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09/12/2014

Share the new anti-dairy BART ads, you could win awesome vegan prizes!  »

imageAs you may have heard, the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition won free ad space on BART for the third year in a row! Congrats, you guys! In part thanks to many of our readers voting I’m sure. Well, the ads have launched! And they are already getting some nice coverage

This year, I actually helped with the ad concepting and copy a bit. FFAC wanted to target dairy, including an ad taking aim at the role of dairy in the CA drought. They were inspired by this Mother Jones post showing just how much water goes into various dairy products. The shower idea came because, like us vegans continue to lament, it’s ridiculous how the water conservation agenda focuses so much attention on things like turning the water off when you brush your teeth or watering your lawn at dawn but they neglect to inform people about the impact of meat and dairy on the water supply. Meanwhile, avoiding those products would make a HUGE impact in water conservation. Not that the other suggestions aren’t good, but they are so minor compared to resource-suck that is animal agriculture.

imageHere’s the other ad, a gentle alert to the fact that dairy cows have to have babies to produce milk—and those babies aren’t hanging out with mom if people are drinking the milk. It doesn’t go all the way to the veal industry relationship but just connecting the dots for people about mammals…milk…babies…is important. I have conversations all the time with non-vegans who are completely unaware that dairy cows don’t just constantly produce milk without being impregnated. Actually, if we’re being honest, I didn’t really know that before I started looking into veganism. I mean if you think about it, it’s like duh, but we are just so distanced from food sources that people don’t even think about the logistics of it all. 

However! It’s not all doom and gloom in this post! FFAC wanted me to inform you that they are holding a little Instagram contest for the ads and the prizes are SO EXCITING! There’s a contest for each ad. It doesn’t appear that you need to post an actual photo of the ad in the station, but just the ad itself. You do HAVE to follow @ffacoalition's IG account though. More details:

Drought Ad: From now until September 19th, post the Drought ad on your Instagram account, tag @ffacoalition and hashtag it with #ffaconbart, and you could win a three-month subscription to either the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box OR the Vegan Cuts Snack Box! Winner’s choice!

Calf Ad: Starting September 21st and ending October 5th, post a pic of the calf ad on your IG account, again tagging @ffacoalition and hashtagging #ffaconbart. For this one, you could win a $50.00 gift certificate to Vegan Essentials! That’s ONLY my FAVORITE store EVER. 

The super official rules are here but that’s the basic need-to-know. Nice prizes, right?!

Has anyone seen the ads irl? TAKE A PICTURE FOR ME! I want to see it “in situ” as us ad folk say. I’ll be your best friend!

03/24/2014

SF: Chocolate Vegan Pop-Up Spa fundraiser!  »

imageHey Pals! Not to get all Cathy on you, but I love chocolate! And I love spas! So a chocolate spa sounds just about perfect. I won’t be in SF on the 29th but if you will, you should definitely book an appointment to the chocolate vegan pop-up spa! It looks like there are only A FEW appointments left!

Here are the details:

A Healing is Giving fundraiser for Food Empowerment Project 
held at the beautiful VegNews offices in San Francisco’s Mission District

massage + hair + nails + skin + chocolate + more!

Chocolate Spa & Salon Menu ((Click Here))
Spa sessions are limited. No walk-ins. 
A portion of all services will be donated to 
Food Empowerment Project.

| spa services provided by |
Bee Uytiepo, Vegan Massage Therapist & Owner of Beelight
Tina Brennan, Vegan Hair Stylist & Owner of Va Va Vroom
Sarah Brauer, Vegan Esthetician & Owner of Sb Skin
Xuan Dang, Vegan Esthetician & Owner of Nails by Susan

You know Vegansaurus loves Food Empowerment Project so we totally think you should go to this! And take pics of chocolate all over your face! Unless that’s not what happens. 

03/18/2014

Vegan Iron Chef in SF! Featuring NYC’s Jay Astafa and more!  »

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Well you guys, this looks downright fantasmic! It’s a live, vegan version of the Iron Chef! And this time around, Vegansaurus fave Jay Astafa is competing! So if you’re in the bay area, you have to go! Exclamation point!

Here’s the set up:

Theme: Impromptu Sunday Dinner Party for 10!

Chefs will be presented with a 3 basket of ingredients and they will have to make 1 appetizer (in 20 minutes), 1 entree (in 45 minutes), and 1 dessert (in 20 minutes).

The chefs will have access to the same ingredients and equipment, and will have 2 sous-chefs helping them.

So exciting! And Colleen Patrick Goudreau is one of the judges! It’s $30-50 for tickets and word is it will definitely sell out. There is a nice-sounding reception after the winner is announced:

Reception with Miyoko Schinner’s cheeses, appetizers prepared by Well.Fed featuring Field Roast and rhizocali Tempeh, & scoops of gelato by Genuto.

UM YES PLEASE! Event is March 23rd. Get your tickets here. AND TELL ME HOW IT IS I’M SO JEALS!

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! 


06/28/2012

SF vegan drinks is tonight!  »

It’s the last Thursday of the month, and you know what that means? SF Vegan Drinks!

Our peeps from Mission Mission went last time and the strawberry basil caipirinha looked super refreshing! Plus, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem has a back deck — that’s always fun in warm weather! Go get your vegan network on, with sweet potato tots and sliders.

SF Vegan Drinks is tonight, Thursday June 28th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, 2323 Mission St. at 19th.

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