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10/10/2013

Beezie’s Kitchen at El Rio, Fridays in the Mission!   »

Hey SF Bay Area, you got plans Friday night? Well, go ahead and break them cause you have to check out Beezie’s Kitchen at El Rio in the Mission! Jessica Escobedo, the culinary mastermind behind Beezie’s Kitchen, serves up her scrumptious vegan eats from 9pm to midnight, and even if dive bars aren’t your thing, stop by for the food. I had the fortune of checking her out a couple weeks ago and let me tell you, I was impressed! I love when you can taste someone’s love of what they are doing in the food they are serving and that is definitely the case when it comes to Beezie’s Kitchen

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My pals Lindsey, Brent and I tried everything on the menu that night, and we were so pleased with all of it! We had a potato taquito plate, which was smothered in homemade sour cream and salsa as well as a veggie dog (Field Roast apple sage sausage) covered with onions and red peppers. Lindsey showed up to El Rio having already eaten dinner, but once she had a taste she was like “Yeah, I will finish that taquito and 1/3 of that sausage, thanks!” Next up was a cupcake, which only lasted about five seconds between the three of us. The frosting was light and fluffy with the vanilla cake so tasty! (I find vanilla cake is one of the most difficult vegan desserts to make, but Jessica definitely knows what she’s doing.)

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I don’t think I’ve ever been quite as excited about vegan taquitos as I was about these. The potato filling and the massive toppings were heaven! (They were gluten-free as well.) 

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I was never really a sausage person, so when it comes to Field Roast, I’m kind of like “eh” (I prefer Tofu Pups, I know, I know — I’m gross). However Jessica cooked these up though, I’m 100% into it — I’ve never enjoyed the apple sage sausages so much. I did pour like, most of a container of ketchup and mustard on it, but still, delicious! 

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Cupcakes! 

I always find myself incredibly inspired by vegan entrepreneurs, especially those dealing with food as it’s super close to my own heart, so I asked Jessica to give me a little back story about Beezie’s Kitchen, and how she got started. She explains “ I always knew I wanted to do something with my food so after years of talking about it without any proper culinary training I left my professional life and hit the streets (literally) cooking and selling my delicious vegan treats. I started working a corner in the Mission and a corner in Palo Alto and Oakland’s first Friday until I got my regular gig at El Rio every Friday which has been an amazing experience. I graduated the Women’s Initiative just a couple weeks ago and have a business plan geared towards a vegan brunch stand at farmers markets. I am not totally sure what is next for me but I love what I have been doing and know I will keep going and growing bringing more and more heart filled vegan treats to more and more vegans.” Jessica also says her style is influenced by her mother who would cook home-style American comfort food and her Mexican grandmother. “They both valued doing everything from scratch and having a connection to where your food/veggies come from. I mix all the this beautiful history together with my cooking and veganize it!”

I love it! I can’t wait to see where Jessica takes Beezie’s Kitchen in the future, and am excited to be able to catch her for now, on Fridays at El Rio from 9pm — midnight! 

07/18/2013

Hella Vegan Eats this Sunday at Dear Mom in San Francisco. Make it happen, vegan captains!

Hella Vegan Eats this Sunday at Dear Mom in San Francisco. Make it happen, vegan captains!

05/07/2013

Friday: Vegan Happy Hour S.F.! Potluck, drinks, and vegan pals!  »

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Vegan Happy Hour is back at the Hemlock Tavern! How awesome is it going to be?

All one has to do is bring something—anything!—vegan to share. There will be drink specials and a DJ, too. In the past few months, we’ve had build-your-own sliders, fajitas, awesome grain salads, tamales, insanely good cookies, and tons of other tasty treats.

So awesome! So get to the Hemlock, 1131 Polk St. in S.F., from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 10. Bring a dish, bring some crafts, bring your beautiful self and all your gorgeous friends. Make vegan pals! Drink! Dance! Share! Community and fellowship, you guys; it’s like vegan church but way more debauched. Details on Facebook.

Got a tip about an awesome vegan-friendly event? Let us know! We love fun!

03/14/2013

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!

12/24/2012

Need last minute gifts? Check out Buyer’s Best Friend in the Upper Haight!  »

imageThough 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!

12/17/2012

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. image

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! 


11/09/2012

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 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!

10/19/2012

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??

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??

10/16/2012

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. 

10/10/2012

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.

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