For the vegan sports fan, PETA’s best veggie food at baseball stadiums »
I grew up on baseball. My parents took me to my first Baltimore Orioles game when I was two months old. I didn’t realize you couldn’t throw peanut shells on the ground in polite company until I was way too old. And when I became a vegetarian at age 11, one of the few things I missed was ballpark hotdogs (I now shudder at the thought, but kids will be kids).
As a grown-up vegan, baseball games are still fun, but I don’t ever go for the food (though I do love the garlic fries at Giants’ Stadium). I usually bring my own version, scoff at the suckers around me paying $12 for a crappy hamburger.
Now PETA’s gone and messed that up, by pointing out there’s some veggie food at stadiums, and giving them publicity for it, so they maybe have an incentive to add more. Last week, they released a Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Ballparks list.
Surprise! No. 1 is in Philadelphia. Apparently the Phillies offer a vegan chicken-steak sandwich. Sign me up!
Other top contenders, and the things there I really would want to eat, are:
2. Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Field: Vegtastic has the run-down of what to eat here. Sushi! Vegan hotdogs!
3. Detroit Tigers’ Comerica Park: vegan hot dogs.
4. Oakland Athletics’ O.co Coliseum: Eh. I’ve been here, not impressed. Not much vegan that I know of, though the vegetarian offerings might be OK.
5. Los Angeles Dodgers’ Dodger Stadium: vegan sloppy Joe, veggie sushi, and edamame, hurray!
6. New York Mets’ Citi Field: veggie dogs, veggie burgers. Here’s an outdated report!
7. Los Angeles Angels’ Angel Stadium of Anaheim: veggie dogs (I’m noticing a theme here), black-bean burgers, bean burritos, veggie wraps, and California cucumber rolls. Plus gluten-free options!
8. Washington Nationals’ Nationals Park: Hell yeah, I want me a tofu sandwich with Vegenaise, and a falafel! Last time I was here I brought my own Chipotle; that was good too.
9. Pittsburgh Pirates’ PNC Park: Vegetarian lo mein and salad with fried green tomatoes sound interesting, but not sure they’re vegan. Sigh.
10. Minnesota Twins’ Target Field: “vegan mousse martinis”?! What is that? Why don’t I have one? Plus veggie kabobs!
Organic Soul Live: vegan soul food (permanent?) (pop-up?) in Oakland’s Chinatown! »
From the write-up:
Vegan readers, feel free to call me out on this cliché, but if Joy had told me the dish was made from real cheese — not a mix of commercial soy- and rice-based “cheeses,” plus a cream sauce he makes out of nutritional yeast — I wouldn’t have blinked. He had me fooled.
Sounds damn good! Here’s a photo from EBX!
Should we call him out? It IS a total cliché but it’s pretty great that he called out his own shit. I hate that the ultimate compliment for vegan food is that it, “you wouldn’t know it’s vegan!” You KNOW when plenty of stuff you eat is vegan, and it’s STILL hella good. No disclaimers or comparisons needed! Still, hard for me to get all up in arms about this shiz because I do it all the time FUCK IT I’M ONLY HUMAN. Just a vegan trying to hustle in an omnivore world!
Anyway, he loved the shiitake bacon and massaged collards and the whole thing sounds prettttty delicious. Let’s all go! It’s open every day from 12-9pm and is located inside the Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt shop at 388 9th Street in Oakland. Which means that you can eat VEGAN FRO-YO with your soul food. Seriously, life is getting pretty damn fancy for vegans in the East Bay. Something bad has to happen, right? It’s going too well! Oh wait, there’s the total collapse of the economy, looming environmental destruction and the fact that I STILL don’t have a network sitcom based on the double shenanigans of me and my dog.
Two new vegan restaurants in Oakland! Woohoo! »
This is all basically second hand information and I’m no journalist (FOOLED YOU!) so I’m leave it up to you fine people to check it out and let us know what’s up! Deal? Deal!
Okay, lez go:
1) Nature Vegetarian Restaurant, 1116 Franklin (between 11th and 12th), (510) 238-9688. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. It opened sometime in last few weeks and it’s possibly all vegan. Looks like some real competition for Golden Lotus! I wonder if it’s cult-owned? It looks like maybe not. It’s Chinese-gluten style. Tasty!
2) Banana Soy Vegan Restaurant, 416 15th (between Broadway and Franklin), (510) 272-4700. Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday. It’s all vegan (!!!) Vietnamese food (YES!) and isn’t Ching Hai-related (YES!). The menu looks delicious and imma be all up in it later this week. And look, it says vegan on the banner! We have to support them!
Both restaurants are super close to the 12 Street BART station in Oakland, so no excuses! Let’s eat!
Man, this area of Oakland is just pregnant with vegan food, isn’t it? I’m so sorry for that sentence that’s half-disgusting and half-delicious. But really, PREGNANT WITH IT.
Backyard farming proves to be an epic fail for animals. »
In news that is not surprising to anyone, people are abandoning the animals in their organic, sustainable, backyard farms. It was so exciting for people in the the beginning, right? When, last year, if you so much as had a backyard, you could have fresh milk and eggs alongside that homegrown
chronic arugula! I can’t help but be reminded of when Faye told Don Draper, in the season four finale of Mad Men, “I hope she knows you only like the beginning of things.” I fancied Faye; I am eager (a delusion, I know) to see her in Season five. If you have cable, and saw the season premiere on Sunday, don’t tell me anything! I’m waiting til someone downloads it for me it comes to DVD!
Gosh you guys! Enough about pop culture! This is about the animals!
Though this Mother Nature Network post mostly talks about the plight of animals in New York, I can’t help but feel it is probably true of most who have taken on this whole “WOOO! Livestock in my backyard!” thing. It’s so infuriating. I’m not someone who gardens, or raises livestock (I just like watching TV so much) so you have to bear with me here. It sounds like people go into backyard farms all, “Oh, I’ll get some hens, and they’ll lay eggs, and I’ll have delicious fresh eggs all the time!” But instead they get male chicks! Which grow into roosters! Roosters wake people up before their alarm clocks! So roosters end up in animal sanctuaries, along with goats and all the other farm animals that humans cannot take care of in a kind or responsible manner. To quote the MNW post,
"We get calls all the time from people who don’t want their animals or can’t afford them. We get emails about roosters found in the city or goats being neglected or pigs that are going to be killed if we don’t take them," says Elana Kirshenbaum, programs coordinator at Woodstock.
As the local food movement takes hold and urban homesteading gains popularity, more people are giving backyard farming a try. The prospect of fresh eggs and milk inspires them to bring home adorable chicks and goats — but when chicks grow into roosters or goats begin eating the landscaping, these animals are often given to animal sanctuaries or simply abandoned.
"People have a romantic view of farming, but it takes a lot of time, energy and money to care for animals. Here, we take our chickens to the vet, and when they’re sick, we give them antibiotics. People need to ask themselves if they’re ready to take on that kind of responsibility for the life of the animal," says Kirshenbaum.
Arugula is one thing, livestock is another! Want a hobby? I hear knitting is popular! Baking too! Card games, Mad Men marathons…
Guest post: We Hella Heart Oakland Veg Week »
Oakland has long lived in the shadow of San Francisco. Heralded as a gustatory epicenter, Fog City is not only revered for its array of palate pleasing restaurants, but consistently ranked as one of the most vegetarian-friendly cities in the world to boot. Not to be outshined, Oakland’s culinary culture is getting a lot of attention these days. The New York Times ranked Oakland as number five in its “45 Places to Go in 2012” list up there with Panama, London, Tokyo, and Helsinki (they must think we have a lot of vacation time). In late February, the Boston Globe wrote, “Leave your heart wherever, but eat in Oakland,” and AAA just this month featured Oakland’s restaurant scene in its Via Magazine. The author wrote, “It’s no wonder that when people ask me, as they often do, where they should go out to eat in San Francisco, I often direct them east over the Bay Bridge to Oakland.”
When it comes to vegan eating, Oakland has a lot to offer. There’s Encuentro, an all-vegetarian wine and tapas bar from chef Eric Tucker of SF’s famed Millennium; Souley Vegan which needs no description; Oakland pizza institution, Zachary’s, which now offers deep-dish vegan pizza; Breakroom for some of the most delicious vegan sandwiches and baked goods out there; and much more. To highlight Oaktown’s growing vegan food culture and encourage more people to reduce meat consumption, a group of local volunteers is coordinating Oakland Veg Week.
Scheduled for April 15-21, Oakland Veg Week will consist of a vegan cooking demonstration, talks on vegan nutrition and animal agribusiness by celebrated speakers Jack Norris (co-founder of Vegan Outreach) and Nathan Runkle (founder of Mercy for Animals); a free screening of Vegucated; and a grand finale celebration where attendees can sample some of the most delicious vegan fare available and hear words of encouragement by Oakland’s own vegan guru Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.
Local restaurants will be taking part too, adding vegan options to their menus, and at some, offering discounts. A quick glimpse of what can be expected: Montclair’s Italian Colors will offer a vegan tasting menu including vegan seasonal specials like spring greens, fava beans, and fiddleheads. Homeroom, the all-mac and cheese all the time restaurant will dish up vegan desserts to go with its decadent vegan mac and cheese. Montclair Bistro will do a vegan eggplant cannelloni. Hungry?
Recognizing the benefits of a vegetarian diet for animals, the environment, and community health, local public officials are behind the effort. Oakland City Council member Nancy Nadel, Alameda County Supervisors Wilma Chan and Keith Carson, and Rep. Barbara Lee are all pledging to be veg for the week, and some of their staff are too. The city and county are both officially proclaiming April 15-21 to be Oakland Veg Week. And Oakland Unified School District will encourage students to try vegetarianism for the week too!
Not onboard the vegan train yet? Join Oakland residents in signing a pledge to be vegetarian for Oakland Veg Week. Pledgees will receive daily tips, recipes and support. And if you’re already there, it’s a good opportunity to ask friends and family to give the birds a break (and cows, pigs, and turkeys). Non-Oaklanders are welcome. Check out our website for more information and to take the pledge. [Ed.: And more importantly, get your omni buddies to do the same!]
Kristie Middleton, a proud Oakland resident, is a coordinator of Oakland Veg Week and works for The Humane Society of the United States’ farm animal protection. She has successfully worked with dozens of corporations, hospitals, and other institutions to improve the plight of farm animals through humane-minded purchasing programs. Her work for animals has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times.
Hey Bay Area! Lil’ Patches needs a home! »
Look a sweet Patches!* She is a special-needs kitty who has had a rough go so far. She’s only one but when she was found, she was preggers. Then she tested positive for FeLV and the doctors thought it best to abort the kittens. From Patches’ foster mom Jessica:
She is healing quickly and still loves to cuddle. Because Patches has tested positive for FeLV there are a few special considerations for her new family. Patches needs a home without other cats. She needs to be an indoor cat only. FeLV is a condition that makes Patches immunocompromised. She could be healthy and happy for 10 months, or 10 years and there’s no way to know.
She’s only about a year old, and so far super healthy, so her chances of a long healthy life are good. For many people this may be a deal breaker, but its important to remember, that any pet has the potential to get sick or injured.
So if you, or someone you know, is looking for a very sweet, beautiful kitty please contact us. We would love for you to come by and meet her. We live in Oakland, CA.
To meet Patches or if you have any questions, email Jessica at email@example.com.
*Who knows that song Patches? It’s the best!
Help out Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary with lingerie and baked goods this week! »
We love Harvest Home, vegan baked goods, and fancy underpants. This week, these entities form a triumvirate of awesome, in which purchasing the latter goes to help the former, by which we mean: Buy some underwear and cupcakes for Harvest Home!
First, on Saturday, Feb. 11, Harvest Home is having a fundraising bake sale! Stop by the corner of Grand and MacArthur in Oakland between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for vegan treats (and maybe bunnies? maybe?), and help fund the over $4,000 in vet bills Harvest Home has already incurred in 2012. It’s a rough year for rescues, you guys. If you want to bake for the sale, email them ASAP. Get details on the sale at its Facebook event page.
Second, from Feb. 7 (today!) to 14, Purrfect Pineapples is taking donations for Harvest Home! With every minimum $5US donation, you are entered to win one of three Purrfect Pineapples gift certificates! (Brilliant idea: donate $5 10 times.) You may be familiar with the vegan lingerie company from Megan Rascal’s gift guides. Because she’s based in Toronto, Erika has to do a long-distance donation, and being a wonderful person, she’s making it a weeklong public event that rewards you for participating! Vegans are the nicest people.
Baked goods and pretty underpants: Two great vegan things that are easily fetishized together. Wait, no, try again: Two great vegan things that help home bunnies like Twix up there, doing his infamous slipper impression.
[photo of the eminently adoptable Twix by Harvest Home via Flickr]
Hella cats and dogs need your help in Oakland! »
There about 80 cats and two dogs in Oakland that desperately need your help, whether by being able to foster, provide placement or donate cash-money.
The OAS seized these animals about two months ago (the person with the animals has been charged with a crime of which I do not know) and until this last week, all the animals have been in legal limbo. They are now available for placement! All of the cats have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated and tested for FIV/FeLV, etc but may need dental work. Some of the the cats are tame, but many are feral or semi-tame (perfect if you live on a farm or have a large backyard).
Susan Hoffman of Bright Haven explains what is needed:
1.)Placements, especially yard or barn homes for ferals and experienced fosters for shy cats.
2.)Transport assistance: I anticipate transports to South Bay and North Bay and possibly up to the Sacramento area.
3.)Donations: I’m expecting a lot of these cats will need dental care and that’s going to be expensive.
If you are able to help, she asks that you contact her immediately at @firstname.lastname@example.org or her cell 415-359-4113.
On a final note, Susan urges,”I am begging everyone who reads this to forward it along, talk to friends, see if you can find any way to help some of these cats find a place to go. Easily 40 of these cats are sufficiently unsocialized, they will need yard or barn homes or even inside sanctuary”.
Cats are the best! Here is a picture of Indie Bradley, smiling on top of her new comforter. Because, you know, whatever I own is actually hers.
Oakland’s Hella Vegan Eats is hella delicious and you need to hella be eating it right now! »
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve had the absolute pleasure of eating as much food from the Oakland-based Hella Vegan Eats as humanly possible. Seriously, I’ve been surviving almost exclusively on their bounty of deliciousness. I’ve buried myself in mountains of tamales and eaten myself out in mere minutes! Please forget that you ever read that sentence! On to the food!
Let me give you a list of all the OUTSTANDINGLY AMAZING food I’ve been eating. Nothing has been short of the best g-d thing I’ve ever eaten and here’s the list: Navajo Fry Bread topped with deliciousness like quinoa, sweet potatoes, and other such yum; Orzo with Butternut Squash “Cheddar;” Cranberries and Shaved Brussels Sprouts; Spiced Apple Fritters (HOLY FUCK), and Vanilla-Chai Horchata. And then there are the tamales. OH THE TAMALES! Oy, they are so magical! Perfect masa stuffed with fillings like Spicy Black Bean, Al Pastor, Thai Peanut, or Green Mole. Seriously, so many fresh veggies—including things like purple cauliflower! so pretty!—and tender homemade seitan. I can’t even tell you HOW FUCKING GOOD THIS FOOD IS. Sorry, I am excited, and also very sad that I have none of it left and am forced to eat a stupid-ass massaged kale salad for dinner and be sad. [Ed note: Those tamales are the m-fing best, Laura does not lie! —Meave]
Right now, you can only get Hella Vegan Eats at events, or have them cater your parties (DO THIS), but they are currently in La Cocina’s incubator program and are working toward a food truck, and then world domination. I’m in! I will fight in whatever crazy vegan army they need me to, and you totally want me on your side, because not only am I certifiably nuts with nothing to lose, I can stuff tamales even faster than I eat them. For every tamale I eat, I will stuff two. We can’t lose!
[Photos from Yelp because I ate everything too fast to take pictures because I don’t fuck around when it comes to eating.]
Oakland! Please take this adorable, affectionate cat off the streets and into your heart! »
There’s this amazing homeless cat in Oakland who needs a foster or forever home stat. Please read her story below and if you (or anyone you know! Pass it on!) can help, please email Shani. Thanks!
When I moved to Oakland in August there were about 20 stray and feral cats who are thankfully all fixed now. I began feeding them but one in particular caught my eye. She was so beautiful but fearful of me. She would stay on my porch all day sunbathing. The other cats are not nice to her. Slowly I was able to gain her trust. She would allow quick pets but the “love looks” she would constantly give me showed that she was starving for affection. She had a runny nose that slowly got worse. Two weeks ago I was able to trap her and take her to the vet. She is now in a foster home, recovering, and completely changed since being in an inside environment. She purrs loudly, is INCREDIBLY sweet, loves affection, and even rolls on her back for belly rubs. She is very neat with her litter box and a great eater.
If she is forced back outside in the cold, her runny nose will likely come back. She is between five and eight years old and was clearly abandoned by someone years ago. She’s also spayed. She needs a foster home or more importantly, a forever home.
United for Animals is offering to pay for her first vet visit and a month’s worth of food and litter.
Please, please save her from a miserable life on the streets of Oakland, email Shani today!