be chefs (and already tipsy! my kind of people). They had already planned for the stuffing, roasted acorn squash, mashed potatoes—although they got nervous when I suggested we use olive oil instead of earth balance, à la The PPK recipeand from that point on there were vegan and nonvegan mashed potatoes available—mac n’ “cheese,” and squash soup, and a few other would-be accidentivegan dishes. The acorn squash was my baby (nine whole gourds! for a total of 36 portions!) and was as simple as splitting, goop removal, coating with olive oil, rubbing with curry powder, popping into the oven, and forgetting about as the communal bottle of “cooking wine” was passed around the kitchen. Ahhhh the co-op life, amirite? The mashed potatoes were quite a task. I wish I had gotten a photo of us taking turns plunging a giant rolling pin into 10+ pounds of cooked potatoes, all butter-churning style. It was more than enough mash for a baby to drown in, maybe two babies. Everything came out great, I was certainly stuffed and heard positive reviews for the vegan dishes abound, even from the omnivores.”
That is an EPIC Thanksgiving story! And the plate? Clockwise from the top: “Mac n’ “cheese” (the recipe for which I never actually got, but it was awesome and had no processed cheese replacement); roasted acorn squash filled with squash soup; mashed spuds with vegan gravy; whole cranberry sauce; stuffing; and mixed green salad with carrots, cucumbers, mushrooms, craisins, and a vinaigrette.”
Any genius who puts squash soup in a roast acorn squash is a genius we want to befriend, really for real. Happy Thanksgiving, Jon!

Happy Thanksgiving from Vegansaurus superfan Jon Church, who celebrated his day at Berkeley’s Cloyne Co-op Thanksgiving. Jon writes,

"This year is my first Thanksgiving as a vegan, as well as my first on the West Coast. All my family lives in Florida (where I used to!) and I’m way too broke to get back there just for stuffing my face and getting drunk with grandma this year, but I wanted to still be able to do the all-day cooking/kitchen drinking that I love so much about the holiday. But what’s a vegan-friendless person such as myself to do on Thanksgiving when 3,000 miles from home? The answer ISN’T cry into a cup of spiked cider! Luckily for me I found out that a Berkeley Student Co-op (Cloyne Court to be precise) was hosting a feast on the infamous day, and anyone who knows co-ops knows they need as much help as they can get. The BSCs are super-accommodating when it comes to dietary preference, but that still doesn’t guarantee a beautiful feast-sized vegan spread of gut-busting proportions. That’s where I come in, to represent in the kitchen for all who want an animal-protein-free food orgy!

I had never even visited Cloyne Court before (have you? It’s an experience) and was really happy to find its kitchen filled with very nice and open would-be chefs (and already tipsy! my kind of people). They had already planned for the stuffing, roasted acorn squash, mashed potatoes—although they got nervous when I suggested we use olive oil instead of earth balance, à la The PPK recipeand from that point on there were vegan and nonvegan mashed potatoes available—mac n’ “cheese,” and squash soup, and a few other would-be accidentivegan dishes. The acorn squash was my baby (nine whole gourds! for a total of 36 portions!) and was as simple as splitting, goop removal, coating with olive oil, rubbing with curry powder, popping into the oven, and forgetting about as the communal bottle of “cooking wine” was passed around the kitchen. Ahhhh the co-op life, amirite? The mashed potatoes were quite a task. I wish I had gotten a photo of us taking turns plunging a giant rolling pin into 10+ pounds of cooked potatoes, all butter-churning style. It was more than enough mash for a baby to drown in, maybe two babies. Everything came out great, I was certainly stuffed and heard positive reviews for the vegan dishes abound, even from the omnivores.”

That is an EPIC Thanksgiving story! And the plate? Clockwise from the top: “Mac n’ “cheese” (the recipe for which I never actually got, but it was awesome and had no processed cheese replacement); roasted acorn squash filled with squash soup; mashed spuds with vegan gravy; whole cranberry sauce; stuffing; and mixed green salad with carrots, cucumbers, mushrooms, craisins, and a vinaigrette.”

Any genius who puts squash soup in a roast acorn squash is a genius we want to befriend, really for real. Happy Thanksgiving, Jon!

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