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Category Archive: Vegan MoFo 2010

Here are all the SuperVegan blog posts categorized under Vegan MoFo 2010. XML

  1. Food Fight! Vegan Grocery

    Keepin’ it real with Food Fight! Vegan Grocery

    Get yourself to the new and improved Food Fight! Vegan Grocery website STAT! Our favorite brick-and-mortar vegan convenience store recently relaunched its online store with a greater selection of the products you once could only buy in its Portland storefront. The site boasts a slew of new features, such as “kosher,” “gluten-free” and “organic” search options, user-generated ratings and wish lists that you should populate and share with your family and friends in the days leading up to the winter holidays.

    Here’s a shortlist (in no particular order) of the Food Fight! Vegan Grocery items available online that we’re loving as of late:

    1. Butler Soy Curls
    2. Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter
    3. Tartex Organic Pâté
    4. Shikai Biker Soap
    5. Food Fight! Chico Bag

    Food Fight! Vegan Grocery is open 24/7 at and from 10:00am to 8:00pm every day at 1217 SE Stark St., Portland, OR 97214.

  2. This gal has the right idea. (Credit:

    This gal has the right idea. (Credit:

    I don’t know about you, but I’m always secretly excited when the fall weather starts rolling through. Summer in New York can be brutally hot, sticky, and stinky, so it’s definitely a cause celebré when I can finally bike around without sweating through my clothes and smelling like hot garbage juice. But there’s another reason to be excited about cooler temperatures: warm drinks and warm clothes. Here are some of my favorite (vegan) things for the Autumn months. It’s true, I’m sort of like the Vegan Oprah.

    Allison’s Gourmet Drinking Chocolate: There is nothing more perfect after a long, cold day of trudging through the city than a mug of hot cocoa. I got a pouch of Allison’s Gourmet Drinking Chocolate as a housewarming gift recently, and I have been drinking at least a cup of the stuff every day. Throw in a handful of Dandies Candies Marshmallows, and you’re lucky if I actually eat dinner that night. It’s like childhood in a cup, complete with sugar rush.

    Scarves and Mittens: Seriously, I do a little dance when I get to bring all my winter gear out of the closet. I love wearing cute hats and scarves, and it’s even better when they actually serve a purpose (i.e. keeping my fingers from freezing). This year I’ve discovered a bunch of great vendors on Etsy, including xmittens, who crafts gloves and scarves out of recycled fleece, and ScarecrowOrganics, who creates gloves and overcoats from organic cotton and bamboo fibers.

    Baked Goods: When I think of fall and winter, I always think of the scent of vegan baked goods filling my kitchen. Not only is this delicious, but last winter, when my apartment had no heat for a month, turning the oven to 350F to bake a batch of muffins was a surefire way to generate a little warmth. You can, of course, peruse your favorite vegan cookbook or recipe website (I love VegWeb, for example), or for the truly lazy busy among us, companies like Wholesome Chow offer a variety of vegan baking mixes. Just add water, and voila, instant holiday fare.

    Vegan Winter Boots: I’ve been rocking the same pair of vegan Earth Boots for a couple of years now, but the holes in the lining are telling me that it’s definitely time for an update. I couldn’t find any vegan boots on the Earth Shoes website (boo!), but I bought a pair of vegan cowboy (cowgirl?) boots from Novacas a few months ago and am totally in love. As it turns out, they also make winter boots, so you can bet I will be indulging in a pair before the first snow falls.

    What are your favorite tell-tale signs of Autumn’s arrival?

  3. Melisser Elliott, The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life

    It’s Melisser’s book’s cover!

    Our favorite Vienna-based urban housewife, Melisser Elliott, is celebrating the release of her first book, The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life, with a trio of book signing events in the New York metro area this month. She will be at Mooshoes (Manhattan) on November 12th from 7pm to 9pm, Champ’s Family Bakery (Brooklyn) on November 20th from 7pm to 9pm (disregard any flyers you see with a different time for this event!) and Go Lightly Eco Store (Montclair, NJ) on November 21st from 1pm to 3pm.

    Earlier this week, Melisser took a much-deserved break from packing for her book tour to answer a few questions for SuperVegan.

    Deborah Diamant: Am I allowed to mention that I read a PDF version of the book, or will your publisher give you the silent treatment when it finds out?

    Melisser Elliott: Sure, why not? Besides, silence is golden.

    DD: Okay, so, I read the book already! Congrats on producing an exhaustive introduction to veganism and a user’s manual for those already vegan! I don’t think any vegan-related topic went untouched except for the vegan chocolate-covered malt ball. Why doesn’t the vegan chocolate-covered malt ball exist?

    ME: It does! Here in Europe, we have something similar to Whoppers, but with dark chocolate and spelt. They’re a bit healthier, I suppose, but still have that delicious crunch with a chocolatey outside!

    DD: Ugh, Europe wins again! So, now for the hardball questions: Why a vegan girl’s guide? What about old men, toddlers and the genderless?
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  4. Kevin with Lorraine

    Kevin with Lorraine

    Vegan cooking classes are happening at Catskill Animal Sanctuary for the next few weekends. Check it out: Beans & Grains (11/7), Breakfast & Brunch (11/13), Comfort Foods (11/14), and Vegan Desserts (12/4).

    It’s part of CAS’s visionary Compassionate Cuisine program. CAS is currently the only farmed animal sanctuary with a culinary program taught on-site.

    Kevin Archer is the Director of the program and teaches the classes. Kevin is a Certified Vegan Chef who trained at the School of Natural Cookery in Boulder. He cheffed at the Tree House Cafe in Santa Fe before he was selected to run CAS’s Compassionate Cuisine program through a national search conducted last year. Kevin answers some questions about the program and, of course, discusses the most important topic: food!

    Cat: Tell us about the Compassionate Cuisine program at Catskill Animal Sanctuary.
    Kevin Archer: The program contains several components: vegan cooking classes, onsite organic gardening (a first for CAS!), public appearances (festivals, fairs, etc.), and soon-to-come iTunes podcasts. We are constantly seeking new outreach methods.

    For the cooking classes, who’s your intended audience?
    The intended audience consists of: anyone! Okay, to be more specific, there are a lot of folks who would reduce (or eliminate) animal products in their diets if they just knew what to cook instead. I want to teach them that vegan food can be satisfying and sustaining. Others that we hope to reach are new vegans who need ideas; more established vegans who need new ideas; anyone who wants to learn more about healthy eating, regardless of what they call their diet. A lot of us cook from habit, and can always use a fresh approach or learn to cook with new ingredients.
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  5. Vegan Lip Balms Face Off

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    A few of our favorites.

    When I went vegan fifteen years ago, the quest for a good vegan lip balm occupied quite a bit of my time. I’d either find no vegan lip balm at all, lip balm that tasted like crap and melted in the tube, or lip balm labeled “Vegan!”… with “beeswax” as the first ingredient. (Note to cosmetics companies: yes, bees are animals.) But today we live in happier times—a quick survey of the SuperVegan blogger team revealed more beloved vegan lip balms than I knew existed.

    Cat Clyne: I use Ecolips—in my experience, it doesn’t cake or dry lips. I can’t live without it; it’s even more important to me than creamer for my coffee. I have the lemon/lime-y one that works wonders.

    Cathy Resler: I love Lollibomb Beauty, a local vegan, SLS- and paraben-free cosmetics company that makes the first vegan chapstick I’ve tried that actually works and doesn’t dry out my lips. I keep a Lollibomb chapstick in my backpack and in all my purses.

    I also like Desert Essence Lip Tints when I want a subtle color with lots of glossy shine. The flavors include coconut, raspberry, grape, and vanilla chai and make for lots of lip licking so I always need to reapply throughout the day. I’m also fond of Kuumba Made Lip Shimmers; they moisturize and add a lovely tint that provides a hint of color but not too much. Continue Reading…