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03/05/2012

Guest post: Vaute Couture storefront’s grand opening!  »


My bridge-and-tunnel ass hightailed it from Jersey to Brooklyn on Sunday for three things: Blue Bottle coffee; a vegan breakfast at B.A.D Burgers; and to witness the grand opening of the long-awaited Vaute Couture storefront.

Caffeinated to bejesus, my hubby and I waited outside in the 30-degree weather, excited to see the inside of the shop and get our grubby hands on some of those sample sale coats. Leanne appeared and told the crowd that she “really wanted everything to be perfect for us,” so it would be another few minutes. Frozen and grumpy, I decided to give it five more minutes before stomping off empty-handed. Luckily, the doors opened and we were invited to immerse ourselves in the vegan goodness that is Vaute Couture.

Not only were there several coat styles to choose from that I had been eyeing on the website for over a year, there were mini-cupcakes to nibble—and Leanne, people, LEANNE! She is beautiful, as kind as they come, and well deserving of a successful Brooklyn business.

The décor is warm and rustic, and the photos of Leanne with her dog and the models with the rescued kitties just made me smile. The employees were helpful and smiley too, and despite all the pressure they must have been feeling, they handled everything with ease and excitement.  

The shop is made from a variety of salvaged materials.  The fitting room is a starry light box, and the mannequins (and their tan abs) came from Abercrombie. The photo booth is vegan, of course. Don’t miss the animal heads by local artists Becka & Marta.

Now, to make you all jealous, I made the first-ever purchase at the shop: a bunny sweatshirt and the FW10 Vaute in Red jacket (left) at a heavily discounted price. I was not aware that these coats are made of Polartec fabric, which is snow-proof and super-warm. They hold their shape, even through a cycle in the washing machine, which RULES! I only shop thrift stores, so buying this new coat was extra-special for me.

Thank you, Leanne, for bringing vegan fashion to Brooklyn and to the mainstream! Everyone who didn’t go, get yourselves there immediately.

Keri Siry lives in New Jersey with her 2 dogs Sammy and Honey Bee, new cat Hank and her 4 year old daughter Gemma and husband Darryl. Vegan for 8 years, Keri loves to share recipes and meatless know how via her blog at the Politics of Food.

02/27/2012

Guest Post: Go to the 2nd Annual NYC Vegetarian Food Festival!  »

Start getting hungry now cause this is just around the corner! The NYC Veggie Food Fest is almost upon us. The first weekend of March, Saturday the 3rd and Sunday the 4th, The Metropolitan Pavilion will be taken over by vendors, speakers, and various so-and-sos who are there to spread the good vegan word (Yes, the festival is 100% vegan. No, I do not know why it isn’t called the Vegan Food Festival).

I attended last year and had a total blast despite a three hour wait in line and being packed in like a 6 train during rush hour. The good news is that opposed to last year, the festival is now a two day event! Also apparently the space is larger, although it’s still at the same address, we’ll see how that pans out, I guess. (Maybe it expands or something? Fingers crossed!)

The schedule looks amazeballs. Featured speakers such as Gena Hamshaw from Choosing Raw, Brendan Brazier, creator of Vega and founder of Thrive Foods Direct, Terry Hope Romero (I’m assuming you know who she is, yes?? I LOVE YOU TERRY!), Ayinde Howell, and Steve Meyerowitz the ‘Sproutman,’ will all have segments over the weekend. You can see the schedule of events for a complete list and more details.

There is also a screening of Vegucated Saturday night with a talk back from the filmmaker Marisa and some of the cast members. The Saturday evening event is VIP which I think means you can only get in with VIP tickets. They are limited so get yours ASAP! After the movie there is a party with an all vegetarian band called Dynasty Electric.

What’s I’m trying to say here is that it’s a blast! And I’ll be there both days tasting everything and making friends with everyone. Be sure to follow me on Twitter for which snacks are the most outstanding and any celebrity sightings. Or come find me if you want to be friends! I’m tall, vegan, I like cats and tattoos. I might be hard to locate at this event actually.

Get your tickets! There are VIP tickets still available, $20 for a one day pass or $30 for the whole weekend. The main thing the VIP allows you to do is cut the line. No waiting, you just walk right in whenever you want. However, it’s only $5 if you’re willing to wait and I’m going to bet that the wait won’t be anything like it was last year since it’s a larger space and a longer event. Besides, I don’t actually mind waiting in line as long as I’m not hungry and I have someone to talk to. Last year I made lots of friends in line and the Cinnamon Snail and the V Spot were there to feed me whenever I got the tummy rumbles. (This happened multiple times. I ate a great deal of food that day)

The best part of all is that a portion of the proceeds from this delightful eating extravaganza go to For the Animals Sanctuary. You’re doing good simply by showing up. Now that’s what’s I’m talking about. See you there!

Laura Yasinitsky is a writer, comic, waitress, and animal-lover based in New York City. She has appeared on Comedy Central’s Open-Mic Fight, and writes for US Weekly's Fashion Police. You can follow her silliness on Twitter @LaraYaz, and read about her animal-friendly adventures here.

02/02/2012

NYC: The Whalentine’s Day Bake Sale is Feb. 12!  »


I’m sure you can read the above flyer, so I will not repeat the details, but I will ask you: What could be better than Mooshoes, yummy vegan baked goods and saving whales?! Pro tip: nothing!

You can still sign up to bring baked goods, all the info regarding that is on their Facebook page. If you are just coming to shop, they ask that you bring your own containers to take your yums home, so we keep the environmental impact to a minimum! Good thinking.

From what I hear, there will be chocolate lollipops, Rice Krispies treats, carrot cake, croissants—not to mention mini cupcakes, mini donuts, and mini pies! I love a mini treat. You know what else I love? SHOES*. So be there or be, etc.

*UPDATE: I hear Mooshoes will be donating 10% of all in-store sales that day to Sea Shepherd! Go Mooshoes!

01/31/2012

New York Area: Sweet Roscoe is having a rough time at the shelter, needs a home!  »


This handsome fellow is Roscoe! He’s at the Shandaken shelter, which seems to be about 2.5 hours from NYC. I got an email about this guy because, though he’s at a no-kill shelter and not endanger of euthanasia, he’s having a hard time:

Roscoe has been at the Shandaken shelter for a long time. His life is not in danger, since it’s a no-kill shelter, but his sanity is. He’s lonely, and he’s been kenneled so long he’s starting to get a little “cage crazy.” The Shandaken shelter doesn’t get the kind of foot-traffic that they get in NYC or other busy places. And Roscoe is a bit aloof when people first meet him (can you blame him?), so he doesn’t immediately win them over, and they move on. But I’m told that he’s a real sweetheart once you spend time with him. He just needs a chance to show it!

Aw, poor guy! Do you know anyone who could help Roscoe? Homeboy needs to spread his wings and fly! His profile says he loves to play and that the volunteers play hide and seek, fetch, and catch with him! It also says he’s very smart. And look at that pretty coat!

If you or anyone you know can help Roscoe, please call the shelter at (845) 688-5004. Roscoe deserves a home!

01/26/2012

NYC: Vegan Drinks is tonight! Come party!  »

Hey pals! Tonight is NYC’s Vegan Drinks! Deets:

Thursday, Jan. 26, 7 to 10 p.m.
Benefits:
The Civil Liberties Defense Center
At Angels & Kings, 500 East 11th St. (btw A & B) [map]
21+. $1 off draft beers and well drinks

And there’s going to be a DJ playing punk and hip hop! Who isn’t me! So s/he will probably be competent with the sound system! That’s always nice in a DJ. I will be there too, ready to party. Make sure you say hi to me! I don’t know that many NYC vegans and I’m bashful. 

12/07/2011

Good things coming your way, NYC! The Green Holiday Festival happens on Sunday, Dec. 11, with all kinds of good stuff. Our pal Louzilla (love you, girl!) sent us this flyer for the event, and says that it is “organized by the same people that brought us the NYC Vegetarian Food  Festival last year. I got an inside look at the list of vendors, and it  looks like it’s really going to be an amazing event to fulfill all your  vegan holiday gift needs in one place. The best part? a portion of the  proceeds are going to benefit For the Animals, which is in dire need of funds!”
Sounds great, right? Be at the Altman Building at 135 W. 18th St. in Manhattan on Sunday, Dec. 11. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and you can shop, learn, donate, eat, and be entertained. Get more information at the event’s Facebook page. Thanks for the tip, Ms. Louzilla!
But wait, there’s more: Sarah of Rescue Chocolate, one of the Festival’s organizers, has offered free tickets for our readers who want to go! She has 50 tickets for you East Coast Vegansaurs, so if you can attend, email Sarah no later than Friday at 5 p.m. EST with the subject line: “Vegansaurus wants to send me to the Green Holiday Festival!” Please include your name, and please only enter if you can go. I can’t! But you could! And it’s going to be great!

Good things coming your way, NYC! The Green Holiday Festival happens on Sunday, Dec. 11, with all kinds of good stuff. Our pal Louzilla (love you, girl!) sent us this flyer for the event, and says that it is “organized by the same people that brought us the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival last year. I got an inside look at the list of vendors, and it looks like it’s really going to be an amazing event to fulfill all your vegan holiday gift needs in one place. The best part? a portion of the proceeds are going to benefit For the Animals, which is in dire need of funds!”

Sounds great, right? Be at the Altman Building at 135 W. 18th St. in Manhattan on Sunday, Dec. 11. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and you can shop, learn, donate, eat, and be entertained. Get more information at the event’s Facebook page. Thanks for the tip, Ms. Louzilla!

But wait, there’s more: Sarah of Rescue Chocolate, one of the Festival’s organizers, has offered free tickets for our readers who want to go! She has 50 tickets for you East Coast Vegansaurs, so if you can attend, email Sarah no later than Friday at 5 p.m. EST with the subject line: “Vegansaurus wants to send me to the Green Holiday Festival!” Please include your name, and please only enter if you can go. I can’t! But you could! And it’s going to be great!

12/01/2011

Vegansaurus NYC: Vegan winter shop-up this Sunday!  »

Check it out, NYC friends! We should all go to this and buy shit and drink stuff and have a gay old time!:

WELL. Here we are. It’s practically Christmas! Hope you’re rested up from last month’s Shop-Up, because the Vegan Holiday Shop-Up is just weeks away! On Sunday December 4th, from 12-5pm, shake a leg down to Pine Box Rock ShopBrooklyn’s only all vegan bar (we love that place!). You’re in for a hot afternoon of NYC’s best vegan goods all in one rad spot. Why not get all your holiday shopping done early, and while munching on some mad tasty treats. PLUS, it’ll be happy hour at the ol’ Pine Box! You can warm up with a triple-spicy Bloody Mary and cozy down with your new friends at the bar.

There you have it! Get to shopping and supporting local, vegan, and most importantly SEXY businesses! Oh, and it looks like Gone Pie is selling all sorts of deliciousness there. Delicious. 

11/10/2011

Vegan doughnuts in Brooklyn: Dun-Well Doughnuts is getting a store front!  »

Hello world! I bring you happy news! Williamsburg, Brooklyn is getting its own vegan donut shop (I can’t decide how to spell doughnuts so just bear with me)! Dun-Well Doughnuts has been supplying local coffee shops and stuff but now they will have their own storefront and I couldn’t be more excited!

Dun-Well was started by Christopher Hollowell and Dan Dunbar after watching a donut-laden Simpsons episode. And the vegans of New York have been grateful ever since! We think they’re pretty great

The storefront is having a soft opening late November and will be at 222 Montrose Ave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Hopefully Christopher and Dan will be there like every day because I’ve seen them at Vegan Drinks and they are adorbs. They dress so cool. And how much do you want a French Toast Doughnut? Pro tip: so much!

Make sure you visit their Indie GoGo page and throw down for some donuts. If you give $1000, you get to invent a donut!! I just sprung for a few coupons. But one day there will be a Megan Rascal donut. Or a dino-shaped pink Vegansaurus donut! What? We’ve already got a sandwich. That’s right!

10/27/2011

Vegansaurus NYC: You got Vegan Drinks tonight too!  »

Don’t forget NYCers, it’s Vegan Drinks tonight here, too!

Deets:

Thursday, October 27, 2011. 7pm-10pm.
21+. At Angels & Kings.
500 East 11th St (btw A & B) [map]
$1 off draft beers and well drinks

This month, a portion of the bar proceeds will be donated to Community Solidarity, Inc., and we encourage you to bring along additional monetary contributions as well. Community Solidarity helps to collect and share veg*n groceries with groups like Long Island Food Not Bombs. Since becoming a nonprofit in May 2011, they have shared nearly a million pounds of food with tens of thousands of people!

Let’s get our swerve on! In the name of community and solidarity! I know it’s raining but it’s not like you’re going to melt. Or ARE you?! Bwahahahaha! Halloween! Fun times!

10/26/2011

Vegansaurus NYC: Veg-O-Ween vegan Halloween party!  »


The people who brought you the Veggie Prom, at which I hear I had a lot of fun, are gearing up for another party: Veg-O-Ween
Proceeds benefit Mercy for Animals!

Veg friendly foodies: put on your Halloween best! Veg-O-Ween, New York’s vegan Halloween dance party, returns for a second year on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Crema, an upscale Mexican restaurant happily taking on the vegan challenge for the event. Adding hand-passed gourmet tapas and a happy hour to the delicious mix, this year’s party promises to be bigger, better, and a bit fancier than the last.

The party will be emceed by vegan comedienne Kate Wolff and DJed by vegan DJ Lil Ray. Guests are encouraged enter both the costume contest and raffle to compete for prizes from local and national vegan vendors.  Happy Hour is from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. (early arrival is a must!). Tasty vegan desserts will be provided by the amazing Vèritè Catering.

Where: Crema, 111 West 17th St. (between 6th and 7th avenues)
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 at 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35 in advance, $40 at the door (21 and over). Advance tickets are on sale now.

I don’t have a Halloween costume yet! OMG. Usually I am a super-scary zombie-something—zombie-flapper, zombie-housewife, etc. As it turns out, I’m totally great at zombie makeup! Who knew. Like, I scare chicks at parties because my wounds look so icky. But the makeup gets all over my stuff! So I’m thinking of switching it up and being a mod-vampire. Or a something-vampire. I’ll still look scary but I think there’s less chance I’ll get fake blood and spirit glue on my shit. What is everyone else being?

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