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!
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.
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.
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.
“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!
The fabulous Shannon from Cinnaholic is up on The Feast showing us all how to make her cinnamon rolls. So cool! Although I’m very lazy and will always buy them and will never ever ever make a batch of cinnamon rolls in my life (I know my limits!), it’s still fun to see how the magic happens. CINNAHOLIC CINNAMON ROLLS, I LOVE YOU!!!
Quick-Ass San Francisco Bay Area Thanksgiving Guide! »
Souley Vegan is doing a special Thanksgiving menu (info is further down the post). I’m hoping for a veganized deep-fried turkey leg. I wanna get Medieval on your asses!
Café Gratitude returns with their FREE VEGAN THANKSGIVING! No matter that it’s raw, it’s free! I mean, you’re already vegan, might as well become a full-on holiday meal weirdo. Oh, and it looks like you might have to work? But, er, FREE FOOD!
If you want to get a meal at a supermarket and bring it home, check out:
Whole Foods varies what it offers store-to-store. Our pals in Los Angeles, quarrygirl, got the Whole Foods dinner last year and looooooved it. Search by store location on their site, or give your closest store a call and find out what they’re offering!
Andronico’s has a pretty rad deal at their eight Bay Area locations! They’re introducing a vegan meal this year and it sounds delicious:
Field Roast: Wild rice, cranberry, fig and grain roast en croûte (1 pound)
Roasted root vegetables (1 pound)
Vegan yukon gold mashed potatoes (1 pound)
Vegan mushroom gravy (½ pint)
Cranberry orange chutney (½ pint)
Vegan pumpkin pie (6 inches)
It’s only $30 for all that awesome food! GET ON IT!
AND NOW: it’s DESSERT TIME! That means PIE!!
You can get vegan options at Mission Pie (order ahead!), Bike Basket Pies (OUR FAVORITES! Best pie in the Bay Area! Order ahead!), or pick one up at Rainbow Grocery or Whole Foods. Also, check out all our our local vegan bakeries and see if they might make you up something special? Bet they will! A cake from Sugar Beat Sweets? Cupcakes from Fat Bottom Bakery? A giant cinnamon roll from Cinnaholic? A toffee treat from Wholesome Bakery? Nabolom Bakery has lots of good vegan options! There are pies and Weekend Ruiner cinnamon rolls from A Fire Inside. Idle Hands Baking Company makes cupcakes and cakes if you aren’t a pie person. Or get a pumpkin pie ice cream cake from Maggie Mudd—that flavor’s coconut milk-based, it’s intense. The options are endless, but you better call now!
Also, if you don’t want others to do the dirty work, you could totally make your own fabulous Thanksgiving, lazy!
Now, let’s get fat, American-style! Happy Thanksgiving!
Scream Sorbet opens in Oakland! A field report from the amazing (and intoxicated) Megan! »
Megan of Such a Vegan and Sugar Beat Sweets fame is adorable and delightful and also, DRIZ-UNK! That’s just how we like our adorable and delightful ladies! We got this field report (read: email) from her letting us know about the opening of Scream Sorbet’s storefront in Oakland (that stuff is delicious!) and I’m just gonna print the email in its entirety because I love it very much and it’s filled with useful info! BAM:
LAURA!!!!! I was getting Lanesplitters with a friend tonight in Temescal, hence the terrible typing as I am super drunk, but I was all ready to go home on my bike and shit when I saw a HUGE sign at the corner of Telegraph and 51st, that said SCREAM SORBET and I straight up screeched on my brakes and locked up my bike again and ran in there like “OMG YOU HAVE A STOREFRONT” and the girl at the counter was like, we do! And I was like HOLY SHIT! And she was like, I know! They have little 12oz. containers of the ice cream (no scoops yet), and cookie sammiches. Sadly, the cookies are not vegan, BUT in the future once their store is more open-like (it is straight-up bare in there so far but has SO MUCH potential to be SUPER CUTE OMG) they’re going to have vegan cookie sammiches, and gluten-free (GF) cookie sammiches, and VEGAN GF cookie sammiches! My little gluten-intolerant heart was overjoyed. I seriously walked out of there wanting to give a hug to every panhandler in Temescal—which, btdubs, is straight-up Berkeley, I don’t care what zip code it is or whatever, Temescal is so Berkeley. It’s like diet Berkeley, because there’s still panhandlers and graffiti, but still Berkeley. I almost got hit by like three Mercedes (Mercedeses?) riding my bike there WTF why are cyclists maligned for doing something good?! But anyway! The girl at the counter was super duper nice and I bought some kettle corn sorbet (OMG WHUT how is that even possible) which is so goddamn amazing I cannot even begin to describe. My commute is exactly 2.8 miles there and that will be calories WELL EARNED.
But like, it’s totally worth it to go all the way up there, because it’s right by Lanesplitters, and Burma Superstar! VEGAN DATE!!!
OK. I wanted to share. They’ve been open for two days apparently. Also no pic of the store because I was too busy telling the girl how all the vegans in SF Bay Area were gonna be flocking to that shit pronto!!!! She seemed sorta confused but happy!!
p.s. I almost forgot!!!!! Lanesplitters has vegan sausage now!!!!! I got it and it was pretty good!!!!
Amazing, right? Adorable, right? Also, she got Kettle Corn flavor (love their crazy flavors! They are somehow delicious) and here’s what the cute-ass tub of it looks like:
Let’s all go this weekend! See you THERE!
[this report has been edited very minimally for clarity]
Gene Baur at the Pacific School of Religion on Thursday! »
Gene Baur, you know, the president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, will give a presentation at the Pacific School of Religion this Thursday, Nov. 18 called “Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food”! The talk will be based on his bestselling book of the same name, so you know what you’re getting. If you don’t, you can buy a copy at the event, and all the proceeds will go to Farm Sanctuary.
Gene’s talk will be held at PSR’s Badè Museum, at 1798 Scenic Ave. in Berkeley. There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m., and Gene will speak at 6:30; the event should last until 8. It’s free! thanks to the sponsorship of PSR’s Theological Roundtable on Ecological Ethics and Spirituality and the Farm Animal Protection Project.
Basically, East Bay-ers, if you have the time to get over to this talk on Thursday, you should. Obviously San Franciscans, too, but it is a little early for 9-to-6ers. The point is, it’s Gene Baur! He co-founded Farm Sanctuary in 1986! Before some of you little babies were even born! Here we are stomping around feeling like the Best Vegans Ever, with our Groundbreaking Actions and Special Snowflake Ideas, and Gene Baur was rescuing farm animals before we’d ever seen a cow. Go listen to him talk about his experience; it can help you be a better activist. Remember, activism? The less delicious part of veganism? Learn from a master! It’s one of the privileges of not actually being the groundbreakers.
Oh and! Contact Eileen M. Harrington with any questions.