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How does a week long retreat in a beautiful camp location one hour outside of Boston sound? Where all the food is vegan, organic, and local (to the “greatest extent possible”). Where all the people care about community service, activism and social justice. Where those people and that food can come together, have fun, build life-long friendships and leave transformed. I wanna go!
Well too bad for us, Youth Empowered Action Camp is only for 12-17 year-olds!
But if you have a kid, they could go: Continue Reading…
I’m eating something delicious!
A few years ago, after a series of mysterious and serious illnesses, a new doctor tested me for food allergies and discovered that I have many, including but not limited to: dairy, gluten, corn and sugar. Once I had eliminated the culprits from my diet, I felt much better, but was also exhausted by all the cooking I had to for myself. I had heard the legend of the Natural Products Expo West told to me for the last few years. A multi-day convention that is the Mecca for all things natural, including home-goods, beauty products, clothing and most importantly for this little alternative eater…food! After spending two full, exhausting days tasting, sampling, and feasting and two more days recovering and day dreaming about what I had devoured, I can say the Expo lived up to the hype. This expo proved that there are thoughtful, inspired food companies out there in America (and also Canada) who are attempting to make my limited diet easier and more delicious. Before I go for a run to burn off some convention calories I will share with you, in no particular order, my favorite gluten-free/ vegan eats. Continue Reading…
This Saturday, March 16, the very funny, tall, and compassionate KEVIN NEALON will host Fun For Farm Animals: Celebrity Poker Tournament & Cocktail Party to benefit the work of Farm Sanctuary, America’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization. This amazing night will feature tasty treats, delicious drinks, and yours truly! Did I mention you don’t have to play poker? You and I can play that game where we stand by the door where the hors d’oeuvres come out from and eat them all. Once that game ends (read: we get full) we can join the carnival atmosphere with psychics (I’m going to ask how fat food blogging is going to make me), magicians (I have bad eyesight, so they always amaze me), caricature artists (like my Bat Mitzvah!), cocktails (like my Bat Mitzvah!) and an intimate acoustic performance by Grammy winning artist COLBIE CAILLAT (like my… nope. Nothing.) If you do want to ante, poker players will battle Farm Sanctuary members, celebrity players, and poker pros to make the final table and win amazing prizes! Continue Reading…
photo by Andrew Coate
I’m not so sure why I am bothering to write so many words in a row about what I ate/saw/heard/smelled at the Natural Products Expo West this year, seeing as it seemed to me that all of you were there, too. Snapping Instapix and live-blogging your way down aisles 100-6500 (there were that many aisles this year!) like my friend The Insufferable Vegan. But, for the seven to ten of you that were stuck at home cause of your baby/snow/flu I’m gonna break it down so it’ll feel like you were there, also too.
Imagine the airport the day before Thanksgiving. A big airport like JFK or O’Hare. Instead of gates there are booths and instead of travelers trying to make their way home so they can binge eat in private, there are vegans trying to grab free samples, take pictures of said samples, and Instagram that picture while eating and walking to the next booth. Now spend an entire day or two or three eating something sweet then something salty then something sweet then something spicy then something gross then a beverage that is probably tea/coconut/chia/chunky/vitamin’d. Surround yourself with chips or chip like things made out of everything from peas to potatoes, chocolate, ice cream, meatless technologies, robo-cheese (do you like that term for vegan cheese? I just coined it.) and a lot of a lot of a lot of things.
Here are my top however many things I learned tasted or took away from NPEW ’13 in iTunes shuffle-style order:
It’s tough to get good quick vegan food in the Financial District ever since Little Lad’s Basket moved. Yes, there are some excellent falafel carts at Zuccotti Park (shout-out to Sam’s and Alan’s!), and that so-weirdly-named “99% Vegetarian Cart“, and Cinnamon Snail comes to Wall and Water on Tuesdays. But especially at odd hours, I’m just as likely to end up at Chipotle or Hale & Hearty or getting a salad sandwich at Subway.
Which is all to ramblingly say, Terri‘s new location will be most welcome!
It will be at 100 Maiden Lane. They’re throwing a Grand Opening Party with free food on Saturday, March 23rd, from 1pm-4pm. It’s gonna be crowded.