Vegan Vine is ready to answer all your holiday wine pairing questions! Holler! »
Vegan Vine, who makes super excellent vegan wines*, wants to hear your Thanksgiving pairing questions. Because if we listened to regular wine companies, we’d never get to drink red because we don’t dig on the meat, am I right? It’s like Vegan Vine says:
Food/wine pairing suggestions from wine store clerks or on the back of bottles are generally all about what wines go best with animal flesh. You’re not going to find “try this wine with a seitan roulade stuffed with swiss chard and cashew ricotta” or “this wine pairs perfectly with raw zucchini pasta in sunflower seed pesto.”
So true! I asked for a vegan pairing suggestion to lead us off: Planning on apple pie or pumpkin pie? Try it with Chardonnay, they advise! I can do that. I will do that!
So go ahead and ask your questions (like what goes with Field Roast’s celebration roast??)! Questions can be posted on Vegan Vine’s Facebook page or on their Twitter page using the hashtag #veganwine.
Do you have any pairing questions for Vegan Vine? Have at it!
*If you aren’t aware, many wines are not vegan, for various reasons—and if they are, it’s difficult to find out! You can check with Barnivore for more info on specific wines…or just buy Vegan Vine and don’t worry about it! I totally am going to ask for a Vegan Vine wine club membership for xmas.
Update on Borko, the poor dog attacked by a mob! (There’s good news!) »
If you missed the story, Borko is a dog with a spinal injury living with a doctor in Bulgaria. He was attacked by a mob several months ago. At the time, we didn’t know what would happen—instead of serving justice, the townspeople were trying to evict the doctor and his dogs! Well now I have an update on that story and it’s good news.
After Borko was attacked, amazing things happened. Basically the whole world was upset and a small group of people literally came to Borko and the doctor’s aid, traveling to Bulgaria. The main organization involved is K9 Rescue in UK, a group that primarily works in Bulgaria, helping street dogs. The first happy development in the story is that people all over the world donated funds to get Borko his own wheelchair! Now Borko has wheels and gets around quite well!
But, as the org says, Borko only needs one chair, so the outpouring of funds now goes to helping other disabled dogs get their own wheelchairs!
The next good news is that the judge threw out the eviction case and the doctor and his dogs can stay in their home! Unfortunately, I haven’t heard anything about the awful man who beat Borko being charged with anything. So, hopefully that will happen but we must celebrate the good news we do have.
Finally, Borko has a book! It’s a coloring book! As well as an “education(al) lesson for kids on how dogs should be treated.” So nice! Yay Borko! Congrats on all the new developments.
For the latest updates, follow Borko’s fb page.
NYC: Mexican Radio is celebrating World Vegan Month! »
We got this message from Mexican Radio on our fb:
In celebration of World Vegan Month, we’re highlighting our extensive vegan menu and adding a number of rarely offered dishes like Vegan Mac’n’Cheese and Elotes Mercato.
For all of November, buy a Vegan appetizer and an entrée and we’ll throw in the vegan dessert for FREE!
I’ve been here like twice and I was pretty pleased. ESPECIALLY with the plantain dessert! It’s like whoa. I’ve never seen vegan Elotes Mercato before so I’m stoked about that too. Cool! Good going, Mexican Radio!
Is anyone going to check it out?
Product Review: Hampton Creek Foods vegan chipotle mayo and vegan cookie dough! »
Hampton Creek Foods is the latest, Bill Gates-backed egg replacer taking over the nation! I think they are coming out with a fake egg at some point? But for now they have used their egg replacer to make vegan mayo AND vegan cookie dough! They sent me some gratis samples to try.
Let’s just pretend for two seconds that I didn’t immediately eat the cookie dough and had my dinner first. So I hear this is weird, but I grew up eating veggies with mayo. I thought that’d be a good way to test these out. Enter: broccoli! I steamed some broccoli and tried the Chipotle Mayo and the Just Mayo on it. I was scared of the Chipotle Mayo because I’m scared of spicy stuff but I totes liked it! It’s not that spicy, it’s more smokey. Sometimes I find smokey stuff gross and meaty but this wasn’t like that. Just good.
I liked the plain mayo too. It had a hint of lemon or something and was less sweet than I usually think mayo is but it’s very good. And it wasn’t super heavy like some vegan mayos and there was no weird aftertaste I sometimes find. I give it all my thumbs up! I can’t wait to try it on my next vegan hoagie.
But more importantly: chocolate chip cookie dough time! Of course none of the dough made it to the oven (hey, it was just a sample!), I ate it raw. Which is the beauty of vegan cookie dough, am I right? It was totally delicious! Not better than Eat Pastry but I’d say on par.
In conclusion: why do we ever eat food that’s not cookie dough?
OMG guys. Click on the image to see it larger. I’m totally not crying. OMG. I have to go now.
The Greatest Interview in the History of All the Things: Lil Bub on Vegansaurus! »
You guys, this is pretty much the biggest moment of my journalistic career. Lil Bub did an exclusive interview for Vegansaurus! If you are not familiar with Lil Bub, OMFG welcome to life! Lil Bub is a published author, talk show host, movie star, fashion plate and the most amazing cat on the internet. Bub also does a ton of charity work. She is a true philanthropist and a Bub among men.
Lil Bub’s Lil Book, for sale at a bunch of places.
Without further ado, I present the one and only Lil’ Bub!:
Vegansaurus: Where did you come from?
Lil Bub: I come from the planet Bub Ub Bub. It’s very far away.
How do you look so amazing?
Well the key to looking amazing is really believing that you are truly amazing from the inside and out. It’s all about perception. In my case, I am so proud of myself, and so sure of how remarkable I really am, that your perception of me is what you see - giant magical eyes, a perfect pink tongue and a remarkable body. But on my planet, we all look exactly the same, because we all know how amazing we are.
What inspired you to use your celebrity for the good of other animals?
Well let’s be honest, what else is there to do with celebrity power? I came to Earth on a mission. It was only a matter of time before the world knew about who I was, and I could pursue my mission of spreading positivity, understanding and knowledge to your people. And I can also do fun stuff while I’m at it.
Lil Bub on set.
What is your favorite animal charity or shelter?
Well this is a very difficult question. I love all the shelters, especially the ones that work extra hard. There are literally thousands of shelters that are doing everything they can to help find homeless pets a permanent family, to get pets off the streets and to spread awareness about the importance of adoption, proper animal care and spaying and neutering. One particular charity that I am very excited about is my own charity that I’m working on. It’s called Lil BUB’s Fund for the ASPCA, and it will be the first national fund specifically dedicated to special needs pets. It hasn’t been official announced yet, but it will be soon.
Where do you stand on cat breeding?
I don’t stand anywhere near it. There are far too many wonderful, magical, homeless and needy pets in the world. Breeding pets, specifically to create an animal that appeals to a human’s definition of “cute” for financial game is cruel in itself, but becomes simply horrific when considering that hundreds of thousands of homeless animals get euthanized every day. And I feel that I am proof that the most amazing animal on the planet did not come from a breeder. And I encourage people that want a special one-of-a-kind pet to go and look for one at their local shelter or at other shelters online. Why spend ten times the amount of money when you could find your very own special pet, who will repay your love ten fold?
Do you have a best friend?
My dude is my best friend. He rules.
Lil Bub and her dude.
Do you have any upcoming events or fundraising efforts we should know about?
Not at the moment, I need a break! But I am always raising money for charities through my online store, and am working on making Lil BUB’s Fund for the ASPCA a reality. It’s a lot of work for a four pound space cat!
AMAZING! Thanks so much, Lil Bub! We are so happy to have you on Vegansaurus. For all the Lil Bub fans out there, I encourage you to check out her award-winning documentary, Lil Bub and Friendz by Vice. Now, everybody, comment and tell us why you think Lil Bub is so great. There are so many reasons!
We now know what the fox says! And it’s a bit underwhelming. But oddly relaxing, right? I find it oddly relaxing.
This is Kevie, she was rescued from a fur farm. She can’t be released into the wild because she has multiple health problems but she has a nice warm home. Glad you are doing well, Kevie.
The Ghosts in Our Machine’s US theatrical premier is this weekend! »
The U.S. theatrical release of THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE:
New York City at Village East Cinema, November 8th - 14th.
6 screenings daily.
November 9th and 10th special guests to be announced!
OPENING NIGHT DETAILS FOR Friday NOVEMBER 8TH:
6:45pm: Red carpet with very special guests!
7:30: Introduction by Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart of Vaute Couture
and Joshua Katcher of The Discerning Brute, Brave Gentleman.
Post-screening Q&A moderated by Natasha Lennard of Salon.com with Director Liz Marshall and Photographer, Protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur, and Susie Coston, National Shelter Director for Farm Sanctuary.
After-party details to be announced.
Who’s going? Let’s all go! Get your tickets now.
Here’s the trailer:
If you’re looking for more ways to support the movie, you can change your various social media images to great stuff like this:
Let’s cross our fingers that this movie makes a big impact! What do you think? Could this movie have a Forks Over Knives kind of effect?
Lagusta’s Luscious croissant-infused caramels and more! »
Did you eat enough candy last week? Me neither! Which works out perfectly because I went totally cray on the Lugusta’s Luscious website the other day and got all kinds of stuff. But rewind: did you see that title? I’m not even kidding! Croissant-infused chocolate-covered caramels! And let me tell you, they are so totally the new jam. And I let my coworkers try them because I am so nice and everyone agreed they are the new jam. So good. Nice and salty-sweet.
I also got these peppermint patty type things above. They are creamier than peppermint patties but they are very good. The chocolate is not very sweet, that is how I like it.
I also got this butterfinger type candy bar. This is the only thing I ordered that I’m not super into. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very yummy, it’s just missing something real butterfingers have. It’s not as crunchy or something. I don’t know. But it’s still peanut buttery-good.
This is the last thing I got, Matzo Toffee! It’s some kind of craziness! It’s like caramelized matzo with salty dark chocolate drizzled on top. Maybe I’m weird but I’ve always loved matzo. I would totally trade my snacks for matzo in elementary school. I also ate white flour. That’s enough about me for today.
In conclusion: YUM!
What’s that? You want more Halloween fun? OK! How about Candy Corn Coolers from Paint and Tofu! Because, on a serious note, vodka is the only way you’ll get me into a costume this year. Because, on a serious note, eff that noise.
Who is this Kori character from Paint and Tofu? I like her because she’s hella funny and it seems like there’s a lot of booze at her house—two qualities I admire very much.