David Lynch Teaches You to Make Quinoa Because What Better Way to Learn? »
Bizarre quinoa instructions time! This is not new but I hadn’t seen it and what a tragedy it would be if you guys missed it. Part 1 is above. He needed two parts I guess. Here’s part 2:
Viewership seems to have fallen off at Part 2 but it’s pretty amazing. I guess he’s just talking in the dark for the time the quinoa needs to cook? That’s nice, right? A cooking show that actually lasts the length of time it takes to cook the dish. None of that cooking show hocus-I’ve-got-one-fresh-out-of-the-oven-pocus! Also, just to be clear, my research indicates quinoa is actually a seed. And my research is hella smart.
Bonus: He uses Braggs! “It tastes like soy sauce! So good!” Indeed.
Three Letters serves delicious French-inspired vegan eats in Brooklyn! »
That’s Meave seated at the bar. She was dressed like a librarian, i.e. I had the hottest date in the place.
Three Letters is a casual French-American spot in Clinton Hill, BK. They are not a vegan restaurant and maybe that’s why they were a bit off our radar, but it turns out they have SO MANY vegan options! And we are not talking a thawed Garden Burger here; Three Letters has some serious vegan food. The chef, Pip, invited Meave and me to come by for a free tasting, which of course we did because we are so selfless in our journey to provide you with all the important veggie news.
We loved the place as soon as we walked in because it’s freaking adorable. It’s like a real brasserie! Pip came over and introduced himself, and now he is my new favorite person. He’s not vegan (anymore), but he knows a lot of vegans and wanted to make sure the menu had good veg options. But there is no half-stepping for Pip! The vegan items on the menu are unique, elaborate, fun and, most importantly, delicious! He said he made it a point to make the vegetarian options (almost) all vegan, too, because vegetarians are usually happy to eat vegan and cheese is apparently boring to cook with. Pro tip: It also comes out of a cow’s boob! Ick!
It was total mood lighting so the pics didn’t come out that well, but trust these things look nicer in real life. We started with fried pickled veggies and chickpea creppettes.
The pickled veggies were good but I’m not super into pickled stuff. The creppettes were my jam, though! And Meave loved the chimichurri sauce they came with, too, which was bright and herbaceous and perfect.
Above is a collard green chiffonade salad with mustard vinaigrette. Yummy! Even I liked it and I think salad is for squares. Raw collards are way better chiffonaded than used as a “gluten-free” wrap at a raw place.
OK, oK, here we have a bowl of their mushroom soup—or as we will now call it, a bowl of magic! I like mushrooms but I don’t think I’d ever order a whole mushroom soup. WHAT AN IDIOT IT’S THE BEST THING EVER. This soup, a mushroom broth with sautéed mushrooms, chive oil, kale chips, and tofu, was my absolute favorite thing we had. And it was hella cold yesterday so this was basically perfect.
The above is the tempeh bon mise. It was super good. If you like beefy flavor, this is your new best friend. The bread was great, too!
We also had the seitan au ragout which was awesome but didn’t photograph well. It came with the crispiest brussels! Plus the walnut oil mashed potatoes tasted both walnutty and potatoey, and the texture was perf under the crispy, meaty seitan and crunchy sprouts.
Finally, we had this adorable apple cobbler. Meave loved it so much and basically ate the whole thing. JK! But I did let her have a bite or two. The crust on top was really nice—thick but not too dense.
Oh and we also had some of their wonderful wine that’s ON TAP! Wine on tap! Hilar! It was great. And I had an apple ginger hot toddy which definitely hit the spot on the cold night. You could totally just go there for drinks, too, but because you always want a snack when drinking, you should 100 percent order the crepettes. You’ll feel so fancy and be so happy.
All in all, we love this place. The atmosphere is great, and there are so many different yummy vegan things to try! And like I said, this is not a vegan place. They serve all kinds of meat. I think that combo makes it special in NYC, where it’s hard to find a place that satisfies your omni fam but also has some awesome vegan options for you. It’s a tall order! Usually we just go to the omni place and get the salad sans chèvre. BORING. But now we can go to Three Letters! Huzzah!
SPECIAL HEADS UP! Three Letters is having a super fun Valentine’s Day event. They are having a prix fixe menu for you paired-off lovebirds, with vegan options complete with flourless chocolate and hazelnut cake (!!!) that Pip says is amazing. But they are also having a PALentine’s Day menu, too! Groups of three or more can get their own prix fixe menu full of vegan options. The Palentine’s special is $30 each and instead of a wine pairing, it includes a pitcher of beer! How cute? Hint: SO CUTE! Pals can also get the vegan flourless chocolate and hazelnut cake (!!!). Which is all I really care about. Well, the cake and the beer. Cake and beer are my best pals!
I’m very interested in this Perfect Circle Kitchen blog. The subhead on the blog header is, “Vegan, vegetarian, and meat-inclusive meals, hold the fuss.” Have you ever heard of such a thing?! I was totally curious about a “meat-inclusive” vegan blog so I had a little email convo with blog’s creator, Eve Perlman.
So the base of all the recipes is vegan, but then at the very end there are suggestions for adding meat or dairy. I found this totally weird but then my friend Lizzy was like, that’s totes subversive! I mean normally it’s the vegan stuff that gets the footnote! Right? And if you have meat suggestions, maybe you will attract more meat eaters to recipes that are primarily vegan. They will see all this vegan food and be like OMFG that food looks good! Or at least they will get more used to it. I mean I doubt many meat eaters frequent vegan recipe sites; but if there’s a “meat-inclusive” option, maybe it can actually draw them in. AND THEN WE POUNCE!
That’s pretty much what Eve says the concept behind the blog is. Well there’s mostly two reasons; one is to help people transition to vegan cooking. The other is to help people figure out what to cook when there’s a vegan in the midst of meat-eaters or vice versa.
It all started when her friend asked advice on what to make for dinner when her meat-and-potatoes husband, vegetarian son, and vegan daughter-in-law were all going to be dining. She sent a recipe that could accommodate all of the different wants. After that, she “continued to write recipes for friends whose vegan children were coming home on a break from college, people who wanted to make a lifetime transition to a more plant-based diet, or dinner hosts who needed to accommodate everyone at their table.” And eventually, BAM! Perfect Circle Kitchen!
What do you guys think? Could this strategy help convert people? It’s definitely a new approach, at least to me, and I’m all for new approaches.
There is something very wrong with the entire national system if, in 2014, a country’s lower-income citizens can only afford McDonald’s burgers, and never vegetables. In the same way that clean water and education are basic rights, so should daily access to healthy, fresh food be a top priority of governments. Children in particular deserve no less.
But this would require a revamp of the entire food production system, including re-allotments of the subsidies that make it possible for a burger to sell for $1. We take that price tag for granted, and yet one pound of beef requires far more infrastructure, maintenance, feed, and water to produce than one pound of potatoes. This cheap, meat-centric, fast food diet is enabled by what meat and corn industry lobbyists are allowed to accomplish.
From the post Vegetables are not “Elitist” by Katherine Martinko. A must-read from Treehugger! It rules! I still can’t believe how unaware people are about food prices and government subsidies. Meat is cheap because of the ridiculously imbalanced agriculture subsidies in the United States.
Hey Sochi! Dogs are NOT ‘biological trash’ »
As you’ve probably heard, the city of Sochi is doing a mass cull of its stray dog population in order to “clean up” for the Olympics. They’ve hired a private company to kill “as many dogs as possible,” according the ABC News. This dog-killing company has quite the charming owner, telling ABC News, “Let’s call things by their real name. These dogs are biological trash.” How do you say, “screw you, d-bag” in Russian?
It’s not like these dogs are homeless because they can’t make the student loan payments from their poetry MFA. They live on the streets because of human negligence and irresponsibility. It’s not their fault, and killing them is just solving a wrong with another wrong.
Thankfully, I’m not the only one who feels this way. Dogs of the world have taken to social media with the hashtag #sochidogs to tell Sochi that dogs are not biological trash! Check out the wonderful meme they’ve created in protest, as modeled by my lovely co-worker Nicole’s dog Charlie (#sircharleswaggybottom).
So I want everyone to take a pic like this with their dog! You can upload them to FB with the #sochidogs hashtag but also, please please please post the pics in the comments on this post! I want to see them! Vegansaur dogs unite!
If you want to learn more about how you can help, my new favorite site The Dodo has a good post on stuff you can do.
Product Review: Red Apple Lipstick keeps the toxins out of your makeup! »
Someone asked about hypoallergenic makeup on our FB page and Red Apple Lipstick immediately came to mind! I had tested a few of their products they sent me for free and now I’m finally writing about them. They are special products—not just lipstick, fyi—because they are gluten-free, among many other things. I didn’t know gluten-free makeup was a thing but I do know I like vegan makeup! And most of their products are vegan. But check ingredients because several of the lipsticks have beeswax, and a few other things. But besides being gluten-free, they are very conscientious about toxins and that sort of thing. They have this chart of all the terrible stuff that you can find in makeup, but not in their products:
The lipstick I tried which is beeswax-free was Rebel! You can see below:
Very smooth application and nice and moisturizing! Obviously I liked it because the name has an exclamation point in it. However the color was not as bold a red as I was expecting. But it’s a nice color all the same. The other lip product I tried was their Rallye balm. It’s a “unique Vitamin E suspended in a very special Castor seed oil” and I love the stuff! It’s hyper-moisturizing and I use it all the time. It’s in my purse as we speak. And apparently you can use it in a bunch of ways:
-Nail beds and cuticles.
-Under your eyes - It reduces puffiness!
-The heels of your feet.
-Dry spots on your face or scalp.
-Under eye shadows for slippery, easy smoky eyes.
-As a lipstick base.
-Heal a pimple.
I haven’t tried those but I’m about to rub the stuff on my cuticles as soon as I’m done typing.
The last things I tried were these two eyeshadows:
Very sheer with some shimmer. I applied the Graphite Glam all over my lid and then the Violet Vixen in the crease, heavy on the outer corner. The Violet Vixen and Graphite Glam are their “dynamic duo" but you can also put together a palette on your own, which is fun.
So if you have sensitive skin and are looking for a new makeup, Red Apple is definitely worth a try. And check out the Rallye balm!
OMFG how is it snowing in NYC AGAIN?! All I want is to be home in front of the Roku with a nice bowl of this Leek and Potato Dumpling Casserole I saw on Kitchen Grrrls. This is pretty much my new favorite blog—it’s named after Riot Grrrls! And the logo is extra fun. And they love biscuits maybe as much as me. WHICH IS SO MUCH.
They adapted the recipe from Veganomicon so you’ll need that but you really should have that.
Turns out the chickens are the real losers at the Super Bowl! From the ASPCA:
More than 1 billion chicken wings will be eaten on Super Bowl Sunday—that many wings could form a line from CenturyLink Field, the Seattle Seahawks’ home stadium, all the way to MetLife Stadium…30 times over! Nearly all of these wings came from chickens raised in dirty, cramped quarters who were bred to grow so big, so fast they can hardly walk. But it doesn’t have to be that way: Chickens deserve better, and so do we. Check out the ad [above], then share it on Facebook and Twitter. And if you haven’t already, make sure you stand up for healthier, more humanely raised chickens by signing our petition at TruthAboutChicken.org.
They have a giant screen set up outside MetLife stadium playing this chicken spot and this short spot about puppy mills.
As I’ve said in the past, the ultimate goal is to have all chickens totally free, chilling on the range or wherever, safe from ever being eaten. BUT until that happens, I would love to see an improvement in the way chickens are treated currently. And this is such great exposure! I hear this Super Bowl is quite popular.
Support Meatless Mondays in Philly Schools! »
I’m into the logo. You like it?
Could the cheesesteak capitol adopt Meatless Monday?! I say YES! I mean, my dad has been doing Meatless Mondays for a few years and he’s as red-meat-and-potatoes as they get. But he also cares about the environment! And he loves the Meatless Monday Unicorn, so he was happy to get on the Meatless Monday train. If he can do it, I’m sure a bunch of cool kids can do it! And everyone knows all kids from Philadelphia are cool. It’s a science fact.
I got an email from my new pal Lou, one of the people behind the effort, and she provided a little background for us:
The Humane League needs your help in getting the School District of Philadelphia to adopt Meatless Mondays! Many school districts across the country, including Los Angeles Unified School District, Detroit Public Schools, and San Diego Unified School District, already participate in the program. Philadelphia’s school district is the eighth largest in the U.S., so their participation would mean a LOT less meat being served. Unfortunately they keep pushing us off, saying they’re in the middle of contract negotiations, so we’re garnering support from Philadelphia residents, teachers, parents, and students to help get them on board. If you fall into one (or more) of those categories, please visit www.PhillyMeatlessMonday.com to learn more and sign the petition—then help spread the word!
So if you fall into one of the categories mentioned and want to help, all you have to do is go to their homepage and sign the petition! Easier than getting shwasted on the citywide special at Bob and Barbara’s.
If you need more convincing, here’s a little vid about it too:
NYC: Vegan Drinks is TONIGHT! »
You heard it here last! NYC Vegan Drinks is tonight. Myself and my pal Grand Format will be spinning the best in adult contemporary all night long. There will also be yummy food and the proceeds from the night will go to Sea Shepherd! So you best come.
BTW, have you seen Vegan Drinks’ new site and logo? LOOKS DOPE!