New York state bans shark fin trade! »
“New York will no longer be a haven for the cruel and unsustainable trade in shark fins,” Patrick Kwan, director of grassroots organizing for the Humane Society, said in a statement. “The Empire State has long taken action to protect other threatened and endangered species such as tigers and elephants, now we’re taking action to protect sharks and help end the cruelty of shark finning worldwide.”
[Photo by Phil’s 1stPix via Flickr]
Hipster Dust is a real thing and you’re supposed to eat it. »
Hipster Dust is a vegan spice mixture that took flight in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It is used in the kitchen to flavor vegetables, soups, noodles and everything else. Hipster Dust’s cult following has expanded far beyond its birthplace. Hipster Dust lovers have carried their enthusiasm for this invigorating seasoning from Brooklyn across the country, making fans of its distinct flavor along the way.
I would proudly eat something called Hipster Dust because that’s hilarious, and I mostly eat for the laughs, but I’m a little confused. Are there are lot of spice mixes that aren’t vegan? And one of the four recipes on their site is for ahi tuna.* So I’m not getting the impression they have any sort of vegan allegiance. I’m thinking it’s a marketing thing, eh? Because, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but all the cool kids are vegan.**
I’m not saying I need a product to be dedicated to veganism (Oreos, amirite?), but, like, you don’t need to bullshit us. All the same, I’d try this. I’ll let you know how it goes.
*I’m not an expert but my friend Google tells me ahi tuna is not very sustainable. Kind of a weird recipe choice for a biz that says it’s an “eco-aware company.”
** You got me, Joaquin Phoenix, Alan Cumming…checkmate, omnis.
It appears a man was hospitalized last year for eating too many Brussels sprouts! They are out to get you! But this doesn’t pertain to me as I’m not taking blood thinners, right? I think I’m cool on Brussels sprouts but I have been known to eat so much pineapple that my throat feels like I swallowed shards of glass.
Adopt and foster animal victims of Sandy »
Animals have not been immune to the devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought upon the city this week. And of course, everything that could go wrong had gone wrong this week to cause a sudden surge in homeless animals: Animal Care & Control web servers have been down since the storm, local shelters have lost power, and there has been a lack of support from local chapters of National Animal Groups. So there are a lot of homeless kitties and lost doggies who desperately need you to adopt or foster them, or else they’ll start being killed next week.
See Gothamist for more info. Help if you can!
Gothamist has behind-the-scenes photos of Puppy Bowl VIII! You guys, this is like getting preview passes to the opera! Or is that just exciting to me? Whatever, PUPPIES! Look at my girl Brandy, all tuckered out from a big day of clobbering the competition! Brandy for MVP!
You’ve got to check out all the photos. Best news of all: This year, “a piggy pep squad will ‘ham’ it up on the sidelines and squeal with delight for their favorite pups.” The Puppy Bowl was made for me and Megan Rascal! And, fine, everyone else who loves puppies and kittens and pigs (a.k.a. everyone with a SOUL).
Double-bonus: This preview video features about three seconds of the pigs!
[Can’t see the video? Watch it at Vegansaurus.com!]
Puppy Bowl VIII! Be there, Sunday at 3 p.m. EST on Animal Planet!
[photo by Katie Sokoler for Gothamist]
Dun-Well Doughnuts opens today! »
Happy happy joy joy! I just read on Gothamist that Dun-Well in East* Williamsburg officially opened today! Is anyone planning on going over there today? Take a pic for me and tell me how it is! I may have to wait until tomorrow or so. I’LL BE COUNTING THE SECONDS.
BONUS: Adorable photo from DunWell’s twitter! Let’s go eat all the donuts!
*It’s come to my attention that it’s EAST Williamsburg. I’m from Philly, not Brooklyn! So pardon me.
Top 10 links of the week! An edifying ramble through veganism! »
Per usual, I slipped up last week, so this spans a couple weeks. Leave me alone, I have a real job!
National Geographic has a nice infograph about the LEGAL wildlife trade in Asia. It’s ill. I would have posted it but it’s too big to post the whole thing so go check it out.
From One Green Planet, vegan wine pairings! I love my wine and you know this.
Grist wonders, is Idaho a safe haven for CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operation)? Damn, Idaho, that’s whack.
Wildlife officials in upstate New York “are squealing over ‘captive hunts’ upstate that have flooded three counties with out-of-control feral hogs.” Squealing.
This is kind of a big deal but I don’t have time to write a good post on it so maybe it can be our discussion topic: A new economics study confirms Namibian seal-watching is worth 300 percent more than seal hunting. I’ve heard of things like this before, where like safari-type tourist things could be worth more than elephant ivory and whale-watching could bring in more cash money than whale-killing. Have you guys? Seems pretty awesome. There should be an organization that JUST focuses on this. Money makes the world go round!
Our favorite guilt-ridden omni, Sami Grover from Treehugger, says all the meat eaters should eat less meat! It’s totes true.
Vegan Mainstream says our Laura is a vegan mover and shaker! That Laura, she’s so lovable. And foul-mouthed.
Gothamist taste-tested the Dun-Well faux-gras donut and the foie gras donut, and the dudes who made the actual dead-goose-liver pastry were all, The fake one is good, but we won’t be making a vegan version ourselves because vegans have “a FUBU mentality when it comes to vegan delights.” Which, buddy, do you know how much more business you would get if you offered novelty fancy vegan food? So much.
Refinery29, of which my favorite ex-boyfriend is a founding member, has a nice vegan shoe list: 12 Vegan Shoes That Aren’t Fugly. Some of the usual suspects, but several I hadn’t seen! And YOU KNOW I seen a lot of shoes. I like those first loafers, buy them for me.
Top 10 links of the week! A breezy ride through veganism! »
Ccute animal video of the week is interrupted to bring you Ron Swanson being a dick about veggie bacon because it makes us lol. I know, vegan bacon can be realllllly good but this is still major lolz. Love that Ron Swanson! This video is crappy quality so go watch a nice version(and some more awesome Parks & Rec funny food-talking footage at Eater!]
First up: Cute Roulette! No explanation necessary. Except that last little bit about not needing an explanation. And that bit. This joke is THE BEST!
World Food Programme had a cool article, Rising Food Prices: 10 Questions Answered. Basically, it’s 10 questions about rising food prices answered. They take the topic of rising food prices, and then answer 10 questions about it.
The Washington Post (ever heard of it?) had a nice piece this week: Five Myths About Vegans by Carol J. Adams. My friend Leah linked it on her Facebook like, “a nice thing to see in the Post" and all her Facebook friends were like, "wah wah wah! Vegans are so hard to please!" And I’m like, "I was JUST as hard to please when I ate brie, bitch."
The Awl has a nice interview with the founder of Babycakes. The message is: QUIT YOUR JOB GET RICH. Also: is there a Babycakes in SF’s future?
Interesting topic from One Green Planet: Fiction Novels with AR themes. Pish, like I need another person pushing books down my throat! Leave me alone, dad!
Apparently there’s a hawk Lothario living above the city of Manhattan. This Dish is Veg has the story, and an adorable story it is. Until you’re walking down the street and BAM! Pigeon head falls out of the sky! That’s not part of the story but it happens.
Gothamist stepped up their game a bit and did a nice lil’ PSA for Farm Sanctuary! Don’t buy bunnies and duckies for Easter. It’s uncool, brah. Jesus is not down with that.
Here’s my discussion topic of the week: AOL thinks PETA’s naked chick policy is doing a bang-up job! Is this dude on crack or does he make good points?
OK here’s my secondary discussion topic of the week: Defenders of Wildlife thinks Obama totally did a disservice to all all the animals that were affected by the Gulf oil spill by ignoring them in his statement on the anniversary of the spill. What do you think?
Finally, check out THIS AWESOME HAMSTER MANSION over at Pawsome!
The latest in trends: eat some happy meat, sluts! »
Gothamist asks, "Is Vegetarianism Dead?" a three-paragraph article based on a trend piece called "Flesh Mob" published in the New York Post, and gets—at last count—nearly 90 comments. Someone more cynical might call that the textual equivalent of taking your top off, but who’s cynical? Not us! We love our omnivorous friends. All of you are really great, seriously. Yes, even you with the “vegans are so malnourished” jokes, and you with the “isn’t a fat vegan an oxymoron” jokes, and all of you who despise “vegan food” without ever having tasted anything explicity labeled as such. Really, you’re the best.
See, it’s 2010, and we’re over your bullshit trend stories that cite like two biased sources based on one restaurant’s menu change. We’re extra-over your attempts to piggyback on those sad trend stories by writing what amounts to a self-promotional link dump, in which 10 of the 14 links are to your own site. What do you want, a gold star for having predicted a trend that doesn’t actually exist? We’d offer you a cookie, but it’s vegan and you probably wouldn’t eat it.
One formerly vegan restaurant in New York City started serving meat this year, and we’re sorry to have lost it. Does that mean that the entire veg world has abandoned its lifestyle practices? Nope. How many veg restaurants opened last year? Taking a local example, Babycakes published a cookbook, and expanded to Los Angeles; it looks like the last time you reported on them, Gothamist, was in April. Are you sure that this “conscientious carnivorism” that Scott Gold (a Vegansaurus Person Who Needs to Shut Up) is so crazy about actually exists, or that New York Times article on people eating raw meat as a “lifestyle choice” (which, SHUT UP) get you too excited to write articles based in reality?
Vegans, chill; we know we are in the right; nonsense like this doesn’t deserve anything more than an eye-roll. Keep on supporting your local veg businesses, and ignore the bullshit. There are too many good meals to have, too many good causes to support, too many good articles to read to waste your time with stuff like this.