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Vegan News Bites

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We interrupt our (not so) regularly scheduled 2014 Vegan MoFo theme posts, “Top 20 – Eat Yo’ Veggies Edition” for an overdue (and slightly indulgent) “Vegan News Bites”. Some of this might be old news to many of our readers, but there’s so much that happens in this town, that we hope everybody will have a chance to learn something new! Apologies in advance for the epically long post, but that’s what happens when you combine the incredibly active vegan scene we have here in Austin with a healthy dose of good old-fashioned procrastination.

Vegan-friendly Businesses

Rabbit Food Grocery is moving to a brick and mortar!

  • We’ll start off with the biggest and most exciting news for Austin vegans: Rabbit Food Grocery is moving into a brick-and-mortar location! Their kickstarter campaign just got 100% funded yesterday, but there’s still a little over two weeks left for you to back their campaign and help them move in. Kickstarter backers can look forward to scoring some awesome RFG swag, groceries delivered to your home, or even a chance at an all-you-can-grab vegan supermarket sweep! In the meantime, you can still order online, and as our readers, you can save 10% off your whole order for the entire month of September! Just enter coupon code “RedHotVegans” at checkout!
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Top 20 Austin Favorites:

Austin Cream Pie Donut from Red Rabbit Bakery

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Austin Cream Pie from Red Rabbit Bakery

Best. Donuts. Ever. Yeah, I said it. I know them’s fighting words, but I’ve had my fair share* of vegan donuts around the world, and I mean it. Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery’s donuts are legit raised donuts that are light and airy on the inside, and chewy on the outside. They walk the line perfectly between being unique and gourmet, without straying too far from the traditional donuts we all know and love. They’re the kind of donuts that get you excited to wake up on a Sunday, and actually leave the house.

Of all the amazing donuts that Red Rabbit Bakery makes (they’re all vegan!), I keep coming back to the Austin cream pie. It’s a take on the classic Boston cream pie, but with the flavors switched up – a vanilla glaze on the top, and rich chocolate mousse filling. I love the Austin cream pie a lot, but my love doesn’t stop there. The apple fritters are top notch, and on many occasions the rotating flavors blow me away as well. Did you have a chance to try the strawberry cheesecake? How about the peanut butter and jelly or the spicy Thai glaze? They were all ridiculously fantastic. I’m such a fan girl, I get sad when I go out of town and miss a seasonal flavor. Key lime pie. Missed that flavor, and still kicking myself.

Red Rabbit Donuts at the Mueller Farmer's Market Raspberry Filled, Apple Fritter and an Austin Cream Pie donut from Red Rabbit Bakery

Red Rabbit Bakery Trailer (now closed), formerly located on East 53rd St.As if Red Rabbit Bakery wasn’t already awesome enough, they also make sure to source local ingredients, and are a worker-owned cooperative. They’re found in coffee shops around town, and at Wheatsville. Like all donuts, they’re best enjoyed at their freshest, so I highly recommend finding them at the farmer’s market, or just after they’ve been delivered. They can sell out quickly, so to ensure that you get the donuts you want, place an online order for pickup by 5pm the day before. Most importantly, keep checking social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) for the latest flavors. It’s a sad, sad day when you realize you’ve just missed out on an amazing donut (see you next year, key lime pie donut!).

* Side note: I’ve just realized how dramatically vegan donut options have changed in the last few years. I remember the days when I would fly to Vegas just to get some Ronald’s donuts (and bring suitcases home full of them). Now it seems like every major city has at least one vegan donut shop, and I’ve personally tried at least a dozen different bakers’ vegan take on this classic. In the end it really doesn’t matter who does it the best, because what’s really important is that we have so many incredible options!

Disclaimer: This Top 20 series, presented in no particular order, is formed from the personal opinions of Marie and Daniel, and does not necessarily reflect the views of all Red Hot Vegans bloggers. If you’re not a fan of oily, sugary, calorie-dense food, then this series is probably not for you. For everyone else, enjoy!

Vegan News Bites

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Kaki-Age from The DojoVegan Ramen from The Dojo

Restaurant News:
– I noticed that a new Japanese restaurant in town called The Dojo mentioned they were working on a vegan ramen on their Facebook page, but when a friend emailed me pictures of the menu from their soft opening, I was shocked. 12 menu items were clearly marked with a vegan icon. Vegan ramen was just the beginning: edamame, pickled vegetables, seaweed salad, sunomono, spinach salad, tofu caprese, tomato croquettes, kaki-age, tofu steak, veggie gyoza and even homemade coconut ice cream were all marked vegan! The Dojo is Austin’s first izakaya, a kind of Japanese bar where food is meant to be enjoyed at a slower pace while ordering drinks and hanging out. Their tentative hours are 5pm to 2am, so this could potentially become one of the few late-night vegan options up north. I’m excited to see that another Austin restaurant has put so much thought into their vegan offerings, and can’t wait to check it out myself. (Above photos taken by awesome vegan food finder Aaron Reiser!)
Red Rabbit Coop Bakery Truck in North Loop- Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery has opened their first location in a trailer on 53rd St near Airport. Currently serving donuts from 7am to 1pm (or till sold out), this trailer is a welcome addition to the North Loop neighborhood! It’s the perfect morning stop on the way to work… maybe even grab a few extra for your co-workers who will be undoubtably impressed by these stellar vegan donuts.
The Vegan Nom, everyone’s favorite North Loop taco trailer, announced plans to open a second trailer sometime soon. When, where, and with what menu is still a mystery that I hope we will know the answers to soon!

New Menu Items:
Vegan Pizza from Sauced in the Highland Mall- Sauced, in the Highland Mall Food Court, tried out vegan pizza on their menu for the first time last weekend, and it was such a huge success that they’re doing it again this weekend. If this is something you’d like to see as a permanent menu item, make sure to go out there and show your support! With a crispy thin crust and two faux-meat options, I was really happy with the newest addition to the vegan pizza scene. I know I’ll be spending more time in the Highland Mall with pizza options like theirs around.
Mr. Natural is rolling out a new menu soon. They put out a Facebook teaser with a photo of a monster vegan Texas burger with fakin’ bacon, daiya, BBQ, jalapeños and more. If the new burger is any indication of what’s to come, I for one am looking forward to trying their new menu.
Jambalaya on a Stick from Baton Creole- Baton Creole, an adorable pink trailer on E 6th St, has been cranking out new and exciting vegan options lately. There is a vegan jambalaya on a stick on their regular menu, and a rotating vegan special once a month that will coincide with ATX Vegan Drinks on the first Friday of the month. Last month’s vegan special was a “crab” cake, with okra creole over rice on the side. I’ve also heard that there may be a partnership between Capital City Bakery and Baton Creole, with the possibility of vegan beignets in our future. Everything Baton Creole has made so far has blown my mind, so I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

Build-Your-Own Sundae Bar from Sweet RitualEvents:
ATX Vegan Drinks will be at Sweet Ritual this Friday with a build-your-own sundae bar, donuts from Red Rabbit Bakery and cookie dough from Celeste’s Best! It will be a BYOB event, so grab some drinks to bring, or take advantage of Juiceland’s large selection of non-alcoholic juices, smoothies and kombucha!
Counter Culture has posted an exciting Soul Food and Music event on Wed, July 24th. With food specials including fried seitan & gravy, BBQ tempeh, mashed potatoes, fried green tomatoes, creamed greens, deep south slaw, cornbread stuffing, sweet potato pie, peach cobbler and more, I can’t wait to try them all while listening to southern soul music.
– CityBoy Cuisine will be starting a new event called Bistro Vonish, which will be a vegan fine dining supper club. These vegan multi-course dinners are hopefully the lead up to Chef Craig Vanis opening a brick-and-mortar vegan fine dining establishment, which is one thing that would certainly be a welcome addition to the Austin vegan scene.

Vegan Week in Review

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This week has been particularly full of announcements and openings! It’s an exciting time to be a vegan in Austin:

Red Rabbit Bakery Donuts at Wheatsville- Red Rabbit Bakery’s cinnamon-cardamon rolls, apple fritters, raspberry filled donuts, and cinnamon sugar donut holes are now available at Wheatsville Food Co-op!!! If you’ve had a chance to try these items at HOPE Farmer’s Market, then I bet you are just as stoked as I am to be able to get your hands on them at Wheatsville.

- Sagra, a vegan-friendly Italian restaurant, tweeted this week that they now have vegan homemade pistachio “cheese.” I’ve been looking for an excuse to try them out, and this sounds like the perfect opportunity – now I just have to wait till graduation week is over to be able to get a table.

Schmaltz Vegan Reuben- The old Counter Culture trailer found a new home on Cesar Chavez and San Marcos as the new all-vegetarian food cart Schmaltz. Their menu includes falafel and an awesome rueben (vegan if ordered without the cheese), and they offer a cute little grassy seating area tucked behind Domy Books, an adorable bookstore and art space.

- On Monday, May 21st, Moses Falafel will become the newest addition in the Longhorn Food Court (Downtown: 610 W. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd & Rio Grande Street). This makes the Longhorn Food Court the most vegan-friendly trailer lot in Austin, with Moses joining the likes of Conscious Cravings and the brand spankin’ new Capital City Bakery trailer (don’t forget about their Grand Opening Party tonight!)

Counter Culture Sign- Speaking of grand openings, after a successful soft opening, Counter Culture has announced their Grand Opening Party will be on Wednesday, May 30th at 6pm. Check out the Facebook invite, and come join the fun!

- On June 3rd, Sweet Ritual will be at Secret Society’s Summer Frolic! serving up hand-cranked earl grey ice cream with lavender waffle cones. Earl grey ice cream, people! EARL GREY!! My life is complete.  That is all.

Vegan Cookbook Bonanza

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Vegan Books at MWB

MonkeyWrench Books is super stocked with an awesome selection of vegan cookbooks. This book bonanza is available now at their store on North Loop, and will also be on sale at Texas VegFest this Saturday! Add to, or start, your collection of vegan cookbooks by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero before, or during the festival! They’ve got Veganomicon, Vegan with a Vengeance, Viva Vegan, Appetite for Reduction, Vegan Brunch, Vegan Pie in the Sky, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar and more!

MonkeyWrench Books is the bestest, all around most amazing collectively-run and operated radical book store in Austin! It’s made even more awesome by the fact that two of our Red Hot Vegan bloggers volunteer there. Check out the MonkeyWrench website for info on how you too can become one of these superfly volunteers!

MonkeyWrench Books is also an amazing community space, and will be host to Austin’s local Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale event on April 29th! Can’t wait a whole month for a cookie? No worries! MonkeyWrench normally stocks vegan cookies and brownies by Celeste’s Best, and has vegan donuts from Red Rabbit Bakery on Sundays – come in on Sunday and you can even get a free donut with the purchase of a book. Books and donuts – sounds like a winning combination to me!