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  1. Got Pizza? We do now! (Photo: courtesy of Daiya)

    Got Pizza? We do now! (Photo: courtesy of Daiya)

    As most vegans know, the biggest thing to hit our culinary universe this year is Daiya. It’s a totally yummy vegan cheese that melts and shreds just like dairy cheese. (Check out SuperVegan’s love-letter, er, review.)

    We thought we’d take a look behind the curtain and find out more about the wizards behind this new Canada-based cheesy phenomenon. Here they are, the Daiya Dudes. Andre Kroecher is the mad-scientist inventor of Daiya, and co-founder of the company with business-savvy Greg Blake.

    SuperVegan: Why did you set out to create vegan cheese and what were your main criteria?

    Andre Kroecher: I have always really loved dishes such as pizza, lasagna, quesadillas, burritos, which typically have cheese in them. Being a vegan though, I found that simply removing the cheese from these left me terribly disappointed. I tried replacing the cheese with extra salt and olive oil, but to me the taste and texture is just not nearly as satisfying.

    Having a background of more than 10 years experience as a product developer, I had a real passion for trying to invent a vegan cheese that might actually have the properties of real cheese. I also love imported exotic cheeses and other European cheeses like havarti, so I decided to just start experimenting to see if I could make something that would satisfy me more than the other [products] out there. I tend to naturally approach things in an unconventional way and this yielded some unexpected results. Eventually, I developed a block of something quite like a soft havarti style cheese.

    Greg Blake: When I tried the havarti style cheese Andre made I was convinced that it had commercial potential, but what would be even better would be to create a cheddar and mozzarella style vegan cheese that actually tasted, shredded, sliced and melted like dairy-based cheese. Continue Reading…

  2. National Animal Law Conference

    I flew into Portland on Friday to attend this year’s National Animal Law Conference at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, OR. I visited the “Brooklyn of the West” to make my jeans fit tighter and attend conference sessions on issues relating to the criminal prosecution of animal cruelty, the link between domestic violence and animal abuse, the intersectionality between animal rights and human rights, and so on and so forth.

    But, in honor of Vegan MoFo III, you want to hear about the food, right? For the first time in a very long time, I received a vegan meal on the plane. I stopped requesting them long ago, but my Continental Airlines frequent flyer profile still lists me as a scary, radical vegan. Much to my surprise, about an hour into the flight, a box containing a vegan soy patty with cheese on a whole wheat English muffin appeared on my tray table. It was surprisingly good. A partially frozen fruit cocktail, a Sara Lee “bagel”, Smart Balance (the vegan kind) and a packet of Mrs. Dash, which I’m still not sure of its intended use, accompanied it. Continental gets thumbs up on the English muffin sandwich and for getting me to Portland on time.

    My first stop in Portland was La Bonita for some of the tastiest black beans to pass through my digestive track. For only $6.95, I procured a large plate with two soft tacos, a heaping mound of rice, a liberal portion of beans and chunky guacamole. Good job, NE Portland.
    Continue Reading…

  3. Vegan Eggplant Parmesan Hero

    Eggplant Parmesan Hero for the Famiglia Bean

    When I was a vegetarian, I was fat and unhealthy. There was one reason and one reason only: CHEESE. No, seriously. My cholesterol count rivaled the one belonging to my carnivorous dad, and he eats the really gross stuff like liver and tongue.

    I was always a picky eater; I eschewed most of the animal products offered me growing up in a S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) household–even as a baby. But cheese was a different story altogether. We were friends.

    I officially went vegetarian in my early teens and basked in the excuse to eat cheese all the livelong day. Then, when I went vegan in my mid-twenties, the sudden omission of cheese was pure culture shock: it seemed you could get a substitute for just about everything–even caviar and haggis–but not simple cheese. While many vegan items on the market surpassed their non-vegan counterparts, the cheese options were just place fillers. Continue Reading…

  4. Oh snap!

    Oh snap!

    Chicago Soydairy, of the superdelicious Temptation Vegan Ice Cream fame, now makes cheese and, get this, it actually melts! I mean it really melts– check out this side by side test of it against Follow Your Heart cheese. Teese Vegan Cheese is currently available in mozzarella flavor and they’re working on more varieties. Chi-town locals can enjoy it at The Chicago Diner and at the Halstead Street Whole Foods pizza counter. Sadly regular folks can’t buy Teese at supermarkets, but they can harass their local restaurants to stock up on the stuff.

    The Park Slope Food Coop is now carrying Williamsburg based Dr. Cow brand raw, organic cashew cheeses in cream cheese style and aged style. Has anyone tried this yet?

    L.A. based vegan squeeze cheeze company Play Food finally has its goods back on the market following a nasty custody battle between its founders, former child star Taran Noah Smith (a.k.a. Mark from Home Improvement), and his ex-wife, raw chef/cougar Heidi Van Pelt.

    Speaking of celebrities, Natalie Portman bakes her own vegan cupcakes (unlike Joaquin Phoenix who had Isa make his prop “egg” rolls) on the set of Brothers whilst (allegedly) wearing cashmere!? This has got to be a mistake! NaPo wouldn’t dare go there, especially when she is set to star in the unfortunately titled Bollywood romance, Kosher Vegetarian and is hawking her own line of upscale, handmade vegan shoes, which are now available though the Soho-based Te Casan, NYC’s largest women’s luxury shoe boutique.

    Vegetarian rocker Chrissie Hynde is combing Columbus, OH to find a second location for her restaurant, VegiTerranean, which opened in Akron last year.

  5. Mighty Diamond's veg curried goat w/ sides. Photo: Michelle Cavigliano

    Mighty Diamond’s veg curried goat w/ sides. Photo: Michelle Cavigliano

    Here’s some great restaurant news to start off the week!

    • SuperVegan reader Tomato tips us about Mighty Diamond a new vegetarian Caribbean restaurant that opened last month in Williamsburg near the Graham stop on the L train. Kudos to another veg restaurant in Brooklyn!
    • Zen Burger is currently interviewing employees and will open by the end of the month at 465 Lexington Avenue between 45th and 46th Streets near Grand Central.
    • Vinnie’s Pizza has started carrying Danielle’s VeganTreats donuts. Get ready for the fresh shipment tomorrow on Tuesday!
    • Feeling the heat from Chipotle, the Midtown locations of Burritoville have introduced a combo lunch deal valid on weekdays from 11am to 4pm that includes your choice of any burrito, medium soda and chips & salsa for just $7.49 plus tax. Eat in (unlimited soda refills and chips & salsa) or take out.