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12/10/2013

Meet Kyle and Ashley Knies of From the Garden!   »

I am so excited to present you with the Bay Area’s newest vegan food venture: From The Garden, brought to you by newlyweds and all-around-awesome couple, Kyle and Ashley Knies! Their meal delivery boxes were mentioned in our SF Bay Area Thanksgiving write-up, now let’s get to know them a little bit better. Kyle is a professionally trained and incredibly talented chef while Ashley is a holistic health counselor — talk about a power couple right there! Their Berkeley-based company, From the Garden, is available to the Bay Area for a variety of services including: personal chef needs, cooking classes, catering events, food delivery and beautiful, monthly, greenhouse brunches. Curious? Just take a look at these sample menus

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Be sure to keep an eye out for this up-and-coming vegan powerhouse duo — I know I will be! Follow them on Instagram at @itsfromthegarden, Twitter at @chefkyleknies, and Facebook here, for upcoming events and fabulous food photos. Their blog offers a plethora of delectable looking recipes, while their website is a wealth of information about what they can do for you! You can also email them at chefkyleknies@gmail.com with any questions, or to reserve their services.

{Wedding photo via Kyle Knies} 

10/03/2013

Awesome blog alert: Charlie’s kitchen blog!   »

Finding new vegan blogs is the best, isn’t it? Here’s one maybe you haven’t seen yet, from one of my old co-workers, Charlie Ward. (So, I can tell you from experience that she’s an excellent chef!) I love perusing her blog, as her photos are beautiful (all those colors) and her recipes are so straight-forward. She’s a busy lady—her recipes reflect that of a person who wants to eat healthfully and affordably, without compromising the integrity of her food, creativity or an array of flavors. Check it out

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Sweet Chili Stir Fry with Beyond Meat.

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Bbq seitan, kale and potatoes from the blog post titled "Comfort Food".

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Parsley salad with tempeh and grilled apricots.

Personally, I’ve made the Lemon Glitter cookies from her blog and they were a huge hit with everyone who tried them. Thanks, Charlie! 

[All photos via Charlieskitchenblog.blogspot.com]

10/29/2012

Make vegan candy corn! DO IT TO IT. And then send us all your extras. That probably means we’re not getting anything in the mail, doesn’t it? It’s okay, just know, that if you don’t, as soon as I’m dead, I will be haunting all of your candy-corn-hoarding asses. BELIEVE IN THAT, MOTHERTRUCKERS.

Make vegan candy corn! DO IT TO IT. And then send us all your extras. That probably means we’re not getting anything in the mail, doesn’t it? It’s okay, just know, that if you don’t, as soon as I’m dead, I will be haunting all of your candy-corn-hoarding asses. BELIEVE IN THAT, MOTHERTRUCKERS.

08/30/2012

What is this we have here? It’s a squash blossom quesadilla from Cadry’s Kitchen! The queso is made with cauliflower and white beans—how interesting! I know what I’m making for dinner tonight. I don’t know what squash blossoms are, but I’m determined to find them (or just use spinach, as Cadry suggests). I want all the vegan queso this world has to offer (with more ideas of what to make with it). Thanks, Cadry!

What is this we have here? It’s a squash blossom quesadilla from Cadry’s Kitchen! The queso is made with cauliflower and white beans—how interesting! I know what I’m making for dinner tonight. I don’t know what squash blossoms are, but I’m determined to find them (or just use spinach, as Cadry suggests). I want all the vegan queso this world has to offer (with more ideas of what to make with it). Thanks, Cadry!

08/29/2012

It’s not too early to start planning what you’re making for your Labor Day party this Monday, right? RIGHT. I vote this raw nectarine and cardamon cream tart from Oh, Ladycakes!
Raw dessert is basically negative calories, being made of fruit and nuts. Make sure you tell everyone that as they dive in. I know I do. Raw dessert for every meal!

It’s not too early to start planning what you’re making for your Labor Day party this Monday, right? RIGHT. I vote this raw nectarine and cardamon cream tart from Oh, Ladycakes!

Raw dessert is basically negative calories, being made of fruit and nuts. Make sure you tell everyone that as they dive in. I know I do. Raw dessert for every meal!

05/21/2012

Mission Mission reviews vegan cuisine in, wait for it, the Mission!  »


Our friends over at Mission Mission have a review up of the Buffalo Girls at Weird Fish, and they are none too pleased! Have you been there, since they brought back the Buffalo Girls? What do you think? I feel like I haven’t heard anything positive said about Weird Fish for the last two years. I had the vegan fish and chips basket there once, on an OK Cupid date, but then I stayed away for a year because that date made me feel awkward (as everything in life does) and so over internet dating (Lie—I went on three more Ok Cupid dates before I came to that conclusion). But the basket was delicious! Eventually I went back, with a guy I was actually dating, and the basket was off the menu! I was so sad. Then the relationship ended and I didn’t need to be reminded of our awkward (See! I think it’s me) yet endearing date there, so I haven’t been back. OMG I’m going to die alone but also, is there any reason to go to Weird Fish these days? Are any vegans enjoying themselves there?

[“Then” photo via To Live and Eat in LA; ”Now” photo via Mission Mission]

05/15/2012

Awesome blog alert: Vegan Miss!   »


I don’t remember how I stumbled across this vegan blog, Vegan Miss, but it was pretty recently, and I was like “man, this chica is brilliant.” Then I realized I knew her. Kind of.

Lexy is from the Bay Area, and lives in Chicago! Back in 2008, I went to an event she organized at her college (she was president of the Vegan Society at Loyola—she’s a real go-getter), at which she got Colleen Patrick-Goudreau to speak! It was amazing, and I got my copy of The Joy of Vegan Baking signed! I emailed Lexy shortly afterward to thank her, and thus began my first friendship conducted exclusively over social media.

The years passed and we fell out of contact, but then I found her blog. Check it out! As if you needed further incentive than my enthusiastic “DO IT,” take a look:

Country fried steak. Thank me by inviting me over for dinner when you make this, deal?

02/06/2012

Vegan Grasshopper Pie from delicious vegan food blog Maple Spice! Plus, a recipe! Made with white chocolate creme de menthe mousse. Ridiculous! I want this so badly right now, let’s eat hella pie all the time! Deal? Deal!

Vegan Grasshopper Pie from delicious vegan food blog Maple Spice! Plus, a recipe! Made with white chocolate creme de menthe mousse. Ridiculous! I want this so badly right now, let’s eat hella pie all the time! Deal? Deal!

08/08/2011

I didn’t make it to Veg Speed Dating at Saturn Cafe as I seem resistant to anything not resembling dying alone and being eaten by my cat, surrounded by take-out and delivery boxes in my mess of an apartment. It looks like it was a fun time, as showcased by Eco-gal, who made this snazzy little video of the shenanigans that went down.

My friend Mike (we’re friends, right? Even if we’ve only commented on each others blogs?) attended and does not only have a starring role in the vid (check out the 2:01 mark) he also had very positive (read:not terrifying) things to say:

I thought the event was amazing. There was enough VegENERGY (like that? new word) in the room to turn Emeril vegan! In all seriousness, there were a ton of really wonderful people at the event, and Karen Brighten did a fabulous job setting it up.

Even though there was a wide range of ages, it was fun to have platonic conversations with fellow compassionate humans. Often times, I feel super alone and jaded that I don’t have more vegan friends. It was so nice to have a conversation that didn’t start with, “So, where do you get your protein?” If there is another event in the future, then I will totally be there! Unless, a certain someone snags me off the market!

Ladies?! Who needs speed dating?! I’ll be your personal vegan matchmaker! I’ve watched enough Millionaire Matchmaker to know what I’m doing. Just kidding, Karine, I’m totally at your next event.

05/16/2011

Dude, did you guys know there’s a tumblr dedicated to just photos of and recipes for and videos about vegan pizza?!? SAY WHHAAAAAAT. I am not even kidding, I spent like 45 minutes trying to decide which of their photos to reblog. You see what I do for your people? It’s so very little, but still. ENJOY, fatties!
[Green, cheesy, and delightfully greasy! via veganpizzafuckyeah]

Dude, did you guys know there’s a tumblr dedicated to just photos of and recipes for and videos about vegan pizza?!? SAY WHHAAAAAAT. I am not even kidding, I spent like 45 minutes trying to decide which of their photos to reblog. You see what I do for your people? It’s so very little, but still. ENJOY, fatties!

[Green, cheesy, and delightfully greasy! via veganpizzafuckyeah]

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