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06/03/2014

First ever Oakland Vegan Beer & Food Festival is THIS WEEKEND  »

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Bay Area: Did you also watch the drool-worthy photos from the second annual La Vegan Beer & Food Festival roll in on Instagram and Twitter with stomach-rumbling envy a few weeks back? Just me? Well surprise, surprise, we’ve got our very own (granted, relatively more intimate but just as fun-sounding) vegan beer and food fest going down this weekend! Envy-drool no more.

The first ever Oakland Vegan Beer & Food Festival takes place this Saturday, June 7, 11am-5pm, in the beer garden/art gallery space Classic Cars West, 411 26th St., Oakland. It’s free entry but like all food pop-ups, you’ll pay for your eats as you go.

The awesome ladies behind popular vegan pop-up Hella Vegan Eats will be serving up their signature blend of out-of-this-world colorful dishes:  Lusty Lover mac & cheese tacos, mini potsticker burritos (yep), “chicken” and waffle bites, and smoked seitan reubens.

And Black Spring Coffee, Curbside Creamery, Timeless Coffee Roastery and Bakery, S+M Vegan, Rhizocali Tempeh, and more will join Hella Vegan Eats in the gallery.

I recently got on the S+M Vegan tip when I discovered their cashew cream cheese in specialty flavors, which you can pick up at Berkeley’s newish vegan store, Republic of V. The plant-based couple behind S+M is also know for pop-ups and cooking classes. Their Saturday menu is still being fine-tuned but they say it will be a selection of their favorite foods from different countries, inspired by their travels. That will likely include a Drunken Chicago Dip sandwich featuring savory beer-infused seitan served au jus with crunchy giardinera and sweet peppers in a Dutch crunch roll, a Drunken Croque Monsieur sandwich with thin slices of hickory smoked tofu, secret cheesy sauce, pickles and mustard au vin rouge, a take on Okonomiyaki (savory Japanese pancake) stuffed with Tater Tots and veggies brushed with sweet soy glaze and a Kartoffelsalat (German potato salad).

On the sweet side, Black Spring Coffee, which opened its doors last year, is known for yummy vegan pastries, as is fellow Oakland coffee shop, Timeless, which has warm house-baked treats. Black Spring will have pastries and iced coffee; Timeless is bringing pour over coffee, chocolates, and even more pastries. Oh and Curbside Creamery will have vegan ice cream sandwiches!

CommonWealth Café & Pub is bringing a variety of beers and ciders.

Plus, there’ll be DJ sets by Alexa Pantalone and Melissr Elliot. Even cooler? It’s for a good cause: 20% of food sales benefit Rocket Dog Rescue.

Better start warning your friends of an onslaught of incoming vegan food photos. Come to think of it, is there an official Oakland Vegan Beer & Food Festival hashtag yet? I’ll keep a look out.

The goal is make this a biannual event, with one in the spring and one in the fall, and smaller nighttime versions taking place once a month. 

06/02/2014

Los Angeles!! You know you want to meet Mayim Bialik and we have JUST the opportunity, so there’s no good reason for getting all depressed. In my opinionation, you should go eat food from her cookbook (we love it!) at Mohawk Bend. DO IT.
Details:


Mayim Bialik
Author of “Mayim’s Vegan Table: More Than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours”
June 16 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Join Mayim Bialik, Emmy-nominated actress and author of “Mayim’s Vegan Table,” for an intimate four course meal featuring recipes from her newly released cookbook. Currently starring on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, Mayim is passionate about creating a balanced lifestyle though delicious and fuss-free vegan fare. 

$30/person.
Ask about our beer and cocktail pairing options!
Reserve a tableauthors@mohawk.la

Mayim will walk us through four courses from her latest book and engage in a Q&A.


See you there! I’ll be the nerd in the giant flower BLOSSOM hat. Get it. Sorry.

Los Angeles!! You know you want to meet Mayim Bialik and we have JUST the opportunity, so there’s no good reason for getting all depressed. In my opinionation, you should go eat food from her cookbook (we love it!) at Mohawk Bend. DO IT.

Details:
Mayim Bialik
Author of “Mayim’s Vegan Table: More Than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours”
June 16 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Join Mayim Bialik, Emmy-nominated actress and author of “Mayim’s Vegan Table,” for an intimate four course meal featuring recipes from her newly released cookbook. Currently starring on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, Mayim is passionate about creating a balanced lifestyle though delicious and fuss-free vegan fare. 
$30/person.
Ask about our beer and cocktail pairing options!
Reserve a tableauthors@mohawk.la
Mayim will walk us through four courses from her latest book and engage in a Q&A.
See you there! I’ll be the nerd in the giant flower BLOSSOM hat. Get it. Sorry.

LA: Come to The Lusty Vegan pop-up this Thursday in Venice!   »

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Remember when we told you that Chef Ayinde Howell was trying to open a food truck here in our great city? Well, now’s your chance to eat some of his scrumptious food!! AND, his co-author of The Lusty Vegan cookbook and relationship manifesto (out October 14th), Zoe Eisenberg, will be there as well! Let me assure you that the food at this event will knock your wool-free socks off. I was one of the recipe testers for this cookbook and was incredibly impressed with everything I tested. I have also been to an event catered by Chef Ayinde and the man is a culinary sorcerer! Plus, look at the menu: 

Balsamic & Truffle Mac & Yease
Citrus & Salt Pickled Fennel Salad
Hearts of Baltimore Crab Cake with Garlic Dill Aioli
Fillet De Soy with Blood Orange and Napa Cabbage Slaw
Fresh Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake with Vanilla Ice Cream

I.can’t.even. 

Buy your tickets! Then, RSVP (very limited seating) on Facebook. And enjoy stuffing your face with delicious foods!! 

05/29/2014

NYC: Come to Vegan Drinks TONIGHT!  »

Heyo! It’s that time of the month again! And I don’t mean the lady-time! I mean Vegan Drinks! YAY!!!

TONIGHT at FONTANA’S we will be rippin’ and stompin’. Yours truly will be spinning records along with some other peeps and there will be AWESOME raffles! AND VEGAN FOOD from Heirloom Vegan Eatery! Plus, the whole night benefits Darwin Animal Doctors. But when did you ever need an excuse to get boozy?! 

And remember, say hi to me! I’ll be the incredibly attractive one. 

05/22/2014

Veggie Prom West (aka LA knows how to party!) PLUS $10 off for Vegansaurs!   »

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YOU SHOULD ALL COME TO LA FOR THE VEGGIE PROM WEST!!! 

Following in the footsteps of the successful NYC Veggie Prom, it’s time for the west coast to get in on the fun! The 2014 beneficiaries are The Gentle Barn, and the Animal Advocacy Museum. There will be music, dancing, complimentary vegan food and drinks, prom photos, prom court (vote here!), flash mobs portraying iconic prom scenes (Hand Jive from Grease, anyone?!), and raffle prizes donated by vegan companies (like Phoney Baloney’s and The Tree Kisser apparel). So, basically, there’s NO excuse not to come! 

The event is 21+ and will be held at the Animal Advocacy Museum in Woodland Hills, California on June 28th from 7pm-12am

USE THE CODE “VEGANSAURUS” TO GET $10 OFF YOUR TICKET! (Good for one week from today.) Tickets are $55 ($65 at the door, if they’re not sold out). This ticket price includes complementary hors d’voeuvres and unlimited spiked (or unspiked) punch, samples of Hint Water, two raffle tickets, and more shall be revealed! 

Whether you hated your prom, skipped (or missed) it, or had the time of your life, you can have a whole new prom experience of vegan awesomeness! 

Here’s a little throwback to mine (from way back in 1999):  

I think I went to the actual dance for all of 15 minutes. The remainder of the night (and well into the next morning) consisted of dinner at my favorite vegan-friendly restaurant (I still love you, Harmony Cafe!!!), cheap beer (thank you prom date’s mom!), a hotel room with a hot tub, a “chaperone” (my, then, 19-year-old cousin who passed out early while the rest of us got wasted in said hot tub), and a major make out session (#noregrets). Needless to say, it was a fun night (miraculous, considering my original prom date bailed on me the week before because he reunited with his girlfriend). Upon reflection, it sounds kind of like a tamer version of The Hangover. 

Regardless, bring a date, come with a group of friends, or fly solo to this kick ass event!!!! (GO BUY TICKETS NOW!

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Even in flat shoes, I was towering over my date. (For the record, he was my buddy, and wasn’t the guy I had the make out session with.)

05/20/2014

The NYC Veggie Prom is almost here! Get your tickets now!  »

The party you’ve been waiting for is imminent! Veggie Prom 2014 is June 8th, do you have your tickets? Get them here

If you know anything, you know it’s only the funnest party of the year. Pretty outfits, yummy vegan food, and cool tunes! Oh, and it benefits Darwin Animal Doctors! Partying to save animals is my favorite kind of partying. 

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. It’s at Fontana’s, everyone’s favorite Vegan Drinks hangout. You don’t need a date, but I happen to be available. For a limited time only!

There will be all kinds of yummy vegan food (Gone Pie and Regal Vegan are two of the sponsors—I hope that means Gone Pie and Regal Vegan yummies for all!!). There will also be cool prizes and of course, Prom Court!

So get your tickets now! Vegan fun times are waiting!

05/08/2014

NYC: A night of comedy to save dogs in need!  »

imageWhat’s more fun than a barrel of laughs?! A barrel of laughs for charity! So save the date, New York: Come out on May 17th for An Evening of Jokes to Help People Who Help Dogs!

My friend and mentor Phil Gable is not only a dog lover, he’s a talented stand-up comic! Phil and several other funny people are combining these two interests for one special night of comedy to raise money for Positive Tales: a Brooklyn-based non-profit dedicated to helping animals in NYC. A little more about them (excuse the length of the excerpt, I just thought this was so great sounding that I couldn’t decide where to clip! So I pasted the whole thing! ‘CAUSE I DO WHAT I WANNA):

Positive Tails will provide grants to assist animals in three distinct ways – to fight animal abuse, help displaced animals and the over-population of dogs and cats, and to provide support to individuals and families who cannot afford veterinary emergency or illness care for their companion animals.

Positive Tails is not a rescue organization, but an organization dedicated to providing critical assistance to animals and people in-need.  While we do work in conjunction with rescue groups in the city and support their missions, our focus is on providing medical treatment and helping people stay with their pets.  We will work hard to lessen the occurrence of “economic euthanasia”, because we know how important pets are to people’s lives and vice versa.  We want all animals to live out their doggie years and nine lives healthy and pain free with a loving family to call their own.

See? Doesn’t that sound awesome? The show is at Two Moon Art House and Cafe in Brooklyn. Tickets are $25 cash at the door and 100% of ticket sales will benefit Positive Tails. To guarantee a seat, RSVP to phil@cynicalbastardproductions.com. Get more info on FaceBook

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If you can’t make it on May 17th, you can still donate to Positive Tales. Or better yet, donate AND come to the show! Oh and when you get to the show, make sure you say hi to me! I will be the one knee-deep in a vodka tonic. A vodka tonic that will probably be full of lemons because of the gosh dang lime shortage. No amount of lemons will make it OK! They will just make it taste like carbonated floor cleaner! I know, I know, 1-800-alcoholic first world problems. 

04/25/2014

SF Bay Area! To finish off Oakland Veg Week with a tasty-ass bang, S+M Vegan will have a special pop-up on Sunday, April 27 from 11-2 at Baia Pasta (431 Water Street). The menu is above and it looks pretty damn delicious, so maybe you should be there to eat all the food?? Plus, it’s during the Jack London farmers market so you can get a bunch of shopping done at the same time. LOOK AT YOU MULTI-TASKING YOU ARE SO TALENTED. 

SF Bay Area! To finish off Oakland Veg Week with a tasty-ass bang, S+M Vegan will have a special pop-up on Sunday, April 27 from 11-2 at Baia Pasta (431 Water Street). The menu is above and it looks pretty damn delicious, so maybe you should be there to eat all the food?? Plus, it’s during the Jack London farmers market so you can get a bunch of shopping done at the same time. LOOK AT YOU MULTI-TASKING YOU ARE SO TALENTED. 

04/07/2014

NYC: Young’s vegan pop-up is back this May!  »

imageHello, friends! I told you I was going to Young’s first pop-up restaurant a few weeks ago but I’ve yet to tell you how it was. It was fun! It was pretty hectic but I assume that will work itself out as there are more events. It was also pretty cramped, so I think when I go back I will bring 3 friends so we get our own table. Otherwise, you share. People were nice though, I just like my space. Oh and the staff was so nice and so amazing! Seriously, our server was so nice and very knowledgeable about the food. But, most importantly of all, the food was yummy! My pictures came out dark so Young’s sent me some of these lovely photos Kate Lewis of my favorite dishes. 

Our favorite dish was the carrot spaetzele (pictured up top)! It was a sweet and savory noodle dish. The roasted carrots on top were a perfect mix of sweet and charred!

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Here’s the banana split of Neapolitan ice cream, black cherries and hot fudge. One hundred thumbs up! The chocolate ice cream was so chocolatey, I almost died.

We also loved the smoked hen of the woods mushroom dish but the hummus under it could have been more exciting. I like hummus but I’ve just had so much of it by now! But the mushroom was excellent. I loved the smoky flavor and the texture was perfect.  

If you missed this pop-up or just want more, I’m happy to tell you the next Young’s pop-up is here! Young’s will be hosting another all vegan dinner at Old Bowery Station on May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Get your tickets here! It’s $40 for dinner and then a little more for the beer or cocktail pairing (the beer and cocktail pairing have gone down a little, so I think I will def spring for the beer pairing). I hear tickets are selling out fast so if you want to go, get your ticket asap! The menu looks good! It’s 3 courses and stars fava beans (my favarite!), ramps, and beets. Quite the trifecta! 

03/28/2014

Los Angeles! You need to get in on this! It’s an event at Mohawk Bend where you get to eat all of Tal Ronnen’s food and then hang out with your stomach out and have the best night of your life. It’s gonna be the most delicious thing that’s ever happened to you or anyone you know, and it’s only $35 and will totally sell out, so you should probably get on it now. 
Details:

Join us for the next event in our Authors Worth Celebrating Series and meet Tal Ronnen, Chef and Co-owner of prized Los Angeles restaurant,Crossroads Kitchen and author of New York Times Bestseller “The Conscious Cook.” *** Space is limited, reservations required. Please e-mail authors@mohawk.la to reserve. ***Enjoy a four-course prix fixe meal of Chef Tal Ronnen original dishes prepared in collaboration with our Executive Chef Erick Simmons followed by an intimate Q&A. Menu: ~The appetizer duo: Grilled artichokes with Caesar dressing and sweet onion beggar’s purses~Cream of asparagus soup~Kale ricotta tortellini with saffron cream sauce~Oven roasted banana rum cheesecake with spiced pecan crust and maple rum sauce
The dinner costs $35 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Books will be available for purchase.

Also, I’ll be there so come by and say hi and let’s be best friends, OK?? BEST FRIENDS!!!

Los Angeles! You need to get in on this! It’s an event at Mohawk Bend where you get to eat all of Tal Ronnen’s food and then hang out with your stomach out and have the best night of your life. It’s gonna be the most delicious thing that’s ever happened to you or anyone you know, and it’s only $35 and will totally sell out, so you should probably get on it now. 

Details:

Join us for the next event in our Authors Worth Celebrating Series and meet Tal Ronnen, Chef and Co-owner of prized Los Angeles restaurant,Crossroads Kitchen and author of New York Times Bestseller “The Conscious Cook.” 

*** Space is limited, reservations required. Please e-mail authors@mohawk.la to reserve. ***

Enjoy a four-course prix fixe meal of Chef Tal Ronnen original dishes prepared in collaboration with our Executive Chef Erick Simmons followed by an intimate Q&A. 

Menu: 
~The appetizer duo: Grilled artichokes with Caesar dressing and sweet onion beggar’s purses
~Cream of asparagus soup
~Kale ricotta tortellini with saffron cream sauce
~Oven roasted banana rum cheesecake with spiced pecan crust and maple rum sauce

The dinner costs $35 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Books will be available for purchase.

Also, I’ll be there so come by and say hi and let’s be best friends, OK?? BEST FRIENDS!!!

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