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04/10/2014

Have fun, Oakland: S+M popup at Beer Revolution on Friday!   »

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Did you have plans for Friday, Bay Area? If they don’t include hitting up Beer Revolution in Oakland for the S + M vegan BBQ, cancel ‘em! Or modify them, I don’t know! Please, just make sure you check this out, and then tell me everything. I’ve been hearing amazing things about this new vegan popup in town! I want to see all the pictures too, because your vegan food, cats and cocktails are what I live for on Instagram. Could I be anymore of a cliche? Answer: no. 

07/12/2013

The next East Bay Vegan Bakesale is coming!

Just like before, the bakesale will be held in front of Issues (20 Glen Ave at Piedmont in Oakland) on Sunday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and, as usual, will benefit two great causes: Bad Rap for pit bulls, and Girl Army, Oakland’s peer-taught self-defense collective! Please check out both these very worthy organizations, and get ready to show your support for them in the form of chowing down!

To further tempt you, the participating bakers include Vegansaurus favorites Timeless Coffee, Cinnaholic,  Pepples Donuts, and Fat Bottom Bakery!
Plus there’ll be a prizes, including:
A $50 gift certificate to Millennium RestaurantA gift certificate to Hella Vegan EatsA gift certificate and prize packs to ISSUESA gift certificate to Timeless Coffee Roastery and BakeryA “Tea Tasting for Two” at Tea Here NowA $30 gift certificate to University Press BooksA $25 gift certificate to Amoeba BerkeleyA subscription to VegNews and a pack of zines!
Not bad, right? Get more info and keep up with the EBVB with Twitter and Facebook. See you on Sunday, Oakland!

The next East Bay Vegan Bakesale is coming!

Just like before, the bakesale will be held in front of Issues (20 Glen Ave at Piedmont in Oakland) on Sunday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and, as usual, will benefit two great causes: Bad Rap for pit bulls, and Girl Army, Oakland’s peer-taught self-defense collective! Please check out both these very worthy organizations, and get ready to show your support for them in the form of chowing down!

To further tempt you, the participating bakers include Vegansaurus favorites Timeless CoffeeCinnaholic,  Pepples Donuts, and Fat Bottom Bakery!

Plus there’ll be a prizes, including:

A $50 gift certificate to Millennium Restaurant
A gift certificate to Hella Vegan Eats
A gift certificate and prize packs to ISSUES
A gift certificate to Timeless Coffee Roastery and Bakery
A “Tea Tasting for Two” at Tea Here Now
A $30 gift certificate to University Press Books
A $25 gift certificate to Amoeba Berkeley
A subscription to VegNews and a pack of zines!

Not bad, right? Get more info and keep up with the EBVB with Twitter and Facebook. See you on Sunday, Oakland!

05/09/2013

Hey bunny-lovers! Celebrate the release of the fifth edition of the House Rabbit Handbook with the House Rabbit Society on Saturday!

Please join us for the release of the fifth edition of the House Rabbit Handbook by author and House Rabbit Society founder Marinell Harriman! Books will be available for purchase ($12.95) and Marinell will be available to sign them. We’ll have vegan snacks available as well as information on getting involved with the House Rabbit Society. We look forward to seeing you!

The party happens on Saturday, May 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. at 148 Broadway in Richmond. For more information, call (510) 970-7575 or visit rabbitcenter.org. Bunny party in Richmond!
Got a tip about an awesome vegan-friendly event? Let us know! We love fun!

Hey bunny-lovers! Celebrate the release of the fifth edition of the House Rabbit Handbook with the House Rabbit Society on Saturday!

Please join us for the release of the fifth edition of the House Rabbit Handbook by author and House Rabbit Society founder Marinell Harriman! Books will be available for purchase ($12.95) and Marinell will be available to sign them. We’ll have vegan snacks available as well as information on getting involved with the House Rabbit Society. We look forward to seeing you!

The party happens on Saturday, May 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. at 148 Broadway in Richmond. For more information, call (510) 970-7575 or visit rabbitcenter.org. Bunny party in Richmond!

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

Come to the Oakland Cat Vid Fest on Saturday and support the East Bay SPCA  »

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Saturday is FULL of events on both coasts, you guys. And this one sounds like so much fun: the Oakland Cat Vid Fest! How much fun? Let’s see:

The Great Wall of Oakland is collaborating with the Walker Art Center to bring the Internet Cat Video Festival to Oakland! On Saturday, May 11, from 3 to 10 p.m., an estimated 5,000+ cat-lovers and friends will be celebrating felines and exploring the low-art of Internet cat videos together, in real-time, as we transform West Grand between Telegraph and Broadway into a cat-lovers wonderland. Best of all, proceeds benefit the East Bay SPCA!

During the day, cat-lovers and their allies can peruse cat and pet products and arts and crafts from a host of vendors, adopt cats from local rescue centers, learn about kitten fostering, listen to live bands, nom delicious human food from local food trucks, and participate in a plethora of cativities, including art projects.

As the sun sets, festival attendees will gather in front of the Great Wall to view the Bay Area premiere of #catvidfest, [Minneapolis, Minnesota’s] Walker Art Center’s curated collection of Internet cat videos. See your favorites: “Henri,” “Cats Playing Patty Cake,” and “Cat Says NOM NOM NOM.” The Great Wall’s artist in residence group, Bandaloop, will perform a cat-themed aerial duet off the 100-foor wall before the screening.

The Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival is a unique community event celebrating cats, art and technology while educating the public on the importance of cat adoption and kitten fostering.

Ridiculous and delightful, right? Check out this recap of the original CatVidFest that now works as a preview for Saturday’s event!

For more information, visit Oakland Cat Vid Fest online.

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

04/12/2013

Come to the mega vegan bake sale for Oakland Veg Week on Saturday!  »

imageGet your butts to Oakland tomorrow for a mega vegan bake sale to celebrate Oakland Veg Week and benefit the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition!

Oakland Veg Week and Factory Farming Awareness Coalition are teaming up to host a vegan bake sale by the Lake Merritt Farmer’s Market in Oakland to share delicious vegan treats, collect Oakland Veg Pledge signatures, and raise funds. 

We’ll have tables set up at the corner of Grand Avenue and MacArthur Blvd.

The bake sale runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. Be there or be without delicious vegan baked goods. For more information, visit Facebook.

[Photo via Oakland Veg Week]

02/19/2013

Guest post: Support Food Empowerment Project by eating vegan food at Saturn Cafe. It’s easy!  »

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Hey, Bay Area vegans! Come on out to Saturn Café in Berkeley on Wednesday, Feb. 20, and 10 percent of your (vegan) meal will go to help fund the all-volunteer Food Empowerment Project.

If you aren’t familiar with Vegansaurus favorite FEP, we’re a vegan food justice organization focused on issues like food access, environmental racism, and workers’ rights. Here are the event details:

Come any time between 11 a.m. and midnight with the printable flyer on the page and Saturn will donate 10 percent of the cost of your vegan meal to help fund our efforts to create a more just and equitable food systems.

Volunteers will be hanging out from 6 to 10 p.m. if you want to learn more about how to get involved. 

There will also be flyers up front assuring your 10 percent, so don’t worry about printing. Just come hang out! FEP’s Lauren Ornelas will be there, and we’ll have literature and what have you, but mostly you should just eat some food and say hi. Saturn Café is located at 2175 Allston Way in Berkeley.

01/17/2013

Get ready, Bay Area: New vegan kid on the block Timeless Coffee is celebrating its grand opening on Saturday, Jan. 19! The festivities include a build-your-own-dessert extravaganza, with a free drip coffee included with every creation. Look at this menu: Chick-O-Sticks, you guys. Chick-O-Stick and peanut butter frosting. TWINKIE CAKE.
Get your butts to 4252 Piedmont Ave. in Oakland between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday to party down with Timeless! Welcome them to the neighborhood, your hearts, and most importantly your beautiful stomachs.
[Photos from the Timeless Coffee’s Instagram, which you really should follow]

Get ready, Bay Area: New vegan kid on the block Timeless Coffee is celebrating its grand opening on Saturday, Jan. 19! The festivities include a build-your-own-dessert extravaganza, with a free drip coffee included with every creation. Look at this menu:
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Chick-O-Sticks, you guys. Chick-O-Stick and peanut butter frosting. TWINKIE CAKE.

Get your butts to 4252 Piedmont Ave. in Oakland between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday to party down with Timeless! Welcome them to the neighborhood, your hearts, and most importantly your beautiful stomachs.

[Photos from the Timeless Coffee’s Instagram, which you really should follow]

12/20/2012

Party with Harvest Home in Berkeley on Saturday!  »

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Lydia is ready to party!

Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary is having its annual year-end celebration fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 22, and you’re invited! Buy your $25 ticket now (or pay $30 at the door) and support a really wonderful rescue group at Saturn Cafe in Berkeley.

Here are the details:

Enjoy cruelty-free appetizers (Grilled veggies, sliders, sweet potato fries and taquitos) at the Bay Area’s popular Saturn Cafe in Berkeley.

The sanctuary’s event will feature a mini-silent auction to benefit the lifesaving work of the sanctuary. At Saturn’s Space Lounge, our no-host bar will include organic beer from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery, organic wine from Orleans Hill, and delicious holiday cocktails.

With your ticket purchase, you will sponsor a rescued animal of Harvest Home Sanctuary for the month of December. At the event, you will receive a colorful card featuring a photograph your sponsoree.

The festivities start at 6 p.m. on Saturday and last till midnight at Saturn Cafe, 2175 Allston Way in Berkeley.

12/19/2012

Guest Post: Timeless Coffee is Oakland’s newest, all-vegan coffee shop!  »

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Carrot cake and cappuccino, so effing delicious

Timeless Coffee, the brand-spankin’-new coffee shop on Piedmont Avenue, is a perfect blend of quality coffee, delicious food and excellent service. It’s hard to expand past a general review of “Yaaaaaaay!” but I’ll do my best. The airy coffee shop has counters full of house-baked pastries and candies and boasts a delightful variety of different coffee roasts, available as a pour-over or quick Fetco-brewed option. My first sip of the Sightglass pour-over called to mind every Dale Cooper quote on the “damn fine” quality of a superb cup of coffee. I drank it black as midnight, and boy was I happy.

As a coffee-loving, Oakland-based vegan, I hadn’t realized what I was missing until I walked into Timeless. Up until this point in my veganism I’d accepted that if I wanted good coffee, the only accompaniments available to me were bagels, Pepple’s donuts, or an elusive Fat Bottom Bakery cookie or scone. No longer. There is something so wonderful about a wide variety of delicious vegan treats right alongside your cup of joe. Violett at Timeless makes a killer selection of biscotti, Hostess-inspired baked goods, cookies, muffins, chocolates, and weekend cinnamon rolls. Having tried the house-made “Twinkie”, the Chocodile, and the carrot cake, I can guarantee that even the mightiest sweet tooth will be satiated. Pre-wrapped to-go items are also available. It took every bit of self-restraint to not stock up my cupboards with peanut butter cups and almond biscotti.

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The “Chocodile.” Holy diabetes, this thing was good

Timeless is 100 percent vegan, right down to the barista-quality almond and soy milk used for espresso drinks. But if you show up and don’t see anything listed as “vegan,” don’t fret, it was a purposeful decision to keep the v-word off of the menu. By not branding themselves as a vegan café, Timeless is able to appeal to all walks of life. In regards to opening up the shop in his own neighborhood, RJ said, “I’ve always thought that Piedmont Avenue lacked in the vegan department. … Living here for eight years, it’s very limited, but I love this neighborhood so much. I knew the neighborhood would be open to it.”

His assessment seems to be correct, as he says the vast majority of patrons have been delighted about the vegan menu, even if they didn’t realize their peppermint fudge brownie and espresso combo was cruelty-free until after the fact. “People have been really excited that they’ve had it, and found out later. Their minds kinda changed. That was Violett’s and my approach to it, that it’d be a positive thing.”

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A little on the pricier side, but you definitely get what you pay for

Despite only having opened on Dec. 10, Timeless was bustling with patrons when I went this week. Several people already knew RJ by name and seemed to have established Timeless as their regular spot. RJ, along with part-owners Violett and Sam, hopes to expand the menu soon, offering savory accompaniments like bacon-cheddar scones. Ultimately, they’d like to offer a weekend brunch and bi-weekly late dinner service with a fixed menu. RJ, a veteran roaster who helped establish Sightglass, even wants to start roasting beans in-house. This unobtrusive and beautiful coffee shop has already hit all the right notes with me and I’m excited to see what new creations they unveil in the coming months.

Timeless Coffee is located at 4252 Piedmont Ave. in Oakland.

Courtney Flynn lives in Oakland and spends way too much time inventing vegan recipes, reading science fiction, and crocheting hats for her dog, Blender. She sometimes remembers to update her blog, where she likes to write about food, restaurants and products that don’t suck.

11/29/2012

Pet CPR: Learn how, with vet tech David Watts!  »


This is David Watts, an Antioch, Calif., vet tech, demonstrating how to perform CPR on Caspar, a “resusci-dog” used as a veterinary teaching aide.

Did you know that there are animal-specific CPR techniques? The Contra Costa Times ran a neat little article about Watts, who owns a pet-ambulance company and teaches people how to perform life-saving techniques on their pets, specifically cats and dogs. Could you perform the Heimlich Maneuver on a hamster? Maybe, but you’d have to be awfully careful.

It seems like the techniques don’t differ too much between people and animals, but while my parents made me take a class on adult, child, and infant CPR before offering my services as a babysitter, I’d never heard of pet CPR before my friend Kelly sent me this article. “The thing is,” she said to me, “I’m not sure I’d be able to do it on my own dog, even if I knew how.” Which I think is interesting. I wonder if it’d be less terrifying doing chest compressions  or mouth-to-mouth on a dog than a baby. What do you think? Is the concept of holding your precious pet’s life in your hands more or less intimidating than an infant’s?

You definitely should check out the article for basic instructions and tips on preparing for domestic animal emergencies. Plus, for interested parties in the Bay Area, Watts offers classes on both pet CPR and combination pet CPR/trauma management. They cost $35-$45, and interested parties should call (925) 956-2911 for more information. Presumably they happen around Antioch, where Watts is based.

[Photo by Dan Rosenstrauch for the Contra Costa Times]

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