Vegan Cats

One of our frustrations about the way veganism has historically been promoted is that ready-made meat and dairy alternatives have often been downplayed in favor of vegetables. While the recent boom in vegan cookbooks that teach vegan substitution demonstrates that this is finally beginning to change, traditionally, taste and convenience have been sacrificed on the altar of health, and a version of veganism which appeals to the slimmest demographic of Americans has been the one that has historically been promoted. Tragically, while most people who attempt veganism do so for ethical reasons, when they fall off the wagon as two Read More

Grease is Good

We’ve always loved pizza. When Nathan and I met, we regaled each other with our youthful excursions to the local Shakey’s. Me, Friday nights with Mom and Dad listening to “Fly Like an Eagle” blaring from the jukebox, wiping my greasy hands on my Chemin De Fer jeans. Him, shoving entire slices in his mouth while cutting school, his greasy fingers from the pepperoni coating the joystick of the Asteroid machine. Grease is good. We still like pizza, but we miss the orangish-red oil that used to seep out of the pepperoni and flavor the pizza with spice and tang. Read More

A Swinging Vegan New Year’s Eve

Why wait for January 1 to start your New Year’s resolution to go vegan when you can start the night before? And we’re going to make it very easy by veganizing the most popular American cocktails and giving you a host of vegan hors d’oeuvres. So pop that cork and start the celebration of the new vegan you. Cheers! Not all beer, wine, champagne, and cocktail ingredients are vegan as many are processed using animal products. To find out if your favorite booze fits the bill, click here.

Holiday Stocking Stuffers

If it’s your job to stuff that stocking for a vegan, you better make sure it’s a big one! This year, your choice of vegan candies and other sweets is enormous!  From chocolate Santas, truffles, peanut brittle, English toffee, mints, fudge, Hanukkah gelt and chocolate covered caramels, to candy canes, nougat, fruit chews and holiday-themed lollipops, our tour of the best vegan sweets is sure to put the “happy” in your holidays. To order: For the Natural Candy Store’s vegan holiday option, click here. For Rose City Chocolatier’s vegan treats, click here. For Sjaak’s vegan chocolates, click here. For veganstore.com, Read More

The French Fry Detective

Sometimes you’re hungry and there are no vegan restaurants around. So you go and eat at a restaurant that is mean to animals. What’s a vegan to do? If they have vegan options, shouldn’t we support them? It’s a connendrum, conenadrum, a pickle. The Counter is one of those restaurants. They sell cows in a bun. It’s mean. But they also sell veggie burgers. The burger is vegan only, weirdly, the bun isn’t. So I got fries. I love fries. And I am on the trail of the perfect French fry. The Counter’s fries are thin, the way I like Read More

My Favorite Things

Increasing awareness about the toxicity and cruelty of some ingredients used in the production of traditional make-ups, as well as the cruel testing of those products animals are subjected to, has meant an explosion in cruelty-free, natural, and vegan or mostly vegan cosmetic companies, such as Ecco Bella, Beauty Without Cruelty, Gabriel, and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. At the same time, increasing public recognition of veganism has motivated many traditional cosmetic companies to cater to the needs of our growing market sector as well. Urban Decay, one of the most popular cosmetic companies for young women, has an entire section of Read More