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06/01/2012

Hey Bay Area chihuahua-owners and admirers! Get to Dolores Park on Saturday, June 2, for an awareness event all about your favorite tiny dog! The SF SPCA and 7x7 magazine are hosting The Whole Enchihuahua, a fun-times outdoor event for you and your titchy canine!
There’ll be a costume contest (exclusively for dogs who enjoy dressing up), food trucks, a prize wheel, a mariachi band, a vet to answer your burning (not literally) (we hope) pet-health questions, and an adoption event! You could meet the chihuahua of your dreams—or some other animal, they’re flexible.
Check out the details at 7x7, including the giant prize package for the costume contest winner. Whether you love those little buggers up close or from afar, this is the event for you.

Hey Bay Area chihuahua-owners and admirers! Get to Dolores Park on Saturday, June 2, for an awareness event all about your favorite tiny dog! The SF SPCA and 7x7 magazine are hosting The Whole Enchihuahua, a fun-times outdoor event for you and your titchy canine!

There’ll be a costume contest (exclusively for dogs who enjoy dressing up), food trucks, a prize wheel, a mariachi band, a vet to answer your burning (not literally) (we hope) pet-health questions, and an adoption event! You could meet the chihuahua of your dreams—or some other animal, they’re flexible.

Check out the details at 7x7, including the giant prize package for the costume contest winner. Whether you love those little buggers up close or from afar, this is the event for you.

04/10/2012

BREAKING NEWS: Pinko’s Vegan Mercantile is coming to the Mission in May! Congratulations, San Francisco!  »

WE ARE SO EXCITED! Look what we just read on Facebook!

I’m super, dooper, ridiculously excited to FINALLY announce that my favorite person, Rod Middleton, and I are FINALLY opening a lil’ vegan shoppe!! It’s called Pinko’s Vegan Mercantile, because we’re pinkos and we’re vegan and we have stuff to sell! In all the years we’ve been vegan, we’ve been utterly confused by the fact that the San Francisco Bay Area was lacking its own exclusively vegan shoppe. We’ve FINALLY decided we just cannot take it anymore, so we’re making it happen! Much to our delight (and surprise) everyone that we’ve told (mostly non-vegans) has been incredibly excited, supportive, encouraging, and confident about the sure success of the shop. It seems people agree with us about now being a really good time for this idea to have FINALLY hatched.

We’ve been mulling over ideas of this nature for a couple of years. We’ve come close a couple times to opening some version of this idea, but this is truly the best of all the options we’ve ever seen or considered. That’s why, despite the fact that we had tabled the idea—which meant we were not ready to open asap—we realized we had to jump on this space. Our little shoppe is on Valencia Street, one block south of Market. The rent is mind boggling for that street and area. Our landlord is the most pleasant man, and though he’s not vegan, he thinks our idea is great and he’s almost more excited than we are. Our shop’s neighbors are a small upscale cafe that’s hoping to open this week. We met them last week and they were also super excited about our idea. They told us they already have a vegan sandwich and vegan empanadas on their menu, but they’re looking forward to working with us to create even more vegan items! Yippee!

When we first looked at the space, we knew Valencia St was a good address, but we hadn’t yet realized the many, many ways the location is going to be truly amazing for our shoppe.

  • Our shop sits right where the über hip neighborhoods, the Mission, the Castro, and Hayes Valley all meet. And, it’s just one block from where Muni trains in and out of downtown let visitors off to begin their trek through the super-vegan-friendly Mission.
  • The ever-popular Valencia St. bike lane goes right in front of our space.
  • Our store’s facade can be seen clearly by every single car that enters and exits the freeway at Market St. and we are just one block from both the Division and Market St. entrances and exits from the freeway.
  • We are just around the corner from the local health food co-op for folks who will be going there before or after visiting us.
  • One of Off the Grid’s mobile food truck events happens all day every Saturday—right in front of the shoppe—and though it attracts loads and loads of folks, it typically does not offer vegan foods.
  • Zeitgeist, an iconic, always-packed, and very large bar (with the biggest and best backyard in the whole city) is right on the same block as us.
  • Across from Zeitgeist, the popular-amongst-vegans-restaurant, Burma Super Star, is building a new Mission outpost.
  • An upscale vintage collective across from us has just expanded to the second floor and is selling fun, pricey stuff. (pricey = good for us)
  • Our block offers a large public parking lot but the streets around our shop also have plenty of metered spots.
  • My dear friend works in a vegan-owned salon two blocks down from us.
  • The clothing store next to the salon recently told me their Spanish-based company has made a commitment to the environment, so now they are producing exclusively vegan clothing and accessories!
  • Further down Valencia, there are numerous vegan-friendly eateries and tons of interesting shops and curiosities for visiting vegans that can now stop at our shop first to begin their days of fun and exploration by stocking up on snacks, nourishment, and travel advice.

Pinko’s Vegan Mercantile is going to take a little time to pull together, so when we take occupancy on May 1, we’re going to bring in assorted vintage merchandise we’ve been buying, selling, and collecting for years. We’ll run Pinko’s Vintage Pop-Up Shop while we get everything set up for the Mercantile’s official opening. All proceeds from the Pop-Up Shop will go directly to building the Vegan Mercantile. So please come by, shop, introduce yourselves, tell us what you’d like from your local vegan shoppe, and spread the word!

Pinko’s Vegan Mercantile is coming! Pinko’s Vegan Mercantile is coming!

Follow Pinko’s on Facebook to get updates on its every move! Hooray!

04/06/2012

Mission Bowling Club serving up MISSION VEGAN BURGER  »

There’s a new bowling place in the Mission that has half an alley and is always too crowded but seriously, here’s the only thing that matters:

YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT THAT DAMN THING. Hint: It’s positively. I’ll put up with any amount of awful people who look just like me but skinnier and in uglier outfits* to eat one. Let’s do this.

*I’ve got style. Also, pretty!

Weird Fish brings back old menu! FRIED SEITAN, OH HELL YES  »

We’ve been in love with them in the past. And annoyed with them in the past. But now, they’re back with new owners and the old menu? Kind-of? I guess? And anyway, seitan is back and front and center WHERE IT RIGHTFULLY BELONGS on the regular menu and now it’s called Dante’s Weird Fish and um, I guess that’s it. Anyone been?? Thoughts? Here’s a delicious picture of Buffalo Girls from Yelp. That’s all, let’s eat!

02/17/2012

Jasmine Tea House has reopened! And they have Sesame Meatless Chicken!   »

We love Jasmine Tea House very much, and when it closed, we were very sad. BUT NOW! We can be happy again because it’s reopened! Apparently it’s under new ownership and the mind-blowing Sesame Meatless Chicken isn’t on the actual menu, BUT the wonderful We Built This City let us know that you can order it off-menu! Do that because when you do shit like that, you look like a total boss. I DON’T NEED A FUCKING MENU, SON.

Also, if you are craving the original Jasmine Tea House tastiness, I BELIEVE the old owners currently operate Big Lantern on 16th Street in the Mission. They have some damn delicious vegan dim sum and all kinds of meatless chickens! Plus, they deliver all over San Francisco and honestly, that’s probably how you want to eat it because when you dine in, it’s just a sad flurry of to-go orders flying out around you.

However, if you want to have pretty much an entire restaurant to yourself when you eat, then head to Big Lantern! Actually, I’ve totally talked myself into going to lunch there, I love dining alone! You can gorge yourself AND you don’t have to look another person in the eye—my two favorite things!

02/03/2012

All-vegan boutique in SF: the Detox Market!  »

Last week I got the scoop about an all-vegan market in the Mission. The Mission?! I’m there all the time (burritos and bars). How did I not know? 

The Detox Market is amazing. I was so nervous to be going to a beauty boutique, looking like a hot mess after work, but it was so soothing in there! Clean, bright, and very well organized. Inside I met Rachel (hey girl!), who walked me through the store and explained all of their products and philosophies.

The Detox Market sells organic, vegan (and local when possible!) products. In each genre—be it tea, toys, lipstick, salt, chocolate, candles, NAIL POLISH—they only sell one brand! Rachel explained that they choose the best of the best! The highest quality of everything! Believe me, it shows.

I can’t possibly go over every product in the store, but I’ll show you what stuck out to me. You’ll just have to check it out yourself!


The Can-Can Cleanse
! Rachel offered me a sample of the green juice and it instantly revitalized me. For a split second I thought, “Maybe I can do a juice fast!” Anything is possible, right?


TAZA chocolates! Valentines Day is coming up. Or someone’s birthday, I’m sure.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that nothing good comes out of Florida. They are wrong for two reasons: 1.) I was born there; and 2.) The Spice Lab salts come out of there! Florida FTW!

Of course there were many different varieties, but OMG! Truffle salt? Yes please and thank you.


Water-based nail polish! Just what Sarah and I need when we have girl’s night with cake vodka and sing-alongs to Katy Perry!


They have sooo many flower essences. Which I always just kind of brushed off as a hippie thing, but after my visit, I’m reconsidering. Rachel held up a card featuring about eight pictures of flowers; I was to point to the one that visually appealed to me the most. The one I choose, which looked like a bird of paradise, was “Quiet Mind.” I was thinking it meant that I was mellow and introverted, but I was wrong! She told me it means I’m really stressed and need to calm down, try to focus and find clarity. Then she sprayed me with my appointed flower essence. She’s good—I want to go back and get Quiet Mind essence! And spray it all over myself the recommended five times a day!


Guess what? Soy wax is out and coconut wax is in! That’s what these Pure Light candles are made of. Let me tell you, they smell delightful. Mother’s Day can’t come fast enough. (My mom loves candles!)


Don’t these Inna Jams look pretty? They are made in Berkeley! Local product alert!


Last but certainly not least is the Kusmi Tea collection. This tea is from Paris. So fancy! I smelled a couple different varities and it’s good. I’m not even really a tea person, but I’d brew myself a cup of this stuff (probably the detox one).

There is so much more at the Detox Market, including skin care, makeup, and sunscreen. Seriously, all organic and top of the line. Toothpaste even! Rachel gave me a sample of some acai toothpaste that I just love. LOVE! Get up and go! If I had known about this place before Christmas, my shopping would have been so much easier. You can find something for almost anyone here. Or just go treat yourself.

The Detox Market is located at 969 Valencia St., between 20th and 21st streets in the Mission. There is also a shop in Los Angeles, at 8380 Beverly Blvd. Happy shopping!

01/12/2012

The 20 Best Vegan Dishes in the Mission District!?  »

VegNews published this awesome list of their most favorite things to eat in the Mission. How do you feel about it? Agree? Disagree? Yeah, I’m pretty much hella agreeing, except my absolute favorite burrito is still El Farolito and ain’t no amount of Hep C or knife fights gonna change that.  

[Little lighthouse, I love you, forever and ever. I don’t care if you stab me or shank me or that your bathroom is a gas chamber or that I’ve actually had to cross a crime scene to get to you (SEVERAL TIMES), you’re still #1!] [Yelp photo!]


12/26/2011

Eat this: Easy Creole in San Francisco!  »

On Wednesday nights, Easy Creole, a New Orleans-style pop-up kitchen, sets up shop at The Residence in San Francisco. Cocktails and vegan dinner? Just twist my arm to get me out of the house, why don’t you, Easy Creole?

For $8 I got a plate of the Red Bean Succotash. I was mildly disappointed that they had run out of the $9 Spinach and Mushroom Étouffée earlier that day during their lunchtime hours in North Beach—it just means I have to go back and try it! Which I will, because the succotash was delicious!

Succotash


A hot sauce spread I think Quarrygirl would appreciate.

Jess and Grant, the two guys behind Easy Creole, are super cool, and very much looking forward to opening a restaurant of their own and the idea of hiring their first employee. We can help them do this by eating their food! Let’s go when they re-open shop after the holidays!

Easy Creole is available at many locations throughout the week! They’re at 450 Broadway (between Montgomery and Kearny) from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, The Residence at 718 14th St. from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, and at La Victoria Bakery at 24th Street and Alabama from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Fridays.

11/30/2011

B12: Bomb Vegan Brunch happening this weekend! Don’t miss San Francisco’s best vegan brunch since Beats ‘n’ Brunch  »

It looks like the same crew as our beloved Beats ‘n’ Brunch (maybe? Someone say shit if we’re wrong!) and it’s at Little Baobab in the Mission and so yeah, I’m calling it: Beats ‘n’ Brunch is back Update: Awesome people who loved Beats ‘n’ Brunch are putting this on, though they aren’t associated with B ‘n’ B.

They’re calling it B12: Bomb Vegan Brunch, and it appears to be one weekend only, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4! You should get up on it! The menu is TK but it’ll most likely be delicious, and here are the details from their Facebook event:

Somebody set us up the bomb!

We are extra-excited about this go-round of weekend brunch at Little Baobab with an all-vegan extravaganza by guest chefs Katherine Rae and Julia Russotti and delicious beats from DJs Manitous and Matt Haze. 

Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bring an appetite for this one - this menu is hearty, satisfying and diverse as brunch should be!

Consider yourself warned! Be there or be sad at home eating some kind of oatmeal that you’ve convinced yourself tastes like delicious dessert—it does not.

Now, let us stare at some delicious Korean pancakes from a previous Beats ‘n’ Brunch:

11/03/2011

OMG BUNNIES!
On Saturday, Nov. 5, Doc’s Clock is hosting a Happy Hour for Hoppy Endings for SaveABunny! Go have some drinks between 4 and 8 p.m., listen to music, and bid on items in a silent auction, all to benefit the buns!
Doc’s Clock is located at 2575 Mission St., between 21st and 22nd Streets, and if you like booze and bunnies—and WHO DOESN’T—you’ll be there, drinking for the rabbits.
[photo of Chi-Ana and babies via SaveABunny]

OMG BUNNIES!

On Saturday, Nov. 5, Doc’s Clock is hosting a Happy Hour for Hoppy Endings for SaveABunny! Go have some drinks between 4 and 8 p.m., listen to music, and bid on items in a silent auction, all to benefit the buns!

Doc’s Clock is located at 2575 Mission St., between 21st and 22nd Streets, and if you like booze and bunnies—and WHO DOESN’T—you’ll be there, drinking for the rabbits.

[photo of Chi-Ana and babies via SaveABunny]

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