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Friday, March 25, 2011

Veggie Burgers Elevate, Charcuterie Loses the Meat, Baloney Stays Shady!

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 2:09 PM


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

• Hey! AOL's City's Best interviewed me and I reveal things like my favorite snacks! Since I'm so fascinating, you will probably want to read this/tell me to go to hell. Whatevs!

This song debunks vegan myths really adorably. You should listen to it and then call me and we can sing along. When we're done with that, let's go to the Mint, because you HAVE to see me rap/sing Nelly's "Hot in Here." It really does get hot in there.

The American Prospect has a powerful article on how Tyson not only abuses the shit out of its chickens, but also their immigrant farm workers. Twenty-first century sharecropping, y'all! Tyson, not giving a shit about animals ― including humans! ― since FUCKING FOREVER.

click to enlarge Restaurant veggie burgers are moving beyond the frozen kind. - EVAN SUNG/THE NEW YORK TIMES
  • Evan Sung/The New York Times
  • Restaurant veggie burgers are moving beyond the frozen kind.

• The New York Times brings it with an article about how the veggie burger is elevating to more of an art form, and less of a boring-ass backup plan for desperate vegetarians.

OCD Sweets (whose caramels are very delicious, as SFoodie's own Tamara Palmer has reported!) is selling special "compassionate caramels," which are infused with fresh lavender and sprinkled with lavender dust. So fancy! So delicious! The caramels were created to honor a close friend who recently lost her battle with breast cancer. They're $5 for "two honkin' ounces," and 100 percent of the sales will go to Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Services. Good eats for a good cause, is there anything better? Let's gorge! The caramels are available for pickup in central locations in Napa or S.F., or they can ship directly to your mouth. For more info, contact Melodi of OCD.

Thieves Tavern in the Mission is offering vegan Bloody Marys every Sunday! They're huge, and filled with spicy and pickled veggies. Alcoholic breakfast in a glass never tasted so good! Or alcoholic! I'll see you there next Sunday, I'll be at the bar from noon to 2 p.m., on the bar from 2:01 p.m. to 3 p.m., and then under the bar from 3:01 p.m. on!

• SFoodie's HGiC (Head Gentleman in Charge) interviewed Kasa's Anamika Khanna and Tim Volkema, and reported on the success of their Wednesday night vegan pop-ups at the Corner! Too cool, I really want to get to one of these. Has anyone been because it looks ridiculously delicious, and I very much would like to go there. On a date. With you! Who loves to pay and then afterwards, take me out shopping and buy me money!

• The delightful Megan Rascal has a great list of "11 Tips for New Vegans" over at Vegansaurus. It's very handy, even for longtime vegans, so print it out and tape it to your shirt so you never forget! When people see it, they'll automatically just take you to Rainbow Grocery and deposit you in the tofu section. Very helpful!

Gather's vegan charcuterie platter. - LEELEE C./YELP
  • LeeLee C./Yelp
  • Gather's vegan charcuterie platter.

• That awesome Tamara Palmer is at it again! Over at The Feast, she's got a great video of Sean Baker, the executive chef and co-owner of Gather restaurant in Berkeley, showing us how to make his vegan charcuterie (hehe) plate. That shit is magic done with vegetables, so watch it and take notes. If you can successfully replicate it for me, I will come over and vacuum naked for you. Or I won't. Whichever you prefer.

• EcoSalon published a piece called "The Conscious Case Against Veganism," which was anything but that. I was kinda shocked that a website would post an argument riddled with so many logical fallacies. I mean, I'm all for hearty debate, but the person I'm debating should have something to say, ya know?

• Of course, I had to come correct, and EcoSalon was generous enough to let me write a rebuttal (for free!). You see, veganism is about doing as little harm as possible, and I think that's something most people can get behind. And as grumpy and bitchy as people might think I am because I curse a lot (and I'm a WOMAN! The nerve!), I think it's awesome what people (myself included) try to do to be better, and the only things I really can't stand for are tired excuses and specious arguments.

• Some shady shit is going down in Iowa and Florida, and it's very bothersome. Wayne Pacelle, the president of the Humane Society of the United States, has a great response. Read it and become informed and angry and righteous and then depressed. It's the full circle of vegan emotions!

• Some 23,000 pounds of bologna was recalled for being contaminated with E. coli. Yum! I suggest a rewrite of the classic Oscar Meyer jingle as, "My bologna has a first name, it's e-c-o-l-i!" Catchy, no? I'm available for hire! No, really, I desperately need work.

Laura Beck is a founding editor of Vegansaurus and tweets at @mrpenguino. Follow SFoodie at @SFoodie, and like us on Facebook.

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