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12/10/2012

Confirmation: Loving Hut in Istanbul is legit  »

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YOU GUYS THIS IS VERY EXCITING. It’s a dispatch from my sister! Something you should know about my sister — she is a world-traveler extraordinaire/jet-setting juggernaut. She recently lived in Istanbul for awhile and explored many of the tasty vegan eats there with her awesome fiancee and my niece WHO IS THE CUTEST AND SMARTEST AND BEST CHILD ALIVE. I currently have it in the works to baby-nap her but let’s just keep that between us. Moving on!

One of my sister’s favorite places to eat in Istanbul was Loving Hut! The Supreme Master’s cult chain of delicious-ass eats is perfect for when you need a dose of yummy vegan meat in a foreign (to you!) land. Here’s what my sister had to say:

I’m not sure what all the Loving Hut restaurants have in common other than their names and veganism because LH Istanbul bears no resemblance to any of the other ones I’ve been to.  That doesn’t matter though, because LH Istanbul is DElicioius!  It’s a teeny-tiny little place with maybe five outside tables and a chalkboard menu.  It’s known for its burgers and they didn’t disappoint.  The burger patty was moist and flavorful and it came with a yummy vegan mayo plus pickles, lettuce and tomato.  My VERY non-veg boyfriend even enjoyed it.  I had a pasta topped with veggies and seitan sausage.  It was delicious, although, I have to say, my American stomach was not happy with the tiny portion.  Veggie baby Jane enjoyed both the burger and pasta immensely.  

All in all, we had a great experience.  On a side note, Turkish vegans are all about respecting animals and healthy living…except when it comes to smoking, ‘cause they were all lighting up!  Oh, and absolutely NO signs of Supreme Master. No Supreme Master TV, no pictures of her or of veggie celebrities, no sort-of-Vietnamese food — nothing!  

There are only a handful of veggie places in Istanbul and this one is consistently rated the best on HappyCow.com. So, if you’re in Istanbul, head to the Besiktas neighborhood (which is a really fun neighborhood to hang out in) for a meal and some shopping and sight-seeing.  

Update:  I just asked about SMTV and lo and behold, there’s a teeny-tiny TV screen tucked away inside playing it!

ROAD TRIP???

11/16/2012

How to make an Unturkey! (Seriously, do this for Thanksgiving)  »

OK, so Thanksgiving is almost here. I think. It’s next week, right? To prepare for the main event, your Vegansaurus took one for the team and made a motherfucking UNTURKEY. I made it the original Unturkey way and I made one the new Miyoko Schinner one (she’s the original creator of the Unturkey and has made some alterations since the recipe was originally printed). 

They were both DELICIOUS, with the original way being slightly juicier, and the Miyoko way being easier to make and work with. However, you really can’t lose, especially with that tasty-ass, crispy yuba skin that takes so much like actual turkey skin, WHICH I KNOW GROSS RIGHT, but also: YUMMMM. Let’s not front, most of us don’t eat meat because it tastes disgusting, most of us don’t eat meat because that shit is a DEAD ANIMAL, and a tortured dead animal, at that, and that shit is hella sad. 

Just a few notes:

  • It’s much easier than it looks, so don’t be intimidated by either recipe. Just read through so you get the gist, and just have fun with it! (I’m saying that with a flip of the hair, it’s very sassy!)
  • If you can afford it, get the Hodo Soy Beanery yuba! It’s perfection when crispy-fied, and realllllly easy to work with! I bought it at Berkeley Bowl West, where they also have the dried yuba, which is much cheaper, but not organic and harder to work with. So, depending on budget, your call!
  • If you don’t want to make the “Light Nutritional Yeast Flavoring,” 1) YOU REALLY SHOULD, it’s not hard! and 2) You can use a vegan chicken broth in its place (they sell it in bulk at places like Rainbow and Berkeley Bowl)
  • This is outrageously tasty times, but if you have omnis who are dead set on eating actual dead turkey (WHY? EVERYONE KNOWS IT’S THE LEAST DELICIOUS OF ALL MEATS) and will complain about anything “fake,” then you might want to also have some non-traditional vegan centerpiece dishes too, the VegNews newsletter has mad ideas for this! But srsly, the Unturkey might switch ‘em, so force them to eat some of it, too!

Okay, so here’s what the inside looks like:

Here’s before I baked a massive one:

Here’s after I baked a massive one (THAT SHIT LOOKS LIKE TURKEY RIGHT? TASTES LIKE IT TOO):

Here are some other photos for your enjoyment, as well. Jonas made unturkey noodle soup! That shit was bananas! Or, that soup was hella tasty!

Happy unturkeying fools!

11/04/2012

Dude, Trader Joe’s is making their own vegan holiday roast this year!! It’s probably Gardein or some other repackaged shit, but I’m about to get all up in it. Have you tried it? Lets eat many this holiday season, okay? Also, all the other holiday roasts, too.
Man, I fucking love the holidays!
[via the Vegan Trader Joe’s Pinterest board! It’s awesome!]

Dude, Trader Joe’s is making their own vegan holiday roast this year!! It’s probably Gardein or some other repackaged shit, but I’m about to get all up in it. Have you tried it? Lets eat many this holiday season, okay? Also, all the other holiday roasts, too.

Man, I fucking love the holidays!

[via the Vegan Trader Joe’s Pinterest board! It’s awesome!]

12/29/2011

Where did your holiday dead turkey come from? Mercy for Animals knows! Tastes so good with extra side of abuse! Yum, yum. Oh, and if your turkey wasn’t Butterball, just know that this abuse happens anywhere animals are treated like a commodity. I know I’ve said it before but it bears repeating, just like pretty much everything I say does. Now, I’m gonna go eat a veggie dog and cry in a corner. Now, I’m gonna go eat a veggie dog and cry in a corner.

11/23/2011

Taste Test! What’s the Best Vegan Turkey Substitute?  »

This photo is from the WaPo.

You know what I’m pissed about? That no one invited ME to participate in this taste test the Washington Post ran, comparing six un-turkey alternatives you could be having at your table this week, or whenever else you feel the need for turkey alternatives.

Spoiler alert: Tofurky and Field Roast won. By a lot. They’re my favs, especially Field Roast products, so I’m not surprised.

What I am surprised about: There are six vegan turkey alternatives?! A major daily newspaper is covering this?! Their write-up is nuanced enough to explain why people might say no to dead flesh on the table (health, environment, animal rights) AND to point out that fake turkey has some issues of its own (highly processed, weird ingredients, questionable environmental impact)?! 

I’ve never served one of these guys before— last year I stuffed pumpkins with polenta and seitan bourgignon, the year before I made cholent from Veganomicon and a lentil stew, stay tuned for this year’s plans… But I’ve eaten them and I get the appeal. I’m glad they exist. And I’m glad the mainstream world is paying attention to them. 

Things are changing. Slowly. Yay! Something to be thankful for!

Ok here are the results (you can see them bigger here):

Agree? Disagree? Tell us below!

11/07/2011

Vegan turkey cheese ball! Another awesome vegan turkey from Fork and Beans. This thing is adorbs like nobody’s business. Look at his lil’ parsley hangy thingy! Cute. I love him and I would hug him and keep him safe.
via Finding Vegan

Vegan turkey cheese ball! Another awesome vegan turkey from Fork and Beans. This thing is adorbs like nobody’s business. Look at his lil’ parsley hangy thingy! Cute. I love him and I would hug him and keep him safe.

via Finding Vegan

08/13/2010

Free the Hisaronu dolphins!  »

Born Free is currently working to free two dolphins, Tom and Misha, from a tiny pool in Hisaronu, Turkey. They are at some bullshit “park” that is not yet open, as it doesn’t have the proper papers. This picture is Tom being examined by vets; Misha couldn’t be examined at that time but she is favoring one side and they think she has balance problems. Born Free wants them released for rehab immediately. The pool is small and totally polluted—so polluted that the people who entered to catch Tom are now on preventative antibiotics. GROSS!

I HATE WHEN THEY MESS WITH DOLPHINS! I know, I always say this about every animal, but dolphins just seem so sentient, like they’d feel the torture very deeply. Misha and Tom were both taken from the wild in 2006 and arrived in Hisaronu this past June, reportedly in the back of a fruit and vegetable van. Fucking awesome. Way to go guys.

If you’d like to help, sign Born Free’s petition to free Misha and Tom. You can also join their Facebook group which has info on how to help, emails to write, and how to donate. FYI, on the Facebook page, they are calling them the Oludeniz dolphins. Oludeniz and Hisaronu are apparently two resort towns next to each other. I’m like a geographer over here.

[Photo from Born Free website]

05/10/2010

From Treehugger today:

Rare Bee Species Lives Alone, Makes Nest out of Flower Petals

How pretty! What a lady, this bee. I found some more info at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. This bee, the Osmia avoseta, has been found in Iran and Turkey. Oh and guess what? The AMNH says that, like the Osmia avoseta, 75 percent of bee species (and there are 20,000 known species) are solitary—did you know that? I did not. I guess being a bee is a lonely sort of life. Kind of like being a Megan Rascal. JUST KIDDING I’M SO POPULAR!

From Treehugger today:

Rare Bee Species Lives Alone, Makes Nest out of Flower Petals

How pretty! What a lady, this bee. I found some more info at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. This bee, the Osmia avoseta, has been found in Iran and Turkey. Oh and guess what? The AMNH says that, like the Osmia avoseta, 75 percent of bee species (and there are 20,000 known species) are solitary—did you know that? I did not. I guess being a bee is a lonely sort of life. Kind of like being a Megan Rascal. JUST KIDDING I’M SO POPULAR!

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