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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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Cool Events for a Hot Summer:

Upcoming Austin Vegan Events

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Austin Vegan Party Barge
Summer is in full swing, and everyone’s taking advantage of the warm weather. Austin vegans are planning up a storm, and with a dessert social, 4th of July cookout, party barge and more in the works, there’s something for everyone in this town. There are some great recurring events coming up, including the June Fruitluck (aka fruit potluck) at Barton Springs tomorrow (June 22nd), a newly created Crafty Night at Unity Vegan Kitchen on Thursday, June 26th, and an Austin Raw Food Diet potluck on Saturday, June 28th. In addition to these recurring events, we’ve quite a few special events on the calendar:

Sunday, June 22nd:

5pm to 7:30pm – NadaMoo!’s Whole ‘Lotta Dessert Social at NO VA Kitchen & Bar tomorrow is a not-to-be-missed fundraiser for the Whole Planet Foundation! It’s not mentioned on the event page, but the event organizers have assured me that this will in fact be an entirely vegan event with desserts, cocktails, and coffee provided by Skull & Cakebones, GoodPops, NadaMoo!, and Chameleon Cold Brew. So far I’ve heard there will be whoopie ice cream pies, pop-tails, and cold brew floats, plus Brad Sorenson from NO VA will be making a vegan dessert as well. For those hoping to watch USA in the World Cup, have no fear, the game will be playing at the bar. Tickets are $10, and you can purchase them in advance on Eventbrite or pay in cash at the door.

Raw Cheezecake at BeetsFriday, June 27th:

7pm to 10pm – Beets Cafe fans have known for a couple of months now that Austin’s one and only raw restaurant will be shutting its doors indefinitely. To celebrate the great run they had, they’re throwing a farewell celebration. There will be droves of Beets fans, music, and of course, the Beets crew is going to make some delicious raw treats! Let them know how much they meant to the Austin community, and send them off with a bang.

Sauced Vegan PizzaSaturday, June 28th:

All Day – It’s Vegan Pizza Day! This most glorious of holidays will be celebrated with pizza-themed specials at Capital City Bakery from 11am to 7pm. At 12pm the Austin Progressive Vegetarians are hosting a Vegan Pizza Day meetup at Sauced in the Highland Mall. For those looking to throw their own Vegan Pizza Day party, check out our extensive (and recently updated) Austin Vegan Pizza Guide!

9am to 4pm – Head on down to Seguin, TX for a chance to lend a helping hand at the SARA Sanctuary Volunteer Day and Picnic. Get out of the city, get your hands dirty for a good cause, and get animal kisses in return! Vegan food and drinks will be provided (beer & wine for the grown ups), but you’re also welcome to bring any vegan food you like. Their only requirement is that you be an animal lover.

BBQ Revolution Platter Friday, July 4th:

3pm – BBQ Revolution and the rest of the North Loop House & Yard vegan trailer gang will be hosting a 4th of July Cookout in conjunction with ATX Vegan Drinks! Every trailer in the lot is now entirely vegan (making this the first all-vegan food trailer lot in the world!), as Taco ‘Bout It recently switched their menu to be entirely vegan!  All the trailers will be coming up with patriotic specials, from veggie burgers at BBQ Revolution to vegan funnel cake and chick’n and waffles from Unity Vegan Kitchen. Rabbit Food Grocery will also be in attendance, dessert will be provided by Skull & Cakebones, there will be a raffle to raise funds for a local nonprofit, and to top it all off, there will be free beer!

4pm to 8pm – Counter Culture will also be hosting a 4th of July Party on the East Side, with summer classics including vegan corndogs, burgers, slaw, potato salad, strawberry shortcake and more. Enjoy your food while listening to all-American country, roots and rockabilly, and try your chances at the Happy Cow cookbook giveaway!

Brunch at Mr. NaturalSunday, July 6th:

10:30am to 2pm – Mr. Natural’s next monthly vegan brunch falls on the 4th of July weekend, and we cannot be more excited by their patriotic themed brunch! For $16 you get an endless buffet that will include corn dogs, mac and cheeze, fried chick’n, pancakes, chocolate cream pie, apple crisp and so much more! We think it’s really awesome that a vegetarian restaurant has taken on the task of creating a huge, entirely vegan brunch buffet, so we always look forward to these weekends. Expert tip for Mr. Natural brunch newbies – don’t skip out on the agave mustard! It’s a must on the country fried seitan, and whatever else you can think to put it on.

Sunday, August 31st:

12pm to 5pm – The Vegan Party Barge is back! The 5th Annual Vegan Party Barge is officially happening, and while it’s a little ways in the future, you should certainly start planning now (and buy your tickets ASAP, as they always sell out). This year the tickets are $40 (with a $5 discount for AV&VA Members), which includes entrance to the barge, pool noodles for lounging in the water, non-alcoholic drinks and a catered vegan lunch. The barge is BYOB, so pack a small cooler, and enjoy a beautiful day on Lake Travis with a bunch of awesome vegans!

Vegan News Bites

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New Vegan Menu Items:

Fresh falafel from JuiceLand in Hyde Park- JuiceLand is not the kind of place I’d plan on finding my new favorite falafel in town, but that’s in fact where you’ll find a fresh, moist falafel that’s drenched in delicious tahini. It’s definitely not too oily or too dry, problems that can plague a lot of falafel joints. I think you could potentially fault it for not being authentic, with kale and carrots finding their way into the mix, and being cooked in avocado oil, but it all just works for me. It’s gluten free if you skip the pita and get it salad style. As of right now it’s made fresh to order during lunchtime, Monday through Friday, at the Hyde Park location. It’s decently priced at $6, plus you can grab a Facebook deal for 50% off right now.

Chipotle announced that for the first time in the company’s 20 year history it’s expanding its menu with a new vegan option. The Chipotle sofritas, shredded tofu with chilies and spices, is made from organic soybeans from Hodo Soy Beanery and produced out of a factory in Oakland, CA. So far it looks like the tofu is making its way slowly inwards from the coasts, with Texas not quite on the sofritas map yet. I called a few locations to see if they knew when it would land in Texas, and no one that I spoke to had an idea of the timeline, but it’s definitely something to look out for in the near future – and a great option to find when you’re traveling.

Vanilla Silk Almond Froyo at TCBY- TCBY has added a Silk vanilla almond Froyo to their selection of flavors. This is the second vegan flavor in their lineup, after they introduced a Silk chocolate almond froyo a few months back. The vanilla flavor was available at the UT location on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive when we went to check it out, and while we didn’t have high expectations, we were pleasantly surprised by the flavor and consistency. It’s fat free, and a true frozen yogurt with added live active cultures. It’s certainly nice to see that TCBY, a major national chain, is adding more vegan options, and it’s a great option for those looking for a treat near campus.

Brunch at The Vegan Nom- Vegan Brunch is blowing up in this town! Down south, The Vegan Nom has created a vegan brunch platter available every Saturday from 10am to 2pm. For $12, you get not only a platter stacked with classic brunch fare (french toast, potatoes, scramble, sausage and tempeh bacon), but a free mimosa from the Buzz Mill as well! Brunch at the Vegan Nom is a bit of a departure from their usual menu of Rockin’ Vegan Tacos, but it’s quickly becoming a new Saturday morning favorite.

Vegan Brunch at Mr. Natural- We’ve tried the Mr. Natural Brunch buffet twice now, and are definitely fans. Come hungry, as just trying a little bit of everything will fill you up (pictured is a little bit of everything from last Sunday’s brunch, minus the spinach puffs and tamale pie which came out a little later). Head on over to the east side, and check it out yourself on the first Sunday of the month at the Cesar Chavez location for $16.
New Menu Items at Taco 'Bout It- Up north we have some new menu items at Taco ‘Bout It, and their first vegan-friendly brunch this Sunday with free drinks! The new tacos include a vegan baja fry taco (aka fish taco), and a vegan beef taco, which compliment their two veggie heavy vegan tacos. For those looking for a little more food, try making any taco into a burrito for only $3 more (note: the burrito is really a giant taco). They also offer agave for their sopapillas (fried flour tortilla with cinnamon) to make them vegan, so you can finish off your meal with something sweet.

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Vegan News Bites

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Restaurant News:
Unity Vegan Kitchen opens on the east side tonight!- Unity Vegan Kitchen’s soft opening is tonight! Head on down to their trailer at 2209 E Cesar Chavez (the lot next door to the future Capital City Bakery storefront) between 5:00pm and 8:00pm tonight to try some crab cakes, muffuletta sandwiches, spring rolls and pineapple cobbler. Welcome to the newest Austin vegan trailer on the block!

- Bistro Vonish, which offers vegan fine dining supper clubs, has just started a Kickstarter campaign with the hopes of opening a vegan fine dining establishment here in Austin. The rewards for contributing to the Kickstarter campaign are compelling, with t-shirts, meals and fresh baked goods as rewards to help getting the restaurant off the ground. It’s no secret that fine-dining is one thing that the vegan scene in Austin is sorely lacking, so hopefully this will be just the kickstart we need.

Health Box trailer in South Austin offers 'fruit poop' desserts.- Fruit lovers will rejoice at another new trailer on the scene, Health Box. Health Box serves up frozen fruit desserts that are described as ‘fruit poop’. You pick the fruits and vegetables you’d like from their menu, and they serve it up to you sundae style, with different fruit toppings to make your fruit more fruity. ‘Fruit poop’ is just unadulterated fruit and vegetables, with no added sugars or flavorings, perfect for those fruitarians in your life.

- There’s a new trailer next to Red Rabbit Bakery on North Loop, and they’re offering vegan tacos! North Loop is already vegan taco central, but it’s Austin, and tacos are practically our official dish, so the more tacos the merrier I say! Head on over to Taco ‘Bout It to try their black bean mushroom, and sweet potato avocado tacos!

New Menu Items:
Vegan breakfast offerings from Maoz- Maoz, the international falafel restaurant located in the Triangle, has started serving up a new breakfast menu with vegan options! They offer “The TLT”, a tempeh BLT with vegenaise pita sandwich, and “The ’Fu”, a pita taco or pita sandwich stuffed with tofu scramble, sautéed onions and tempeh bacon. Both options are really tasty, and served up in Maoz’s fluffy pita bread. With breakfast hours Mon-Fri from 8am to 11am, it’s another nice option to have for breakfast up north.

TCBY offers vegan soft serve!- The national soft serve ice cream chain, TCBY, has announced a new chocolate vegan flavor made from Silk’s almond milk. The chocolate soft serve is available in town at the Martin L King Jr Blvd location near the UT campus and at the South Austin location on Slaughter Lane. Pair the chocolate soft serve with a number of available vegan toppings including fresh fruit and nuts to complete the picture.

- Sauced, the Highland Mall pizza shop, announced that their vegan trial run was so successful that they are rolling out vegan pizza by the slice on Wednesdays and Saturdays! I love pizza, but sometimes (aka most of the time) I’m not in the mood to eat (or pay for) an entire pie. I hope more pizza places jump on this vegan by-the-slice bandwagon.

Selection of vegan offerings from The Dojo!- The Dojo has expanded their vegan offerings! As if 12 vegan menu items weren’t enough, they went ahead and added 5 more! They’ve now marked a few items that can be made vegan upon request, such as their okoge ankake and their okonomiaki style potatoes, added a few salads, and most excitingly, they offer a vegetable set for their new table grills! I will not deny that The Dojo is my new favorite place in town. The food is good, the management really cares about its vegan customers, and the atmosphere is super laid back. It’s the perfect place for a casual drink after work, or for a full on party. Speaking of parties, look out for an ATX Vegan Drinks at The Dojo in September!

Events:
– The annual Ringling Brothers Circus protest is coming up next week on August 21st. Find more information about the event on the Action For Animals Facebook Event. If animal cruelty at the circus is news to you, please check this page out to learn more about the problems with circuses who use animals as entertainment, and what you can do to help.

Other News:
Simply Nice, vegan catering in Austin!- Since the loss of Austin’s only all vegan catering company to Hawaii, I know a few people have been wondering what catering company is going to fill those vegan shoes. While looking for other vegan-friendly catering companies in town, I was happy to learn that one of latest Natural Epicurian graduates, and awesome Austin vegan Sally Nicely has set up a personal chef/catering company! Simply Nice offers catering services, personal chef services and cooking classes, so future Austin vegan events have no fear, our caterer is here! Know of any other local vegan-friendly caterers? Let us know!