Laura Beck

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    April 1, 2013

    Zagat Likes Vegan Junk and the FDA Says Meat is Grody

    ​ Kite Hill vegan cheese is here! Laura Beck has the lowdown over at Vegansaurus (a site for which I write). I want to try! Photo from Kite Hill's Facebook page. See also: Talking Sausages, Killer Salami, and Vegan Perogies in Oakland Chocolate Salami, Dairy Pushes Aspartame, and Justin Timbe ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Scream Sorbet Closes, the Vegan Black Metal Chef is Back, and Vegans Are Still Better for the Environment

    ​Happy Meatless Monday! Your food porn for the day comes directly from the kitchen of my childhood home. My dear dad always makes sure he has plenty of veggie soup for Meatless Monday and this week he made potato-leek soup. He made this recipe and added rosemary and thyme (thyme is totally under-a ... More >>

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    December 5, 2012

    'Tis the Season for End-of-Year Food Trend Lists

    Time for another trend list! Facing off against Andrew Freeman & Co.'s prediction that toast and weird meat cuts will be big in 2013, and Technomic's prediction that 2013 will be the year of vegetables and ancient grains, we've got another food trendspotting contender in the ring. This time it's the ... More >>

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    November 12, 2012

    Chocolate Cheez, Fried Pickles, and HSUS is the Devil (Says Pork Industry)

    ​ Guys, I wasn't even kidding, Annie Oliverio made us vegan chocolate dessert cheese! Can you believe it? I, for one, cannot believe it. And I can't wait to try it! Provided I get my ass off the couch and make it! See Also: - Buy Salsa, Support Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts - Vegan Butterfin ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    Vegansaurus Just Launched a Sassy App for Bay Area Vegan Eating

    Vegansaurus, the popular vegan lifestyle blog run by (full disclosure) SFoodie contributors Laura Beck and Megan Rascal and SF Weekly's fabulous copy editor, Meave, has teamed up with Escape Apps to produce a pocket guide to the best vegan food in the Bay Area. The new app offers detailed reviews of ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    Help Rescued Chickens, Wild Horses Under Attack From Terrible Humans, & Butternut Mac 'n' Cheese Bites!

    ​ Hey guys, let's start this week off with some sad news because that's how I do it: This is my last Week in Vegan! I'm moving on to different pastures (not killing myself, just a new job) and I wanted to say, writing with you as been among the most rewarding experiences in my life, and ALSO, Me ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Hot Food for Cold Nights: Ken Ken Ramen's Delightful Vegan Ramen

    Ramen has come up on the culinary scene more and more lately, and worldly food-loving San Franciscans couldn't be more happy about it. Don't believe me? Check out expert ramen aficionado Luis Chong's Ramen Week right here on SFoodie. We're cultured and we're starving, OK? Give us the damn ramen. Eve ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Vegan Speed Dating, Puppy Bowl, Mini Corn Dogs, and Hemp Tofu!

    ​ • You've probably all seen this video of Kristen "I'm a vegetarian because I'm half-rad" Bell sobbing over a sloth on your Facebook feed but now, take the time to watch it! Because it's pretty fucking adorable! She has a panic attack from happiness, which I guess is the best kind of panic atta ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Souley Vegan Frozen Meals, Meat-Eating Environmentalists, & Etsy on Foie Gras

    ​• PCRM has some whack attack billboard up equating cheese with big luscious thighs and it almost makes this vegan pick up a hunk of gouda and go to town. JOKE I WILL NEVER EAT ABUSED ANIMAL MUCUS but really, knock it the fuck off, PCRM. This campaign makes vegans look like the human-hating idio ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    Best Practices for Cleansing Yourself Like Gwyneth Paltrow Would Want You To

    ​Looking to drop a dress size but not looking to eat healthfully and exercise? Girl, I've got your back. I possess the secret to getting you back into a pair of skinny jeans (from the kid's department!), without anyone accusing you of Anorexia. The answer? Cleansing! It's spiritually-sanction ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    Jeff Mangum is Vegan, Milk Ads are Hilarious(ly Bad), & 20 Best Vegan Dishes in the Mission!?

    ​• The awesome Compassion Over Killing launched ads on Hulu this week and they're being very well received! I love the idea of people sitting down to watch Paula Deen tap dance on a dead pig or whatever she does and then BAM! Here's the real deal! Love it -- give COK all your money so they can k ... More >>

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    December 30, 2011

    Boozy New Year's Recipes, Shit Vegans Say, and Vegans are No Longer Freaky Freaks!

    ​• Make these puffy pillow pancakes for me on New Year's morning. It'll help you get over the (sexy?) shock of waking up and seeing me in your bed. How did I get in? Hide your kids! • According to U.S. News and World Report, veganism is mainstreaming and we're no longer freaky freaks! Hooray! ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    Ryan Gosling Loves Animals, Baby Goats Are the New Baby Jesus, and Banana Nog!

    ​ ​• Ryan Gosling wrote a letter to McDonald's about the heinous animal abuse on their chicken farms. He did this because he really knows how to get into my pants. Actually, I'm not sure he does. Ryan, call me for directions! My pants are easy to find! They are very large and usually have ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    Top 5 Places to Escape Christmas

    Whether you're Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, Shinto, Shaman, anti-consumerist, or Mr. Grinch, you could be one of the millions who don't leave cookies out for an old fat man who illegally enters your home via fireplace-shimmying. And that's okay! Because here in America, we're known for ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    Top of the Mark's "Magical Holiday Tea" for the Children of the One Percent

    ​What: Magical Holiday Tea Where: Top of the Mark When: Fri. and Sat., December 9 and 10, Fri. and Sat., December 16 and 17, 12:30-2 p.m. Cost: $48.00 The rundown: Want to take your kids to something they totally won't appreciate and spend tons of money while doing it? Good news! Top of the ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    Holiday Cheesecakes, Zachary's New Vegan Pizza, & Quorn Goes Vegan!

    ​ • Hey kids, I've got a slight cold and when that happens, I cannot function, as all of my efforts must be spent screaming for more hot toddies, ringing bells for service (read: more screaming), and watching Downton Abbey. Let's just get this thing done so I can go back to crying to Mariah Care ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    Late-Night Food Programming and Chocolate Gifts: This Week in Food Bloggery

    Generik11/SF Weekly Flickr pool​Highlights from the blog this week: 1. Some of you are spending your afternoons ignoring your work in favor of stressing over what you're going to be sending to the folks back home for the holidays. Laura Beck has done some of the work for you, IDing seven loca ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    Sandwich Trailers, Beer Restaurants, and Berkeley Bowl: This Week in Food Bloggery

    Jeremy Brooks/SF Weekly Flickr pool​Highlights from the blog this week: 1. Laura Beck lays out a few strategies for surviving a trip to the Berkeley Bowl. It involves caffeine, bicycle helmets, and not being afraid to tackle women four times your age. Note: She does not guarantee that your gr ... More >>

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    November 30, 2011

    Best Practices for Getting Out of Berkeley Bowl Alive

    ​Berkeley Bowl. You hear its siren song, beckoning you, telling of a grocery store built from your dreams. Aisles packed with fair-trade cocoa, bulk bins overflowing with every type of spelt pretzel, and a produce section that'll make you slap your mama. It truly is a paradise, but as Sartre so fa ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    Ugly Christmas Sweater T-Shirts Are Apparently A Thing Now

    Check out these incredibly fashionable "ugly sweater" t-shirts! They cost $20 which is only what some idiot in San Francisco would spend on an ironic t-shirt. This is the reason Missouri hates us. Makers Vardagen advertise, "All the flair of an ugly christmas sweater on a soft, ringspun cotton t-s ... More >>

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    November 23, 2011

    Top 5 Alcoholic Beverages To Get You Through Thanksgiving and Into Black Friday

    We all know that to get through the holidays, you must drink. If you don't drink, may God have mercy on your soul. Here are our picks for festive drinks you can make and enjoy all day on Thursday, and still not look like you have "a problem." Day Time Holiday Drinking, say heeey! 5. Anything with W ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    Alien Pastry Chefs, Nice Baristas, and Fall Cocktails: This Week in Food Bloggery

    Jonathan Percy/SF Weekly Flickr poolHighlights from the blog this week: 1. Have you read Lauren Smiley's great profile of Oscar Yedra yet? Yedra's a master butcher who, until now, has remained low profile in a food scene turning butchers into artisans (at minimum), even celebrities. SFoodie acc ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    Beefcake Football Players Serve You Drinks for Charity!

    ​What: 2011 NFL Celebrity Servers Event Where: MATRIX Fillmore When: Fri., November 11, 7:30 p.m. Cost: Donation The rundown: The Matrix Fillmore adds a side of beefcake to their menu for the 10th annual NFL Celebrity Servers party. You show up, you buy drinks, football players bring them ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    Cheeses, Grubs, and Halloween Candies: This Week in Food Bloggery

    Jeremy Brooks/SF Weekly's Flickr pool​ Highlights from the blog this week: 1. Ben Narasin writes about the sheep's milk cheeses produced by Barinaga Ranch. The Marin-based cheesemaker lets her ewes graze outdoors all year, and only makes cheeses from the milk they produce in spring and summer. W ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    Allergen Friendly Sweets: Rock Candy Snack Shop. Happy Halloween!

    ​Rock Candy Snack Shop opened on Bernal Heights' main drag on September 1st, just in time for us all to get busy on it for Halloween. Happy Halloween, indeed! Proprietress Heather Young says she wanted to create a candy shop for all the folks that candy forgot. The sad vegans, the sad kids wi ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Eat Here: Thai IDEA Vegetarian Dishes Superior Thai Tastiness

    Thai IDEA Vegetarian is a brand-new restaurant on Polk. It's adorably tiny, and feels really new and clean. Which it is. Which is nice, considering you'll most likely have to step over a paramedic resuscitating someone's grandma or Nick Nolte's twin eating a pigeon to get inside. We kid -- Tenderloi ... More >>

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    October 11, 2011

    Veggie Burgers & Beers in Berkeley!

    ​What: Burgers & Beers for the Animals Where: Pyramid Brewery and Alehouse When: Sun., October 23, 6-10 p.m. Cost: $15 The rundown: It's a benefit party for Stockton's Harvest Home Sanctuary, a big-ass awesome rescue ranch for animals. The evening will mainly involve eating tasty vegan bu ... More >>

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    October 4, 2011

    Best Wine Bar Ever: Wine & Spirits' Top 100 Tasting Event

    What: Wine & Spirits Magazine's Eighth Annual Top 100 Wines Tasting Event Where: City View at Metreon, 101 4th St. When: Wed., October 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $105 The rundown: There are lots of different kinds of lushes social drinkers but perhaps my most favorite are the winos. They are jus ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Mission's Vegan Taco Trike, Gizmodo Takes on PETA, and World Vegetarian Day, Let's Party!

    ​Buzzfeed'^'​• Turtles acting out emoticons! And they're not even trying. They're just naturally awesome. Ahh, to be a turtle. Except turtle no. 7, because that guy is channeling Pacino in Scarface and he's straight freaking me out. • There's a new vegan taco trike in the Mission! That mak ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011

    This Weekend's World Veg Fest is Guaranteed Bananas!

    Tamara PalmerOCD Sweet's Caramel 'Not' Corn for your face.​What: 12th Annual World Vegetarian Festival Where: San Francisco County Fair Building When: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 & 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $8 suggested donation The rundown: Gather round, ye hippies and bleeding hearts, it's ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    The Meat Industry Lies, Banana Cream Pie Rules, & You Better Work (for Vegan Cheese)!

    ​ • The National Pork Producers Council is still denying that it's at all responsible for antibiotic resistance in humans. In related news, Olestra wants you to know it's only responsible for solid shits and Joe Camel says, "Smoke if you got 'em!" iStockLeave me in the ocean or I'll eat your ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    SF Vegans Are More Loud than Numerous

    Marin Sun FarmsSan Franciscans as a whole prefer meat to vegetables​We hear from vegans all the time at SFoodie, often at great length, not least because we run Laura Beck's delightfully profane Week in Vegan column. But we've always wondered how important they really are. Not very, it turns ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Bloom Introduces Lady Gin for Ladies

    Bloom, a new gin from the British distiller G&J Greenall, just hit the San Francisco market and you better hide your wife, 'cause it's coming after her lady pocketbook. Last Tuesday Bloom debuted to U.S. audiences in San Francisco, via a presentation at Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts. The ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Shrimp 'N' Grits Cook-Off, Church Dessert Contest at Bayview's Sunday Streets

    ​Where: Galvez at Third St. When: Sunday, June 12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: Sunday Streets is happening in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Bayview Music Festival. There wil be live music, roller skate rentals, "health screenings" (?), vendor booths, and playing in the street ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    Rainbow Customer Appreciation Day: 20-Percent Off All Your Hippie Needs!

    Yelp/Kenny Y.​Where: Rainbow Grocery When: Wednesday, June 8, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Cost: 20-percent off the ENTIRE STORE The rundown: You know, we can make fun of Rainbow all we want but at the end of the day, places like it are the reason we all live in San Francisco. I mean, if we don't stand fo ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    This Saturday: It's a Motherflipping Cupcake-Off

    Drop it and EatThis will be you after all that sugar. Wee!​Vegan Cupcake Bake-Off Where: Rock Paper Scissors Collective When: Saturday, June 11, 2-5 p.m. Cost: $5 The rundown: It's a motherfucking walk off. No, it's not, it's a motherflipping cupcake-off but I've always wanted to link to ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Get Your Ass to Oakland for: Sacred Wheel's Grilled Cheese & PBR Tomato Soup

    Laura BeckEat Me, Bitches!​Is there any combo more perfect than a grilled cheese and tomato soup? If there is, we don't want to see a picture of Gael Garcia Bernal naked and making out with a sandwich. Wait, what? Anyway, Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop in Oakland's Temescal district is mainly a plac ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011

    Dine with Famous Dead Folks at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

    WWBHE? (What Would Billie Holiday Eat?)​Where: Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission. When: Thursday, June 2, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Sunday, June 5, 1:00-3:00 p.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m. Cost: $10 CJM Members, $20 General The rundown: We had to read the event description three times to begin to und ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Tonight: Make (and Eat) Corn Dogs for Free!

    ​Vegan Hacker: Corn Dogs Where: Noisebridge, 2169 Mission When: Tuesday, May 31, 7 p.m. Cost: Free, but you might want to bring some veggie dogs and your favorite corn dog condiments. The rundown: Vegan nerds, unite! Vegan Hacker continues their series of taking foods previously thought u ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Noodlemania, a New Local Ham, and the Return of the Bees: This Week in Food Bloggery

    Rëd/SF Weekly FilckrstreamThe sandwich counter at Ted's Market.​Highlights from the blog this week: 1. Luis Chong, our noodle correspondent, has been on a tear this week. Not only has he reported on the improved ramen at Kasumi and the noodles at Chotto, he stuck his head into the new SoMa locat ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Tenderloin Temptation: Gluten-Free Blue Corn Waffles at Little Bird Coffeehouse

    Laura BeckWaffle Time in Waffle Town.​Our latest obsession with waffles has reached a fever pitch. We're up all hours, roaming unsavory streets in search of our next fix. If that didn't sound right, it's because it's not. Thankfully, our early morning cravings recently landed us at Little Bird ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    Babka Lust, Library Tips, and the Fawaffle: This Week in Food Bloggery

    Sardines: Tasty, plentiful, and local.​Highlights from the blog this week: 1. In this week's Weekly cover story, "Go Fish," Peter Jamison argues that the answer to the question "How can I make sure my seafood is sustainably sourced?" is to eat local. He provides a list of local fish and shellfish ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    OCD for OCD Sweets, and Whaling on Whalers

    ​SFoodie's roundup of tips, news, and rants from the week in animal-free eats. • Tofutti is set to release a vegan ricotta. This is huge news and I pray it is delicious. The second that it hits the market, I'll make approximately one million lasagnas. fanpop.comPut us in a room with OCD Sw ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    The Bay Area's Best Vegan Dishes of 2010

    YelpVegan taquitos at Flacos in Berkeley.​If 2009 was the year of snout-to-tail dining, 2010 was the year Mondays trended meatless, nut milks challenged dairy's dominance, and even midgrade restaurants thought beyond the perfunctory veggie pasta option. SFoodie vegan contributor Laura Beck spe ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Silk Nog, Blogger Blowout, and Vegan Las Vegas!

    ​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, ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    How to Seduce ― and Then Dump ― a Vegan

    Bstar/FlickrClub Waziema: Perfect pre-sex date place?​Our favorite morsel from the Web. The Bold Italic's Laura Beck offers a date-by-date restaurant guide to landing, shagging, and then dumping a vegan boy ― not since Tablehopper's book has there been such a sassy tweaking of the restauran ... More >>

  • News

    April 28, 2010

    What's the Beef with Vegetarianism?

    Carnivores get mad about meatless Mondays.

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