New Yummy Vegan Cookie Find…Late July

April 20, 2009 at 10:59 pm (food, organic, vegan) (, , , , , )

So the other day I professed my undying love for the accidentally vegan, Oreo. Well it just so happens I recently discovered another amazing cookie, that surprisingly, ain’t half bad for ya.

The brand is called Late July. They offer more yummies than just cookies, but if you are vegan, be careful. Not all their products are animal-free. Luckily, their vanilla bean with green tea sandwich cookies are! Halle-freakin-lujah!

Thank ya, Flickr!

Thank ya, Flickr!

I tried their other flavor–dark chocolate intense and decadent–which, they’re not lyin, are quite decadent indeed. But surprising to my chocolate-obsessed self, I fell in love with the vanilla bean…and I fell hard. But granted, I am still getting my chocolate fix because the creamy filling is sandwiched between two chocolate cookies.

You really can’t go wrong with either though. Not only are they delicious, but they’re pretty damn healthy, too…for real! They’re organic, made from whole grains AND have antioxidants.

One other highlight, Late July donates 10% of their profits to The Jane Goodall Institute. And that, well that’s just plain awesome.

So next time you’re at the grocery store, check out the organic section. If you’re lucky, your store will carry these ultra-yummy and not-so-bad-for-ya cookies. Or you can order them direct from the site.

Enjoy.

xxoo
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Rat+Cat=True Love, Baby

April 19, 2009 at 10:51 pm (cats, cute animal videos, rats) (, , , , , , )

Unbelievably cute. Almost too cute for words.

This video proves that, unlike many humans, animals are definitely not speciests.

And they don’t care about social norms. They could care less what others’ think. They don’t worry about being shunned by society or their individual social groups. And they don’t fear backlash for daring to step out of the box.

I say all of this because I’m guessing that in the rat world, it’s totally not cool to hang with cats. In fact I imagine rats see cats as being beneath them. Mean, slow and not nearly as witty.

And I’m sure in the cat world, it’s beyond faux-paw (haha. get it?) to make friends with a measly mouse or rat. After all, they’re to be hunted, not befriended.

That’s why I just love this video. It totally defies all social norms in both the cat and rat worlds.

If only us humans could be so unbiased.

Enjoy.

xxoo 
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Woman Tapes Puppy to Fridge

April 19, 2009 at 4:44 pm (animal cruelty) (, , , , , , , , )

Animal abusers disgust me…disgust me to no end. This story is twisted beyond comprehension.

A Boulder, Colo., woman was angry with her boyfriend. Instead of going after him, she went after his defenseless, eight-month-old puppy.

According to police, Abby Toll bound her boyfriend’s dog’s legs, tail and nose with tape and elastic hair ties. Police report she then taped the dog upside down to the refrigerator, where he remained for 20-30 minutes.

Credit: Humane Society of Boulder Valley

Credit: Humane Society of Boulder Valley

When police responded to a call from a neighbor who reported hearing a dog squealing, they found Rex, bound and taped to the refrigerator. After being freed from the tape, Rex was in severe pain, according to the officers.

“When the elastic hair ties were removed from the dog’s paws, there was a large indention where the bands were, and his paws were swollen. Rex just lay motionless, but breathing,” said police.

Toll was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty and other counts.

The bitch’s boyfriend, Bryan Beck, who admitted to police he did nothing to stop the attack, was charged with a lesser misdemeanor cruelty.

Rex is recovering at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley with another dog found in the home, Peanut.  After working with staff to overcome his fear issues, Rex will be put up for adoption.

Boulder courts, please take this case seriously. A small fine and some community service is NOT an appropriate punishment here. Abuse against animals needs to result in the same penalties as those handed down when the victim is human.

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Ninja Cat Creepin’

April 18, 2009 at 11:03 pm (cats, cute animal videos) (, , , , )

Okay, so it’s a no brainer that I love animals.

I’ve got two kit kats, Kingston and Monroe, and one nine-year-old pup named Bailey.

I take tons of pics of the three of them…way too many I would imagine. Anytime I get the chance, I also try to grab some video footage. The crazy ass shit they pull on a daily basis truly needs to be documented. They do stuff most people wouldn’t believe without seeing…which is exactly why I grab the video camera, ya see? 😉

Unfortunately I have yet to film an amazing clip like the one below. Kingston and Monroe just haven’t been very cooperative actors as of late. It’s incredibly disappointing as a director, and as a parent. One day the spotlight will be their’s…one day.

Anyway, for now, it’s ninja cat’s day. Ninja cat’s been taking the web by storm for months now. And although many of you may have already seen the video, I don’t think it’s possible to ever get tired of watching it.

For you first timers, I happily present to you…ninja cat.

xxoo
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The Accidentally Vegan…Oreo!

April 18, 2009 at 2:53 pm (food, vegan) (, , , )

So a lot of people are under the impression that being vegan is difficult. I get asked one basic question more than any other…

“But what do you eat?”

Thank you, Flickr.

Thank you, Flickr.

Contrary to what you may believe, there are a ton of everyday foods out there–both healthy and not-so-healthy–that are free of animal products. I say both healthy and not-so-healthy because where many non-vegans assume there is little for us vegans to eat; there are equally as many vegans who assume simply because a food falls into the vegan category, means it must be healthy. Both of these assumptions are totally wrong. Case in point…the beloved Oreo cookie!

Yes, believe it or not, the brilliant concoction of two yummy chocolate cookies filled with an even yummier cream filling , is indeed 100% vegan!

But just because the Oreo cookie is vegan, certainly does not mean it’s healthy. I think we can all agree, no one would benefit from a regular dose of Oreos. Damn!

Although as with any other junk food, I personally think even Oreos are okay…in moderation, but of course. I don’t handle this “moderation” concept very well when it comes to Oreos. And for this reason, I very rarely buy them. And trust me, if oreos do make it into my apartment, they don’t stay very long.

xxoo
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Vegetarian Mayor Bloomberg? Perhaps.

April 17, 2009 at 8:02 pm (food, vegan, vegetarian) (, , , , , , , )

The New York Post has reported that NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently made a stop with his staff at Morton’s Steakhouse in Brooklyn.

Wait a minute. A vegan blog writing about a trip to a steakhouse? There’s gotta be some kinda catch, right?!

Well the exciting news is, according to The Post article, Bloomberg didn’t touch a bit of meat while at the restaurant. Instead, the mayor chowed down on soup, broccoli and asparagus. A Morton’s insider told The Post that Bloomberg tried many different things, but no meat. The source went on to say the mayor remained “strictly vegetarian.”

Thank you, Flickr.

Thank you, Flickr.

 

As far as I know, no one has yet confirmed Bloomberg’s veg status. But I can say matter of factly, if he is vegetarian, the 100+ animals he saves every year by choosing not to eat them are sure as hell grateful!

 

 

Yes, it’s true. Just one vegetarian saves the lives of over 100 animals every single year.

Think about how that adds up over the years. A friend of mine has been vegetarian since birth. At 27, all by herself, she’s saved over 2,700 animals from a lifetime of abuse found on factory farms…2,700 animals saved! What an amazing feeling.

Here’s to hoping Mayor Bloomberg is indeed vegetarian and soon talks publicly about the exciting news.

xxoo
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ZenSoy: lil miss vegan’s latest obsession

April 17, 2009 at 8:00 am (food, organic, vegan) (, , , , , , , , , , )

When it comes to soymilk, I just love me some Silk. Yes, Silk is the crafty combination of soy+milk=silk. Ding!

You can find Silk absolutely everywhere, including Wal-Mart. And I love that Silk makes “light” versions of their flavors. And who doesn’t love to indulge in their muy delicioso, very vanilla, every once in awhile?

Thank you, Flickr.

Thank you, Flickr.

Anyway, I’m typically quite content grabbing my light vanilla Silk and going on my merry lil way. But last time I stopped off at the vegan haven known as Whole Foods, a different brand of soymilk caught my eye… ZenSoy. What really grabbed my attention was the fact that ZenSoy makes a cappuccino flavored soymilk. Yes, CAPPUCCINO! Upon seeing this, the coffee fiend in me was totally sold. 

I grabbed one of the handy on-the-go sizes and it didn’t even make it to the car. I was instantly hooked!

Although ZenSoy isn’t as easily accessible as Silk, it’s definitely worth putting in the effort to find stores in your area that carry it. ZenSoy’s website has a list of distributors. Or you can just place an order direct from the site.   

It’s also very worth mentioning that not only is ZenSoy 100% organic, but the company donates 5% of their profits to international wildlife organizations. ZenSoy has made it their mission to help the lovable giant pandas, who are on the endangered species list.   

Thanks again, Flickr.

Thanks again, Flickr.

 

 

Oooh, I almost forgot. I also strongly recommend trying their pudding. A-MA-ZING!

 

 

I’m tellin ya, check out ZenSoy! I think you’ll be eternally grateful to me if you do. 😉

xxoo
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Obama Bummer

April 15, 2009 at 3:26 pm (Pet Adoption) (, , , , , , , )

Every single year nearly 4 million shelter dogs and cats are euthanized because there aren’t enough homes for them. This is why it’s so important for people to rescue an animal rather than buy one from a pet store or breeder.

A few months ago it was announced the first family would add a rescue dog to the White House. This was very exciting news, especially considering Vice President Joe Biden made the terrible decision to purchase a dog from a breeder.

But this week has been very disappointing.

As much as I love President Obama, I was so upset to hear the first family had accepted a Portuguese water dog from Senator Ted Kennedy, rather than rescuing a dog from a shelter.

I understand it would have likely been very difficult to turn down such a sweet gift offered by the ailing Kennedy, but the Obamas had an opportunity to set a wonderful example regarding the importance of pet adoption. It’s now a missed opportunity that will likely lead to people desperately seeking Portuguese water dogs to add to their households in order to emulate the first family.

There is one positive about the story of Bo. He has already been fixed so there’s no chance of a bunch of little Bo’s running around the White House lawn.

bailey

Please adopt, don’t ever buy. When you rescue an animal, it’s something they never forget. They will spend the rest of their lives thanking you.

Just ask my baby girl, Bailey…

xxoo
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Sunday Brunch with the Moms

April 12, 2009 at 5:15 pm (food, vegan) (, , , , , , , )

Happy if-you-celebrate-it Easter. 

I don’t, but I do have a celebration of sorts this weekend. My lovely, and also vegan, momma came up to good ole Connecticut for a visit. And how did we spend this splendid sunny Sunday, you ask? With a deee-lish vegan brunch, but of course.

fooood

fooood

I checked out every traveling vegan’s savior, HappyCow.net, and found this awesome restaurant called Bloodroot. It’s a feminist bookstore/restaurant that just recently celebrated their 32nd anniversary and I damn well know why. FAB-U-LOUS!

Yummy round one was loaded full of tofu scramble, soysage and potatoes…

choc devastation

choc devastation

 

 

Although I most certainly did NOT have room for dessert, I was some how able to fit in their vegan chocolate devastation cake. I was so full afterwards I could have puked, but it was totally worth it…

 

  

me and the moms

me and the moms

 

The staff was so friendly, they even came out and a took a pic of me and the moms for us. The restaurant sits right on the bay, so it was picturesque…if I do say so myself. 

Below is an oh-so-easy recipe for tofu scramble so you guys can enjoy your own yummy, animal-friendly brunch. And trust me, if I can make it, you can def make it! I can’t cook to save my lil life. Ask anyone.

xxoo
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Tofu Scramble

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1 block of firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 clove of fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp of turmeric
  • 1/2 cup of oyster mushrooms (optional)
  • 2 potatoes, diced (optional)

Directions

  • Drain, press and crumble tofu.
  • Sautee tofu, potatoes, mushrooms, onions, peppers in oil for 5 mins. Stir often.
  • Reduce heat and add remaining ingredients. Cook for additional 7-8 mins.

**Trick I learned about draining tofu from my BFF, Jack**
     Place tofu on plate with another plate on top.
     Place heavy book on top plate.
     Allow to drain for 5 mins.
     Works like a charm!

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ILVTOFU, too!

April 10, 2009 at 4:21 pm (vegan) (, , , , , , , )

WARNING: Virgin eyes proceed with caution.

It seems a vegan Colorado woman really loves herself some tofu and wants the world to know it.  

Kelly Coffman-Lee recently requested a personalized license plate to declare her love for the yummy soy-based food.

The Huffington Post

The Huffington Post

**On a complete sidenote here, I have to admit I am not a fan of the vanity plate craze. Don’t understand it for the life of me. Never have. But hey, whatever floats your boat.**

Anyway, in this case Coffman-Lee wanted to raise awareness for veganism. So of course I’m all for it. Now the Colorado DMV…they weren’t feelin’ it so much.

The DMV believed the plate was just too gosh-darn risque for the good, decent people of Colorado.

Obviously the fear was that if the hidden scandalous message showed through, it would directly result in bleeding of virgin eyes statewide. And how is one to drive if their eyes are gushing blood? Honestly?

xxoo
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