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Vegan Week in Review

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Counter Culture is offering fondue on the last Wednesday of every month. Fondue was one of the few things that I didn’t try before I went vegan, so when a friend invited me to join her for this event, I jumped at the chance. It was a fun and tasty experience. I’m told by the daughter of a Wisconsonite that the cheese fondue is very similar to the fondue she remembers as a child. The next fondue night will be Wednesday, August 29th.

– In other cheese news, the Japanese delicacy tofu misozuke, is now available for purchase online from California based company Rau Om. This miso-cured tofu, which is aged for up to six months, is described as having a sharp brie like taste and butter like texture – I’m sold!

– Austin is bursting with vegan baked goods! Sugar Circus has opened its doors in East Austin, with amazing vegan baked goods from the baker behind Sugar Tooth Bakery. As if that wasn’t enough great news, Mr. Natural is finally in the process of switching over 50% of their honey sweetened baked goods to agave sweetened. More vegan goodies for everyone!

– In honor of the “Meatless Monday” campaign, Maoz is offering 10% off a salad meal deal, or 10% off a catering order on Mondays! Just because we vegans go meatless everyday, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take advantage of this sweet deal. Just print out the coupon, and head over to our local Maoz, located in the Triangle. While you’re there, be sure to check out their vegan rice pudding!

– Community Cooking is introducing a series of cooking classes focused on vegan dishes made with simple ingredients that are cheap and easy to prepare. The class meets the last Saturday of each month at 3:30pm in the 21st Street Co-op kitchen (707 W. 21st Street, Austin TX). The next class will be on Saturday, August 25th and will focus on snacks: kale chips, avocado spinach dip, and green goddess smoothies. If you have any questions, menu suggestions, or would like to RSVP, please email Rachel at [email protected]

– Lastly, my own personal PSA: Get thee to a vegan or vegan friendly food trailer! Food trailers can suffer in the hot summer months as people are reluctant to brave the heat. But brave it, you must! Places like Vegan NomWasota and Mister Fruitcup will even let you call your order in ahead so that you don’t have to wait in the heat. Eat now so that they’ll still be here in the cooler winter months.

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 LogoVegan 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.