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06/12/2012

Big news! Some beltway Subways now have three vegan sandwiches!  »


And we’re not talking about “all the vegetables on mustard-slathered bread,” either, because that sandwich is boring. Compassion Over Killing’s got the scoop: The three sandwiches are called the Sweet Riblet, the Malibu Greek, and Italian Black Bean, and the “Italian” bread is vegan, and that’s all we know!

Have you tried a vegan sandwich yet? Let us know! We don’t usually long to live in the D.C. area, but today, we’re totally envious. Eight franchises are offering these sandwiches; find them at COK!

If you are dying for vegan Subway in your neck of the woods (and we know you are!), contact the company via WeLoveSubway and ask, firmly and politely, for the vegan options you need. SANDWICHES FOREVER!

[photo by Compassion Over Killing]

11/04/2011

Guest post: Great Sage’s vegan beer-pairing dinner exceeded expectations!  »

I am embarrassed to admit that I showed up about 40 minutes late to Great Sage’s beer-pairing dinner last week, and they still so generously served me all five courses of the meal, and even poured me a little extra brew to make up for my date abandoning me, even more embarrassingly. Good thing I am an emotional eater, and we all know a little alcohol solves everything.

Here is what you missed:

Tasting 1: Organic Lager, Grilled Romaine, roasted pepper, hearts of palm, chili crackers and rosemary-black truffle vinaigrette.
The grilling made this salad—the smell, the taste, the appearance. All of the textures together were spot on, and I cannot even get over those chili crackers, just like vegan Cheez-Its! The lager was light and clean, the perfect match for this light and clean salad.

Tasting 2: Tadcaster Ale, Quinoa and lemon-herb “tabouli” with red bell pepper and parsley garlic emulsion.
I was honestly full after the salad, but I managed to forge on through the second course. The tabouli and Tadcaster were the perfect combination of sweet and bitter. The lemon and bell pepper was zesty and light while the ale balanced it with a smooth, thick sweetness. The Tadcaster was my favorite beer of the four, as it was thicker than the lager, but not too heavy to easily down two (or three, or 10).

Tasting 3: Indian Pale Ale, Crimson lentil stew

with coconut and tomato over Indian curry fire rice.I keep referring to this dish as a risotto, because that is what the texture reminded me of. When the waiter sat it down on the table, the smell of coconut wafted from the bowl; when I dug my spoon in, it smelled instantly of sweet curry. Everything about this dish made me feel so comfortable and relaxed.

While I know many people seem to have a distaste for both curry and IPAs, I found this combination to be phenomenal. The stew was sweeter than spicy, and the beer was less hoppy than other IPAs I’ve had.

Tasting 4: Italian Oatmeal Stout, Crisp seitan-“feta”-spinach phyllo tart with garlic whipped Yukon potatoes and stout glaze.
The phyllo tart was incredible; it melted like (vegan) butter in my mouth. The filling had a strong black pepper taste that mellowed out with the addition of the sweet stout glaze. Not to mention, I freaking love Brussels sprouts!

The stout really surprised me. I usually hate stout beers because I think they taste like flat soda—sweet, but lacking that necessary carbonation. However, this stout was not missing that added element to me; it was just naturally smooth.

Dessert: Pumpkin cheesecake with pomegranate syrup
I want to describe this to you but I can only think of an incoherent synonyms for “epic deliciousness”—silky, pumpkin, chocolate (yeah, I think the crust was chocolate!), sweet, sour, crunchy, candy, creamy, yum.

The food was phenomenal, the beer was phenomenal and the combinations were perfect. The best part is that all the beers from the Samuel Smith Brewery, like all of the food at Great Sage, are 100 percent vegan!

Shay Kemble is an aspiring lifestyle writer in Washington, D.C. She believes she can bring humor to any situation and will do so on her upcoming blog.

10/17/2011

Guest Post: Vegansaurus D.C. and Baltimore: Great Sage’s Beer Pairing Dinner!  »

I found out a few days ago that an employee at Great Sage considers me a “regular.” I really shouldn’t be surprised considering I eat there at least once a week, but I thought that I was more discreet than that. Going in twice in one day probably didn’t help, but come on, a girl has to eat three meals a day plus dessert, right? Now I just imagine that every time I go in, the wait-staff must snicker.

As a regular, I feel it’s my duty to spread the word about Great Sage’s beer pairing dinner that is going down in just over a week. Of course I’ll be there!

Here are the details:
Beer Pairing Dinner
, featuring vegan beers from Samuel Smith Brewery
Monday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Great Sage, 5809 Clarksville Square Dr., Clarksville, M.D. (443) 535.9400
$55 per person (plus tax and gratuity, reservations required, limited seating, not gluten-free)

MENU
Tasting 1: Organic Lager, Grilled Romaine, roasted pepper, hearts of palm, chili crackers and rosemary-black truffle vinaigrette.

Tasting 2: Tadcaster Ale, Quinoa and lemon-herb ‘tabouli’ with red bell pepper and parsley garlic emulsion.

Tasting 3: Indian Pale Ale, Crimson lentil stew with coconut and tomato over Indian curry fire rice.

Tasting 4: Italian Oatmeal Stout, Crisp seitan-“feta”-spinach phyllo tart with garlic whipped Yukon potatoes and stout glaze.

Dessert: Pumpkin cheesecake with pomegranate syrup [Ed.: HOLY SHIT].


How delicious does this menu sound!? Make your reservations now, Washingtonians and Baltimoreans!

Shay Kemble is an aspiring lifestyle writer in Washington, D.C. She believes she can bring humor to any situation and will do so on her upcoming blog.

[photo of Great Sage’s Peach Napoleon via Yelp]

07/12/2011

East Coast-style Fourth of July!  »

Vegans are amazing! Check out this spread from Aimee’s Fourth of July BBQ near Annapolis, Md. Fourth of July veganism, coast to coast!
Featured: pesto pasta salad with tomatoes, potato salad with Torfurky Smoky Maple Bacon Tempeh, Gardein beefless burgers, Perfect Grilled Portobellos, Tofurky veggie dogs, organic corn, assorted dips and guacamole from Roots Market, plus Aimee’s new favorite condiment, Spicy Red Pepper Miso Mayo. Dessert included fresh peach ice cream and Sticky Fingers brownies and Cowvin cookies.

This looks delicious! I can’t wait to invite myself come to your next party! Thanks for the submission!

11/28/2010

Happy Thanksgiving from reader Aimee in Maryland, who arranged on her plate, clockwise from the bottom: mashed potatoes, with butternut squash gravy by Roots Market in Clarksville; green bean and mushroom casserole from a PPK recipe; stuffing by Roots Market in Clarksville; Tal Ronnen’s sweet potato biscuits; roasted brussel sprouts; and Field Roast en croute. Butternut squash gravy! As delicious as it sounds?
She also turned 25 the day before Thanksgiving, so from all of us at Vegansaurus, happy birthday, Aimee! And Happy Thanksgiving, too!

Happy Thanksgiving from reader Aimee in Maryland, who arranged on her plate, clockwise from the bottom: mashed potatoes, with butternut squash gravy by Roots Market in Clarksville; green bean and mushroom casserole from a PPK recipe; stuffing by Roots Market in Clarksville; Tal Ronnen’s sweet potato biscuits; roasted brussel sprouts; and Field Roast en croute. Butternut squash gravy! As delicious as it sounds?

She also turned 25 the day before Thanksgiving, so from all of us at Vegansaurus, happy birthday, Aimee! And Happy Thanksgiving, too!

03/26/2010

Spice economics, school lunch wars, pretty clothes, the politics of animal protection and MORE in today’s link-o-rama!  »

Nightmare blog: Fed Up with Lunch, in which an anonymous public school teacher buys lunch every day in the cafeteria, photographs it, and discusses how in/edible it is. She also has guest-bloggers, and supports the Healthy School Lunches program, because seriously this “food” is vile and nearly inedible.

Fun-times vegan-style events!
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution premiers tonight on ABC at 8 p.m. (Eastern/Pacific), and you can watch the first episode right now online, too.

Tomorrow, Saturday Mar. 27 Mission Street Food is having a vegetarian night, with many vegan options available! We know, we know, and you don’t have to go, but when they make vegan food it is very good, so.

The LGBT Army of Compassion will hold a “peaceful demonstration” against animal cruelty on Sunday, Mar. 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Northeast corner of the Heart of the City Farmers Market at U.N. Plaza. Click here for further information.

Greens is throwing a huge party for its 30th anniversary, which is a huge deal, as Greens was the very first haute vegetarian cuisine restaurant. The “gala” will be at the San Francisco Zen Center on Saturday, Apr. 10 from 7 to 10 p.m., preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the “pre-reception” cost $50; tickets for the gala, $200; combined, $225. If you want to take me, I’ll go—I have lots of nice dresses and shoes! Though there’s a better chance of my putting out if we just go to Millennium, because hi, all that’s vegan.

Items of social and political import!
Do you live in the Berkeley area? Do you need a part- or full-time job? Maoz Vegetarian is hiring!

Tobey Maguire helped open a Teaching Garden in Inglewood, Calif. this week, in support of the Child Nutrition Act (Healthy School Lunches Program, what!). Hooray!

Food banks like Meals on Wheels have been delivering pet food along with human food, because broke people can’t feed themselves or their animals.

Help save wolves, before Sarah Palin guns them all down for high ratings on the T.V. You read the news, you know I am not kidding.

Would you like to hear a story about the popularity of chicken wings? It’s vile! Especially the part about how they make “boneless” chicken wings, puke.

How about an odd, lovely essay regarding hummingbirds and mid-19th-century American writers?

The talented, beautiful, amazing Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart of Vaute Couture has a feature on vegan fashion on Oprah.com.

H&M launched its Garden Collection this week, clothes made of organic and recycled materials. Go on, look at the pretty things. [link from SuperVegan!]

This is the titular Oliver, of The Daily Oliver, not enjoying riding the subway in his “travel case.” There are pictures of him looking happier but come on, THAT FACE.

It’s conclusive: high-fructose corn syrup is much worse for you than regular sugar. Unfortunately science proved this by feeding obscene amounts of HFCS to rats. The scientists who performed the experiments sure look happy, though!

Foreign Policy would like to know why it’s cool to protect elephant ivory but not bluefin tuna or sharks. The answer: the economic/political status of the countries on either side of the issue.

In China, the latest national economic bubble is in the garlic market, while gangs are smuggling saffron into India.

In Taiwan, the Ministry of Education has recommended schools serve one vegetarian meal per week, for environmental and health reasons.

Ol’ Gavin Newsom wants to convert unused public land in San Francisco into gardens, which is great, but also “easy-to-assemble chicken coops,” which is ridiculous. Let Karen Davis of United Poultry Concerns tell you about how raising backyard chickens is not all scattering feed from a bucket and communing with your hens.

Kombucha: it solves all your health problems, forever, and you can make it in your closet. All the hippest hippies in the Bay Area are brewing it.

The state of Maryland is really pissed about oyster-poaching, and has seriously increased the penalties for violators. Poachers blame the crackdown for their poaching, because everyone loves a good “vicious circle” argument!

Mormons love Jell-O! Especially things like “shredded carrots, peas, and cubed ham—in gifts of Jell-O molds.” This is the Lord’s Food, y’all.

Would Mormon Jesus want you to "green up" your sex life? Vegansaurus does, duh.

07/07/2009

“ I really had to face the uncomfortable fact that eating meat is not only easy and ubiquitously reinforced in our culture, but also integrated with our ideas about masculinity. „

Dreamy veg Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin, from his fantastic interview over at VegNews.com.

I seriously don’t get why eating animals is considered “manly.” You’re not hunting and gathering your food like our (tough but also, very stupid) caveman ancestors or some burly (tough but arguably, fairly stupid) pioneer. You’re rolling your fat ass into Safeway to buy already raised, murdered, and packaged animals. VERY MANLY.


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