An extra-delicious SF Vegan Bakesale is coming on Sun, July 8 from 11am-5pm in front of Mission Bicycle! And you gotta volunteer to bake, right? Right. Get at the organizers and then start to dream up all the tasty shiz you can create from things like flour and sugar. Isn’t it amazing? I mean, who the fuck baked the first cake? Was it like, Jesus or Moses or what? That was probably it… Moses all drunk in the hot sun, snacking on a bag of flour being all, “let’s see what else we can do with this flour shit.” THE MORE YOU KNOW.
NYC: The Flea Theater brings back These Seven Sicknesses! »
My pop the theater nerd has informed me that the Flea Theater is running These Seven Sicknesses again until July 1, and once again, they’ll be serving vegan dinner at each performance!
My dad enjoyed the play very much, so he highly recommends it. Read his review on the last post!
Book review: Scott Jurek’s “Eat & Run” Plus, run with Scott today! »
This dude running with his dog is Scott Jurek. Scott Jurek could basically kick your ass any day of the week, including days where he hasn’t slept the night before, has a broken ankle, and already ran 75 miles. See, Scott is an ultramarathoner, which means he’ll run a marathon as a warmup, then run another one, then figure that the race is just getting started. He’ll run over mountains and through lightning storms and never stop. “Hallucinations and vomiting, to me and my fellow ultrarunners,” he says, “are like grass stains to Little Leaguers.” Shit yeah, that shit’s for real. Oh yeah, by the way, just in passing, he’s vegan, and has been essentially the whole time he’s been doing this. (!!!!)
Scott, you’re my new hero, I love you! Thank you for writing this book so we can all learn about how amazing you are!
Scott’s publisher sent me a copy of Eat & Run and I was like, “Hey, I kinda like running, I’ll check that out,” despite David Foster Wallace having brilliantly explained, athlete memoirs are pretty much guaranteed to suck. I was prepared to read two pages, tell y’all the book existed, and move on.
Except the book is good! I kept wanting to read it! I read two chapters out loud in the car and my husband wanted me to keep going, even though I was gonna puke because the road got curvy! (See, right there, you can tell I’m not an ultra-athlete: I avoid things that make me puke). I wanted to read the book so much that I almost posted this review too late because I wanted to finish it first!
Too late for what, you ask? FOR YOUR CHANCE TO MEET SCOTT JUREK!
Wednesday, June 13 (that’s today!!) in San Francisco:
- 7 to 8 p.m.: Fun run with Scott at Fleet Feet San Francisco, 2076 Chestnut St.
- 8 to 9 p.m.: Eat & Run Experience with Scott at Fleet Feet
Check out his full calendar of events; he’s in L.A. soon, and San Diego, and he’s even coming to Colorado a couple times, though on days I can’t be there, BUMMER.
Even if you’re not a runner, you should totally go meet this dude. He’s just amazing. And inspiring. I literally got off the couch after reading this book for two hours, put on my shoes, and set off into the sweltering heat the weekend before last, because Scott made me want to.
Oh, one other thing about his book? It’s got recipes. Here’s one that’s also on his website. I haven’t tried any of them, but even if they suck I’m still gonna love him.
Green Power Pre-Workout Drink
Hippie Dan first taught me the importance of greens like spirulina and wheatgrass. Spirulina is a green algae said to have been carried into battle by Aztec warriors. Used for centuries as a weight-loss aid and immune-booster, it has lately been studied and shown promising results as a performance enhancer for long-distance runners. Because spirulina is marketed as a dietary supplement rather than a food, the FDA does not regulate its production; buy it only from a health food store and a brand you trust.
Packed with protein (spirulina is a complete protein) and rich in vitamins and minerals, this smoothie is an excellent source of nutrition. For a little extra carbohydrate boost, replace 1 cup water with 1 cup apple or grape juice.
1 cup frozen or fresh mango or pineapple chunks
4 cups water
2 teaspoons spirulina powder
1 teaspoon miso
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend for one to two minutes, until the mixture is completely smooth. Drink 20 to 30 ounces (2 1/2 to 3 3/4 cups) 15 to 45 minutes before a run.
Mad City Vegan Fest is THIS weekend! GO GO GO! »
And it looks amazing! If you’re anywhere near Madison, you gotta go. The speaker lineup is outstanding, we love the Pacific Northwest (psych, I know it’s the Pacific Midwest!), and the organizers are hilarious and adorable and really fun, so you know the event is gonna be great.
You know how with some events the organizers are out of touch and weirdo mcbeardo, and then the whole event is just you eating melba toast and being depressed about the general state of veganism and maybe crying in the corner? I KNOW YOU KNOW. Anyway, this is the exact opposite, so go! Seriously, if I could go to one event this year and weren’t dying of a cold/crippling depression/lack of snacks, I’d definitely go with you! Live for those who can’t! LIVE, I BEG OF YOU!
You probably already know about this but if you’re in L.A. this weekend, you better be drinking all the beer and eating all the food at Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival! It sounds INSANE and so you must go for me and live for me because clearly anyone who is not at this tomorrow is basically dead inside and everywhere else. LIVE OUT LOUD FOR THE REST OF US!
This weekend: SF Veggie Fiesta! »
It’s happening! At Mission High School on Saturday, May 12 from 11am-3pm! There will be all sorts of food and vendors and good fun, so go and say it loud and proud and I don’t know where I’m going with this but I’m sleepy and just trying to get something down on paper over here. The first draft, if you will. A first draft I won’t revise because I write for a living (SURPRISED, RIGHT??) and my hands and brain AND SOUL are tired. So tired. But not too tired to eat everything this Saturday! See you there!
Bay Area: Bunny adoption event this Saturday! »
This is Dudley, can he stop being ridiculously cute for like a minute? Jeez louise!
Here are the details, friend:
Join us Saturday, May 5th from 11am-3pm at our rabbit adoption event at the East Bay SPCA in Dublin with rabbits and bunnies from 5 different rescue groups and shelters from all over the Bay Area. Rabbit experts will be on hand!
- Bring your family to pet the rabbits and enjoy interacting with them
- Learn about rabbits, what they eat, and how to take care of them
- Bring your rabbit questions
- Bring your spayed/neutered bunny to find him/her a bunny friend (bunny speed dating!)
- Free nail trims for rabbits
- Meet and adopt the rabbit of your dreams
- Check out our great bunny blankets & bunny toys for sale!
A Rabbit Education & Adoption Event!
Saturday, May 5th
East Bay SPCA
4651 Gleason Drive, Dublin, CA
Party in Sacramento on Saturday for the animals! »
This Saturday, April 28, from 3 to 6 p.m., the adorable Never Felt Better Vegan Shop (we love them!) is having a Spring Gala & Turlock Hen Rescue Art Show with Silent Auction! Sponsored by Little Monsters Pet Care (run by the lovely and vegan Beth Marshall!), the event looks like it’ll have AMAZING silent auction goodies. I want it all! All of it!
Come fight me to the death for it and enjoy all sorts of delicious vegan snacks and drinks and beautiful prints of rescued chickens and the companionship of like-minded awesome folks. Let’s do this!
Be on TV and eat free vegan sandwiches on Friday at Ike’s SFSU! »
Okay, fame whores and people who love free shit (you should all still be reading): Ike’s SFSU is going to be on Vegan Kitchen TV on Friday, April 27, with free vegan samples from 3 to 4 p.m. Ike himself has kindly invited us all down to eat, drink and GET DISCOVERED! All right!
I’ve heard some rumors that Ike is serving non-vegan food to vegans, and that’s not true. He uses Tofurky, vegan meatballs, and Viana vegan chicken. There was a short period of time when the company making their vegan chicken went out of business, and during that time, they served Tofurky in its place. Ike’s has always been crazy sexy cool (read: honest) with me about the sandwich ingredients, and I’m so thankful that they’ve brought their gluten-y goodness to the vegans!
So, feel free to eat your Ike’s with abandon, and let’s get on the fast track to type 2 diabetes, and FAME. YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE!
NYC: Party for the birds on Tuesday, April 3! »
The Wild Bird Fund is hosting a fundraiser to raise money for the city’s first wildlife rehabilitation and education center! There’s going to be cool stuff you can read about below but I should tell you first: THERE’S GOING TO BE BABY BIRDS AND SQUIRRELS! BABY ANIMALS OMG WTF! And an owl—I have never met an owl. That’s a damn shame. This will not stand! We must go and meet squirrels and owls.
The Wild Bird Fund is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) charity located at 558 Columbus Ave. (inside the Animal General clinic), New York City. In 2011, the WBF rehabilitated over 1,400 birds and mammals and responded to over 4,000 calls. While the fund usually deals with mostly pigeons (as they seem to be the most common bird brought in), some of the other other types of animals treated are gulls, sparrows, hawks, owls, and squirrels.
The gala will take place at the beautiful and historic “Birdie” Vanderbilt Mansion, and will feature a speech by best-selling author Jonathan Franzen and a performance by Dzul Dance. Wine and vegetarian hors d’oeuvres will be served, and guests will be able to meet a few of the feathered rescues from the previous year.
In conclusion, baby squirrel from the Wild Bird Fund’s FB page: