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05/07/2013

Friday: Vegan Happy Hour S.F.! Potluck, drinks, and vegan pals!  »

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Vegan Happy Hour is back at the Hemlock Tavern! How awesome is it going to be?

All one has to do is bring something—anything!—vegan to share. There will be drink specials and a DJ, too. In the past few months, we’ve had build-your-own sliders, fajitas, awesome grain salads, tamales, insanely good cookies, and tons of other tasty treats.

So awesome! So get to the Hemlock, 1131 Polk St. in S.F., from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 10. Bring a dish, bring some crafts, bring your beautiful self and all your gorgeous friends. Make vegan pals! Drink! Dance! Share! Community and fellowship, you guys; it’s like vegan church but way more debauched. Details on Facebook.

Got a tip about an awesome vegan-friendly event? Let us know! We love fun!

01/08/2013

Jan. 11th: Vegan Happy Hour comes back to SF!  »

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That’s right, kids! Vegan Happy Hour will rear its drunken head at Hemlock Tavern once again! Details:

New year, new Vegan Happy Hour! See you this Friday, January 11th, at the Hemlock Tavern from 6 to 9. Bring a vegan dish to share—homemade or store bought—and join new hosts Erin Rea and Josh Heiskell for food and spirits!

DJ Devin Peralta will be providing the musical ambience while Nikki Sloate serves up the cocktails. Drink specials until 8pm.

I used to love Hemlock. I mean, I’m sure I still would, it’s just a bit of a commute from NY. I think Figgy got to go there too? He’s such a lush!

Check their FB and let the world know you’re going! 

10/13/2011

SF Vegan Happy Hour is tomorrow!  »

It’s time to get fat and drunk with the best of SF! All you do is, you make or buy a vegan dish, you show up, you drink and eat, you make friends, you possibly meet the LOVE OF YOUR LIFE, you leave. It’s that simple! And there’s a chance you’ll meet the LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. How can you resist!?

Check out their Facebook page and the flyer* below for the details!

*Please, no comments on the flyer’s graphic design; it’s sexy and you know it.

08/11/2011

S.F. Vegan Happy Hour is THIS FRIDAY! That’s tomorrow! As usual, the details are on Facebook, this is just a reminder! Also, a reminder to listen to Reminder because it’s so good, and he shouts out bloggers.* What up, J!
*I think he’s actually calling us assholes but that’s cool! We are!

S.F. Vegan Happy Hour is THIS FRIDAY! That’s tomorrow! As usual, the details are on Facebook, this is just a reminder! Also, a reminder to listen to Reminder because it’s so good, and he shouts out bloggers.* What up, J!

*I think he’s actually calling us assholes but that’s cool! We are!

11/12/2010

Vegan Happy Hour at the Hemlock tonight!   »

A quick post to remind you that tonight (as is every second Friday of the month) is Vegan Happy Hour! I know some of you know the drill, but for the uninitiated, what you do is grab/make some food (Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods stuff is fine, as long as it’s vegan!), grab your eatin’ pants, and head on over to the Hemlock Tavern between 6 and 9 tonight. Never been before? Don’t know anyone? NO PROBLEM! Mike, who usually DJs the event, is making a rare appearance hosting the food portion of the event today. Look for the big guy with the tattoos plating vegan food, and say hello! You’ll be mixing it up with new and exciting vegans before you know it. Oh, and be sure to follow Vegan Happy Hour on Facebook, so you can stay up to date on the monthly themes, and get easy, portable recipes to try!

Need some quick and easy recipe ideas? Look no further! I’m bringing pumpkin pie. Just sayin’.

09/10/2010

Tonight tonight tonight, it’s your monthly Vegan Happy Hour, hosted by our own Jordan and Mr. Jordan! Bring a dish for sharing—because it’s booze AND potluck!—to the Hemlock Tavern at 1131 Polk St. at Hemlock; the fun happens between 6 and 9 p.m.
There’ll be music and fun and friends new and old; you won’t want to miss it! Unless you have some kind of crippling social phobia, in which case maybe you want to stay at home (or have friends over, so you don’t have to leave your safe space)—your Vegansaurus doesn’t judge! Enjoy your weekend, that’s all we want for you.
Also don’t forget to enter our contest with Canot Rouge, before you get too fuzzy-headed on vegan drink specials to remember!

Tonight tonight tonight, it’s your monthly Vegan Happy Hour, hosted by our own Jordan and Mr. Jordan! Bring a dish for sharing—because it’s booze AND potluck!—to the Hemlock Tavern at 1131 Polk St. at Hemlock; the fun happens between 6 and 9 p.m.

There’ll be music and fun and friends new and old; you won’t want to miss it! Unless you have some kind of crippling social phobia, in which case maybe you want to stay at home (or have friends over, so you don’t have to leave your safe space)—your Vegansaurus doesn’t judge! Enjoy your weekend, that’s all we want for you.

Also don’t forget to enter our contest with Canot Rouge, before you get too fuzzy-headed on vegan drink specials to remember!

08/20/2010

A little self-promo because it never hurt anyone (it only just annoyed many! and still I rise!). My band (that’s right, I said BAND, I am in a BAND because I am VERY MUSICALLY TALENTED), Dino Bike, is playing at Hemlock Tavern on NEXT Sunday, Aug. 29. We do amazing shit like medleys from Top Gun and throw vegan cupcakes into the audience. Also, there might be some stripping involved and playing of cow bell by Leanne from Vaute Couture! OH and our opening band, Red Light Circuit. Oh, they’re just OPENING FOR HANSON NEXT MONTH. That’s all.
SERIOUSLY, it’s gonna be ridic. and IN ADDITION TO THE RIDICULOUSNESS:
Every penny raised will go to help pay for TPLO surgery for my dog, Hazel, who is the most beautiful, wonderful, perfect pit bull in all the land and also, ONE EXPENSIVE BITCH! This year on self-care, I’ve spent about $5 (showers are for fools! I will not conform to society’s arbitrary* standards for hygiene!) and on Hazel-care, about $6,000. So anyway, the show is only five bucks and you’re gonna get some vegan treats out of it (uh… anyone want to bake??) and I’ll pass around donation jars and you might get to see some bazoongas. Not a bad deal, at all!
Also, Jonas from Vegansaurus is in the band, and Jordan is maybe in the band. So really, it’s a Vegansaurus spectacular! And I’m gonna write this all up in The Bold Italic so if you come and make a big enough scene, your name will be in print!
Now, please, RSVP, s’il vous plaît!
*read: practical

A little self-promo because it never hurt anyone (it only just annoyed many! and still I rise!). My band (that’s right, I said BAND, I am in a BAND because I am VERY MUSICALLY TALENTED), Dino Bike, is playing at Hemlock Tavern on NEXT Sunday, Aug. 29. We do amazing shit like medleys from Top Gun and throw vegan cupcakes into the audience. Also, there might be some stripping involved and playing of cow bell by Leanne from Vaute Couture! OH and our opening band, Red Light Circuit. Oh, they’re just OPENING FOR HANSON NEXT MONTH. That’s all.

SERIOUSLY, it’s gonna be ridic. and IN ADDITION TO THE RIDICULOUSNESS:

Every penny raised will go to help pay for TPLO surgery for my dog, Hazel, who is the most beautiful, wonderful, perfect pit bull in all the land and also, ONE EXPENSIVE BITCH! This year on self-care, I’ve spent about $5 (showers are for fools! I will not conform to society’s arbitrary* standards for hygiene!) and on Hazel-care, about $6,000. So anyway, the show is only five bucks and you’re gonna get some vegan treats out of it (uh… anyone want to bake??) and I’ll pass around donation jars and you might get to see some bazoongas. Not a bad deal, at all!

Also, Jonas from Vegansaurus is in the band, and Jordan is maybe in the band. So really, it’s a Vegansaurus spectacular! And I’m gonna write this all up in The Bold Italic so if you come and make a big enough scene, your name will be in print!

Now, please, RSVP, s’il vous plaît!

*read: practical

08/11/2010

COME TO VEGAN HAPPY HOUR! Also, a recipe!  »


It’s that time again—this Friday is Vegan Happy Hour at the Hemlock Tavern (6 to 9 p.m.!)

It’s a potluck, vegans, so bring some food! I know it can be tough to get food together by 6 on a Friday evening, so I’ve come up with some quick, easy, and cheap ideas for stuff to bring. Read, make, and bring on down to VHH to enjoy with a beer or six.

1. Roasted chickpeas: strain and rinse 2 cans of chickpeas. Toss in a baking dish along with some olive oil and whatever kind of seasoning you like (garlic and lemon; curry powder; etc.). Bake at 350 F for 20 to 30 minutes, tossing occasionally. This keeps well overnight, so make it on Thursday, throw it in a container, and bring it to the Hemlock on Friday!

2. Bruschetta: grab a bunch of tomatoes and chop ‘em up. Mix together with some minced garlic, olive oil, sea salt, and basil (fresh is awesome, but dried is okay). Grab a baguette on the way to the bar, and you’re set! The tomato mixture keeps overnight just fine.

3. Cornbread: Easy as fuck, cheap, and travels well: recipe.

4. Quinoa salad: Make this the night before for best results. Cook some quinoa and let it cool. Chop up some veggies to go in it (I like Mexican theme with green onion, tomato, avocado, corn, and black beans, but you can do whatever. I bet Moroccan-style with chickpeas, tomatoes, and spices would be awesome as well). Add some olive oil and some kind of acid (vinegar or lemon/lime juice, or both). Season with some salt and pepper.

5. Roasted veggies: chop up a bunch of veggies (go to a farmers market—things are cheap right now) and throw in a baking dish with some olive oil and sea salt. Bake at 350 F until the veggies are tender.

For the super-lazy, check out Trader Joe’s veggie fried rice (just pour the contents of the bag into a skillet and fry until cooked through. DONE); vegan frozen pizza (Tofurky makes ‘em, and so does Amy’s, though be careful with Amy’s—the only vegan one is the cheeseless one); Trader Joe’s apple strudel (in the freezer section— follow the instructions on the box and then lie and say you made them yourself); spiced nuts (Trader Joe’s sells some pre-made varieties, or you can make your own—they’re super-easy and delicious!).

I hope that’s helpful for all you working stiffs, and see you on Friday!

07/09/2010

O, link-o-rama! O, link-o-rama! Animaux, activités, de Friday jusqu’à Monday, il y a tout ce que vous voulez dans le link-o-rama!  »


We’re all ’60s-crazy over here, maybe you can tell? Mad Men is nigh (!!!) and we’ve got the silliest songs stuck in our heads, and here comes this amazing Airstream camper for your little dog to perfect our little fantasies. [Straight Line Designs via Pawesome]

Que faites-vous ce weekend?
Tonight is Vegan Happy Hour and potluck, hosted by Mr. Vegansaur Jordan at the Hemlock Tavern from 6 to 9. Be there, or have less fun in your life.

On Sunday afternoon, take a tour of the trees in and around Dolores Park with Chris of Mr. Prune Tree Care. The tour will be in English and Spanish, and run about two hours. Meet at the J stop at Church and 18th Streets at 11 a.m. [thanks for the tip, Mission Mission!]

Hands-On Gourmet is hosting an All-American BBQ workshop on Monday, July 12 to teach you how to make the best animal-free, gluten-free barbecue meal ever. Dishes will include burger buns, patties, potato salad, strawberry shortcake, and ice cream! Gluten-free beer will be available for tasting—attendees must be 12 or older. The workshop runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the H.O.G. Kitchen at 2325 3rd St., No. 330; tickets cost $75. Please contact Joshua with any questions.

Wholesome Bakery, in conjunction with Ritual Coffee, will lead cookie and cupcake workshops at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (701 Mission St. at 3rd Street) as part of this summer’s Taste! program. There’s a coffee workshop (duh), too, and an art project called The Ministry of Approximate Travel by local artist Jenny Odell. Every Thursday in July in the Grand Lobby from 6 to 8 p.m. I’d say visit the YBCA’s website for more information, but as of today they actually have no information about it, so.

Voudriez-vous quelque chose à lire?


Anti-bullfighting activists protest in San Fermín, Spain. If you read Spanish, this article might prove interesting. [photo via AnimaNaturalis]

People treat animals really poorly, did you know? In Dublin (Calif., not Ireland), some assholes stole a penguin from the zoo, then abandoned her on a fucking sidewalk. HILARIOUS PRANK, guys! Ooh, the new gourmet food is lionfish, because it’s a super-destructive invasive species, wreaking havoc all over the Gulf of Mexico, into the Caribbean, and moving down into South American waters, and “humans are the only predator that can wipe it out.” But how did the lionfish, a native of the western Pacific Ocean, get to the other side of the world? Oh, well, see, people in South Florida who kept them in fishtanks in the ’80s started dumping the fish in the ocean! The wrong ocean! Whoops! And the lionfish figured out how to thrive, and now it’s fucking shit up for coral reefs all over the place. SO LET’S EAT THEM UP TO RECTIFY OUR MISTAKES. Humanity at its best.

Or no, humanity is at its best when it keeps monkeys for research, and the monkeys, because they’re miserable in captivity and hate being experimented on, figure out a genius method of escape, but don’t want to leave all their monkey pals behind, so are “lured back into captivity by scientists armed with peanuts.” I am so proud to be a human right now! BACK BEHIND THE ELECTRIC FENCE, WE MUST CONDUCT MORE TERRIFYING EXPERIMENTS ON YOU, PRIMATE.

People are also totally nasty. KFC makes its buckets from trees in North Carolina’s Green Swamp, which for some reason (money) isn’t protected land, but should be, except (money) KFC is clear-cutting it for fucking buckets. Thanks, government! And thanks, Western “junk food”—you know, your franchises of animal-products-in-everything, plus corn syrup—for giving 15 percent of men and 16 percent of women in Southeast Asia type 2 diabetes! Capitalism, you guys, it’s the best. Free market forever. In San Francisco you won’t be able to buy full-sugar sodas or waters in vending machines on city property anymore, but milk—both dairy and non-dairy!!—will be available. Calories are not all the same, you know—better to get some from protein and fat in soy milk than all from HFCS in a soda, yes? YES.

Deep Roots Animal Sanctuary needs your help to build a coop for their chicken, Mabel, and the chickens they hope to rescue in the future! The coop will be environmentally friendly, Mabel will have friends, and Deep Roots can save more birds. Birds are amazing, did you know? Robins can actually see magnetic fields, which helps them orient themselves. [link via The Telling Compulsion].

Kevin the kestrel is an amazing patient of St. Tiggywinkles [sic] wildlife hospital in Buckinghamshire, England! Someone found him on the ground with a broken leg, and the St. Tiggywinkles staff set it with “a hypodermic needle as a pin, some thin pieces of wire and dental cement.” We wish you a quick and happy recovery, Kevin!

So the president is all, Hey you congressjerks should pass the Food Safety and Modernization Act, it is Srs Bsns. And farmers are getting up on the Facebooks and Twitters, all, We’re safe and good and not harmful of the cows etc., don’t listen to Mercy for Animals, those guys are mean and biased. And I say, I am mean and biased, NO SYMPATHY.

Let’s look at restaurant reviews in the Chronicle! This week, Michael Bauer takes in the “modern neighborhood feel” of Encuentro, and what do you know, his take is very similar to our own Brianna’s! To wit: pretty all right, but could use some improvements. Lucky Oakland with its new restaurants. Lucky SFO, next, getting fancy-pants food from Napa Farms Market in Terminal 2 when it opens in March 2011.

Have you read about the Marines who rescued kittens in Afghanistan? I suppose it means people aren’t 100 percent terrible 100 percent of the time, and it’s nice to see some small acts of kindness in a world of enormous cruelty. Right? Sure.

06/11/2010

Everything’s happening this weekend and we have proof in your link-o-rama!  »


It’s summer, let’s go camping! HA HA HA KIDDING. What I meant was, It’s summer, let’s spend time outside, and let’s bring our portable, pop-up bunny tents so our best pals can hang out with us! [photo via VagaValley]

Activities for vegans!
Vegan Happy Hour is tonight, Friday, June 11 from 6 to 9 at the Hemlock Tavern. It’s run by Vegansaur Jordan’s husband Mike (some of us are grownups, did you know?) and promises to be a good time. Remember, it’s also a potluck, so bring some tasty vegan food (maybe a recipe from Vegan Happy Hour blog?)!

This weekend—Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13—is Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon at 41 animal shelters in the Bay Area! Megan Rascal already gave you a preview, but there are so many more animals than MARSHMALLOW and his GIANT CHEEKS waiting for you to adopt them FOR FREE! That’s right, for the Adoptathon, the adoption fees will be waived at participating shelters! So go on, find your new best friend.

How about that East Bay? On Saturday, check out 23 HAM’s artist reception—from 6 to 11 p.m. at 903 Camelia St. in Berkeley—celebrating East Bay Open Studios! Black Orchid will sell vegan baked goods, there’ll be live performances, and it’s free. Come on, you love art.

Love dogs? Have $20? You’re going to Bikers for Barkers tomorrow, then, right? There’ll be prizes and snacks and drinks—everything vegan!!!—so you have no excuse for skipping it. Be at Dainese D-Store at 131 S. Van Ness Ave. at 12th Street from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. They say no one will be turned away for lack of funds!

On Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m. the LGBT Army of Compassion will protest animal cruelty at the Heart of the City Farmers Market at U.N. Plaza in San Francisco. They’ll be in the northeast corner near the live-chicken vendors. Click here for more information.

Pajama-action items!
PETA asks you to (please) demand the end of mulesing in the Australian wool industry. The Humane Society would like you to tell President Obama that the U.S. does not support any nation slaughtering whales, at all, ever.


Photographs of some of the ingredients in your standard Twinkie, by Dwight Eschliman, from his book 37 or so Ingredients. Guess what this one is! Hint: it’s not naturally powdered. [photo via Good]

Multimedia for your persual!
Who’s saying the dumbest-ever shit about the Gulf oil spill? Presently, it’s Slow Food USA, which recommends helping “your food friends of the Gulf” by eating seafood from the Gulf. Alternatively, you could listen to Vegansaur Steve, whose response posts on euthanizing oiled birds this week provoked some debate on Treehugger.

In further bird-related news, last year’s Mercy For Animals investigation into a Maine egg farm resulted in a settlement requiring the violators to pay over $130,000, the “largest penalty in a farm animals abuse case in this country.” Farm Sanctuary reports that the birds rescued from the Cal-Cruz Hatchery in California last year are happy and healthy, so at least there’s that.

OK let’s get the depressing stuff out of the way in one go. First, Bullfighting: A Troubled History by Elisabeth Hardouin-Fougier was just released in English. Second, Spain, land of bullfighting, is also home to a meat vending machine. Third, pet stores are alive and well in San Francisco, but the city’s Animal Commission will hold a hearing on a ban-type proposal on Thursday, July 8. You should attend, if you have an opinion on institutions like puppy mills. You could also get this lovely "support low-cost spaying and neutering" license plate, if you lived in California and owned a vehicle.. Fourth, this article on "The Animal-Cruelty Syndrome" in the New York Times: have you cried from rage yet today?

Video: Greenpeace vs. French tuna fishermen. Greenpeace mean serious business on the open sea, you guys, way more than those Deadliest Catch jerks.

Adorable photos of kid helping with the White House garden harvest. More adorable photos of rescued kids at Farm Sanctuary.

Whole Foods markets in San Francisco are interested in selling foods from local street vendors. Have you got vegan edibles you’d like to see at WF? Email Harvinder Singh with your ideas. Though of course mind the story of Pepples Donuts.

People are wetting their pants over this new tastes-just-like-chicken vegan foodstuff, in joy and terror; what do you think about it?

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