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Friday, December 2, 2011

Vegan Holiday Pop-Ups, Cafe Gratitude No More, and Horse Slaughter Legalized. WTF, Obama!?

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 1:30 PM

• The Hairpin performed a vegan nog taste-off because those heifers know what's up! And then at the end, they hella mixed them all together and drank that. Much respect/PUKE.

• This weekend in the Mission, some brave ladies step into the shoes of the dead-and-gone Beats 'n' Brunch by cooking up B12: Bomb Vegan Brunch. Vegansaurus has the menu (hey! That's me!) and it looks extremely delicious. I'm a little worried about the advertised musical crap, but you know what? I'd sit in the middle of a drum circle in hell (i.e., every drum circle) for a decent vegan brunch. Hell, I'd perform in a vegan drum circle for one decent vegan waffle prepared outside of my kitchen. I know, I hate me, too.

• This Saturday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tri-Valley East Bay SPCA (4651 Gleason Drive, Dublin), you can meet and adopt the pet bunny of your dreams! And you know you've had a dream about adopting a pet bunny. Is there anything more magical than a hairball who hops? NOPE. There will be rabbit experts on hand to answer your pressing bunny questions, free nail trims for your bun-bun, and maybe bunny speed dating. Heaven is a place on Earth. Before the event, meet their adoptable rabbits online, and I'll see you there. Warning: My next post will most likely be from under a pile of bunnies. Adorable! Sexy! How does she do it!?

• Biggest vegan story of the week, for sure, is that all the NorCal Café Gratitudes are closing. Not only that, they're selling off Gracias Madre, and probably already have a buyer. And that buyer? MCDONALD'S. Hahaha sorry, that was a joke, I just wanted to see some vegan hearts stop beating because I'm a real psycho. Anyway, who wants to go in on buying the whole shebang and calling it Café Laura and only serving disco fries? Holler!

• Another super-sad thing? Our beloved Quarrygirl blog, the ultimate in sassy guides to everything vegan, especially eating in Los Angeles, announced her blogtirement. We will very much miss that f-bomb-dropping glorious b and are pouring out all the beer and hot sauce in our fridge in her honor. JK, we are eating it all because that's what she'd want SHE'S NOT A MONSTER. Luckily, you can still follow her on Twitter to keep abreast of all the haps! DO IT.

boygirlparty makes some adorable shit that you want to give everyone for the holidays. Luckily, Vegansaurus has a hearty discount for you, with some of the money donated to Woodstock Animal Sanctuary. Yay! Also, looking for vegan gifts to give the silly omnivores in your life? Megan Rascal put together a mean, lean vegan-gift-giving list of greatness. Check it out!

• Speaking of holiday shopping, two holiday shop-ups this weekend! An all vegan one in NYC, and one with all vegan treats in Oakland. Get fat and buy stuff! It's the American/Laura Beck way!

Ringling Bros., evil animal abusers/creepy clowns, were hella fined mad money for being evil animal abusers/creepy clowns. Well, just for the animal abuse part, not for the creepy clown part, but that should been an extra fine. Never ever ever go to circuses that have animals! They are so fucked! Plus, Cirque du Soleil has contortionist brothers having sex on stage and stuff, way more family-friendly/sexy.

• Well, horse slaughter is now legal in the United States! Thanks, Obama! I will not be campaigning for or donating to you ever again, and this bitch went door-to-door for your ass. Now I'll sit on the couch and eat ice cream and contribute to the "obesity epidemic" instead. That's right, Michelle, this shit just got personal. From the Technorati piece:

Notwithstanding that 70 percent of Americans oppose horse slaughter, that President Obama made a campaign promise to permanently ban horse slaughter and exports of horses for human consumption (horses can be sent to Mexico and Canada), that documentation of animal cruelty, slaughterhouse stench, fluid runoff and negative community impact exists, it is taxpayers that will bear the costs!

Ugh, I'm totally sick about this. I know some people are like, "Well, what's one more animal? We already eat all the other animals! AMERICA FUCK YEAH!" and I agree with that to a certain extent. A horse is no more or less special than any other animal (which is to say, VERY SPECIAL) but any time we get more comfortable eating animals, it's very dangerous, and a slippery slope. But maybe this will cause some people to think about all the animals they're eating and maybe they should stop? But probably not. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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