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07/29/2011

Top 10 links of the week: a shuffle board game through veganism!  »

First of all, SO FLATTERED: We’re on Carpe Vegan’s neat Vegan 100 list: vote us to the top! Also, the San Francisco Bay Guardian totally gave us a Best of the Bay 2011 award for “Best Righteous Vegan Sass” (WHAT?) and we’re extremely pleased and honored and in very fine company so WOO AWARD WINNERS WHAT? 

Apparently in Bosnia, they make bulls fight each other and they used to beat them up first to get them angry. They aren’t going to do that anymore—the beating part at least. A win? Why do people like these crazy events?

Yo! The U.S. (where I keep all my stuff) may impose sanctions on Iceland for whaling! I HOPE THOSE ICELANDIC FUCKERS GET WHAT THEY DESERVE.

Good has a vegan guide to getting it on. Like, sex. 

Downer about dead baby dolphins over at HuffPo.

Birds massage each other! Birds are so smart! And kinky!

Hey, New York! Yankee Stadium will soon have vegan SNAX provided by Babycakes! LUCKYYYY.

The emperor penguin Happy Feet (gag on the name, but whatevs) is recovering well, and here’s a video of him passing his penguin physical.

Guys? The Post-Punk Kitchen doesn’t update a lot, but when it does, OMFG. I would eat an entire loaf of bread’s worth of these sandwiches, in one sitting.

Whaling is a slowly dying form of murder, so we’re happy to see that Japan is hopping on the bandwagon. The country’s Fisheries Agency has released a report with its first-ever mention of discontinuing research whaling as a viable option.

The lovely Sarah M. Smart heavily contributed to these links! Thanks, Sarah!

07/07/2011

Squatters Pub Brewery: vegan surprise in SLC!  »

I did some aeroplane-travel last week and had more than one layover in Salt Lake City, Utah, known mainly for Mormons and, I guess, the Great Salt Lake. So imagine my surprise when, during my famished, jet-lagged stagger through the Delta terminal, I stumbled upon Squatters Pub Brewery, an establishment featuring craft beers and oodles of vegan options! Never mind the beer, I would come here again just for the food!

On the way to my very exotic, secret destination, I ordered the Tofu Scrambler (comes with a bagel!). Although it came in a cardboard tray reminiscent of TV dinners, it tasted amazing, and not just because I was running on two hours of sleep. It featured tomatoes, parsley, and tasty salsa, and it wasn’t too moist or soupy, a common problem I find with restaurant tofu scrambles.

On my return trip, I went with the Fresh Veggie Wrap, which had the tofu scramble as a main ingredient. And again, it was amazing, just what the doctor ordered while recovering from a mad case of Montezuma’s revenge. I also ordered the Brewhouse Hummus with veggies AND chips (yeah, I got style), and that was yummy and healthy-feeling, although a tad heavy on the tahini.

Squatters’ (Ugh, I hate just typing the name, but it’s so worth it) menu has icons showing what can be made vegan and vegetarian as well as into what dishes you can substitute the tofu scramble. The proprietors should really look into vegan cupcakes, though.

So if you’re traveling by air and have to stop, try to make that stop in Salt Lake, and get your surprise vegan nom on!

07/05/2011

Morty’s Deli in the Tenderloin: nice sandwiches you got there!  »

First of all, I love me a nice sandwich, and I love me vegan options in SF’s Tenderloin. I also love that Morty’s Deli’s motto is “…a nice sandwich,” and its logo is a basset hound. Hilarious! Plus they have beer on tap! WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT?

Morty’s is a kick-ass deli with more vegan options than the menu appears to have. You just have to ask; for example, the No. 174 can be made vegan with marinated tofu, even though the menu doesn’t say it. Tim, the handsome face behind the menu, says he recently started leaning toward veganism himself for health reasons. Go, Tim!

The vibe is coffeehouse-meets-deli, and the beer is free-flowing on weekdays till 8 p.m., so maybe look into weekend hours? The people demand beer and sandwiches on weekends!

Now I love to eat, so I ordered a whole lot. Of course, I started with a salad.
because salad is all vegans eat, AM I RIGHT?!

But on the realio, the lettuce, tomatoes, and tangy dressing were all crisp and fresh, and the homemade croutons were top-notch. (Not pictured: french fries, because I ate them too fast.)

Then came a Soy Reuben. I was super-pumped for this sandwich, maybe overly so, because sauerkraut makes me rather damp in the crotchal region.

It was tasty, even though we had to sub dijon mustard in for the Russian dressing. However, might I suggest pressing the tofu a little more? I know tofu preparation can seem formidable, but it really doesn’t taste right to me unless it’s good and dry before you marinate and cook it. Juicy seitan? Good. Juicy tempeh? Excellent. Juicy tofu? Kinda gross and floppy. However, the flavors were good, the sauerkraut (UNGFDHGFDNGFGHT) was crunchy and tart, it came on real rye bread, and I would order it again.

The winner of the day was the Garden Sandwich (order without cheese). It was super-amazing: hummus and veggies, including ARTICHOKES and avocado and greens, on an onion kaiser roll. The hummus was supremely flavorful and added just the right amount of creaminess to the crunch of the veggies. It’s a basic sandwich, but it was my favorite.

Other options: daily made-from-scratch vegan soup (and the french onion soup is vegan if you order without cheese, HUGE bonus to me), Shroomin’ Sandwich, build your own sandwich, gluten-free bread, beer, delivery (HELLO SANDWICH BUDGET), and did I mention BEER?

Another thing I like about Morty’s is you don’t have to be like, “Does this have mayonnaise on it?” or “I want that without cheese,” because you can just say, “Make it vegan” and they totally know what that means. Seriously, get in there. N.B. I tried to pay for at least some of my huge order, but Morty’s was having none of it. Thanks, Morty’s! I’ll be back, not in a Terminator kind of way.

04/22/2011

Introducing the sexy new Vegansaurus writers!  »

We’ve added some smart sexy writers (we know what’s important!) to our numbers so that we can bring you even more awesome content! You guys want to meet them? YEAH YOU DO.

We totally made them answer some questions so that we can get better acquainted. It’s like a crappy corporate retreat when you join the Vegansaurus team! Fun! Here’s what they had to put up with:
1) What kinds of things do you want to write about on Vegansaurus?
2) Top three favorite things to eat!
3) What are your other favorite sites (vegan and not!)?
4) Top three favorite animals!
5) Top three awesome things about being vegan!

First up, Sarah Smart!

Sarah M. Smart is not the British soap opera actress or even the San Franciscan vegan chef. [Ed. We totally thought it was when you sent in your application and were all OMG FREE ICE CREAM FOR LIFE and then realized that wasn’t the case. Good thing you’re extra-rad!] This one was born into Meat-Eating Mecca (the American Midwest), but a gradual progression westward beginning in 2004 improved her writing and animal-loving skills, and she now scribbles in notebooks and eats tofu every day in her San Francisco kitchen with her cat, Sadie.

1. Recipes, cheapness/laziness, and SCIENCE!
2. Tofu three ways
3. Vegansaurus (duh), Broke-Ass Stuart, Wonkette, The Awl, and of course, my own site.
4. Pigs, sloths, and unicorns
5. Tofu experimentation, less constipation, not feeling like a hypocrite

Next up, Rachel Zurer!

Rachel Zurer is so excited about plants she named her cat after a bean and has a six-foot painting of a carrot in her living room. She’s a writer and radio producer and you can find out more about that on her website

1. I normally write about science and technology so I’d like to keep that up, but I’ll get to add the words “but for vegans!” to the end of every headline. Also ice cream, travel, and those touchy questions where not all vegans agree but we can agree to disagree because we love each other, right?
2. Ice cream, pie, burritos
3. For recipes I heart the PPK; for news of the nets, Boing Boing; for advice columns, the Rumpus.
4. Cats, ants, dinosaurs
5. No one gets away with pretending cheesy pasta is the appropriate thing to feed you six days in a row; eating the batter (because there’s no eggs in it, get it?); vegetables, vegetables, vegetables. I’m in love.

And then we have Jenny Bradley!

Jenny Bradley is shy, excitable and almost totally shameless. She went vegan while living in Chicago, which surprises most Californians. She understands, she has Midwest stereotypes too, until she started hanging around those crazy vegans and frequenting their tasty Chitown haunts.

1. I want to write about pop culture colliding with veganism, restaurants, recipes, and traveling while vegan. 
2. Favorite things to eat include butternut squash quesadillas from Gracias Madre in SF, Buffalo ‘Chicken’ Wrap from the Handlebar in Chicago (Buffalo seitan and vegan ranch sauce!), the creative and delicious fare my friends contribute to my vegan potluck parties.
3. I like Facebook, pretty much obsessively. Does that count as a site? Seagull Steve, Melissa Frei, Melody Stone, Red Wine and Red Heart, and any random vegan recipe site I come across. The PPK has been a lifesaver in many baking ventures!
4. I can’t pick only three animals! I’m going to say my cat, Indie, for all three. Her personality is that dynamic.
5. The culinary adventures, both in the kitchen and out on the town, throwing vegan potlucks (PBR definitely counts as a contribution), and committing to a lifestyle that benefits both animals and the environment.

And last but certainly not least, Erin Red!

Erin is a loudmouthed vegan, tattooed lady, Muau Thai Fighter and instructor, Canadian, makeup artist, and Bikram Yogini. Also, her Twitter cracks us up and keeps us entertained FOR DAYS!

1. As an athlete, I’d love to write about vegan nutrition and the benefits of a vegan diet for athletes for sure. I get fired up about omnivore stupidity and it tends to fuel some really strong opinions; it’s very easy for me to write about what’s wrong with the world, and I always like to include the positive info and vegan alternatives to wrap that stuff up. I’d also be interested in interviewing new vegans for the site. Friends and strangers—I’m one charming gal and love to talk vegan with anyone who’ll engage!
2. Kale, hummus, candy (Swedish Fish, licorice, sour watermelons, Airheads, ANY KIND OF CANDY I love candy.)
3. Twitter, Facebook, GirlieGirlArmy, CompassionateCooks, Bossip (?!?), NatalieDee, SuperVegan, Yelp, Menupages! There are plenty more but those are the ones I visit most frequently.
4. Hamsters, cats, and dogs. And squirrels. Honestly, I tweak out around any kind of animal, it’s just that those are the ones I’m most often around. I’m that person who pets and speaks to every animal I see, even when the human at the end of the leash is glaring at me.
5. The BOUNDLESS ENERGY I have. I’m honestly able to out-train every single meathead in my gym. Living my life according to my own ethics; practicing what I preach. It’s almost spiritual, it makes me feel blessed. The food, the endless, beautiful, HEALTHY food. And the unhealthy food, too. Going vegan expanded my palate and every single day I’m thrilled to discover new and delicious dishes and ingredients.

Yay to all our new writers! We are so excited to have them on board, and know they will make the site about a million times better than it already is (what that means for lots of you is that the site will finally be readable! We heard your pleas! VEGANSAURUS CARES.) 

Oh, and not only do we have these new writers, we’re going to be rolling out a lot of guest posts on fascinating topics from vegan nutrition to brand-new recipes to restaurant reviews to rants, to MORE! Watch out world because Vegansaurus is ready to take a bite out of your ass!

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