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11/17/2010

(Let’s have sexual relations, Vegan Battleship Chocolate Bundt Cake with Sour Cherry Compote by Terry Hope Romero from last week’s  Top Chef: Just Dessertschallenge.)
The tenth AND FINAL (!!!) episode of Top Chef: Just Desserts airs on Bravo tonight (10 Eastern/Pacific), which means that we’re ready to unveil our 10th AND FINAL guest chef who will veganize the episode’s winning dessert! See the first nine here: Chocolate mousse! Chocolate cake with sour cherry compote! Margarita bombes! Toffee brownies! Chocolate cake! Fried pie and ice cream! White chocolate mousse! Cheesecakes! Panna cotta! Rice Krispy bars coated with chocolate and hazelnut butter! Mini cinnamon almond cakes! DO IT. Our next chef makes my absolute favorite candy in all the world and I adore her so here goes:
Allison Rivers Samson is a genius, and that’s about it. Her handmade caramels are IT. They are IT. There is nothing better in this whole entire world. They are the caramel which all caramels, vegan or not, aspire to be. Other caramels spend their entire life in TRAINING to MAYBE one day be a Allison’s Gourmet caramel but they WILL NEVER BE THE REAL DEAL! I might be/am a little drunk but really, GODDAMN. Give them to everyone (read: me) this holiday season and I will ROCK YOUR WORLD. You know how people are haunted by the things they’ve done for a Klondike Bar? That’s me with these caramels. I can’t. So good. Also, everything she sells via Allison’s Gourmet is pretty much the best in its category. I’m talking fudge, toffee, cocoa, brownies, cookies, brittle, I can’t keep talking about this, I’m driving myself crazy with desire! Oh, and in addition to running this amazing vegan bakery and candy shop, she’ the lady behind the excellent Veganize It! column in VegNews, and perhaps even more importantly, the veganizer of my favorite mac and cheese recipe ever. Make it for your friends and family this holiday season and be prepared to have gifts showered upon your face.
As you can see, Allison is more than qualified to veganize the crap out of whatever wackiness Top Chef throws our way. Until then, please enjoy the final three psychos talking various degrees of crazy. Enjoy!

(Let’s have sexual relations, Vegan Battleship Chocolate Bundt Cake with Sour Cherry Compote by Terry Hope Romero from last week’s  Top Chef: Just Dessertschallenge.)

The tenth AND FINAL (!!!) episode of Top Chef: Just Desserts airs on Bravo tonight (10 Eastern/Pacific), which means that we’re ready to unveil our 10th AND FINAL guest chef who will veganize the episode’s winning dessert! See the first nine here: Chocolate mousse! Chocolate cake with sour cherry compote! Margarita bombes! Toffee brownies! Chocolate cake! Fried pie and ice cream! White chocolate mousse! Cheesecakes! Panna cotta! Rice Krispy bars coated with chocolate and hazelnut butter! Mini cinnamon almond cakes! DO IT. Our next chef makes my absolute favorite candy in all the world and I adore her so here goes:

Allison Rivers Samson is a genius, and that’s about it. Her handmade caramels are IT. They are IT. There is nothing better in this whole entire world. They are the caramel which all caramels, vegan or not, aspire to be. Other caramels spend their entire life in TRAINING to MAYBE one day be a Allison’s Gourmet caramel but they WILL NEVER BE THE REAL DEAL! I might be/am a little drunk but really, GODDAMN. Give them to everyone (read: me) this holiday season and I will ROCK YOUR WORLD. You know how people are haunted by the things they’ve done for a Klondike Bar? That’s me with these caramels. I can’t. So good. Also, everything she sells via Allison’s Gourmet is pretty much the best in its category. I’m talking fudge, toffee, cocoa, brownies, cookies, brittle, I can’t keep talking about this, I’m driving myself crazy with desire! Oh, and in addition to running this amazing vegan bakery and candy shop, she’ the lady behind the excellent Veganize It! column in VegNews, and perhaps even more importantly, the veganizer of my favorite mac and cheese recipe ever. Make it for your friends and family this holiday season and be prepared to have gifts showered upon your face.

As you can see, Allison is more than qualified to veganize the crap out of whatever wackiness Top Chef throws our way. Until then, please enjoy the final three psychos talking various degrees of crazy. Enjoy!

11/10/2010

Top Chef: Just Desserts, episode nine airs tonight, and our ninth chef is revealed!  »

The ninth episode of Top Chef: Just Desserts airs on Bravo tonight (10 Eastern/Pacific), which means that we’re ready to unveil our ninth guest chef who will veganize the episode’s winning dessert! See the first eight here: Chocolate mousse! Mini cheesecakes! Margarita bombes! Toffee brownies! Chocolate cake! Fried pie and ice cream! White chocolate mousse! Panna cotta! Rice Krispy bars coated with chocolate and hazelnut butter! Red hot macarons! DO IT. Our next chef needs no introduction but you know we’re verbose, so:

Terry Hope Romero is fucking amazing! Seriously, she’s already co-authored your favorite vegan cookbooks (That’d be Veganomicon, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar), but she also recently published VegNews' 2010 Book of the Year, Viva Vegan! Seriously, every single one of her cookbooks is The Best Ever. I’d probably bet my life on the fact that you own at least one of her cookbooks. Not only that, her twitter is hilarious and adorable, and everything about her is totally rad. Also, we’ve heard a rumor that her partner in delicious crime, Isa Chandra Moskowitz (OMG the new PPK is beauuutiful!), might be teaming up with her on this one? We are seriously jumping up and down over here, and you know what cynical assholes we are so this is kind of a big deal.

We’re thrilled to see what Terry does with the crazy challenges that Top Chef: Just Desserts throws her way tonight. Luckily, the bon bon challenge below is the Quickfire, so you know we won’t be torturing her with making something that normally takes two days in five minutes. 


[can’t see the video? watch it on vegansaurus.com!]

11/03/2010

Top Chef: Just Desserts, episode eight airs tonight, and our eighth chef is revealed!  »

(No, you’re not having visions, that’s Fried Lemon Pie and Salted Caramel Ice Cream by Bianca from last week’s Top Chef: Just Desserts challenge.)

The eighth episode of Top Chef: Just Desserts airs on Bravo tonight (10 Eastern/Pacific), which means that we’re ready to unveil our eighth guest chef who will veganize the episode’s winning dessert! See the first seven here: Chocolate mousse! Margarita bombes! Toffee brownies! Chocolate cake! Fried pie and ice cream! White chocolate mousse! Panna cotta! Rice Krispy bars coated with chocolate and hazelnut butter! Mini cinnamon almond cakes! DO IT. Our next chef is super-fabulous amazing so let’s DO THIS:

Alexandra Jamieson of Nutrition for Empowered Women! Alex is a super-rad lady on a mission to make us all a little healthier. Her nutritious recipes are my go-to after holidays like Halloween when I feel like I might actually be made of Jolly Ranchers. Also, her Almond Cheese Spread is pretty much the greatest thing since the sliced bread you put it on (to make the most incredible cheese sandwich CHEESE SANDWICH I LOVE YOU). Not only that, she has a boy cat named Sue. That’s not food-related but it just goes to prove how freaking awesome she is. We’ve got a crush, for sure. 

We’re thrilled to see what Alex does with the crazy challenges that Top Chef: Just Desserts throws her way tonight. Now, please watch these maniacs in this video and get ready for some dessert insanity!!


[can’t see the video? watch it at vegansaurus.com!]

10/27/2010

 
(Chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse, berry compote, and almond milk ice cream by Melisser from last week’s Top Chef : Just Desserts challenge, let’s get it on.)
The seventh episode of Top Chef: Just Desserts airs on Bravo tonight (10 Eastern/Pacific), which means that we’re ready to unveil our seventh guest chef (see the first six here! Chocolate mousse! Margarita bombes! Toffee brownies! Chocolate cake! White chocolate mousse! Panna cotta! Rice Krispy bars coated with chocolate and hazelnut butter! Mini cinnamon almond cakes! DO IT) who will veganize the episode’s winning dessert! Well, we’ve got our next fabulous chef and she’s one of our favorites so let’s DO THIS:
Bianca of Vegan Crunk! You already know how much we love Vegan Crunk, and if it’s possible, the love, it is growing. Everything she makes and eats looks like magic, and I’ve wasted many afternoons staring at her creations. But really, “wasted” is such a subjective term. Some might say I’ve actually been enriching my life with deliciousness. Those people would not be my parents, boyfriend, employers, or dog, but what can I say? She taught me to made perfect seitan two ways, the fast way for when I’m lazy and the slow way for when I’m poor. And if you find yourself in Memphis, she has a Memphis vegan dining guide for you! So helpful! I just adore this awesome, awesome lady.
We’re thrilled to see what Bianca does with the crazy challenges that Top Chef: Just Desserts throws her way tonight. Don’t worry, we won’t make her compete in some ridiculous sweets relay race like The Fonz is doing here with the cheftestants. And by ridiculous, I mean OMG I TOTALLY WANT TO DO THAT.



[can’t see the video? watch it at vegansaurus.com!]

(Chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse, berry compote, and almond milk ice cream by Melisser from last week’s Top Chef : Just Desserts challenge, let’s get it on.)

The seventh episode of Top Chef: Just Desserts airs on Bravo tonight (10 Eastern/Pacific), which means that we’re ready to unveil our seventh guest chef (see the first six here! Chocolate mousse! Margarita bombes! Toffee brownies! Chocolate cake! White chocolate mousse! Panna cotta! Rice Krispy bars coated with chocolate and hazelnut butter! Mini cinnamon almond cakes! DO IT) who will veganize the episode’s winning dessert! Well, we’ve got our next fabulous chef and she’s one of our favorites so let’s DO THIS:

Bianca of Vegan Crunk! You already know how much we love Vegan Crunk, and if it’s possible, the love, it is growing. Everything she makes and eats looks like magic, and I’ve wasted many afternoons staring at her creations. But really, “wasted” is such a subjective term. Some might say I’ve actually been enriching my life with deliciousness. Those people would not be my parents, boyfriend, employers, or dog, but what can I say? She taught me to made perfect seitan two ways, the fast way for when I’m lazy and the slow way for when I’m poor. And if you find yourself in Memphis, she has a Memphis vegan dining guide for you! So helpful! I just adore this awesome, awesome lady.

We’re thrilled to see what Bianca does with the crazy challenges that Top Chef: Just Desserts throws her way tonight. Don’t worry, we won’t make her compete in some ridiculous sweets relay race like The Fonz is doing here with the cheftestants. And by ridiculous, I mean OMG I TOTALLY WANT TO DO THAT.


[can’t see the video? watch it at vegansaurus.com!]

10/20/2010

Top Chef: Just Desserts, episode six airs tonight, and our sixth chef is revealed!  »


(Red Hot Cinnamon Macarons by Vegan Dad from last week’s Top Chef : Just Desserts challenge, you complete me.)

The fifth episode of Top Chef: Just Desserts airs on Bravo tonight (10 Eastern/Pacific), which means that we’re ready to unveil our sixth guest chef (see the first five here! Chocolate mousse! Margarita bombes! Toffee brownies! Panna cotta! Rice Krispy bars coated with chocolate and hazelnut butter! Mini cinnamon almond cakes! DO IT) who will veganize the episode’s winning dessert! Well, we’ve got our next fabulous chef and there’s no reason not to tell you RIGHTNOW who it is I just like a little suspense OK fine:

Please welcome Melisser, The Urban Housewife! The crew at Vegansaurus and Melisser go waaaaaay back. In fact, when Meave started the Vegan Brunch Cartel in 2007, Melisser, Megan Allison, Maria, and I were some of the first to join! Soon we were meeting monthly to create amazing vegan brunches from scratch (or if you’re me, amazing vegan mimosas from scratch!). My how we’ve grown (I’m not just talking physically! Vegan food is really good!) and I mean that especially for Melisser; not only is she busy running her awesome blog, moving to Vienna, and perfecting vegan candy corn (MAKE IT! It’s almost Halloween!); she’s now a published author, with The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life hitting the shelves in November! So exciting! We’re thrilled to see what Melisser does with the crazy challenges that Top Chef: Just Desserts throws her way tonight. Hopefully her time in the kitchen won’t include an elbow to the face, as it did for Heather here. Drama rama!

[can’t see the video? watch it at vegansaurus.com!]

10/13/2010

Top Chef: Just Desserts, episode five airs tonight, and our fifth chef is revealed!  »


Well, hello, last week’s winning dessert of Vegan Mango Panna Cotta, veganized by the amazingly talented Robin Robertson!

The fifth episode of Top Chef: Just Desserts airs on Bravo tonight (10 Eastern/Pacific), which means that we’re ready to unveil our fourth guest chef (see the first four here! Chocolate mousse! Margarita bombes! Toffee brownies! Panna cotta! Rice Krispy bars coated with chocolate and hazelnut butter! DO IT) who will veganize the episode’s winning dessert! Well, it keeps getting better, and Imma ‘bout to tell you why.

Our first male veganizer* takes the stage and it’s none other than Vegan Dad! Vegan Dad is the freakin’ best. If I weren’t hella old, I would move to Canada and make him adopt me. Since that can’t happen, I’ll have to make due with making a million of his amazing recipesHe’s got everything from vegan hot wings to homemade vegan sausages to Italian tempeh meatballs. Uh, as you can see, it’s heavy on the savory. BUT NEVER FEAR! Vegan Dad is a multitalented dude who lists Top Chef as one of his favorite TV shows, and he’s most definitely up to taking the winning entry and making it ridiculously tasty. Even if the dessert is for chocolate- and shoe-fetishists.

[can’t see the video? watch it on vegansaurus.com!]

Lez do this, Bravo!

*What is it about men who cook? They straight turn me into Cathy, like looking for chocolate hidden under couches and making out with cats!

10/01/2010

Veg Fest preview! Get ready for some hot vegan action!  »

San Francisco’s own Veg Festival celebrates its 11th year this weekend! If you’re in the Bay Area, come on out to the County Fair Building, just inside Golden Gate Park at 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There’s a $7 “suggested donation” that we can from experience tell you is more like an “entry fee,” though “kids,” students, and seniors get in free, as well as anyone who arrives before 10:30 a.m.

Now what, what is there to do? There are free samples all over the place, so bring a tote bag for easy storage. There will be all kinds of vendors, food and clothing and books and who knows what else! We are presently awaiting vendor information from the organizers, which we’ll immediately pass along to you!

As for festivities, this year looks pretty exciting. You guys, there’s going to be a vegan fashion show, and by “vegan fashion show” I mean “all the clothes and all the models are vegan,” but you must try to restrain yourselves from grabbing, no matter how touchable the clothes look. Be in the main auditorium by 4:45 p.m. on Saturday to see the fashions, which will feature pieces from Vaute Couture, Cri de Cœur, Reco Jeans, Melie Bianco, Lion’s Share Industries, Pansy Maiden, and Mission Savvy. Thrilling! Thrilling? Probably. Behave yourselves; fashion shows are for looking, and note-taking, and note-passing—not talking, heaven forbid, hollering at the models.

Probably you can do a little hollering, just a little, at the speed-dating in the Garden Club Room, where vegans ages 25 to 40 are invited to participate from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. This could be the place to admit to the hardest-line of your vegan beliefs, like how maybe you won’t wear used silk or wool; you don’t eat ketchup because of the “allowable amount” of insects in it; you’ve “always felt” that if you had a nonfatal parasite inside your body, you’d probably keep it. Trust, these people are not allowed to be terrified. Surprised, but not alarmed. Go on, find your vegangelical love match! Or fuck it, find your honey-eating, secondhand-leather-shoe-wearing life-partner—you never know! Maybe speed-dating is the (totally bizarre) answer.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Joel Fuhrman, who appears to advocate a vegan diet without mentioning the word “vegan” very much. He is also a big weight-loss, disease-prevention advocate, and has even published a book titled Fasting & Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor’s Program for Conquering Disease, which is frankly offensive. He appears to have invented the word “nutritarian” to describe followers of his diet/lifestyle. He is a member of PCRM. Dr. Fuhrman is “a specialist in nutritional medicine,” but he is not a registered dietician. He’ll be giving a talk from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday on “Food Addiction Primary Cause of Excess Body Weight,” and that’s all we’ll say about him.

There are plenty more speakers, workshops, cooking and raw food demos, and of course the big Saturday dinner. For all the details, please see the schedule.

Your Vegansaurus will be there all day Saturday and Sunday to cover all the excitement of the Bay Area’s hottest veg social event. Angling for a guest appearance on Vegansaurus? Show up, look hot, talk up the pink dinosaur and maybe one of our operatives will take your picture! YOU NEVER KNOW!

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