Vegansaurus NYC: Farm Funding Tuesday! TONIGHT! »
Party time! Some great people have organized an event to raise money for Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY: Farm Funding Tuesday! I love Farm Sanctuary! They have the best little animal stories of triumph. And I love bars! That’s where they keep all the booze.
It’s at Halyards in Park Slope/Gowanus, Brooklyn. Check out their donors and sponsors:
Sweet list, man. There will be lots of vegan food and you get a free drink with admission. You can also win prizes! I love prizes. So everybody come out and party for a good cause!
Save the date: May 10 NYC fundraiser for Japan »
Hey everybody, guess what! There is going to be a benefit for Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support and Americares! But you haven’t heard the best part: I’m going to DJ! Huzzah! So now you HAVE to go.
I think I’m just spinning between bands and announcements so, essentially, I’m TOP BILLING. But don’t worry, I’m going to be so good, everybody will die. But not before eating delicious vegan food from V-Spot, Gonepie and more!
Here’s the skinny:
Tuesday, May 10, from 7 to 11:30 p.m.
Southpaw, 125 5th Ave.
It’s $15 and 18 and over. Yay, kids! You can hang! The event has a Facebook page and you can buy advance tickets on Southpaw’s website. Southpaw kind of rules so this should be fun! It’s only a few blocks from me so you might see me wheeling my records over. Say hi!
If you want a preview of my skillz, you can check out and download (for free!) a few of my mixes on Last.fm.
Vegansaurus NYC: pierogies from Union Market! »
If you live in Brooklyn, you may be familiar with Union Market; it’s that expensive but really convenient place. I was there the other day buying pineapple as usual when I saw they had these pierogies! I checked the ingredients and they’re vegan! They have potato, and potato and spinach (they have cheese and potato too, but yuck). The pierogies are Union Market’s own brand; I don’t know where they’re made. They are near the milks, surrounded by a bunch of obnoxious non-vegan fancy-pants pasta. Jeez, pumpkin ravioli, get over yourself.
I eat mine with applesauce and I would eat it with Tofutti sour cream too if I had any on hand. The ingredients are so simple, it seems like I could make pierogies pretty easily! If I had any counter space! And the desire to do stuff!
Groupon’s $15 for $30 worth of food (and drinks!) at the V SPOT in NYC! »
Get your groupon for V Spot, NYC-ers! V Spot is totally in Park Slope—strollerland!—just like me! So I’m saying, you should take me with you! We can go on a Vegansaurus date! And I’ll write all about you! No, wait, come back! It’ll be fun!
Product review: Mi-del Gingersnaps! »
It occurred to me that I’ve never reviewed Mi-del ginger snaps—WTF have I been doing?! These cookies are AWESOME! Like, forget the gold coin, put one of these under my tongue when I die and I’ll totally be riding to the underworld in first class. What? I don’t know. I’ve been “reading” again. All I’m trying to say is that these gingersnaps are EXCELLENT. Be warned though: they are addictive. I’m so serious. Anytime I bring them around, people totally get hooked. OMG and then I served them to my friend Luna last week with hot apple cider for her big American Halloween and homegirl basically died. Like, she’s dead. I miss her.
I may have forgotten to review these because I became obsessed with them in my pre-vegan days, but these are definitely vegan. Also, you should holler at the chocolate snaps if you get a chance because they are most excellent as well. You can find these cookies all over; I know they have them at Whole Foods and I just bought some at Back to the Land, the natural grocery near me in Brooklyn.
Vegansaurus NYC: S’nice! »
After I reviewed the V Spot in Park Slope, all my commenting pals were like, “You got to go to S’nice!” Well pals, I’ve been there like 80 times now! And I’m a big fan. I do love a sandwich. Ohhhh and the banana chocolate chip muffins! S’great. S’wonderful. Let me s’top.
First I was all about the curried cauliflower and chickpea wrap. I don’t love wraps but this one is decent. I love cauliflower! I would marry cauliflower! I would make sweet love to cauliflower right in front of broccoli’s face! But I will have to get my cauliflower from somewhere else because now my thing is the vegan panini. It’s super! It has tofu slices, sun-dried tomatoes and pesto! On ciabatta! Now to be completely honest—I can be honest, can’t I?—the tofu is on the bland side. It’s trying to look like mozzarella but it just tastes like flavorless cooked tofu. But the pesto! Oh, the pesto! And sun-dried tomato! And ciabatta! It’s delicious.
To do a thorough review, I had to try the vegan Philly cheesesteak, as you know I’m the expert. I give it 3 out of 5 Veganstaurs on the cheesesteak scale. It’s not that authentic, though it’s definitely as greasy as a cheesesteak. It comes with fried onions and peppers so they’ve got that right. The bread is not really the same as a Philly cheesesteak, but it’s good nonetheless. The main discrepancy is that the “meat” is chopped kind of thick—wrong, wrong, wrong! However the cheese is gooey and yummy.
Other things of note: there’s like a million vegan cookies but I haven’t tried any of them yet. I prefer my cookies in dough form, you see. Oh, I’ve also tried the breakfast burrito; it’s decent. It’s good for, I don’t know, breakfast. They make an excellent Arnold Palmer! Like, perfect. I hate complaining about lines but the line kind of always takes a while. I can’t tell if it’s just because they are so darn popular or if the service is just slow. It’s not the worst though. All the tables have these signs that say, “no computers at this table between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.,” or something like that. I don’t want to work on my computer there anyway but the signs annoy me. Nobody tells Megan Rascal what to do! You can sit outside, which is nice, but it looks like you have to keep your dog tied up on the other side of the gate: LAME! Though I’m sure if they met the notorious F.I.G., they’d make an exception, considering he’s THE MAN.
I went to the Manhattan location once. It was alright. It was on the crowded side and our waiter was just plain mean. I took my omnivore friend Kevin and, boy, what a baby! He ordered the Cuban sandwich which is like fake ham, pickles and swiss cheese on bread. Fake ham, pickles and cheese. Surprise! It was gross! Alert the media! Protect the children! Crazy omnivores. It’s sad though because now he’ll never go there with me again. Boys are goddamn babies, I swear.
In summary, S’nice is nice for sweets, sandwiches and Arnold Palmers!
Vegansaurus NYC: Willie’s Dawgs! »
Yeah, dawgs with a w. Deal with it. So welcome to my new obsession! The tofu hot dog from Willie’s Dawgs in Park Slope. They have meat hot dogs but they also have the “downward facing dog” (bitch, I don’t do yoga!) which is delicious and vegan! They even have two choices for vegan hot dog rolls: rye and multigrain. I get the multigrain with ketchup, mustard, relish and onions and let me just tell you, it’s so good! Makes me want to play baseball or something!
I made this cartoon because every picture I tried to take looked crazy. Turns out hot dog photography is not my calling. Who cares?! I can make cartoons!
Because I love you, BONUS!: Make your own hot dog costume for your dog.
NYC discovery: Finnish ryes! »
Just call me Christopher Columbus because I’ve made an amazing discovery! Just kidding, really I “discovered” America even though a bunch of people already “lived there.” I’m just kidding go back to the first sentence because I made an amazing discovery!: Finnish ryes by Northern Rye!
On Sunday, I went to the Park Slope farmers market on Third Street and Fifth Avenue and my sister-in-law pointed out that this one stand had “some vegan dipping thing.” I went to check it out and I find these funny tart-looking things. The nice women working the table told me they are called “ryes” and gave me an informative card. To quote said card, “hand-made right here in New York City, our artisanal* Finnish ryes are based on a traditional rye pasty recipe from Karelia, a region in Eastern Finland and Western Russia.” On the internets, they are called Karelian pasties (I know, pasties!!! Haaaaaa! Pervs.) [Ed.: that’s a short “a” sound, as in “rat.” Perv.] To liven things up, they make the ryes with cool non-traditional fillings, including a vegan sweet potato edition! Of course I had to buy one because they looked kind of interesting and I always like to let the omnis know they have a vegan audience.
When I say they looked “interesting,” what I really mean is that they looked “weird,” but I wouldn’t let that deter me! And boy am I glad because I ate it and it was superfantastique! There were caramelized onions and rosemary mixed in with the sweet potato and oh my lord, what a happy marriage of flavors! It looked like the crust part would be crispy and like fiber-y or something but it was not at all; it was soft and yummy.
What I would love to see is vegan versions of their spinach ryes and beet (and feta, bleh) ryes. My only problem with them is that, as far as I can tell, they don’t have a website. Is that even possible? I mean, every biz should have a website—I have like eight websites and I do absolutely nothing. But at least I know when and where to get them so I guess that’s all I really need!
For those who can’t make it to the Park Slope farmers market, I found a vegan pasty recipe! Turns out there exists a lovely all-vegan Finnish cooking blog and they have a recipe for a turnip-filled version. Root vegetables—how exciting! If any of you wonderful people make this recipe, please give us a review!
*I hate this word because I have no idea how to pronounce it. I was hoping it wasn’t a real word but apparently it is.
Vegansaurus NYC: The V Spot »
Sometimes I’m weird and I don’t get wordplay right off the bat. What I’m getting at is I went to this restaurant before I got the G-spot pun, FYI. But I’m glad I went because it was muy delish!
You see, I moved to Brooklyn from San Francisco on Saturday, and boy are my arms tired! But seriously folks, I now have to totally reorient myself in a new vegan-friendly city. Turns out, right in Park Slope—my new ‘hood!—there’s a lovely little all-vegan restaurant: The V Spot! So my dear omnivore brother and I decided to go there for brunch.
When we got there it was pretty empty and we were concerned that it sucked, but it was only empty because everyone was sitting on the lovely back patio! The patio was bumping as it was a very nice day. The V Spot specializes in “latin cuisine” (“latin cuisine” makes me think of bacchanals and olive branches, btw) and for brunch they were serving breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros, and other such things. They also had straight-up tofu scramble and even pancakes. My brother got the burrito and I got the tofu scramble with a pancake on the side. They ALSO have an all-you-can-drink mimosa special for $10 during brunch, which of course we got; we would basically be losing money if we didn’t! That’s what I like to call “economics.”
The mimosas were good, duh. My brother loved the breakfast burrito and declared, “I’ll come here ANY time!” Quite a win. I liked the tofu scramble; it was your basic yellow tofu scramble with broccoli, peppers and onions in it. The home fries were decent and the vegan sausage was great. The pancake was excellent! I might have to get them for the main dish next time—you can add blueberries, chocolate chips, bananas, oh my! Then the next time I go, I’ll get the huevos rancheros! Let’s just plan my whole life now! Because I need some direction.
One thing to warn you about: service was SLOW, with a capital GODDAMN. We had to ask for the mimosas twice, my toast twice, my tea twice, etc. It seemed like there was only one waiter for all the tables. It was Easter so maybe they couldn’t get anyone else to work or something. The main dishes came out on their own but for everything else, I suggest you ask twice—that seemed to be the trick to it. I’ll tell you though, it really hinders your all-you-can-drink mimosa experience.
Oh, I almost forgot my favorite part of the restaurant! The sign in the window for when they’re closed says, “Sorry vegans, we’re closed.” And the sign for when they’re open says, “Sorry carnivores, we’re open!” Haaaaaaaaaaaaa. I am a fan of this sign.