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.
NYC: Hey Thanks! Vegan Shop-up is tomorrow! »
That’s right, pals! The Shop-Up is tomorrow. Details:
Give Thanks! Thanks a Million! Muchas Gracias! It’s Thanksgiving time and we’re hitchin’ a ride on the nothin’-but-love wagon. We’ll be celebrating friends, family, food and fun with countless local vegan vendors and happy hour to boot! It’s FREE y’all!
Feast your eyes on what’s to come! Chocolate Truffles + Pumpkin Ice Cream + Doughnuts + Cashew Cheese + Tempeh + Macarons + Deep Dish Pizza + Seitan Sandwiches + Tomato Sauce + GF Peanut Butter Cups + Salsa + Chai Tea + Organic Soaps + Skin Care + Eco Totes & Tees + TONS more to discover!
Come thirsty, COME HUNGRY, and get excited. THANKS in advance.Saturday, November 16th
Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan St.
NYC: Mexican Radio is celebrating World Vegan Month! »
We got this message from Mexican Radio on our fb:
In celebration of World Vegan Month, we’re highlighting our extensive vegan menu and adding a number of rarely offered dishes like Vegan Mac’n’Cheese and Elotes Mercato.
For all of November, buy a Vegan appetizer and an entrée and we’ll throw in the vegan dessert for FREE!
I’ve been here like twice and I was pretty pleased. ESPECIALLY with the plantain dessert! It’s like whoa. I’ve never seen vegan Elotes Mercato before so I’m stoked about that too. Cool! Good going, Mexican Radio!
Is anyone going to check it out?
The Ghosts in Our Machine’s US theatrical premier is this weekend! »
The U.S. theatrical release of THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE:
New York City at Village East Cinema, November 8th - 14th.
6 screenings daily.
November 9th and 10th special guests to be announced!
OPENING NIGHT DETAILS FOR Friday NOVEMBER 8TH:
6:45pm: Red carpet with very special guests!
7:30: Introduction by Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart of Vaute Couture
and Joshua Katcher of The Discerning Brute, Brave Gentleman.
Post-screening Q&A moderated by Natasha Lennard of Salon.com with Director Liz Marshall and Photographer, Protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur, and Susie Coston, National Shelter Director for Farm Sanctuary.
After-party details to be announced.
Who’s going? Let’s all go! Get your tickets now.
Here’s the trailer:
If you’re looking for more ways to support the movie, you can change your various social media images to great stuff like this:
Let’s cross our fingers that this movie makes a big impact! What do you think? Could this movie have a Forks Over Knives kind of effect?
Sweet chihuahua pair in NYC looking for forever home! »
Carol, who has been fostering the two sweet, 6-year-old chihuahuas for six weeks now says that while they are frightened by a lot of things, they have been good with children and all sorts of people they’ve met and never showed any aggression towards them. More info from the Craigslist post:
Rescued from a puppy mill and now looking for a forever home: Esmeralda and Tabitha. They are 6 year old spayed females, loving and still a bit shy from their ordeal. They must be together, this is a 2 dog package.
I am fostering them until an excellent home can be found. A home where they can walk without the noise of traffic would be ideal. They can be adopted from “Social Tees Animal Rescue.” If you are looking for real love, please fill out an online application to adopt Esmeralda and her best friend Tabitha at socialteesnyc.org.
What a cute pair! Please consider adopting these pups or help spread the word until we find them a home. These babies need our help! They want a forever home!
Champs in Brooklyn opens new location, still makes the best vegan brunch! »
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!
I got Dun-Well for my bday party last year which was almost all omnis and they were totally ‘bout it for these vegan donuts. Not that omnis are the measure of goodness but it’s like I always say, those omnis are so ready to dislike vegan stuff before they even try it! So if they like something vegan, it says a lot.
Vegan Divas releases cookbook, feeds me donuts! »
Meave and I were invited to the Vegan Divas cookbook release party this week and boy did we have a nice evening. For one, I’m terribly fun and charming so of course Meave had a great time. Secondly, there were mini donuts! And mini cupcakes! I like mini desserts. Less commitment.
Meave is new to Vegan Divas and I think she liked everything. The chocolate cupcakes were excellent, topped with their signature mousse I believe. Nice and bittersweet. I think that was Meave’s favorite. I had already had many of the items served but new to me were the little carrot cake cupcakes. Excellent vegan cream cheese frosting! Tasted perfect. I also still love the bitty donuts. Cinnamon is my favorite. Like I’ve said in the past, Vegan Divas is very health-conscious so the desserts aren’t crazy sweet or buttery but they are still yummy and I could have eaten four dozen of those bitty donuts! Plus Vegansaurus doesn’t have anything against healthy food, we just don’t harp on it because the vegan internet world already does a thorough job covering healthy food, no? But I like healthy food—especially when it’s dipped in chocolate!
And at this event, I finally got to talk to the Vegan Diva herself, Fernanada Capobianco! Well, I must say, the apt word for her is “fabulous.” She had a floor-length, chevron sequin dress on and she was so nice to us. As I said, fabulous. If you go to the bakery on the upper east side, maybe she will be there! Say hi.
We haven’t tested out the cookbook yet, but we looked through. I was concerned the recipes would be difficult because they are healthy…? I don’t know where I got that from but the recipes look very reasonable. The cookbook also talks about the various ingredients. Vegan Divas loves coconut oil! They say it’s super good for you. Coconuts, right? What can’t they do!
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.
Two super sweet kitties in NYC need a new forever home! »
We have a bad allergy/asthma case that has made it necessary to re-home these two cuties. Jackson is 3 years old and Spencer is 5. Both are fixed and up to date with shots. A brief description:
Jackson and Spencer are the sweetest cats in the world. If you or anyone you know wants a cat that will not ignore you and be aloof, these guys are for you! (especially jackson, the most love hungry creature ever made).
I know everybody wants a kitten but adopting adult cats means you know their personality! Kittens are a crap shoot! And two kitties are supposed to be easier to take care of than one (they entertain each other!). If you or anyone you know is interested, contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org. And spread the word!