Coffeebars: healthy, vegan, coffee you can eat! »
New Grounds Food is a startup by two college kids with a very important mission: coffee you can eat! Enter the Coffeebar. The bars are made with dates, oats, chia, nuts, and fairtrade espresso! They are vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, there’s no honey, no refined sugars, no preservatives, and they’re made with all-natural ingredients. I know you kids love that kind of shiz!
The creators sent me some free bars to try so I can give you the lowdown. Survey says: yummy! It’s not like a candy bar or anything, mind you. I wouldn’t use it as a treat type of food. It’s like a good, coffee flavored energy bar. It has that moist, dense texture mixed with oats that you should be familiar with if you like energy bars. But it has a great coffee flavor! I’m super in to coffee flavored things. So I approve.
You may wonder why not just drink your coffee—I say do both! If you want a hot cup of coffee, grab one. If you want an energy bar, get one of these! They are now holding a Kickstarter fundraiser! They already reached their Kickstarter goal but they have a stretch goal to get new flavors (well, they already had a stretch goal to source directly from family farms but they already passed that…).
Rabbit Food Grocery is a rad vegan mobile/online grocery store in Texas that wants to open a brick and mortar shop and we should help them! Because they are amazing people spreading the word of veganism all over the Texas capital! Plus, the Kickstarter rewards are kickass. You want them. You want all of it!
Yay vegan grocery stores!!!
Seattle Cookie Counter: the vegan ice cream sandwich truck! »
Hello, vegan ice cream sandwich lovers! This Kickstarter is for YOU! Two Seattle folks, Chelsea and Chris, have taken it upon themselves to bring Seattle its very own vegan ice cream sandwich truck! Did I say truck? Because I meant to say VW BUS! Or “grandfather punch-buggy” as my brother would say, right before slugging me in the forearm.
Seattle Cookie Counter plans to have 30 flavor combinations and they sound AWESOME. Like check out my friend here at 6 o’clockish:
Coffee Chip? COME AT ME, BRO. Gimme that on a chocolate cookie sandwich and let’s call it a life.
There are lots of fun pledge rewards, including a kids’ ice cream party and even a special ice cream sandwich-laden marriage proposal package! So if you live in the area or plan to ever visit, (which you should, I hear it’s nice), then pledge and get your rewards so we can take over another town with our yummy vegan innovations!
Strongest Hearts: vegan athletes do exist and they are amazing! »
I don’t know about you, but as someone who likes to pretend to be an athlete (AKA slow and gasping for air, but keeps on trudging), I’m insanely inspired by super-active vegans! Sooo, I want to see more of them in awesome videos!! Plus, how tired are you of the myth that vegans can’t be physically powerful if they want to be? Let’s show the world that it is just that: a myth! Enter Strongest Hearts, a web series that focuses on vegan athletes. Strongest Hearts films these awesome athletes doing some pretty darn impressive stuff with their bodies… powered by the power of Greyskull! Okay, kidding, powered by plants (duh)!!
Hosted by Registered Dietitian (and bike-obsessed) Matt Ruscigno, R.D. and shot by Whale Wars (amongst many other things) filmmaker (and hockey fanatic), Sasha Perry, Strongest Hearts has a few awesome episodes under their belt but they want to make more—because there are so many more stories to tell! Just watch the damn video they made, people, it’s so much better than any words I could stick together. Then donate what you can so us vegans can be super-inspired/inspiring, and maybe get some omni-athletes to see they could be vegan and still do what they love. DO IT TO IT!
Important Vegan Discussions: Who should zombies eat? »
Vegansaurus Zombie by Toe Tag Riot artist Sean Von Gorman! AMAZING!
In his new comic series, Matt Miner, a vegan of 11 years, takes a look at ethics from a zombie perspective. Toe Tag Riot centers on an early 2000s streetpunk band that suffers from a serious curse—sometimes they become zombies and have to eat human flesh to stay alive! However, they are “ethical zombies” and decide to only eat racists, misogynists, and homophobes. But…
Finding that the transformation back into regular, filthy, punk rockers is taking longer and longer each time, the band goes on one last cross-country tour, chasing the cure to what ails ‘em and hilariously/brutally slaughtering the worst of humanity along the way to an explosive showdown with The Westboro Baptist Church.
Since Matt Miner is one of Vegansaurus’ favorite vegan comic book creators, I caught up with him to hear more about Toe Tag Riot. The series is still in the works and Matt is currently holding a Kickstarter to produce the comic. You can get a lot of awesome perks from the fundraiser, like an amazing commissioned watercolor by Sean Von Gorman! I just contributed so I can get one of Figaro and I’m drop dead ecstatic.
Toe Tag Riot standard cover by Tristan Jones, colors by Doug Garbark.
I asked Matt a few questions about the project (and other very important things like puppies and food trucks), here’s what he had to say:
Vegansaurus: What’s an “ethical zombie”? Is it the zombie equivalent to an ethical vegan?
Matt Miner: Hey Megan! I’m so glad you asked. Seeing as how I think zombies literally can’t survive on a plant based diet, the only “ethical” choice, once zombified, would be to eat bad guys like misogynists, racists, and homophobes.
Make the world a better place by slaughtering and devouring jerks and hate groups! Why not? Can’t see the video? Watch it on Vegansaurus.com!
How does your veganism influence your work?
There’s a bit of me in any project I do and a lot of my creator-owned work has a hidden message of compassion or tolerance in it. With my comic series Liberator, the whole premise was about young vigilantes who break the law to protect abused animals. With Toe Tag Riot, I started thinking about “what/who would I eat if I was a zombie? What’s the most-ethical choice of human to consume?” and it kinda snowballed from there.
What’s your favorite vegan/vegan-friendly eatery I’m NYC?
Do food trucks count as eateries? Because the Cinnamon Snail food truck is my favorite vegan food in NYC, possibly the world. Follow them on Twitter at @VeganLunchTruck and ask them to NEVER EVER AGAIN take the 5-spice seitan sandwich off their menu EVER again. :)
Are you fostering any cutie pie animals now? Pictures or I don’t believe you.
Aside from our personal “zoo” of rescues, we are indeed fostering a fantastic 7-year-old tiny little pit bull mix named Reeses! She kinda looks like a Corgi/Pit and she just beat breast cancer like a true champion. All she wants to do is cuddle and play, so NYC area, if you have room in your heart and your home, hit me up for more info on Reeses. Find me on Twitter at mattminerxvx or email MattMinerXVX@gmail.com.
Reeses. Oh em geeee.
Why are you Kickstarting this comic series? Why do you need to raise money to make the book?
We’re making the book to tell a super fun story of punk rock zombies but also to put an inclusive, and LGBT-positive message out into comic shops and into the hands of a fandom that can still be an intolerant, sexist and homophobic place at times.
The Kickstarter pays for the art team’s rates and for all the rewards and shipping—making comics isn’t a cheap undertaking, so that’s why we headed to Kickstarter. Kickstarter is all-or-nothing funding, so if we don’t raise the full amount then we won’t collect any of it and the book will be scrapped.
If we succeed on the funding, though, we’re going to put this amazing story into the hands of people worldwide who might not normally think twice about calling someone a “fag” or a “slut”.
So, please pledge—and share the project on your social networks. We have some incredible rewards for those people awesome enough to throw their support behind this great project.
Thanks, Matt! And thanks, Sean! I can’t wait for my Figgy picture!
BONUS! Another drawing from Sean Von Gorman: Rock and roll Vegansaurus!
Savour This Sauce is a Southern California company with a truly amazing product and the desire to canvas the United States with their ADDICTIVE-AS-HELL sauces. I love a good marinade, dressing, spread product and Savour This Sauce makes the best I’ve ever had. I tried the Thai Chile Cilantro dressing, Red Pepper Romesco, and the Pistachio Mint pesto, and they are each so unique and filled with fresh deliciousness, that I LITERALLY SPOONED THE JARS. I think spooning the jars is something they twee-ly encourage you to do on their website, but I legit did it. I might’ve licked them, too. Who can say. (I can and I did.)
Making sauce by hand is an incredibly humbling experience. Our goal is to make our product shelf-stable so we can be picked up by larger scale stores such as Whole Foods, World Market, Restoration Hardware and Williams Sonoma that require higher order volumes and distributors. These stores, combined with smaller independent retailers, will hopefully place us in over 1,000 stores over 3-5 year period of time.
This is where we need your help. We hope you will join us on our journey to grow our company. We have tapped into a rather underserved market by delivering sauces that are multifaceted (dipping, spreading, cooking, marinading) and available for use by people who lead vegan or gluten-free lifestyles. Our delicious food product also has great appeal to the general public who want add unique flavors to their meals.
It’s a good plan, because these sauces are BOSS. I’d love to see them nationwide, as I currently have to track them down around Los Angeles.
Trust me, you want this stuff all the time where you live. Make it happen.
Help the Cinnamon Snail get a new shell! »
The Cinnamon Snail, the best food truck on the East Coast, needs a new truck! Want to help them get it? Of course you do! They are the greatest and living with the Snail is a trial and punishment that none of us, vegans and omnis alike, deserve.
So get a piece of that sweet Kickstarter action! The rewards look pretty sweet, too; if I had $250 to spare, I’d sign up for the cooking course (for heaven’s sake, someone teach me what to do with tempeh, I canNOT) for sure.
The streets of this great city are bereft without the glorious food of our beloved Cinnamon Snail. For their sake, for our own sakes, we must get them back in business. To Kickstarter, food lovers!
Help Asbury Park, New Jersey get its very own all-vegan chocolate shop! »
Cinnamon Chocolate Covered Toasted Macadamia Nut Truffles! Yum!
Kristina Swenson learned to make chocolate as a child in Hawaii, now she wants to bring her skills to New Jersey! A natural progression. But Kristina needs your help to get her chocolate shop, The Chocolate Rabbit, started.
I haven’t tried these chocolates but they sure look nice! And I am excited to have an all-vegan chocolate shop to force my family to stop at when we drive the NYC-Philly route.
I know, another day, another vegan kickstarter, but I happen to love that our community can come together to fund the vegan endeavors of our brethren. We are mighty! Plus you KNOW I love kickstarter perks. Imma get some chocolate!
You can learn more and donate here. Good luck, Kristina!
The LA vegan mac truck fundraising campaign has moved internet locations! »
Recently we posted on Chef Ayinde Howell’s efforts to raise money to open a vegan and gluten-free MAC’N CHEESE TRUCK in LA. Well, the campaign has moved from Kickstarter over to Indiegogo, and I want to help get the word out because I am incredibly selfless. I also want it available for my consumption upon arriving in LA; it looks scrumptious! Anyway, you know how Kickstarter works; if you don’t make all the money you tried to raise, you don’t see any of it! That’s bananas, right? Or not, whatever, but it seems nutty to me. If you were thinking about, or did contribute to the original fundraiser, go ahead, take a look at the new internet location. Let’s not only help make Chef Ayinde’s dream a reality, but also my dream of eating a plate of Mac and Yease a few times a week!
Can’t see the videos? Check them out at Vegansaurus.com!
Los Angeles Might Get a Vegan Mac and Cheese Food Truck, But It Needs Your Help! »
Chef Ayinde is a dude in Los Angeles who is very good at cooking and wants to bring us a food truck DEDICATED TO VEGAN MAC AND CHEESE. This is genius and we all must support it. Which brings me to my next point:
Dear L.A. Vegans and lovers of delicious food: IT’S SHOW TIME, SYNERGY!
And by that I mean, it’s time to put down your hard earned money on this Kickstarter. It’s for the love of Mac and Cheese and you know there is no greater love in the world except for the love of lasagna.
To motivate you to donate to this most worthwhile cause that will benefit us as a nation, check out this most delicious picture of Chef Ayinde’s famous and crazy delicious Mac and Yease:
You could be eating all of that. You will be eating all of that. Let’s do this.