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12/12/2013

Isa Announces Restaurant in Omaha! ROAD TRIP!  »

"First staff meeting. Can you guess what the restaurant is called?" Nov. 1, 2013, @isachandra via Instagram.

Ed. note: Rachel wrote this a while ago, I didn’t post until now. Forgive me!

Astute stalkers of the queen of vegan cookbooks will already know that Isa Chandra Moskowitz is planning to open Omaha, Nebraska’s first vegan restaurant. Now, in her local paper, she reveals its exact location, and its name. First, take a moment to guess.

No idea? Yeah, that photo didn’t tell me squat. Answer: Modern Love. Not to be mistaken for the New York Times column—that’s an SEO/Google search problem I wouldn’t want to deal with, but unfortunately I was not consulted.

Deets are few, but the paper reveals a couple:

"Moskowitz describes the menu as ‘swanky vegan comfort food,’ and she said the restaurant will serve a revolving menu of made-from-scratch dishes. She’ll make her own cheese, condiments and soda. She said she’s working with local farms, and the food will focus on vegetables. She’ll also serve homemade pie."

You had me at “swanky.”

Oh, and don’t be too jealous, but my home of Boulder, CO, is only 552 miles/7 hours and 45 minutes from this impending hotbed of awesomeness. A road trip is clearly in order once the doors open this spring. Stay tuned!!

10/29/2013

It’s National Oatmeal Day! Whenever I’m forced to eat breakfast in a non-vegan-friendly restaurant at a work event or whatever, I can almost always count on the oatmeal to help me leave feeling full, if not exactly satisfied (“$7 for this? I make this at home every morning. Thank god someone else is paying…”). 
But maybe it’s time we kick our oatmeal up a notch. Maybe it’s time we do steel-cut oats, and in a slow cooker, with cardamom and rose water and pears. Maybe it’s time we MAKE THIS RECIPE! 
Or just get a packet of the instant stuff and eat it straight, no water, whatever you need to do to get through the day.
Let’s have a moment of silence for all the oatmeals out there. Amen.

It’s National Oatmeal Day! Whenever I’m forced to eat breakfast in a non-vegan-friendly restaurant at a work event or whatever, I can almost always count on the oatmeal to help me leave feeling full, if not exactly satisfied (“$7 for this? I make this at home every morning. Thank god someone else is paying…”). 

But maybe it’s time we kick our oatmeal up a notch. Maybe it’s time we do steel-cut oats, and in a slow cooker, with cardamom and rose water and pears. Maybe it’s time we MAKE THIS RECIPE

Or just get a packet of the instant stuff and eat it straight, no water, whatever you need to do to get through the day.

Let’s have a moment of silence for all the oatmeals out there. Amen.

10/23/2013

Details Emerge on Highly Anticipated Kitten Bowl  »

Leave it to the Hallmark Channel to come up with the mind-numblingly cutest idea ever…Kitten Bowl! Ballsy too, since this bad boy will be competing with not only a little thing called The Super Bowl, but also Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl. But lest ye doubt the wisdom of this, check out the new details that just came out. According to Vulture:

"Beth Stern, wife of Howard Stern, will host, Yankees radio announcer John Sterling will do the play-by-play, and the special will run from noon to 9 p.m. Also, 60 to 70 kittens will be involved in the festivities, which will include playoffs and a championship showdown."

NINE HOURS of kittens! This better be good. It will be though, right? My whole identity is based around the unfailing cuteness of kittens, let nothing disrupt that.

[photo by Pen Waggener via Flickr]

10/07/2013

Friday’s StoryCorps on NPR was the sweetest, did you hear it? A Boise couple waxed on about how cute and loving all the rats at their rat sanctuary are, and hurray the whole lefty, NPR-loving world heard about it! Tune in for your dose of heart-warming and adorbs for the day. 

Friday’s StoryCorps on NPR was the sweetest, did you hear it? A Boise couple waxed on about how cute and loving all the rats at their rat sanctuary are, and hurray the whole lefty, NPR-loving world heard about it! Tune in for your dose of heart-warming and adorbs for the day. 

09/23/2013

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]

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]

09/12/2013

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.

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.

09/10/2013

Food for Lover’s Vegan Queso is going gluten-free!
Loyal readers will remember both Laura and Jenny going apeshit over this stuff a couple years ago. It’s delicious. And now the gluten-haters in the crowd can enjoy it too.
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. 

Food for Lover’s Vegan Queso is going gluten-free!

Loyal readers will remember both Laura and Jenny going apeshit over this stuff a couple years ago. It’s delicious. And now the gluten-haters in the crowd can enjoy it too.

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. 

09/05/2013

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.

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.

08/26/2013

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!

[via Ecorazzi]

08/13/2013

Update: PCT record broken!  »

imageThat rad vegan we told you about earlier this weekJosh 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.

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