Six Flags: Send the Animals to Sanctuary

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

We are supporters of the Advocates of the Animals at Six Flags and their ongoing campaign to release the animals to certified sanctuaries and sea pens.  They have regular protests at the theme park, which we promote within our enews to encourage this worthy campaign.  We ask everyone to also send a short, handwritten letter to the CEO.    It can be short (“Send the animals to a sanctuary”), or it can be long.  You may use your own words, or copy ours.  The most important thing is to take action.

Using the text below, we collected 50 signed postcards at Vallejo’s Unity Day.

Read the rest of this entry »

Taj Grill: Wednesday is for vegans & vegetarians #vrcns

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Vegan entrees change daily at the Taj Grill lunch buffet. Photo: Tammy Lee

Taj Grill is a leader in Vallejo’s restaurants for vegan dining.  While it’s not a vegan restaurant, they are well-known in the local vegan community as they already clearly mark which items on their menu are “VEGAN” or “with vegan option”, and their daily lunch buffet includes vegan selections (signed as vegan).

We spoke to the owner Harish Chowdhary as part of our Vegan Restaurant Campaign, he confirmed:

  • All of their “vegan dishes” are 100% plant-based, no animal products whatsoever
  • Fried ingredients in vegan dishes are cooked in oil used only for vegan items
  • Their Wednesday lunch buffet is entirely vegan/vegetarian

So what’s vegan at Taj Grill?  For starters, their menu lists 12 entrees as vegan (Mixed Vegetables, Tarka Dal, Aloo Gobi, Aloo Chole, Aloo Methi, Jeera Aloo, Aloo Palak, Saag Channa, Channa Masala, Pindi Channa, Baingan Bhartha, Bhindi Masala), and the 13th “with vegan option”, the Dal Makhni.  Harish mentioned several of their breads are vegan, as are their pakoras.  Other appetizers, like the samosa, are likely vegan, but have not yet been marked on their menu.

But what’s really notable about the vegan dining options at Taj Grill is their daily lunch buffet.  Earlier this year, Harish made Wednesday’s buffet entirely plant-based (i.e. it is a mixture of vegan and vegetarian selections).   The buffet features 13 items, all you can eat for $9.99.  In the past, savvy vegans relied on Harish to point out to them which entrees are vegan.   At our request, each vegan dish on the buffet will now be signed with a “V”.

Taj Grill Daily Lunch Buffet, 11 am to 2:30 pm: All You Can Eat $9.99

  • 8 Entrees daily, described as 4 “dry” entrees and 4 curries
    • Wednesday, between 6 and 8 entrees are typically vegan, remaining are vegetarian.
    • All other days, it’s split between vegan/vegetarian and non-vegan/vegetarian.  It is typically 3 vegan, 1 vegetarian or all 4 vegan.
  • Rice (vegan)
  • Bread (usually vegan)
  • Pakoras (vegan)
  • Salad, with 2 salad dressings (vegan)
  • Pudding (vegetarian, not vegan)

Harish  mentioned the possibility of having a vegan dessert option in the future.

We’d love to see the vegan/vegetarian theme on Wednesday carry forward to additional days of the week.  Please check ’em out.

Taj Grill, 758 Admiral Callaghan Ln , Vallejo 94591, (707) 644-4902 (by Safeway)

After you’ve dined there, please add your review of them to TAJ GRILL in the Ultimate Guide, and these hashtags elsewhere in the Internet!

#tajgrillvegan #vrcns #VallejoVeganRestaurantCampaign
#EatVeganVallejo #NapaSolanoVegans #WhatVegansEat #baveg

 

Vegan Restaurant Campaign #vrcns

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

There are so many of us who have been working in various ways to promote veganism and vegan foods locally.   Yet, there is not a single vegan restaurant in the entire Napa and Solano county; many of us regularly drive 30 to 60 minutes plus to dine at a vegan restaurant.  Collaborating together will magnify our individual efforts, and hopefully, one day, we’ll have a vegan restaurant.

Some may ask, why do we want to dine at an all-vegan restaurant when there are nearby restaurants with vegan choices?

  1. A vegan or entirely plant-based restaurant can be a better dining experience
    1. Provides a a larger selection to choose from, versus the single vegan item available, or choosing an item and having to order it without meat/dairy
    2. There’s no risk of allergen contamination from non-vegan foods
    3. There’s no cues (visual or aromatic) of animal flesh or animal products
  2. Our dining dollars are not supporting an establishment that profits from the suffering & slaughter of sentient beings

Yet, given the lack of vegetarian restaurants in the county, or even a smaller endeavors like food trucks, it’s a big move for a vegan restaurant to open.

To lay the groundwork for a vegan restaurant to open, we need to create a business climate where vegan foods are seen as profitable.  Once we demonstrate that there IS a demand for vegan foods, then someone will eventually exploit that opportunity and open an all-vegan restaurant. (We’re already seeing that explosion with prepared foods.  Ben & Jerry’s now has 9 vegan flavors, Haagen Daz and Breyers have vegan flavors too.)

Read the rest of this entry »

Ultimate Guide to Napa & Solano County #vrcns

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

The intent of the Ultimate Guide is to make it easier for folks new to the Bay Area or new to veganism to find businesses that support their lifestyle. We welcome your reviews and feedback on businesses and services listed within.

We are in progress of updating the Guide to include North Bay restaurants that are mixed (i.e. they offer both vegan and non-vegan selections).  We recognize that an entirely vegan restaurant is the preference for many, but until that time comes, we need to identify and support the ones that are offering vegan choices.

If you know of a  restaurant offering vegan selections, or a vegan-owned business (of any type) that should be included, you are welcome to add it.

 

Read the rest of this entry »

Napa Solano News – Nov 2014

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

BAVeg News – Napa Solano edition – November 2014

To receive this directly in your inbox, please subscribe!  In the interim, until we got our website updated, please email us via our contact page and request to be added for the Napa Solano edition.

Powered by InterServer