Recipes: Megan Rascal’s after-school special! »
I know lots of people like to get all fancy with their daiya creations but I like to kick it after-school-snack-style! Whole-wheat English muffin + tomato sauce + Daiya mozzarella = Childhood, veganized!
I suggest you make yourself little English muffin pizzas right now. Then grab your chocolate soymilk and enjoy this very special anti-drug episode of Punky Brewster:
Patxi’s Chicago Pizza (two SF locations, one in Palo Alto RICH KIDS NEED PIZZA TOO) has shown interest in serving vegan pizza (!!!). And we can help the process by letting them know that we’ll eat TONS OF IT.
Fatties, you know what this means. Go to Patxi’s Get Satisfaction page and click “I’m interested” (You can sign in with your Facebook or Twitter accounts so CALM DOWN, lazy!) and pretty soon we’ll have vegan deep dish pizza in SF! AHHH!!!!!!
(Thanks to Virag for the heads-up!)
UPDATE!!!! Paxti’s just replied on the Get Satisfaction thread… THERE WILL BE VEGAN PIZZA!!!!:
Hello everyone! We are absolutely going to add Daiya cheese - and soon. Here’s the deal: we’ve tested out the cheese and have placed the order. We are also in the process of updating our menu. The Daiya cheese will be replacing our soy cheese option on the menu (and that will be reflected on the new menu). However, we will have the Daiya cheese “live” before the new menu is published. The day we do the switchover to the Daiya vegan cheese, we’ll Tweet it, post it here, and post it on our facebook page. So follow us on twitter to be the first to know.
All of our crust and sauce is already vegan, so this cheese is the last component for the truly vegan pizza. We’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, but until Daiya came along, the quality was just not there. So, we’re super excited to be able to do a vegan pie for all of you vegan pizza lovers!!!
Expect the announcement before the end of May!
NYC: Viva Herbal Pizzeria! »
The pizza at NYC’s Viva Herbal Pizzeria is so good, I would brave a blizzard for it, which is exactly what I did last Saturday. As 13 inches were falling from the sky, I managed to finish off two huge slices of vegan pie at this kosher, vegetarian-menu-only spot on the Lower East Side. And when I say HUGE, I mean the size-of-your-head big. With plenty of exotic, fresh, vegan options, this place is a dreamland for the indecisive–-especially when it comes to crust. You can choose from wheat-free, yeast-free, whole wheat, corn meal, spelt, green tea herbal, hemp herbed or traditional crust. And even if you’re consuming a few pizza slices as big as a spaceship, it still feels healthy.
I ordered my fave, the Zen, which is green tea herbed miso tofu, green tea basil pesto, shiitake mushrooms, maitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, sun-dried tomato and roasted garlic, on a green tea herbed spelt crust, and a slice of the La Vita: roasted red peppers, soy sausage, mushrooms, broccoli, roasted garlic, tomato sauce, and corn kernels on a spelt crust. The Zen is majorly flavorful, not to mention colorful, and one of the most popular menu items. I guarantee it’s unlike any slice of pizza you’ve ever had. The La Vita, which I had never tried, blew my mind. (It was so yummy, I couldn’t bear waiting to take a picture before I tore into it.) Although it wasn’t as good as the Zen, the flavors were tangy, hearty and saucy. I haven’t tested it out on any carnivores, but I’m willing to bet this slice with soy sausage would fool them and the spelt crust is the icing on the vegan cake. I’m not sure how it’s possible to be both crunchy and chewy, but this crust does it.
As far as I know, the only downside is that their soy cheese is not vegan, but you won’t miss it. Slices run about $4 a pop; full pies are also available. They offer a selection of vegan desserts, including whoopee pies, in case you are craving sweets.
Pi Bar, take 52! OH AND SCREW YOU BEFORE YOU SAY SHIT I’ll WRITE ABOUT WHAT I WANT TO WRITE ABOUT »
I am in an ornery way today. A cocktail of vicodin, theraflu, and percocet (HA I WISH) will do that to a girl. I love my life, I’m alive, someone get me down from here, I think I need to go to the hospital. There, we’ve run the gamut of my emotions. I cycle those about every 15 minutes. Right now, I’m riding the high so let’s do the damn thing!
So, from our hot field reporter/disqus commenter, Kim, we learn that our BFFs at Pi Bar are responding to emails. Here is what she received:
I too was a vegan at a point in my life and understand the hardship it can sometimes be. We are planning on opening October 1st with a bit of a limited menu and depending on how strict you are […] we can do a pie without cheese and include yummy vegetables. We are open to suggestions as we really want to establish ourselves as a neighborhood “hang out” and offer the best of what our guests want.
Kim rightfully points out that calling veganism a hardship is bullshit and I’ll also note that if you were vegan at one point in your life then you were never actually vegan because you, Sir, DID NOT GET IT. Anyway, cheers to them for responding to a vegan and although they are clearly not the brightest (LAURA! What?? They’re not rocket scientists so really, it’s not an insult, is it?), I look forward to sampling their wares/giving them all my money, as they are right across the street and I am SO HELLA SUPER LAZY, you have no idea. Let’s do this, Pi Bar.
Update: Pi Bar is apparently open now, and at the moment has no explicitly vegan options on its menu. Hoping that changes! For both our sakes, you get me? Have you guys heard of Daiya yet? Also, they have a MANIFESTO? I kinda want to beat them for that.
Yes, Fellini is the kind of place that feels the need to append “Ristorante” to their name. You know, so you can tell they’re Italian. They also describe themselves as “fun and funky” and a “bistro.” Wait, come back.
They have a really wonderful brunch menu, which is, ahem, not Italian in any way I can discern. Is this an Italian restaurant or not? I can’t tell. Maybe if the waiters wore overalls and broke bricks with their heads, then we could know for sure. Nevertheless, it does have a pretty large selection of vegan stuff. My recommendations are either the vegan benedict, or the breakfast sausage scramble. Also, it says right on the menu, “All vegan dishes are prepared in VEGAN-ONLY pans,” which is too cool because it means no cross contamination with funk nasty meat, eggs or dairy. I guess you could have gotten that from the VEGAN-ONLY sentence but I felt the need to type it again because it’s cool and I might be autistic? Who knows! Only a doctor, probably.
Fellini has a pizza called “smiling cow” (cute, right?) which is like the vegan version of a Meat Lover’s Supreme. Made with vegan bacon, sausage, and pepperoni, it’s truly, ridiculously delicious, and that’s all you need to know about that. I like this pizza, I give it four Marios!
Thank you, Mr. Fellini! Whoever you are! For bringing fantastic vegan food to the masses at brunch, lunch and dinner. Please open up a second location in my mouth and then we can be BFF. UNTIL THEN WE ARE ONLY JUST REGULAR FRIENDS BUT NOT BFF.
[photo by Sharon. Ciao!]
ZPizza featuring Daiya vegan cheese to open in San Francisco! »
ZPizza is opening SOMETIME IN 2009 (that’s THIS year, fools!) at 833 Mission Street (at 4th Street). Yes, THE ZPizza of serving Daiya cheese fame (it’s vegan! it melts! it stretches! It’s AMAZING!) fame. Quarrygirl reports on ZPizza being super fucking delicious and according to our sources, this is absolutely correct. You can get a super-fancy organic pizza with Daiya vegan cheese DELIVERD TO YOUR DOOR WE CANNOT FUCKING WAIT WE WILL BE BRINGING YOU TO-THE-MINUTE UPDATES ON THIS
If you live farther out in the boonies, you can currently get ZPizza in Danville, Fremont, Livermore (opening soon!), Moutain View and San Ramon! (Update: We just called the Mountain View location, and it appears they won’t be getting Daiya for about two weeks, so be sure to ask!)
You can DOWNLOAD (ugh WHY) the PDF menu (ugh WHY) here.
*So that’s SOMA. Why not in the Mission!? Fuck all our current pizza places, burn them to the ground and put up ZPizza, plz! CALM DOWN, I’m kidding! Serrano’s can stay.
Friday Link-o-rama: Veggie Awards, Naked Dudes, The Tofu Xpress & More! »
IMPORTANT: The VegNews polls close at 11:59 p.m. on July 31, and we want you to write Vegansaurus in for Best Veg Blog! Also, win prizes. Yes! Time to root for the Underdino! If there are any prizes, we’ll totally share.
Veggie Trader provides free classifieds for home-grown produce! People like Meave’s parents, who have uncontrollably prolific orange and peach trees, should really get in on this. The site expressly prohibits the trade of meat, eggs, and dairy products (yes!), and Californians must obey both statewide import laws and quarantine orders for the light brown apple moth.
Ezra Klein is PISSED about how cheap chicken is; <3 that Ezra Klein.
Factory farms are all, We are beneficial to rural communities! And small farmers are all, Actually the stench from your animal torture chambers is poisoning our air, and the runoff is poisoning our water! Amazingly, courts are siding with the small farmers.
Men can get naked for animal rights, too!
The New York Times gives you 101 simple salads, in neat little categories. Nos. 1-36 are “mostly vegan.” Incidentally, Synergia Soyfoods makes this scrumptious vegan feta cheese that tastes so authentic that the first time I ate it I teared up with joy, if you are looking to make salads that ask for such an ingredient.
The Times also presents the crème brûlée cart guy as Mr. Small Business Twitter San Francisco. Vegansaurus strenuously objects to such representation.
The Long Now Foundation! (est. 01996) is hosting a seminar with the authors of Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food. They both teach at UC Davis—an excellent school!—and are married, which makes this lecture sound even more appealing. Go learn something on Tuesday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cowell Theater; tickets are $10.
Vinnie’s Pizzeria in Williamsburg has awesome vegan by the slice. AND THIS TRASH CAN. SO AWESOME. Here is a photo of Laura eating vegan pizza at Vinnie’s. If that doesn’t get your motor running, I don’t know what will. Laura wrote this.
So, gianty meaty soups. Campbell’s Chunky: FULLY LOADED is over one pound of “meat” and whatever the hell else, vegetables, say; the Pho Gardens CHALLENGE BOWL is two pounds of noodles with two pounds of “beef with tripe.” In general, the world is fucking disgusting, NEVER FORGET.
Vegan.com discusses the extinction of Bluefin Tuna. SO SAD PLEASE STOP EATING FISH.
The Tofu Xpress, an amazing new gadget that helps make tofu even more delicious, gets a review over at Notes from a Vegan Feast. What have you done for Vegansaurus lately? THE ANSWER: Bought us this miracle-worker! Please! You’re so wonderful, that’s the thing about you. SO GIVING.
Pi Bar: Take two! »
I was walking Hazel past the Pi Bar this morning and I swear to God I heard that door open from a block away. I was like Scooby Doo, my ears perked up and I was all, “bwuh?” Hazel was mid-crap so I urged her to cut this one short so I could get my foot in the door before it closed. We ran across the street, dodging bikes and cars, barely making it across this dangerous span of Valencia Street alive!* Also, we were naked!**
Peeking inside, first things noticed: it looks TOTALLY different than Suriya. It appears the bar on the right has been completely ripped out and the partition between the two dining areas is gone. They are in the process of painting the interior and it looks pretty good, really open and airy. Looks like there might be a painting of a lady happening on the back wall. Still no elephant.
Anyway, my conversation with the dude went like this:
ME: “Hello, are you the owner?”
DUDE: “No, I’m just helping him out.”
ME: “Oh, well, do you know if there will be any vegan options on the menu?”
DUDE: “For sure, they’re really savvy about that kind of thing.” (!!!!!)
ME: “Okay, great! Not just salads, right?”
ME: “Because vegans, we don’t want salads.”
DUDE: “There aren’t many pizza options around here.” (In the Mission?!?! Uhhh…)
ME: “Um, well, Beretta has good pizza AND THEY HAVE VEGAN CHEESE. For the VEGANS. Who EAT THERE ALL THE TIME. Because they have VEGAN CHEESE. You see?”
DUDE: “Oh cool.”
ME: “Well, let him know we’d love some vegan options!”
DUDE: “Sure thing!”
Then, just like that, I was off. To where? He’ll never know. Some things are better left a mystery. Like my address. In case some uppity EATING-MEAT-IS-MY-GOD-GIVEN-RIGHT jerkface “foodies” try to come after me.
That is all. Just wanted to report back that the encounter was successful. I think. Anyone else have any luck??
*Actually, there was nobody there but action/adventure sells!
Pi Place: New Pizza in the Mission!? »
I got an odd letter in the mail today, informing me that a new alcohol purveyor was opening on my street. Well, sure, I’ll take another one of those! Reading further I found out that this new establishment will be called Pi Bar and is setting up shop at 1432 Valencia—also known as the space where Suriya Thai used to be.
Proprietors Jen and Richie say that they live in the neighborhood and “hope to create a warm and comfortable place serving great pizza and beer.” That all sounds well and good, but I wonder if they’ll be warm and welcoming to some vegan suggestions?
While doing some sleuthing, I found a few other nerdily named pizza joints around the country. Interestingly enough, Pizza Pi is the name of an all-vegan restaurant in Seattle. There’s also a place in Minneapolis called Pi Bar that served vegan pizza, but it closed last year.
I don’t know if these places are related, but if not, maybe we can reach out to our new neighbors and encourage them to take a cue from their vegan brethren who share an enthusiasm for Italian food/math/puns. Anyone got further scoop on this place? I can’t find any contact info for the owners, but their note says to stop by the space anytime while they’re renovating. I say we take them up on it!
Many thanks to Sharon for the stellar reporting! VEGANS, LET’S DO THIS! Get to contacting these fools anyway you know how: stop by the space; email (firstname.lastname@example.org?); send smoke signals; adopt a courier pigeon; don a bear costume, light it on fire, and run down the street screaming “VEGAN PIZZA!!! AHHHH!!!!”; etc. to tell them that vegans have pizza needs! That is right, we need to eat delicious pizza! With vegan cheese! And vegan sausage! Pi Bar, we’re a-comin’ to getcha! Vive la rivoluzione (della pizza)!
Also, happy day-after-your-birthday, Tim!