American crazies, awesome people in other countries, vegan marshmallows, illegal meats, travels with produce, expensive shoes on sale and more in this week’s link-o-rama! »
We didn’t have a link-o-rama for a couple of weeks, whoops. Good thing we saved up all those links, so you have tons of good reading for this weekend.
Let’s get some shoes! Vegan shoes, on sale through the end of the month. Ohhhh man, I wear a 7.5 U.S./37.5 EU if anyone wants to buy me a special present for being so great.
Can I kiss, like, everyone in Ghent? Last year, the city decided that Thursday would be Vegetarian Day, meaning city-run cafeterias &c. (they FEED THEIR CIVIC EMPLOYEES? WHAT?) and schools (ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS) would have to serve exclusively vegetarian food every Thursday. According to this week’s episode of the best radio show ever, Inside Europe, this is going really well. The kids love it, the citizens love it, and what the hell Ghent has 91 vegetarian restaurants?!! (note: download the podcast, skip to 49:20 to go directly to the pertinent story.)
Awesome Sharon of Veg Table is moving to Australia! Before she goes, she leaves us a final post on delicious local eating. Not included: her visit to Gussie’s Chicken and Waffles, which she wrote about just for us.
Speaking of linking to our own stuff, have you checked out the posts on John Mackey’s latest jerk-ass anti-fat-people bullshit, and on the travesty that is the new Weird Fish menu? The comments, they are many! We love it when you express your opinions, as long as you are civil/pertinent.
Super-smart Vegansaurus writer Steve contributed to the SF Appeal today, on the subject of non-meat-eaters keeping meat-eating cats. We are pretending not to be jealous that we didn’t ask him to write about this here first. Proud! We are proud, good job, Steve!
Vegetable tourism: in which British people travel the country in search of the birthplaces of famous varieties of produce. It’s quirky! Much like British people! But this seems more worthwhile (and tastier!) than, say, doing Jane Austen novel reenactments at Bath. That is like 10 lorries’ past “quirky” and well into “insanator” territory (READ OTHER BOOKS, GUYS).
Some grumplestiltskin at 7x7 magazine just can’t get over the fact that they don’t serve real actual from-an-animal cheese at Gracias Madre. Just, why call it “cheese” when it’s totally an amalgam of weird stuff, ugh.
Meat-smuggling: not just a single-entendre! Apparently some people do this because in Europe—mostly Italy—they do especially fascinating things with animal parts that are so much more interesting and authentic than the weird and fucked up things people do with animal parts here. GOD, you are SO GROSS, SHUT UP.
But gosh, maybe if the U.S. had laxer meat-import laws, people wouldn’t spend so much time murdering horses and selling their bodies for food. Right? Because meat-eating is like the hardestcore thrill-seeking, LIFE ON THE EDGE!! BEEF!
Oh, Michael Pollan. He doesn’t think it’s possible to make your own Twinkies! I can make you an organic, vegan Twinkie that tastes like French kisses from angels.
PCRM (employer of one of your Vegansaurus editors) made a list of the five best cookbooks of the decade, and guess what, they’re all VEGAN. The actual cookbooks I cannot endorse—one by certain pseudo-nutritionist insanators, another having been published roughly two seconds ago—but the point is that a vegan diet will save your life. Tell your everyone.
Michelle we love you: who wants to veganize the First Lady’s shortbread cookies? Come on, you want to.
Monsanto, the most evil of all agricultural corporations (that we know of), is facing an antitrust hearing from the Justice Department. Considering that “about 93 percent of soybean plantings last year” are connected to Monsanto, I’d say this is pertinent to us vegans. Although considering the DoJ is following up claims made by motherfucking DuPont, this may just end in (more of) our rage tears.
Someone is considering opening an exclusively vegan store in the Bay Area? WHAT YES PLEASE. Be nice and helpful and take this survey and let’s make this happen like yesterday.
Bitches hate Ingrid Newkirk: she is the Anti-Feminist Antichrist and PETA wages endless war on Sensible People’s Precious Sensibilities. Hey ladies!
Kelis “would demand [the chinchillas and minks whose pelts make up her luxurious coats] be put to death” if they weren’t already being raised on farms for the express purpose of being anally fucking electrocuted and made into those “luxurious” coats she loves so damn much. She also demands that the anti-fur brigade turn their attention other causes, like the poor people who pick vegetables, and sufferers of female genital mutilation. Because you know you can’t try to change more than one shitty situation at a time and VEGANS HATE HUMANS, I WOULD MURDER THE REINCARNATION OF EINSTEIN TO SAVE A RABID CAT, DID YOU KNOW?
Big ol’ vegan Erykah Badu released a bonus track from her (maybe) new album today, which is glorious.
Physically bigger vegan Georges Laraque (we’re everywhere!) is the best hockey player in the entire world ever, and raised a ton of money for Haiti recently. You guys I think we should start following the Canadiens.
Thanks, meat-eaters, for wrecking everything for the polar bears. Fucking THANKS A LOT.
Russia, on the cutting edge of being the total embodiment of a heartless fucking bastard, wants to get back on the cutting edge of space travel by sending a monkey to Mars. Don’t worry though, a robot will feed it! I wish this were from The Onion.
Here is an interview with the super-hardcore and super-amazing Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. She tolerates no bullshit and makes delicious food, we adore her.
Some employees of HarperCanada, inspired by friend-of-Oprah Tal Ronnen, took a two-weeklong vegan challenge. Apparently in Toronto it is hard to find vegan bread? I don’t know. Regardless: nice effort!
Forbes isn’t exclusively the domain of classist, poors-hating white dudes you want to punch in the face! It’s also the home of a guy who, following Mark Bittman’s advice, eats mostly vegan. He calls the diet “[his] health care plan,” awesome! If only my vegan diet would scrape my teeth and cure my astigmatism, we’d be peas in a healthy fucking pod!
A significantly less offensive magazine: Potluck Mania!, by super-vegan/author Joanna Vaught, which absolutely deserves its exclamation point.
Vegansaurus favorite Sweet & Sara were featured on the Food Network’s Unwrapped series. Hooray!! Also, thanks, now I am dying for a peanut butter s’more. Relatedly, make your own (terrifying) vegan marshmallows!
Awesome new vegan website: VegTable! »
A VERY PROFESSIONAL interview with the fabulous Sharon Troy, founder of the AWESOME new vegan restaurant and airport survival guide, VegTable! Please check out the interview and then go join VegTable and populate it and make it awesome and LET’S GO VEGANS TAKE OVER THE INTERNET.
Q: What inspired you to start VegTable?
A: I’ve been planning several trips this summer and I like to find the best vegan options when I travel to new cities. I usually end up having to cross-reference various travel and review sites out there. I wanted a site that was one-stop shopping for vegans. Like Wal-Mart. Except it’s a collaborative wiki, so it’s more like if your local co-op had the selection of Wal-Mart.
Q: How can users collaborate on the site?
A: It’s pretty easy to sign up for an account, and then you can contribute pages for restaurants (or other veg-friendly shops, etc.) and help build up listings in cities we don’t yet have. Right now we’ve mostly got major cities in there, but I want to get to the point where we’ve got small towns and highway rest stops. No corner of the globe uncharted!
Q: Why should people sign up to contribute?
A: Well, I’ve always found that the vegan community loves nothing more than to support one another and share resources. Members can contribute ideas as well as content, so there’s a lot of potential to expand it. I’m also thinking about member events, or ways I can work with restaurants to offer member discounts. The site’s only two days old, so we’ll see how it goes.
Q: Where do you see the site going?
A: The goal is to create one big mega-resource for all things vegan dining and travel related. I’ve started the “airport survival guides” to help frequent vegan flyers. I’m also thinking of creating pages that list some traditional foods native to particular areas, that are vegan (or perhaps more importantly, the ones that are not). There’s a lot we could do with it. If everyone who saw the potential use for the site contributed just one page, we’d have a rocking resource in no time.
Q: How long have you been vegan?
A: Four years, though I’ve been vegetarian for almost nine years.
Q: What’s the best airport for vegan eating that you’ve been in?
A: Salt Lake City, amazingly enough, has a restaurant with clearly marked vegan options that are pretty good (I need to add that to the wiki still!). I just flew out of the new JetBlue terminal at JFK and it had some decent options. I think the worst is Oakland, especially if you’re flying in the morning.
Q: Favorite vegan restaurant?
A: Is it cliched to say Millennium? I don’t care. It is sooooo good.