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11/18/2010

Quick-Ass San Francisco Bay Area Thanksgiving Guide!  »

You guys! We’ll add to this but for real right now, here’s what you can do if you have no family because of distance or fighting or deaths or what have you. HERE GOES:

Restaurants serving vegan Thanksgiving!
Millennium is having an amazing Thanksgiving meal, as always. It’s $60 ($30 for kids under 12!), and the menu looks unsane. Go on, get fancy!

Souley Vegan is doing a special Thanksgiving menu (info is further down the post). I’m hoping for a veganized deep-fried turkey leg. I wanna get Medieval on your asses! 

Café Gratitude returns with their FREE VEGAN THANKSGIVING! No matter that it’s raw, it’s free! I mean, you’re already vegan, might as well become a full-on holiday meal weirdo. Oh, and it looks like you might have to work? But, er, FREE FOOD!

If you want to get a meal at a supermarket and bring it home, check out:
Whole Foods
 varies what it offers store-to-store. Our pals in Los Angeles, quarrygirl, got the Whole Foods dinner last year and looooooved it. Search by store location on their site, or give your closest store a call and find out what they’re offering!

Andronico’s has a pretty rad deal at their eight Bay Area locations! They’re introducing a vegan meal this year and it sounds delicious:
Field Roast: Wild rice, cranberry, fig and grain roast en croûte (1 pound)
Roasted root vegetables (1 pound)
Vegan yukon gold mashed potatoes (1 pound)
Vegan mushroom gravy (½ pint)
Cranberry orange chutney (½ pint)
Vegan pumpkin pie (6 inches)

It’s only $30 for all that awesome food! GET ON IT! 

AND NOW: it’s DESSERT TIME! That means PIE!!
You can get vegan options at Mission Pie (order ahead!), Bike Basket Pies (OUR FAVORITES! Best pie in the Bay Area! Order ahead!), or pick one up at Rainbow Grocery or Whole Foods. Also, check out all our our local vegan bakeries and see if they might make you up something special? Bet they will! A cake from Sugar Beat Sweets? Cupcakes from Fat Bottom Bakery? A giant cinnamon roll from Cinnaholic? A toffee treat from Wholesome Bakery? Nabolom Bakery has lots of good vegan options! There are pies and Weekend Ruiner cinnamon rolls from A Fire Inside. Idle Hands Baking Company makes cupcakes and cakes if you aren’t a pie person. Or get a pumpkin pie ice cream cake from Maggie Mudd—that flavor’s coconut milk-based, it’s intense. The options are endless, but you better call now!

Also, if you don’t want others to do the dirty work, you could totally make your own fabulous Thanksgiving, lazy!

Now, let’s get fat, American-style! Happy Thanksgiving!

[photo credits: top, QuintanaRoo; middle, digiyesica; bottom, sweetbeatandgreenbean]

10/13/2010

The lovely Mandy of Wholesome Bakery is hosting a fundraiser bakesale and street food party on Saturday, Oct. 16 at La Victoria Bakery to help her brother Nick pay for medical costs related to his brain cancer recovery. Seriously, these two are amazing and making it happen and Oh! they’re both VEGAN! We need to show up and support them and eat tasty-ass food and yeah, let’s do this!
We have confirmation from Mandy that vegan goodies will be represented with treats from Wholesome Bakery, Fat Bottom Bakery, Mission Mini’s, Bike Basket Pies, and Sour Flour! And that’s just the start of it; there will be lots of tasty vegan street cart eats in the evening as well! Let us party and get fed and fat for a good cause and feel great about ourselves and the world and maybe even all get naked and make out after! Yes?
The bakesale is Saturday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the street food party goes from 6 to 10 p.m. La Victoria is at 2937 24th St. at Alabama Street. 

The lovely Mandy of Wholesome Bakery is hosting a fundraiser bakesale and street food party on Saturday, Oct. 16 at La Victoria Bakery to help her brother Nick pay for medical costs related to his brain cancer recovery. Seriously, these two are amazing and making it happen and Oh! they’re both VEGAN! We need to show up and support them and eat tasty-ass food and yeah, let’s do this!

We have confirmation from Mandy that vegan goodies will be represented with treats from Wholesome Bakery, Fat Bottom Bakery, Mission Mini’s, Bike Basket Pies, and Sour Flour! And that’s just the start of it; there will be lots of tasty vegan street cart eats in the evening as well! Let us party and get fed and fat for a good cause and feel great about ourselves and the world and maybe even all get naked and make out after! Yes?

The bakesale is Saturday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the street food party goes from 6 to 10 p.m. La Victoria is at 2937 24th St. at Alabama Street. 

03/23/2010

Green Coriander! Guest Review from Natalie of Bike Basket Pies!  »

I am horrible at reviewing things. I deleted my Yelp account for a reason. I like food, in fact, I like most food I eat, and I am generally not a snob about the food I eat, except for some things (I’m not naming names so don’t ask. OKAY YOU TWISTED MY ARM American cheese, ketchup, and milk).

Plus I’m not an expert on Indian food (see likes and dislikes above). But I can tell you about what I ate and how much I liked it!

Green Coriander is a new-ish business set on getting you healthy Indian food that you can get via take-out in the Mission (15th and Guerrero Streets) or delivered via TCB bike courier Mondays through Thursdays. Her menu is updated on Sundays and every day has a veggie options and most of the vegetarian dishes are vegan (they even mark them with a lovely green “V”! Score!).

Last week, I shared the cabbage with shredded coconut and it was delicious. Rob [Ed.: Natalie’s friend, she ate lunch with him and maybe one day they’ll get married! I really want this girl to get married to a nice boy! If you’re interested, holler! At ME! Not at Natalie, she can’t be trusted to court her own beaux. You can read that as in you’ll most likely have to have sex with me to get to Natalie I AM KIDDING, GOD/DON’T BE SO UPTIGHT] and I got a serving, plus a huge thing of rice, lentils, and two rotis (thin flatbread, like an Indian tortilla). The cabbage was delicious—the shredded coconut imparted an almost chocolaty taste to it, earthy and fresh. There are whole dried chilies in it, which I would not recommend eating but hey, maybe you like a little extra heat (the dish wasn’t spicy itself, but it could be with a bite of one of those!). The lentils were floral and were broken down to a nice, almost creamy, consistency. The rice is f’ing tasty, I could eat that stuff without anything else, but Rob and I could not pinpoint what the spice was.

All of the food Green Coriander offers is healthy and they are working with Kristin Hoppe (of Food Therapy—best nutritionist in the Bay Area 2009!) to ensure the food they offer is good for you & well-balanced. I gotta say, I am sort of over really greasy Indian food. Sure it hits the spot sometimes, but it’s nice to be able to get those flavors without all the goddamn oil and stomachaches afterwards. So I’m totally recommending Green Coriander. Plus, DELIVERY which I haven’t actually used, but I have gotten stuff delivered, to me and for my own business, but those same bike couriers so I know they’re reliable and legit. Order by noon for delivery or pickup the same day from Monday through Thursday. And Paawan, who runs the business, is super sweet (Disclaimer: I met her prior to her starting Green Coriander).

Mad thanks to Natalie of Bike Basket Pies for this most delicious review! Can’t wait to eat Green Coriander out of house and home! Photos from Yelp!

02/05/2010

Penny cannot believe you put a tablespoon of butter in the pasta when she’s told you a thousand times that she’s vegan.
Via hipsterpuppies! Thanks to Natalie of the most delicious Bike Basket Pies for this find! Now go buy pies from her; the ones made with Daiya are OFF THE HOOK. I’m talking seriously the best thing I’ve ever eaten, and I know I say that a lot but I was eating that g-d thing and girl could not stop. Jonas and I ate an entire pie (she sells whole pies now!) in one night AND I HAD GONE OUT TO REAL DINNER FIRST. I need to reevaluate some of my healthy living choices (but not THIS ONE! Fit is IT!). Anyway, all of her pies are incredible. It’s the crust; her crust is the mickey fickey bomb. Can we get her a t-shirt that says, “My pies bring all the fatties to the yard,” because, AND HOW! 
Now go order! She needs more vegan customers so she knows we’re all about it!

Penny cannot believe you put a tablespoon of butter in the pasta when she’s told you a thousand times that she’s vegan.

Via hipsterpuppies! Thanks to Natalie of the most delicious Bike Basket Pies for this find! Now go buy pies from her; the ones made with Daiya are OFF THE HOOK. I’m talking seriously the best thing I’ve ever eaten, and I know I say that a lot but I was eating that g-d thing and girl could not stop. Jonas and I ate an entire pie (she sells whole pies now!) in one night AND I HAD GONE OUT TO REAL DINNER FIRST. I need to reevaluate some of my healthy living choices (but not THIS ONE! Fit is IT!). Anyway, all of her pies are incredible. It’s the crust; her crust is the mickey fickey bomb. Can we get her a t-shirt that says, “My pies bring all the fatties to the yard,” because, AND HOW!

Now go order! She needs more vegan customers so she knows we’re all about it!

11/02/2009

Recipe: vegan potato-spinach-cheddar pie by Bike Basket Pies!  »

The lovely Natalie from Bike Basket Pies has supplied us with a Vegansaurus exclusive (!!!) recipe for her famous vegan potato-spinach-cheddar pie. It’s ridiculous so get ready for a party in your mouth!! AND PANTS! What? Yes, the pie is that good.

You’ll need:

pie crust!

  • 1 stick Earth Balance shortening
  • 1 stick Earth Balance buttery stick
  • 12 oz flour (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 8 Tbsp ice cold water, mixed with the vinegar, plus 4 Tbsp reserved

filling!

  • 2 lbs or so, maybe less, yukon gold or russet potatoes, washed, peeled, and sliced to 1/4 inch thickness
  • 1 lb spinach
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 lb Daiya shredded cheddar flavored cheese substitute (now available at Rainbow!)
  • salt
  • pepper

To make the pie dough:

  1. Cut the Earth Balance sticks into small cubes and put them in the freezer while you prepare everything else.
  2. Mix the flour, salt, and sugar.
  3. Using a food processor (use the pulse setting) or hand pastry blender, cut the very cold Earth Balance cubes into the flour mixture until the shortening pieces aren’t much bigger than peas.If using a food processor, transfer to a bowl.
  4. Slowly add the apple cider vinegar and ice water, and gently but quickly mix until the dough forms a ball. I use my hands. Add more ice water as necessary.
  5. Divide into two balls, flatten into disks, wrap in plastic wrap and throw into the refrigerator. Chill dough for at least an hour.
  6. After the dough is chilled, remove from fridge, liberally flour a clean surface, roll out one disk and line a 9-inch pie pan. Trim edges that hang over so only about 1 inch hangs out. Put back in the fridge.

Assemble the pie:

  1. Heat the red pepper and the garlic in the olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add washed spinach and slowly turn to wilt all of it. Add nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste—definitely over-season. Transfer to bowl, chop with kitchen sheers if using adult spinach (as opposed to baby spinach).
  2. Line the dough-lined pie tin with a layer of sliced potatoes; sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
  3. Liberally sprinkle Daiya “cheese.”
  4. Layer spinach.
  5. Add another layer of potatoes; sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
  6. Add more spinach and Daiya; repeat until the pie is filled.
  7. Roll out second dough disk, place on top of pie, trim edges, fold under other dough disk’s edges, crimp and flute. Wet your fingers with a little ice-cold water during this process if you wish, and maybe even sprinkle the pie with a little kosher salt (be light). Cut pretty slits in the top.
  8. Put back in fridge, preheat oven to 425 degrees while your pie is chilling. Bake the pie at this temperature for 20 minutes; then lower temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 35 minutes or until crust looks golden and gorgeous.
  9. Let it cool on a rack for 20 minutes or more until you slice into it.

Eat it all and be the fattest and happiest person in all the land. Which actually isn’t hard because this is San Francisco and most people are skinny and depressed!

Adorable photo of Natalie & her delicious pie (perv!) is courtesy of Rachel Styer!

07/09/2009

This weekend in the citay by the baaaay…  »

Alternately, fun stuff you might enjoy if you’re a vegan in San Francisco this weekend WOO!

Friday, July 10th

Them crafty street food folk are at it again and this time they’re playing matchmatcker with Street Food for Singles (or coupled people who bring a single friend! but what about polyamorous freaky type folks? WHAT ABOUT THEM???) There will be plenty of vegan food on hand from Magic Curry Kart, Sexy Soup Lady, Wholesome Bakery (ALL VEGAN BAKERY CART!) and Bike Basket Pies (our fave!) so SINGLE VEGANS, get out there and do some carnivore converting! Take one for the team, ladies! Think how many dudes you can convert with the power of your singular vadge! I’m gonna puke! Anyway, they’ll most likely be on Linda st. at 19th st. in the Mission but follow one of them on twitter to find out for sure. 7:30p until they run out of eats/cops shut their asses down.

Saturday, July 11th

Our favorite shelter dog savers, Rocket Dog Rescue is having an adoption fair during the Bay area Derby Girls “Duel on the Docks”! Chicks on wheels and dogs being hella cute? You don’t want anything else, trust me! Oh and for food, they sell vegan hot dogs but the buns aren’t vegan but I guess you can eat it without one and just look hella creepy and pervy. OR bring your own and maybe give the rest to the dudes selling hot dogs to give to other vegans?? Oh and don’t forget to request vegan buns (hot) for the next event! If enough people ask, change will come! This is America, people! 6:30p to 10:30p at at Fort Mason.

SF VEGAN PROM WOO! 7:30p to 11:00p at a.Muse Gallery.

Sunday, July 12th

JACKSHIT. Unless you’re having a party or something?

AND FINALLY, if you’re looking to get out of town this weekend, the prices at The Stanford Inn are cheaper than they’ve been in 7 years! Check out our review here and then make your reservations here. OH ALSO, they have THREE NEW BABY LLAMAS. Um, I can’t believe you’re still in San Francisco. I am disgusted.

06/11/2009

Bike Basket Pies!  »

These pies are seriously ridiculous. The strawberry rhubarb! The blueberry & candied lemon*! Heaven! OH AND THEY’RE VEGAN. Well, not all of them but I’m working on that (can I get a what-what for Earth Balance!? Nevermind! Further, BLOW ME, EARTH BALANCE IS THE SHIT AND ISN’T MILKED FROM THE UDDER OF A COW WHO’S USED UNTIL SHE LITERALLY FALLS DOWN AND DIES. Oh those are the lucky ones, the others go to slaughter. Actually, I can’t tell who the lucky ones are, opinions?)

SO ANYWAY, you should track them down on twitter @bikebasketpies and request many vegan pies and then eat them all and be tremendously happy. They also have a website, where you can then write me numerous love letters thanking me for sending you to this hand-held pie-in-the-sky gloriousness. Next, you can send me a blank check. After that, I’ll take the check straight to Singapore Airlines and buy a one-way ticket to Tokyo where I’ll seamlessly blend into Japanese culture by losing 200 pounds and dressing like a Cabbage Patch Kid. We all have different dreams.

My point is, these pies are great, though only available on Tuesdays. FOR NOW. I have a feeling they are going to take off and become famous. Well, as famous as food products can become. Which is to say, very famous. Please see: The Hamburgular.

I need to eat dinner.

*Pictured! And I know, my photography skills suck: the pie is much more delicious-looking in reality, but I wanted to put something up because apparently people don’t read blogs without big pictures because everyone is really stupid now.

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