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03/18/2013

WANTED: bakers and eaters for Marin County’s Vegan Bake Sale!  »

There’s info directly from the source below, so all you need to do is pick up one of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale’s cute new shirts (actually, that’s optional — but they’re REALLY CUTE!), and we’ll see you at the bake sale to do all of the eating!

It’s time for Marin County’s VEGAN BAKE SALE, in celebration of Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale! [ed.: you can see if there’s a bake sale near you if you’re not near Marin — or you can organize one yourself!]

100% of moneys raised will be split between two awesome area nonprofits in support of their outstanding work: Marin Friends of Ferals and Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity.

Bake. Eat. Bake and Eat.

1. e-mail marinveganbakesale@gmail.com to get involved!
2. Invite all your friends. 
3. Save the date and come eat yummy vegan treats for a great cause. 

All eating and purchases are guaranteed to be 100% guilt-free. 

If you are baking, please remember that all yummy goods must be vegan and contain no animal products. For baking, most importantly this means no dairy or eggs. You can visit the website of Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale for some fun tips on bakingvegan! 

What: Marin Vegan Bake Sale

Where: Outside of Pet Food Express, Terra Linda, 280 Northgate One, San Rafael, CA 94903

When: April 27, 10a-2p

Who: You

How: Bake and Eat! Eat or Bake!

Make sure to check out our host, Pet Food Express, too — we’ll be right outside and they are totally big-hearted and awesome.

Marin Friends of Ferals is a non-profit, tax exempt 501 (C)(3) volunteer organization dedicated to the humane care and management of feral and homeless cats. They are located in Marin County, California – north of San Francisco.

Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity (AHO) is a501 (c) (3) organization designed for youth, by youth, for the future of youth who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.  Since its inception in January 2005, AHO has been leading the way in addressing the growing trend of youth homelessness in Marin County, Greater Bay Area and Sacramento, CA.

05/02/2011

Worldwide Vegan Bakesale: NYC keeps it real!  »

Real delicious, that is!

Ginger cookies, strawberry jam-filled muffins, and maple pecan buttons

The vegans of NYC were in fine form yesterday, appearing en masse at MooShoes in the East Village for yesterday’s Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, benefiting For the Animals Sanctuary in Blairstown, N.J. The place was packed and there was no shortage of sweet and savory baked yumminess!

Clockwise from top left: rum raisin brownies, peanut butter cheesecake, five-spice snaps, pesto pinwheels, peanut butter s’more turnovers, strawberry jam-filled muffins

I stocked up on obnoxious loudmouthed vegan buttons over by the register, which were nicely accentuated by pear mojito cupcakes and lemon cake,
smiled at all the incredible stories of happy animals featured by For the Animals, and tried on some super cute vegan rings, handmade with all sales towards the Sanctuary.

Vegan superstar and sweetheart Hannah Kaminsky was there with her brilliant baking bible, Vegan Desserts: Sumptuous Sweets for Every Season.

And let’s not forget the amazing shopping experience that is MooShoes—every time I go there, there’s more and more to love.  Talk about inspiration to get rich!
OMG SHOES, and boots, and bags, and wallets.

Yup, a total success. My Tupperware containers left chock-full of pastry goodness, and it’s SUCH an awesome feeling to know where every dollar went.

04/29/2011

The Worldwide Vegan Bakesale is ON, son!  »

Check the site for where your local bakesale is, but there’s some in SF and NYC! Dang, what did you guys do to deserve this? There are THREE BAKESALES around the Bay on Saturday, Apr. 30! That’s a lot of Earth Balance!

Oakland!
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Splash Pad Park (Grand and Lake Park Avenues) near the Grand Lake Farmers’ Market

Join us for a yummy vegan bake sale to benefit Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary. We are looking for both eaters and bakers to support our
event. All baked goods are vegan! To join in, email
christine@harvesthomeanimal.org

Marin!
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of Cafe Trio, 363 3rd St. in San Rafael (Montecito Shopping Plaza)

Looking for bakers and eaters of delectable vegan treats for Marin County’s first vegan bakesale, in celebration of the Worldwide Vegan Bakesale and in solidarity with the people and animals of Japan.

Proceeds will go to Kinship Circle and Doctors Without Borders to support their work, especially in Japan relief efforts. Email marinveganbakesale@gmail.com to get involved!

Willow Glen (San Jose)!
Saturday, noon to 2 p.m. at Baby Buzz Café, 1314 Lincoln Ave. (in Charming Willow Glen) San Jose.

Stroll the boulevard and have a treat or two, take some home. We have vegan zucchini muffins, strawberry mini cakes, Cho-P-nut butter cookies, focaccia bread, muffins, seed breads, fruit pies, beer bread, Psycho Donuts, doggie treats and more! All vegan, slave-free, and organic! We’re raffling a copy of Vegan Planet, dollar-off coupons, and sunshine and smiles!

All proceeds will go to support of 13th Street Cat Rescue and The Food Empowerment Project. BAKERS WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE! We also need doggie treat bakers! Call (408) 355.0436 with questions.


East-Coasters do not fear! There are also two in NYC this weekend!

Brooklyn!
Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m. at Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan St.

We’d love for you to stop by and grab a delicious treat and perhaps a beverage to wash it down. Plus we all know you have a soft spot for kitties and fun!

Proceeds will go towards Power Street Cats' springtime Trap-Neuter-Return project and VegPress' outreach fund. For more info, email bkveganbakesale@gmail.com.

Manhattan!
When: Sunday, May 1, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Mooshoes, 78 Orchard St.

We’ll be there with cookies, cupcakes and all manner of deliciousness. The good folks from For the Animals will also be there selling handmade jewelry and answering any questions you may have about the sanctuary. And Hannah Kaminsky, author of My Sweet Vegan, will be there signing copies of her new book, Vegan Desserts: Sumptuous Sweets for Every Season!

All proceeds will benefit For the Animals Sanctuary, Blairstown, N.J. For more info, email seitansaiddance@gmail.com.

Everybody, get out and get chunky! It’s time to eat for charity!

[Photo from NYC Vegan Bakeslae by Eva Prokop. Try not to die from its cuteness/sanitation issues. Screw it, I’d rather that kitten touch something I ate than most humans, for reals.]

03/29/2011

HELL YES: Marin Vegan Bakesale!  »

Vegan bakesales are taking over the BAY AREA! San Francisco, the East Bay, the Peninsula, and now Marin! California knows how to party. And how you party here is with PIE. Also, booze and drugs, just not at these events.

SO. If you’re in Marin and would like to bake, contact Sarah. If you just want to eat everything, be there! Where you ask? Take it away, Marin Vegan Bakesale!

Looking for bakers and eaters of delectable vegan treats for Marin County’s FIRST VEGAN BAKESALE, in celebration of the Worldwide Vegan Bakesale and in solidarity with the people and animals of Japan. All proceeds raised will go to Doctors Without Borders (Médecins sans frontières) and to Kinship Circle for their work in Japan relief efforts.*

You can help bake and eat:

1. e-mail marinveganbakesale@gmail.com to get involved! 
2. Invite all your friends. (Facebook invite, yo! If you don’t have FB, you’re either a serial killer or the coolest person we know. One of those.)
3. Save the date and come eat yummy vegan treats for a great cause. 

All eating and purchases are guaranteed to be 100 percent guilt-free. 

When: Saturday, Apr. 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Outside of Cafe Trio, 363 3rd St., San Rafael (Montecito Shopping Plaza).

Make sure to check out our host, Cafe Trio, too—we’ll be right outside and they offer an outstanding menu with many delicious veg options, including a vegan soup of the day and a tofu scramble. Plus, they are totally big-hearted and awesome and excited about the day. 

*Doctors Without Borders has sent medical teams to support the government-led earthquake and tsunami response in Japan. Kinship Circle has disaster and veterinary trained teams ready for Japan deployment to assist with animal quake-tsunami aid, and is also supporting countrywide animal rescue efforts.


Pie via Madame Furie! This pie (meaning one like it maybe) can be yours!

04/30/2010

UPDATE: THE BAKESALE IS NOT AT IKE’S PLACE! THE NEW LOCATION WILL BE at Herbivore Restaurant at 938 Valencia Street @ 21st Street in the mission! Everything else is exactly the same!!!
Ow! The SF Vegan Bakesale is NEXT SATURDAY, May 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of Ike’s Place Herbivore Restaurant on Valencia! We need bakers! And eaters! So email me if you want to bake and just show up if you want to eat and oh also: tell everyone you know about it, okay!? PLEASE! We gotta make some money for Virunga National Park and WildCare! They are both the best charities on Earth—saving wild animals in the Bay Area, AND mountain gorillas!—and they NEED US!!
p.s. We need people to put these adorable posters by Megan of Say It’s Not Soy all over town and on your website and EVERYWHERE so please, please, please, can you help!? If so, email me and I’ll hook you up with some 4-ups and black-and-white versions because we classy.  Oh and say you’re going on Facebook so we look popular and shit. Or not “and shit.” Just “popular.” SO TIRED. 

UPDATE: THE BAKESALE IS NOT AT IKE’S PLACE! THE NEW LOCATION WILL BE at Herbivore Restaurant at 938 Valencia Street @ 21st Street in the mission! Everything else is exactly the same!!!

Ow! The SF Vegan Bakesale is NEXT SATURDAY, May 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of Ike’s Place Herbivore Restaurant on Valencia! We need bakers! And eaters! So email me if you want to bake and just show up if you want to eat and oh also: tell everyone you know about it, okay!? PLEASE! We gotta make some money for Virunga National Park and WildCare! They are both the best charities on Earth—saving wild animals in the Bay Area, AND mountain gorillas!—and they NEED US!!

p.s. We need people to put these adorable posters by Megan of Say It’s Not Soy all over town and on your website and EVERYWHERE so please, please, please, can you help!? If so, email me and I’ll hook you up with some 4-ups and black-and-white versions because we classy.  Oh and say you’re going on Facebook so we look popular and shit. Or not “and shit.” Just “popular.” SO TIRED. 

07/08/2009

Violet Sweet Shoppe  »

Crystal Rice, proprietor of Violet Sweet Shoppe, has been in business only a few months, but already has a solid baked goods repertoire. As a brand-new independent operator, she seems ready to go.

We tried some of her desserts a couple of weeks ago, at her pre-WWVBS bakesale at Little Otsu, as well as meet the lady behind them. While Joel and I went separately from Laura and Jonas, we ended up purchasing nearly all the same items: spice cupcakes, cinnamon roll cookies, and gingerbread sandwich cookies. Laura and Jonas also bought some chocolate chip cookies, but Hazel knocked down and ate their cupcake*, so we ended up having a few different experiences after all.

The number-one best thing we all ate—and this is a six-person consensus here—is the gingerbread sandwich cookie. Laura says it tastes “like a cloud of perfectly sweetened lemon cream floating betweet two soft gingerbread hugs.” In fact, Laura’s parents liked these cookies so much, I’m told, that they bogarted them down to a couple of bites, and “Goldie”** Beck “asked for a direct line to Violet Sweet Shoppe to order [the gingerbread sandwiches] immediately.”

Joel also loved the gingerbread cookie; he compared it to an oatmeal creme pie, “all mooshy” and delicious. I have to concur: they are really fantastic cookies, and a perfect size, too; and you already knew how Jonas feels about them.

I loved the cinnamon roll cookies. They are pretty, and delicately flavored, and totally perfect with milk. I would absolutely pay for the recipe for these. Granted, without milk they are a little dry, but with milk, they come alive.

Unfortunately, Laura says, “the chocolate chip cookie…was kinda big and dry, but the flavor was good…maybe it was the freshness?” She also reports that Goldie “didn’t like them at all,” and as Laura “trust[s] her taste when it comes to vegan baked goods,” the chocolate chip is not the best cookie Violet Sweet Shoppe makes.

The spice cupcakes get their name from the addition of white pepper to the more traditional baking spices (cinnamon, cardamom, etc.). The ones we tried didn’t especially benefit from the combination, though. The frosting was very good, but the cupcakes were a little chewy, like the gluten had overdeveloped. Maybe the batter for this batch was over-mixed; maybe it sat too long before baking. These are very common baking errors. The other flavors she sold that afternoon might’ve been perfect, but I can’t say, as we only tried the spice—clever, I know. However, Crystal Rice has worked as a professional pastry chef, so I imagine our cupcakes were little aberrations.

The sale outside of Little Otsu ended in just two hours, which says something about the quality of Crystal’s talent—as well as the desire for vegan baked goods around here. Horror vacui, you guys.

Violet Sweet Shoppe takes orders for special occasions, and I suppose regular occasions if you are feeling in need like gingerbread sandwich cookie-pie heaven. Wholesale orders are also welcome. Contact information is available at the site. We are really happy to have another talented vegan baker in the city, and look forward to the next opportunity to enjoy something Crystal Rice has made.

*This was not the first documented incident of Hazel’s deliberate street-foood sabotage.
**”Goldie” is her handle. Obviously.

06/25/2009

World Wide Vegan Bakesale San Francisco is THIS WEEKEND!  »

This is just a reminder that we will be out in full force on Saturday, June 27th (in front of Ike’s Place at 3506 16th St., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.!) and Sunday, June 28th (24th St. at Capp St., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.!) with HUNDREDS of delicious vegan baked goods! Pies, cakes, cupcakes, pastries, donuts, breakfast bars, blondies, brownies and much, much more! Our bakesale is stocked by generous donations from VegNews magazine, Sugar Beat Sweets, Bike Basket Pies, Pepple’s Donuts, Angel Cupcakes, Pure Life Chef, Pie Truck, and many other talented bakers from all over SF and beyond! We’ve even got pastry chefs from some of the finest restaurants in SF and Oakland making vegan goods! Ow!

Daisy Wares is donating a tube of her delicious lip balm to anyone who buys a dozen or more cupcakes/cookies/etc! FREE STUFF!! YES, PLEASE!

EVERY penny raised is going to be split between Animal Place and East Bay Animal Advocates, two nonprofits doing amazing work for animals. This sale will only be a success if y’all show up and turn it out in the gluttonous consumption department. So put on your eatin’ pants and come eat us I mean see us on Saturday. And Sunday. Yes. More details can be found at the World Wide Vegan Bakesale SF blog.

You should stop reading now if you’re not down for a bit of a tangent.

Okay, you’ve been warned. I’ve gotten a couple emails from people wondering if we can make a few things with butter and/or eggs. You know, for the non-vegans. The answer is NO. Further, IT’S ONE CUPCAKE. You can’t abstain from butter for ONE BAKED GOOD? Come on; it wouldn’t kill you to eat a tasty vegan treat every once in awhile. Do your heart and cholesterol a favor and take a pass on the mucus and pus spread for a day.

Ugh, now I’m just annoyed. The best is when fools get all dramatic about your response, like you’re some judgy dogmatic vegan who is just being ridiculous and even discriminatory. It’s the same mentality of people who want a straight pride parade in response to the gay pride one. EVERY PARADE IS A STRAIGHT PRIDE PARADE. Every romantic comedy and freaking blue jeans ad is a straight pride parade. Almost everything in our society is made for consumption by straight people. Let gay people have their ONE FUCKING PARADE. They deserve a lot more. Like say, equality.

But I digress. It’s infuriating when omnivores (or even vegetarians! Traitors!) get all harsh when vegans have one fucking vegan bakesale and won’t cater to their butter NEEDS—GOD THE NERVE. And don’t get me started on vegan options in restaurants. Guess what, if a restaurant doesn’t cater to vegans, I’m gonna at least let them know that I’m here and want a piece of that. If they don’t change, hell yeah I’m gonna complain. You know what? This is San Francisco in the year 2009. You want to live in a progressive city? You gotta take the good with the bad. And guess what, your nasty, dead-animal-eating ass is the bad.

So no, there will not be any butter and/or eggs at our vegan bakesale.

06/21/2009

Violet Bake Shoppe bakesale presale!  »

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Violet Sweet Shoppe won’t be at our bakesales next weekend (COME) but she’ll be at the Hemlock Tavern today, June 22nd, selling her (delicious) wares! Cinnamon roll cookies with vanilla icing; spice cake with creamy cinnamon frosting; and THE MOST AMAZING ginger cookie things with a lemony cream filling! They ARE SO VERY VERY DELICIOUS. You must eat all of them.

(link to info about the delicious sale. I guess we should just put “link” here but oh well.)

Crystal of Violet Sweet Shoppe will be at the Hemlock Tavern from 5-8 p.m. today. There is a $5 show at 6 p.m., and the bar is serving vegan white Russians. The Hemlock Tavern is at 1131 Polk St., between Post and Sutter.

06/18/2009

World Wide Vegan Bakesale News!  »

Next weekend is the official World Wide Vegan Bakesale—come see Vegansaurus next Saturday and Sunday (June 27th & 28th!) at the sale we’re awesomelly participating in—but you don’t have to wait that long to buy delicious baked goods, for charity.

Valencia Street’s own Little Otsu is hosting a solo bakesale by Violet Sweet Shoppe on Sunday, 21 June, from 1 to 4 p.m.! Crystal Rice, proprietor of VSS, will donate half of the proceeds to Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue.

You can check them out for yourself on Saturday (20 June); Mickaboo is having a bird “meet and greet” as part of the SF SPCA’s Rescue, Recycle, Renew adoption fair, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Then head over to see Crystal at Little Otsu on Sunday to eat cookies and help out all those charming birds you met, and greeted.

You see, it is a perfect weekend.

(also: Adopt a cat! They will totally get along great with your companion bird! And how cute is a cat licking the frosting from your vegan cupcake? TOO CUTE, is the answer. Have a damn heart, save a kitty already.)

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