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10/28/2013

Champs in Brooklyn opens new location, still makes the best vegan brunch!  »

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Hey guys! I totes went to Champs this weekend for brunch and it was the best ever. I almost got biscuits and gravy like I always do because vegan biscuits and gravy is the greatest meal in the history of everything, but I ended up getting the fresh toast slam instead. But I added a biscuit for posterity! Now, admire its beauty pictured above. 

The french toast was delicious. Maybe not as moist or whatever like I remember non-vegan french toast being but it was still extra yummy. And I love their tofu scramble! I’m so over all the spicy and curried tofu scrambles every where else. This is more like real scrambled eggs—though not gross eggy. The soysage rules and I love the biscuits! I could do without the fake bacon but it’s not terrible. Oh and I had the best almond milk latte! But then I was so full, I couldn’t eat cupcakes or any of their other pretty baked goods. Next time I will bring them home. I should also mention the wait for a table was 1.5 hours! But we got there on Saturday at 12:30 so that’s prob the worst planning ever. 

But wait, there’s more! They JUST opened a second location! Champs Junior! I haven’t been yet but it’s on Manhattan Ave, between Nassau and Driggs. Why can’t they open one in my neck of the woods?! Please!

I’m expecting a review from A Soy Bean any day now as I’ve seen she’s been stalking the new location on Instagram. Stalk on! The people want to know!

10/03/2013

These 150 happy young chickens were rescued by Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary from a Brooklyn market after an estimated 2000 died in crates from heat and starvation. The chickens were intended to be a part of Kaporos rituals. I don’t know much about Kaporos but it seems pretty bad for the chickens obvi. 

More info on Kaporos:

The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos seeks to replace chickens in kaporos rituals for 3 principal reasons:

-The use of chickens as kaporos is cruel. The birds suffer when being held with their wings pinned backward, swung over the heads of practitioners, and in being packed in crates, often for days without food or water leading up to the ritual. All these actions violate tsa’ar ba’alei chaim, the mandate prohibiting cruelty to animals.

-The use of chickens is not required by Jewish law. It is not a mitzvah but a custom that originated in the middle ages.

-There is an acceptable substitute that not only avoids cruelty but can help reduce hunger and show compassion. Money can be used as a non-animal alternative, and funds raised can be given directly to charities that provide food for the poor and hungry throughout the year, including 13,000 Jewish families living at or below the poverty line in New York City.

To sponsor one of these youngins, donate here.

08/09/2013

It’s Vegan Shop-Up time again! It looks to be as awesome as ever, and the weather promises to be a bit less oppressively humid, so come on over to Bushwick and get shopping! Or at least eating and drinking. It’s like our very own vegan microcosm Smorgasburg, only with a way better bar.
If you’ve never been check out the list of vendors to see what wonders await you. See you tomorrow!
The August Vegan Shop-Up runs from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, at Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan Street in Brooklyn off the Morgan L stop.

It’s Vegan Shop-Up time again! It looks to be as awesome as ever, and the weather promises to be a bit less oppressively humid, so come on over to Bushwick and get shopping! Or at least eating and drinking. It’s like our very own vegan microcosm Smorgasburg, only with a way better bar.

If you’ve never been check out the list of vendors to see what wonders await you. See you tomorrow!

The August Vegan Shop-Up runs from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, at Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan Street in Brooklyn off the Morgan L stop.

07/29/2013

Review: Gristle Tattoo vegan tattoos!  »

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Hello all! It’s finally here! The perm-corsage! I mentioned I was getting this yesterday on FB and everybody was like, pics pics pics! So here she is! I’m so excited. 

So yes, Gristle Tattoo is in Williamsburg, BK. It’s a nice little space and alllll vegan. They even do adoption events and bakesales and all of that! When I was originally looking at local vegan process tattoo artists, I came upon Brittany Bauza’s work on Gristle’s site. I was in love! She has a great classic tattoo style. I knew it, she was the one for me.

I set up an appointment and went in yesterday. Brittany and Felix, their piercing person who was there too, were immediately friendly and made me feel very comfortable (it’s my first tattoo!). I took a lovely pic of Brittany standing behind the counter to show you guys how not intimidating it is but I accidentally deleted it because I’m the super genius. 

Brittany showed me a few designs and they were totes perfect and we landed on the design you see above. Because I tell everyone I’m impervious to pain, I thought it wouldn’t hurt at all. It did hurt. I am not impervious to pain. It was totally a tolerable pain though so NBD. But the whole time Brittany was so nice and answered my 100 million questions. I asked her about the various rumors I hear about vegan tattoos, like they don’t last as long or the colors aren’t as bright. She said that’s all crap and the ink brand she uses is actually used by a lot of tattoo artists who don’t even know it’s vegan. And look at that color! Bright. 

Now it’s the morning after and I still love my tattoo! And everyone at work is saying “it’s really nice” and they are all like, “maybe I should go to your person!” And I’m like, “do it!” 

Suffice it to say, I’m very pleased. Brittany is amazing and Gristle is very nice. So if you are in need of a vegan tattoo in NYC, I highly recommend them!

UPDATE: So as not to mislead anyone, Brittany herself is not vegan but she is a vegan process tattoo artist as is everyone at Gristle. And Gristle is a vegan-owned business.

07/16/2013

Bunna Café at Mama Joy’s for lunch! Ethiopian in Bushwick!  »

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I don’t remember the first time I had Ethiopian food, but I can remember the last time: It was Bunna Café at the Vegan Shop-Up, and you guys, it was incredible.

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The only way to improve this, I thought, would be to eat it sitting down, on a bigger plate, with even more food and more people to share it with. 

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Which is now possible at Mama Joy’s, where Bunna serves totally vegan Ethiopian lunch Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You should go! Take your friends! Take a date! Go eat!

Here’s how it looked today:

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Mama Joy’s is at 1084 Flushing Ave. in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Bunna Cafe’s Ethiopian lunch is cash-only.

07/12/2013

The Vegan Shop-Up returns for July! Every time I go I eat something new and delicious, I buy something awesome, and my heart fills with joy to see what a crowd turns out for a vegan event. Also I just finished the last of my queso on Sunday and it’s time to stock up.
Interested? Check out the list of vendors! I’ll see you on Saturday.
As usual, the Shop-Up is open from noon to 6 p.m. at Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan Street in Bushwick, off the Morgan L stop. For more information, visit them online.

The Vegan Shop-Up returns for July! Every time I go I eat something new and delicious, I buy something awesome, and my heart fills with joy to see what a crowd turns out for a vegan event. Also I just finished the last of my queso on Sunday and it’s time to stock up.

Interested? Check out the list of vendors! I’ll see you on Saturday.

As usual, the Shop-Up is open from noon to 6 p.m. at Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan Street in Bushwick, off the Morgan L stop. For more information, visit them online.

06/25/2013

Product Review: Buddha Cups, raw organic dark chocolate almond butter cups!  »

imageYour Vegansaurus loves (vegan, fair trade, organic) chocolate, and your Vegansaurus loves almond butter, so when the lovely people of Buddha Chocolate offered to send us a sample two-pack of their fancy gourmet cups, you know we took them up on it.

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I cut one in half to share with whoever else was in the apartment that day, namely one of my roommates, her boyfriend, and my brother, all omnivores.

The results were … mixed. While the chocolate was rich, the almond butter was dry and crumbly. The omnis all said they could “tell” the chocolate was vegan; I haven’t had dairy chocolate in like seven years, so I wasn’t really sure what they were tasting that I wasn’t (or vice versa?).

I suspected user error, though—they’d gone from a hot package in the mail to the fridge, and then right back out to a hot apartment—and the second one I let sit on the counter a while before eating it. Much better. The almond butter was softer, the chocolate melted into it, and it was really satisfying. Not too sweet, so you could totally eat one for breakfast (seriously, the fat and protein? Awesome to start the day) if you didn’t want to wait till dessert.

Buddha Cups are handmade in Brooklyn by a couple of awesome vegans, and are available at select Manhattan and Brooklyn locations, or you can buy them online. They’re like Justin’s, but almondy and harder to get! I recommend them. In fact, I’d eat one right now if I had it.

[Top photo via Buddha Chocolate; second photo by me]

06/14/2013

You hot New York vegans gonna check out the June Vegan Shop-Up? It’s happening on Saturday, June 15 (tomorrow!), from noon to 6 p.m. at Pine Box Rock Shop, just like always, and just like always we can expect it to be terrific. Look at the vendors and start making your shopping list! See you there!

You hot New York vegans gonna check out the June Vegan Shop-Up? It’s happening on Saturday, June 15 (tomorrow!), from noon to 6 p.m. at Pine Box Rock Shop, just like always, and just like always we can expect it to be terrific. Look at the vendors and start making your shopping list! See you there!

06/07/2013

Well-dressed vegans everywhere know Vaute Couture is the place for the chicest, warmest, best-looking, and best-made vegan coats on the market. Leanne is a beautiful genius and we should be thanking her on every cold day that we are looking good and feeling gorgeous.

Now’s our chance to scoop up even more gorgeous Vaute clothes! Per Leanne:

By appointment only, you can come in and preorder a dress in a new print, or a soldout size, one of our new summer pieces, or take home something from the store—all at special Favorite Fan prices only (25 percent off everything that’s full price, plus sample sale prices on winter coats)! (Walk ins won’t get the same discount you will.)  So if you’ve had your eye on something, like our Waxed Canvas Motorcycle jackets, or tees or sweatshirts, button downs, etc, now’s the time to stock up!

WHEN: This Saturday through next Saturday, June 8-15, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

WHAT: Fav Fan 25 percent off pricing on EVERYTHING (and Sample Sale pricing on winter coats), including preorders on new summer pieces, new summer prints, soldout sizes, all special pricing!

HOW: By Appointment Only! (Walk Ins won’t get to preorder or get special pricing or get to preorder.) Make an appointment by emailing Kristina at KristinaVaute@gmail.com with your ideal day and hour, and we’ll email you back with your half hour time slot. You can bring up to 4 friends (to help decide what to get, or shop too!)

PLUS Vaute is having an empty-the-warehouse coat sale! Shop online from 1 p.m EDT Tuesday, June 11 through 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 13, and in person on Sunday, June 16 from 1 to 8 p.m. Even more opportunities to buy glorious Vaute coats for way super-cheap.

Inventory is limited, prices are insane, clothes are beautiful. Go Vaute!

For more information, visit Vaute Couture online. RSVP for the Summer Love pop-up and the sample sale at KristaVaute@gmail.com. Miss this and you’ll end up paying full price—what are you rich?—or freezing come winter (and winter is always coming).

05/08/2013

Hey New York! It’s time for the May Vegan Shop-Up!
This month the Cinnamon Snail has a prior engagement, but that means more room for Bunna Cafe, whose Ethiopian food I have yet to try (because of this I’m kind of obsessed with it). As a one-Shop-Up veteran, I recommend getting there on the early side; I rolled up to the April Shop-Up around 4 and almost everything was sold out. And then the Cinnamon Snail truck’s battery died, and they had to stop taking orders! It was nuts! At least there were scrumptious, not-too-strong bloody marys.
Check out the full list of vendors, and bring your cash. Mother’s Day is Sunday, so if you can bring your mom, too! Moms love bloody marys (and sober moms love virgin marys, because moms love tomato juice).
The Vegan Shop-Up runs from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan St., off the Morgan L stop in Bushwick. See you there? Ice cream and Ethiopian food and macarons, oh yes! [And Alchemy Creamery will be there! And they should have their new espresso ice cream! OMG! -Megan]
Got a tip about an awesome vegan-friendly event? Let us know! We love fun!

Hey New York! It’s time for the May Vegan Shop-Up!

This month the Cinnamon Snail has a prior engagement, but that means more room for Bunna Cafe, whose Ethiopian food I have yet to try (because of this I’m kind of obsessed with it). As a one-Shop-Up veteran, I recommend getting there on the early side; I rolled up to the April Shop-Up around 4 and almost everything was sold out. And then the Cinnamon Snail truck’s battery died, and they had to stop taking orders! It was nuts! At least there were scrumptious, not-too-strong bloody marys.

Check out the full list of vendors, and bring your cash. Mother’s Day is Sunday, so if you can bring your mom, too! Moms love bloody marys (and sober moms love virgin marys, because moms love tomato juice).

The Vegan Shop-Up runs from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan St., off the Morgan L stop in Bushwick. See you there? Ice cream and Ethiopian food and macarons, oh yes! [And Alchemy Creamery will be there! And they should have their new espresso ice cream! OMG! -Megan]

Got a tip about an awesome vegan-friendly event? Let us know! We love fun!

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