The Supreme Master Ching Hai musical! How did we miss this? »
The whole cast comes onstage. “Let’s take each other’s/Take each other’s hand,” they sing. Audience members had been given star-shaped light up wands to wave, too, though quite a few had stopped working properly by this point in the show.
If you want to enjoy the spectacle, as we desperately do, that is too bad—it was a one-night-only show, and we are all out of luck. Bring back Loving Silent Tears! We want a national tour featuring all the cities with Ching Hai joints!
[photo by Catherine Wagley for LA Weekly]
Neffy took this photo of this major dinner, and reports that “we had the spring rolls; light, crispy, and delicious. My girlfriend had the BBQ plate [of] soy protein slices with noodles and salad: SUPER EXTRA YUM. I had the Mongolian Delight: soy protein slices with green onions, onions, and bell peppers: OMFG SPICY HEAVEN IN MY MOUTH - I had to stop myself from eating the whole plate seriously. Even my lacto-consuming girlfriend said the Thai tea tastes just like the real thing, and it was able to convince her that vegan food is delicious (she had a bad experience a couple years back).
“I’m one of the very few vegan Muslims that I know of so it’s hard for me to find vegan anything within my circle, unless it’s from the internet or Whole Foods…. Thank the stars [my] sister-in-law’s been vegan for 14 years, so I was able to have someone encourage me to become vegan—one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.”
Excellent job! We’re so happy and proud! I guess we’ll have to expand our Sacramento coverage, too—this town is going somewhere, vegan-wise!
Loving Hut in Inner Sunset to open THIS SATURDAY! »
Hey guys! We reported on it going in and now we have word that it’s opening on Saturday, Dec. 18! As in, TOMORROW! Er, or it might be Sunday. EITHER WAY, it’s this weekend.
Who’s going?? Drumsticks for all!
That’s Ching Hai, calling in an order of drumsticks to go for me.
[thanks for the heads-up, Hugh!]
NEW SF VEGAN RESTAURANT ALERT! San Francisco’s third Loving Hut is going in on at 524 Irving St. (at 6th Avenue) in the Inner Sunset. The location used to house Minh Tri, a Vietnamese joint that we’re told was “grody.” Whether you love Ching Hai or hate that crazy, crazy biznatch, more vegan dining is pretty cool. Plus, awesome spring rolls.
We’ll update you as soon as we get word on actual opening date, which involves one of you emailing us that info. Real Journalism.
Vegansaurus Midwest recommends Chicago VeganMania! »
Hello Chicago! And surrounding area! You guys are about to have a lot of fun! EarthSave Chicago is holding the second annual Chicago VeganMania this Saturday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and you’re all invited! Really! It’s at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse (1419 W. Blackhawk, between Division and North Avenue), it’s FREE, and that is all you really need to know, you guys: Saturday, VeganMania, Free.
OK, if you must know more, some details. You’ll get a bunch of chef demos, notably from Soul Vegetarian, the Chicago Diner, and Isa Chandra Moskowitz! You’ll get speakers, like Oakland’s own Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, and, oh, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, she is an unstoppable force! Also performers! See the schedule for particulars.
What about buying stuff? With free entry, you are basically obligated to make purchases inside—that is a tenet of capitalism!—so what will your options be? You can buy food from, yes, Soul Vegetarian, that’s exciting! Who else will be there? Chicago Soy Dairy, naturally, and Herbivore, and Supreme Master TV! Of course your own Vaute Couture, and a whole lot more.
According to organizer Marla Rose, you can also expect “appearances by the Vegan Cupcake Fairies.” That’s a positive thing, y/n? We are assuming yes, as Marla Rose uses the word “amazing” to describe them. Vegans with children, whether for the day or ever, don’t worry—once they get cranky and unmanageable, just dump them in the free “children’s play area” and let strangers deal with it! Brilliance.
You know, were we not spoiled by “sweater in the morning, jacket in the evening” weather most of the year, we’d move to your gorgeous city in a heartbeat, Chicago. The architecture knocks us out, the rent is sickeningly low, the theatre scene is amazing, and clearly you vegans are revered as precious creatures with your own “Mania” day. Unfortunately, your Vegansaurus is a big baby about things like S.A.D. and temperatures that actually kill people. We’ll just have to be long-distance friends.
Have fun at your Mania, Midwest vegans! Report back, with photos!
Guest post: Vegan vacation in Honolulu! »
When on vacation, I find it hard to find something I can eat - on my trip to Honolulu last week, I scheduled these vegan restaurants into my trip! There are a number of different veg restaurant guides online that can help you find places to eat when you’re on the road (or the beach)!
The Peace Cafe has a beautifully simple dining room where they present delicious vegan food, and it just opened in May! The main seating in the dining room is a large communal wooden table, with seats at the window bar, and an additional small table for two. Most of the furnishings are salvaged, like the large chalkboard menu that was a giant door in a former life. The food was so tasty, we went back again the next day—this is the kind of restaurant you could take your skeptical omnivore friends to, and they would be impressed. The Popeye Sandwich, Tempting Tempeh, Moroccan Stew, and Soy Soba Salad were all wonderful, with complex flavors and healthy ingredients. The miso soup is slightly different each day, and the local farms where the vegetables are grown are included on the specials board. The food is served in either cardboard to-go boxes or elegantly wrapped in brown parchment paper—you can eat it in their dining room or take it with you to the beach to eat after a sunny afternoon of snorkeling. They also feature handcrafted jewelry by one of their staff, made of sea-washed seashells and silver from her trips to Molokai and Maui. Since these seashells have been smoothly tumbled by the sea, you can be sure no critters were harmed in the making of this shellwear.
Loving Hut Honolulu is another started by followers of Supreme Master Ching Hai, but with a Hawaiian flare. Loving Hut opened in Honolulu two months ago, refining their dishes with customer feedback, and will be having their grand opening soon! Lunches are like a traditional Hawaiian plate lunch—except instead of a big serving of meat with your rice (brown or white), you get to pick two entree options, and the Guru Curry even has chunks of purple taro mixed in with the potatoes, tofu, carrots and onions. The cupcakes are delicious, too—not too dense, with creamy delicious frosting. The staff are entirely vegan too, and they really care about what the customers think of their food.
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[images of cilantro hummus sandwich and assorted baked goods courtesy Peace Cafe]
Supreme Master merchandise! »
Laura has spoken before about wanting a Loving Hut apron, as worn by the waitstaff (or at least the ladies on the team), and through some odd path of links, I found myself at Supreme Master’s official merchandise site this morning.
Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, she does not sell those adorable aprons. She does, however, make shopping bags, mugs, coasters, travel utensil sets, baseball caps, and “animal neck pillows” adorned with the Loving Hut logo.
You can also purchase a polka dot fedora for your dog.
If you haven’t already checked out her wikipedia page, it is a pretty good read, especially the story about the island she had illegally built out of rocks in the Biscayne Bay in Florida six years ago. She also had a 30-foot boardwalk built connecting the island to the property she owned in Florida, under the name “Celestia De Lamour.” Oh, those crazy vegans.