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10/22/2010

It’s your weekend activities, featuring Chrissie Hynde, fancy pets, and protests!  »

Are you ready for fun this weekend? Well? Because we have FUN ACTIVITIES for you and we expect you to PARTICIPATE. The Chrissie Hynde show, Pet Pride Day, rodeo and animal testing protests, and the Mini Maker Faire—FUN!

Saturday, Oct. 23
Chrissie Hynde plays Bimbo’s, and you could win tickets to see her! Remember, your Vegansaurus has three pairs to give away; enter ASAP because the contest closes at 6 tonight (FRIDAY!). Purchase tickets here if you don’t win!

The last protest of the gross, gross rodeo happens tonight at 6 at the Cow Palace.

Sunday, Oct. 24
It’s the East Bay Mini Maker Faire! It’s just like the big-time annual Maker Faire, but just for Alameda and Contra Costa counties, and should be pretty cool. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Park Day School at 360 42nd St. in Oakland. Tickets are $15 now, or $20 at the door.

Come out to San Francisco Animal Care and Control’s Pet Pride Day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park. Visit the website for details.

Or first come protest animal testing at UCSF at noon for National Primate Liberation Week, the importance of which we illustrated yesterday with a cartoon.

Tuesday, Oct. 26
The Vegansaurus/Nasoya/Skinny Bitch/awesome shorts giveaway ends today! Better enter NOW!

Friday, Oct. 29
Wildcare is having another one of its lovely fancy benefits; tonight it’s an Evening with Owls! Held at the Marin Art and Garden Center from 6 to 9:30 p.m., this will benefit the Hungry Owl Project. Tickets are $75 per person, and festivities will include appetizers, light dinner, desserts and wine, and live owls will be present. Goodness.

Saturday, Oct. 30
It’s East Bay Vegan Bakesale time! Get to Issues at 20 Glen Ave. at Piedmont in Oakland between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; proceeds will benefit Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue and the East Bay Children’s Book Project.

10/15/2010

Adopting bunnies, eating ramen, pie making contests & more! It’s your weekend activities!  »

We’re here to make your weekend amazing! Do the damn thing(s):

Saturday, Oct. 16
The House Rabbit Society and Harvest Home Sanctuary will have their regular adoption event today! Go see the bunnies from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at George in Berkeley! Harvest Home Sanctuary and House Rabbit Society buns will be waiting for you in the Fourth Street Shopping Center at 1824 Fourth St. Why not look at some of them now?

It’s the Berkeley’s Walk for Farm Animals today! Go! Walk! Be awesome and help animals and walk it out for a good cause!

Help a Brother Out bakesale and street food party fundraiser in the mission. All sorts of delicious baked goods (in the afternoon!) and street food (in the evening!) and GO!

SwapSF is back! I feel like this counts as vegan because when people obtain leather shoes or woolen sweaters through trade, they’re stopping the supply-and-demand cycle that keeps new leather shoes and woolen sweaters in production. y/y? Also it’s good for the environment, and SwapSF always has drink specials because the organizers love drinking in the early afternoon. Buy a $6 presale ticket and bring your tradeable clothes to Mighty at 119 Utah St. (between 15th and Alameda Streets); the swap goes from noon to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 17
It’s the 8th Annual Spice of Life Festival in Berkeley! From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Shattuck Avenue between Rose and Virginia Streets (five blocks!), there will be all kinds of Berkeleyania—an “eco-carnival,” an “interactive nature sculpture project,” a puppet show—but also awesome foodstuffs from places we love: Saturn Cafe, Scream Sorbet, Flacos; plus some places that sound like they should be vegan, like Raw Daddy Foods, Chick ‘o Peas falafel, Skylite Snowballs; and Chairman Bao makes a crispy tofu bun. Best: it’s free. Have fun, East Bay!

Mission Pie’s fourth annual Pie Contest is today! Did you enter? You still have until 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15 to do so! Just send an email with your name, type of pie, and contact information, then bring your pie to Mission Pie at 2901 Mission St. at 25th Street between 2 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday!
Did you want to come sample the pies? Show up at the same place around the same time, pie-free. Easy-peasy.

Southern Ramen and Blues from 6 to 10 p.m. at Gravel and Gold—we told you all about it already, remember?

Wednesday, Oct. 20
There will be a protest against the Grand National Rodeo held at the Cow Palace (2600 Geneva Ave. in Daly City) on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week. The protests are scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and banners and signs will be provided. This is all the information we have now; we’ll give you more as we get it.

Friday, Oct. 22
Next weekend already? Yes, it’s important: Carol J. Adams is speaking at UC Berkeley! The Berkeley Organization for Animal Advocacy put this together; aren’t they great? Ms. Adams will speak from 2 to 4 p.m. in 2060 VLSB on campus; “many vegan treats” will be provided, and Ms. Adams’ books The Sexual Politics of Meat and The Pornography of Meat will be available for purchase.

Even later this month!
On Wednesday, Oct. 27 at the Saturn Cafe in Berkeley (2175 Allston Way at Fullton Street), Stephanie Redcross of Vegan Mainstream will have answers to your questions about making your vegan blog the best vegan blog it can be! This seminar/Q&A is called Unleashing the Power of Efficient Vegan Marketing, is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m., and is free with registration. Naturally, Karine Brighten Events is hosting.

Don’t forget about the East Bay Vegan Bakesale! It’s happening on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in front of Issues (20 Glen Ave. at Piedmont) in Oakland. All proceeds will benefit Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue and the East Bay Children’s Book Project. Want to volunteer (of course you do!)? Email the organizers!

10/08/2010

Tales of cruelty, stupidity, insanity, creativity, and love: it’s this week’s link-o-rama!  »


Meet Lady Baa Baa of Pasado’s Safe Haven in Seattle, Wash. Her dress is made of kale!

Events of today!
Laura wrote a separate post all about this weekend! Go read it if you haven’t already!

Events of the future!
Mission Pie is holding its fourth annual Pie Contest
on Sunday, Oct. 17! To enter, email them with your name, phone number, and intended pie by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15—contest is limited to the first 30 applicants so vegan bakers, get going!
This will be good practice for the next East Bay Vegan Bakesale! It’s happening on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in front of Issues (20 Glen Ave. at Piedmont) in Oakland. All proceeds will benefit Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue and the East Bay Children’s Book Project. Want to volunteer (of course you do!)? Email the organizers!

And now, issues about which to giggle and rage
When he’s away from home, he misses “Proper food like you get in a civilised city,” says Guardian food writer Tim Hayward about eating in foreign countries compared to eating in London. It always throws you when a liberal, lefty paper employs a chauvinist, right? Especially a totally oblivious culinary chauvinist who loves London’s native sushi, “Mexican street food,” and Vietnamese soup best. Stupid people at home include Alliance For Truth, who are staunchly against Missouri’s Prop. B, a.k.a. the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, which would require commercial dog-breeding facilities—30 percent of the country’s puppy mills are located in Missouri—to provide “sufficient food and water” and “adequate rest between breeding cycles” for their slave-animals. AFT hates it because, um, it’s sponsored by HSUS? Aw, good old Charlie the cigarette-smoking chimpanzee died this week! He lived in the Mangaung Zoo in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and “started smoking when some visitors…threw him lit cigarettes.” According to Reuters, zookeepers only put an end to the smoking “when videos of him puffing away circulated globally a few years ago,” which was presumably really embarrassing. Sgt. Nevis the sea lion will undergo “the first-ever reconstructive surgery on a sea lion” today, to repair wounds he suffered after some soulless demon shot him multiple times in the face last year. Then the Sgt. gets to go home to—Sea Lion Cove at Six Flags Marine World!! SUPER! Oh and guys, don’t worry about “Asian carp” destroying the Great Lakes; "European mussels" have already invaded!

The egg recall continues to have consequences, as it should. The Democratic challenger in the Iowa state Agriculture secretary race is running on a big reform campaign, particularly making “vaccination programs and regular inspections for salmonella…mandatory,” and requiring “egg producers to have a veterinarian on staff,” rules like Maine already has. The Cornucopia Institute recently published a report called Scrambled Eggs, which highlights “national and local producers that are supplying ethically produced organic eggs and are worthy of consumer support,” versus factory farm egg production. Vegetarian and omnivorous pals, this is for you! In Ohio, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overruled the state’s weird law prohibiting distinction on product labels between milk from cows given rbST injections and cows not given the hormone. Because, you know, there are several differences. How creepy.


This Michelle Obama bag is made of 95 percent manmade materials, and also extremely adorable! Oh I am desirous of it. [via Princess Sparkle Pony]

In New York City, the charming mayor wants to put “beverages with more than 10 calories per 8 ounces”—excluding 100 percent fruit juices, “milk products, and milk substitutes”—on the list of Food Stamps No-Buys. Full-sugar soda: On the same evil level as booze, now! In L.A., the mayor’s Food Policy Task Force is working to get more locally grown produce sold in areas with more people on food-stamp programs, to support the economy twice over and increase access to healthier foods in nutritional dead zones. Jonathan Blaustein, an artist in northern New Mexico, has a project called "The Value of a Dollar," in which he photographed “food items as they were sold (minus packaging), without styling, retouching, or artificial lighting.  Each image represents a dollar’s worth of food purchased from various markets in New Mexico.” It’s pretty great. Maybe your problem, food-stampers, is that you’re not getting together for 36-hour multifamily dinner parties, you lazy poors.

It’s not like the federal government gives a fuck about you, anyway; McDonald’s just got a waiver “to maintain even minimal coverage far below the new [health care legislation]’s standards,” and we learned that threatening to strip 30,000 employees of all health care totally works. And won’t it be great when the FDA lets AquaBounty sell that AquAdvantage salmon without even telling consumers that it is the magical perfect salmon? Too bad it’s not in the least perfect. Bright spot: the Department of Homeland Security is helping solve the mysterious horror of colony collapse. That’s right, the same department with employees who pat you down at the airport is working with a “Bee Alert team” on this massive project that’s so far been pretty successful.

At-home activism: C.A.S. asks that you send a polite email to authorities in the United Arab Emirates asking them please not to introduce bullfighting in the U.A.E. C.A.S. has heard nothing directly from the U.A.E., only reports from French and Spanish media sources, but just in case, maybe email. Farm Sanctuary asks that you sign a petition politely asking President Obama that the two traditionally “pardoned” Thanksgiving turkeys be sent to Farm Sanctuary this year.

Ending on a happier note: Our pals at CSA Delivery are back to posting! Maybe irregularly, but something’s better than nothing! They’ve got two vegetarian recipes that are super-easily veganizable, and we are so happy to see them, hooray!

10/07/2010

Kittee of the fabulous Cake Maker to the Stars has up the most RIDONCULOUS candy-coated cream-filled vegan cupcakes that you’re gonna want to makeRIGHTNOW. 
If you’re looking for something to bake for the next East Bay Vegan Bakesale (OCTOBER 30! SO SPOOKY!), you need to be thanking us OKAAAAY???

Kittee of the fabulous Cake Maker to the Stars has up the most RIDONCULOUS candy-coated cream-filled vegan cupcakes that you’re gonna want to makeRIGHTNOW. 

If you’re looking for something to bake for the next East Bay Vegan Bakesale (OCTOBER 30! SO SPOOKY!), you need to be thanking us OKAAAAY???

06/26/2010

“ Siebert deftly explores the connection between violence against animals and other forms of violence, but he avoids the implications. The article mentions that children who witness violence toward their family pet “suppress their own feelings of kindness and tenderness toward a pet because they can’t bear the pain caused by their own empathy for the abused animal.” That would appear to be exactly what people do whenever they sit down to eat. No matter how hard people pretend not to, we all know what happens to the animals who end up on our plates. What does our willing ignorance of this violence toward billions of animals do to us as a culture? „

From Mariann Sullivan’s (she’s the deputy chief court attorney at the New York State Appellate Division and former chair of the animal law committee of the New York City Bar Association and the current love of my life HANDS OFF PEOPLE) excellent letter to the editor in response to the New York Times Magazine article, “The Animal-Cruelty Syndrome”. 

It just sums everything up perfectly. I hope every snob who reads that paper (WHO READS THE PAPER, LAURA!??! You have a point, Dear Reader.), sits down to their steak dinners with maybe a small thought of how screwed up their plates are and how we’re ALL part of the huge, fucked-beyond-words problem. What is this doing to us as a culture? I have a few guesses and that Tolstoy quote, “As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.” keeps coming to mind.

Ugh, how do we fix us? I guess I will start with a few cupcakes at today’s East Bay Vegan Bakesale

[Hat tip, Sarah! Thanks, lady!]

06/25/2010

What ho! it’s this week’s charming, informative link-o-rama!  »


Fulvio Bonavia, “Untitled”, A Matter of Taste, 2008
Eggplant shoes! This is from Beautiful/Decay magazine’s three-part series on food art. Not all of it’s vegan, of course, but a lot of it is pretty amazing. I especially like Han Bing’s “Walking the Cabbage” photos. More useless footwear are Mini Melissa, a new line of Vivienne Westwood for Melissa vegan shoes for babies. I am filling out adoption papers RIGHT NOW to acquire the babies to fill these fucking adorable shoes, $100-per-pair price be damned.

Vegan-type events!
Oh my gosh, it’s here! The third East Bay Vegan Bakesale is here! Tomorrow, Saturday June 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of Issues—20 Glen Ave. at Piedmont Avenue—in Oakland! Selling vegan deliciousness from Cinnaholic, Fat Bottom Bakery, Pepples Donuts, Sugar Beat Sweets, Violet Sweet Shoppe, Wholesome Bakery, and lots of non-professional volunteers!

After hitting up the EBVBS, head over to Harvest Home Sanctuary for the summer open house! There’ll be guided tours, a presentation by author Mark Hawthorne, and vegan snacks. HHS asks that you please register for the event, whereupon you’ll receive driving directions.

PETA and the San Francisco Vegetarian Society have combined forces to leaflet in front of the KFC at 4150 Geary Blvd. at 6th Avenue. Be there on Sunday, June 27 from noon to 1 p.m.; materials provided by PETA; lunch at Golden Buddha to follow.

On Monday, June 28, attend “Perspectives on Liberation and Oppression,” with former prisoner (SHAC 7!) and animal-rights activist Andy Stepanian. The event will be held at Station 40, at 3030B 16th St. at Mission Street in San Francisco, and begins at 7 p.m.

Articles and such for vegan reading!
Let’s look at this week’s restaurant reviews in the Chronicle! Well well well, Michael Bauer enjoyed his meals at Gracias Madre! Possibly more than your Vegansaurus has (thus far). Can you imagine!


Check this out: tacos de vegetales from Taco Station in Los Angeles. Did you know that there are many delicious AND traditional (YES, TRADITIONAL) Mexican recipes that are vegetarian and/or vegan? LA Weekly does. [photo by Dommy Gonzalez, LA Weekly]

Hey here’s some news: eating meat will kill you! Possibly sooner than you think—the South Gate Meat Co. recalled almost 40,000 pounds of ground beef this week because of E. coli contamination! It also apparently makes you fucking stupid, as evidenced by the National Pork Board’s lawsuit against the TOTALLY FAKE Radiant Farms’ canned unicorn slogan: “the new white meat.”

It’s fun to make fun of animals, right? Check out these lemurs who live in Whipsnade Zoo in England: they’re totally playing soccer, just like the World Cup! Look, they even have red cards! HA HA ANIMALS SO FUNNY!

Let’s take the edge off with the best fucking story of the week: Mel, one of the “bait dogs” rescued from Michael Vick’s compound of death, has been adopted; he now has a loving family, a new best dog friend, and a stuffed monkey he uses as a “security blanket.” You’re crying right now, aren’t you? Well, read the article and then try to hold back the tears. OK, how about this story about Oscar the cat, who got “bionic” back legs after someone (the article doesn’t say!) hit poor Oscar with a combine harvester.

The New York Times Magazine's big feature is called “Tuna’s End” and probably of interest to those of us who give a fuck about not ruining the world’s oceans. I can’t give you any further sardonic commentary because I haven’t had time to read it yet.

06/10/2010

The rad & amazing East Bay Vegan Bakesale is looking for bakers (email them!) and eaters (just show up!) for their next bakesale on Saturday, June 26th. These things are so g-d fun and delicious, if you’re not showing up, you’re definitely missing out. And look at that list of superstar vegan bakeries they already have lined up HELLO. We’ll be there in our stretchy pants to get our binge on!

The rad & amazing East Bay Vegan Bakesale is looking for bakers (email them!) and eaters (just show up!) for their next bakesale on Saturday, June 26th. These things are so g-d fun and delicious, if you’re not showing up, you’re definitely missing out. And look at that list of superstar vegan bakeries they already have lined up HELLO. We’ll be there in our stretchy pants to get our binge on!

03/19/2010

Loads of food, loads of swears, vegetarian kids, meat-obsessed men, literal and figurative pigs AND MORE in today’s link-o-rama!  »

Volunteers from Harvest Sacramento picked over 1,300 pounds of citrus fruits from trees in Midtown Sacramento last weekend; it all went to the city Food Bank. This included fruit from trees in private homes whose owners weren’t able or willing to pick it themselves. Our state capital is now surely scurvy-free and we couldn’t be prouder. [image via Sacramento Press]

Fun-times vegan-style events!
Super-important news, don’t forget: the very second East Bay Vegan Bakesale happens tomorrow, Saturday Mar. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of Issues (20 Glen Ave. at Piedmont Avenue) in Oakland. Even the SF Bay Guardian is (moderately) excited about it!

Tomorrow is also the fourth annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon, at Fort Mason!

Celebrate the Great American Meat-Out with the San Francisco Vegetarian Society on Sunday, Mar. 21! For a $5 donation you will get hors d’oeuvres, lunch, and attendance at talks by Bob Linden and Dr. Will Tuttle. The event runs from 12:15 to 3:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Center, at 1187 Franklin Street at Geary.

It’s Vegan Week at Supperclub SF! This is especially useful if you are into “participating in” your “dining experience,” rather than “ordering and eating it while conversing pleasantly with your companions” and/or are a hippie gourmand(e). We hear the food is quite good, regardless, so now is probably the time to make reservations for Sunday, Mar. 21, or Tuesday through Thursday, Mar. 23-25.

Next Friday, Mar. 26 Lorna Sass, author of Short-Cut Vegan and Cooking Under Pressure, will give pressure-cooker demonstrations: one at the Ferry Market Plaza at 11 a.m., and one at Omnivore Books—3885 Cesar Chavez St. at 26th Street—at 3 p.m.

Items of social and political import!
Animal-abusers often become people-abusers, so state laws regarding convicted animal-abusers are growing stricter and more prevalent. This is progress, yes? At least authorities are learning to remove animals from abusive situations.

You know what kids love? Animals! You know what kids hate? Hurting animals! You know what conclusions that leads kids to (of their own accord!)? Not eating meat! Yes I know, this is probably another non-trend piece, but at least it is a positive trend piece, rather than some douchey 30-year-old who wears exclusively leather accessories and insists that raw meat is the diet of the future.

Vegetarian kids who buy school lunches may get a break soon: Washington (D.C., duh!) gossip has it that our D.Kuch may have traded his “yes” vote on the healthcare reform bill for E.Kuch’s inclusion—meaning, veg options!—in Michelle Obama’s new campaign for healthy childhood eating habits. Believe it? I don’t know. But I do know that we love the Kuciniches and are super-happy to have Elizabeth’s support for this program.

You could learn to make tasty vegan food to serve the Kuciniches—or your family, whomever—at the Secrets of Vegan Baking site, which has instructional videos by Christine Dickson.

Yes I know, Starbucks is terrible and disappointing. But: VEGAN FRAPPUCCINOS, come on! Now we can drink gigantor coffee milkshakes just like everybody else. America, fuck yeah!

Or if maybe you are doing a “make fast food items at home” thing, as that shit is tasty but also totally vile and full of animal parts, try this recipe for a vegan Shamrock Shake. There’s spirulina in it!

The SFBG praises Urban Tavern’s German vegetable stew. They don’t say whether you can get the enormous pretzel without the “beer sausage,” but I sincerely hope so. I lived in Germany for a year, a freshly baked enormous pretzel is fucking delicious, let me tell you.

FYI, corn is fucking food and fuel prices all up, again. In case there was any question of corn being the most insidious sister.

Executives at giant food corporations continue to be stupid assholes! Who’s surprised?

Erykah Badu continues to be a crazy-awesome human! Who’s surprised?

Dan Barber discusses organic farming in an intelligent, coherent manner—until he gets to the “MY veal and foie gras are totally awesome” bit.

Hello St. Andrew Beach Mouse, from Panama City, Florida! It took a lot of patience and skill for photographer Joel Sartore to capture this image, as well as pictures of six other endangered animals. [image via PDN Photo of the Day]

I love My Life Is So Awkward! This week Caroline reported on a cat who had been called for jury duty, and whose human companion, in response, “chose ‘Does Not Speak English’ as the BEST reason why her cat could not serve on a jury.” Better: “The disqualification was denied and now she is hoping it is cleared up before the summons date so she will not have to bring her cat to court. ” DYING.

Don’t worry, you fucking savages, the Muslin Kenyan President isn’t going to take away your “right” to cold murder fish straight out of our national waters. He may ban “puppies, sunshine, and MOST DISTURBINGLY the leopard-print Snuggie,” who even knows anymore.

It looks like dolphins actually sort of hate it when people swim “with” them, and “dolphin tourism” totally freaks them out and makes it impossible for them to live happy porpoisey lives. Best idea: leaving dolphins the fuck alone!

The USDA’s Economic Research Service presents 100 years of American diet trends, including a ton of graphs. Gross-out data include: in 2008, the average American ate 31.4 pounds of cheese. JESUS CHRIST YOU FUCKERS THAT IS SO MUCH CHEESE. That is, like, a three-year-old child of cheese. So, so disgusting.

For fuck’s sake: PETA and a meat company called “Bullwhip” (which is Google-immune—seriously, you try searching “Bullwhip meat california -peta” and see what happens) are is play-fighting over Sex.com. Really, PETA? Fucking really? Just shoot me in the face, already. [Ed: turns out the “Bullwhip” part is fake! That’d explain why it’s un-Googleable]

There is a World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies, and in this year of the Tiger it has officially asked its members to stop prescribing “tiger products,” presumably because tigers are endangered, and consuming their skins and/or bones is totally useless.

Ha ha, remember how the United Nations was considering a proposal banning the export of Atlantic bluefin tuna, and the U.S. supported it? Yesterday the U.N. basically said Fuck Off, fishes, we want our sashimi, rejecting the proposal, which “puts the fate of Atlantic bluefin tuna back in the hands of…the very body that drove the species to the disastrous state it is now in.” Fucking AWESOME, U.N.

Grub Street San Francisco launches its version of its parent blog’s column, the San Francisco Diet, with inaugural diarist Michael Bauer. You guys, Laura would be the perfect contributor! Let Grub Street know: our girl must be featured.

In this video, the shih tzu is the alpha dog and the pot-bellied pig is the beta dog. Or, the canine is the Beauregard and the S. s. domestica is the Oliver. (link from Pawesome!)

03/18/2010

East Bay Vegan Bakesale this weekend!  »

It’s that time again! Hooray! The East Bay Vegan Bakesale returns this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, at the same location as before, in front of Issues. Perennial baking superstars Fat Bottom Bakery, Cinnaholic (have you tried the pizza rolls?!), and more will be on hand dishing out treats to benefit Animal Place and Haitian relief efforts

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