College Sound Bites and Turkeys

September 29th, 2014

Compared to the rush of leafleting during the opening week of the Fall semester, it was a quiet day on Tues, Sept 23rd at Solano Community College

Thoughtful reader, outreach selfie, and the turkeys

Thoughtful reader, outreach selfie, and the turkeys

Me: “Information to help animals?”
Woman: “What is this about?”

Me: “It’s information to help animals.”
Woman – takes flyer

Woman: “Is this about not eating them?”

Me: “Yes”
Woman: “I eat meat” and gives flyer back

That was an atypical reaction, and from someone who was most likely a faculty or staff member.  Most individuals that were approached, particularly the students, welcomed and thanked us for the information.

It’s always great when we see students halt in their tracks and read the leaflet right after receiving it.  In total, 274 Vegan Outreach booklets were distributed that day .  But it’s not just the numbers that matter.  What made the day even more meaningful were those who paused on their way to class to chat briefly, including:

– Michelle, a young woman who is an aspiring vegan and was thrilled to receive a booklet (and hopes people are reading the literature)

– Joe, visiting the campus who was genuinely surprised by the info even though he has relatives (sister, cousin) who are veg

– Mat, Joe’s friend. who is a chef at Hilton Hotel in Sacramento and we chatted about what vegan options they have, including faux meats and cheeses

– Pam, a professor who declined a pamphlet but shared she taught Environmental Studies.  So I mentioned the big climate change rally that recently happened, and she said that was one of 4 possible topics she was going to propose to her class they talk about today. I suggested she frame it in a manner of what each of them could do as individuals in their daily lives to impact the issue, as too often these problems seem so intangible. She embraced the suggestion and said she’d do it.  I wonder how that discussion went.

– Joe, a vegan student who wants to leaflet (happily gave him my info)

– Wanda, a student who received a leaflet last month and started making changes, such as choosing meatless on alternating days

And one of the last exchanges that I had — a woman rushing into a building declined a pamphlet but offered instead “I’m vegan” and “I need to go teach my class now”

We love meeting other vegans. But we’re even happier to meet more folks like a young woman who was quite frank with me — she wants to be veg but her mom is reluctant. I encouraged her to research more information to allay her mom’s fears, and I gave her my contact info. I hope she writes me; there’s some solid information available supporting a plant-strong diet.

It was also great to see 6 young turkeys and 1 squirrel enjoying the beautiful lawn on the campus.

Join us!
Colleges are being leafleted around the nation, and abroad.  Our next college leafleting planned is Tuesday, Sept 30th at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill (event link).  We’ll return next to Solano Community College on Wednesday, Oct 22nd (see the BAVeg Event calendar to confirm date and time).

Whether you have an extra 30 minutes or 2 hours, your help would be most appreciated.  No previous experience is necessary, just the ability to smile, hold a leaflet, and say “Hello”.

Read more about college leafleting at Vegan Outreach’s Adopt a College website.

Adopt a College (AAC) is a program in which animal advocates hand out vegetarian pamphlets to students. AAC reaches hundreds of thousands of students who would not approach a literature table. We also leaflet high schools, concerts, or anywhere young adults can be found. Most of our leafleters are not students.

Native Foods founder consulting with SF Brew Pub

September 13th, 2014

SF brew pub Citizen Fox now has a consulting chef on board, Tanya Petrovna, founder of Native Foods.

Per a comment on the Citizen Fox Facebook page, all fare will be vegan.  Hooray!

Citizen Fox is planned to open in 2015.

Ultimate Guide link to Citizen Fox

Double your Donation for Meat-Eaters to try Veg Food

March 24th, 2012

Please join Bay Area Vegetarians for the first annual Oakland Veg Week!

Oakland Veg Week is a week-long celebration (April 15-21, 2012) that invites meat-eaters to pledge to be vegetarian for one week. It’s a positive, upbeat event where everyone wins: Meat-eaters who want a little help with their veg experiment, local restaurants who want more customers, the City of Oakland (who, let’s face it, could use some happy press!), and most importantly, the animals who would really, really, really like to see more vegetarians!

Bay Area Vegetarians is going to match every donation made for OVW12 up to $500.00. For real! That means a possible total of $1,000 to buy more vegan food to give to meat-eaters…if you can help us out. Your $50 donation is actually $100 with this match, and it’s tax-deductible! Oakland Veg Week is all volunteer, all free, and all awesome. With your support, OVW can reach more meat-eaters with the veg information and samples.

Please consider donating today to help create more vegetarians!
Bay Area Vegetarians, OVW, P.O. Box 700, Vallejo, CA 94590 credit card also accepted

What we like most about Oakland Veg Week … let us know what you like about OVW in the comments.

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Fast Food Veg Indian Restaurant Open in Vallejo

March 4th, 2012

Vaishnu Express Cafe opened last fall, serving fast food Indian vegetarian food in a strip mall in Vallejo, just of 29 near 37.

They offers curries, sweets, and chaat. Several of the curries and chaat are vegan. Ample indoor seating, in a clean, no-frills environment. Food is served on paper trays.

Weekday lunch special is 4.99 and entrees 5.99. Catering is also available.

They don’t have a permanent sign up yet, just a banner.  Look for #135; it’s next door to the donut shop.  There’s also an Indian grocery store in the strip mall, Indian Bazaar.

Vaishnu Express Cafe may very well hold the title as Vallejo’s First Vegetarian Restaurant.  If you’ve tried it, do share with us what you like.  Or other nearby places for veg eats.

For more info:
Ultimate Guide – Vaishnu Express Cafe : read it, rate it, review it!


Favorite Dishes for a Vegan Food Party

February 5th, 2011

Bay Area Vegetarians’ Vegan Food Party (VFP) is a community-inspired gathering where new and old friends meet to share conversation and like-minded camaraderie over homemade vegan foods.  Both members and guests (including veg*ns and non-veg*ns) are welcome to attend, as long as they bring a vegan dish to share.

And that’s the challenge for the party go’er.. deciding what to bring.

Alicia, who is hosting a Vegan Food Party this Sunday in San Rafael, has a straight-forward guideline for deciding what to bring:  “Depends on location–if it’s close, I like to bring something hot.  If it’s far, then I bring something that can be served cold or at room temperature.”

One of her favorite dishes is a linguine with a peanut sauce with steamed broccoli. The peanut sauce has peanut butter, rice vinegar, crushed red pepper flakes, olive oil, soy sauce, and water or veggie stock.

Cheryl, who is hosting a Vegan Food Party next month in Pacifica, shares her strategy: “I have selected what I bring to a food part a few different ways.  The first time I went to a summer Vegan food party, I went online and searched Vegan Summer recipes and found a wonderful vegan potato salad and I still make it to this day.   It was a wonderful way to find a new recipe that became part of my classic recipes.  I have also made something that I had somewhere when I was out and decided to have a go and make it on my own without a receipe.  It was a Cold Asian Tofu Marinate over rice and it turned out to be a huge success.

I think it is fun to try new ideas and create your own recipes, but I have also made something that I have made for myself in the past too!  This upcoming party I am making something fun and that I have made in the recent past.”

There’s a variety of ways to decide what to bring.  Tammy and Chris, who hosted the first-ever Vegan Food Party, share a couple of their ideas on how to decide what to bring:  “Sometimes we need inspiration to try a new recipe, so we pick one that sounds interesting and bring it to the VFP to ‘animal test it’.  Or, maybe it’s an excuse to make a favorite dish that we haven’t had in awhile, like macaroni and cheese.  Because we both love vegan desserts, we’ll often bring something in that category, like brownies, chocolate mousse pie, cheesecake, apple cake, or pumpkin pie.”

So, join your fellow vegan food-lovers at an upcoming Vegan Food Party

02/06 VFP – San Rafael Add event to your local calendar
03/12 VFP – Pacifica Add event to your local calendar

Thanks to Cheryl for sharing her favorite potato salad recipe that she’s made twice for summer parties.

Vegan Calico Potato Salad


For the Dressing:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar (Red Wine Garlic)
1 1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp. Sea Salt
Dash of hot pepper sauce

For the Salad:
2 lb. red potatoes, peeled, cooked, and cubed (Organic)
1 1/2 cups cooked whole-kernel corn  (*Can)
1 cup shredded carrot  (Organic)
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup diced green pepper (organic)
1/2 cup diced red pepper (Organic)
1/2 cup sliced olives  (Can)

For the Dressing:
• Combine all the ingredients. Cover and chill.

For the Salad:
• In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients.

To Assemble:
• Combine the salad and the dressing and toss to mix.

Makes 14 servings

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Secrets of Vegan Baking Class: Holiday Pies & Cookies

October 13th, 2010

This class will feature holiday favorites pumpkin, apple, and pecan pies plus fruit & nut filled holiday cookies. With Dr. Christine Dickson, learn the secret tips for making perfect pie crust and take time to network and share ideas with others. Each dessert featured in this class makes a great gift for friends and family!

Space is limited and the classes typically fill-up fairly quickly, so please reserve your space today.

Date: Saturday, Nov 6th
Time: 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Location: Whole Foods Market, 1010 Park Place, San Mateo
Cost: $25/person *
Registration | Event Listing

When asked “What did you like most about the baking class?“, class participants replied:

“The taste and texture of the baked goods was very impressive. Very tasty.”

“It gave me confidence that you can make vegan dessert items that taste every bit as good as baked items with animal products.”

“Being with other vegetarians/vegans and learning how to make healthy desserts.”

“Learning all the tips/techniques you can’t get from just a recipe.”

“To meet an actual vegan baker — we need many more of these to progress the “cause” and get/perfect more options.”

“Christine has some good baking humor – she made me laugh”

To learn more about the Secrets of Vegan Baking classes, visit the website

For registration, please visit the Bay Area Vegetarians website –

* Thank you to Christine for volunteering her time and expertise; all proceeds benefit Bay Area Vegetarians. In the spirit of promoting vegan baking, these classes are offered below market rate.

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New Book Club starting in South Bay

July 15th, 2010

A new book club is starting this summer for Bay Area readers. Says Katherine, the organizer:

Join us for the 1st planning meeting for the Vegetarian Book Lovers Club! We will be meeting at Cafe Trieste (315 S 1st Street San Jose, CA 95113) in downtown San Jose on August 20th at 7pm. If you love to read and discuss thought provoking fiction while enjoying vegan refreshments, join us as we decide on our first book selection.

For further information and to RSVP, please contact Katherine directly (link)

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Aug 14th – Next Secrets of Vegan Baking class

July 10th, 2010

Cinnamon Rolls from Secrets of Vegan Baking

Learn the secrets of baking amazing cinnamon rolls, banana walnut bread, and raspberry cream scones with Secrets of Vegan Baking instructor Dr. Christine Dickson

Date: Saturday, August 14, 2010
Time: 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Location: Whole Foods Market, 1010 Park Place, San Mateo
Cost: $25 per person
[ Register online ]

When asked “What did you like most about the baking class?“, class participants replied:

“The taste and texture of the baked goods was very impressive. Very tasty.”

“It gave me confidence that you can make vegan dessert items that taste every bit as good as baked items with animal products.”

“Being with other vegetarians/vegans and learning how to make healthy desserts.”

“Learning all the tips/techniques you can’t get from just a recipe.”

“To meet an actual vegan baker — we need many more of these to progress the “cause” and get/perfect more options.”

“Christine has some good baking humor – she made me laugh”

To read more about the Secrets of Vegan Baking classes, visit the, and Register online at Bay Area Vegetarians.

Cinnaholic (Berkeley) opening 7/17

July 10th, 2010

Berkeley is leading the Bay Area with the first cinnamon roll shop, aptly named Cinnaholic. Doors open to the public on July 17th, so be sure to check-out the variety of different flavored frostings and toppings for you to mix and match and create your own unique and gourmet cinnamon roll!  All products at Cinnaholic are entirely vegan.

For more info:
Ultimate Guide – Cinnaholic: read it, rate it, review it!
Cinnaholic Grand Opening information


“Bay Area Veg Meadow”

July 2nd, 2010
"Bay Area Veg Meadow" at Animal Place

"Bay Area Veg Meadow" at Animal Place

Even before facebook started, we’ve been a fan of Animal Place for many years.

With Animal Place’s support, we’ve had an annual tour and picnic for several years at their Vacaville location.  So when we heard they needed to relocate, a few of us got together and organized a fun(d)raiser for them in June 2008.   ( See past blog posts for more info: The Fun(d)Raiser | The Fun(d) Crew )

Our fun(d)raiser provided much needed funds towards expanding to their new Grass Valley location, where they named a meadow for us.  Our meadow is very suitably in the picnic area, because we do love to eat 🙂

Their barm warming is tomorrow, and we’re heading up to check out the new sanctuary and definitely “Bay Area Veg Meadow”!  Email us if you’re also going, maybe we can rendezvous.


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