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Vegan Week in Review

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- Gathering of the Tribes was a great success. The raffle was epic, with over $500 worth of prizes. Dan won an adorable “Kale is my Power-Plant” t-shirt made by local vegan t-shirt designer Jeff Zick. Jealous? You should be – but don’t worry, you can purchase your own through Rabbit Food Grocery!

- Mr. Natural‘s first vegan-friendly Sunday brunch starts today! Brunch will be served from 10am-3pm, only at their South Lamar location.

- As a California transplant, I’m pretty familiar with all things Trader Joe’s, so I was really stoked to learn that they plan on opening up an Austin location by 2013! Most Trader Joe’s locations have a decent selection of vegan yogurts, non-dairy milks, mock-meats, and yummy frozen items – all at incredibly affordable prices. It seems like they get more vegan friendly each year, so who knows what they’ll carry by 2013? I look forward to finding out.

- When the story about cochineal extract in Starbucks frappuccinos first broke about a month ago, I assumed it would be contained to a couple of vegan bloggers getting the word out to warn people – but it turns out no one wants crushed up bugs in their food. What a surprise. Starbucks has announced that it will phase out the bug-laced beverages, and replace them with ones colored by lycopene (a tomato extract) within a couple of months.

- Sweet relief - Arlo’s is open again! They’re finally settled into their new location at Cheer Up Charlie’s, just in time for the next ATX Vegan Drinks, planned for Friday, May 4th. It’s going to be awesome, with a pop-up shop from Rabbit Food Grocery and baked goods from Capital City Bakery. You can also grab food from Arlo’s, Me So HungryFire & SoulVia 313 PizzaCOOLHAUS and more. Make sure to RSVP!

Vegan Week in Review

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SXSW took us all by storm (followed by an actual storm – super glad the animals at Sunny Day Farms are ok!), and while businesses are still trying to pick up the pieces, and we’re all trying to catch up on our sleep, here’s a news round-up of some of the things you might have missed last week:

zpizza Vegan Pizza- South Austinites can rejoice – there is a new zpizza location on Slaughter Lane, in the same complex as the new Alamo Drafthouse! The Alamo Drafthouse on Slaughter Lane has a fancy new bar called 400 Rabbits, and awesome redesigned tables – instead of several long tables along a row, there is now one table between every two seats. This is a welcome change for those of us who need to slip in and out of seats regularly (to go pee, or whatever, don’t judge!).

- The Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts in South Austin has announced a series of public cooking classes including subjects such as springtime vegan brunch, vegan mediterranean food, vegan desserts and vegan barbecue! The classes listed cost $45 each, and are held on Saturdays from 10am to 12pm.

Cleanse ATX kicks off today. There is a grand opening party at the downtown Whole Foods tonight, and there will be a Spring Alive Festival this Sunday.

Vegan Cuts Logo- Vegan Cuts, an awesome website with all sorts of ways to save on vegan items, came out with an Easter gift guide, including 8 great coupon codes.

- Starbucks has two pieces of interesting vegan news: This Dish is Veg reports that the Starbucks Strawberry & Creme Frappuccino is no longer vegan, as it now contains cochineal extract (from insects). On a brighter note, Starbucks has opened its first in a chain of juice bars called Evolution Fresh in Bellevue, WA. They’re slated to have a bunch of vegan options, so here’s hoping the selections prove popular. People of Bellevue – get your vegan soup and sandwich on!

Kristen Bell on Ellen- The latest celebrity to go vegan after watching Forks Over Knives is Kristen Bell. This bit of news isn’t particularly surprising – as the girl is clearly an animal lover! I hope her passion for sloths translates into a passion for compassion – and maybe we’ll see her do an awesome vegan PSA soon.