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Monday, November 29, 2010

Black Friday Protests, Celebrity Vegan Restaurateurs, and a Crush-Free America

Posted By on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 4:21 PM


SFoodie's roundup of tips, news, and rants from the week in animal-free eats.

• The past couple of weeks were pretty good for vegans. This year's mainstream media coverage of Thanksgiving was considerably heftier (and more positive) than in the past. There was Russell Simmons being all healthy (and slightly crazy? Does he seem slightly crazy?) on The Martha Stewart Show, the New York Times featuring delicious veg centerpiece dishes, and Ellen Degeneres (marry me!) and her personal chef whipping up a vegan holiday feast. Hot damn! I wonder if all this coverage has anything to do with the footage the Humane Society of the United States revealed of horrific cruelty at the nation's largest turkey hatchery?

• CNN's coverage of Black Friday shopping in New York City was cut short when a bunch of Fur Free Friday protesters bust in with "Fur is wack, bee-yotch!" I kinda feel bad for the ladies who came from Wales to see what the Black Friday mayhem is all about (Really, ladies? Really?), but the host was completely lame in trying to ignore the protesters. There's your story, Dumbass! Anyway, anyone buy anything good? I got some sweet Wiener dog holiday cards from Jen Oaks. I love them, and if I love you, you'll be getting one in the mail soon. Or, I'll forget to send them. Who knows!

click to enlarge That Football Player Who Isn't Tony Romo
  • That Football Player Who Isn't Tony Romo

• Apparently, Mike Tyson has plans to launch a high-end restaurant chain that's vegan! Tyson's been vegan for eight months and is really digging it. A few thoughts: First, what is a "high-end chain restaurant," exactly? Can anyone give me an example? Second, it's totally weird how convicted rapists like Tyson can get good press -- we obviously don't give two shits about women and have the collective attention span of a gnat. Third: Fresh! I'll most likely eat there. Joining Tyson as an unlikely vegan restaurant owner is Jessica Simpson's fiancé, That Football Player Who Isn't Tony Romo. TFPWITR (aka Eric Johnson) also has plans to open a Los Angeles-based vegan chain. I'm thinking that getting into the vegan restaurant biz is a smart move if you have funds to keep you afloat for a few years, are providing highly delicious product, and are comping all my meals. That's the three-pronged secret to success, people.

• Sometime this week or early next, San Francisco will get its third Loving Hut restaurant in the Inner Sunset. The vegan chain, run by devotees of Supreme Master Ching Hai, has over a hundred restaurants worldwide and doesn't appear to be slowing down. Let's be real: That's why you start a cult -- because you never want to slow down. Also, free labor. And free money. I predict that, in three years, either there will be more Loving Huts than McDonalds and Burger Kings combined or Master Ching Hai will be in prison and the chain will go under. Only time will tell!

• Robin Quivers, Howard Stern's straight-talking sidekick, will soon launch a cooking show, "Veducating Robin". Robin definitely loves being vegan, but she's also a bit of a control freak who might be (read: most definitely is) starving herself. Her diet sounds fairly crazy-town, as she mainly eats vegetable juice and most likely falls asleep cuddling her treadmill every night. You know, really healthy stuff. Anyway, we'll see!

• Here's the weekly Vegansaurus roundup of food recalls due to contanimation or risk-for-contamination. Yum! This Thanksgiving I'm thankful for not contracting Salmonella, E. coli, or any variety of foodborne bacteria. As Meave writes, "Wherever there are animal products, there's a risk of bacterial infection. Barf." Barf, indeed.

• More good news: The Senate approved a ban on animal crush videos. Wow, way to do something, Senate! It's been so long, I hardly remember what it looks like to have a functioning upper house. if the Senate couldn't make it illegal to perform in and sell videos where women wearing high heels crush kittens, what can they accomplish? No, really, this is a very serious question. Empire in decline, folks. Hide your kids, hide your wife, but don't worry about hiding your kittens, because they're safe now!

Laura Beck is a founding editor of Vegansaurus and tweets at @mrpenguino.
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