Bay Area Vegetarians
Sand-n-Surf 4th of July VFP
Sand and Surf - Montara 4th of July   

Fresh ocean breezes, clean sandy beach, and sharing vegan food with new and old friends -- join us at our annual 4th of July Independence Day Vegan Food Party (VFP) picnic & celebration at Montara State Beach. Vegan Food Party, aka very fun party, is a term coined by BAVeg co-founders and picnic hosts Tammy & Chris.

If you've been looking for an opportunity to sample tasty new foods, share fellowship with new & old friends, showcase your favorite vegan recipe or try a new one, then this is the event for you!

Everyone is welcome, veg or non-veg. All we ask is that you come with a vegan dish and an open mind. You're also welcome to 'animal test' new vegan recipes on hungry volunteers. If you're looking for ideas, see Chef Alex's column for some delicious BBQ recipes, perfect for a picnic!

Please remember to bring your own reusable plate, utensils, and cup.

Sand-n-Surf VFP - 4th July

EXTRA SPECIAL: We have a small gift for everyone who attends! So please RSVP so we have an accurate headcount. If you'd like to see a Vegan Food Party in your neighborhood, please contact Tammy to host.


Veg Pride: BAVEG at SF LGBT Pride 2007
Veg Pride 2007   

Like real estate moguls whose mantra is location, location, location, activists also heed those same important criteria.

During the two day LGBT Pride 2007 celebration, BAVeg volunteers distributed over 10,000 pieces of literature, mostly by leafleting with "Why Vegan", "Even if You Like Meat", and Vegetarian Starter Kits. We also signed-up hundreds of new members.

As one volunteer said, "I could never make this much of a difference in my entire life by just changing my diet."

Who, why, and where - read all about it, with 100 photos, including vivacious volunteers (un)dressed for leafleting success.

Veg Pride: BAVEG at SF LGBT Pride 2007


Planting the Seeds of Compassion
Planting the Seeds of Compassion   

We urge you to step outside your regular routine and just us in one of ours: being an advocate for animals.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has."
-- Margaret Mead


With every bite we take, we make a difference in our own lives. And when we do outreach, and educate others about the cruelty and issues with eating animals or animal by-products, they, too, can start making a difference in every bite they take, and influencing their family and friends.

Lots of opportunities for veg outreach during the summer -- music concerts, fairs, marathon runs. At the inaugural Stern Grove concert on 6/17, nearly 1,000 booklets were distributed and a fun concert enjoyed.

All we need is YOU to make it happen. Please contact Tammy if you'd like to get involved.


Stand up for the chickens! 1st Saturday in San Jose and 3rd Saturday in SF. You can learn more at


Eat right while you write! Held in Oakland at Pizza Plaza, the Bay Area's own vegetarian pizzeria, serving vegan pizza with cheeze and variety of vegetables and faux meats, and in San Francisco at Maggie Mudd's, beloved for its vegan ice cream (try the shakes -- they're awesome). Contact Sara and Dana respectively for more information (see event calendar).


Ultimate Guide Updates
Top Ten Ultimate Guide Restaurants   

For the first time in Ultimate Guide history, the top-rated restaurant, Pizza Plaza, is also the most reviewed restaurant, with 28 reviews! Following Pizza Plaza is Millennium with 27 reviews.

For regular updates, check out our Guide News Blog

With 1,186 reviews in the Ultimate Guide, these vegetarian restaurants are ranked the best.

Top Ten Vegetarian Restaurants

1) Pizza Plaza, Oakland - 4.68
2) Vegetarian House, San Jose - 4.55
3) Cha-Ya, Berkeley - 4.47 up
4) Garden Fresh, Mtn View - 4.47 down
5) Good Karma, San Jose - 4.38
6) Shangri-La, SF - 4.29
7) Tofoo Com Chay, San Jose - 4.29
8) Herbivore, SF - 4.26
9) New World Vegetarian, Oakland - 4.24
10) Millennium, SF - 4.22

Agree or Disagree about the Top Ten? Then say something about it, with an Ultimate Guide review.

How to review a restaurant in the Ultimate Guide


Heart Smart Cooking
Heart Smart Cooking   

Tis the season for BBQ. Do veg*ns love BBQ? We do. Do we settle for boring, bland, carrot and celery stick BBQ? We do not.

When people eat dead animals at BBQ's, they're not tasting the animal flesh. They're tasting the BBQ sauce, the salt and fat and herbs and spices, the liquid smoke and beer. Put the same sauces on tofu, tempeh, seitan or big meaty mushrooms and you have the same summertime flavors and textures.

Try these delicious vegan sauces (Pesto, BBQ Sauce, and Peach-Chipotle Sauce) at your next BBQ, and my all-time favorite comfort dessert: Chocolate peanut butter rice crispie treats.

Heart Smart Cooking


Event Calendar
Event Calendar   

07/04 Sand-n-Surf Vegan Food Party! - Montara State Beach Add event to your local calendar
07/08 Outreach at Stern Grove Music Festival - SF Add event to your local calendar
07/10 Happy Bamboo dinner - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
07/14 Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary Work Event - Stockton Add event to your local calendar
07/14 Vegetarian House Dinner - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
07/15 KFC Cruelty Protest - SF Add event to your local calendar
07/15 Outreach at Stern Grove Music Festival - SF Add event to your local calendar
07/17 Letter Writing Party - Oakland Add event to your local calendar
07/22 Outreach at Stern Grove Music Festival - SF Add event to your local calendar
07/22 Vegan Book Club: Never Let Me Go - SF Add event to your local calendar
07/22 Sundaes and Advocacy - SF Add event to your local calendar
07/25 Garden Fresh To-Go Vegan Dinner - Mountain View Add event to your local calendar
07/29 Outreach at Stern Grove Music Festival - SF Add event to your local calendar

08/04 KFC Cruelty Protest - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
08/05 Outreach at Stern Grove Music Festival - SF Add event to your local calendar
08/07 Lunch, Munch & Mingle - SF Farmer's Market, Ferry Building Add event to your local calendar

09/09 Food For Thought Book Club: Pleasurable Kingdom - Sunnyvale Add event to your local calendar

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For latest news and events for Bay Area Vegetarians, check out the News Blog and Event Calendar. We don't always announce it, but event photos are added periodically to the gallery, too.


July 2007
In This Issue:
Sand-n-Surf 4th of July
Veg Pride 2007
Planting the Seeds of Compassion
Ultimate Guide Updates
Heart Smart Cooking
Event Calendar

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