Hey St. Patrick’s Day heads! Get your butts over to Dear Mom on Sunday, March 17, for an extra-special pop-up dinner by Hella Vegan Eats, featuring Fat Bottom Bakery! Two Vegansaurus favorites serving amazing food in a bar on a Sunday? It can’t be beat!
Is there a menu yet?
No, but maybe HVE’s Facebook will reveal the secrets of the pop-up beforehand. It’s now posted above! Regardless, you know it’ll be nothing but deliciousness, so be at Dear Mom (on the corner of 16th and Folsom streets in the Mission) between 6 and 11 p.m. on Sunday for eats and treats!
Need last minute gifts? Check out Buyer’s Best Friend in the Upper Haight! »
Though in the past San Franciso’s Upper Haight may not have been a mecca for vegans, I can assure you that it is most definitely becoming one! Thanks to Whole Foods, I can get my fix of Food For Lovers vegan queso anytime I fancy; Sunrise Deli just opened up and man, they KILL IT with their avocado falafel sandwich; Escape From New York offers Daiya cheese; Picnic Bakery is coming soon; and we also boast one of the cutest specialty boutiques in the city—Buyer’s Best Friend!
Buyer’s Best Friend has been open for a little while now. I think they may have had their grand opening party over the summer. Every time I go in they have new and interesting products, and because they buy straight from the companies, they are able to sample out all their artisan food products! This is incredible news because most of their specialty food items are vegan, even raw! Buyer’s Best Friend also carries housewares, bath and beauty supplies, and cold-pressed Stumptown coffee!
Of course I took some pictures — let’s check it out!
All kinds of interesting, locally made, and beautifully crafted soaps, with creative names to boot!
The sales representatives were most excited to have me try this VEGAN bacon-flavored hot sauce. It was delicious, and completely cruelty-free!
Their shelves are stocked with all kinds of artisan oils, sauces, mustards, and glazes!
VEGAN CARAMEL SAUCE!
Pickled vegetables galore via Emmy’s!
Get yo’ hipster cold-pressed coffee ON.
Or you can get some beans to brew at home.
Raw vegan delights by Just Pure Foods!
Truffle oils and flour!
Before Buyer’s Best Friend opened, I had never had Cocomel’s coconut-milk based caramels. These caramels are definitely one of my most favorite things, ever!
Most of these chocolate delectables are vegan! Some are even raw!
Buyer’s Best Friend is located at 1740 Haight St. in San Francisco, between Cole and Shrader in the Upper Haight!
LA’s Pressed Juicery to open SF location in Noe Valley! »
Two weeks ago, on a recent trip in a paradise I like to call LA, I hit up one of my fave spots — Pressed Juicery in West Hollywood! While purchasing a mass amount of juice and trying to make small talk with the register dude, I was told two incredible things: that it was their one year anniversary, so I’d be getting 10% off my order and that they were planning on opening up an SF location. I was very excited upon hearing this, but while walking away I couldn’t help but think of the lip service and broken promises we in the Bay Area have been given about getting our own Babycakes and Native Foods, and so I promptly let it go.
However, it looks as though we actually are getting a Pressed Juicery and soon too! Eater SF says it’s going to be in Noe Vally; that the space is already available! I’m not going to hold my breath or anything, but I’m pretty stoked about this — I think my heart even skipped a beat. I’ll be here waiting for you, Pressed Juicery. I love you so!
SF Bay Area! Go check out Vaute Couture's lovely THIS WEEKEND (Nov 10 & 11) from noon-6pm! There will be new stuff (complete with heavy discounts, Champagne, pink lemonade, and cupcakes from Fat Bottom Bakery!!) at the gorgeous VegNews HQ in the Mission (3505 20th St)! So, go and buy all the things, OK? Because they are gonna be AMAZING and YOU NEED THEM.
You can pop-in or you can make an appointment:
What’s a Vaute Couture POP UP SHOP appointment?
Just to be sure you have lots of time one on one with me, I take appointments! I used to do an open event, but this works out much better. It’s about 20 minutes per, and you can bring up to 4 friends with you for your slot. Just be sure to RSVP with however many you plan to bring! Check out what time and date I’ll be in your city, and email Kristina at KristinaVaute@gmail.com ASAP to let her know what general time is best for you- i.e. “Before 4pm” or “Between 1-2pm is ideal” and she’ll get back to you with your slot. And then take a look at the website to see some of what we have, but get ready because I’ll be bringing lots of new stuff too.
More info on their site! And they’re going to Portland, too, so PORTLAND GET UP ON THIS!
SF Appeal has the BEST slideshow of an rehabilitated sea lion being released into the wild! SWIM LITTLE SEA LION SWIM! Swim right into my arms so we can be best friends forever I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. Goddammit! Sometimes I do not know what I’d do with all this love I have for sea lions… how do you guys handle it? This has to be a universal problem, right??
S.F. Bay Area: VEGAN AND WINE CHEESE PARTY! »
Chef Miyoko Schinner, the madwoman behind the genius new Artisan Vegan Cheese cook book, is throwing a delicious party to celebrate her own awesomeness! If I were her, I’d be doing the same damn thing because SHE IS AWESOME. She’s revolutionized vegan cheese, teaching us how to make mozzarella and a million other ridiculously tasty vegan cheeses. OH HOLY MOTHER! We’re all about vegan cheese, we’re all about Miyoko Schinner, and so, uh, yeah, we are gonna be at this party EATING ERRYTHING. ALL OF IT.
So uh, fight you for it? Like, with knives. Cheese knives, but still. Seriously, dairy cheese can suck my dong, this is where it is AT.
Saturday, Oct. 20, 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets cost $10, go get ‘em at Brown Paper Tickets.
You’ll enjoy a speech from Miyoko, sample her gourmet cheeses (sexy?), and sip on tasty organic wines. GIRL. It’s a vegan wine and cheese party! Let’s get at it and get into it and put our stuff all up in its stuff, it’s gonna be HOT.
Bay Area: Koja Kitchen’s MUST EAT Teriyaki Zen with Pineapple! »
Koja Kitchen, a San Francisco-based food truck, dishes up plenty of meat-mouth entrees, but they really shine in the veg department. (I’ve heard this from vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike, so put that in your pipe and choke on it!)
Their “Teriyaki Zen with Pineapple” is maybe the best thing I’ve eaten all month. That is saying a lot as I’m nearly constantly eating as evidenced by the fact that I am typing this with one hand while eating a hot dog. When people say that they are typing with one hand, it is usually an allusion to jerking it. But not me, I am always talking about eating, ALWAYS.
Koja Kitchen’s Teriyaki Zen with Pineapple’s homemade patty consists of portobellos, soy, and spices all mashed up and mixed into MEATY PERFECTION. It’s then topped with a caramelized pineapple slice, Japanese seasoned romaine lettuce, teriyaki sauce, and served in TOASTED RICE BUNS. The buns are made of rice! It’s sorta like a giant amazing sushi roll IT IS THE VERY BEST. I really can’t stress enough how good this is and you must check their weekly schedule and go eat one immediately. Or three. Three is probably a fair amount and I mean that seriously and with all of my little piggy heart.
New Vegansaurus app is a pocket guide to the best S.F. Bay Area vegan eats! »
IT’S ALIVE!!! Vegansaurus has been part of the Know What app for awhile and we’re excited to announce that we have our very own app! It’s a guide to all the best in S.F. Bay Area vegan dining with mini-reviews, maps, and more! It’s super handy, I’ve been using it for a couple weeks now and I can’t stop looking at it, it’s so much fun! I’m like, “What do I feel like eating? Let’s see what the app says!” It’s like a Magic 8 Ball but the answer is always, “HELL YES DO IT.”
From the press release:
The Bay Area probably has more veg food than any other place in the universe, and yet, believe it or not, not all of it is delicious. In fact, some of it is not even good. Which is why Vegansaurus, the bicoastal juggernaut of all things vegan, has eaten every single vegan dish in the entire Bay Area (* okay, not every single one) to make sure that you only put absolutely awesome vegan deliciousness in your mouth. You’re welcome.
It has 77 restaurants and is basically a pocket guide to S.F. Bay Area vegan eats! It’s available for Apple products now with an Android version coming soon! So buy it and have all the awesomeness of Vegansaurus with you when you’re on the go! Seriously, we will just be there in your pocket, cursing and screaming to get out. For only $1.99, it’s impossible to not unleash the beast!
For your enjoyment, here’s what it looks like (isn’t it great??) (don’t answer that unless you agree, it’s kind-of an unofficial site rule):
Product review: Korean radish kimchi by Sinto Gourmet! »
This is the second combination product review and International Vegan MoFo entry starring local vegan kimchi!
As I said yesterday, Sinto Gourmet makes three kinds of kimchi, which I sampled at the Eat Real Fest in Oakland last month. Because they are all amazing and I am not insane, I bought giant jars of the spicy napa cabbage and the spicy radish varieties on the spot.
This is a bowl of spicy radish. It is even spicier than the napa cabbage, and crunchier, because it’s mostly radish rather than thinner, leafier napa cabbage. It will still stink up your kitchen (or wherever you eat it) with its glorious aroma, and it burns all the way from lips to tum. But don’t worry, the fermentation is good for your gut, and makes the jar last forever in the fridge.
Sinto is a local company, and all their kimchi products are vegan and gluten-free (as opposed to traditional kimchi, which is often made with shrimp or fish sauce).
If you love spicy, crunchy, slightly stinky things, I strongly suggest you buy some Sinto Gourmet kimchi.
Awesome vegan food trends: Vegan seafood! »
In news that is not actually new and still very depressing, seafood is terrible for human consumption and the environment. These studies serve as such crucial reminders for me, as seafood has been the hardest non-vegan food for me to stop dreaming about. I loved the stuff. I won’t bore you with the gory details of my obsession with raw oysters, but an obsession it was.
Lately, however, I’ve been noticing a plethora of vegan “seafood” around me. I couldn’t be more excited about this! (Maybe with more veggie seafood options, we can lobby for this whole “pescatarian” thing to go away. Every time I check, seafood is still considered meat.) Let’s go over some options, shall we? In pictures, because we all love looking at pictures of food! Isn’t this why we’re all on Pinterest, styling our future parties, houses, and weddings? Yes it is.
Ocean Basket from Loving Hut. Those seaweed patties are my favorite!
You can add soy shrimp to any entree at Thai Idea. Don’t forget about those scrumptious and completely necessary Firecracker balls—they are the best appetizer in San Francisco! Have you been to the new location in the Mission yet?
Fish and chips from Weird Fish in the Mission. Not actually fishy-tasting, yet the batter is perfect, and just what I remember being the best part of traditional fish and chips!
Sea Cake from Real Food Daily in L.A. I don’t know what it’s made out of, but I want it!
What is that, amid all the brunch food at Mohawk Bend in L.A.? HEARTS OF PALM CRAB CAKES. Get me on the next plane to SoCal, I’m sold.
Where else can I get my fix, beautiful readers? What else is out there? I must know! And when do we get a creamy soup in a bread bowl here in San Francisco? Preferably one that rivals clam chowder and is served at Pier 39.
[Photos from Real Food Daily and Mohawk Bend are by my girl Marie Ferrier. Follow her on Instagram @kweenmahreeh!