Archive for March, 2009

Healthy and Cheap Breakfasts

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Running season, swimsuit season, lettuce-bikini season. It’s all about to start. This is the time to incorporate some healthy eating habits. Don’t starve yourself—that can confuse your body and make it harder to lose weight. If you’re hungry all the time you’re not enjoying life, and you’re more likely to give in to some junk food.

For me, Team Vegan is about to start up again (April 26: mark your calendars now!), so it’s time to think about food as fuel. This year our team will train together for 13 weeks to run either a 5k (3 miles), a Half Marathon (13.1 miles) or a Marathon (26.2 miles!). Crazy, I know, but with the right food you can run 100 miles!*

Fill up on good vegan food. A big bowl of oatmeal in the morning contains very few calories, is naturally vegan and free of cholesterol, and you’ll be too full to nibble on Krispy Kremes. Doesn’t hurt that it’s cheap, too! When you buy oats instead of coffee-shop sugar-bomb muffins, you’ll have extra money to sponsor a Team Vegan runner. Sweet!

I love my oats during the week. But let’s face it: we can’t be all good, all the time. Sometimes it’s fun to splurge a bit on a Sunday morning. Below is a link to a great French toast recipes, and my recipe for tofu scramble. Both recipes are yummy enough for breakfast in bed, but still healthier (and cheaper) than hitting your local greasy spoon.

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Mid-day letter writing in SF?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

One of our members, Sky, is interested in organizing a daytime letter writing party in San Francisco.

Letter writing is one of the most effective ways we can advocate for animals, and I would love to start a letter writing group in San Francisco. I can host and provide all the materials and research we would need… but my only free time is around 11-2 on weekdays. I’m just writing to see if there would be any interest out there to meet in that time frame. If so, let me know, and we can start to plan a meeting.

If you’re interested, please email us and we’ll forward your information onto Sky.

Fragrance Land (Sunnyvale) closed

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Fragrance Land, a popular Chinese vegetarian restaurant in Cupertino, closed its doors, permanently, earlier this week, bring the number of vegan and vegetarian restaurants in the South Bay to 32. (Click here for list)

Thanks to Sharon, who hosted our monthly dinner at Fragrance Land, for the update.

Leafleting Leprechauns in San Francisco

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Saturday was the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in San Francisco, and also the annual Bay Area Vegetarians Leafleting at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  🙂

BAVeg Leafleting Leprechauns

BAVeg Leafleting Leprechauns

Our team of leafleting leprechauns hit the streets of SF, and handed out 1,500 Vegetarian Stater Kits in one hour!!

THANK YOU Alex, Ari, Lisa, Caroline, Michelle, Donna, Jordan and Tammy! BAVeg volunteers share some thoughts about this activity:

Alex enthused “Event leafleting is always fun, because the crowds are in a good mood. Twice I had people chasing after me to get a brochure! Love that! Leafleting is is so easy, and so effective.  I love thinking about all the people who learned about animal suffering today for the first time.  I wonder how many vegetarians we made?”

Parade attendee reads VSK

Parade attendee reads VSK

“This may have been the easiest leafleting I have ever done! Not a negative comment all morning, a few dozen people came up asking ME for guides (rather than the other way around) and at least 50% of people who I offered I guide to took it. Combine that with a great meal with some inspiring vegetarians, all committed to raising the consciousness of our society, and you’ve got a heck of a finish to my week!” exclaimed Ari.

Michelle adds “It was great fun, and such a happy vibrant crowd that seemed to really embrace the veg message!”

Reading her new VSK

Reading her new VSK

Jordan shares his personal experience.  “I’ve been a vegetarian since 1967, and had little success in getting people to go veg. It came as a big surprise, there is an easy way to recruit new vegetarians. Just hand out leaflets. Some people who read the leaflet decide to eat less meat, some become vegetarians or vegans.

Leafleting is fun. Especially at special events, parades etc, because people let down their guard and are willing to talk to strangers. In a short time you can hand out a lot of leaflets.

Now I organize vegetarian leafleting at some Buddhist teachings I go to, asking Buddhists to go veg. Think about what events you go to that you can leaflet. It’s great to know that you have done something that makes a difference.”

Please watch the BAVeg calendar for the next San Francisco Have a Heart, Go Veg Leafleting activity.

Symphonie (Richmond)

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

The owners of New World Vegan in Oakland have opened Symphonie, a new vegan restaurant in Richmond.

Like New World, it features an international menu featuring Thai, Italian,  Indian, Chinese and Brazilian appetizers, soups and entrees. Low fat or oil-free. Lunch specials $8.25 – $9.50 include soup, salad, rice, and your choice of 16 lunch specials.

This is a new restaurant (opened Feb 2009) so always good to call first and confirm hours.

Thanks to Mike for the information!

Symphonie: read it, rate it, review it

Vote for Bay Area Vegan as Sexiest Vegetarian

Monday, March 2nd, 2009
Alex and Ari leafleting at SF Pride
Alex and Ari leafleting at SF Pride

Ari, a local activist and Bay Area Veg volunteer/supporter, is in the running for PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Next Door contest!

To vote for him, go to male contestants and vote for Ari!

Please vote by March 11th