Your vegan-friendly weekend plans, NorCal! Sacramento, Hella Vegan Eats and a haunted hotel! »
According to a recent list by the Huffington Post, “anything off a food truck” is one of the 22 most hipster foods on the planets. Vegan cookies, tacos and beer made the list as well, so whatever. I bet the writer’s head would explode at the thought of SactoMoFo 7 in downtown Sacramento!
If you live in the Sacramento area, go check out Vegansaurus fave and Bay Area darlings, Hella Vegan Eats! The festival is free with a canned food item, or $5 at the door. Hella Vegan Eats, a beer garden and live music — sounds like an incredible afternoon to me! If you are considering coming from the Bay Area, why not make a weekend out of it and head to beautiful, vegan-friendly Nevada City afterwards? (Shout-out out to South Pine Cafe, my tofu scramble was DELICIOUS!) They’ve got a haunted hotel and I even heard there is outdoorsy stuff to do. I wouldn’t know, I spent all my time there in the old-timey bars and interrogating the staff at The National for all the ghost stories!
Hey Sacramento! Spend the first Saturday in April eating baked goods for a good cause at 1,000 Vegan Cupcakes for Charity! Tons of local bakers are participating, and the proceeds benefit Animal Place, A Well Fed World, and St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children. All on a lovely spring day in sunny Sacramento!
Sacramento’s Never Felt Better Vegan Shop is Closing »
Oh no! The Sacramento Press reports that Never Felt Better vegan shop is shutting down, as of yesterday, May 31. They just weren’t getting enough business. The owner says they’d probably have done better as a food shop. Apparently we vegans don’t love to buy animal-friendly goods as much as we love to eat.
They say they might consider relocating to the East Bay, which would be cool. Hopefully next time they’ll add something like a vegan soft serve machine or hot dog cart to lure us in, and then of course we’ll buy some lip balm or handbags or shirts or whatever, too. Plus, Sacramento! That’s just too far! It’s not totally over yet though, you can still buy stuff from their online store. Go do that to soothe your tears!
Party in Sacramento on Saturday for the animals! »
This Saturday, April 28, from 3 to 6 p.m., the adorable Never Felt Better Vegan Shop (we love them!) is having a Spring Gala & Turlock Hen Rescue Art Show with Silent Auction! Sponsored by Little Monsters Pet Care (run by the lovely and vegan Beth Marshall!), the event looks like it’ll have AMAZING silent auction goodies. I want it all! All of it!
Come fight me to the death for it and enjoy all sorts of delicious vegan snacks and drinks and beautiful prints of rescued chickens and the companionship of like-minded awesome folks. Let’s do this!
Abandoned pit bull near Sacramento »
Sorry to break your hearts but I had to cross-post this. This poor dog was abandoned in Citrus Heights, CA (near Sacramento):
Male Pit Bull left behind in a 10x10 kennel after foreclosure. Not only pent up but on a chain, too! NOT AGGRESSIVE. He’s a bit shy when the kennel is opened for food and water, goes to the back of the kennel but once closed, jumps up and wags his tail. Vetting unknown, not sure if neutered. No Paws will pay $250 to a bona fide rescue that comes forward. Thanks so much.
If you can help, email email@example.com. They also asked that you not post this on craigslist.
Never Felt Better in Sacramento is open! Again! »
I have never felt more inclined to take a road trip to Sacramento as I have in the last few months. I just had the pleasure of meeting Ilsa Hess (Nacheez fame) and she assures me that Sacramento has tons to offer one of the vegan persuasion. Rumor has it that she may be working on a bike map specifically made for vegans, of all the best places to hit up via the bicycle.
In other news, Never Felt Better has reopened its doors at a new location, and it looks lovely! I want to shop there! Take me to Sacramento, baby!
Not only do I want to be there, right now, I’m also wondering if Jen of NFB can decorate my apartment? SO CUTE.
Jen explains, “With the addition of vintage, we still have tees, accessories, belts, wallets and cookbooks. Plus we carry Tree Wool vegan accessories! We are working on getting our grocery section bigger and better too. It’s a soft open with a grand opening to be announced.”
She’s also looking for more vendors for clothing on consignment by vegans in Sacramento or the Bay Area! Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new location of Never Felt Better is in Midtown: 1910 P St. Sacramento, Ca 95811.
[Photos taken by Ilsa Hess courtesy of http://neverfeltbetterbyjen.blogspot.com/]
Nacheez has a television commercial! How exciting and super adorable, right? Do you want to know more? We asked Ilsa Hess, Nacheez chef and creator extraordinaire, all about it!
Vegansaurus: How did this come to be and when do we get to see it on our airwaves?
Ilsa: The Sacramento Art Institute contacted me out of the blue and said they were starting their commercial video production class and wanted the students to work with actual businesses to get a real-life experience. So, they contacted about eight different small and local small businesses and I was one of them!
Right before we started meeting the students, the professor came to me and said that he had given the students a pop quiz. The student who got the highest score was able to pick the biz they wanted to work with. The winner chose Nacheez! I was so flattered!
Samuel Platz (the winning student) and I sat and talked Nacheez…. He shot the commercial, created the music and graphics, had a budding voice-over professional read the voice-over, and local budding actors be in the video. When I saw the end product, I was blown away yet again! He treated me with the utmost professionalism but was also very friendly at the same time. I recommend him to anyone who needs a great TV commercial. I’m holding off to air my TV commercial until I’m in more stores across the country. I’m hoping with some more exposure, that can happen soon!
Got that everyone? We gotta get Nacheez in more stores so Ilsa will air her commercial! Do it! Demand Nacheez at your local vegan-friendly supermarket! Also, buy it where it’s already available (Rainbow, Vegan Essentials, Nacheez) cause it’s goooooood.
All October: Sacramento goes vegan. Road trip! »
Now’s probably a good time to go take that tour of the state capitol you’ve been putting off since fourth grade, because for a limited time only, Sacramento has new vegan dishes!
For the month of October, chefs at 10 restaurants are featuring special vegan options. It’s a contest! The idea is that you go eat the foods, and then vote on what’s the best, and then you can win “prizes” if you vote. There’s also a thing where you’re extra special if you go try the vegan foods at all 10 restaurants. That would take way more eating out than my budget can handle, but if anyone wants to buy me a plane ticket from Denver and subsidize my meals, I’ll share the prizes with you, I swear.
I know zilch about the group that organized this, and whether the prizes are legit or will be like a half-used roll of postage stamps or whatever, but for those of you out Sacramento way, it seems worth checking out.
Doughbot brings crazy-flavored vegan doughnuts (donuts?) to Sacramento! »
There’s a new dougnut (donut?) shop in Sacramento. It’s called Doughbot and they have many vegan varieties! Woohoo! They specialize in crazy flavors that people lose their shit for. Like, you know how regular ice cream tastes delicious and everyone is like, “Ice cream, woo!” and then Humphrey Slocombe and Bi-Rite Creamery opened up and started putting shit like old batteries and blood pudding in ice cream and everyone was all, “ICE CREAM GIVE IT TO ME I WILL WAIT IN LINE FOR SEVEN DAYS FOR A SCOOP OF VANILLA ICE CREAM WITH CORN FLAKES AND HOBO URINE IT’S SO PRECIOUS AND UNIQUE.”
Remember that!? Doughbot is bringing the nutso flavors and lucky for us vegans, we can eat lots of them. Since I’m a spoiled American who is tired of stupid old vanilla and chocolate and must have all sorts of shit stuffed into everything I eat, I’ll probably indulge in the bood orange glazed and Mounds of Joy varieties because they sound fucking delicioso. Anyone been? Can you confirm or deny?
Other than that, check out their super cute splash page and logo:
Reader Mike from Santa Cruz sent this photo of his giant, gorgeous pizza made with homegrown zucchini, artichoke hearts, and Daiya. “The crust is a wonderful made-to-order vegan crust from the Grateful Bread Company in Sacramento.”
It looks so good, I want to put it in my face, like, yesterday. Thanks, Mike!
Want to share your pretty food with Vegansaurus? Of course you do!