No lying about this weekend with so much to do! »
First, Bay Area friends, don’t forget to enter our contest to win two tickets to the premiere of Bold Native in San Francisco next Saturday, Nov. 18! The contest ends on Thursday, Nov. 11, and entering is as easy as commenting on the pertinent post with your favorite ice cream flavor. Nothing to it, this competition.
OK, this is mainly (exclusively) Los Angeles-centric, but that’s all right, we’re happy everyone’s here.
First, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Roxy Theatre on Sunset, it’s Vegan Beer Fest no. 1, as sponsored in part by Quarrygirl (hooray!)! We mentioned it once, and now it’s in a more prominent position! The pertinent details are still on other sites, however. Have lots of fun, and do consider a guest post for us!
Immediately following Beer Fest (!!), have a sober driver take you to Venice for the release party of The Kitchen and The Garden Patch cookbook, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Me & Blue, 566 Rose Ave. (at 6th Avenue). We continue to recommend this event as well—a lovely vegan cookbook and recipe samples? You are strongly encouraged to pay them a visit, yes.
Saturday and Sunday!
SF Green Fest fall 2010 has arrived! Remember last year’s? We got vegan corn dogs and saw creepy milk-soliciting, Tessa tried a preview taco from Gracias Madre, and A QUEEN spoke. Among other things.
How can this year possibly compete with solicitation and the author of Overcoming the Angry Vagina? For starters, if you have spent $10 or more at Rainbow since Nov. 1 and through Nov. 7, bring your receipt to Green Fest for free admission! Now, that is either a savings of $5, since one-day admission costs $15, or a savings of the full $15, since you were going shopping at Rainbow anyway, you vegan hippie weirdo.
Amy Goodman and Dolores Huerta and y/our state Senator Mark Leno will speak! There are a bunch of Slow Food-related speakers, too, which is why we say, go listen to some people talk about less aggravating subjects. At a skim, the food options look like Gratitude, Chad’s Grill (?), Donna’s Tamales, Star Anise Foods, and Underdog; various chocolates, bars, drinks, and produce; Tofutown North America, makers of Soyatoo! vegan whipped cream!, and our BFFs Sugar Beat Sweets!!
SF Green Fest fall 2010 will happen at the SF Concourse Exhibition Center, at 635 8th St. at Brannan Street. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available online or at the door.
Have we missed anything? You should let us know, via email or a comment, and we will happily update this post. Enjoy your weekend!
Win tickets to the Bold Native premiere in SF! »
Another Vegansaurus giveaway! We are blessed.
The San Francisco premiere (fancy!) of Bold Native is on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. It’s showing at our favorite stinky movie house, the Red Vic, and Mr. Jake Conroy of the Shac 7 will be speaking with Mr. John Robbins. Tickets are just $9—but if you want to go for free, we’re giving away a pair! Just let us know your favorite vegan ice cream flavor (in honor of the ex-heir to the Baskin-Robbins fortune!) and we’ll randomly pick a winner next Thursday, Nov. 11. WOOWEE!
Here’s a trailer for the film. Watch it and then go see it and support film makers who give a shit so hopefully they can make more stuff, okay? Also, there’s sex!
[can’t see the video? watch it at vegansaurus.com!]
THIS SUNDAY: Free Vegan Sandwiches at Pop’s! Again! »
FREE vegan PHILLY CHEESESTEAKS at Pop’s (2800 24th St. between Bryant and York Streets) from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10! Homemade seitan and a homemade cashew-based cheese sauce will be entering your gullets this Sunday GRATIS. God is good. Since the first free vegan sandwich day at Pop’s was so popular, they promise even more sandwiches this time! More food = MORE GOOD TIMES! See you there on Sunday so we can open up our mouths and feed it.
[Not actual Pop’s Philly cheesesteak; this one is from Govinda’s in Philly (SO GOOD), but you’ll be eating something just like it and yours will be FREE YOU ARE WELCOME!]
When you’re done licking the screen, head to Manifest Vegan for the recipe and to enter to win an ice cream maker! Because it’s their first birthday and they’re giving US a present! That’s another reason we love Allyson (the genius behind Manifest Vegan) so much. She knows what we want and what we want is to celebrate her blogirthday by getting free shit. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!
Product review: Tofutti Flowers! »
As I’ve said before, I’m in this for the attention and the free stuff. Recently we got free stuff: Tofutti sent us a box of the new popsicle/ice cream bars they’re making, called Flowers, because they contain real flower and nectar flavors.
Popsicles in general are genius, and I love them, but this popsicle was not the best one I’ve ever had. The chocolate coating was all right, but it made my teeth feel weird if when I bit it, like they were rubbing together the wrong way. Possibly I am having enamel problems, as my long, long unemployment continues and I continue not to be able to afford to see a dentist. Still, this is the same effect that eating food cooked with vinegar has on my little molars, and why the Flowers’ chocolate coating should do that to them.
The Flowers’ creamy insides taste, um, interesting. I’ve had hot hibiscus tea, which I did not like and agua de Jamaica, which is lovely, but never so many flower-flavors combined. The mixture is odd. The strawberry flavor dominates the others, and underneath there are funny hints—should I call them “notes”?—of flavors I couldn’t identify. The chocolate coating, while mediocre, did make a good combination with the ice cream.
I have certainly eaten better vegan ice cream popsicles; but I haven’t had many—any?—that were fruit-flavored, and none that had flower nectar. The novelty is nice, but if I were buying vegan ice cream popsicles at the store, Tofutti Flowers wouldn’t be my first choice. Maybe second or third, you know? But that’s Tofutti, I think; they make some products that no other companies do, or ones that are much better than any alternatives—their cream cheese and sour cream are the best available, and the Cuties were the first tiny vegan ice cream sandwich on the market. Not everything they make is the greatest, but it’s reliably good. If really novel foodstuffs are where they’re going, then that’s great. This is an interesting experiment, anyway.
[for those interested, here are the ingredients lists, directly from the package:
Bar: water, sugar, corn syrup solids, corn and soy oils, isolated soy protein, tofu powder, maltodextrin, cocoa butter, vanilla with other natural flavors, natural flower and nectar flavors (rose, marigold, calendula, citrus blossoms, hibiscus, jasmine and lavender), strawberry flavor, guar, xanthan and carrageenan gums, soy lecithin, salt, veg. mono- and diglycerides.
Chocolate coating: coconut oil, sugar, organic evaporated sugar cane juice, cocoa processed with alkali, soy lecithin, salt, vanilla with other natural flavors.]
Hello, Millennium coupon! As if you didn’t give us enough reasons to want to be inside you ALL THE TIME (hush), now here’s a buy-a-cocktail, get-a-cocktail-and-an-appetizer FREE offer! Huckleberry potato fries with sweet and spicy smoked maple ketchup, be mine. I will devour you with a fiery grapefruit-basil margarita and never want anything ever again.
Gracias Madre opening party TONIGHT! FREE DRINKS! »
Really, all you should care about there is: TONIGHT and FREE DRINKS. It’s from 5 to 7 p.m. Also, FULL DISCLOSURE, we have no confirmation on this and I’m not calling anyone. It’s near the end of the month and minutes are a valuable commodity that I’m sure as hell not wasting on your asses. Now, anyone in an office care to call and confirm? THANK YOU AHEAD OF TIME!
Here’s our initial observations about Gracias Madre. I’ll also add that you should skip pretty much everything except the cheesy cauliflower thing (it’s AMAZING) and OK, here’s the plan. Get to GM at like 5 p.m. Have a cheesy cauliflower dish and several free drinks. Wander down the street to El Farolito (or ANYWHERE BUT GRACIAS MADRE) and get a big-ass burrito for $5. Head on over to my place and LET’S PARTY (read: I’ll never tell you where I live EVER!!).