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03/25/2014

NYT Brings Us Vegan Stuffed Butternut Squash!  »

My brother invited me over for dinner the other night and he had this great recipe for stuffed butternut squash from The New York Times he wanted to make as it looked yum and was already vegan! Yay NYT!

The filling is seasoned with wine and mushrooms which was great but I think the favorite addition was the seeds. The recipe has you save the seeds from the squash, cook them a bit, and then add fresh lemon zest and sage. They were awesome! I think we needed to cook the seeds longer as they weren’t quite toasted but it was still really good.

Yes, the recipe has a lot of steps but it’s a really nice dish. So check it out and tell me what you think!

03/24/2014

SF: Chocolate Vegan Pop-Up Spa fundraiser!  »

imageHey Pals! Not to get all Cathy on you, but I love chocolate! And I love spas! So a chocolate spa sounds just about perfect. I won’t be in SF on the 29th but if you will, you should definitely book an appointment to the chocolate vegan pop-up spa! It looks like there are only A FEW appointments left!

Here are the details:

A Healing is Giving fundraiser for Food Empowerment Project 
held at the beautiful VegNews offices in San Francisco’s Mission District

massage + hair + nails + skin + chocolate + more!

Chocolate Spa & Salon Menu ((Click Here))
Spa sessions are limited. No walk-ins. 
A portion of all services will be donated to 
Food Empowerment Project.

| spa services provided by |
Bee Uytiepo, Vegan Massage Therapist & Owner of Beelight
Tina Brennan, Vegan Hair Stylist & Owner of Va Va Vroom
Sarah Brauer, Vegan Esthetician & Owner of Sb Skin
Xuan Dang, Vegan Esthetician & Owner of Nails by Susan

You know Vegansaurus loves Food Empowerment Project so we totally think you should go to this! And take pics of chocolate all over your face! Unless that’s not what happens. 

03/18/2014

Vegan Iron Chef in SF! Featuring NYC’s Jay Astafa and more!  »

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Well you guys, this looks downright fantasmic! It’s a live, vegan version of the Iron Chef! And this time around, Vegansaurus fave Jay Astafa is competing! So if you’re in the bay area, you have to go! Exclamation point!

Here’s the set up:

Theme: Impromptu Sunday Dinner Party for 10!

Chefs will be presented with a 3 basket of ingredients and they will have to make 1 appetizer (in 20 minutes), 1 entree (in 45 minutes), and 1 dessert (in 20 minutes).

The chefs will have access to the same ingredients and equipment, and will have 2 sous-chefs helping them.

So exciting! And Colleen Patrick Goudreau is one of the judges! It’s $30-50 for tickets and word is it will definitely sell out. There is a nice-sounding reception after the winner is announced:

Reception with Miyoko Schinner’s cheeses, appetizers prepared by Well.Fed featuring Field Roast and rhizocali Tempeh, & scoops of gelato by Genuto.

UM YES PLEASE! Event is March 23rd. Get your tickets here. AND TELL ME HOW IT IS I’M SO JEALS!

03/14/2014

Piglet near death finds sanctuary and happiness!   »

Can’t see the video? Watch it on Vegansaurus.com!

From Free From Harm:

On February 20, Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Mehoopany, Pennsylvania got a call about a piglet in need of a home. A week earlier, a humane police officer had responded to a citizen complaint about a situation of extreme animal neglect: two emaciated piglets who were being raised for “backyard meat” had been languishing for months in an uninsulated, outdoor pen during one of the harshest winters in decades. Night after night for weeks on end the two piglet brothers huddled together through sub-zero temperatures, whipping winds, and blistering blizzards. With no straw or bedding in their exposed pen, they were forced to lie in ice and freezing mud. 

Sadly, one of the piglets died before help came to rescue them. One piglet though, now called Jeremiah, was saved. You can see the story of his recovery above. It’s all similar pictures for the first few minutes but at 3:50 there’s adorbs footage of happy Jeremiah! 

Thinking of this young pig in the freezing cold breaks my heart. But to see him now! Incredible! And I’ve said it before but this makes me say it again: animals’ capacity to trust and forgive is amazing. 

Read the rest of the story at Free From Harm and donate to the Idraloka sanctuary to help animals like Jeremiah!

03/12/2014

1,800 Hens Need Homes in Northern California! You Can Help!  »

imageAnimal Place is trying to save a whopping 1,800 hens! But they need homes ASAP! From Animal Place:

Animal Place is ready to spring into action and save 1,800 hens from an egg farm going out of business! We have until April 4th to find as many homes as possible. To do that we need YOUR help!

This rescue is different than others. Because of staff limitations, we can only rescue as many hens as we can place into pre-approved adoptive homes. We have three opportunities to save hens – Friday March 21st, Friday March 28th, and our last date Friday, April 4th. Over those weekends, we’ll host adoption events for approved adopters.

The hens are 8-12 mos-old red girls. Sassy, sweet, and inquisitive, they are great additions to anyone’s flock!

If you can adopt, that would be so awesome and you’d get a new chicken friend!!! If you can’t adopt, please share share share until all the hens have homes! 

Go here for more info and adoption form

Got my Vegan Cuts Beauty Box at the end of Feb and now I’m ready to tell you all about it! Disclaimer: I got it for free, just so you know. So this box had Pacifica lip butter, Feed Your Do from Yarok, hand cream from Chandler Farm, Greenbody deodorant, Molly Rose Balm in Pickles and Ice Cream, and a lil’ candle from Birthed By Earth Candle Co. 
I love the Pacifica lip stuff. It’s moisturizing and gives a slight red tint. I tested out the little Greenbody deodorant—at the gym no less—and it held up well! Obvi I was sweating but I wasn’t stinking. I also like the Chandler Farm hand cream. Normally I like a little scent in my lotion but this just absorbed super well, not greasy at all. So I like that. Still have to try the Feed Your Do…imma get on that because my do needs to get fed.
I’m sorry but I couldn’t get down with the Pickles and Ice Cream lip balm. Maybe it’s too avant garde for me but I don’t want to smell pickles all the time. 
So that’s the Feb beauty box! You can sign up for the monthly box at Vegan Cuts.

Got my Vegan Cuts Beauty Box at the end of Feb and now I’m ready to tell you all about it! Disclaimer: I got it for free, just so you know. So this box had Pacifica lip butter, Feed Your Do from Yarok, hand cream from Chandler Farm, Greenbody deodorant, Molly Rose Balm in Pickles and Ice Cream, and a lil’ candle from Birthed By Earth Candle Co. 

I love the Pacifica lip stuff. It’s moisturizing and gives a slight red tint. I tested out the little Greenbody deodorant—at the gym no less—and it held up well! Obvi I was sweating but I wasn’t stinking. I also like the Chandler Farm hand cream. Normally I like a little scent in my lotion but this just absorbed super well, not greasy at all. So I like that. Still have to try the Feed Your Do…imma get on that because my do needs to get fed.

I’m sorry but I couldn’t get down with the Pickles and Ice Cream lip balm. Maybe it’s too avant garde for me but I don’t want to smell pickles all the time. 

So that’s the Feb beauty box! You can sign up for the monthly box at Vegan Cuts.

03/11/2014

It is so nice in NYC today! You know what would make it nicer? Getting shwasted! So that is why I’m especially interested in these vegan cosmopolitan lime slice jello shots from More: A Vegan Food Blog. Plus, they are pretty and full of booze—just like me!

It is so nice in NYC today! You know what would make it nicer? Getting shwasted! So that is why I’m especially interested in these vegan cosmopolitan lime slice jello shots from More: A Vegan Food Blog. Plus, they are pretty and full of booze—just like me!

03/10/2014

If there’s one thing we hate, it’s OIL SPILLS! But if there’s one thing we love, IT’S PENGUINS IN SWEATERS! The Penguin Foundation is still looking for “jumper” donations to help penguins in rehabilitation, but really I think they need more donations of the monetary kind. So if you want to help, you should adopt a penguin! That would be so fun! 
You can get the sweater pattern and find more info and donation links on the Penguin Foundation website.

If there’s one thing we hate, it’s OIL SPILLS! But if there’s one thing we love, IT’S PENGUINS IN SWEATERS! The Penguin Foundation is still looking for “jumper” donations to help penguins in rehabilitation, but really I think they need more donations of the monetary kind. So if you want to help, you should adopt a penguin! That would be so fun! 

You can get the sweater pattern and find more info and donation links on the Penguin Foundation website.

03/05/2014

Meat, eggs, and dairy could be as harmful to your health as smoking, new study suggests  »

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"People need to switch to a diet where only around nine or ten percent of their calories come from protein, and the ideal sources are plant-based."

-Valter Longo, director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California. (via the Guardian)

A study published in Cell Metabolism (my new favorite scholarly journal) is making waves today!* After studying 6,000+ people, their data suggests that (at least for people under 65), a diet high in animal-derived protein can be as harmful as smoking, in terms of mortality. I’m sure you can see why that statement would make waves! People do not like when you speak ill of their precious meat and dairy. And we could say comparing it to smoking is a ploy for attention. But, we could alternatively say that the comparison makes the data easily digestible for people (ew, pun!). Plus, it totally deserves attention, so ploy away!

Check out these two “highlights” from the study abstract:

  • High protein intake is linked to increased cancer, diabetes, and overall mortality
  • Plant-derived proteins are associated with lower mortality than animal-derived proteins

Some critics are saying it’s harmful to compare smoking to dairy and meat because it will make smoking seem less detrimental than it is. I say those people are completely unclear on just how detrimental meat and dairy are. 

My favorite thing about this study coming out is that hopefully it’ll shake up the blind faith in protein. I mean, we already knew meat and dairy are bad for you (“we” as in us vegans), there are plenty of studies that have suggested that long ago. But this is a hard attack on the ever-venerated animal protein! The next time you see an omni, you should totally be like: "Where do YOU get your protein?" Booyah!

*Warning! Besides the data they have from studying people, they use data from studies done on mice as well. We don’t have to condone it to learn from it though. 

02/28/2014

Vegan Drinks NYC Recap: Chickpea & Olive serves the yum!  »

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Chickpea & Olive was the food vender for February’s Vegan Drinks last night and boy did they have their act together! The menu was pretty fun because they had polenta bowls and you got to pick from a bunch of toppings. I got slow roasted chickpeas and roasted Brussels. I also got a half of a beet parmesan hero—delish!

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And I got one of the cannolis! I’ve never had a cannoli, which everyone thought was absurd, but I just never had one ok! But according to Deb, Vegan Drinks founder, this cannoli was good but a little different as the “shell” (thanks Abby Bean! It’s not called a “cookie thing” guys!) was thicker than it usually is I guess. And the cream had amaretto flavor the girls said—which I thought was just almond extract and very yum as I love almond extract. The chocolate chips were a nice touch too! And I thought cannolis were stuffed with whipped cream but it’s more like custard and I like that much better. 

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As you can see, there was a nice turnout! And this was an early pic. And yes that is Deb on the lower left. And yes that is Party Girl on the screen. And yes that movie RULES. So does Deb. And thanks to Jess Davis for organizing and bringing Wild Bird Fund in! I hope they sold some shirts and got some new volunteers. If you want to volunteer (you actually get to handle the birds! Like, for their own good! OMG!), check out their site. You can donate there as well.

Come to the next Vegan Drinks! They are the last Thursday of every month! Follow their FB for reminders

BONUS: Cute goslings at the Wild Bird Fund sanctuary! Pic from their blog:

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