The Vegansaurus fave finds of 2013! »
Happy new year, everyone! In honor of the passing of the 2013 calendar year, we here at Vegansaurus have compiled a list of our favorite vegan finds of the last 12 months. Keep in mind some of the products were not necessarily new to the market, just new to us! What better way to celebrate the new year by discussing what we loved in 2013? Okay fine, pizza, champagne and friends is pretty good way too.
I’ll start with myself because I, Jenny, am very excited about this list! I would like to be a gentlewoman, but I’m going first. In no particular order, my very favorite vegan finds of 2013 are as follows:
- Green New American Vegetarian
A super restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona! My pal Britney and I stayed in Phoenix two nights, on a trip to see the Grand Canyon. We ate at Green three times. I need to make it back in 2014 for their Big Wac burger and “cream cheese crab” puffs. Nami bakery, another vegan spot, is located right next door and they are so much fun to follow on Instagram (@namivegansweets).
- New Vegan Skincare Finds
On the skincare front, I discovered Too-Faced mascara and Own eye cream! Vegan beauty life-savers!
- Olives for Dinner
More specifically, Erin’s recipe for hearts of palm crab cakes! I love them so much, I make them constantly. You may not know this, but I’m kind of the vegan seafood queen. At least that’s what Holly, aka Veganadian, has dubbed me, and I’m taking it!
- Artisanal vegan cheeses
Last but certainly not least. My two faves this year were the smoked Punk Rawk Labs cashew cheese and Kite Hill’s White Alder. I’d pick some up for my NYE party, but I don’t like sharing them!
Now onto the rest of the Vegansaurus crew!
- Best vegan cheesesteak
Spak Brothers in Pittsburg. The seitan was perfectly sliced thin and fried crisp, with just the right amount of mayo and daiya cheese, and a perfect bun. Worth the road trip!
- Earth Balance’s new cheese puffs and popcorn
Probably the most addictive new food products to hit store shelves…ever? [JB note: Thanks, Rachel! Just picked some up because now I can’t get them out of my head!]
- The Northface Thermoball Hoodie
The best synthetic alternative to down puffies ever made. My day job, Backpacker Magazine, gave them an editor’s choice award; I’ve got one and it rocks!
- Defiant Daughters
Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals and the Sexual Politics of Meat. [Our Sarah was one of the contributors!]
I was thrilled to put to paper some of the many ways that Carol J. Adams’ work has impacted my life and activism career, and to share how my relationship with my brother Asher grew due to our mutual love of Carol’s book The Sexual Politics of Meat and shared commitment to veganism!
- “I am Healthy" juice
From Cafe Gratitude, at Larchmont in LA . It’s pretty standard with kale, celery, cucumber and lemon juice but you can’t beat it.
- Brussels sprouts
I totally fell hard for Brussels sprouts this year; I blame Vedge Restaurant!
- Viva La Vegan grocery express
In Santa Monica. VEGAN GROCERY STORE: need I say more? They have every vegan item you could imagine!
- Sophie’s Kitchen vegan crab cakes
Jenny Bradley turned me on to these and they are SO good in vegan “fish” tacos. [JB note: See everyone?! I am the vegan seafood queen!]
- Follow Your Heart’s fiesta blend shreds
They equal nacho and quesadilla heaven!
- The tofu “egg” salad on gluten-free bread from Flore.
This is the sandwich of the century!
- Stuff I Eat restaurant
In Inglewood, CA. Definitely in my top five fave vegan restaurants ever. They have a variety of comfort foods, and raw fare. It’s reasonably priced and the staff is SO nice and welcoming.
- Stuff I Eat restaurant
It’s vegan soul food! I’ve never had such hospitality at a restaurant before. They told us everything about the food and were genuinely interested in how long we had all been vegan. One of the cooks even came out and sat down at our table!
- The Bad Ass breakfast sandwich from Locali
Not that I found it 2013, but I moved to LA this last year and it was my go-to during my move. I’ve taken all of my guests there, out-of-towners especially. [JB note: it’s true, he took me to Locali to get one before he, Caroline and I hiked to the Hollywood sign a few weeks ago! It’s scrumptious!]
- Wynn hotel
A vegan mother-loving oasis.
- Center City Soft Pretzel Company
My fave Philly soft pretzels are vegan! AND YOU CAN GET THEM SHIPPED TO YOU!
- Paulie Gee’s
The Greenpoint, BK favorite has an extensive vegan menu and their vegan ricotta is out of control!
- Gristle Tattoo
And more generally, the joy of vegan tattoos!
- My new vegan friends Jess and James
The dynamic duo, are just the coolest most best and show me lots of great vegan food and terrible, terrible 90s music. [JB note: there is such a thing as terrible 90s music?]
Review: Gristle Tattoo vegan tattoos! »
Hello all! It’s finally here! The perm-corsage! I mentioned I was getting this yesterday on FB and everybody was like, pics pics pics! So here she is! I’m so excited.
So yes, Gristle Tattoo is in Williamsburg, BK. It’s a nice little space and alllll vegan. They even do adoption events and bakesales and all of that! When I was originally looking at local vegan process tattoo artists, I came upon Brittany Bauza’s work on Gristle’s site. I was in love! She has a great classic tattoo style. I knew it, she was the one for me.
I set up an appointment and went in yesterday. Brittany and Felix, their piercing person who was there too, were immediately friendly and made me feel very comfortable (it’s my first tattoo!). I took a lovely pic of Brittany standing behind the counter to show you guys how not intimidating it is but I accidentally deleted it because I’m the super genius.
Brittany showed me a few designs and they were totes perfect and we landed on the design you see above. Because I tell everyone I’m impervious to pain, I thought it wouldn’t hurt at all. It did hurt. I am not impervious to pain. It was totally a tolerable pain though so NBD. But the whole time Brittany was so nice and answered my 100 million questions. I asked her about the various rumors I hear about vegan tattoos, like they don’t last as long or the colors aren’t as bright. She said that’s all crap and the ink brand she uses is actually used by a lot of tattoo artists who don’t even know it’s vegan. And look at that color! Bright.
Now it’s the morning after and I still love my tattoo! And everyone at work is saying “it’s really nice” and they are all like, “maybe I should go to your person!” And I’m like, “do it!”
Suffice it to say, I’m very pleased. Brittany is amazing and Gristle is very nice. So if you are in need of a vegan tattoo in NYC, I highly recommend them!
UPDATE: So as not to mislead anyone, Brittany herself is not vegan but she is a vegan process tattoo artist as is everyone at Gristle. And Gristle is a vegan-owned business.
Vegan tattoos for all! »
Reader Tim Donnelly just wrote a piece for The Atlantic on the vegan politics of tattoos:
Getting a tattoo can be about as vegan as having a rib-eye sewn to your arm. The ink and processes at your average shop contain a veritable buffet of animal detritus: charred bones of dead animals in the ink, fat from once-living things in the glycerin that serves as a carrying agent, enzymes taken from caged sheep that go into making the care products.
He goes on to say that finding a vegan tattoo artist can be tricky, but in NYC, Brooklyn’s vegan-owned Gristle Tattoo can save the day! They have a strictly vegan tattoo artist, Ashley Thomas. I’ve been meaning to get a tattoo ever since the Meatless Monday Unicorn got one. Looks like I know where to go! I can’t decide what to get though. I’m actually allergic to decisions.
[Pic at the top sent to us by reader Alaetra G. of her friend David’s dope tattoo]