Archive for Month: May 2012

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GUNAS vegan luxury bags: A 10% discount for YOU!

Today I am delighted to announce my affiliation with GUNAS! We take great pride in epitomizing Eco-Veganism and promoting Ethical Consumerism through Fashion. GUNAS is an exclusive, attainable, luxury lifestyle brand defined by its progressive outlook towards fashion. It embodies the style and spirit of someone who not only loves fashion but also takes deep interest in how their precious belongings are made. GUNAS is the ultimate symbol and pioneer of high fashion blended with functionality for the progressive minded, luxury loving individuals. I bought my first GUNAS bag with a coupon code on The Discerning Brute.  I bought my second one through a coupon […]

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A Solstice Party in Brooklyn for Rescued Farm Animals!

I was delighted to learn that my Kale Granola post was featured in BlogHer’s Food section yesterday! Hello to those of you who found my blog as a result. Welcome! I recently shared details about a great event coming up in NYC in June – The Seed: A Vegan Experience – and you can still enter to win a free day-pass to the event! Do it now! There’s a another terrific event going on in NYC in June, this one in Brooklyn. What’s better than a great party filled with fun, food and fabulous entertainment? An event that includes all […]

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My vegan weekend in Colorado Springs: The End

Hi friends! I’m back in New York and am stunned by the heat and humidity in comparison to Colorado Springs.  My curly hair is back! Saturday I shared my first few vegan dining experiences in Colorado Springs.  Sunday, in my weekly news/links round-up, I shared some stunning pics from my run though the Garden of the Gods. Today, I’ll share a few of my other meals. A friend on my blog Facebook page suggested we try Wild Ginger Thai for lunch. This veggie and cashew stir-fry was supposed to be a pork dish but I requested a tofu substitute.  So […]

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Running in the Garden of the Gods + Vegan news you can use (5/27/12)

Yesterday I shared my delicious vegan dining experiences in Colorado Springs this weekend and today I thought I’d show you a few shots from my run yesterday in the Garden of the Gods. Nothing like running with an iPhone, right?  So easy to stop and take a picture.  Really, I only stopped running for the pictures, not because the hills were killing me. This week’s vegan links and news There’s no meat, but still lots to eat  How new vegans entertain omnivores. Lenny Kravitz Designs New TOMS Shoes Line I love Lenny Kravitz. I love TOMS vegan shoes. That is […]

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Vegan eats in Colorado Springs

Thursday morning, bright and early, my husband and I flew to Colorado Springs for the long weekend. Up at 4:20, in the car at 5:20, airport at 5:50 and we were boarding at 6:20. Thank goodness for this vegan sandwich at the food counter right across from the gate.  Breakfast mid-flight! We flew into Denver and rented a car to Colorado Springs. We drove around some neighborhoods to get a feel for the city and then had lunch at one of the vegan-friendly restaurants on my list. Adam’s Mountain Cafe is in Manitou Springs, which, turns out, is a super-touristy […]

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Planting The Seed of Veganism Through Blogging (GIVEAWAY + 10% off tickets to The Seed!)

Have you heard about The Seed? If you’re in or near New York City, get yourself to SoHo on June 16 and 17 for a vegan experience like no other! Why? Well, first, look at this speaker list and the wide variety of presentations! So many people you and I admire will be there!  Oh! Did you see that? I’m listed, too! Not only have I served in an advisory capacity to this event, I am proud to be moderating the panel Planting The Seed of Veganism Through Blogging on Saturday, June 16 at 10:15 a.m.  Joining me on the […]

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Turkish vegan delights + road trip

I am on a plane en route to Colorado.  My husband and I are taking an impromptu vacation and I’m so excited! It’s been a nutty few months and this trip is just what I/we needed!  I promise to blog some vegan food porn from the road. In the meantime, I hope you’ll check out this week’s LoHud.com column:   I Eat Plants: Turquoise in Larchmont and read all about my delightful meal. Don’t forget! Vote for my recipe

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Compassion Couture’s First Ever NYC Sample Sale – June 10th!

Readers, I want to thank you for your outpouring of love and support yesterday with the news of losing our beloved Matisse.  Your comments, emails, and Twitter and Facebook replies warmed my heart. Thank you! I also want to thank you for being so supportive of my Cinnamon-Ginger Seitan and Veggies in Coconut Gravy recipe up for a vote in So Delicious’s awesome contest.  You can still vote (every day!) through May 27! Last fall, through a Vegan Cuts deal, I was introduced to Compassion Couture.  I bought these fabulous Novacas shoes. Since then I’ve run into Compassion Couture folks […]

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Farewell to one of my feline family members

I hate sad posts. But today I am sad. Long ago my husband and I opted for a fur-family.  Two humans in the house was plenty but we had no problem with a dog and cat, then a cat and a cat, and most recently a cat, a cat and a cat.  Yep, last August we became crazy cat people when we rescued kitten Ernie. Up until yesterday, this was our family. Baby Ernie is on the floor, middle sister CK is above him.  And Matisse, their 19-year old older sister left us yesterday. Our hearts our broken but we […]

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Vote for me (please)! So Delicious Recipe Contest: Cinnamon-Ginger Seitan and Veggies in Coconut Gravy

Have you been participating in the So Delicious Facebook Giveaway?  I’m having so much fun! I voted for recipes in the first two weeks and got coupons in addition to being entered to win some great prizes (haven’t won anything yet, I’m still trying!) This week my own recipe is up for a vote! Vote for my recipe in this week’s So Delicious® Dairy Free SO Much to Love Giveaway!  You’ll be entered to win daily prizes just for voting, and if my recipe gets the most votes, you’ll be entered to win a great weekly prize! Voting begins at […]

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Sneak Peek from the 10-Course Vegan Dining Event + Vegan News You Can Use 5/20/12

This morning, at 1:00 a.m., I had a shot of whiskey. Hours before that, I looked like this… …a super-excited, happy woman about to co-host her first vegan dining extravaganza at a non-vegetarian restaurant! I don’t quite look like that now. But I still have a grin from ear to ear and I was delighted to slam down a shot with the chef following a culinary evening that rocked my world.  The event at Flow Bar + Restaurant clearly deserves a big, robust post and that will come later this week. Today, let me give you a tiny glimpse into […]

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The 6+ hour drive (!!!) to vegan delights

Yesterday I hopped in my car for what should have been a 2 hour and 45 minute drive (with a swing through Newark, NJ to pick up a friend) from Westchester County, NY to Jim Thorpe.  But that didn’t happen. It took three hours to drive 22 miles.  I kid you not.  Six and a half hours later we pulled up to FLOW Bar + Restaurant.  We were greeted by this wonderful, kind, happy chef. My friend Elaine and I had a lovely visit with Chef Zachary Pelliccio and The Stabin Morykin Buidling owners Joan Morykin and Victor Stabin (all […]

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Vegan Thursday at Whole Foods + An Easy Kale and Lentil Salad

Good morning! I have to ask – have you tried the Cashew Cream Tofu yet? I’m dying to hear what you think! It’s Thursday and that means my latest piece for I Eat Plants is up on LoHud.com.  I wrote about my experience at Vegan Thursday at my local Whole Foods. I invited my local vegan Meet-Up pals to join me for Vegan Thursday and we had a delicious time! Monday I had a kale and avocado salad from the Whole Foods salad bar and I really couldn’t get it out of my mind this week.  Yesterday I tossed dry […]

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Cashew Cream Tofu

Last week I wanted to bake tofu for dinner – the cool, grey day was perfect for turning on the oven.  I often lack imagination, and advance planning, when it comes to a tofu marinade and on this particular evening I wanted something comforting and quick.  I began to have visions of an Alfredo-like dish.  My instinct was to try a more substantive sauce which could make up for the lack of time to soak the tofu in a marinade.  I think I was right! Cashew Cream Tofu by JL goes Vegan: Food & Fitness with a side of Kale

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Links to recipes, activist motivation and good eats in Vegan News You Can Use (5/13/12)

This week’s vegan links and news Good morning! I am just in from a delightful 50 minute run and feeling great!  Part of the reason my run was so wonderful was because I was captivated, once again, by the women of Our Hen House.  Podcast episode#122 features an interview with Chloe Jo Davis of Girlie Girl Army which reminded me of how important it is to use any means necessary to spread the vegan message. You don’t have to be a professional animal right’s activist – find a way to incorporate a compassionate message in whatever it is that you […]

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Triathlon is not a diet

Today on Stop Chasing Skinny I talk about the seduction of the scale: Triathlon is not a diet.

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One week from tomorrow – A 10-course vegan dining experience not to be missed!

Are you enjoying a bowl of green ice cream for breakfast this morning? How about black bean and sweet potato stew for lunch? Maybe gingered asparagus and leeks as a side with dinner tonight? Those were the three extremely different recipes I offered up this week and I hope you try, and enjoy, them soon! Today I wanted to give you an update on the event Vegan Cuisine: A Simple Art. One week from tomorrow FLOW Bar + Restaurant in Jim Thorpe, PA will dazzle us with a meal designed for the “produce loving foodie.”  I have been in close contact […]

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Green Ice Cream {#whatveganseat for breakfast}

My morning meals have been mostly smoothies for the last couple of weeks – most likely because I have stepped up my fitness quite a bit as I am training for a summer duathlon (run – bike – run).  I love a tall, liquid breakfast after a workout.  Yesterday was a rest day from exercise; I wanted all the powerful nutrition of a smoothie but was most definitely craving a new texture. I grabbed my usual smoothie ingredients (frozen fruit/ice, something green, plant-based milk, flax or chia seeds and a date or other natural sweetener).  I simply altered the amounts […]

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Black Bean & Sweet Potato Stew

It’s May and I know I should have visions of asparagus and strawberries dancing through my head but yesterday it was so grey and cool out that I simply wanted a warm, comforting meal. I had a large sweet potato on the counter and then remembered that I picked up black beans in bulk at the store last week.  Black beans and sweet potatoes are a match made in heaven, don’t you think?  I pulled out a few other veggies and basic seasonings to get my creative juices flowing. Once I laid out the base ingredients I began to think […]

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Vegan news you can use 5/6/12

What a busy weekend!  I’ve been doing a lot of volunteer work, ranging from researching funding opportunities for nonprofits to directing athletes on a run course during a triathlon.  This morning I ended up going out for a 23+ mile bike ride (my husband, a triathlon coach, is kicking up my training for a late-summer duathlon) instead of perusing the vegan news.  Finally, though, I have found a few links you may find of interest. This week’s vegan links and news I guess we can finally put the New York Times Ethical meat-eating essay exercise to rest. Though the essay […]

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Vegan Food Activism on Our Hen House + NYC volunteer opportunities at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Good Friday morning to you!  I’m on my way up to Harriman State Park in New York to help out at the TriRock triathlon.  My racing – most likely a duathlon this year – will happen later in the summer so I’m excited to volunteer for this early race. As many of you know, I serve on the advisory board of Our Hen House.  At a recent meeting with OHH co-founders Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan they asked me what I had been up to. I told them and the next thing I knew I was (happily!) writing a guest […]

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This week on I Eat Plants: An interview with a chef + Cinco de Mayo (vegan-style) and my Red Radio interview

I am loving the responses to the socca post yesterday! I was so happy to learn that there are many socca fans but also that I wasn’t the only one who delayed the skillet flat bread experience. If you missed the post, be sure to check out my Socca-Style Pizza “Bread” recipe! Last week I announced my new online column on Small Bites, the food blog of my local paper. This week in I Eat Plants I interview a non-vegan chef of a non-vegetarian restaurant about why he is so vegan-friendly. I hope you’ll check it out. Tonight Dave and […]

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Socca. Finally.

There are some food blog trends I just don’t jump on right away.  I fought the green smoothie. Then I made one and wondered what took me so long. Love affair!  It took me quite awhile to try overnight oats and when I did I knew why I resisted. They are not at all for me. Then I heard about socca.  A lot. I saw many recipes and clearly this was very easy to make and quite the rage. I simply wasn’t interested.  Over the weekend, however, I decided it was time to finally try this “flat bread.”  I put […]

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