Archive for August, 2006

Favorite Pig-friendly Recipes

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

What if your dog tasted like porkIf your dog tasted like pork, would you eat him? Most meat-eaters would answer “No way! That’s gross, dude!” But really, what’s the difference between pork loin and poodle loin?

Most people know very little about pigs. They are fascinating animals. Pigs are curious and insightful animals thought to have intelligence beyond that of an average 3-year-old human child. They are smarter than dogs and every bit as friendly, loyal, and affectionate.

Covered this month –

• Favorite pre-made pig substitutes
• Cruelty-free bacon
• BLT’s
• BBQ sandwiches
• Baked five-spice seasoned tofu
• Mu-shu “pork” without the dead pig
• Soy foods: Tofu vs. Tempeh

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Fresh Choice – Pleasanton

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

This location has been open for quite a while but never made it to the guide. With very few veggie options in Pleasanton I think it’s a good addition to the guide

Volunteers Needed for 9/9 & 9/10

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

Bay Area Veg is going to be doing some great veg outreach next month and we need your help!!

9/9 Saturday – SF
Power to the Peaceful – tabling & leafleting

9/10 Sunday – Berkeley/Albany
Solano Stroll – tabling

More details are posted here:

To volunteer, please review the info in the forum. For those that have userids, you can reply in the forum or use the link within the event topic. I will be updating the forum as shifts are filled.

Additionally, if you have contacts with local rescue or humane societies, or other groups where people who love animals, but are not necessarily vegetarian, please let us know. We are working with our local humane society to produce a World Farm Animals Day event.

Thank you for your support in promoting vegetarianism and helping animals!

Monthly BAVeg dinners & other activities – the future?

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

In an odd coincidence, August looks to be the month for deciding the fate of two of our monthly dinners, the first and the last!

Bob started BAVeg’s first monthly dinner at New World in Oakland. Today at 6 pm he is hosting the 36th dinner (details on event calendar). He’d already announced that “The New World dinners will be on hiatus after this month’s meal, with the future to be discussed and determined at a later date.”

Peggy’s monthly dinner at San Mateo’s Vegetarian Gourmet was one of the most recent dining additions on our monthly event calendar. It ended unexpectedly with this month’s dinner as the restaurant informed us that they will be closing on 9/5.

For Bay Area Veg, as with all volunteer organizations, events/activities happen around volunteer interests — so if you’ve been attending events and enjoying them, and have ideas for events/activities you’d like to see happen, AND (and that is the most important “and”) are willing to work towards making those ideas a reality (as in, organize them and make them happen), please contact us!!

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Looking forward to hearing from you!

Tammy & Chris

Vegetarian Gourmet Closing 9/5

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

Bay Area Veg has been informed that Vegetarian Gourmet in San Mateo will close on 9/5. Currently ranked 9th in the Ultimate Guide Top Ten, and a winner on the 2005 BEST OF VEG contest, we’ll miss this restaurant, where we’ve hosted a monthly dinner since November.

Your Opinion Counts

Monday, August 7th, 2006

5 stars for Vegetarian Gourmet: “I took an order of the Tofu Rolls, Curry Vegetable Chicken, Chen Pi and brown rice to a non-veg BBQ. The food was a big hit amongst the non-veg guests. They commented on how good the texture and flavor of the Chen Pi was, and they all went back for seconds, instead of eating the real meat. Remarkable!”

4 stars for Judahlicious: “They now have raw vegan soft serve and it’s amazing! You have to try it!! They use all organic fruits and veggies and have both cooked and raw options.”

5 stars for Pizza Plaza: “Definitely the best vegan pizza in the E.Bay. They really cater to vegans. He’s even made the primary menu all vegan, complete with Follow Your Heart cheeses and Yves faux meats. Oh, and they have free delivery, so all the homebodies can still patronize them.”

The Ultimate Guide is an online service listing vegetarian foods and services in the SF Bay Area. It also offers opportunities for users to rate/review them. What’s really nice is that for people who are new to vegetarianism or new to the Bay Area, when a restaurant or business has reviews, it gives additional insight and helps make better choices. If you’re a frequent patron and know what the best dishes are, this is a great way to share what they are so people trying the restaurant for the first time have a good experience and return again for more veg*n foods. After all, that’s how I found out about the awesome vegan peanut butter shakes at Saturn Cafe and that’s why I’m organizing a dinner there on Friday.

If you’d like to be an Ultimate Guide reviewer, it’s free and you can participate as your time permits. There are currently 952 reviews! You can find the most recent reviews and Top Ten (based on reviews) at:

To post a review:

1) Get a UserID on the BAVEG website.

This UserID is distinct and separate from any other userids that you may have on Yahoo, Hotmail, etc. It can reuse be the same name if you like.

a) If you already have a userid on the BAVEG website, then go to step 2

b) If you already have a userid on the BAVEG website but forgot your password, still go to step 2
c) If you don’t have a userid on the BAVEG website, then you can sign-up to get one.

Register for a userid
Hint: After you register, look for the confirmation email to activiate your registration. If you don’t get this email, please email me with your registration userid.

2) Find the restaurant you want to review in the Ultimate Guide

3) In the listing, there is a button called “review”. Select that. The next screen may ask you to log in. (This is also where you’ll have the opportunity to select the link “I forgot my password” to re-establish your ability to login)

4) Type your review, and that’s it!

TIP: When you are logged into the BAVEG website, on the Ultimate Guide page, there is an Profile Link to the right. This will show you your profile on our website, and can be used to see all the reviews you’ve ever done and provide a centralized place if you want to modify reviews for any restaurants that you’ve visited.

Support the KFC Cruelty Campaign!

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

PETA’s campaign against KFC is to improve standards for the billions of chickens that are slaughtered for human consumption.

Bay Area Veg has been organizing monthly protests at KFC since 2005. It started in the city of San Francisco, and has included monthly protests in Pacifica, Palo Alto, San Rafael, Santa Cruz and San Jose.

In the North Bay, Hannah has been the organizer for the last year. But that changed recently. “I reluctantly find myself in the position of having to step down because of some unexpected events in my life right now. I hope at some point in the future to continue again, and I still feel an extreme commitment to easing the plight of all animals, so this is a difficult decision to make.”

In San Francisco, Thea has been hosting the event since May 2005. But even with help from new co-host Andrew, sometimes a busy work schedule and vacation plans overlap. So if you can commit to regularly attending and occasionally being a backup host, even better.

The Palo Alto, Candace is organizing monthly protests on the 3rd Saturday. Under her watch, one of two stores closed. Help her protest at the remaining one! It’s on a busy intersection with excellent car traffic. See the event calendar for details.

The Pacifica location has excellent visibility to Highway 1 and always gets a lot of traffic. We need one person who is not already committed to monthly activities to organize this. Great opportunity to go for a walk near the beach afterwards.

YOUR help and support is needed to continue these protests. On behalf of the animals, we appreciate your support.

36th New World dinner plans for future

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

Come celebrate the three year anniversary of Bay Area Vegetarians’ longest running same day, same time, same place dining out group! Still one of the finest vegan restaurants anywhere, and congenial, interesting people to share a meal with.

The New World dinners will be on hiatus after this month’s meal, with the future to be discussed and determined at a later date.

Bay Area Vegetarians invites you to bring your friends and come join us, or come join us to meet new friends, at one of the Bay Area’s best vegan restaurants.

To insure your spot at the group table, please RSVP. Drop-ins are welcome on a space available basis.

Sunday August 20th 2006 at 6PM.
New World Vegetarian Restaurant 464-8th Street @ Broadway

Downtown Oakland

We will be ordering off the menu; sharing dishes as a group is encouraged and appreciated, but not mandatory. Prices range from appetizers at $3.95 to $6.95, and entrees from $8.95 to $13.95. Tab for shared meals has run between $18-$26 each, including tax and tip. Adjustments in your share of cost are made dependent on whether you joined in for beverages and desserts–your option. New World’s high ceilings, airy interior, well-spaced and richly polished dark wood tables and shiny parquet floor make for a very pleasant environment. They have an extensive menu, with Vietnamese,Thai, Mexican, Brazilian, and Indian-inspired dishes, with choices to meet every taste. The Latin and South American dishes are excellent! The food gets high recommendations for its presentation, texture, flavors, and aroma. Meals are prepared with homemade sauces that use seasalt, are free from MSG, and are low in oil. Vegan desserts made on the premises and offsite by Black China Bakery are available.

Looking forward to meeting up with new and old friends for community, conversation, and delicious vegan food.

Easy BART (12th Street Station + four block walk, and several of us usually walk back to BART together at the end of the evening) and AC Transit bus access.
Hope to see you there.

Your host: Bob Gotch

BAV News – August 2006

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

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