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A few more prizes added, and my favorite vegan youtubers!

First off, if you’ve already donated, thank you!  I love you, the bike riders love you, and all of the people who work at the farm sanctuaries love you.  I would e-hug everyone if I didn’t hate touchy-feely crap so much*.

Second, if you didn’t see the edits, or the tweets, Carrie from Vegan Coupons donated a $30 voucher to Liz Lovely!  It’s for their online store so even if you don’t have their products available near you, you can still bask in the glow of delicious vegan (and many gluten-free) treats!  Kelly has thrown in a $20 grab-bag of adorable buttons and a mirror, you can see the selection at her etsy shop.  $20 is a lot of buttons!

Thirdidly, someone asked me if international peeps are eligible to win.  Yes!  If you don’t live in the States and you win something from Herbivore, it’s covered.  The other prizes, we will work something out, either I will give the donor some money to cover the shipping, or I will have them send it to me and i’ll send it.  The exception is the Liz Lovely voucher, because it says on their site that they don’t ship outside of the US (or Alaska or Hawaii).  In that case, I will let the person decide if they want to pass the voucher along to a US friend or have me re-draw for it.

Fourthishly, even though I didn’t go to Vida Vegan Con, I enjoyed reading about it and learning about so many new blogs.  Literally dozens of vegan blogs I had never heard of!  I think it’s great when I can say, “No, I don’t know every vegan blog!  There are too many!”  BUT there are some awesome vegan resources on youtube, some exclusively.  These are my favorites, minus the beauty ones because I posted about them a few weeks ago.

 

Everyday Dish

 

I think most people know about this one, so to keep it short:  Julie Hasson, cooking show, well made, often has special guests. Julie is the vegan sausage queen, she’s the one who came up with the method of steamed sausages that is so popular.

The Vegan Zombie

 

Another cooking show, but with a zombie outbreak storyline thrown in!  Who doesn’t love zombies?  Assholes, that’s who.  I also like that this dude randomly makes weird faces and says ‘awnyun’.  Although, I think he might be sponsored by Daiya…

VegNews TV

 

There’s a mix of cooking videos from various people, travel pieces, interviews, etc.  For people who are too lazy to read a magazine!  Jasmin Singer is my favorite VegNews correspondent.

Shell123ey

 

I like Shelley because she’s smart, she makes videos that are titled things like ‘Sick of Vegans Opinions’, and so meat eaters are like, “Yeah!”, but then…she just talks about the difference between fact and opinion and lays some facts down on you about factory farming.  She does use images of factory farms, but nothing super gory.

The Vegan Drag Queen

 

I don’t know about you, but I love drag queens!  I want them on my t.v. all the time, and the day they announce that there will be no more Rupaul shows on Logo is the day you will find me sobbing in the corner.  So a vegan drag queen?  THE BEST.  She only has one episode of her cooking show so far, but Honey LaBronx is my new favorite vegan!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*I put up a tough front, but I will cry through Lifetime movies with the sobbiest of them.

posted: September 1, 2011
under: elsewhere on the internet, lists

Awesome Vegans Being Awesome

Hey!  First of all, I got kind of overwhelmed with all of the stuff I wanted to blog about, so I decided to break them up into categories and i’m going to set up entries to auto-publish over the next few days so I don’t go nuts and you guys don’t have to read one long, disjointed post.

 

The first thing I wanted to go on about is all of the positive things that are happening in our vegan community.  Sure, the shit-talking and infighting is fun to gawk at, and it’s great that veganism has been represented on Oprah, but sometimes I get tired of hearing about people just trying to make a buck and stepping on whoever they can in the name of doing so.  And I am not alone!  There is an awesome new blog called Vegans on the Move, which celebrates any sort of activism or goodwill, no matter how small.

 

Next up, it’s that time of year for the Ride to the Light benefit bike ride!  This is that thing where a group of crazy vegan kids bike all up the west coast in the name of raising money for farm sanctuaries.  I try to save my donation dollars for the summer so I can support my friends who do these rides, or any of the Farm Sanctuary walks.  They have a pretty steep goal to reach, so give them a few bucks and please post about it on your own blog!

 

Vegansaurus has been doing a feature called ‘Happy Veggie Kids‘, which I love because so many people are caught up in the myth that kids cannot grow without meat and/or dairy.  The kids featured are all ages, so the answers to the survey range from adorable to really thought out and mature.

 

Speaking of vegansaurus, they recently interviewed Lindy and I was floored that she named me as her favorite vegan food blogger!  Not just because I forget that people remember that I exist, but because I love her foul-mouthed ass.  Cutting through that uptight vegan stereotype, one expletive at a time.

 

Also worth mentioning, is that Isa is adding a bunch of recipes from her books to the PPK database.  Isa is very generous with her free recipes, her time, and her money.  Just don’t disagree with her about True Blood.

 

A few weeks ago, I went and saw Forks Over Knives.  I ended up being alone in the theater, but that wasn’t a surprise since I went at 2:30 in the afternoon, on a weekday, after it had been open for a week, in the middle of Illinois.  I’m amazed it played here at all!  If you don’t know, it’s a documentary all about using a plant-based diet to treat things like diabetes and heart disease.  I was a little wary about seeing it since I am not and never will be jumping on the anti-oil trend that seems to be taking a hold of a lot of vegans, but I think oil was only mentioned in passing.  I actually learned a few things and it gave me a kick in the pants that I should eat healthier.  I also found some of the patients very inspiring, especially the woman who began a plant-based diet while battling breast cancer, and even managed to run a marathon while going through treatment.  What you eat DOES matter, and what you’re not eating matters too.  A cruelty-free diet doesn’t do much for you if you’re not eating beans, grains, and vegetables.

I think that this is truly the best thing to happen to veganism as far as mainstream press goes. Not Kathy Freston, not Oprah, not any vegan celebrity who might just turn around and start talking about meatloaf a year later. I think it’s so awesome that a movie like this was popular enough to make it to my town.

 

 

posted: June 30, 2011
under: elsewhere on the internet, lists

Whiskers On Kittens

Random things I am currently in love with:

 

 

I saw these nesting bowls in a catalog at work last week and nearly died.  So colorful and so orderly!  Sadly, they are too expensive for me to justify since I have measuring cups and bowls, but if I needed to rebuild my kitchen supplies I would totally plop down the money.  I also think it’s neat that two of the bowls are a sieve and a colander.

 

 

I recently went on a mini-cookbook splurge after doing some freelance work (stuffing thousands of cards into hundreds of tins), and one of the books I got was Joni and Celine‘s The Complete Guide To Vegan Substitutions.  I’m not much of a recipe follower, so I generally buy cookbooks that have pictures, a nice layout, and if I enjoy reading them and learn something, I consider it a worthy buy.  Half of the cookbooks I own, i’ve made five recipes or less from.  It’s just how I roll (lazy and bad at meal planning).  So when I bought this book, I thought i’d learn some stuff from reading through, but I didn’t expect to see the picture above and read the recipe for the Macadamia Brie (stage bottom right) and nearly pee myself with anticipation.  I haven’t made it yet, but it’s definitely on my to-do list.  Also this book is super cute and you should buy it immediately.

 

I found out about this band (Agent Ribbons) by internet stalking Girl In A Coma, found this video on youtube, and instantly fell in love. I dare you to not play that video a minimum of five times.

And a last minute addition, I just saw these on Whedonesque and I almost died:

I have never wanted to crossstitch so badly in my LIFE. The rest can be seen here.

posted: March 4, 2011
under: books, food, lists, music, pictures, Uncategorized

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