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03/29/2013

8 Vegan Junk Food Hotspots  »

Thanks, Zagats, for pulling together this list of 8 vegan “diners, drive-ins and dives.” I was going to take issue with them putting Denver’s Watercourse on the list, since that place is damn classy, but the buffalo seitan wings are definitely junk food, so I’ll let it slide. 

I think it’s probably not cool for me to just steal all their photos and paste them here, so go look at their site if you want to see pics, but here are their choices: 

  • Chicago Diner, Chicago
  • Bender’s in SF
  • Foodswings, Brooklyn
  • Arlo’s, Austin
  • Watercourse, Denver
  • Sticky Fingers, DC
  • Blackbird Pizzeria, Philly
  • Flore, LA

I’ll just throw some other nominations out there…you got any to add? Let us know!

  • Vertical Diner, SLC
  • Souley Vegan, Oakland
  • Ike’s Place, SF (& LA soon!)

02/25/2013

Attack bunnies are on the attack in Denver!   »

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The local news reports on an extremely urgent problem: rabbits are eating the wiring of cars parked at the Denver Airport. To their credit, the parking lots seem to be using bunny-friendly methods of discouraging this furry vandalism, namely bigger fences and predator urine to scare the goobers away.

I’ve parked my car at this airport a lot lately and had no bunny damage. Maybe the bunnies know I’m vegan from my Vegan Van bumper sticker, and thus spare me from their reign of terror? Maybe this is an organized rabbit campaign against animal abuse? Pretty indirect, bunnies. Let’s rethink your strategy.

Oh, bunnies. Can’t live without them, can’t let them near your car. 

01/31/2013

Buzzfeed’s at it again, with 22 of the Cutest Baby Animals You’ve Never Heard Of. Trust me, no matter what kind of day you’re having, even if (hypothetically) you have PMS and were at the office until 11:30 last night, this will make everything better.

My favs, if you’re too lazy to click over to the full post (or maybe you’re so happy already you don’t need a dose of baby animal? If so, take a hard look at yourself in the mirror and admit that’s ridiculous and impossible): the baby gundi (or comb rat) from northern Africa; an echinda from Australia, whose babies are for real called PUGGLES; and a little baby dik dik, aka tiny african antelope. I would so not mind working late if I had one of those guys helping me sort through my email. No, I would still mind working late. I’d rather be at home with my dik dik, feasting on grapes and artisan vegan cheeses and seeing who won the race to my lap, cat or antelope.

01/11/2013

It’s National Hot Chocolate Friday! What’s that? It’s a holiday that Isa Chandra Moskowitz just made up! But we love her so much, we’re all in, right?
She posted the rules on The PPK’s Facebook Page:



"Happy National Hot Chocolate Friday! Are you simmering up an inventive new cocoa or sticking to the classics? Take a pic of your creation and tag me or post it here, and I’ll put together a collage. Then we can all look at the collage and be like ‘That was a great day. Sigh.’"



I’m stuck at my office where all we have is corny, non-vegan Swiss Miss, but you should totally do it! 
Props to Krista O’Reilly for the goodies in the photo: “Homemade cinnamon hot chocolate with both Sweet & Sara AND Dandies marshmallows. Delicious madness.” Can I come over later?

It’s National Hot Chocolate Friday! What’s that? It’s a holiday that Isa Chandra Moskowitz just made up! But we love her so much, we’re all in, right?

She posted the rules on The PPK’s Facebook Page:

"Happy National Hot Chocolate Friday! Are you simmering up an inventive new cocoa or sticking to the classics? Take a pic of your creation and tag me or post it here, and I’ll put together a collage. Then we can all look at the collage and be like ‘That was a great day. Sigh.’"

I’m stuck at my office where all we have is corny, non-vegan Swiss Miss, but you should totally do it! 

Props to Krista O’Reilly for the goodies in the photo: “Homemade cinnamon hot chocolate with both Sweet & Sara AND Dandies marshmallows. Delicious madness.” Can I come over later?

01/07/2013

Cooks Illustrated crowns the best supermarket hummus!  »

It’s a good thing Thomas Jefferson didn’t include hummus in the Declaration of Independence, because all hummus sure as hell isn’t created equal.

Cooks Illustrated, a magazine for OCD people (to which I would 100 percent subscribe if it had a vegetarian edition), recently did us the favor of running a taste test on supermarket hummus. Let the results be service to vegans everywhere.

The winner happens to be my favorite: Sabra. Back in the day, my now-husband used to fly sackfuls of this creamy manna from his Jew-heavy hometown in South Florida to our hummus-bare northern Utah residence. It’s that good. Luckily you can even buy it at some Costcos now, in tubs big enough to drown your sorrows in.image

The two other brands Cooks Illustrated deems edible:

Tribe Classic
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Cedar’s All Natural

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The more you know!

01/03/2013

The vegans get a new cooking show! On cable!

Meet Jason Wrobel, impending host of How to Live to 100, which premieres Sunday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. EST on the Cooking Channel, whatever that is. TOO MANY CHANNELS, TV. I can’t handle it.

Good things about Jason Wrobel:

  • He made his way onto TV making (often-raw) vegan food and will appear in living rooms everywhere, thus forwarding the world conversion on veganism
  • He’s perky
  • He’s posted some recipes online already (Cilantro Lime Pesto Pasta anyone?)
  • He has a series of YouTube videos (see above) so you can watch him cook even if you don’t have cable, like some of us

Ungood things about Jason Wrobel:

  • He’s kind of annoying

Who’s gonna watch the show? If it’s successful, maybe other TV execs will jump on the gravy train and we can all buy stock in chia seeds and retire rich and then watch vegan cooking shows all day! Let’s do this!

01/02/2013

NPR does vegan: Bryant Terry recipes and more!  »

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Last week, with everyone on vacation and news slow, NPR’s Morning Edition deigned to do a two-part series about veganism. Coverage is coverage!

In part one, Renee Montagne interviewed “wellness expert” Kathy Freston, who explained the reasons to be vegan in a smart, succinct, non-threatening way. Nice work, Kathy!

In part two, chef, cookbook author, food justice advocate, and Oakland resident Bryant Terry represented with recipes. Hollah!

"It isn’t all brown rice and steamed vegetables," says Renee Montagne. I’m just going to assume she’s pretending to be ignorant for the benefit of her ignorant listeners.

Best part of the interview: two recipes from Bryant’s most recent book, The Inspired Vegan! His black-eyed peas in garlic-ginger-braised mustard greens, and molasses, miso, and maple candied sweet potatoes sound perfect for chilly winter nights. Check them out on the NPR website, or maybe just buy his book, because you know it’s full of good food, and suggestions for excellent literature and music accompaniments.

[photo by Jennifer Martiné/Da Capo Lifelong Books via NPR]

12/12/2012

Enter the Earth Balance vegan baking contest! Or just admire the recipes!  »

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Katieg’s Entry: Lemon Curd Cake with Coconut Glaze

This is a super-hard contest, but I though the overachievers among us ought to know about it (the rest of us can just profit from the results): Earth Balance wants you to make delicious baked goods with their products. Duh, easy. Does anyone NOT use Earth Balance in baking?

Except here’s the catch: You have to invent the recipe yourself. That usually doesn’t go so well in my house; we’re still rehashing the Chutney Pie Debacle of 2006. But if you fancy yourself an up-and-coming Isa or Colleen, then by all means, invent away. That’s not the hardest part!

After slaving away over 17 drafts of the perfect Peanut Butter Banana Chia Açai Spice Drops, YOU HAVE TO TAKE A PRETTY PICTURE OF IT! I shall never be a professional chef in the internet age. My food photos are all grainy and dark and show how messy my house is.

After all that, you could win a sweet trip to Vegas, which you will need to recover from the stress of entering this contest. Oh, and there are categories. We already missed pies and cake. 

  • Cupcakes: Dec. 10 to 16 
  • Cookies and Bars: Dec. 17 to 23

Go Vegansaurs! Bake and invent! Then share your recipes with us! Those of you who aren’t sneaking in moments to write posts at work can go browse the recipe collection and tell us about the gems.

12/07/2012

This poor snowshoe hare hasn’t gotten the memo about climate change. YOU’RE THE WRONG COLOR, BUNNY! THERE’S NO SNOW!
It’s like showing up to a party wearing white shoes in October, except the fashion faux-pas doesn’t mean you’ve suddenly upped your chances of getting eaten in a LITERAL sense. (<—Can I get some props for an actual correct use of “literal” there?)
So let’s not forget: Climate change is an animal-rights issue too. And somebody get that bunny a scarf or something.
[Via High Country News]

This poor snowshoe hare hasn’t gotten the memo about climate change. YOU’RE THE WRONG COLOR, BUNNY! THERE’S NO SNOW!

It’s like showing up to a party wearing white shoes in October, except the fashion faux-pas doesn’t mean you’ve suddenly upped your chances of getting eaten in a LITERAL sense. (<—Can I get some props for an actual correct use of “literal” there?)

So let’s not forget: Climate change is an animal-rights issue too. And somebody get that bunny a scarf or something.

[Via High Country News]

12/05/2012

Hail Merry macaroons are hella cheap right now on Vegan Cuts, assuming you want a whole lot of them. A long time ago I told you how obsessed I am with these delicious confections, and like with all good celebrity relationships, time has not weakened my passion.
Here&#8217;s what you can do with the 10 bags you get for $30 (free shipping!) with this deal: Stocking stuffers for all seven dwarves, Snow White, the witch, AND the huntsman. Party favors for your softball team. Hella-easy potluck contribution. Eat them all yourself.
[Note:/ Though it might seem like we&#8217;re shilling for Vegan Cuts these days, we&#8217;re not, they&#8217;re just kicking ass with the goodies. We always let you know when we get free stuff.]

Hail Merry macaroons are hella cheap right now on Vegan Cuts, assuming you want a whole lot of them. A long time ago I told you how obsessed I am with these delicious confections, and like with all good celebrity relationships, time has not weakened my passion.

Here’s what you can do with the 10 bags you get for $30 (free shipping!) with this deal: Stocking stuffers for all seven dwarves, Snow White, the witch, AND the huntsman. Party favors for your softball team. Hella-easy potluck contribution. Eat them all yourself.

[Note:/ Though it might seem like we’re shilling for Vegan Cuts these days, we’re not, they’re just kicking ass with the goodies. We always let you know when we get free stuff.]

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