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Friday, November 5, 2010

Silk Nog, Blogger Blowout, and Vegan Las Vegas!

Posted By on Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 2:28 PM

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SFoodie's roundup of tips, news, and rants from the week in animal-free eats.

• First things first, Silk Nog is baaaaaack! "The bitch is back" is a phrase I reserve for two things: Elton John and Silk Nog. Both are creamy, spicy goodness, music to my ears and mouth, respectively. In fact, I've been known to sing Elton John's "Your Song" to mugs of Silk Nog before I devour them so, you see, it's quite appropriate(-ish).

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• It's the Vegan Month of Food (Vegan MoFo for short). Vegan MoFo was created on the Post Punk Kitchen and was inspired by National Novel Writing Month. For the entire month of November, vegan bloggers (over 700 of them this year!) write about vegan food as much as bloggerly possible. The results are quite delicious, and I suggest you check out the enormous blogroll to find the newest way to spend your work time not doing terrible work.

• SFoodie's Tamara Palmer reports on my latest obsession, Papalote's tamales. Holy crap, these things are so good, I'd forsake my entire family for a bite of one right now. That's right, my ENTIRE family. You can take three things from this: My family is crazy, my loyalty is questionable, and those tamales are freaking delicious.

• Local blogger Jordan Pattern is trying to feed herself and her husband on just $5 a day. She shops mainly at Rainbow Grocery, so let's see if this is possible. God speed, brave soldier.

• Local vegan artist/journalist/writer/cartoonist extraordinaire Susie Cagle did a series of drawings about the elections for SF Appeal that are brilliant and hilarious. If you are a fan of great things, you'll check them out. If you come away with your interest piqued (and you will), check out her amazing Nine Gallons series. It's about volunteering at Food Not Bombs and will make you simultaneously love and loathe the world and everyone in it. It's a cool feeling.

• Oh, how I wish I were in L.A. this week. It's the first ever L.A. Vegan Beer Fest and it's fixing to be off the chain! Oh yes, beer can be not vegan (so not right! ― can't the vegans at least have alcoholism when gluttony so often eludes us!?) but the crew of L.A. Vegan Beer Fest found over 20 craft breweries to participate. Plus, there will be lots of vegan food trucks and some (hopefully non-terrible but this IS a festival) music. Party! If you're going, have seven beers for us, then eat three batches of vegan nachos and do the White Girl Sway along to the music. Finally, pass out in a pile of your own chili cheese beer vomit. Sexy.

click to enlarge The New York Times' very vegan holiday: Orange-scented sweet potato and fruit gratin. - NEW YORK TIMES
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  • The New York Times' very vegan holiday: Orange-scented sweet potato and fruit gratin.

• The New York Times is featuring vegetarian and vegan holiday recipes all the way to Thanksgiving. This is to remind people why they don't eat turkey for the rest of the year: BECAUSE IT TASTES GROSS. Anyway, play along and make some tasty bourgeois food. Fun!

• Did you know that Steve Wynn is vegan? That, combined with his buckets and buckets of money, makes him very attractive to me. He's veganizing menus at all of the restaurants in his Wynn hotel in Las Vegas, and we're about to hop on a plane this weekend to gamble, eat, drink, sleep with someone unsuitable, gamble, drink, eat, gamble, pass out, eat, eat, drink, gamble, heart attack?, gamble, and finally, eat. Or more likely: sit in our hotel room watching pay-per-view and order room service for every meal. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

• Finally, it's the Ninth Annual San Francisco Green Festival this weekend. It's a celebration of all things commercially green, and there will definitely be lots of vegans in the house, hocking their hemp socks and soygurt. This dude will probably be there, too. Other than that, protein bar samples galore and speakers talking about everything from how to solar-panel your house to how to solar-power your garage. Man, this is really making the Vegas weekend sound good, right?

Laura Beck is a founding editor of Vegansaurus and tweets at @mrpenguino. Follow SFoodie at @sfoodie.

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