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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

CUESA Makes Veggies Sexy in New Muni Ads

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 7:30 AM

  • Photo via CUESA
What's long and hard, looks like male genitalia, and is all over San Francesco's public transportation?

The answer, surprisingly, is not male genitalia. Instead, it's vegetables in all their organic sexiness. CUESA, the organization which runs the popular Saturday farmer’s market at the Ferry Building — among many other things — has released a new Muni ad campaign showcasing the beauty of fruits and veggies that might not necessarily be pleasing to the eye, but are so good for the body. The "ugly" fruit trend has been gaining traction — for example, in France, where a year-old law forbids supermarkets from tossing less-than-beautiful vegetables —  and this campaign seeks to support it in a way only San Francisco can. Even if your eggplant looks almost like Richard Nixon in profile.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The World Veg Festival Comes to Golden Gate Park This Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 8:00 AM

  • Andreas Knuttel/Dynamic Eye Studio

It is tasty along with being generally healthful, and, even in the form of, say, triple-frosted deep-fried brownies, it makes the social conscience proud. Vegan food is the focus of the World Veg Festival, a celebration of plant-based eating designed for hardcore vegans, potentially transitioning vegetarians, and curious carnivores as well.

Veganism isn’t a personal practice of most people in this foodie city, but awareness of the health and anti-cruelty benefits of animal-free diets has soared.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Going Vegetarian at Meat-Heavy Cockscomb

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Eggplant in foreground, beets in background at Cockscomb - TREVOR FELCH
  • Trevor Felch
  • Eggplant in foreground, beets in background at Cockscomb

In Cockscomb’s gorgeous, two-level SOMA temple to all things meat, you don’t quite feel like eggplant is what generates the energy. 

When revealing that I'd be eating vegetarian, my server's reaction was surprise mixed with a little pity, especially since the Falstaff-ian feast of a blood-rare, pin bone steak with bone marrow dip happened to be a table away. The feeling was more in line with when I order a glass of wine at a dive bar while my peers are downing PBR and Jack-and-Cokes. 

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wear Your Finest Survivalist Tux to This Vegetarian-Vegan Fest

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 11:45 AM

  • Kelly Patton

Are you concerned about environmental degradation, the corporatization of the commonweal, and the impossibility of sustainable agricultural practices in a world of 7.2 billion hungry humans? If so, there is an event at Public Works on Sunday, July 26 called The Art of Surival that will cater to both your sense of impending doom and your hunger for non-dairy cheese.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

A Belly (and Taste)-Less Veggie Burger at Big Chef Tom's Belly Burgers

Posted By on Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Big Chef Tom's Belly Burgers' Veggie Burger - TREVOR FELCH
  • Trevor Felch
  • Big Chef Tom's Belly Burgers' Veggie Burger

Vegetarian dining across the board is getting better in the city. Chefs are paying more attention to plant based cooking and we’re learning more than ever about different global niche cuisines that boast incredible meat-free dishes, not just for the sake of being the vegetarian option.

Veggie burgers on the other hand — my friends, there is work to do. Across the Bay in Oakland Chris Kronner of the new Kronner Burger in Oakland put together an Earth burger with far, far more care than the typical veggie burger usually receives, down to the yuba “bacon.” The same can be said over at Mission Bowling Club, as this writer chronicled two years ago. Some of the mini burger chains like Super Duper and Roam have worthwhile veggie burgers (especially the version at the latter that literally is purple from all the beets). This begs the question about how is the veggie burger at one of the city’s most scream in your face shrines to swine? Let’s head to the Western area of SoMa where there aren’t new lofts and start-up offices every block, to Big Chef Tom’s Belly Burgers for belly-less burgers.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Green Tiffin Offers Unique Vegetarian Spin on Lunchtime Delivery

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM

This Penang veggie curry and marinated mushroom salad could show up delivered by electric bike from Green Tiffin. - ALIX WALL
  • Alix Wall
  • This Penang veggie curry and marinated mushroom salad could show up delivered by electric bike from Green Tiffin.

If the same old lunch options in downtown San Francisco are getting you down, here’s a healthy vegetarian option: Green Tiffin.

Adrian Tay was traveling through India a few years ago, on sabbatical from his corporate career. Seeing tiffins hanging from bicycle handlebars reminded him of the hot meals his working parents outsourced and had delivered when he was a child in Malaysia.

Tiffins are reusable containers that usually contain home-cooked meals that are then delivered by bike or motorbike, and customers return the empties when their next delivery comes. Tay has given his idea a particular Bay Area spin: Delivery is by electric bike.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

AL's Place Offers Vegetarians and Their Meat-Loving Friends an Unusual Meal

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 10:52 AM

Mixed Brassicas, Sudachi, Pickled Radish, Wild mushrooms came in a delicious savory broth, and was one of our favorite dishes of the night. - ALIX WALL
  • Alix Wall
  • Mixed Brassicas, Sudachi, Pickled Radish, Wild mushrooms came in a delicious savory broth, and was one of our favorite dishes of the night.

A few days later,  we’re still not sure what we think about titling a menu section “Snackles.” But besides that, we enjoyed an early meal at AL’s Place, the new restaurant from Chef Aaron London, who took over when Chef Jeremy Fox left Ubuntu, the outstanding vegetable-celebrating restaurant in Napa that closed in 2012.

With its teal exterior and not-too-clinical white interior, the restaurant gives off a bit of a beach-y vibe, all the more noticeable in this outer Mission corner spot.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

World-Spanning Vegetarian Food at the Sunset's Pomelo

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 11:57 AM

"The Manila" at the Inner Sunset's Pomelo on Judah - TREVOR FELCH
  • Trevor Felch
  • "The Manila" at the Inner Sunset's Pomelo on Judah

The Inner Sunset’s Pomelo is a bit of a rebel when it comes to menu inspiration. So often restaurants zero in on a very specific cuisine and theme, dead-set, zoomed-in on a place as small as a sparsely populated Greek island where the chef recently honeymooned or a certain arrondissement of Paris where a chef grew up or backstreet alleyway of Tokyo that is home to the world’s best yakitori. Pomelo’s vision spans the entire globe. They aren’t going for the niche. They are going for it all. The menu stops in the Philippines, Japan, Mexico, Santa Barbara, Cuba, and even Gilroy. Just because the menu thinks big doesn’t mean the flavors can’t be big, too.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

"Vegan Challenge" Author Offers Tips to Reduce Animal Product Consumption

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Now that we’ve all had plenty of time to abandon our New Year’s resolutions to eat better, it’s the perfect time to pick up a new edition of a book by Oakland author and activist Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, called The 30-Day Vegan Challenge.

Patrick-Goudreau, who says she was raised on the standard American diet of meat, eggs and dairy, is the author of numerous books on veganism, teaches vegan cooking classes, and coaches people on adopting more of a plant-based diet.

She chose 30 days because behaviorists say that long-ingrained habits can be broken within three weeks, and she liked the round number that 30 days gives. While Patrick-Goudreau abstains from all animal products, she doesn’t expect that all readers of her book will too; she encourages everyone to take small steps to hopefully reduce, if not eliminate entirely, the amount of animal products we eat. As she herself notes, that without proper support and community, it’s very difficult for everyone but the most ardent vegans to remain at it for long.

In addition to lots of recipes (baked oatmeal with blueberries and bananas for breakfast; southwestern quinoa pilaf for lunch, socca, or chickpea crepes with balsamic mushrooms and kale for dinner; strawberry parfait with vanilla custard and candied almonds for dessert) the book gives advice on introducing new foods to your pantry, trying to go vegan when your partner is not, eating vegan in such places as airports and family gatherings, and time-saving tips.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Vegan Mecca Millennium Closing After More Than 20 Years

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 1:47 PM

Millennium was known for its elegant, richly plated vegan dishes. - FACEBOOK/MILLENNIUM

Well, another one bites the dust. Millennium, the fine dining vegan spot in the Tenderloin, has announced that it will be closing as the hotel that houses it, the Hotel California, has been sold.

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