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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Healthy. Happy. Life.
Spooky, scary, creepy, crawly fun is all around us because it's (VEGAN) Halloween Week!
So gather up your closest ghouls, goblins, ghosts, zombies, skeletons, witches, black cats, pirates and vampires and get prepared for a Halloween Weekend of fun frightsand fantastic vegan treats!
Here is my Vegan Halloween Round-up of some fun vegan recipes, vegan treats (from gourmet goodies like the Cocoa V chocolates shown above to Drug Store stand-by's like Swedish Fish!) and resources to make your Halloween vegan-tastic..
Treats! You can't have a happy (vegan) Halloween without a few vegan treats. And that includes both treats to hand out at your door, and treats for an at-home Halloween party as well.
Vegan Blog Halloween Treats Bonanza..
Here are a few Halloween Treats cooking up on the vegan blogs..
Devils Food Cake Halloween Cupcakes by MeetTheShannons
Homemade Candy Corn lemon-flavored by VegSpinz
Festive Halloween Maple-Glazed Doughnuts by VeganGoodThings
Asparagus Skeletons in Puff Pastry by VegSpinz
Halloween Gingerbread Cookies by The Mommy Bowl
Fried Wonton Ghost by VegSpinz
Pumpkin S'mores Cupcake (with ghost face) by NewVeganing
Ghoulish Green Cupcakes with Purple Frosting (no artificial food dyes!) byBittersweetBlog
Instant Vegan Candy chocolate-coated by BittersweetBlog
Ghastly Tortilla Chips and Ghoul-ca-mole by ManifestVegan
Jack-o-Lantern Halloween Biscuits by WeeklyVeganMenu
A few festive fall bevies..
Almond Chai Latte by MeetTheShannons
Scary Cherry Fizz Punch by (moi) Lunchboxbunch
Fall Mocha with Whip! by Lunchboxbunch
..All the above finds were founds on www.FindingVegan.com #Halloween - (Finding Vegan is my new site that launched a few months back)
Check out VegNews Guide to Halloween Candy to discover which mainstream brands are indeed vegan. That includes sweets like Pez, Swedish Fish and Sour Patch Kids - all vegan. Yes!
VegNews also has a nifty Halloween Craft Guide up this year.
PetaKids Guide to Candy is also a great resource - it contains both vegan candy and vegan snack ideas (who knew Nabisco Gingersnaps, Nutter Butter Bites and Triscuits were vegan?) - this page also lists a few helpful ingredient definitions.
Ecorazzi also has a Top Ten vegan Halloween Candy List (with commentary).
And a SheKnows list of fave vegan Halloween candy. Twizzlers stuck out to me on this one!
Ready to Start Shopping for some vegan Candy??
Check out the Natural Candy Store's supply of yummy, cute, spooky Halloween candy. Those ghost and bat lollipops are adorable. And the vegan peanut butter cups - yum!
Another vegan peanut butter cup I love: Gone Pie Bakery in NYC. (mail-order available!)
Cosmo's Vegan Shoppe with a Halloween Candy 'store' has a few fab treats like marshmallow ghosts!
Also check out Vegan Essentials Vegan Candy for sale online.
GoMaxFoods Vegan Candy Bars are pretty darn . I love the Mahalo Choco-Coconut flavor.
Craving a few Gourmet Treats?
Check out Blossom Restaurant's vegan chocolate-themed cafe/bar: Cocoa V for seasonal Halloween treats and festive goodies like ghost lollipops, orange-frosted cupcakes and more. In NYC.
The Cocoa V truffles and chocolates are fantastic. Some of the treats I picked up last time I was there...
Cocoa V PB Chocolate:
Cocoa V Caramel Chocolate:
Cocoa V Halloween Cupcakes:
Check out OneLuckyDuck's Halloween Macaroons! Orange and black colored. Raw. Vegan.
Babycakes Vegan Bakery in both LA and NYC also has a wide range of festive vegan treats.
Or try a vegan cinnamon roll with Pumpkin Spice frosting from Cinnaholic. In Berkeley, CA.
Not into edible treats?.. Try Stickers! This article has a great idea to hand out stickers instead of candy. Because really, what kid doesn't love stickers??
Peta has some cute vegan stickers if you want to spread a message.
Or you can find a huge variety of stickers (Halloween Themed!) at Oriental Trading orZazzle. Here's my Ghosty Tomato Trick-or-Treat Sticker.
More Vegan Halloween Fun from the Web:
These spooky skeleton hand Vegan Halloween Cupcakes are amazing! Made by MegaTom via Etsy.
GirlieGirlArmy has a fabulous Vegan Halloween Guide with a recipe for Vegan Peanut Butter Cups!
Cute and Delicious's vegan Ghost Cookies are just that: cute and delicious-looking!
A Vegan Halloween Party Menu from VegParadise
SpookyVegan's blog is a great site to find Vegan Halloween Sugar Cookiesdecorated as tombstones, scary pumpkins and more. Lots of spooky fun on her site.
And the NoTrickTreats website is genius! Find homes in your neighborhood that are giving out candy that fits your child's needs! Vegan, organic, kosher, raw and more! You can even add your home's goodies to the growing database.
Epicurvegan has a great list of Vegan Halloween Recipes!
Lots of creepy, gross, spooky Vegan Halloween Party Food ideas at Very Vegan Holiday's blog.
Here are a few vegan Halloween EVENTS!
NYC - 10/29 If you are craving a vegan Halloween Party and live in/near NYC I'd check out Veggie Conquest's Halloween Bash! Tickets on sale now. Candy-making contest, vegan goodies, , fun and party emcee Michael Parrish Dudell (of Ecorazzi.com, Vegdaily.com and Live a Dam). The VC folks throw great events!
Berkley, CA - 10/30 Go Vegan Week's Costume Party.
Need a Trick-or-Treat Bag? Try these designed by me:
"Trick or (VEGAN) Treat" Halloween Bag
Halloween Lunchbox Bunch Bags
And lastly costumes! For veg*n's who like to dress-up like their food...
Have a safe and Happy Vegan Halloween!!
*if you want your link featured on this page - all you have to do is email me! Or post link in the comments section.
Cocoa V Ghost Pop:
This week is the 5th annual World Vegan Week, a campaign started by In Defense of Animals. For the next several days you can eat like Lea Michele and Alicia Silverstone, even if you aren't equipped to cook that way. Local restaurants Drew's Eatery, New York Deli, Clark St Dog and Ian's Pizza have teamed with Mercy for Animals, and are offering special vegan menu items for the week.
I'm not sure I believe that one GROUP can CALL a 'vegan week', but if LOCALS observe it, great. I think it's like claiming that Noah had a local flood story.
Isn't it SUPPOSED to be global - all or nothing?
Monday, October 25, 2010
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
New Evidence that Early Humans Were Plant-Eaters
New evidence contradicts the notion that early humans were mainly hunters. Archeological findings recently unearthed in Italy, Russia, and the Czech Republic show evidence that grains were ground into flour as far back as 30,000 years ago. The findings were presented in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Revedin A, Aranguren B, Becattini R, et al. Thirty thousand-year-old evidence of plant food processing. Proc Natl Acad Sci. 2010. Published ahead of print October 19, 2010: doi: 10.1073/pnas.1006993107.
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Holding our breath for this diabetes risk[ Posted by Isaac ("Zak") Kohane on 2010-10-04 at 20:50 ]
A recent study exemplifies the leverage that can be obtained from mining existing, public data sets to further our national healthcare agenda. As described by the NY Times, our colleague John Brownstein obtained data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and found a consistent relationship between the amount of air pollution (particulate matter in the air) and population risk for diabetes (after correcting for the usual suspects such as income and ethnicity). This and other large-scale populations studies such as the one we recently reported by Atul Butte suggest that we might be insufficiently including the larger environment in our study of the diabetic plague that has afflicted us.
It also suggests that we have insufficiently taken advantage of freely available public data to pursue relevant and timely medical research.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Then I think also of a vegetarian friend, a vegan friend with two doctorates (philosophy and psychology) who for years planned to write a book on how modern life alienates us from experiencing directly, built upon Plato's analogy of the cave (the inner resident saw against the wall he was facing the shadows from the flickering flame behind him).
Well, such is complex existence, and some strive for a tenured position in a field where that depth of analysis can be pursued, or a clinical role that might also indulge it (like a chaplaincy in a school or mental hospital).
If you find it, just stay sane and don't commit intellectual suicide.