Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Noodle Mania

Date: Wednesday, April 29
The Delivery: Several boxes of noodles, a book, and some Pure Essence body-care products
Staff Pick: Annie Chun has us covered when it comes to noodles

The DL: Spaghetti noodles, step aside! Pad Thai just got a little easier to make at home with these convenient-looking noodles.

Don't forget the giveaway at!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Super Spread

Date: Monday, April 27
The Delivery: A couple of Annie Chun's noodle bowls and some buttery-tasting spread
Staff Pick: Now you can enjoy Earth Balance, soy-free!

The DL: Earth Balance has done a lot for vegan baking in the recent past, and it's great to see that the company is diversifying its product. Want to know the VN staff's favorite way to prepare the spread? Whip it together with some maple syrup to make a delicious maple-butter, which we happily slathered on some scones today in celebration of our two Maggie Awards!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Dyeing To Try It

Date: Thursday, April 23
The Delivery: A couple non-vegan cookbooks, natural hair dye, wine wipes, and vegan baked goods from Everyday Gourmet
Staff Pick: The cruelty-free, plant-based hair coloring kit from Advanced Cosmetic Technologies

The DL: A couple of the VN staffers are excited about trying out a new 'do, and even more psyched that this hair-color kit is chemical-free! Are you interested in natural hair dye, but don't know where to look? Stay tuned for the July+August issue of VegNews due out mid-June for an inside scoop.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cool Clutch

Date: Tuesday, April 21
The Delivery: Some books, a Chinese herb hair-care system, a very nifty bag, a microwavable rice pouch, and some chocolate macaroons from Good To Go Restaurants
Staff Pick: Want to jump ahead of the fashion curve this spring? Check out these rad, recycled bags by Ecoist

The DL: Some VN staffers are facing a wave of nostalgia with this recycled-candy-wrapper clutch—being reminded of the homemade necklaces made out of gum wrappers back in elementary school. Who knew that such a fun-and-easy hobby could make such a cool product?

Friday, April 17, 2009

A Lovely Arrival

Date: Friday, April 17
The Delivery: The May+June 2009 issue of VegNews
Staff Pick: Well duh, the new magazine!

The DL: It's one great day. Not only is it a sunny and beautiful Friday, but we received a much-anticipated arrival—the spring issue of VegNews! It will be hitting newsstands around the beginning of May, so be sure to keep an eye out.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Fill-o Up!

Date: Thursday, April 16
The Delivery: Living Raw Food by Sarma Melngailis, some ZenSoy pudding, and some frozen goodies
Staff Pick: The mini fillo shells from The Fillo Factory

The DL: Fillo—or phyllo—is a favorite staple of the VNHQ, though it may not always be the easiest to work with in the kitchen. Good thing these cute little shells are already to use. You just have to pop them out of the freezer, and voilĂ !

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Vegan's Dream

Date: Wednesday, April 15
The Delivery: A very tempting book
Staff Pick: Lick It! by Cathe Olson is making us all scream for vegan ice scream

The DL: Let's face it, not everyone is lucky enough to have a vegan-friendly ice cream parlor, like MaggieMudd, in her hometown. Well, fret no more, because this book looks to have every flavor of ice cream imaginable, and you can make it right in the comfort of your own home. Now that's something to scream for joy about!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Savory Salsa

Date: Monday, April 13
The Delivery: An armful of books, and some salsas and sauces
Staff Pick: The pineapple salsa from Organicville

The DL: This salsa seems to have many good qualities. First, it's a condiment. Second, it's organic. And third, it looks to have a sweet kick, and not just any sweet kick, but an agave-nectar-sweetened kick. And we sure do love our agave nectar here at the VNHQ.

Speaking of things we love, the cinnamon buns from Sticky Fingers Bakery definitely tops the list, and we're giving away not one, but six of them over at Hurry on over for a chance to win!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thou Shall Eat Parma

Date: Friday, April 10
The Delivery: Parma, Parma, and more Parma
Staff Pick: Parma!

The DL: Warning! If you work at the VNHQ, you will become addicted to the utterly delicious condiment we dearly call Parma. And what has Eat in the Raw done to appease this addiction? Sent us more Parma! You may be thinking, "Geez, that's a lot of Parma," but you would be surprised at the VN staffers' ability to consume this most wonderful of condiments. Can you guess how long it will take for us to get through this shipment?

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Radical Ribs!

Date: Thursday, April 9
The Delivery: Soapnut natural laundry detergent from Naturenvy and some very vegan ribs
Staff Pick: The Hickory BBQ Riblets from Morningstar Farms

The DL: We at the VNHQ don't think anyone can beat the taste of Frankie's ribs, but we're curious to see how these match-up. Let the barbecuing begin!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A (French) Toast!

Date: Wednesday, April 8
The Delivery: More popsicles, and frozen breakfast goods (some vegan, some not)
Staff Pick: The cinnamon French-toast sticks from Van's look too good to be true

The DL: Let's face it, you can't beat the taste of freshly prepared homemade vegan French-toast. But who has the time to make such a meal except on the weekends? Van's has come to the rescue, and we can't wait to compare them with the real deal!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Empowering Words

Date: Tuesday, April 7
The Delivery: Two books, a yoga DVD, a PROBAR variety pack, some soup and tea from Pacific Foods, and tropical tea from Zhena's Gypsy Tea
Staff Pick: Peter Singer's new book, The Life You Can Save

The DL: Anyone in the animal-rights movement knows the name Peter Singer, the author of the preeminent book on AR philosophy, Animal Liberation. His latest literary offering covers a different, but still very important issue—that of world poverty. We're very much looking forward to seeing what empowering words he has to say on the subject.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Nuts Over Almonds

Date: Monday, April 6
The Delivery: Some non-vegan nutritional supplements and beverages, several Clif Bar sports drinks, nutrient-packed products from Amazing Grass, and some candy-coated almonds
Staff Pick: These orange-vanilla Awesome Almonds look most delish

The DL: This is marketed as a health food, which it may or may not be. Either way, we at the VNHQ are excited to try out this tasty-looking treat!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Lovin' the Popsicles

Date: Friday, April 3
The Delivery: Frozen-fruit bars galore from both Whole Foods and Natural Choice, and some non-vegan cakes (boo!)
Staff Pick: The Lime 365 Frozen Fruit Bars

The DL: So you may have guessed already, but we have some special plans for all of the popsicles arriving at our doorstep. Some may be making an appearance in the July+August issue of VegNews. Can't wait until then? Try them out yourself and let us know your favorite.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Goodie Bag Giveaway!

Date: Thursday, April 2
The Delivery: A Genesis-Awards goodie bag
Staff Pick: Duh, the adorable baby seals!

The DL: OK, we know that technically this isn't our usual type of delivery, since it was hand-delivered by Elizabeth on Monday. And though our new products maven, Lyndsay, has been out the last few days, we just couldn't wait any longer to share this sweet swag bag with you, literally. That's right, one lucky responder will win this hefty goodie bag, full of fun stuff from HSUS, including two utterly cuddle-able stuffed baby seals, DVDs, outfits for your pooch, and tons of fab product samples. Remember, seals are for cuddling, not for clubbing. Since the Genesis Awards honor major-media coverage of animal issues, what story would you like to see honored at next year's event? Tell us your answer in the comments, and we'll pick a winning entry by next Friday, April 10.