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02/19/2013

Seven day challenge to “Get Crunk” with Bianca Phillips starts today!   »

Let’s get crunk this week, you guys. Seriously! Starting today, Cookin’ Crunk author Bianca Phillips is teaming up with both Vegan Mainstream and Book Publishing Company to launch a seven day “Keep On Crunkin” challenge, as a social media campaign for her cookbook! Each day Bianca will share tips and recipes on her blog, Vegan Crunk. The posts will then offer a social media option that you can take to Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest, with a chance to win some awesome prizes, including cookbooks and Cookin’ Crunk aprons! According to Vegan Mainstream, if you’re on twitter, use the hashtag #KeepOnCrunkin to join the conversation at anytime. Being a huge fan of pretty much anything Bianca does, I’m pretty excited to check out what this week-long challenge is all about!   

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Remember the challenge starts today (Feb 19th) and ends on the 26th —you can find more information about this lively campaign right here! Now let’s go get crunk! 

01/11/2013

It’s National Hot Chocolate Friday! What’s that? It’s a holiday that Isa Chandra Moskowitz just made up! But we love her so much, we’re all in, right?
She posted the rules on The PPK’s Facebook Page:



"Happy National Hot Chocolate Friday! Are you simmering up an inventive new cocoa or sticking to the classics? Take a pic of your creation and tag me or post it here, and I’ll put together a collage. Then we can all look at the collage and be like ‘That was a great day. Sigh.’"



I’m stuck at my office where all we have is corny, non-vegan Swiss Miss, but you should totally do it! 
Props to Krista O’Reilly for the goodies in the photo: “Homemade cinnamon hot chocolate with both Sweet & Sara AND Dandies marshmallows. Delicious madness.” Can I come over later?

It’s National Hot Chocolate Friday! What’s that? It’s a holiday that Isa Chandra Moskowitz just made up! But we love her so much, we’re all in, right?

She posted the rules on The PPK’s Facebook Page:

"Happy National Hot Chocolate Friday! Are you simmering up an inventive new cocoa or sticking to the classics? Take a pic of your creation and tag me or post it here, and I’ll put together a collage. Then we can all look at the collage and be like ‘That was a great day. Sigh.’"

I’m stuck at my office where all we have is corny, non-vegan Swiss Miss, but you should totally do it! 

Props to Krista O’Reilly for the goodies in the photo: “Homemade cinnamon hot chocolate with both Sweet & Sara AND Dandies marshmallows. Delicious madness.” Can I come over later?

04/13/2012

Berkeley Vegan Earth Day is coming! Win some shit, if you want!  »

Berkeley Vegan Earth Day is holding a contest on Facebook to win some prizes! Free shit, hell yeah, etc. It’s pretty simple: Change your profile pic to the BVED logo for 24 hours, and comment on their page that you did so.* Read to the rules and see the logo here. Prizes include DVDs, vegan treats, water bottles, books, and shirts, and the contest ends on Friday, April 20.

Are you planning on attending? I went last year, and it was intense! But, in a good way! I wasn’t sure what to expect and my mind was blown, by both the film (Call of Life) and speakers. Also making it a very special night for me — I tried Nacheez for the first time. I highly recommend going this year; it looks like a blast!

The official promo manager of BVED, Alex Eaves, sent me the tip about this contest. If you don’t know who he is, get on that! He was one of the panel speakers last year, representing his company Stay Vocal and maybe I swooned a little bit.

[Ed.: For further East Bay veg awesomeness, don’t forget about Oakland Veg Week, which starting this Sunday. Eat all the food, see all the speakers, get laid, don’t get laid, whatever, you know how we do.]

[Ed., again: Not sure how we feel about contestants that make you shill yourself on FB/Twitter but uh, it’s for veganism? And it’s only 24 hours? And you could win some water bottles? All right!]

02/22/2012

Sharks can be friends!  »


A lot of times, I picture sharks as I like to picture myself: rugged, badass loners with an unquenchable thirst for human blood who rock out pretty much constantly. But here is news that could change all that (for sharks, I mean). Turns out shark grouping patterns are more than marriages of convenience; they are stable, long-lasting, meaningful social communities! Pretty soon sharks will have Facebook pages, right? Come on into the 21st century, sharks, don’t be shy. I’ll friend you!

[Photo credit: Klaus Steifel via Flickr]

11/30/2011

House Rabbit Society’s holiday art show and auction is happening now! Bid on buns, for buns!  »


Bunny’s Dream Gift Basket, donated by The Busy Bunny. Click to bid!

The House Rabbit Society and the East Bay Rabbit Rescue have joined forces to host this online auction of rabbit gifts and art! All proceeds go to an emergency medical fund for these two worthy organizations. They’ve got studio sessions with photographer Mark Rogers (get a fancy photo of you and your pet! Bunny or not!), watercolors and mosaics and other rabbitty artwork, and giftcards to Pet Express—all kinds of good stuff to get and receive.


Astrid, by John Beahm. Click to bid!

All the action is happening on Facebook, but you can also bid by calling the Rabbit Center at (510) 970.7575 between noon and 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. The auction ends at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, so get to bidding for the buns!

07/07/2011

Hey single veg males! Win a ticket to Veg Speed Dating in August!  »

Are you a vegan, vegetarian, or veg-curious male? Over 21 but under 50? Single? Interested in girls? YOU ARE?! Well, I’m available!

Not only is there the possibility for you to score a hot date with me, but if you meet the aforementioned criteria, you could win a free ticket to Karine Brighten’s Speed Dating Event at Saturn Cafe in Berkeley!


There are two ways to win, both which involve having a Facebook account and one requiring Twitter. Ready boys? I Am Veganlicious is holding a giveaway in which you have to like: the comment on Facebook regarding the event; and the comment on the San Francisco Bay Area Vegan Events page. Full details here.

Karine Brighten is also holding a similar giveaway; follow her on Twitter and mention the event, or “like” her Facebook page and leave a comment! I totes won a Vegan Essentials gift certificate from her in the past, and I have no luck whatsoever! Do it single boys!

05/27/2011

Bob Barker honored with prestigious Veg Award! You get a recipe!  »

My friend Lena Fay is the UnOfficial president of the Bob Barker Fan Club. I interviewed her earlier today about her adoration of all things Bob Barker, and for a better understanding in general, via text message.

Vegansaurus: Can you explain in two or three sentences your love for Bob Barker and why you are the president of his fan club?
Lena Fay: Bob Barker made me understand the unparalleled charisma of dirty old men.

Is he a dirty old man?
Kind of. He hooked up with the Barker Beauties.

Who are the Barker Beauties?
The girls who run The Price is Right games who are always in swimsuits.

So there you have it! As it happens, Lena Fay isn’t the only fan of Bob Barker; so are vegan animal-rights advocates Mercy for Animals! MFA, along with Barker, are throwing a huge, fancy bash on June 4 in the Hollywood Hills! They will honor the “hidden heroes”—undercover investigators who risk their lives and safety to expose the horrific cruelty animals endure at factory farms, hatcheries and slaughterhouses—and Barker himself will receive an award! Bob Barker has spend the last 30-plus years as a crusader for animal rights, yo. He can put his Compassionate Leadership Award next to his 19 Emmys from The Price Is Right!

Lena Fay often uses her Facebook status to announce her obsession surrounding Bob Barker and The Price Is Right. One of those nights, not too long ago, I decided to to a little investigative, undercover work myself. And I stumbled across this recipe! A vegan enchilada bake that calls for a crushed Fritos topping, and side of vegan sour cream? I too, found myself loving Bob Barker.

(I totally would have posted the picture, but then I realized it’s probably a stock photo! With dairy cheese and meat! And we know what kind of shenanigans that leads to…)

[Photo via Hidden Heroes Party]

05/17/2011

Restaurant review: Nick’s Tacos at Underdog, plus your weekend plans!  »

Underdog is a sports bar that serves Nick’s Tacos, located in an area of San Francisco I like to refer to as the Mid Sunset. Not quite Outer, not quite Inner. Technically, what is 19th and Irving? I have no clue.

Nick believes in slow food, fast, which I guess I love. I don’t respect the Slow Food movement so much, as it tends to be super meat-heavy/hypocritical. Unless we are talking about cooking dinner in my apartment! My old roommate Vanessa said I am a great cook, but she can’t wait two hours to eat. What?! I like the flavors to meld—and I cook on low so I can check Facebook every two seconds.

I went to Underdog’s on a whim last year with two friends, as one of them knew the bartender and we NEEDED to make it for beer-and-taco happy hour. Taco happy hour, by the way, is only for ‘street-style’ meat tacos, but Nick’s is so inexpensive, you won’t stay too mad about that. Perhaps they will make the street tacos sans meat, I’ve never asked.

Drinking and tacos are two of my FAVORITE THINGS! I could tell I was gonna like the food as soon as our chips and salsa came. SO COLORFUL AND FRESH! I mean, really? In a bar? I was not expecting this.

That first time, I ordered the vegetarian tacos, which come Nick’s Way in a crispy corn tortilla wrapped in a soft flour tortilla. YES AND YES.

The second time I visited UnderNick’s, I had the taco salad. SO AMAZING. The best part is that it is a vegan entree, so I didn’t have to waste time asking for no cheese or sour cream and then stress out it’s going to come with those condiments anyway. Cilantro-lime vinaigrette? Done. Fresh tomatoes and delicious guacamole? Done. The best part, other than how it tastes, is that it doesn’t come in a heavy, fried tortilla shell, the part of the salad I always try to abstain from and then demolish in 30 seconds flat. Instead they decoratively top the salad with tortilla curls!

The first time I went to Underdog’s, my friend informed me of second Underdog up the street (different place of business completely). So after gorging on chips, salsa and tacos, I found room in my stomach for a vegan sausage dog with sauerkraut. And then went home and made seitan (while checking Facebook constantly).

Here’s your itinerary for this weekend (whenever your weekend is. Mine is Mondays and Tuesdays, holla!). Go to Ocean Beach, try to stay warm and work up an nice appetite/beer buzz on the sand, and as you are heading back to the city stop at Nick’s. Scarf down your food so that before your stomach can register it’s full, you can demolish a vegan sausage dog down the street. Sounds like a perfect day to me!

Underdog Sports Bar and Grill is located at 1824 Irving between 19th and 20th Avenues in the Sunset. It can get pretty bro-y on game days, so I’d avoid it at all costs then. Here’s the menu [.pdf]. [Ed.: I’ve heard that on Fridays during happy hour, they have $1 margaritas. Girrrrrrrl…]

10/04/2010

Help house the hens of Harvest Home!  »


Harvest Home Sanctuary has 50 rescued hens
whose enclosure needs big repairs before the seasonal cold arrives. They estimate these repairs will cost $1,000, and in order to raise those funds they’ve initiated a campaign on Facebook.

Five days in, and they’ve raised just over $400—not enough, you guys! Harvest Home is great: they care for 175 animals on two acres, including the buns rescued by the House Rabbit Society, and they do it all with donations and volunteers. Can you give a few dollars to keep their hens warm and safe this winter? Chickens may look eerily similar to dinosaurs, but they’re much more delicate, and need a house for snuggling. So come on already and help them get their house!

02/08/2010

The totally ridiculous bullshit fake non-profit, Center for Consumer Freedom (who got their start with money from PHILIP MORRIS! Srsly!), is targeting Yellow Tail wine because Yellow Tail donated money to HSUS to help with their Animal Rescue Team. Yes, the people who are RESCUING ANIMALS IN HAITI.
I am seriously curious how these CCF people sleep at night? Oh on their big piles of money from PHILIP MORRIS!
Anyway, pease go comment on Yellow Tail’s Facebook wall (which you see above, littered with garbage and lies from people who work for/with CCF) and tell them how amazing they are for funding such a compassionate cause and that you plan to consume so much of their wine that you’ll do permanent liver damage IN ONE NIGHT. Tell them you are typing this from the hospital because you had to have your stomach pumped because you drank so much of their wine! DO IT! Hopefully this will help counteract all the bullshit posts from those ridiculous morons above. I KNOW YOU HAVE FACEBOOK, FOOLIO! Now go do something useful today!

The totally ridiculous bullshit fake non-profit, Center for Consumer Freedom (who got their start with money from PHILIP MORRIS! Srsly!), is targeting Yellow Tail wine because Yellow Tail donated money to HSUS to help with their Animal Rescue Team. Yes, the people who are RESCUING ANIMALS IN HAITI.

I am seriously curious how these CCF people sleep at night? Oh on their big piles of money from PHILIP MORRIS!

Anyway, pease go comment on Yellow Tail’s Facebook wall (which you see above, littered with garbage and lies from people who work for/with CCF) and tell them how amazing they are for funding such a compassionate cause and that you plan to consume so much of their wine that you’ll do permanent liver damage IN ONE NIGHT. Tell them you are typing this from the hospital because you had to have your stomach pumped because you drank so much of their wine! DO IT! Hopefully this will help counteract all the bullshit posts from those ridiculous morons above. I KNOW YOU HAVE FACEBOOK, FOOLIO! Now go do something useful today!

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