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07/13/2011

Product review: Rising Moon Stuffed Shells!  »

This new store, Ivy Garden, opened in Park Slope (Gowanus?) and it’s my new favorite place on earth. They have so much vegan food! AND it’s right off my subway stop (stop stalking me!). One thing they have that I hadn’t tried before is Rising Moon Stuffed Shells. Jeez louise, guys! These are SO GOOD! I love them. The ricotta is totally great. I don’t remember if it’s exactly like dairy ricotta but it’s hella good.

That’s kind of all I wanted to say. If you see this stuff somewhere, totally try it.

07/11/2011

Guest post: Vegansaurus NYC: Red Bamboo is delicious!  »

Go to Red Bamboo. GO NOW!

This is what it looks like.

I’m pretty sure those two people aren’t always there so don’t consider them a landmark.

I have been fairly interested in having a big meal at this establishment ever since I’d first heard the buzz. One of my louder vegan pals had raved about one of their burgers declaring it the NYC faux-meat mecca; I raised my eyebrow.

I invited my friend, Michael, he’s a lovely vegan and also a lovely person, and we had  great time. The ambiance is pleasant and the service was excellent. Please note that I work in the restaurant business and I don’t just throw around the word “excellent” when it comes to waiter skills. I got standards! And I thought the food was super good.

They have an extensive menu with a TON of options on it. However, it is a vegetarian place, not a vegan place, but all the vegan food items are clearly marked. Yay for convenience. Boo for not being 100 percent vegan.

To be clear. This Red Bamboo food is not healthy food. It is not for the ultra-health-conscious. Do not go to Red Bamboo if you are in the mood for a salad. I know many folks like to keep their grub on the “whole food” side, and I would not recommend a Red Bamboo outing for you folks. It is for junk food lovers!

We had buffalo wings for an appetizer. (sorry, no photo, I was busy EATING) Then we had 2 entrees. Michael is nice so we shared a little.

I had the cashew “chicken.”

Yum city! Seriously some of the best “chicken” I’ve had in my young vegan life. My mouth is totally watering looking at this pic.

Michael had a dish whose name I can’t remember. I think it was Dante’s Cuisine? I scanned the online menu and that was the only thing that sounded familiar. Whatevs. It was good.

I’m way too hungry to be writing this right now.

I say yay Red Bamboo. Deliciousness! Not too expensive either and huge portions; I took some home and ate it for lunch the next day.

We also had a peanut butter chocolate something cake? It was awesome. I LIKE EATING! I especially liked eating at Red Bamboo and will definitely go again. Yum yum. Apparently they had another location in Brooklyn and it used to be yummier but they revamped it and serve dead things now? Two thoughts on this: 1) TOTAL HATE; 2) The West Village one is plenty yummy. Still eat there. Don’t let that Brooklyn incident keep you away from the drumsticks. You’re worth it.

Laura Yasinitsky is a writer, comic, waitress, and animal-lover based in New York City. She has appeared on Comedy Central’s Open-Mic Fight and writes for US Weekly’s Fashion Police. You can follow her silliness on Twitter @LaraYaz and read about her animal friendly adventures here.

07/06/2011

Vegansaurus NYC: Champs Bakery in Brooklyn!  »


I stopped by Brooklyn’s Champs Bakery the other day specifically so that I could tell you all about it. I’m so nice to you. It’s not a shiny-happy-people-holding-hands type of bakery but it feels like a neighborhood joint, which has its own appeal. I will definitely have to go again because they had all these sandwiches I didn’t try. I did, however, get some biscuits and gravy! They were jalapeño biscuits so they were a bit too spicy for me (they ran out of the regular, I think you have to show up on the early side for the full selection), but they were still totally great, and the gravy was good too.

I also got a rosemary scone that I was pretty into. It was odd to eat rosemary in something sweet, but it was interesting and good. They don’t have the widest selection but it’s all the necessities—lots of muffins and scones. I love vegan scones! It’s the food of my people, plus vegan. There were also cupcakes and cinnamon rolls and whatnot. I think though that the savory items may be what set this bakery apart from the Babycakeses of the world. And you can totally sit down there and eat so that is nice.

So I say, if you’re in the hood, you should definitely stop by. You can get lunch and then grab a scone to save for breakfast.

07/01/2011

Ooh fancy! Ecouterre’s got the story on Collina Strada for KAIGHT’s Cartella messenger bag made from recycled canvas and vegan leather,  dyed with eco inks—it’s manufactured in New York City, and 10 percent of KAIGHT’s profits from the sale of this and the other two bags in the line will benefit Brooklyn’s BARC Animal Shelter.
Man, environmentally friendly leather alternatives, awesome prints, made in the U.S.A.—everything about these bags is right.*
*Or at least this one, the other two aren’t in shapes I super-love, but I don’t have money so my opinion is moot. This one is hot, anyway!

Ooh fancy! Ecouterre’s got the story on Collina Strada for KAIGHT’s Cartella messenger bag made from recycled canvas and vegan leather, dyed with eco inks—it’s manufactured in New York City, and 10 percent of KAIGHT’s profits from the sale of this and the other two bags in the line will benefit Brooklyn’s BARC Animal Shelter.

Man, environmentally friendly leather alternatives, awesome prints, made in the U.S.A.—everything about these bags is right.*

*Or at least this one, the other two aren’t in shapes I super-love, but I don’t have money so my opinion is moot. This one is hot, anyway!

06/29/2011

What do to with a murdered goose: eat it! Obviously!  »


New York City is set to kill a bunch of geese, again. This year, however, instead of gassing them and throwing their bodies in a landfill, NYC made a deal with a Pennsylvania slaughterhouse to truck the geese there, where they’ll be killed, processed, and sent to Pennsylvania food banks.

According to the New York Times, “much of the outcry” came from not anger at killing the geese last year, but that “literally tons of tasty, high-protein free-range meat (an adult goose can weigh 25 pounds) [was left] to rot in garbage heaps.” Yeah! I remember, um, none of that. Maybe it’s true, though—maybe In Defense of Animals is super-angry because the goose meat was wasted. It’s definitely not because geese that have lived in human-populated areas are unfit for human consumption, full of “PCBs, pesticides, and heavy metals.” And the geese chilling in Prospect Park right now because they are molting and therefore “temporarily unable to fly” are definitely huge threats to airplanes.

Delicious, dangerous geese: destroy and devour! What choice does New York have? Obviously none, or else this wouldn’t be happening. Right?

[photo by TexasEagle on Flickr]

06/27/2011

Megan Rascal & Erin Red take on Pine Box Rock Shop!  »

Do you know what happens when two kickass vegan broads meet up at a vegan bar in Brooklyn?

WAFFLES HAPPEN, THAT’S WHAT!

And awesome conversation over vegan Bloody Marys too! Your favorite East Coast badasses, Megan Rascal and Erin Red, stopped into Pine Box Rock Shop recently after hearing about their weekly Waffle Brunch (every Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.). First on the agenda were some beverages to whet our appetites—Megan enjoyed some pretty all right mimosas while Erin Red sampled PBRS’ much-hyped Bloody Marys. Good thing our voracious vegan appetites were on duty because these drinks were NOT small! The Bloody Marys were practically meals in themselves, with pickled veggies and celery and rich, layered flavors resulting in quite a kick in the pants. The mimosas were decent. The waffles were fluffy and scrumptious, and in true form we managed to sample three amazing toppings: peach compote, whiskey chocolate walnut (if I’m remembering correctly), and traditional maple syrup with Earth Balance. Holy YUM; they practically had to roll us out of there! 


The venue was open and airy, and the crowd was surprisingly big and diverse for a Sunday afternoon. We enjoyed the live music and the scenery, and DEFINITELY took note of the extensive and creative cocktail menu! Pine Box Rock Shop looks like a perfect venue for vegans to bring their omni pals—fill them with waffles and convince them to go vegan over a few vegan White Russians. PERF!

06/02/2011

Big June: Dairy Month AND Adopt a Shelter Cat Month! Guess which one we’re not celebrating  »


Yes, it’s Dairy Month. Eff that noise, dairy-eating jerks! It’s also Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. Yay! I have a shelter cat who is the most perfect little cat you’ve ever met. Oh, little Mits! You’re the cutest! Please stop scratching up the furniture!

Above is Lilac, who is at a shelter here in Brooklyn. You should adopt her! Look at those eyes! Hey, if any of you know of a nice shelter kitty looking for a home, send me a pic during June and I’ll post it! Let’s get some cats adopted!

Here’s some kitty stats for you from the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy:

Data from shelters participating in the survey done by the NCPPSP for four years, 24.9 percent of the dogs and 23.4 percent of the cats were adopted into new homes. The percentage of dogs euthanized averaged 56.5 percent. The cats did not fair so well as an average of 71.1 percent were destroyed. It is not possible to use these statistics to estimate the numbers of animals adopted or euthanized on an annual basis. The reporting shelters may not represent a random sampling of U.S. shelters.

Dang, 71 percent? That sucks. It’s probably higher now; that study was done in the ’90s, pre-mortgage-meltdown. I hear a lot more pets are being surrendered these days because people are forced to move. The site was also saying that the majority of people get cats from other people they know and not from a shelter—you know what that means? Everybody knows some jerks who can’t spay or neuter their cats or think it’s cute to have a litter. It’s not fucking cute. Get your cat fixed!

I remember when I got Mitsy spayed, she didn’t even care. But she’s a total thug. The day I brought her home after surgery, they told me she might hide for a bit but she didn’t hide or act any different or anything; she was just like, “nbd, just got my kitten-machine clipped.” They shaved a little bit of her hair and put a pain-killer patch on her—kind of cool! I didn’t know they had patches for that. I was supposed to leave the patch on her for four days, but like 10 minutes after she got home, she ripped that thing off! I tried to stick the corners back down but then she was just like, “blammo!” and ripped it off, pulling out fur and whatnot. She didn’t even care! She’s like, “I don’t feel no stinking pain! Pain is for suckers!”  See what I’m saying? THUG.

Care2.com has a nice list of things to consider before adopting a cat, check it out! One such thing: adopt two! Then they can keep each other company, so you won’t feel guilty when you’re working late, leaving poor Lilac* home alone all night. Read the list and then go out and get your cat!

One last thing: I’d love to hear some adoption stories in the comments! Happy adoption stories are the best!

*Or the cat of your choice!

05/10/2011

Fundraiser for Japan! Tonight’s the night! It’s gonna be all right! ‘Cause I love you girl! Etc.!  »


The hour is upon us, my friends! DJ Megan Rascal is warming up the ones and twos! We are going to 1) raise money for Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support and Americares, and 2) TURN THIS MOTHER OUT. In no particular order.

To recap:

Tuesday, May 10, from 7 to 11:30 p.m. at Southpaw, 125 5th Ave. in Brooklyn.

It’s $15 and 18 and over. Yay, kids! You can hang! The event has a Facebook page and you can buy advance tickets on Southpaw’s website. Southpaw kind of rules so this should be fun! It’s only a few blocks from my place, so you might see me wheeling my records over. Say hi!

If you want a preview of my skillz, you can check out and download (for free!) a few of my mixes on Last.fm.

Come on down! Make SURE you say hi to me if you come because I don’t know anyone else who’s going. You don’t even have to say “hi,” you can get straight to the point.

04/29/2011

The Worldwide Vegan Bakesale is ON, son!  »

Check the site for where your local bakesale is, but there’s some in SF and NYC! Dang, what did you guys do to deserve this? There are THREE BAKESALES around the Bay on Saturday, Apr. 30! That’s a lot of Earth Balance!

Oakland!
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Splash Pad Park (Grand and Lake Park Avenues) near the Grand Lake Farmers’ Market

Join us for a yummy vegan bake sale to benefit Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary. We are looking for both eaters and bakers to support our
event. All baked goods are vegan! To join in, email
christine@harvesthomeanimal.org

Marin!
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of Cafe Trio, 363 3rd St. in San Rafael (Montecito Shopping Plaza)

Looking for bakers and eaters of delectable vegan treats for Marin County’s first vegan bakesale, in celebration of the Worldwide Vegan Bakesale and in solidarity with the people and animals of Japan.

Proceeds will go to Kinship Circle and Doctors Without Borders to support their work, especially in Japan relief efforts. Email marinveganbakesale@gmail.com to get involved!

Willow Glen (San Jose)!
Saturday, noon to 2 p.m. at Baby Buzz Café, 1314 Lincoln Ave. (in Charming Willow Glen) San Jose.

Stroll the boulevard and have a treat or two, take some home. We have vegan zucchini muffins, strawberry mini cakes, Cho-P-nut butter cookies, focaccia bread, muffins, seed breads, fruit pies, beer bread, Psycho Donuts, doggie treats and more! All vegan, slave-free, and organic! We’re raffling a copy of Vegan Planet, dollar-off coupons, and sunshine and smiles!

All proceeds will go to support of 13th Street Cat Rescue and The Food Empowerment Project. BAKERS WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE! We also need doggie treat bakers! Call (408) 355.0436 with questions.


East-Coasters do not fear! There are also two in NYC this weekend!

Brooklyn!
Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m. at Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan St.

We’d love for you to stop by and grab a delicious treat and perhaps a beverage to wash it down. Plus we all know you have a soft spot for kitties and fun!

Proceeds will go towards Power Street Cats' springtime Trap-Neuter-Return project and VegPress' outreach fund. For more info, email bkveganbakesale@gmail.com.

Manhattan!
When: Sunday, May 1, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Mooshoes, 78 Orchard St.

We’ll be there with cookies, cupcakes and all manner of deliciousness. The good folks from For the Animals will also be there selling handmade jewelry and answering any questions you may have about the sanctuary. And Hannah Kaminsky, author of My Sweet Vegan, will be there signing copies of her new book, Vegan Desserts: Sumptuous Sweets for Every Season!

All proceeds will benefit For the Animals Sanctuary, Blairstown, N.J. For more info, email seitansaiddance@gmail.com.

Everybody, get out and get chunky! It’s time to eat for charity!

[Photo from NYC Vegan Bakeslae by Eva Prokop. Try not to die from its cuteness/sanitation issues. Screw it, I’d rather that kitten touch something I ate than most humans, for reals.]

04/19/2011

Save the date: May 10 NYC fundraiser for Japan  »

Hey everybody, guess what! There is going to be a benefit for Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support and Americares! But you haven’t heard the best part: I’m going to DJ! Huzzah! So now you HAVE to go.

I think I’m just spinning between bands and announcements so, essentially, I’m TOP BILLING. But don’t worry, I’m going to be so good, everybody will die. But not before eating delicious vegan food from V-Spot, Gonepie and more!

Here’s the skinny:

Tuesday, May 10, from 7 to 11:30 p.m.
Southpaw
, 125 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

It’s $15 and 18 and over. Yay, kids! You can hang! The event has a Facebook page and you can buy advance tickets on Southpaw’s website. Southpaw kind of rules so this should be fun! It’s only a few blocks from me so you might see me wheeling my records over. Say hi!

If you want a preview of my skillz, you can check out and download (for free!) a few of my mixes on Last.fm.

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