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01/12/2012

DO IT: Be a Guest on Check Please, Bay Area!  »

Everyone, you need to be on this super fun food show on KQED and make all the other guests go out and eat delicious vegan food and then do something crazy like sip wine out of the host’s butt on air* and become internet famous. That’d be really great for vegans. SO SERIOUSLY GET ON IT

Also, Check, Please! Bay Area is the greatest and if you haven’t watched an episode, take one in and then get hooked for life. I love how they often have vegetarian guests and maybe even vegans a few times but let’s infiltrate the pool and the airwaves and show the world how delicious veganism is! I know they need guests so why not you? Why not me? WHY NOT ALL OF US? Let’s do this!

PLEASE NOTE: Only apply if you’re non-crazy. We do not need any more high-profile vegan crazies making news, ok?? 

*DON’T do this. ALWAYS ignore me. EXCEPT for applying for this. IF you’re non-crazy. OKAY, bye!

11/02/2011

We finally watched that episode of Extreme Couponing with the vegan couponer, and you know what? It was kind of sweet.

Perry is 28-year-old vegan living in Virginia Beach, Va., with a husband and toddler who are both adorable. They’re all vegans, and seem like nice people. The narrator tells us that Perry “maintains a three-to-six-month supply of food at all times” and we see her shelves are full of food, household supplies, and toiletries; her “stockpile” is worth over $16,000.

In this episode, Perry takes a co-couponer to Kroger to buy over $700 of groceries for a cost of like $27.

Things we learned watching Perry the Extreme Couponer

  • According to the narrator, 71 percent of 18-to-34-year-olds “rely on” coupons when shopping
  • Couponers Anonymous seems like an awesome way to trade coupons with fellow obsessives
  • Couponing is a full-time job—our Perry spends 40 hours a week “researching, clipping, and organizing coupons”
  • Sometimes if the coupon is worth more than the retail price of the item, grocers will credit you the money back, which you can apply to other purchases, like fresh produce
  • To save big, you have to buy massive fucking quantities
  • You can freeze refrigerated soy milk and have it last “for months and months”
  • If you think the price is not right, check your calculations
  • Manage your coupons with a binder and spreadsheet or risk terrifying mistakes

What’s more, Vegansaurus pal Neffy had some vegan-specific coupon tips for us in the comments! She recommends sourcing coupons “on Facebook, mambosprouts.com, organicdeals.com, savingnaturally.com, and a few others.” Read her whole comment for details!

What I learned from this episode: I am not saving enough money on my groceries and toiletries. Think of the fantastic vegan winter shoes I could be buying if I weren’t spending so much feeding my dumb face! Or, less selfishly, think of how much money I could be donating to my favorite charities! (So much money!) Ugh. Someone send me a coupon for a binder so I can get started.

11/01/2011

Hey, it’s Darlene from Roseanne, interviewing Ozzy Osbourne about giving veganism a go after watching Forks Over Knives! Just kidding you guys, I know her name is Sara Gilbert, but she’ll always be Darlene to me! She’s the creator, co-host and executive producer of The Talk.

First Russell Brand, now Ozzy Osbourne; if I want to keep any smidgen of street cred I may possess as a vegan, I have got to turn off Jersey Shore Mad Men and watch this movie!

FYI, Sara Gilbert is a vegan too! Vegans are taking over the the entertainment industry. And the Brits are taking over veganism. Crazy!

10/21/2011

Nacheez has a television commercial! How exciting and super adorable, right? Do you want to know more? We asked Ilsa Hess, Nacheez chef and creator extraordinaire, all about it!

Vegansaurus: How did this come to be and when do we get to see it on our airwaves?

Ilsa: The Sacramento Art Institute contacted me out of the blue and said they were starting their commercial video production class and wanted the students to work with actual businesses to get a real-life experience. So, they contacted about eight different small and local small businesses and I was one of them!

Right before we started meeting the students, the professor came to me and said that he had given the students a pop quiz. The student who got the highest score was able to pick the biz they wanted to work with. The winner chose Nacheez! I was so flattered!

Samuel Platz (the winning student) and I sat and talked Nacheez…. He shot the commercial, created the music and graphics, had a budding voice-over professional read the voice-over, and local budding actors be in the video. When I saw the end product, I was blown away yet again! He treated me with the utmost professionalism but was also very friendly at the same time. I recommend him to anyone who needs a great TV commercial. I’m holding off to air my TV commercial until I’m in more stores across the country. I’m hoping with some more exposure, that can happen soon!

Got that everyone? We gotta get Nacheez in more stores so Ilsa will air her commercial! Do it! Demand Nacheez at your local vegan-friendly supermarket! Also, buy it where it’s already available (Rainbow, Vegan Essentials, Nacheez) cause it’s goooooood.

10/19/2011

Tonight’s episode of Extreme Couponing on TLC features a vegan coupon superstar! It looks pretty amazing, and maybe full of AWESOME MONEY-SAVING TIPS for vegan shoppers? Your Vegansaurus is mostly poors, and we would love to spend less and buy more! Coupons are so great!

We also love television, so LET’S DO THIS. Watch Extreme Couponing on TLC tonight at 10 (9 Central!). Check your local listings for the precise channel number, and make sure you watch this and only this—TLC is mostly nightmare programming from the depths of human depravity, and we would never encourage you to watch anything featuring small children, small adults, or monstrosities like Kate Gosselin/Sarah Palin.

[Extreme thanks to reader Rain for the tip!]

05/25/2011

Pearl the search and rescue dog: still amazing!  »

Pearl, the ASPCA dog of the year 2010, was deployed to Japan in March following the massive earthquake and tsunami. They were in the Ofunato City area on the northeast coast, and worked from Mar. 14 to 21. So heroic! The Search Dog Foundation has more information—including videos—on Pearl and her team’s work.

Our friend Mike from Occupied Las Vegas visited the SDF and got to see some training exercises. Very dramatic.

Mike also told us that Pearl was on Wheel of Fortune on Mar. 15 as well (obviously a pre-taped episode). Your Vegansaurus is very sorry not to have reported that so you could’ve watched it, but our SDF/Pearl correspondent was having some internet-access issues during, um, February through April. Ahem. Nevertheless, we are dedicated to bringing you the SDF/Pearl news you need.

And more news! Allyn Lee told us in mid-March that A New Job for Pearl reached its sales goal, so they can sponsor a new dog to undergo the SDF training. Allyn records their progress on their Facebook page, where you can also learn about the other dogs she rescues, including a very special pit bull mix called Vinnie, whom she saved from euthanasia in April. Allyn Lee’s just giving dogs a chance to be great—and look at how great some of them can be! This means that if you haven’t bought a copy of A New Job for Pearl yet, you should; proceeds will continue to sponsor dogs at the SDF. Belated congratulations to Allyn and all the creators of A New Job for Pearl, and thanks to Pearl and her handler Ron Horetski for doing their important work. Also thanks to Mike for the information. We love tips!

[photo courtesy friend-of-Vegansaurus Mike from Occupied Las Vegas!]

03/29/2011

Vegans taking over: Animal Planet!  »


Vegan Treats is going to dominate Animal Planet with a new reality show! According to Hollywood Reporter, the show, Sweet Avenger, will be out in the summer. Who’s excited?! Hopefully I will have cable by then (lord knows how I’ve survived this long).

The show is set to focus on Vegan Treats owner Danielle Konya—her personal life and the bakery. Hot damn, look at that picture! I didn’t realize Bethlehem, Penn. was home of the vegan baddass. I’ll have to go north* of Philadelphia a little more often! Actually, I am still planning my Vegan Treats pilgrimage, and I think I’ve convinced my sister to go with me. OMJesus maybe if I go now, I’ll be on TV! I’m already so Hollywood, I hope you guys can handle it.

From the Hollywood Reporter: “‘Animal Planet made a big brand statement with Whale Wars,’ said Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet. ‘Now with Sweet Avenger, muscular conservation has a deliciously different new face.’” Muscular conservation? The word is VEGAN, honey. Still cute though. Bring it on!

*It’s north, apparently, not west as I previously said. I’m terrible at math.

01/26/2011

IT’S PUPPY BOWL VII!  »

Site for awesome people, Videogum, has the starting lineup for Puppy Bowl VII and WE ARE SO EXCITED!! Perhaps MORE EXCITED THAN LAST YEAR? Hard to say, we just REALLY LOVE PUPPIES. Especially puppies who all come from different adoption organizations! Who can’t wait until Feb. 6? NOT US!

Who do you like for Most Valuable Puppy? Some of your Vegansaurus writers have made their picks, as follows, in no particular order (except my favorite is first because I wrote this).

Jordan and Meave like Charlie of United Hope for Animals; he’s got a mischievous look in his eye that clearly says he’s down for scrappin’, yellin’, and mixin’ it up.


Megan Rascal’s going for Calvin of Catawba County Animal Services, because “he means muther-loving business.”


Laura’s vote is for Big Red of Butch’s Place Animal Rescue, because “it’s self-explanatory. And also, he’s not a Shepherd mix, that little dude is a super-cute pit bull mix. Maybe with Rhodesian Ridgeback? God, I cannot wait to see his adorable ass in action!”


Man of few words Jonas supports CB of Underdogs!

Which super-puppy-athlete (pup-thlete? BARF) wins your vote? It is VITALLY IMPORTANT that you choose! Or at least look at all the puppies and not die of cuteness, although that part is probably impossible.

[photos from Puppy Bowl VII, via Videogum]

01/05/2011

11/22/2010

Russell Simmons, who’s totally the man, was on the Martha Stewart Show last Tuesday and they made vegan kamut berry pilaf with butternut squash and cauliflower. Butternut squash and cauliflower sound hella good together! I will say it now: I love Martha Stewart. Always have. So I especially love when she does vegan stuff. I love Russell Simmons too, though isn’t he a bit strange? And he says he hates vinegar; who hates vinegar?! Vinegar rules. I was even on the Bragg apple cider vinegar diet once! Well I don’t know if it was a diet, I just drank the stuff, like, a lot. I guess by those standards, I’ve been on a beer diet for quite some time! I must say, it’s doing wonders!
Watch the clip and find the recipe on Martha’s site.

Russell Simmons, who’s totally the man, was on the Martha Stewart Show last Tuesday and they made vegan kamut berry pilaf with butternut squash and cauliflower. Butternut squash and cauliflower sound hella good together! I will say it now: I love Martha Stewart. Always have. So I especially love when she does vegan stuff. I love Russell Simmons too, though isn’t he a bit strange? And he says he hates vinegar; who hates vinegar?! Vinegar rules. I was even on the Bragg apple cider vinegar diet once! Well I don’t know if it was a diet, I just drank the stuff, like, a lot. I guess by those standards, I’ve been on a beer diet for quite some time! I must say, it’s doing wonders!

Watch the clip and find the recipe on Martha’s site.

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