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11/20/2013

Vegan guide to SF Bay Area Thanksgiving!   »

Hey friends! Thanksgiving, aka the most glorious time of the year, food-wise, is quickly descending upon us! I can’t wait to see all of your festive food pics this year! In a quandary about what to eat? I got you covered! Of course if I missed anything, be sure to mention it in the comments! After all, that’s how our relationship works, for better or for worse.

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Source restaurant will be offering their annual Gobble Platter, complete with “gobble”, gravy, creamed spinach, candied yams, homemade cranberry sauce, and a side salad. This meal is pretty epic, and I’m seriously looking forward to it! I’ll be eating it as my employee lunch (yippee!) before scooting off to the Peninsula to eat with my own family. Of course Source will be offering an array of desserts, including spice cake snowballs with orange frosting and a living pumpkin cheesecake (from me to you!), though not included in the $20.95 platter price. Mention Vegansaurus for 10% off your Gobble Platter, which will be available all day Thursday and Friday. Call 415-864-9000 for more information, or to make take-out/reservation arrangements. 

Souley Vegan is offering a SCRUMPTIOUS looking Thanksgiving day brunch buffet, 11am to 5pm. There are so many items to choose from, including a tofu loaf with rosemary gravy, blueberry waffles, herb mashed potatoes, southern fried tofu, pumpkin cheesecake with warm caramel sauce and your choice of two mimosas or draft beers. The price of this buffet is still up in the air, but I was told it will be in the ballpark of $20 - $25. Call 510-922-1615 for more details

The Plant Cafe is offering a prix fixe three-course meal, which includes a soup course, salad course, and featuring an entree of a red-wine braised portobello mushroom and lentil stew, with a pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. I believe the entire meal is gluten-free as well as vegan. The meal is by reservation only, from 2pm - 8pm. It’s $50 for adults and $25 for children under the age of 12. Wine flights are available for $25. Call 415-984-1973 for more details, or to make reservations! 

Hella Vegan Eats is offering a “Festive Feast,” which is available for pick-up or delivery on Wednesday, November 27th. Time is running out, as they ask you please place your order by Thursday, November 21st! I love Hella Vegan Eats so very much; I can only imagine how spectacular their Thanksgiving feast must be! Reserve your order by calling 510-282-8233. (Please note side-dishes and desserts are only available in addition to the Festive Feast) 

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New-to-the scene cuties, Ashley and Kyle Knies, of From the Garden, are offering a Thanksgiving meal box, which they will deliver to you on Wednesday, November 27th (minimum order, two boxes). The boxes of food are $30 each and includes such delectable items as  an Herbed-Lentil loaf, apple-cranberry stuffing, green bean casserole with crispy onions, and garlic mashed potatoes! Dessert is also available for an additional fee. To reserve a box, or ask any questions (single savory items, and couple selections of pies are available) email chefkyleknies@gmail.com! 

Millennium is almost surely doing something because they always do so if you want to fancy it up, holler at them pretty soon (415-345-3900 x10) because I know they sell out and that would suck if your fancy thing was a bust because you slept on it. (And Uh, if you can, let us know in the comments what the deal is??)

If you want to bring home the Thanksgiving fun, you can get Hodo Soy Beanery yuba roast (supposedly very delicious!) from goodeggs.comOf course, Whole Foods always offers a vegan dinner available for pick-up at their many locations, while “faux turkeys” or holiday roasts are now sold at Rainbow, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. For your dessert needs, I’m always pretty stoked with the ready-made pies at Rainbow. There’s also Mission Pie, Timeless Coffee and of course pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls at Cinnaholic! Make sure you make your orders asap, as many bakeries have strict deadlines and cut-off dates!  

BONUS: If you know people in Los Angeles — check out our Los Angeles Vegan Thanksgiving Guide!

{Source Gobble Platter photo via Quarrygirl!}

07/12/2013

The next East Bay Vegan Bakesale is coming!

Just like before, the bakesale will be held in front of Issues (20 Glen Ave at Piedmont in Oakland) on Sunday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and, as usual, will benefit two great causes: Bad Rap for pit bulls, and Girl Army, Oakland’s peer-taught self-defense collective! Please check out both these very worthy organizations, and get ready to show your support for them in the form of chowing down!

To further tempt you, the participating bakers include Vegansaurus favorites Timeless Coffee, Cinnaholic,  Pepples Donuts, and Fat Bottom Bakery!
Plus there’ll be a prizes, including:
A $50 gift certificate to Millennium RestaurantA gift certificate to Hella Vegan EatsA gift certificate and prize packs to ISSUESA gift certificate to Timeless Coffee Roastery and BakeryA “Tea Tasting for Two” at Tea Here NowA $30 gift certificate to University Press BooksA $25 gift certificate to Amoeba BerkeleyA subscription to VegNews and a pack of zines!
Not bad, right? Get more info and keep up with the EBVB with Twitter and Facebook. See you on Sunday, Oakland!

The next East Bay Vegan Bakesale is coming!

Just like before, the bakesale will be held in front of Issues (20 Glen Ave at Piedmont in Oakland) on Sunday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and, as usual, will benefit two great causes: Bad Rap for pit bulls, and Girl Army, Oakland’s peer-taught self-defense collective! Please check out both these very worthy organizations, and get ready to show your support for them in the form of chowing down!

To further tempt you, the participating bakers include Vegansaurus favorites Timeless CoffeeCinnaholic,  Pepples Donuts, and Fat Bottom Bakery!

Plus there’ll be a prizes, including:

A $50 gift certificate to Millennium Restaurant
A gift certificate to Hella Vegan Eats
A gift certificate and prize packs to ISSUES
A gift certificate to Timeless Coffee Roastery and Bakery
A “Tea Tasting for Two” at Tea Here Now
A $30 gift certificate to University Press Books
A $25 gift certificate to Amoeba Berkeley
A subscription to VegNews and a pack of zines!

Not bad, right? Get more info and keep up with the EBVB with Twitter and Facebook. See you on Sunday, Oakland!

01/18/2013

Animal Place is having a Cinnaholic giveaway!  »

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"Cinnamon Toast Crunch" Roll

I pretty much covered it in the headline but yes, Animal Place is giving away TWO Cinnaholic gift certificates! As it says, you don’t have to be in the Bay Area but it’s just for US residents. A couple years ago I ordered a bunch of their rolls to Philadelphia and I can confirm they travel well and are ridiculously good!

Vegan sweets-lovers, go enter!

12/30/2011

I’m really craving a Cinnaholic roll right now (as I’m wont to do, as they’re DELICIOUS) and so I’m extra feeling this vegan zombie/Cinnaholic video which is adorable and SPOOKY and extra delicious. Check out all those flavor syrups — I totally would’ve mixed them all together to make one mega-flavor. Fuck it, it’s a zombie apocalypse—we’re all gonna die, time to go a little crazy.

It’s late and I’m a little drunk so that’s what with all the swearing. CINNAMON ROLLS 4 LYFE! GOOD NIGHT!

10/12/2011

CONTEST CLOSED. Vegansaurus Giveaway: VIP Tickets to VegNews Book Bash with Spork Foods! (HELLO, there’s a Cinnaholic cinnamon bun BAR)  »

Contest closed! The winners are Brandi and Rachel! We will contact you soon!! Yay!! If you didn’t win, never fear! There are options:

1) If you want to volunteer at the party, they’re in need of a handful of volunteers and you get:

1—A free tik

2—Free food and drinks

3—A free signed copy of Spork-Fed

4—A free VegNews tee

Email cholland AT vegnews DOT com if you’re interested!

2) You can still buy tickets here!

SO NO MATTER WHAT YOU BETTER COME!

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Great news! Vegansaurus has just secured four VIP tickets to the VegNews Book Bash with Spork Foods, despite the event’s being almost sold-out! We have connections, what can I say. I am going to be at the party (I’ll be under the Cinnaholic cinnamon bun bar), and I hope you will, too! We’re giving away two pairs of these coveted tickets, which include sumptuous vegan appetizers, all-you-can drink cocktails, a signed copy of the brand-new Spork-Fed cookbook, all the photobooth photos you can take, and, yes, the aforementioned cinnamon bun bar. And this all takes place on VegNews' gorgeous rooftop deck in the Mission. Seriously, it's the prettiest and most glamourous place in this filth-ball city!

We’re gonna give them out in sets of two. That’s two sets of two VIP tickets, if my math is correct! For a chance to win, just tell me what your current favorite vegan cookbook is (side note: did you see that Vegan Pie in the Sky is out?! So exciting! Buy a million copies! Plus, we’ve heard there are recipes for OLIVE OIL CRUST and MIND-BLOWING CHEESECAKES. Hello!), and I’ll draw two winners this Friday at 5 p.m.. That’s in TWO DAYS! So get to stepping! The same day we stop selling our t-shirts! And the Vegucated tickets giveaway ends! Friday is a big day!! Please only enter if you can definitely make the party (Friday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m.). More details here! Now, enter!

Plus, we’ll get to hang out? How awesome will that be?? The answer is: VERY AWESOME because I am like, the cutest, coolest, sexiest, smartest, most down-to-earth lady you’ll ever have the pleasure of lying under a cinnamon bun bar with. Let’s do this!

Finally, let’s drool over the Cinnaholic cinnamon bun below and dream up our most favorite topping combo would be. Oh! If you don’t want to tell me your favorite vegan cookbook, let me know your favorite cinnamon roll topping combo OMG SO FUN.

10/11/2011

Ecorazzi Eats Restaurant Week! We’re all invited!  »


Ecorazzi Eats
, beginning tomorrow, is a nationwide celebration of sustainable (bleh), vegetarian (OK), and vegan (huzzah!) restaurants! There are all kinds of deals and specials for this eco-restaurant week. It’s kind of exciting.

Let’s look at the restaurants participating! L.A. is really putting out; SF is not representing so well, but Berkeley is picking up the slack! That’s right, everyone’s favorite cinnamon roll shoppe is in on this:

Cinnaholic: Free “Old Skool Roll“ ($4.25 value) with the purchase of any regular priced roll.

Nice. You can afford Cinnaholic!

Sacramento is in on the action, too: get a free dessert or iced tea with any purchase at Sugar Plum Vegan Cafe!

As for New York, guess who’s going to Candle Cafe! THIS GUY:

Candle Cafe: A 10 percent discount for all dine-in customers that mention Ecorazzi Eats Restaurant Week.

Gobo in NYC is also participating with a three-course tasting at $25 per person. I do love a tasting! I think I’ll have to check that out too. 

There are lots of other restaurants participating in other cities—though none in Philly! Poor show, Philly, poor show. You can check the Ecorazzi Eats site for all the listings. So, who’s going?! Tell me which restaurant you’re going to! More importantly, who wants to go with me?!

09/23/2011

Party at VegNews for awesome new vegan cookbook!  »

First, I LOVE ANIMATED GIFS. Second, we’re all totally going to this party, right? I mean, I am for sure. There’s a Cinnaholic cinnamon bun bar. A BAR of CINNAMON BUNS. Did I stutter!? I am gonna lay down and have them literally bury me in cinnamon buns and then eat my way out while you all watch in horror/admiration. I will be your new queen! Imagine the possibilities!

Oh yeah, the party is for Spork-Fed, the Spork Sister’s first book! I’ve heard that it’s ridiculously adorable and filled with tons of delicious recipes. Plus, everyone who meets those girls falls immediately in love and wants to be/marry them, so right away we have a lot in common. Except they have a book deal and a cinnamon bun bar. How have I failed so badly when I’ve had every advantage!? Damn my crippling laziness and intellectual handicaps.

Anyway, buy your tickets ($35 and includes a copy of the book!) so we can relax on VegNews’s gorgeous rooftop in the mission, drink hella champagne, eat all the food, and be the best together!

08/04/2011

$1 deeeeelicious cinnamon rolls this Sunday, Aug. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. to celebrate Cinnaholic's one year anniversary! Congrats, Cinnaholic! We love you very much and thank you for making us fatter and more awesome in your year of service to our communal fatness/awesomeness. SEE YOU RAD LARD ASSES ON SUNDAY!
xoxo,
Queen LaLa (that’s “Lard Ass Lard Ass”)

$1 deeeeelicious cinnamon rolls this Sunday, Aug. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. to celebrate Cinnaholic's one year anniversary! Congrats, Cinnaholic! We love you very much and thank you for making us fatter and more awesome in your year of service to our communal fatness/awesomeness. SEE YOU RAD LARD ASSES ON SUNDAY!

xoxo,

Queen LaLa (that’s “Lard Ass Lard Ass”)

02/25/2011

Oatmeal, obese monkeys, and breast-milk ice cream in this week’s link-o-rama!  »


First, and most important! IT’S MY BIRTHDAY! Happy birthday TO ME! You can thank my parents for their gift to the world.


[Latest documentary/cartoon from Cats Vs Human. What if I just call cartoons “documentaries” from now on? And phone calls will be “radio interviews”!]

They are selling breast-milk ice cream in London. BREAST-MILK ICE CREAM. While I’d rather die than eat breast-milk ice cream (right now I’d rather die than move, though), I’m in full support of this because it’s hilarious and brightens my world. Well Ok, I think maybe I’d try breast-milk ice cream for like $20,000. But is it going to pull in weird fetishists? Survey says: Probs.

Hey! Did you know that the SF SPCA appointed new presidents last month? Yes, more than one president! Two presidents—they’re calling it Four-Legged Leadership! One a super-savvy business man and the other a genius veterinarian. 

Jerk scientists are getting poor monkeys fat and not letting them exercise, because we definitely can’t find any people like that to test on. The New York Times will tell you all about it!

PCRM is suing the federal government because the new nutrition guidelines are crap! They don’t like the “doublespeak” and “mumbo jumbo” the USDA uses when it should be calling out meat and dairy. I have a bone to pick with them too! Three servings of dairy, really? REALLY? CRAP!

UNC and Duke have picked Eating Animals as their summer reading requirement! I was supposed to read the biography of George Washington. Definitely did that. 

From Mark Bittman, we have the most in-depth discussion of oatmeal I’ve ever seen! Specifically, oatmeal from McDonald’s: “Incredibly, the McDonald’s product contains more sugar than a Snickers bar and only 10 fewer calories than a McDonald’s cheeseburger or Egg McMuffin. (Even without the brown sugar it has more calories than a McDonald’s hamburger.)” Yowza!

Do you have a vegan tattoo? A tattoo with vegan subject matter? Super! Submit it to new website veganink.com and let’s get this party started!

Over at veganbaking.net, you can read an interview with Cinnaholic’s Shannon Michelle! Read all about how Cinnaholic came together and get advice for your own vegan baking biz! Can we all agree that Shannon Michelle is dead-sexy?!

The veggie internet has been a buzz about this story from Yahoo sports Vegetarianism is all the rage in MMA! That’s ultimate fighting. It’s a sport. I guess.

There was a big earthquake in New Zealand! The Search Dog Foundation is on the case! New Zealand has its own dogs but the SDF’s training leader is going over to help with the search and rescue. We wish them the best of luck! Be safe and save people!

Lastly, don’t forget about the East Bay Vegan Bakesale tomorrow! Get treats, get pudgy!

02/24/2011

Yo! Heads up! Half-off a dozen Cinnaholic cinnamon rolls sent to your face! Oh, and Daily Gourmet is another Groupon-type service that’s catering toward more natural and vegan shit so might be worth watching. I have a love/hate thing with these services. I mean, I currently have 1 million Groupons and other such group coupons and I CAN’T STOP BUYING THEM. The next time I try to buy a half-off Pilates class, please stop me, because lord knows, I’m not going at ANY price. Now, please excuse me while I go eat at No Worries 50 times to work off that last Living Social deal.

Yo! Heads up! Half-off a dozen Cinnaholic cinnamon rolls sent to your face! Oh, and Daily Gourmet is another Groupon-type service that’s catering toward more natural and vegan shit so might be worth watching. I have a love/hate thing with these services. I mean, I currently have 1 million Groupons and other such group coupons and I CAN’T STOP BUYING THEM. The next time I try to buy a half-off Pilates class, please stop me, because lord knows, I’m not going at ANY price. Now, please excuse me while I go eat at No Worries 50 times to work off that last Living Social deal.

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