Vegan Halloween candy, Oprah (!), weekend events, and FINALLY: findings from Japanese whaling research! All in this week’s link-o-rama! »
Meaverly's computer is out of commission right now (ugh computers are such pieces of shit, except this one, i love you, computer, you are very attractive, please don't explode on me) and so I'm taking over this ship. Get ready to crash into the rocks! Gloriously!
HERE WE GO:
Natalie Portman is gonna be on Top Chef. WILL IT BE AN ALL-VEGAN EPISODE, now that she is recently vegan!? I mean, we think she is but we’ve been confused before! Here’s hoping the episode is totally vegan but we’re not planning on it because OMG COOKING VEGAN FOOD NIGHTMARE HOW WILL WE FIND FLAVOR WITHOUT USING BABY BLOOD!?!? Didn’t they once have a Quickfire challenge where they had to cook fellow contestant’s children? I’m pretty sure that was in Season 3.
Even though we’re nearing the end of October, Vegan MoFo is still in full swing! If you’re interested in winning some awesome handmade cups & dishes, head to Vessels & Wares to enter! You have to put down your favorite blog entry and PLEASE GOD let it be one from Vegansaurus because I’m like srsly close to the edge today.
Vegan chef Tal Ronnen was on Oprah. THAT IS CORRECT. Now, his book is the 3rd best selling thing on ALL OF AMAZON. Such is the power of the mighty, mighty O. IF you missed it, you can check out his recipes from the show and BUY HIS BOOK. Because it’s really great. And we want him to beat out Sarah Palin and take the #1 spot on Amazon! YOU CANNOT LET SARAH PALIN WIN. I need you to fight like we did back in 2008, people.
Remember when the UN Report, LIvestock’s Long Shadow, came out and everyone was terrified and disgusted? Well, apparently that report grossly underestimates exactly how bad animal agriculture is for the earth. Blarg.
Wayne Pacelle, head honcho of HSUS, posted a great blog entry on 50 things you can do for animals. Definitely worth a read and then TAKE SOME ACTION, LAZY.
Speaking of lists, Rory Freeman has a great one up at Crazy Sexy Life. It’s all about how to be a better person and it’s not all schmaltzy and lame, it’s full of good advice. NOW IF ONLY I COULD TAKE IT.
FINALLY, the results from all the Japanese whaling research (read: killing whales and not doing any research) are in: whales eat krill; and, you can’t inject whale sperm into a cow egg and get a hybrid whale-cow. SERIOUSLY. If this makes you really mad—and it must because you have a brain and a heart—donate to Sea Shepherd so that they can get better at doing what they’re doing because even if they look crazy sometimes (read: almost 100 percent of the time), they are the only ones out there doing this and they will get better.
VegNews has up an awesome definitive guide to vegan Halloween candy because we’re all totally fat around here and gotta have it.
You’ve probably for sure seen this but if not, it’s a HOUND DOG hanging with an ORANGUTAN. Watch it and you’ll want to gouge out your eyeballs when you’re done because you’ll never see something so great again. And you’re into self-mutilation. I guess you’d need to have those two things going for you.
WEEKEND EVENTS WOO!
If you’re all about the street food, there is an event in the Mission on Saturday, Oct. 24th. I can’t tell exactly what it is, film screenings, mainly, I think. There will be lots of food carts on the scene, many vegan friendly. No guarantees obviously b/c those crazy cart food people can change at any moment because nobody is regulating their shit but here’s hoping! I know Wholesome Bakery is all-vegan and they’ll be there so yeah WOO!
Rod Rotundi, he of the BEST NAME EVER, is promoting his new book, Raw Food for Real People, also on Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m. at Omnivore Books. It’s cool that OMNIvore Books is doing a veg event so let’s all show up and turn it out for the vegans and maybe they’ll do more in the future! Oh also, there will totally be free food at this event so I’m gearing up by not eating today (lie) and most of the day tomorrow (lie).
HOT DEAL ALERT!
Reasons to be excited about this:
- The name does not lie, it really is so delicious;
- It is 100 percent, coconut which is not going to make you skinny but it’s hella better for you than the thickeners and shit they put into other nondairy creamers;
- Silk creamer is also good but soy will totally make your kids gay; and
- It’s a total recession hack! At $2, it’s less than the price of that hand-dripped Four Barrel I know all you fools are drinking. Why don’t you get some grounds from your favorite prissy roastery (they sell the Ritual grounds at my local corner store and I have to admit, they make a tasty home cup) and multiply your weekly coffee budget into your bimonthly one? Except I don’t think the creamer will last two months. But who knows? I digress. Go get some! Get two (That’s the point of the sale)! Give one to someone you have a crush on for instant reciprocation!
Sale ends next Tuesday, Nov. 3. Isn’t there also an election that day? Why yes there is! If you’re such an activist, you lazy hipster, why don’t you get to the polls and vote NO on the commercialization of public space and take some time to read about how Prop. 13 broke California?
Speaking of activism, I know we’re not supposed to be shopping at Whole Foods because their CEO is an asshole (oh and none of us can afford to anyway because it is fucking $1.99 for a potato—that is NOT recession-hacking) BUT they do carry a lot of the good stuff we like to put in our bodies, and the people who actually work there are usually really cool and just doing their jobs (you should try to date one of them sometime because they get a ton of free produce!!) AND we are trying to get the Northern California Whole Foods regional buyer to carry Basu’s Homestyle, the awesome Indian prepared foods they have in the Southern California and Nevada stores (celebrities woo!) so you can consider your trip to Whole Foods a recon mission if you stop at the customer service desk and ask why we still don’t have the delicious vindaloo of the stars.
Recipe: Beer Bread made with Pumpkin Ale! YES YES YES »
This is the easiest, best thing ever to make. You’ll want to never eat anything else. Slather it with Earth Balance, make sandwiches with it, swallow the loaf whole (dang! you’re talented!) or whatever. Just eat it immediately. Also, it’s super cheap to make and will sustain you for days. I mean, in addition to other things, Anorexic Annie.
All you need is:
a box of Trader Joe’s Beer Bread Mix.
a bottle of Dogfish Head Punkin Ale (In the SF Bay Area, you can find it at Whole Foods right now!)
1/4 cup melted Earth Balance (use organic, if you can! it’s better for the world!)
a little pumpkin pie spice or garam masala.
All you do is put the TJ’s Beer Bread Mix in a bowl. Stir in the Punkin Ale. Put the dough in a bread pan. Top with the melted Earth Balance. Sprinkle on the pumpkin pie spice or garam masala. Bake according to the package directions. Eat it all, be fat and happy. THE END YOU’RE WELCOME.
This week’s SF Vegan Bakesale earned over $2,600 (IN ONE DAY) for Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue!!! Give Me Shelter also adopted out two cats!!!! SO RAD. I am still in shock about the amount of money we made, was totally expecting to make around $1,500 but DANG. We would have made more if we didn’t completely run out by 2:30 pm. NIGHTMARE. With over 50 bakers, I didn’t think that would be possible but people TURNED IT OUT. So all that means is that next time, we need YOU! to bake. It doesn’t have to be fancy-fancy. Everyone can make cookies, right? EVEN YOU.
Oh and the San Francisco Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (SFCHRP) collected $193.00 for victims of Typhoon Ondoy (a.k.a. Ketsana). Plus, lots of clothing and relief goods!! They are obviously looking for more so if you are interested in donating, please contact them!
VegNews magazine, À Côté Restaurant, Sugar Beat Sweets, Violet Sweet Shoppe, Idle Hands Baking Company, Cinnaholic (who we heard also won FIRST PLACE & photographers choice at the SF Food Wars Mini Cupcake Clash on Sunday! Congratulations!!!), Fat Bottom Bakery, Pure Life Chef, Mood for Food/Philip Gelb, Avi’s Vegan Treats, Laura Lemon, Brassica Supper Club, Ike’s Place, Love All Beings, Say It’s Not Soy, It’s Faturday, Vegan Homemade, I eat cupcakes, UGH I KNOW I’m forgetting people. Amazing people. Crap. Email me if I don’t have you on here and I’ll add you asap! Also email me if you’re interested in participating in the next one, we’re thinking sometime around the holidays. Let’s DO THIS.