We all loved that video last week of the chickens in the snow, so I thought we’d like this one too! And the royal we totally did. The gist is these are some goofy-ass cows having a nice romp of freedom in the pasture! Totally made me smile (and it’s hard to melt this cold heart). They are so stoked! As Terra from Upspire says, this might make people think twice about eating meat. I won’t hold my breath but I will cross my fingers!
I don’t entirely understand what this foundation is but if you read German, you can check out their site. Google translate is telling me it’s translated and I’m like, Google translate, I’m a poor speller, but not that poor!
NYC Vegan Drinks is TONIGHT! »
Hey friends! As stated, NYC Vegan Drinks is tonight. Yours truly will be there and hopefully Meave too but I’ve been too busy to text and ask (I’m very busy because I’m very important). I will be playing music along with my homeboy BFF Grand Format.
And Bunna Cafe is the food vender this month! Yay! They made a special holiday menu you can see below. Related: Bunna Cafe has a kickstarter to make a real live permanent restaurant! I totes donated so I could get the cooking starter kit. You should too!
Hope to see you tonight!
10 super adorable rescued farm animals to warm your heart! »
Picture time! Here are some cutie-pie farm animals that were lucky enough to find a home at Farm Sanctuary. The animals in this post are all available for “adoption”—i.e. sponsorship—at Farm Sanctuary through their Adopt a Farm Animal Program.
So, without further ado, here are 10 super adorable rescued Farm Sanctuary animals!
Wait, wait, a little more ado: As my dad always says, “It’s not a contest, Megan!” but come on, it kind of is. So let’s all pick our favorite! Who’s the cutest? I think I’m voting Joey…
I think sponsoring animals is a very cute gift if you know someone with too much stuff. Which is a lot of people. Or if you have a little niece or something? That would actually be fun, they get a picture and certificate and all that. Kids like that stuff. Like I always say, kids are nerds! At least until 11 or 12. I also think an animal sponsorship is a great replacement for like a class pet or something—get the whole class a cow! Because class pets are such a terrible idea. And each Farm Sanctuary “adoption” comes with a personal sponsorship certificate, a color photograph, a decal, and a VIP tour to meet your sponsored animal. How awesome would that be for a class?! And the sponsorship provides food, shelter, and care a rescued animal—teaching the kids compassion and all that! So if you want to sponsor one of these babies, head over the Farm Sanctuary’s site.
Check it out, NYC! The New Year’s Eve vegan tasting menu from Three Letters! »
Three Letters’ vegan mushroom soup (to which you can add baked tofu).
Who says French restaurants can’t do vegan?! Well, my friend Peter, a hardcore French chef, for one… But not Three Letters in Brooklyn! Located in Clinton Hill, Three Letters is not a vegan restaurant but they have pretty awesome-sounding vegan options. Their chef, Pip, emailed us to let us know that in addition to an omni tasting menu this New Year’s Eve, they are having an all-vegan tasting menu! The theme is “French takes on southern American traditions.” It sounds OUT OF SIGHT:
Marinated Oyster mushroom, Leek Mignonette
Golden Turnip Soup,
turnip green oil, safron emulsion
collard green, kale chip, sesame and beets salad
hazelnut mushroom sausage, apple potato hash, cider jus
Black Eyed Pea Cassoulet
hen of the woods and yuba roulade, sweet onion
coconut nougat, rum caramel
OMG, right? So I haven’t been here yet but Meave and I are planning a Three Letters date AT THIS VERY MOMENT! Because this stuff sounds GOOD. Like, reading the menu is making me hyper. Calm down. But this is so perfect because my omni brother loves French food so we can go here together and both be happy!
If you want to spend your NYE at Three Letters, here are the details:
First seating is at 6:30, Last at 10:30, reservations strongly suggested but the bar will be available for walk-ins.
The cost is $60, which includes a glass of bubbly.
Additional wine pairing option for $35.
Call the restaurant to make reservations: 718-622-4679
So tell me, has anyone been here already? I want to hear all about it!
Their seitan entree with walnut oil mashed potatoes and flageolet ragout.
A friend posted about this magazine Verily on FB yesterday, excited that they don’t hyper-photoshop the models. Well, I can certainly get down with that! So I clicked through, and look! They have some vegan recipes. Above is a Cinnamon Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Parfait! Looks good, yes? YES! I think I’m in love.
Vegan Divas brings you a vegan bûche de Noël! »
Vegan Divas, your favorite health-conscious vegan bakery, has created this decadent bûche de Noël! Or Yule Log, to us local folk. It’s a chocolate sponge cake, layered with chocolate mousse and caramel filling. And if you don’t know, Vegan Divas’ chocolate mousse is their signature dish. It’s so chocolatey and smooth!
The bûche de Noël is $59 and serves 10-12 people. You can pick one up at the store in Manhattan or they are delivering to the NYC metro area. I don’t know how far they’ll delivery otherwise but they do say you can contact them for Connecticut or other areas. I want one! They are so pretty!
Superstar pets of Instagram encourage you to adopt a new best friend! »
Megan Rascal here, on the ad beat. This is a few weeks old but so cute. It’s all my favorite internet pet stars doing a spot for Best Friends Animal Society! Of course Lil Bub is on there and a little pal I newly followed on Instagram, Tuna! Here’s Tuna ready for the holidays:
I love when famous animals use their popularity to help other animals! This pro-bono campaign comes to us from TBWA\Chiat\Day in LA. You go, ad peeps!
Your Vegansaurus 2013 Good Gifts Guide! »
Hello! It’s gift guide time of year! I wanted to find some good stuff that would also do some good. First up is the necklace above!
Sunday Frill Necklace
This cute necklace is handmade in Uganda: “Curated by Invisible Children in partnership with 31 Bits: Using fashion and design to empower women to rise above poverty.” And it’s adorable!
Terra Cotta Pizza Stone
This beauty is from Ten Thousand Villages. It’s sourced through HEED Handicrafts, a job creation project of HEED Bangladesh. And OMG everyone who has a pizza stone is completely obsessed with them! My brother is head over heels for his. Like whoa. So if you want some DIY type or amateur chef to think you’re awesome, get them this.
Science Club Binoculars & Wildlife Activity Journal
Dude, let’s be honest, kids are nerds. At least until about 12. They like nerdy stuff so I think these binoculars will knock the sox off of your little nephew or what have you. Plus proceeds benefit the Humane Society. Plus plus they can be spies!
Mercy For Animals T-shirts
What vegan doesn’t like a t-shirt? NO VEGAN! I love this Mercy For Animals t-shirt and I love Mercy for Animals so it’s perfect for a vegan in your life! Or any old kind person you know.
Lagusta’s Luscious Big Assortment
Now, if you really want to charm a vegan in your life—or any chocolate-lover for that matter—get them this giant chocolate assortment from Lagusta’s Luscious! The pic speaks for itself. Especially because when I downloaded it, the file name was “new_big_ass.” Hilar!
Vegan Cuts’ New York for the Holidays Care Pack
Is there anyone you want to send a little New York goodness to? Then check out this new care package from Vegan Cuts. It’s filled with all kinds of stuff—including Sandcastle cookies!
Brave Gentleman’s Innovator
If you want to go all out, these Brave Gentleman shoes are AMAZING and I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. And they are vegan and ethically made. If you want to go partially out, Brave Gentleman has some nice belts and wallets too.
Lil Bub tote
Do you have a hip friend or family member? Perhaps they are Lil Bub fans? Or they should be? BECAUSE EVERYONE SHOULD BE! Then a Lil Bub tote is a great, inexpensive gift. It’s totes current and it would make a great farmer’s market bag. Plus, a portion of the proceeds go to some of Bub’s favorite animal charities. Plus plus, OMG BUB I LOVE YOU.
Found Dog Bed
If you want to go big for your own little (or big) animal friend, I like this bed from Found. This bed is handmade in Brooklyn by this dog rescue-focused brand. And it’s made super sustainably! But built to last.
If you know a kitty who needs a present, I’m into this Happy Carrot from Purrfect Play! It’s made in America with organic materials (mostly cotton) including organic catnip. They also donate 5% of sales to animal shelters. My Mitsy is BOUT IT for catnip!
Miakoda’s Crocheted Fingerless Gloves
Are you shopping for a fashion plate? Then these pretty fingerless gloves would be a super cute present. Great for biking in the fall or playing outdoor music! These are made in the US and they aren’t made with icky wool.
Green Toys Tool Set
OMG how much do I want this tool set?! Well actually I have a grownup pink tool set already so not that much. But when I was ten? All I wanted was a tool set and they never got me one! I would have been over the moon for this. And it’s made with recycled materials with super sustainable methods, etc etc etc.
And that’s your Vegansaurus Good Gift Guide! Happy holidays to you and yours.
DiGiorno cheese comes from tortured cows »
The latest investigation from Mercy for Animals exposes horrific cruelty at a major DiGiorno cheese supplier in Wisconsin. You can watch the video on SliceOfCruelty.com. I watched parts, it’s brutal. I’m not sure lately if I should post these videos on here or not. I want the truth about the horrific conditions in the meat, dairy and egg industries to get as much attention as possible, but then some people criticize me for posting that stuff. Because, truthfully, if you’re vegan, you don’t have to watch this stuff. BUT many of us know cheese eaters who should watch this, so I want to make sure all the vegans at least know about it. What do you think? Should I post these videos? Just share them on FB? Or do a post like this that just links to the vid?
I wish everyone who ate dairy were forced to watch this, Clockwork Orange style! Not really but kind of. But again, if you want to see or find the video to share, go to SliceOfCruelty.com. And if you want to sign the petition, go directly here.
Spreads NY brings vegan flavors to the Park Avenue lunch crowd! »
So I started a new job a few weeks ago. One morning I went to Spreads, a little sandwich place right across the street from my new office (30th and Park), and low and behold! A vegan earl grey donut! I said to myself, “is this real life?” And it was! I bought one of course.
It was tasty! It tasted less like a donut and more like lemony pound cake. Luckily, I love pound cake. It’s also gluten free, which I know some of you will like.
Obvi I had to tell the vegan world about my new discovery and I tweeted a pic on our Twitter account. Next thing I know, Spreads emailed me inviting me to come try all of their vegan goodies! I obliged, because I’m a sweetie.
Above is the coconut bacon and avocado sandwich. It’s a show stopper! It was our favorite item we tried. It’s rich though, I could only eat half. But the salty and sweet coconut bacon goes lovely with the avocado. It also has vegan mayo they make themselves—yum!
This is the split pea soup we tried. Two thumbs up! But I love split pea soup. I feel like it’s finally on the rebound since the Exorcist debacle. This had a hint of dill, which was interesting.
Finally, we got to try one of their juices! I’m not a big juice person but I actually found this refreshing. Strong cucumber flavor. Kind of tasted like gazpacho? Maybe I’m being cray.
We also met the owner—what a dream! SO passionate about food. And I love that the one vegan sandwich on their menu is a wacky coconut bacon sandwich instead of just like a veggie burger or generic veggie wrap like we’re usually offered. No, Spreads went all out! Of course I want everywhere to have a million vegan sandwiches but if you’re only going to have one, it’s really cool when it’s something exciting like this. OMG and did I forget they make the coconut bacon themselves? They smoke it with organic apple wood or something—totes intense!
If you are in the area looking for a yummy lunch, this is the place for you! Matter of fact, call me and we’ll split one! You’ll have to get your own donut though. I need a whole one! I’m no fool.