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
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!)
Attack bunnies are on the attack in Denver! »
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.
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.
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?
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.
The two other brands Cooks Illustrated deems edible:
Cedar’s All Natural
The more you know!
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!
NPR does vegan: Bryant Terry recipes and more! »
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!
“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]