VEGAN CRONUT!!!! Everybody buy plane/bus/train/rideshare/hitch-hiking tickets to Philadelphia, because shit’s about to get crazy!
Ok they can’t actually call it a “cronut” because that name is trademarked by evil genius food inventor Dominique Ansel (dude: smart move, but DUMB NAME). Yet the fancy-food gurus at Philadelphia’s Vedge have created our very own, animal-free love child of a donut and a croissant, using what can only be called “vast” amounts of Earth Balance, and theirs sounds like most amazingest ever.
Point 1: “We enjoyed the vegan fritter more than any other of the Cronut copycats we tried around Philly,” says the Zagat post that broke the story. Boo-yah!
Point 2: The early versions, available as of Sept. 19, are filled with apple. Nice move.
Point 3: “Starting October 1,” says Zagats, “the as-yet-unnamed croissant-donut hybrid will be on the regular dessert menu. Expect a version with a tangy fruit stuffing - perhaps cranberries - and a horseradish cream to help cut the sweetness. Yes, horseradish. ‘When you have something like this on the menu, you know everyone’s going to order it,’ [chef-hero Kate] Jacoby says, eyes twinkling, ‘So this is our opportunity to sneak in a bit of something new and different.’” LOVE THAT, Kate! You sneak culture into our crazy desserts!
[Photo by Danya Henninger]
Could this guy be the baddest-ass vegan of them all? His shirt makes a lesser claim (“I am a vegan badass”) that we can certainly all get behind just by looking at him. But I’d say moving 1,100 pounds by hanging them off your neck puts him squarely in the running for MOST badass.
According to the Toronto Star, one Mr. Patrik Baboumian—a German, and a “strongman”, which is apparently a term of art and not just an obvious statement—performed this feat at Toronto’s veg fest. It might be a world record—in a category he just invented.
Anyway, put this in your brain-file of examples of vegans you can use to convince your Uncle Mort that we’re not all anemic wusses. Bonus entry: Vegan Serana Williams just won her 5th US Open last Sunday. Also badass.
Food for Lover’s Vegan Queso is going gluten-free!
According to a press release, the company is switching from using wheat flour to oat flour in their entire line because it just actually tastes better. That’s a refreshing development.
Expect it in stores, with a new label, in November or so. Imma stock up on some corn chips and salsa and pig out, you’re invited.
Happy New Year, Jewish folks!* Here’s my present to you: Isa just posted a kick-ass new challah recipe over on The PPK. Secret ingredients include turmeric and bananas. (If it weren’t Isa, I’d be so skeptical, but it’s Isa! It’ll be amazing!) Even if you’re not Jewish, you can get behind a bread that involves braiding and also being delicious. Let the baking begin!
And in case you need other vegan Rosh Hashanah ideas, here’s a nice collection of relevant recipes from Israel-focused Ynet News.
*Dear gentiles: Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It’s a big deal, high holy, etc. Real Jews are taking the day off work and celebrating. I’m not a real Jew (just a halfie), so I’m sitting in my office typing this, wishing I could be home making vegan challah.
OMG they’re going to make vegan M&Ms and you can help! They’ll have mini vegan marshmallows in the middle instead of peanuts, which actually I think is a terrible idea, but whatever, vegan beggars can’t be vegan choosers, and maybe once these sell 10 billion packages, they’ll listen to my requests and make ones with peanuts or almonds. I know I know, allergies, but can’t we just have all the choices?
But enough complaining, VEGAN M&Ms, people! Go Kickstart that dream right now!
Update: PCT record broken! »
That rad vegan we told you about earlier this week, Josh Garrett, has gone and shattered the speed record on the PCT! He finished in 59 days, 8 hours, and 59 minutes—that’s an average of 45 miles a day.
Let’s just ponder that for a minute. You wake up, you walk a marathon, then you’re like, sweet, let’s walk 20 more miles or so, then you go to bed on the ground, then you wake up and are like, hey, let’s do that again today! For two months straight. Dude must be tired, someone get him some vegan ice cream or something.
He’s still collecting donations for Mercy For Animals, so maybe this is a good way to nag your friends to give money? A couple days ago Josh’s girlfriend told The Spokesman,"He’s sleep-deprived and exhausted. He wants it over. The only thing keeping him going is thinking about the animals he’s representing." THINK ABOUT THE ANIMALS! And how gross his feet must look. No wait, don’t think about that, sorry.
Vegan Hiker set to break Pacific Crest Trail speed record! »
The Pacific Crest Trail runs 2,655 miles, from Mexico to Canada. Hiking it is a pretty badass feat that normally takes a fit, outdoorsy person, oh, five or six months. But Josh Garrett, an incredible vegan, is about to finish it in about 59 days, probably tonight or tomorrow morning. The previous record is 64 days.
Even better? He’s doing the hike to raise awareness for Mercy For Animals. There’s still time to sponsor him, and MFA has a great Q&A with him on their site.
Look for an update when he CRUSHES it! Go Josh!
Vegans: You’ve got four months to get your asses to Chicago for the fanciest, highest-concept, most ridiculous meal you will ever eat. Starting May 8, the theme for Grant Achatz’s rotating-menu, fancy-schmancy, modernist restaurant Next is VEGAN. See preview video above, which is actually more of a masturbatory inside joke about stealing vegetables from Chicago restaurants, but the music is good, so whatev.
This place is so crazy you don’t make a reservation or order a meal, you BUY A TICKET. And for four months only, we can actually eat there! The May tickets sold out in like two hours on Tuesday (sorry I’m not THAT on top of it), but I bet you can get rid of a kidney or something and find some on the underground market, or follow Next on Facebook or Twitter to hear about when June tickets go on sale.
If anyone goes, please document and share with us! I’m seriously considering buying a plane ticket for this. Seriously.
Dog Pulls A Lassie, Saves Homeless Man »
What is it, Mole, you adorable German Shepard mix? There’s a homeless man trapped under those rocks here on Mt. Rubidoux, near Riverside, CA? He’s totally dehydrated and has been there for a week or more? You need me to come help him and call rescuers? Is that why you’re pulling on my pant leg? It better be, because this is getting annoying. Good thing I brought you hiking with me, Mole! Dogs are the best!
Nevermind Eggs, Throw an Easter Beer Hunt! »
I don’t usually celebrate Easter, but this brilliant idea has me pondering a party. It’s apparently a THING in Europe: Sending your buddies all over the yard/park/house in search of pastel-painted delicious adult beverages. Not only is this much more vegan-friendly than hiding eggs (assuming you pick your beers well; barnivore.com), it’s also SO MUCH TASTIER. Beer, people! On a Sunday morning! With pastels!
You can get fancy and invent rules, winners, blind taste-tests, etc. Or you can be lazy and just hide cans of PBR in your roommate’s bathrobe. Whatever you do, tell us about it! Get the full scoop on Food Republic.
Photo by Shawn Allen on flickr.com