Mother’s Day Salute

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Happy Mother’s Day! And that goes out to everyone who nurtures, loves and cares for someone small. BAV has some really cool parents on the list, raising veg kids, and we’ve also got countless folks who love and care for rescued dogs, cats, rats, birds, cows, chickens, and pigs. So Happy Mom Day to everyone from Bay Area Veg!

Mother’s Day seems to revolve around a big breakfast, and that just doesn’t work for me. Old fashioned breakfasts are made from lots of eggs and milk. Eggs and milk come from mother cows and mother chickens. It’s the food their bodies create for their babies, but we take it away to give ourselves heart disease and cancer. Could anything be LESS celebratory of Mother’s Day?!?

This year, try some vegan goodies for your mom (or for yourself, if all your “kids” are furry and can’t be trusted to use the stove).

Pancakes are always a winner. The following recipe is for the classic, blueberry pancakes, and they’re pretty hard to mess up. Serve with vegan butter (Earth Balance), maple syrup, sliced fruit (grill it if you want to be really fancy!), and some strong coffee or tea with Silk soy creamer. Add a side of vegan mock “bacon” that you buy at the store, or make your own (recipe below).

If your mom prefers savory, try this recipe for breakfast burritos:

And if your mom is a runner, like mine, give her some more carbs! Try a heaping plate of hashbrowns with tofu scramble. Recipes below, and don’t forget the ketchup and Tabasco sauce!

Last but not least, I wanted to share a great local resource with you. 101 Cookbooks is an award-winning recipe blog written by San Francisco native Heidi Swanson. I *love* her vegan recipes. The site is veg, heavily vegan, with gorgeous photographs and idea. Here is a yummy-sounding cookie recipe that I’m going to make for my mom. It’s worth 10 minutes of your time to browse through Heidi’s vegan recipes. You’ll be inspired.

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend!

Blueberry Pancakes
Better Than Bacon
Hashbrowns
Tofu Scramble

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Teaching High School Students Wellness

Thursday, May 7th, 2009
When Marielle Ferreboeuf, Wellness Program Coordinator for the Ida B. Wells High School, contacted Bay Area Vegetarians to give a talk on vegetarianism for the school’s April 2nd Wellness Day, we knew just who to contact! Long-time vegetarian, BAVeg member, and Registered Dietitian Denise Garbinski was happy to take on the job.

Denise, who specializes in plant-based nutrition in her private dietetic practice, gave two 45-minute classes all about vegetarian diets. Reaching approximately 30 students and faculty members, she stressed the benefits of a vegan diet not just for human health but also for the health of animals and the planet.
Her classes were well-received based on the student’s participation and interest in the materials she brought.  Denise said she was grateful for opportunity to promote vegetarianism on behalf of Bay Area Vegetarians.

A big thanks to Denise for her expertise and enthusiasm in accepting this assignment, and to PETA for providing literature.

Vegan Bake Sale

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
Vegan Sponge Bob Cake made by Christine

Vegan Sponge Bob Cake made by Christine

Dust off your baking pans and get ready for the First Annual Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale between June 20th and 28th!  Make this a fundraiser for your favorite veg or animal charity, or use the organizer’s suggestions to make this a vegan food giveaway to the general public.

One of our members, Robin, is looking for co-organizers and participants to bring this activity to the South Bay.  Please email us if you’d like to get involved.

Cafe Gratitude to close SF location

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

The lease for the Café Gratitude on 9th Ave. (near Irving) expires on May 1st. They may go month-to-month until a new tenant signs the lease. Once there is a new tenant, this location will close.

Ultimate Guide: Cafe Gratitude – read it, rate it, review it

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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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

Look Back at 2008

Friday, January 16th, 2009

147604_5218January is our annual opportunity to look back at the year that just ended, and to look forward and plan for the new year.

Bay Area Veg was first established in October, 2001 to address a need in the community for one organization that would support both the vegan and vegetarian community, as well as activists interested in veganism and animal rights. That twin dynamic continues to be reflected in the type of events and activities that our members have organized.

In 2008, BAVeg volunteers hosted 168 events:

  • 93 community/social events: Vegan Food parties, restaurant dinners, book club meetings for general fiction as well as non-fiction veg and animal rights topics, volunteer work events, and fundraisers for Animal Place and Farm Sanctuary
  • 75 advocacy/outreach events: letter writing parties, veg leafleting (just under 25K distributed), KFC cruelty protests, tabling outreach, and rodeo and circus protests

The community scene has changed vastly since BAVeg was created in 2001. There are several other ways for veg*ns to connect with each other, including new organizations and new social networking communities like Facebook and meetup.

What is needed now? That is the question for 2009 and beyond. Help us chart our future and influence our growth with your participation. Please, don’t take your veg community and organizations for granted. The reason this is a cliche is because it’s true – many hands make light work. So give us your hand .. and your most brilliant ideas for an awesome 2009.

Please add your suggestions and ideas by commenting in this post, or you may also email us privately via the contact page

New Year (Re)Solutions Dinner/Meeting

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
Tammy & Chris at BAVeg booth at SF Pride

Tammy & Chris at BAVeg booth at SF Pride

We want to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and hope that 2009 will be a great year for advocacy & outreach in the Bay Area and with Bay Area Vegetarians, aka BAVeg aka Be-A-Veg

This is a beginning of a new year, and we’re in search of fresh ideas, energy and talent to help shape the direction of BAVeg for the future. BAVeg is run entirely by volunteers; we have no paid staff or offices.  So, our continued operation really is dependent upon each one of us.

Chris and I have been with BAVeg since its humble beginnings as “SFBAVeg” in October, 2001; we designed and built http://bayareaveg.org, including the custom Ultimate Guide, organized hundreds of events and activities, and incorporated it as a non-profit 501(c)(3).

Through all of this, we have enjoyed working with many wonderful and dedicated people over these years on BAVeg’s core principles of CARE — Community, Advocacy, Resources, and Education.

This dinner meeting will be an opportunity to meet with other like-minded folks and discuss forthcoming projects and volunteer needs, outreach strategies and styles, and just network and socialize, too, all while enjoying delicious vegan food.  Udupi is an all-vegetarian restaurant with many vegan selections of Southern Indian fare, including dosas and uthappam. And, unlike other SF restaurants, it is actually heated during the winter so we won’t need to bundle up just to eat.

What: Volunteer & Activist Community Dinner
Where:
Udupi Palace, 1007 Valencia St (21st St), San Francisco
When:
1/29/09 Thursday, 6:00 pm
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So whether you’re new or old BAVeg member, aspiring or experienced activist/volunteer, as long as you are interested in working with BAVeg to promote veganism, please join us for this dinner meeting on January 29th, 2009 at 6 pm at Udupi Palace restaurant in SF.

Turn your resolutions to help animals, be more active, and promote veganism into actionable solutions!

We look forward to meeting and working with you in 2009.

Cheers,
Tammy and Chris
co-founders of BAVeg