Boston Veggie

If a vegan comes to dinner
December 2, 2009, 7:28 pm
Filed under: Vegan tips

I cannot even imagine or hope to write an article better than the one I read here about omnivores having vegans over for dinner. It is really refreshing to see an omnivore who understands the vegan’s plight in omniverous situations. There are always people making jokes about how we eat (which, if you ever took Manners 101 you know you should never comment on something someone else is eating), frequently a misunderstanding about what we eat (many don’t know what exactly being vegeterian or vegan is and therefore mistakenly include dairy, eggs, or even chicken stock in recipes) and if there is a dish on the table that is vegan, most other diners will not even go near that entree.

The author writes:

“Here’s a clue: the vegans or vegetarians coming to your house for Thanksgiving aren’t expecting much; they’ve been burned too many times before.

This is what awaits them: the carving of a dead bird in their presence; side dishes mistakenly made with chicken broth or dairy products, which they can’t eat; and jokes about their diet.”

She continues:

“If you do serve vegan dishes or use meat substitutes, don’t inform everyone at the table because the meat eaters will likely turn up their noses… Share the information with the vegans or vegetarians but what the rest don’t know won’t hurt them.”

Read more of her suggestions on having a Veggie over for dinner here.


Leona Lewis and Stella McCartney to design a vegan clothing line!
December 2, 2009, 7:15 pm
Filed under: Veg News

Leona Lewis is in talks with Stella McCartney to design a vegan clothing line. Read about it here.

Vegan Cook Book Author to visit Boston
November 30, 2009, 7:13 pm
Filed under: Veg Events

Lauren Elms, who writes, will be in Boston this Saturday to promote her new vegan cookbook! Check out the Brookline Booksmith this Saturday at 1 p.m. to meet Elms and sample some of her delicious cooking. Yum Yum!

Vegan Celebs Spread the word!
November 30, 2009, 2:48 pm
Filed under: Veg News

Brothers stars Tobey Maguire and Natalie Portman are both vegan and both working to open the public awareness on vegetarian issues, as outlined in this article. Maguire recently wrote to Speaker Nancy Pelosi about healthier school lunches, and Portman wrote an article for the Huffington Post about the negative effects of Factory Farming. She writes:

“The human cost of factory farming — both the compromised welfare of slaughterhouse workers and, even more, the environmental effects of the mass production of animals — is staggering. Foer details the copious amounts of pig shit sprayed into the air that result in great spikes in human respiratory ailments, the development of new bacterial strains due to overuse of antibiotics on farmed animals, and the origins of the swine flu epidemic, whose story has gripped the nation, in factory farms.”

Read the whole article here.

“Veganism has become hipper, it’s not as granola”
November 30, 2009, 1:29 am
Filed under: Veg News

Check out this article in the New York Times about how veganism is more mainstream then ever in Long Island, New York.

Al Gore talks about factory farming on SNL
November 30, 2009, 1:21 am
Filed under: Veg News

Al Gore was featured in a segment on Saturday Night Live last week talking about the environmental crisis. Though he does not come out screaming “Everybody be vegan!” he does mention factory farming at the 3:29 mark. As I’ve mentioned before, factory farms (mostly of the meat producing kind) contribute 18% of greenhouse gas emissions.  Enjoy.

Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie!
November 29, 2009, 3:03 pm
Filed under: Recipes

Boloco has a smoothie called “The Jimmy Carter,” that tastes just like a butterfinger. It’s peanut butter, bananas, and chocolate. I’m sure there’s a way to make it vegan at Boloco, but I prefer to make it at home so I know exactly what’s in it.

1 or 2 bananas, sliced
A handful of vegan chocolate chips
2 tablespoons organic peanut butter
Enough milk alternative to cover all ingredients (I used vanilla soy)
And some flax seeds for good measure

Combine in blender and puree!

Great for kids and adults alike!