This fun-filled afternoon includes a doggie costume contest, food trucks, live mariachi music, adoptable animals, an exciting dog rally training course, Ask-A-Trainer Q&A, Ask-A-Vet Q&A, free dental checks for dogs, pet-related vendors, and more.
Chihuahua mixes represent a disproportionately large and growing percentage of dogs in Bay Area shelters. The Whole Enchihuahua aims to educate the public about Chihuahua overpopulation, while giving San Franciscans an excuse to spend a fun day in the park among adorable dogs!
Want your own little big-eyed pocket-puppy pal? The SF SPCA can introduce you to some little dogs in need of forever homes. After all, having a dog can save your life.
Need more convincing? Look at some photos of last year’s event! Tiny fancy dogs in tiny fancy costumes!
The Whole Enchihuahua goes down on Saturday, May 18, from noon to 3 p.m. in Dolores Park, and the costume contest starts at 2. Get details (many, many details) at SF SPCA. ¡Olé!
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Hey Bay Area chihuahua-owners and admirers! Get to Dolores Park on Saturday, June 2, for an awareness event all about your favorite tiny dog! The SF SPCA and 7x7 magazine are hosting The Whole Enchihuahua, a fun-times outdoor event for you and your titchy canine!
There’ll be a costume contest (exclusively for dogs who enjoy dressing up), food trucks, a prize wheel, a mariachi band, a vet to answer your burning (not literally) (we hope) pet-health questions, and an adoption event! You could meet the chihuahua of your dreams—or some other animal, they’re flexible.
Check out the details at 7x7, including the giant prize package for the costume contest winner. Whether you love those little buggers up close or from afar, this is the event for you.
Queer veggie potluck in Dolores Park on Friday! »
Rachel here, on the vegan Pride beat again. I’ve drawn a Venn Diagram for you so you can understand better what’s going on:
As you know (because I told you a few weeks ago!), there will be some hot vegan action at the San Francisco Pride Festival this weekend. What you might NOT have known is that you can start that action early by going to the Food Not Bombs vegetarian potluck on Friday afternoon, as a side of asparagus to the Transmarch’s seitan picatta. Did that even make sense?
Never mind. Here’s what they say about it:
“Join SF FNB for our annual tradition—the Chez Gay cafe and potluck at the Transmarch! We’ve been doing this for four years now and are super excited for it to be this time of year again! San Francisco Food Not Bomb will provide some food, be cooking veggies at the park, but PLEASE bring veg food to share.
All are welcome to share food and eat.
(As always?) bonus points awarded for:
*bringing food to share or chopped food to grill
*remembering your own utensil / plate
*dressing in costume—double points if it’s French
*wearing your “vintage” chez gay tuxedo t-shirt (if you want one I think we still have the screen to make some the morning of)
*volunteering to cook in the hot sun
If you would like to volunteer for prep work or cooking at the park, email!
We’re generally a chill bunch, but disrespect for queer, trans, genderqueer or gender variant folks will not be tolerated.
Friday, June 24 at 3 p.m.
They use rainbow colors in their blog posts! Just go!
Sometimes it’s almost our birthdays and we feel unaccomplished and sad; sometimes there are kiwi shortages, and robots milk cows: it’s this week’s link-o-rama! »
Ein Geburtstagskuchen! Really, any cake is a birthday cake if you deem it so. This is vegan Schwarzwälderkirschtorte—lecker! [photo by benjamin_lebsanft]
Tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 20, Dolores Park Works will hold a Dolores Park Clean-up! Your Vegansaurus wholeheartedly endorses this endeavor, what with loving Dolores Park so terribly, terribly much, and we owe it to our neighborhood to go! Meet at the Dolores Park Works-branded toolbox behind the tennis courts at 18th and Dolores Streets at 10 a.m. tomorrow; DPW will provide all the equipment, and work is scheduled until 2 p.m.
There’s an international kiwi crisis brewing as the trees are being clobbered by a nasty bacteria called PSA. “International” because Italy actually produces more kiwifruits than New Zealand, annually. The U.S. and Russia, among others, are looking at meagre winter harvests, so countries that import most of their staples can expect those prices to increase between 11 and 20 percent next year. Because poor countries don’t have enough problems! In China, the government has begun distributing food subsidies in the form of money and actual comestibles, as food prices there went up 10 percent in ONE MONTH, and inflation grows faster than people’s incomes. UGH.
Meanwhile we are still the luckiest jerks: California is full of awesome farmers markets, and we’ve got Local Harvest, which helps you determine not just your nearest awesome farmers markets, but where all the food sold there came from. The USDA keeps a national list of farmers markets, too. If you can take advantage of this, DO IT. You owe it to everyone who eats food with a massive carbon footprint because that’s the only food they can get. We’re so well off, there’s no excuse not to be selective about our groceries. You eat vegan, local, organic food, and know that in that part of your life you really are doing your best. No brags, no smugs, just dedication to the right thing. Well OK, maybe we in the U.S. aren’t the best-best off: Grist hosts two solid debates on the Food Safety Modernization Act that, in part reveal that our current standards are depressingly low. Um, so maybe you’d like a recipe for spiced sweet potatoes? Possibly the most depressingly recounted recipe ever written in English?
Our pal Justine Quart, interviewer of vegan burlesque queens, has written a fantastic article in the SFAppeal on the problem of shark fin soup in San Francisco and how it’s being addressed. Goodness it is an EXCELLENT article, you really must read it. A horrible human being has been strangling seagulls with beer cans since at least Nov. 3. Thank goodness, Wild Rescues saved one gull this week! Here’s a small good thing: the California Beer and Beverage Distributors doubled the bounty for the fuckface bird-torturer. If you need to indulge in a little vicarious revenge, Netflix is streaming Whale Wars season three. Just imagine you are steering the boat, only it’s your fist, and it’s going right into the bird-strangler’s throat. When you open your eyes again, you have committed zero violent acts, just as it should be.
Hooray, it’s the Week in Vegan, by our own Laura! Unfortunately she made a small error regarding my number-one dream husband Vincent Kartheiser, as the public transportation-lover/car-despising vegan around here is me. Whoops! Lely: the dairy maintenance company of the future? Because robotics? Your Vegansaurus finds all this suspicious and a little creepy. Really, the cows are actually happy? REALLY? Perhaps in this same future we’ll all be wearing nutria-skin hats—nutria, the ethical fur! HA. Or, OK this isn’t so strange: Eric Hanson has drawn a sort of “geography of Thanksgiving,” with illustrations based on the most popular Google recipe searches measured on the day before Thanksgiving. Kentucky’s is “broccoli casserole,” which could be gross, or delicious, depending. Crossing our fingers for delicious, Kentucky!
O, link-o-rama! O, link-o-rama! Animaux, activités, de Friday jusqu’à Monday, il y a tout ce que vous voulez dans le link-o-rama! »
We’re all ’60s-crazy over here, maybe you can tell? Mad Men is nigh (!!!) and we’ve got the silliest songs stuck in our heads, and here comes this amazing Airstream camper for your little dog to perfect our little fantasies. [Straight Line Designs via Pawesome]
On Sunday afternoon, take a tour of the trees in and around Dolores Park with Chris of Mr. Prune Tree Care. The tour will be in English and Spanish, and run about two hours. Meet at the J stop at Church and 18th Streets at 11 a.m. [thanks for the tip, Mission Mission!]
Hands-On Gourmet is hosting an All-American BBQ workshop on Monday, July 12 to teach you how to make the best animal-free, gluten-free barbecue meal ever. Dishes will include burger buns, patties, potato salad, strawberry shortcake, and ice cream! Gluten-free beer will be available for tasting—attendees must be 12 or older. The workshop runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the H.O.G. Kitchen at 2325 3rd St., No. 330; tickets cost $75. Please contact Joshua with any questions.
Wholesome Bakery, in conjunction with Ritual Coffee, will lead cookie and cupcake workshops at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (701 Mission St. at 3rd Street) as part of this summer’s Taste! program. There’s a coffee workshop (duh), too, and an art project called The Ministry of Approximate Travel by local artist Jenny Odell. Every Thursday in July in the Grand Lobby from 6 to 8 p.m. I’d say visit the YBCA’s website for more information, but as of today they actually have no information about it, so.
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People treat animals really poorly, did you know? In Dublin (Calif., not Ireland), some assholes stole a penguin from the zoo, then abandoned her on a fucking sidewalk. HILARIOUS PRANK, guys! Ooh, the new gourmet food is lionfish, because it’s a super-destructive invasive species, wreaking havoc all over the Gulf of Mexico, into the Caribbean, and moving down into South American waters, and “humans are the only predator that can wipe it out.” But how did the lionfish, a native of the western Pacific Ocean, get to the other side of the world? Oh, well, see, people in South Florida who kept them in fishtanks in the ’80s started dumping the fish in the ocean! The wrong ocean! Whoops! And the lionfish figured out how to thrive, and now it’s fucking shit up for coral reefs all over the place. SO LET’S EAT THEM UP TO RECTIFY OUR MISTAKES. Humanity at its best.
Or no, humanity is at its best when it keeps monkeys for research, and the monkeys, because they’re miserable in captivity and hate being experimented on, figure out a genius method of escape, but don’t want to leave all their monkey pals behind, so are “lured back into captivity by scientists armed with peanuts.” I am so proud to be a human right now! BACK BEHIND THE ELECTRIC FENCE, WE MUST CONDUCT MORE TERRIFYING EXPERIMENTS ON YOU, PRIMATE.
People are also totally nasty. KFC makes its buckets from trees in North Carolina’s Green Swamp, which for some reason (money) isn’t protected land, but should be, except (money) KFC is clear-cutting it for fucking buckets. Thanks, government! And thanks, Western “junk food”—you know, your franchises of animal-products-in-everything, plus corn syrup—for giving 15 percent of men and 16 percent of women in Southeast Asia type 2 diabetes! Capitalism, you guys, it’s the best. Free market forever. In San Francisco you won’t be able to buy full-sugar sodas or waters in vending machines on city property anymore, but milk—both dairy and non-dairy!!—will be available. Calories are not all the same, you know—better to get some from protein and fat in soy milk than all from HFCS in a soda, yes? YES.
Deep Roots Animal Sanctuary needs your help to build a coop for their chicken, Mabel, and the chickens they hope to rescue in the future! The coop will be environmentally friendly, Mabel will have friends, and Deep Roots can save more birds. Birds are amazing, did you know? Robins can actually see magnetic fields, which helps them orient themselves. [link via The Telling Compulsion].
Kevin the kestrel is an amazing patient of St. Tiggywinkles [sic] wildlife hospital in Buckinghamshire, England! Someone found him on the ground with a broken leg, and the St. Tiggywinkles staff set it with “a hypodermic needle as a pin, some thin pieces of wire and dental cement.” We wish you a quick and happy recovery, Kevin!
So the president is all, Hey you congressjerks should pass the Food Safety and Modernization Act, it is Srs Bsns. And farmers are getting up on the Facebooks and Twitters, all, We’re safe and good and not harmful of the cows etc., don’t listen to Mercy for Animals, those guys are mean and biased. And I say, I am mean and biased, NO SYMPATHY.
Let’s look at restaurant reviews in the Chronicle! This week, Michael Bauer takes in the “modern neighborhood feel” of Encuentro, and what do you know, his take is very similar to our own Brianna’s! To wit: pretty all right, but could use some improvements. Lucky Oakland with its new restaurants. Lucky SFO, next, getting fancy-pants food from Napa Farms Market in Terminal 2 when it opens in March 2011.
Have you read about the Marines who rescued kittens in Afghanistan? I suppose it means people aren’t 100 percent terrible 100 percent of the time, and it’s nice to see some small acts of kindness in a world of enormous cruelty. Right? Sure.
There’s a vegan bakesale this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. in Dolores Park! It’s to help a young gentleman by the name of Brent Thurman get a bone marrow transplant. GOOD CAUSE, PEOPLE.
Invest in a vegan future, for real this time »
Hey vegans with dollars! Remember when Mission Street Food refused our investment money (or more accurately, refused our money in that “we’ll take your money but not give you any say in the business even though that’s how investment works in the real world”)? Well now’s your chance to put it to use, albeit on a smaller scale. Dolores Park vegan food truck Sunny Vibrations is looking for an investment of $5,000 to hire a new employee and prepare for the warm weather onslaught of hungry Speedo sunbathers/outdoor medical marijuana users. Same deal as before: either buy a $500 share in exchange for future profits, or put up the whole $5,000 for extra bragging rights. Sunny Vibrations has also started serving up Dragon Lines Tempeh, so they’re not just committed to vegan food; they’re also keeping it local whenever they can.
Speaking of awesome food trucks and how we need way more of them, San Francisco City Supervisor Bevan Dufty is calling for a hearing on the rules and permitting process for street food vendors. It will be open to the public on Monday, Mar. 8 so make sure to come down and tell your side of it. Otherwise, NIMBYs will flood the meeting and complain about how we need to shut down small businesses serving vegan food because there were too many people standing on the sidewalk last Sunday, or whatever. One of biggest problems for small business owners is the expense and the complexity of the permitting process. It’s the same problem that’s been plaguing Curry Up Now’s new San Francisco truck, which promises a new vegan menu when it opens but is now over two months behind schedule. So show up to the hearing and get civic, already! If I don’t get a samosa in me, there’s going to be hell to pay.
New Vegan Food Truck on Dolores Park: Sunny Vibrations »
Oh snap, a new food truck called Sunny Vibrations just had their grand opening today on Dolores Park, parked at 20th between Dolores and Church. And it’s GOOD and vegan, and the prices are reasonable. If you’re like me and live or work nearby, or if you’re a sunny day Dolores beach tourist, then this is the elusive five dollar lunch you’ve been searching for. They’re serving Tofurkey sausages, homemade chili, smoothies, juices, Uncle Eddies cookies, various salads, lentil soup, and oh god, the fried plantains with garlic, I want to give you so many Christian side hugs and maybe sneak in a few sinful front hugs when no one’s looking.
And they seem to be doing it right. The owner, Craig Gold, is vegan himself, and he says he’s just cooking the food he likes to eat. The truck is powered with rooftop solar panels, he buys organic produce whenever it’s affordable, and instead of wrapping up all the food in disposable materials, you can leave a small deposit and he’ll lend you a spoon and a bowl or a plate (which I hope he can keep up because the park trash bins are already overflowing). Oh and did I mention the fried plantains with garlic? fuuuccccccck.
Anyway go soon and become a favored regular now, because it’s only a matter of time until it’s you vs the twenty deep line.
Food Carts with Vegan Options! »
These popping-up-everywhere food carts are awesome and we vegans want a piece of that sweet curry/soup/cookie/shaved ice ass. Here are the carts that we’ve sussed/are sussing out for vegan options. If you know of any other carts that cater to vegans, please let us know!! We’re willing to update constantly in the name of hungry vegans everywhere. Or at least in San Francisco.
This Friday (5 June), Sexy Soup Lady will be somewhere in the Mission. She SHOULD be “at the dead end of Linda Street off 19th Street between Valencia & Guerrero Streets,” where a lot of the food carts congregate—but we’re not positive!!—serving up a soup that we believe to be vegan! Apparently she’s thinking Carrot Ginger Coconut. YES, PLEASE!
Just found out from our friends at Mission Mission that Bike Basket Pies is the newest face in food carts! And what a delicious face it is! The proprietor wasn’t able to secure Earth Balance last weekend (and rightfully didn’t gross everyone out by using disgusting margarine!) but next time, it’s VEGANSAURUS TO THE RESCUE! Seriously, we’re working for you fools over here.
Thai Shaved Ice was spotted in Dolores Park this weekend, but you have to stay tuned to their twitter to find out where they’ll be serving up this amazing stuff next.
Magic Curry Kart always has one vegan option on hand, made with tofu and vegetarian Vietnamese “fish” sauce! I want some of that magical curry so bad right now and all I have is this stupid apple. RIDICULOUS.
Amuse Bouche SF might also have some vegan stuff. They definitely have vegetarian options (hooray!) but we’re emailing/twittering/smoke-signaling to find out and will report back our findings soon!
I think the moral of this whole story is that you have to be on twitter to find out where all the good street food eats of the world are, so if you’re not on yet, GIVE IN. It wasn’t cute when you waited five years to get a cell phone either [Ed.: MEAVE]. And while you’re at it, follow Vegansaurus too! We give away shit on our twitter sometimes so there’s extra incentive. Actually, that’s a lie but we’ll start now. Maybe. SELF-PROMOTION IS COSTLY AND EXHAUSTING.
Review: Delfina! »
I wrote this review of Delfina awhile ago on the Yelp site but I will just publish it here now. Fuck Yelp. I kid, that site is great. I’ll probably update it later but not now, I have about 60 emails to respond to and a million things to do in the hour I get to be on the internet today. Fuck me sideways.
Everyone sit down, Mama has some news. I went on a date tonight. That’s right; I’m not sure if you are ready to let your little Laura fly away into coupledom during which time Yelp will become the red-headed step child I am ashamed of and lock in the basement and occasionally beat. This time, next week, I’ll most likely be engaged to be married. Unless I’m really not. Which brings me the actual date. Here is how the big D went down and I can be 100 percent honest because I’m like 90 percent sure this fool is way too cool for school/Yelp. We met through a mutual friend and he emailed me to ask me to have coffee (GAY) and talk about how the world is fucked. I, of course, am amenable on the world being fucked front and so I said, how about you buy me dinner (as I am poor AND fat! Some might call me a double-threat!) and you have yourself a deal, sir! and by deal, I of course mean, easy lay.
Delfina is the ultimate first date place, according to Yelpers, Zagats, Chowhound, my parents and that homeless dude who soft shoe(lesse)s in front of Tartine. So, I didn’t make the plans but when he suggested Delfina I was like, “PREDICTABLE. SNOOZE.” But again, beggars can’t be choosers and I’ve always had a delicious time at Delfina so Delfina it is! Now, the food was great and the conversation so-so-meh but I have one huge problem with this place and that is this: the waitresses are freaking Goddesses. I’m not trying to have a first date at some place where I look like I have Down Syndrome in comparison to these beautiful sirens. I felt like fucking Beauty and the Beast up in that bitch. Not cool. Seriously, first date place, Yelp? First date if you want your prospective husband to go home and jerk it to the chick who served you Pasta Putanesca! I mean, for realz. I cry “Uncle” to Delfina. I cannot win in a situation like this. You know what a perfect first date place is? McDonald’s. And here’s why: They employ actual retards. It’s part of the leg up program or whatever it’s called which is just darling and I love it AND you can’t help but seem attractive and semi-sane in comparison with the differently abled. It’s win/win, people! Man, fools at McDonald’s are having awesome dates and I’m over here at Delfina’s trying to feign interest in what this jackass across from me is blathering on about and it’s damn hard when I want to beat a bitch down based solely on her unholy good looks. I want to beat her and then make out with her, GOD HELP ME. When I decided I wanted to make out with the waitress more than I wanted to make out with Hipster McUseless start-up across the table, I knew this was not MTB (look it up, people. We were all teenage girls once. For some of the women on this site, it was mere weeks ago.) The other clue that this was not the man for me was at this moment in our conversation:
Date Boy: God, it’s such a beautiful day today, don’t you think? And you know what day it is, right? The first day of spring!
Laura B.: GAY!
Anyway, Delfina. Delicious and a few vegan options, and the kitchen is very accommodating. Upon learning I was vegan, the chef made me spaghetti with all sorts of delightful vegetables in it including my favorite, artichoke hearts! I love those little suckers! The fries are always amazing, thin and crispy with herbs and salt…POIFECT! But awful, terrible first date place. Actually, I’m sure it would be fine if you had healthy self-esteem and sense of your own worth, which I’m assuming you don’t as you are a woman. Even if you are a man who reads my reviews, you are a woman and this world can often be hard on the thinking, feeling lady. Now, come tell Mama your problems, it looks like she might not be going anywhere for a long, long time.
I really hope this dude doesn’t read this.
UPDATES FOR VEGANSAURUS
Well, I now have a super-great boyfriend so that has changed.* And Delfina remains a solid choice when you want a plate of no-frills pasta in a semi-fancy environment. You won’t find tons of choices for vegans but sometimes you just want really good spaghetti with plum tomatoes, garlic and extra virgin olive oil. Also, there is an attached pizza place where the crust is vegan so you can get a cheeseless pizza there too. You can also sit out front with your dog. But if you’re gonna do that, just go to nearby Beretta for as-delicious pizza with the options of vegan cheese and vegan sausage AND THEY ALSO HAVE ABSINTHE. Decision made!
*But I’m still not going anywhere, suckas!
[photos via yelp]