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12/02/2013

Portland! This is going to be the ultimate vegan holiday shindig!  »

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IF YOU ARE IN PORTLAND, YOU MUST GO TO THIS EVENT ON DECEMBER 7:

The ladies of Vida Vegan Con—Janessa, Jess, and Michele—are throwing a December do! It’s a party with a purpose, a lovely evening of mingling and eating and drinking…and inspiration and education. We’ll help you get ready for your wintery event, cozying up with friends and family and food and fun.

We’ll have vegan sweets and savories, party-worthy punch and cocktails/mocktails, and décor ideas. Demos, hands-on crafting, and a special take-home gift!

Learn more about this 21+ event here, and get your tickets here—it’s a small space so make sure you don’t miss out. (And here’s the Facebook event, so you can let the machines mark your calendar for you.)

12/01/2013

And to wrap up our Thanksgiving coverage and bring us into the December holidays: Vegan Eggnog Cheesecake. That is all. 

And to wrap up our Thanksgiving coverage and bring us into the December holidays: Vegan Eggnog Cheesecake. That is all. 

11/21/2013

Vegan Vine is ready to answer all your holiday wine pairing questions! Holler!  »

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Vegan Vine, who makes super excellent vegan wines*, wants to hear your Thanksgiving pairing questions. Because if we listened to regular wine companies, we’d never get to drink red because we don’t dig on the meat, am I right? It’s like Vegan Vine says: 

Food/wine pairing suggestions from wine store clerks or on the back of bottles are generally all about what wines go best with animal flesh. You’re not going to find “try this wine with a seitan roulade stuffed with swiss chard and cashew ricotta” or “this wine pairs perfectly with raw zucchini pasta in sunflower seed pesto.”

So true! I asked for a vegan pairing suggestion to lead us off: Planning on apple pie or pumpkin pie? Try it with Chardonnay, they advise! I can do that. I will do that!

So go ahead and ask your questions (like what goes with Field Roast’s celebration roast??)! Questions can be posted on Vegan Vine’s Facebook page or on their Twitter page using the hashtag #veganwine.

Do you have any pairing questions for Vegan Vine? Have at it!

*If you aren’t aware, many wines are not vegan, for various reasons—and if they are, it’s difficult to find out! You can check with Barnivore for more info on specific wines…or just buy Vegan Vine and don’t worry about it! I totally am going to ask for a Vegan Vine wine club membership for xmas.

The LA vegan Thanksgiving guide!  »

Andrew and Caroline are here to give you a roundup of the GAGILLION things you can do for Thanksgiving in LA!

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Thanksgiving feast from Cafe Gratitude.

Attention lazy vegans (or busy vegans, or those of you who actually relax on holidays) of Los Angeles!! We have compiled a (hopefully) comprehensive list of restaurants that are offering vegan Thanksgiving goodies, be it take-out or dine-in. If we’ve left anything out, please let us know in the comments! Also feel free to tell us how charismatic and charming we are.

Tal Ronnen’s Crossroad Restaurant (have you been there yet!? This man is a food wizard) will be open 12-5pm on Thanksgiving day, offering a four-course menu (with gluten-free options) for $75. I’m drooling just thinking about this.

Real Food Daily is offering a full gluten-free Thanksgiving spread to go, along with an assortment of desserts (including Southern maple pecan pie—SOMEONE PLEASE BUY ME THIS). They will be closed on Thanksgiving day.

Sage Organic Bistro is also offering a full to-go menu of gluten free goodies, ranging from comfort foods, like mac n’ cheese, to pans of their Kind Kreme (heavenly raw ice cream). The tamales require giving them at least 48-hours notice, so they must be doubly good!

Go get a FREE meal at Cafe Gratitude’s Venice Beach location, where they’ll be hosting their annual “Give Thanks” event on Thanksgiving day. In order to get your free plate of grub, you have to serve someone else (hey, sharing is caring, especially when caring means you get to chow down on free food). They’ll be open 10-3pm (or until food runs out). The Larchmont location will be closed. You can also order from a full holiday menu (including RAW stuffing) by the 24th from either location. 

If you want a spiritual vibe while you’re stuffing your face, Govinda’s is offering a buffet from 12-7pm, with plenty of vegan options. If you pay ahead of time for your reservation, it’s only $12 ($15 at the door). Remember the rules of the buffet: eat as much of the most expensive thing in order to get your money’s worth (filling up on salad greens is a total rookie move)!

There will be a special four-course feast at both Shojin locations and judging by the photos on their website, it’s going to be amazing! Seriously, they have presentation skills. Whereas my plating technique generally results in an edible Jackson Pollack.

Doomie’s will be having a “Good Ol’ American Thanksgiving” for $20 by RSVP only (doomiesveg@gmail.com). If you want a pumpkin pie from Das Baker, pre-order one for $15. They don’t have a website, but they’ve been tweeting the menu! They are the masters of comfort food, so it’s guaranteed you’ll be fat and happy!

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Babycakes LA has a long list of vegan & gluten free goodies (some agave sweetened, some with refined sugar) available to order, so you can show up to potlucks in style! They can deliver most of the items right to you! Call by Friday 11/22 to place your order: (855) 462-2292.

Not surprisingly, Hugo’s Restaurant (all 3 locations) will be offering a vegan-friendly “Happy Holiday Feast for Six.” Just specify that you’d like the vegan version, and you’ll get their (AMAZING) veggie patties, along with a ton of other tasty looking things. Give them at least 24 hours notice (they’d prefer 48 hours), and pick it up the day before. They’ll be closed on Thanksgiving Day. 

Dr. J’s Vibrant Cafe has their usual catering menu available to order from, with healthier looking options, like grain and veggie bowls (of course my eye gravitated to the coconut pie, because COCONUT PIE). Place your orders at least 3 days in advance. They’ll be open Thanksgiving day until 1:30pm.

Anaheim vegans will be happy to hear that Healthy Junk is offering a holiday menu. You can find it posted on their Instagram. It’s available for both dine-in (not the day of, they’ll be closed) and take out. Give them 24-hour notice for pies: (714) 772-JUNK [ed note: for real??]. They’re making “chicken” pot pies, ya’ll!!

If you feel like communing with other LA vegans, check out the annual “Free Vegan Thanksgiving Picnic Potluck” at Rancho Park in West LA. Bring a dish to share (they specifically request no booze,* but musical instruments are welcome. Do I hear a drum circle?!). It’s from 11-4pm.

Native Foods Cafe is offering their annual Native Wellington, available for order online or by phone, to be picked up at any location. It seems to be the most reasonably priced offering at just $40, and should feed six people comfortably. The puff-pastry filled with seitan also comes with steamed kale, yams, stuffing, an onion compote, and some rosemary and thyme herbed mushrooms. They also have pumpkin cheese cake or pumpkin pie for $20 each. Order before November 27th. It will be frozen, so prepare to take it home and bake it for a couple of hours. Native is also serving Thanksgiving dinner, but reserve ahead of time because seats run out super fast every year. For $25 you get the Native Wellington, mashed potatoes, gravy, a cranberry compote, green bean casserole, stuffing, a polenta/butter squash terrine, cornbread and pumpkin pie or pumpkin cheese cake. Whoa. Native Foods’ Thanksgiving always tends to be the most talked about, at least in my circle of vegan gluttony topics.

L.A. Vegan Crepe steps into the foray of offering some vegany-Thanksgivingy goodness. Available as a single meal ($35) or to feed your vegan army ($195, feeds up to 10), L.A. Vegan Crepe has a whole vegan “turkey” with mashed sweet potatoes, hazelnut-cranberry roast “en croute”, and either a sweet potato pie or a raw vegan pumpkin cheese cake. There is also a Tofurky option, but, why… wouldn’t… you… just… get… ahh never mind.  Order before Nov. 25th.

The fine folks at Urth Caffe have you covered if you’re lacking in the dessert department. Available for order online is their 10” gluten-free vegan pumpkin pie. The pie is $25 and is available at all five Urth Caffe locations in the L.A. area.   

Quite possibly the most hospitable place on the planet, Stuff I Eat in Inglewood is also offering up some Thanksgiving-themed vegan eats. Available for dine-in on Thanksgiving Day or as take-out, Stuff I Eat as both a cooked- and a raw-Thanksgiving plate. Both are $45 and will feed two humans (un)comfortably. They do need 48 hours in advance for the raw plate, which includes a nutloaf, cauliflower and cashew mash, cranberry marinated spinach, Napa cabbage, cornbread stuffing and your choice of jicama salad or corn dill salad. Then it’s topped off with a slice of raw sweet potato pie. Goodness. Gracious. Now, if you’re not into the raw side of things, their cooked plate sounds equally as intense: savory pepper tofu, mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, mac ‘n “cheese”, your choice of string beans or kale, yams, stuffing, cranberry sauce, cornbread, and a salad choice of mixed green or corn. And then some sweet potato pie. There is a slight chance I will blow off my friends and family and spend 6 hours at Stuff I Eat. Sorry guys. 

And finally, if macro is your thing this year, visit M-Cafe. Orders need to be placed by 5:00 PM on Monday the 25th. For $70 for two people or $130 for four, you have a choice of two entrees (Holiday seitan roast or gluten-free tempeh loaf) with a soup (spiced butternut bisque) and a salad (winter field greens with fennel, cranberries and poached pear.) And also a choice of two “accompaniments” which include; (1)whipped potato and rutabaga, (2) maple glazed acorn squash, Brussels sprouts, and chestnuts, (3) green beans almondine, (4) wild rice pilaf, (5) mashed pumpkin with couscous and raisins, (6) sourdough bread stuffing with almonds and raisins, (7) butternut squash, fennel and pomegranate salad, (8) cranberry ginger relish, or (9) mushroom gravy. If two isn’t enough you can add two more a la carte for $9. Choosing the sides may be one of the hardest decisions you’ll have to face in your life. M Cafe also went all out with the dessert choices this year, with pecan pies, apple pies, chocolate fudge cakes, pumpkin cheese cakes, you seriously can’t go wrong.

If I don’t spend the entire 6 hour window with Stuff I Eat on this Thanksgiving, I’ll probably head to M Cafe. Maybe I’ll just pre-order one meal from all these restaurants and tell my boss I need some personal time… to digest. I hope you Angelinos have an amazing holiday with your peoples, and save a few of our feathered friends in the process.

BONUS: If you know people in the SF Bay Area — check out our SF Bay Area Vegan Thanksgiving Guide!

Happy Holidays Vegansaurus readers!

10/31/2013

What’s that? You want more Halloween fun? OK! How about Candy Corn Coolers from Paint and Tofu! Because, on a serious note, vodka is the only way you’ll get me into a costume this year. Because, on a serious note, eff that noise.
Who is this Kori character from Paint and Tofu? I like her because she’s hella funny and it seems like there’s a lot of booze at her house—two qualities I admire very much. 

What’s that? You want more Halloween fun? OK! How about Candy Corn Coolers from Paint and Tofu! Because, on a serious note, vodka is the only way you’ll get me into a costume this year. Because, on a serious note, eff that noise.

Who is this Kori character from Paint and Tofu? I like her because she’s hella funny and it seems like there’s a lot of booze at her house—two qualities I admire very much. 

Happy Halloween from Teddy Bear the talking porcupine! I don’t totally understand this place where Teddy Bear lives but he’s a rescue so can’t be all bad. I don’t know. I’m trying my best. Leave me alone. Happy Halloween!

10/29/2013

It’s National Oatmeal Day! Whenever I’m forced to eat breakfast in a non-vegan-friendly restaurant at a work event or whatever, I can almost always count on the oatmeal to help me leave feeling full, if not exactly satisfied (“$7 for this? I make this at home every morning. Thank god someone else is paying…”). 
But maybe it’s time we kick our oatmeal up a notch. Maybe it’s time we do steel-cut oats, and in a slow cooker, with cardamom and rose water and pears. Maybe it’s time we MAKE THIS RECIPE! 
Or just get a packet of the instant stuff and eat it straight, no water, whatever you need to do to get through the day.
Let’s have a moment of silence for all the oatmeals out there. Amen.

It’s National Oatmeal Day! Whenever I’m forced to eat breakfast in a non-vegan-friendly restaurant at a work event or whatever, I can almost always count on the oatmeal to help me leave feeling full, if not exactly satisfied (“$7 for this? I make this at home every morning. Thank god someone else is paying…”). 

But maybe it’s time we kick our oatmeal up a notch. Maybe it’s time we do steel-cut oats, and in a slow cooker, with cardamom and rose water and pears. Maybe it’s time we MAKE THIS RECIPE

Or just get a packet of the instant stuff and eat it straight, no water, whatever you need to do to get through the day.

Let’s have a moment of silence for all the oatmeals out there. Amen.

10/28/2013

Harvest Home’s 2013 Toast to the Turkeys Nov. 9th! Get your tickets now!  »

Who wants to go to Stockton, California and hang out with some pretty turkeys?! Everybody, duh! So get your tickets to Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary’s annual Toast to the TurkeysTickets are available here

Here are the exciting happenings at the event:

* Keynote speaker: Jonathan Balcombe, Author

* Self-guided tours of our sanctuary

* Seasonal vegan buffet

* Ceremonial feast for the rescued turkeys of the sanctuary

* Silent auction fundraiser

* Vegan food drive to benefit the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton/San Joaquin County

* Turkey sponsorship opportunities

SO GO TOAST TO SOME TURKEYS! They are better company than your relatives. You know this. 

10/22/2013

Oreo cookie owl cupcakes! The recipes on this site aren’t vegan but since Oreos totes are, I thought you guys might like these! We can easily veganize them I think. Well def the cupcake and frosting part. For the eyes and nose, how about vegan jelly beans!

Oreo cookie owl cupcakes! The recipes on this site aren’t vegan but since Oreos totes are, I thought you guys might like these! We can easily veganize them I think. Well def the cupcake and frosting part. For the eyes and nose, how about vegan jelly beans!

04/02/2013

Silly animal-friendly April Fools Day jokes  »

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I kind of hate April Fools Day. Some stuff is fun, like when Google or whatever plans something elaborate. But I hate when you are working on a deadline and you get “zany” “emergency” emails and it’s like, OK, can you just tell me if this is real or not so I can get back to work? Yes. I’m a ball of fun. But! I have to admit, some of these animal-centered April Fools are funny. Come on, admit it.

Up top is an ad from ASPCA about their new anti-puppymill campaign. It’s pretty dang cute. Corresponding video:

Don’t worry, cats can join in on the protest as well.

Ug, I hate stores that sell dogs! Monster Pets in Philly does and I hate them. Boycott them! But a lot of pet stores are hip to adoption and don’t sell pups and kitties. If only we could get them to stop selling hamsters and those other little guys! But pups and kitties is a start. 

Vegan-friendly online store Ethical Ocean made a pretty funny site, Unethical Ocean. You get where it’s going but this basketball net offer is just really funny:

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It’s all in the details! Like in the FAQ for Warby Parker’s new line Warby Barker

Can my dog ride in the car with his head out the window while wearing Warby Barker glasses?

Yes. Each pair is constructed from exceptionally durable materials.

Not an animal org, I know, but this silly page links to HSUS. And besides, DOG-OCLE

Other jokes: PETA said they’d release meat-allergy-inducing ticks, Sony had a cute thing, Grubhub’s Kibblehub is kind of hilar, and Care2 had a petition from a cow asking for more visibility on the site.

In crappy April Fools attemps, Whole Foods disappoints with a joke about a cam that promises to let you “watch what your meat eats,” because all animals are “your meat” and isn’t that funny. Um, fuck you. And it appears even the Army has a sense of humor? Too bad they do actually send dogs off to get PTSD or die (the Army may have a sense of humor, but I still don’t!). And wait, is this Ostrich pillow from Fab real? Ug, I hate April Fools Day.

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