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11/14/2013

NYC: Mexican Radio is celebrating World Vegan Month!  »

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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?

11/05/2013

The Ghosts in Our Machine’s US theatrical premier is this weekend!  »

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The Ghosts in Our Machine is playing in NYC 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.
7:40pm: Screening
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:

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Find the rest here. Find info on all of the screenings worldwide here

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?

10/30/2013

Sweet chihuahua pair in NYC looking for forever home!  »

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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.

Esmeralda:

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Cuddles:

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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!

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!

10/10/2013

Dun-Well Doughnuts made it to Thrillist’s list of the 8 best donuts in NYC! You go, girl! 
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.

Dun-Well Doughnuts made it to Thrillist’s list of the 8 best donuts in NYC! You go, girl! 

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.

10/03/2013

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!

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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!

You can get the cookbook on Amazon, among other places. You can also purchase their goodies online, if you can’t make it to the bakery!

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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.

09/30/2013

Two super sweet kitties in NYC need a new forever home!  »

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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: meganrascal@vegansaurus.com. And spread the word!

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08/14/2013

NYC Review: Blossom du Jour in Chelsea!  »

Blossom restaurants in New York invited Megan and I to try their newest outpost, Blossom du Jour Chelsea!

Megan: It’s a fast-food kind of place. Not like Foodswings with all the (delicious, delicious) junk food, but it seems like mostly a place you’d grab a sandwich to go. They do have some cafe tables that we took to eat. 

Meave: It’s a nook. An adorable nook. If I worked or lived around here, I’d pop in all the time, but it’s not a place that looks designed to linger at.

Megan: We decided to try one of their many sandwiches. It was a tough choice but we powered through. Now behold, The Avocado Griller: ”in-house grilled rosemary lemon un-chicken, fresh avocado, v-pesto mayo, crisp romaine lettuce” (note, ours pictured below is on ciabatta). The first thing I did was immediately drop half the sandwich on the floor because I’m the super genius. But when I took a bite of the second half, I ‘bout died. SO GOOD. In my non-veggie days (2000? Wow), I used to enjoy chicken and avocado sandwiches and it was totally like that BUT WITH PESTO! And yummy bread! So, yeah, this sandwich is amazing. I want to eat it everyday. Oh and they deliver! But just a block short of my office. *Sad face*

Look at this and tell me you’re not dead:

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Meave: I ate the protected innards of the fallen sandwich, because I have no class. Megan’s right, it was amazing. I would’ve added tomato and pepperoncinis, but I’m impossible to please. The pesto and avocado combo is pretty unbeatable, though, so rich and creamy.

Megan: We also got this chickpea and quinoa salad. I just don’t love salads (“a vegan who doesn’t like salad?! What the whaaa?” —my dad) so I wasn’t that excited by it but the dressing was interesting and good. 

Meave: It was nice with the dried cranberries hidden in there, chewy little sweet bits of contrast to the mixed greens and tangy dressing. I was surprised to find it in a plastic box in the premade food fridge, but again, this seems like a grab-and-go sort of place, and if you’re in a hurry you don’t want someone making your salad fresh, so it makes sense. And it was a fine salad.

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Megan: As we were thirsty, we decided to try one of their special juices. Neither Meave nor I are that into the big juice fad but we decided to try the Pretty In Pink. Lo and behold: it was yummy! Refreshing and not thick or anything like I expect all those healthy juices to be. 

Meave: I am not into “juicing” as an “eating alternate” or “ridiculous overpriced nonsense lifestyle,” but I do miss the juicer I left behind when I moved to New York this year, and the cheap, good produce I was constantly putting into it. The pineapple-beet-apple combo is sweet and sour and crisp, very easy to drink.

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Megan: They also have all kinds of baked goods! Like chocolate croissants! Damn, son. It wasn’t AS flaky and crispy as I remember regular croissants to be but it was buttery and a bit flaky and chocolaty and YUM.

Meave: Megan was so excited about this croissant! I thought it was pretty good. The chocolate inside was nice and bitter, which was a good contrast to the pastry. I bet it’d be best earlier in the day (we were there at 7:30 p.m. on a Wednesday, not the ideal time to buy morning-fresh baked goods), but it was a solid approximation.

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Megan: We tried a red velvet cupcake as well. Tasty! I’m so tired of red velvet cupcakes having just a plain, sugary vanilla frosting instead of cream cheese flavor frosting. This totally had a nice cream cheesy flavor. The frosting was super-sweet but the cupcake part wasn’t so it wasn’t overwhelming. It also had a hint of lemon? I think? If I had to choose, I would get the chocolate croissant over the cupcake but come on, I’d pick the chocolate croissant over oxygen. 

Meave: I liked the cake over the frosting, which is pretty unusual for me, as I am a hardcore frosting-only woman. (In small times, I’d eat the unwanted frosting from my friends’ cake at birthday parties.) And while this frosting was plenty good, the cake was better; like Megan says, not as sweet, a good crumb, and the color was pleasant, not creepy or (too) unnatural, which can be a problem with red velvet cake.

Megan: Oh snap I almost forgot! They also have vegan cronuts! We didn’t get to try one because they were out. But next time, lookout cronuts! Imma eat you up!

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Megan: All in all, the avocado “chicken” sandwich was my favorite thing. I love it. I want to marry it. I want to marry it and have the chocolate croissant as my maid of honor. I can’t wait to try the other sandwiches! (They have a meatball sandwich and an eggplant parm sub!)

Meave: I will attend that wedding. I will give away the bride, even, if she doesn’t mind marrying a sandwich with some bites taken out of it because there is no better way to express how good that avocado and pesto taste together than devouring it.

08/12/2013

Sorbet review: Dolce Gelateria in the West Village!  »

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Megan: Meave and I got free sorbet at Dolce Gelateria in West Village! Because we are the coolest vegans! All of their sorbets are vegan (though I don’t know their sugar source) and they have lots of flavors: lemon, mango, chocolate, cantaloupe, peach, strawberry, and more.

Meave: We were secretly hoping the olive oil gelato (below, middle of the back row) would be vegan, but no. Still, there are tons of vegan sorbet flavors, and in the gelateria tradition, they’re all really beautiful.

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Megan: I’m always ragging on sorbet because you know it’s our only option for dessert at 99 percent of non-vegan restaurants. But they had chocolate sorbet! If every restaurant had chocolate sorbet, I would never complain again (about sorbet, everything else is still up for scrutiny). So obvi I had to get the chocolate because I never see it and additionally: CHOCOLATE SORBET. I also got strawberry.

The strawberry was good, not too sweet and nice and refreshing. And the chocolate was great! I kept asking our host like, “is this really vegan? Yeah? Really? Can you check the ingredients? You’ll check those for me, right?” So she did—water, sugar, chocolate. BAM! Vegan! How happy am I? (HINT: SUPER HAPPY). In summary: I. Want. More. Additionally: CHOCOLATE SORBET.

Meave: Yeah, sorbet on its face isn’t really exciting anymore, but when someone offers us free sorbet, we aren’t too good to turn it down. Plus it’s sooooooo hoooooooooot, saying no to cold desserts would be dumb. I got mango and cantaloupe, because I love both those fruits but I have been way too lazy to buy and prep them this season. Why not let someone else mix them with water and sugar and whip them into a creamy vegan treat?

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Meave: Gorgeous, right? Megan wasn’t into it (“Why did you get the two fruits I hate?” she said), but I thought the flavors were as bright and summery as the colors. I’m also really into Dolce’s style of putting the flavors side by side instead of one on top of the other. The whole point of having two scoops is tasting them individually AND together, plus this way they melt evenly, so you’re not eating the top flavor at peak cold while the bottom flavors turns into sorbet soup underneath it. All other cold dessert places need to get it together.

Dolce Gelateria is located at 33 Barrow Street in the West Village. They don’t seem to have hours posted anywhere, but they’re on Yelp. We ate this gelato for free.

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