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Category Archive: Holidays

Here are all the SuperVegan blog posts categorized under Holidays. XML

  1. The blessedly tiny image of the

    The blessedly tiny image of the “Possumtron” possum-dropping device on the comic-sans heavy official page for Clay Logan’s Corner Store Possum Drop.

    Continuing our dump on North Carolina day here at SuperVegan, we’re pleased that, to quote the AP, “possums can’t be dropped any more in illuminated balls on New Year’s Eve in Brasstown, North Carolina.

    PETA had sued the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, which issues the permit for the event, saying it’s illegal and cruel.

    “Citizens are prohibited from capturing and using wild animals for pets or amusement,” Judge Fred Morrison wrote in his ruling. The commission “had no authority to issue any permit to Logan for the unlawful public display of a native wild animal” at the drop, Morrison wrote.

    Thanks for this one, PETA!

    And lest you think this is some olde-timey tradition, naw, Clay’s Corner has only been doing this since the 1990s. Apparently the inspiration was a suggestion that “since the possum is Brasstown’s mascot of sorts, the town should have a live animal drop similar to the dropping of the ball in Times Square”. Of course. Totally makes sense. Why, it’s even a “non-alcoholic family event … We bring the possum to start the event and then the blessing and then we bring out the queens of the last ten years and show them off…and the church singing of songs and then the drop.” Sounds just like what goes down at Times Square every year.

    (I learned via Wikipedia that they do an event in Tallapoosa, Georgia also called a Possum Drop, but as that event’s website loudly states, “We Do Not Use A Live Opossum. It Is Stuffed.” I’m not sure if that means a fake possum or a taxidermied one, and, well, maybe I don’t really want to know.)

  2. Custom order of mini cupcakes from Champs Bakery

    Custom order of mini cupcakes from Champs Bakery

    Valentine’s day is next week and there are so many sweet ways to enjoy it with your sweetie(s)!

    Restaurant Specials:
    Blossom $65 per person includes appetizer or salad, palette cleanser, entrée and dessert for the holiday prix fixe menu, $65/person price excludes tax and tack on 20% gratuity that will be added to your bill.

    Bogota Latin Bistro a vegan friendly place in Park Slope, Brooklyn has added vegan options (veg can be made vegan) to their Valentine’s Day Menu. The vegan dessert will likely be fresh fruit. $30/person or order off the menu ala carte.

    Cafe Blossom $60/person Valentine’s Day specials for appetizer, entrée, palette cleanser, and dessert. Price excludes tax and add on 20% gratuity that will be added to your bill. Hint: the menu for Cafe Blossom and Blossom Restaurant appear to be the same except the Cafe is $5 less per person.

    Candle 79 $75/person includes soup or salad, appetizer, entrée, and dessert for $75/person from their prix fixe menu.

    Candle Cafe $58/person for soup, appetizer or salad, entrée, and dessert or order ala carte from the Valentine’s menu.

    Caravan of Dreams $45/person for soup or starter, entrée, and dessert. A raw/live option is available too and the full menu is listed on their Facebook wall.

    Cinnamon Snail is offering pre-ordered entrées and sweets for the big day, be sure to get your order in by Sunday 2/12. Check out their specials for pick-up only on 2/14 in Manhattan, Red Bank, NJ and Hoboken, NJ.

    Franchia $45/person includes a starter mini-appetizers, choice of 2 entrées, and a dessert posted on their (Valentine’s Day menu for full listing).

    Gobo Downtown and Uptown is mixing it up this year. Gone is the prix fixe and in its place both locations are offering a special dessert & cocktail for 2/10, 2/11 and 2/14 and all folks dining in on 2/14 get a special customized gift.

    Hangawi $65/person includes a starter mini-appetizers, choice of 3 entrées, and a dessert (click menu and Valentine’s Day for full listing). After 5pm dollar minimum applies. Don’t forget to wear cute socks for when you take off your shoes!

    Kajitsu for $80/person, will have a special v-day 9 course “Hana” menu with an extra dessert.

    La Verdure @Eataly the vegetable based restaurant is offering a 4 course veg menu that can be ordered vegan at $50/person. Just be sure to let them know you’re vegan when making the reservation!

    Pure Food and Wine‘s $72/person or $129/person with wine pairing, is already booked up for their prix fixe Valentine’s menu(but it’s not too late to be added to the wait list) it includes 3 courses and dessert.

    Sacred Chow is taking reservations, give them a call for their Valentine’s specials.

    Saravanaas/Saravana Bhavan is offering a $40/person 3 course prix fixe featuring north and south Indian dishes and includes a glass of wine from 5-10pm.

    V-Note‘s $60/person includes a starter, palette cleanser, entrée, and dessert (scroll to the bottom of the homepage for the Valentine’s Day menu).

    Other romantic options to consider: Vatan’s 4 course $30/person dinner, John’s of 12th St. Italian vegan menu, or Dirt Candy.

    Want a more private interlude at home? Check out Vegweb’s great listing of new Valentine’s recipes or read up on suggestions in this interview with chef and romance writer Amanda Usen to incorporate some vegan aphrodisiacs into your meal.

    A great list to vet your chocolate to ensure it’s vegan slave-free/safe-to-buy is available from the Food Empowerment Project so the chocolate you give is full of love and not at the expense of others.

    Cocoa V Chocolate @ Blossom Restaurant pick up chocolate bon bons, truffles, barks and more all made locally at Blossom as Cocoa V (what was the only vegan chocolate shop in NYC) is now closed. Don’t worry kids the space is re-opening as of February 17 as Blossom Bakery.

    Fine and Raw Chocolate produces raw, vegan chocolate sweetened with agave, made in Brooklyn available at many places around town or on-line.

    One Lucky Duck will have their usual sweets as well as special Valentine’s Day foil wrapped hearts, chocolate bar gift sets, and chocolate truffle boxes that can be bought on-line or at a retail location.

    Rescue Chocolate is 100% vegan, made in Brooklyn, and benefits animal rescue organizations. It’s available on-line or throughout NYC.

    Rose City Chocolatier for the heart shaped box of your childhood that has a vegan assortment, vegan fruit jellies, truffles, or even give the gift of vegan chocolate of the month. They have a store in NJ or order on-line for delivery by Tuesday.

    Doughnuts, Cookies & Treats:
    Babycakes – gluten-free folks can still get their sweet on for the holiday or if you’re not local they deliver too.

    Champs Family Bakery – pre-order specialty cookies, cupcakes or cakes from their menu Don’t want to break the bank? Champs recently started a daily bakery happy hour from 9pm-10pm BOGO free(equal or lesser value) on all individual baked goods!

    Dun-Well Doughnuts – locally made artisanal vegan doughnuts, yum! Check out their new store and place an order from their large assortment of flavors.

    Peacefood Cafe – has an in-house bakery and will have holiday themed cookies, cupcakes and cakes to choose from.

    If baked goods aren’t your dessert of choice, don’t forget sharing a hand-made vegan ice cream sundae from Lula’s Sweet Apothecary or a scoop from Stogo.

    Sweet and Sara – pick up a festive chocolate dipped strawberry marshmallow heart or pink strawberry marshmallows available around town or order on-line.

    How sweet will your Tuesday be? Did we miss anything? Tell us about it below!

  3. Vegan Shop-Up

    Happy, attractive people flock to the Vegan Shop-Up! (Photo courtesy of

    We’re excitedly counting down the days until we can shop with abandon at the February 12th Vegan Shop-Up at Pine Box Rock Shop in Brooklyn! To take our minds off how to balance being in our favorite bar in such close proximity to sweets, savories, wearables, washables and other assorted odds and ends, we sent Sarah Peltier, the founder of Vegan Shop-Up, our ten most pressing questions! In turn, Sarah sent us her ten best answers! Feel free to read out loud to your loved one(s).

    Deborah Diamant: You’re a year old! How does a vegan pop-up shop celebrate this achievement?
    Sarah Peltier: We plan to celebrate our first birthday with lots of freebies for everyone! Some of the best vegan-friendly companies around have donated treats: VegNews, Babycakes, Terri, MooShoes, Foodswings, and Babeland.

    DD: Why do you think pop-up shops have gotten so popular the last year or so?
    SP: They’re the perfect low-risk venue for companies without a regular location to reach the public. They’re an enticing shopping experience and a great way for smaller businesses to get noticed.

    DD: How many vendors were at your first shop-up, and how many do you expect this weekend?
    SP: We had a whopping five vendors at the very first Shop-Up last February, and now we are at 32! It grows more and more each time around.
    Continue Reading…

  4. I don’t know about you, but I was all set to break out the Tofurky this Thanksgiving. In the end, though, my cousin invited me over for an intimate vegan gathering, and for a change, a fake roast was not the centerpiece. She said I didn’t have to bring anything, that I should consider myself a guest, but my mother would roll over in her grave if I went to someone’s house and didn’t bring something, no matter what I’d been told.

    Dinner started a little late because the Butternut Squash Risotto didn’t seem to want to cook (man, it’s hard to find a recipe without Parmesan cheese!). But that was fine because I’d made an appetizer: the Artichoke Puffs from Carol Adams’ Living Among Meat Eaters, tasty, flaky little treats filled with artichoke hearts, mushrooms, roasted red pepper, scallions and garlic. Everyone was surprised I’d made them because I’m not a mushroom fan; in fact, they’re way more mushroomy than artichokey. But these small bites are incredibly savory and flavorful, so if mushrooms are your thing, you’ll definitely want to pull Carol’s book off the shelf and flip to the recipe section. There aren’t many recipes in the book, but the ones that are there were well-chosen, and I’ve never been disappointed.

    Carol Adams’ Artichoke Puffs should really be called Mushroom Puffs. These tasty bites were almost gone before I got a chance to take a picture!

    When the risotto was finally ready, we sat down to eat. And this is how the meal played out: apple and cabbage salad with sesame-tamari dressing; Portuguese kale soup with red beans and Field Roast Mexican Sausages; Candle 79’s Cornmeal-Crusted Tempeh, marinated in garlic and ginger (she never got around to encrusting it, but it was still delish!); a mash of parsnip, potato and celery root; and, of course, the risotto. Everything was amazing—I would make the tempeh any day of the year, and the soup was incredibly flavorful, even if the sausages were way too spicy for my wimpy palate. That said, I would have preferred the risotto seasoned more traditionally; cumin and tarragon just don’t do it for me. But overall the meal was stellar, as was the company.

    Then it was time for dessert. My cousin made the best Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake I’ve ever tasted (she used the classic filling from the spelt crust recipe). Okay, so she bought a premade crust, but she used fresh pumpkin from her CSA share instead of puree from a can—how’s that for ambitious? She also made a cashew cream to go on top, but it was incredibly rich, so I opted for a dollop of vanilla ice cream instead. What can I say, I’m a purist.

    Of course, I’d made a dessert, too. Though delicious, the cookies were a departure from the route I normally would have taken: Chocolate, my ingredient of choice, gives my cousin migraines, and her husband can’t digest tofu. So as you can see, my options were limited. Leave it to Hannah Kaminsky to save the day! Her Maple Pistachio Cremes, from My Sweet Vegan, were pure genius: a sandwich of simple cookies, sweetened with maple syrup, and filled with a thick, rich pistachio paste. The dough was so delicious, I didn’t think there’d be any left to make the cookies with. And the cream was just the right balance of rich and sweet. I’m always amazed when recipes with very few ingredients pack such a flavor punch, and these treats definitely fall into that category.

    Hannah Kaminsky’s Maple Pistachio Cremes are simple and sweet yet rich, the perfect holidy treat for anyone who can’t have chocolate or soy (I used hemp rather than soymilk).

    So yet again, we vegans prove that being animal-free doesn’t mean being deprived, and that we can stuff ourselves with the best of them. How was your holiday? Did you use any of our reader-submitted recipes? Let us know how your Thanksgiving meal turned out. And start thinking about what you’ll be serving for Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa!