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Category Archive: Philadelphia

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  1. I was all excited about this test lab bunny doll, but it's made of wool and alpaca. Boo!

    I was all excited about this test lab bunny doll, but it’s made of wool and alpaca. Boo!

  2. The Grilled Seitan at Horizons in Philadelphia

    The Grilled Seitan at Horizons in Philadelphia

    When my friends Kevin and Beth told me that I had to try Horizons, a gourmet vegan restaurant in Philadelphia, I yawned. The thing with non-New Yorker vegans is that they always think their veggie restaurants are absolutely incredible when they really are quite crappy when you compare them to what we have here in NYC.

    Time and time again I’ve been disappointed by the veggie restaurants in other cities, so my expectations for Horizons were quite low. But wow, it’s been quite a while since I’ve been wowed by any restaurant in or out of NYC, and Horizons completely wowed me with their original and inventive dishes.

    Once I got over their new age hippie meets IKEA decor and burnt coffee, I realized that my meal there was really the best meal I’ve had in a really long time. It indeed was worth dropping $20 (and risking my life) on a Chinatown bus to get down to Philly to try it. The yummy deviled oyster mushroom fritters served over a purée of creamed spinach and English pea bursted with savory, buttery, and earthy flavors. Their grilled seitan was unforgettable – juicy, smoky, and perfectly charred and easily rivals (if not better than) the seitan at Candle 79. And I embarrassingly licked clean the dish that their heavenly saffron crème brûlée was served in.

    I can’t wait for NYC to open a restaurant with food like that of Horizons. But better yet, I wonder if they have considered moving to NYC or at least open a branch here. In the mean time, I’m sure I’ll be visiting Kevin and Beth a lot more now and I would just have to make do with their cookbook. Horizons, I heart you. xoxo!

  3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Bombs: Can you tell the original and the knock-off apart?

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Bombs: Can you tell the original and the knock-off apart?

    Jordana Rothman at Time Out New York has a fun story tracing the “clone rangers” and spin-offs of various popular NYC institutions. For example, alums of the tourist deathspot Magnolia Bakery spawned Buttercup Bake Shop, Billy’s Bakery, Sugar Sweet Sunshine, and Little Cupcake Bakeshop. (None are vegan-friendly, so check out Babycakes for your sugar fix instead.) Surely we have something just like this in the veggie world.

    Vegetarian’s Paradise 2 went through the trouble (and expense) of trademarking their “World Famous Crispy Soul Chicken” after a former chef left to open Vegetarian Palate in Park Slope, Brooklyn and ripped-off the West Village mainstay’s signature dishes such as Peking Spareribs and Mango Chicken.

    A former chef at Gobo ripped-off not only the fancy restaurant’s recipes and menu, but also a part of its decor – the collages of dried ingredients – when he opened Wild Ginger on the border of Chinatown and Wild Ginger Brooklyn in Williamsburg.

    In Philly, Gianna’s Grille rips off Danielle Konya’s VeganTreats and tries to peddle their knock-offs with an air of authenticity with words such as “original,” “signature,” and get this: “Gianna’s vegan treats are available exclusively at Gianna’s! Accept no substitute!” (The lovely Danielle used to supply her cakes to Gianna’s.) Even more scandalous though: after telling their customers for years that they used a secret formula for their unbelievably meltable and stretchable soy cheese, Gianna’s Grille was exposed to have maliciously lied about their soy cheese being vegan. Though they now claim that everything labeled vegan on their menu is really indeed vegan, many vegans in the know still avoid and boycott the restaurant like the plague.

  4. Lawrence Carter-Long is one of the scheduled speakers

    Lawrence Carter-Long is one of the scheduled speakers

    New to animal rights? A veteran with years of experience? The 6th annual Farm Animal Forum will be held by Farm Sanctuary on Sunday, April 29, 2007, at the National Constitution Center at 525 Arch Street in Philadelphia, PA. Activists from all walks of life are sure to take away heaps of information and inspiration from this one–day conference. Activities will include speakers, merchandise and literature exhibits and hands-on activism. Up–to–date information on farm animal issues, campaigns, and developments will be provided.

    Reservations are required by April 20, and the cost is $45 and $50 after April 6. Students pay $35, and the fee includes lunch. To register call (607) 583-2225 ext. 221 or visit FarmSanctuary.org. Volunteers to help with the conference are still needed.

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