Maximize Your Commute

If you are anything like me, you have career/life goals you need to build up skills for. However, you may also: work some variation of a 9 to 5 that is rarely ever such commute to work I have noticed that, the more exhausted I get, the more time I waste on social media and re-listening to the same old Spotify playlists. This is a vicious cycle because then I feel: less informed less accomplished more depressed more tired So, I have started maximizing my commute by crowding out inefficiencies. Podcasts: I download any missed podcasts from the previous week to my phone … Continue reading Maximize Your Commute

Chocolate That’ll Make The Heart Melt

Lovers of chocolate single and coupled, likely take advantage of Valentine’s Day as an excuse to indulge. Why go for the same old sampler? Variety is the spice of life. Fire up your taste buds with some sweet treats. There’s something for everyone! For the animal lover: Rescue Chocolate: 100% of the net profits go to benefit animal rescue organizations. Last day to order for Valentine’s Delivery: Today! (Feb 5th) For those in NYC, you can purchase at the Vegan Shop Up on Saturday, Feb 9th at Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Pick: A gift box lets you … Continue reading Chocolate That’ll Make The Heart Melt

MFA takes on Butterball for Round 2

Mercy for Animals’ undercover investigators have again brought to light animal cruelty at Butterball turkey facilities in North Carolina. According to the nonprofit organization, abuses documented last month included: workers kicking and stomping on birds, dragging them by their wings and necks throwing turkeys onto the ground or on top of other birds serious untreated illnesses and injuries, including open sores, infections, and broken bones This new footage comes on the heels of a guilty plea, in August, for felony animal cruelty by a former Butterball employee. The latest footage echoes the cruelty of last year. Butterball is the world’s … Continue reading MFA takes on Butterball for Round 2

Start a new holiday tradition

Celebrate life this holiday by not taking it. Reportedly, more than 45 million turkeys will be killed for Thanksgiving day meals. (Source: PETA) Instead, start a new tradition with Farm Sanctuary. Your $30 gift helps the organization care for the rescued animals, the few of many. You can help so many more, by choosing to leave turkeys and other animals off your plates. Continue reading Start a new holiday tradition

Save Your Appetite for an Early Feast

If you’re in the NYC area, get ready for the holiday with A Very Vegan Thanksgiving hosted by U.S. Veg Corp. This feast will take place this upcoming Monday, November 19, 2012 at 7pm. At $45 a ticket, this three course meal will be well worth it. If you’ve never had the pleasure of eating at one of Blossom’s newest restaurants on Carmine Street, this is a great opportunity. The night’s event benefits for the Animals Sanctuary in New Jersey to help support their efforts to care for rescued farmed animals. There is limited seating, so get your tickets before … Continue reading Save Your Appetite for an Early Feast

There’s no shortage of PB cups

Growing up, I looked forward to Halloween. As a child, I loved dressing up and heading out with my pillowcase. Our mom and dad would take my sister and I around our little neighborhood. As we got older, we were allowed to roam with our older brother. We were ambivalent to the filling of our bags. We loved getting the candy but knew the weight of our bounty would eventually put an end to the night…even before the late fall, northeastern chill. When we returned home, we’d plop ourselves down in the family room, and assess the . ‘They were … Continue reading There’s no shortage of PB cups

Fill Your Basket With Bunnies And Chickies

Listening to an older episode of the Our Hen House podcast, circa December (so last year), Jasmin and Mariann were talking about how they think it’s okay for non-religious people to take part in religious holidays. *Pheww* I’m not alone. I’m not really religious. It obviously hasn’t affected my moral campus. I tend to go with a “do as little harm as possible” doctrine. It’s the not being alone part that I think ties people to holidays. I grew up searching for decorated eggs, getting my frills dirty on the green spring grass. Waking up to a big basket of … Continue reading Fill Your Basket With Bunnies And Chickies

Consuming the Body (May Contain Offensive Language)

In her book, Vegan’s Daily Companion, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau talks about compassionate alternatives to long spoken expressions (p10). Idioms, such as “Kill two birds with one stone,” that promote violence towards animals can be altered, ie “Cut two carrots with one knife,” and promote nonviolence. Colleen promotes, such a positive message. Focusing on our language and such use of animals and animal products in our cultural verbiage, my mind slipped down, down, down. I found my brain lying in a gutter humming Deadeye Dick:                            She don’t eat meat/But she sure like the bone (New Age Girl, 1994) Meat and bone … Continue reading Consuming the Body (May Contain Offensive Language)

Show Your Green This St. Patrick’s Day

The traditional Irish diet is heavy on meat and potatoes. If you’re veg*n, don’t fret. The isle’s cuisine also features vegetables like cabbage, curly kale, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, and onions; and fruits such as apples, pears, plums, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, and rhubarb. Celebrate St. Patrick’s in high spirits with these vegan recipes. Boxty (Novel Eats) Champ (It’s Less Important Than You Think) Colcannon (Choosing Raw) Colcannon Puffs (Fat Free Vegan Kitchen) – variation on the original Corned Beef and Cabbage (La Pure Mama) ‘Steak’ and Stout Pie (PETA) Scott Pilgrim’s Shepherd’s Pie (FunCoast: Cooking Corner: Grace Ellis) Irish Soda Bread … Continue reading Show Your Green This St. Patrick’s Day

Blurring the Line Between Taste and Ethics

Yesterday, an article titled “Some of my best friends are vegetarian” by The Blurred Line caught my attention. It was Freshly Pressed on WordPress, so it apparently caught more than a few peoples’ attention. I was reading with a grain of salt at the cheeky rant–dotted with references to gas, moral superiority, and hatred towards brussel sprouts–meant to stir the pot and drum up traffic. It was all good…ok it was really all bad but fine and typical…until: My first reaction being ‘Seriously?’ I blinked and reread. I wasn’t hallucinating. Well boys and girls, the jig is up. That person … Continue reading Blurring the Line Between Taste and Ethics