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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!!!

03/24/2014

SF: Chocolate Vegan Pop-Up Spa fundraiser!  »

imageHey Pals! Not to get all Cathy on you, but I love chocolate! And I love spas! So a chocolate spa sounds just about perfect. I won’t be in SF on the 29th but if you will, you should definitely book an appointment to the chocolate vegan pop-up spa! It looks like there are only A FEW appointments left!

Here are the details:

A Healing is Giving fundraiser for Food Empowerment Project 
held at the beautiful VegNews offices in San Francisco’s Mission District

massage + hair + nails + skin + chocolate + more!

Chocolate Spa & Salon Menu ((Click Here))
Spa sessions are limited. No walk-ins. 
A portion of all services will be donated to 
Food Empowerment Project.

| spa services provided by |
Bee Uytiepo, Vegan Massage Therapist & Owner of Beelight
Tina Brennan, Vegan Hair Stylist & Owner of Va Va Vroom
Sarah Brauer, Vegan Esthetician & Owner of Sb Skin
Xuan Dang, Vegan Esthetician & Owner of Nails by Susan

You know Vegansaurus loves Food Empowerment Project so we totally think you should go to this! And take pics of chocolate all over your face! Unless that’s not what happens. 

03/19/2014

Hey Hollywood! Doomie’s Pop Up Dinner is gonna be poppin’!   »

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Photo courtesy of Doomie’s Facebook page

Doomie’s Home Cookin' in Hollywood has a plethora of seitanic foods (their secret menu item the vegan “Big Mac” has a cult following), so imagine my surprise when I saw that they'll be doing a gluten-free menu! And SIX COURSES?! People, this is a don't-miss! 

Email DoomieVeg@gmail.com to make your reservation. 

03/18/2014

Vegan Iron Chef in SF! Featuring NYC’s Jay Astafa and more!  »

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Well you guys, this looks downright fantasmic! It’s a live, vegan version of the Iron Chef! And this time around, Vegansaurus fave Jay Astafa is competing! So if you’re in the bay area, you have to go! Exclamation point!

Here’s the set up:

Theme: Impromptu Sunday Dinner Party for 10!

Chefs will be presented with a 3 basket of ingredients and they will have to make 1 appetizer (in 20 minutes), 1 entree (in 45 minutes), and 1 dessert (in 20 minutes).

The chefs will have access to the same ingredients and equipment, and will have 2 sous-chefs helping them.

So exciting! And Colleen Patrick Goudreau is one of the judges! It’s $30-50 for tickets and word is it will definitely sell out. There is a nice-sounding reception after the winner is announced:

Reception with Miyoko Schinner’s cheeses, appetizers prepared by Well.Fed featuring Field Roast and rhizocali Tempeh, & scoops of gelato by Genuto.

UM YES PLEASE! Event is March 23rd. Get your tickets here. AND TELL ME HOW IT IS I’M SO JEALS!

03/11/2014

LA: Jamie Kilstein at Upright Citizen’s Brigade THIS FRIDAY!   »

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It took me forever to decide between using this photo or a YouTube of him feeding his cats. Photo courtesy of jamiekilstein.com

I had the pleasure of talking to Jamie Kilstein on the phone last week and not only is he hella hilarious (and vegan and tells vegan jokes), he’s like one of the most down-to-earth dudes EVER. He also fully admitted that he’s obsessed with Locali’s ”Bad Ass Breakfast Sandwich,” and eats them 3 at a time when he’s in town—we’re like besties already!

If you’re anywhere close to LA, come see him this Friday (March 14th) at UCB for his “No War, No God, No Nickelback” show!! It’s sure to be the best $5 you’ve ever spent, y’all. PLUS, I saw on The Oaks Gourmet sign (2 doors down from UCB) that they now carry vegan Van Leeuwan artisan ice cream! If this isn’t a recipe for a meet up, I don’t know what is!!!! 

Maybe you saw Megan Rascal’s post last summer with one of his vegan bits (wait, did that sound weird to you too?)? This dude is legit funny. His comedy is political, and he talks about  feminism, LBGT rights, veganism, atheism, hating Nickelback… all the good pinko, commie stuff. 

He co-hosts the podcast Citizen Radio with Allison Kilkenny and said he’s received thousands of emails from people saying they’ve gone vegan after hearing him talk about it on their show. Woot!! Clickity-click here to listen to some of the vegans they’ve interviewed. BONUS, he and Allison have a book coming out next fall with an entire chapter devoted to veganism! I will post more info when I get it. 

His favorite vegan spot in NYC (where he lives) is Blossom, where he likes to take his parents (um, how adorable is that!?). He also takes his omni friends there (and pays), as a sneak attack to show them how awesome vegan food is! 

When he told me he hangs out with more “fighters and journalists,” than comedians, I didn’t know what he meant by “fighters” (because, apparently, I fail at thoroughly researching a person before interviewing them). Jamie, um, “plays” jujutsu (what the heck do you call a person who does mixed martial arts?), and is pretty bad ass at it! This seriously influences what he eats (although he clearly makes exceptions for multiple Badass Breakfast Sandwiches when in LA), and he trains TWICE A DAY (which I cannot compute). 

For my hardest hitting vegan news question (tacos vs. burritos?) he said he appreciates how efficient a burrito is, but prefers tacos (which sealed the deal on us being BFFs).

Basically, this guy rules super hard and if you’re in LA it would be straight up silly to miss his show! Check his tour schedule to see when he’s doing a show near you (if you’re not in LA, which is also silly), and follow him on Twitter

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