What a wonderful Vegan MoFo week! In addition to posting every day (so far!) I’ve made a concerted effort to read hundreds and hundreds of Vegan MoFo posts. I read many in the morning which led to some delicious breakfast decisions! Thursday morning I made pumpkin yogurt (it was like pudding, as I used So Delicious vanilla coconut yogurt) and Friday I enjoyed an apple pie smoothie. Wednesday morning I read about a kimchi grilled cheese sandwich and had to make it that night for dinner.
So glad I did! It blew my vegan mind!
Reading MoFo blog posts is delicious. I have tagged over 60 recipes in my reader in just the first week. Be sure to check out the Vegan MoFo blogroll so you don’t miss a thing. By the way, if you don’t want to miss any of my posts, consider getting them delivered directly to your email box every morning!
The fall menu is now available at Candle 79 and Candle Cafe’s fall menu begins October 19. I love great NYC dining news! Also in NYC a new, 100% vegan and cruelty-free cosmetic store has opened! Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (great name!) answers the question “why vegan?” on their FAQ:
What’s with the ‘Vegan’ thing?
In a time when many cosmetic companies make the claim that their products are “Cruelty Free” simply because Animal Testing has become unfashionable and less cost-effective, OCC felt it was necessary to raise the bar on this issue. We pledge never to use animal-derived ingredients (including Lanolin, Beeswax, Carmine and more) in our products and accessories. Beyond any personal convictions, we simply believe that it’s unnecessary, especially when there are alternatives that are just as readily available, and equally effective in the formulation of our products. Further, you need not necessarily be aligned with animal rights issues to reap the benefits of a vegan cosmetic line: animal ingredients can be amongst the most allergenic and skin reactive, and prevent makeup from being considered Kosher, Halal or otherwise compliant with various dietary (and sanitary!) regulations.
Go OCC! Hey, OCC is mighty close to Moo Shoes. I’m feeling the need for a vegan shopping excursion.
In other news, this week Jack Norris offered three posts on B12:
- Nori: Its Potential as a Plant Source of B12
- B12 and Brain Shrinkage
- Will a Multivitamin Cover B12 Needs?
Last month Ginny Messina posted Vitamins B12 and D: Monitoring versus Supplementing. Great timing! Last week I had to go back in for blood work because my B12 levels have slowly decreased. I’ve now dipped below 400. The good news is that I do not have pemicious anemia (absorption issues) which means it’s about diet and how much I supplement. When I began eating vegan I did a little research and decided that I would use a sub-lingual B12 supplement–one, 3000 mcg lozenge a week. Clearly, that’s not enough. For now I will be treated with one B12 shot every two weeks through the end of November. I’ll have another blood test to see where the B12 level shakes out and go from there. I’ll keep you posted because I know many of my readers are interested in B12 issues.
Finally I wanted to fill you in on the FoodBuzz “situation.” As you may have noticed, the ad is back. You may also notice it’s the same ad every time you visit. That was the compromise. They were incredibly apologetic about the animal-based ads on my blog and, because they do not have a system to completely filter those ads out, they offered a static FoodBuzz ad. I appreciated their effort to accommodate me!
- MONDAY: Breakfast (Chik’n Noodle Miso Soup)
- TUESDAY: Lunch (Guac & Humus on Jalapeno Corn-ish Bread)
- WEDNESDAY: Dinner (Black beans, greens and grains)
- THURSDAY: Dessert (Cinnamon Raisin Banana Bread with Banana Butter)
- FRIDAY: Vegan Eats at Haven, Pleasantville, NY
- SATURDAY: Thrive Foods: 200 Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health
And on Stop Chasing Skinny:
Finally, how about a kitty picture?
Ernie has been with us for five weeks and he’s settled in quite nicely.
Hope you had a wonderful week, friends!