Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival happening on Saturday in Japantown!  »

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Who loves tofu? I DO! I want tofu every day, every way, just like I want my men. I mean.

I have no idea who I am or why the tofu cube in the video looks so evil, but the first annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival is on Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in San Francisco’s Japantown Peace Plaza. It’s supposed to be a fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation, a nonprofit benefiting the Japanese-American community, but entry is free.

Supreme yumminess will be present in the form of booths for Tofu Yu, JapaCurry, San Jose Tofu, and many other vendors and sponsors. There will also be a raffle ($1,000 grand prize!), educational materials on soy (who cares—it’s delicious), live performances from hula to rapping, and free samples (NOW YOU’RE SPEAKING MY LANGUAGE).

If you want to be one of the audience judges for the Tofu Dessert Competition, listen up: space is limited to the first 30 people who show up, and it costs $25. The desserts must be at least 50 percent tofu, but there’s no stipulation that they be vegan, so take your chances if you dare! Or have an omni friend do it and sneak you bites of the vegan ones! CAN I GET A “HELL YEAH”?!


Tell Winter to Take a Hike with Your Very Own Men’s Boots Winter Round-up!  »

Like Megan said, winter means boot season, and for the guys, well, what’s out there? We all know about vegan Doc Martens and Oxfords but that can’t be it, is it? WELL YOU’RE IN LUCK! I’ve plumbed the depths of the internet and hit the streets (and even test drove a few pairs at home) to bring you the ultimate men’s vegan boots guide for 2009. Let’s do this!

My favorites of the year, the Leo Boot from Novacas. Check out the awesome detail, made in Portugal by an all vegan shoe designer. Be sure to click through and check out the soles. At $159 from Mooshoes, the Leos are some of the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned.

Ninja-style Tabi boots! In four different colors! Sou Sou just showed up in San Francisco with the arrival of the New People department store in Japantown, so get down there and start obsessing over them. Not just for the boots, but for their full collection of endlessly changing designs. Each pair is made by hand from canvas and rubber, and you’ll look badass walking around with cloven ninja hooves. (And while you’re at New People, duck into the Gothic Lolita shop and go crazy. Seriously this place will make your HEAD EXPLODE.) $96.

More in the “canvas and rubber” genre, we have Zuriick’s Ivan Tuxedo boot, $79. I basically love everything Zuriick does. They’re one of the few lines of men’s shoe that isn’t afraid of colors, and the purple soles on the Ivan Tuxedos should give you a hint of where it can go. Zuriick isn’t an all-vegan company, so there’s still the leather minefield to contend with. But I’ve owned two pairs of theirs so far, and their canvas shoes are the real deal. No animals, score!

Who doesn’t love Palladiums? Sturdy, military-style, and vegan. Ideal for marching through the mud, or just looking good while standing in line for a soy cappuccino. $70 direct from Palladium, or buy them locally at Shoe Biz on Valencia in SF.

Next up, Laredo cowboy-style boots on Zappos, for riding your pleather horse and herding your soy cows. They even went the extra mile and printed on the fake ostrich skin pattern. Not my cup of tea, but, they exist! For $81! On sale!

Get your cybergoth on and bring back the 90s with a pair of incredibly heavy Madfish Big Sharks. My rivethead days are far behind me, but sometimes you need to get tarted up for the DNA Lounge, and New Rocks just won’t do. £64.99 from Kinky Angel in the UK, or just wander around the Camden Markets and save the £35.00 shipping.


Review: Benkyodo Company!  »

When I die, I want to be mummified in a gigantic* mochi from Benkyodo. Wrap me in that sweet rice dough and throw me into the ground. SO I CAN EAT MY WAY OUT.  What—you thought I was just gonna die?  Bitches, please. I’m gonna fucking come back as the hottest, most awesome zombie you ever saw. First, I’m gonna eat my mochi bodysuit, and then I’m gonna move on to the entire city of San Francisco and I’m not going to stop until I eat the brains of every last one of you faux-liberal fascist asshole pieces of shit. I might be vegan but I am done with you chumps and anyway, I heard human brains taste like strawberry shortcake and I fucking LOVE strawberry shortcake. It is delicious.

*I think I am a size 18W in mochi.

[mochi photo via yelp]

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