NYC: Come party with Vegansaurus TONIGHT!  »


That’s right, friends! Vegan Drinks NYC is tonight! As usual, it’s at Fontana’s, from 7pm-10pm. And once again, I will be laying down the tunes! Here’s a preview of what’s to come: 


YEAH BOYEEE! See, I know what vegans like. 

Tonight we’re benefiting Friends of Animals! Yummy food by Yeah Dawg! So come by and hang!


What’s up NYC? November Vegan Drinks is happening on Thursday!  »

Get your butts over to Fontana’s Bar at 105 Eldridge from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, to party with the coolest vegans in the metro area, including (but not limited to) your own Megan Rascal on the ones and twos! Plus “Southern-style breakfast foods” (be still my heart) from Heirloom Vegan Eatery, and raffle prizes with proceeds benefitting Friends of Animals. You can’t lose, New York!

Need to know more? Get details at SuperVegan.


Recipe: Popeye Soup!  »

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present Popeye Dream Soup!!

It might be the most amazing soup I’ve ever eaten. I forgot to bring it to work for lunch today and I almost cried.

I was flipping through my new Friends of Animals magazine that they so nicely send to anyone who makes a donation (seriously, how nice is that?) and I stumbled upon this delicious-looking soup recipe.

I made it a few days later and OH DEAR ME I am in love! It is SO good. And it’s easy to make! Seriously! Don’t be afraid of the herbed oil part; I was, and it is super-easy: His directions are perfect, just follow them and it’s a breeze.

To be clear, chef Iyer is not a vegan chef BUT I WANT HIM TO BE and apparently his cookbooks have tons of veg-friendly recipes. Maybe someday he’ll make an all-vegan cookbook? Please, chef Iyer?! Pleeeeease???

Needless to say, I recommend making this immediately. And then invite me over.

Laura Yasinitsky is a writer, comic, waitress, and animal-lover based in New York City. She has appeared on Comedy Central’s Open-Mic Fight and writes for US Weekly’s Fashion Police. You can follow her silliness on Twitter @LaraYaz and read about her animal friendly adventures here.


Top 10 links of the week! A breezy ride through veganism!  »

[your animal viral video of the week! I don’t understand what’s going on. Where is this? Is this like a private dolphin?]

I can tell you guys have big things to worry about but if you have time to care about the seal hunt, you should keep an eye on the Humane Society’s “Live from the Ice” reporting.

Yo, did you know there’s a debate about whether or not it’s ethical for vegans and vegetarians to eat mock meat? Me neither! This Dish is Veg has a post about it, read it and tell me what you think.

Some 20-year-old killed a cat to perfect her outfit for a Lady Gaga show. I don’t want to talk about it.

Treehugger has good news about the gorilla population in the Congo! Gorillas are just amazing. Like, you can’t not be amazed when you look at them. Plus, they’re nearly vegan (I hear sometimes they eat bugs)! They don’t eat cows and they still manage to be all strong and diesel.

If you didn’t get enough Laura this week, check out The Week in Vegan. She mentions Shakira, who rules. I’m sold. Read it and comment!

News gets cute this week: “Research shows that man’s best friend categorizes people as generous or mean by keeping tabs on how they treat others.” That’s how everyone’s dog knows YOU’RE the softy! Read all about it at the Daily Mail.

Michael Vick continues to be a douche.

Read Ricky Gervais’ letter calling for the director of NIH to help 14 chimpanzees that have been sent to a research facility in Texas. Ricky Gervais is just the man. I don’t know what he could do to make me like him more but I think it would involve free vegan cinnamon rolls. Or roller-skates.

Wolves can’t catch a break. Groups are in the process of trying to de-list wolves as an endangered species in the Great Lakes area. The New York Times has the story. I’m getting fucking sick of this. It’s like, you almost wipe out a species and then after hard work, the species begins to flourish and then you want to kill them again. WTF?

Friends of Animals has a brief update on the wolf de-listing rider in the budget proposal. It’s on it’s way to the prez! Fucking awesome!


Save the wolves! Keep them protected!  »

This whole budget business is messy as my room. All these goddamn riders! One such rider is the de-listing of wolves as an endangered species in Idaho and Montana. This is utter bullshit and really sad. From Earthjustice via the LA Times: “For the first time in history, Congress is removing a species…from the Endangered Species Act based on political, rather than biological, judgments.” Like I explained last week, wolves are being attacked for eating livestock and competing for “game” with hunters.

I don’t really sympathize with livestock farmers but that’s a better reason than that of the hunters; at least it’s like about their livelihood (as animal abusers). It’s like I’m sorry the wolves are making it more difficult for you guys to hunt but isn’t that part of the point? If you want easy, go to the damn grocery store. De-listing an endangered species so you have an easier time hunting is just depraved thinking and sneaking it into the budget agreement is so slimy.

From Friends of Animals, here’s how you can help:

Listed below are the phone numbers and contact info for the Senate. Please call not only your own senators, but every Senate Democrat as many times as you can. Please also pass this information along to other animal advocates. Wolves need every voice possible.

Capital Switchboard Numbers: give the name of the senator and you will be transferred to their office. You will then either speak to a staff member, or to voice mail on the weekend.

When possible ask to speak to each senator’s environmental aide. This will give you a better chance to get your message across because you will be talking to someone who is familiar with the issue.

(866) 220.0044
(877) 851.6437
(800) 833.6354

The delisting language must be stripped out of the final bill:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
522 Hart Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224.3542
Toll-free for Nevadans: (866) 736.7343

Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
(202) 224.3553

Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.)
(202) 224.2441 

Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.)
(202) 224.3224

Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.)
(202) 224.4524

Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.)
(202) 224.5141

Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
(202) 224.4451

Tom Udall (D-N.M.)
(202) 224.6621

Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)
(202) 224.3753

Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
(202) 224.2921

President Obama
Comments: (202) 456.1111
Switchboard: (202) 456.1414

Another important thing to note is that this isn’t just about wolves: “as [Josh Mogerman, spokesman for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C.] said the rider could mean threats to additional species in the future. ‘There’s a process in place for dealing with these issues in the courts. But by Congress acting, it’s just a completely different animal,’ he said. ‘You look down the [Endangered Species Act], you see critter after critter and plant after plant that are probably inconvenient to special interests all over the  country. And what [they] have done is opened the door to removing plants and animals from the ESA by whim, rather than science.’”

To help monetarily, check out Living With Wolves, and (accepts Paypal! Paypal is my jam).

[Cartoon by me, photo from Living With Wolves]


Go see comedians TONIGHT at Saturn Cafe! AND tomorrow night, raise money for Friends of Animals!  »

You already know about Saturn Cafe in Berkeley having all this awesome new vegan stuff and you want to check it out, right? Well, why not do it tonight and see some comedians at the same time? Comedy is funny! Even when it’s not! However, this comedy night is hosted by Alex Lerman, who is both vegan and hilarious. It is possible, folks. The show is FREE and they’re hoping for a good turnout so they can keep it going! So hey, why not go and hook up some comedians with a few laughs? Because nothing is worse than when the audience is deadly silent … I should know. Honestly, I’d rather have people throw tomatoes or hock loogies at me than that awful, awful silence. Shame. Anyhoo, RSVP and a few more details on Facebook!

TOMORROW NIGHT (Weds., Oct 27) 10 percent of the cost of your Saturn Cafe meal goes to Friends of Animals. That’s like five times as many reasons to go! It looks like you might have to print out this flyer and bring it with you but FOA is awesome and you should support them so Saturn two days in a row, WHAT!

UPDATE: Tomorrow at Saturn is also Getting to know Vegan Mainstream and you should absolutely go to that, too!

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