Thursday, December 23, 2010

Hot Tamale

The Date: Thursday, December 23
The Delivery: New vegan frozen meals from Tandoor Chef, a non-vegan book, and seitan and tamales from Upton's Naturals
Staff Pick: The Chorizo-style Seitan Tamale con Molé

The DL: Tamales are totally in right now—at least at the VNHQ—and these chorizo-style tamales are making our mouths water. We can't wait to try them! This is the final post until the New Year due to the fact that we're closing up shop until January 3, including the VegNews Store (although, you can still place orders, which will be shipped out in the new year). Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sweet Cinnamon Rolls

The Date: Wednesday, December 22
The Delivery: Pinto and black bean chips, a dozen mini cinnamon rolls, and another copy of Appetite for Reduction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Staff Pick: The mini cinnamon rolls from Cinnaholic

The DL: VegNews contributor Polly Walter stopped by the VNHQ today, and to our delight, brought this gorgeous box of cinnamon rolls. Nothing could have made us happier! Thank you, Polly, and now excuse us while we devour these miniature treats.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Beauty Care & Books

The Date: Tuesday, December 21
The Delivery: Three mostly vegan books, and new beauty products from John Masters Organics
Staff Pick: The Bare Unscented Body Lotion from John Masters

The DL: We're now seeing cold weather nearly everywhere in the US, and this means dry skin. We here at the VNHQ do not like dry skin, so we were happy to see this all-natural, unscented lotion arrive. Here's to healthy skin!

Monday, December 20, 2010

New Vegan Book

The Date: Monday, December 20
The Delivery: A new cookbook galley and gift cards from Cinnaholic
Staff Pick: Veganize This! by Jen Shagrin

The DL: Pow! That's what the cover of Veganize This!: 200 Animal-Free Recipes for People Who Love to Eat says to us. What can we say? We like a book with moxie. This is just the galley for this cookbook, which is slated to hit shelves in February, and we're excited to see the finished product.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Holiday Marshmallows

The Date: Friday, December 18
The Delivery: An incredible gift basket from Sweet & Sara
Staff Pick: The whole basket is amazing, but these adorable reindeer marshmallows have our hearts.

The DL: Happy Holidays to us! The darling Sara Sohn from Sweet & Sara sent the office this huge basket of goodies including rocky road bark, three favors of biscotti, and our favorite reindeer marshmallows. Happy kick-off-to-the weekend, indeed. We're going to go out on a limb and assume that a great deal of you will be attending or hosting some sort of holiday party this weekend, so be sure to check out for full coverage on holiday parties, such as Vegan Holiday Drinks, Easy Party Eats, and Handmade Holiday Decorating.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wholesome Chow and Love Bars

The Date: Thursday, December 17
The Delivery: A lovely gift basket from Wholesome Chow, and a couple of brand-new Love Bar chocolate bars
Staff Pick: How can we resist the adorable gift package?

The DL: Ah, chocolate and baking. Since we officially turned on the holiday background music at VNHQ and we've had poinsettias on our desks for a couple of weeks now, this adorable gift from Wholesome Chow couldn't have come at a better time. The package contains two cake mixes, coffee extract, and the cutest little whisk you've ever seenpretty much the perfect gift! Are you still looking for gifts but running out of both time and money? Elizabeth Castoria's guest post on Savvy Abby features her top three gift suggestions, on the cheap!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

VegNews Magazines

The Date: Wednesday, December 16
The Delivery: Our stunning January+February 2011 issue
Staff Pick: The issues!

The DL: We asked you who would be the lovely face of the first VegNews of 2011, and those of you who picked Kris Carr can now commence your gloating. We'll be patting ourselves on the backs along with youour hard work paid off in this fantastic issue. This baby ships out to subscribers in the next week (available on newsstands January 1), and is filled with all things healthy, wintry, delicious, andespecially in the case of our cover galinspiring! Need we gently remind you once again how amazing it is to be a subscriber and find the magazine in your mailbox before those poor people who have to wait for the newsstand copies? Buy a subscription today! Oh, and since you're dying to peek into the pages of this new issue, order yourself an advanced copy in the VegNews Store.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Drink Skinny

The Date: Tuesday, December 15
The Delivery: Drink Skinny Margarita Mix
Staff Pick: Margarita Mix made with agave nectar? Yes, please!

The DL: More often than not, drink mixes aren't exactly pictures of health, but this mix from Drink Skinny contains 40 percent lime and lemon juices, organic agave nectar, stevia, and nothing else (until, of course, you add the tequila!). Yup, we're sold. Pair this stuff with the VN guide for Easy Party Eats, and you have yourself a party. Cheers!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sjaak's Stock

The Date: Monday, December 13
The Delivery: Sjaak's Organic Peanut Butter Bites

Staff Pick: Delicious peanut butter bites!

The DL: Did you know we sell these insanely delicious Sjaak's bites in the VegNews Store? If you still need to buy some gifts for the holidays, head on over to the VN Store. Holiday cards, peppermint-scented candles, the VegNews Holiday eCookbook, Go Vegan 2011 calendars and more await for all your gifting needs!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Rose Moisturizer

The Date: Friday, December 9
The Delivery: Organic moisturizer

Staff Pick: Organic Rose Moisturizer from MuLondon

The DL: This time of year, as the weather chills, we inevitably suffer from moisture-starved hands. Thus, we are more-than-happy to test out this new hand-made organic skin care from MuLondon, which smells reminiscent of summer. It's always a good idea to take some time out for pampering during the frenetic holiday season, so if you need us, we'll be taking tips from VegNews' Holiday Stress-Busters and enjoying everything the winter holidays have to offer. Happy weekend, everyone!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Appetite for Reduction and Vegan Etsy

The Date: Thursday, December 8
The Delivery: Appetite for Reduction, and a vegan craft sample bag from Vegan Etsy

Staff Pick: Appetite for Reduction

The DL: Today's shipment had as oohing and aahing with delight, as adorable handmade creations from Vegan Etsy (looking for holiday gifts? Vegan Etsy and the VegNews Store have you covered!) shared real estate with a fresh-off-the-press copy of PPK superstar Isa Chandra Moskowitz' new cookbook, packed with recipes that promise to not do as much damage on your waistline as the normal holiday standards. Today's This Just In might as well just be your ultimate holiday shopping guide. You're welcome!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Juice and Sweets

The Date: Wednesday, December 7
The Delivery: Whoopie Pies, Chocolate Chip Bars, Sweet Potato Brownies, and Carrot Cake from
Cafe Indigo, and juices from Genesis.
Staff Pick: The baked sweets from Cafe Indigo.

The DL: December is here, the holidays are impending, and anyone in their right mind has a craving for baked goods. Imagine our delight, then, to receive a massive shipment from Cafe Indigo of its whoopie bars, chocolate chip bars, brownies, and carrot cake. Yes, please! Speaking of delightful baked goods, do you live in the San Francisco Bay Area? VegNews is co-sponsoring the
Holiday SF Vegan Bakesale, to be held December 18, and we would love it if you would be willing to either bake or just come down to the sale and stock up on delicious vegan baked goods!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sweets and a Garden

The Date: Tuesday, December 7
The Delivery: Candy from JJ's Sweets, and an UrBin Grower urban gardening kit from Nature's Footprint Inc
Staff Pick: JJ's Sweets hard candies and caramel

The DL: Some days, such as today, we have exciting shipments that include everything from an urban garden to vegan coconut milk caramel. While we can't wait to set up the garden on our new offices' patio, JJ's Sweets had us at caramel. We kind of have a thing for caramel, as evidenced in our current November+December Veggie Awards issue, which boasts a drool-worthy caramel feature including both sweet and savory recipes of the caramelized sugar kind. If only we could grow caramel in our UrBin Grower; all would be right in the world!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Bold Native and Waterfall Dance

The Date: Monday, December 6
The Delivery: Bold Native DVD, and Waterfall Dance by Andrew Quinn
Staff Pick: Bold Native

The DL: We received another copy of the Bold Native DVD today, and the few of us who have not yet seen a screening are more than excited to take it in. While Bold Native might not be the coziest of films to curl up in bed to watch, it's certainly an inspiring portrait of animal-rights activism. Looking for a lighter solution to Holiday woes? VN Editorial Assistant Brooke Still has your back with her 10 Holiday stress-busting tips.

Friday, December 3, 2010

More Copies of Whitewash

The Date: Friday, December 3
Staff Pick: The book of course!

The DL: Ah, Friday. A day to look forward to a relaxing weekend ahead, lounging around, snacking, and reading a good book. Now that we got some more copies in of Whitewash, more than one VegNews staffer can bring one home to read, most likely in bed, as the forecast this weekend is for rain, rain, and more rain. Have a good weekend, everyone!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

It's the Holiday Season!

The Date: Thursday, December 2
The Delivery: Gorgeous poinsettias!
Staff Pick: Our new office decorations of the red and festive kind.

The DL: Do you know what transforms us from "It's too early and cold"-scrooge to "Oh my goodness, the holidays are here"-happy? Coming into the VNHQ on a cold San Francisco morning and finding each of our desks adorned with very pretty poinsettias, courtesy of VegNews Publisher, Joseph Connelly. Do you know what makes that day even better? When Office Manager Lyndsay Orwig shares her VegNews Macaroni & Cheese for lunch, and then we have Frankie's delicious chocolate-covered nuts and dates for dessert.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tamales, Wheat Roast, a Book, and Utter Deliciousness

The Date: Wednesday, December 1
The Delivery: Tamales and a Wheat Roast from White Mountain Foods, Whitewash: The Disturbing Truth About Cow's Milk and Your Health by Joseph Keon, and scrumptious treats for the VN staff (that's us!) from beloved member of the VegNews family, Frankie McGee
Staff Pick: Frankie's amazing treats!

The DL: We're feeling pretty spoiled today. Vegan tamales? Check. A John Robbins-endorsed book on the truth about the detrimental health effects of cow's milk? Yup. Chocolate-covered, cashew cheese-filled dates?! Yes, please! Frankie is the VNHQ fairy godmother, and these perfectly ripe fresh dates filled with tangy cashew cheese covered in decadent dark chocolate might be a contender for best This Just In score of the year. They are also perfect Holiday treats, much like the entire contents of our VegNews Holiday eCookbook and our Holiday Cookie eCollection, available for a special package price of $10 in the VegNews Store.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Better Brownies

The Date: Tuesday, November 30
The Delivery: A vegan detox kit from Kaeng Raeng, and several boxes of Better Batter Gluten-Free Fudge Brownie Mix
Staff Pick: The brownie mix takes the gold!

The DL: When it comes to choosing between a detox kit and brownie mix at the VNHQ, the brownies will win every time. Plus, it's the holiday season, in which you get a free pass to eat as many sweets as you want. We'll save the detoxing for January, thank you very much!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Non-VegNews Magazines

The Date: Monday, November 29
The Delivery: Magazines including Details, GQ, ReadyMade, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and Spin.
Staff Pick: Who could choose?

The DL: Well, we all work for a certain vegan publication you may have heard of, so yes, we love our magazines. We also (mostly) share an affinity for the TV show Glee, so the controversial GQ cover featuring both Finn and the girls (the girls being none other than the vegan Lea Michele and Bold Native's Dianna Agron) along with the Mr. Shue Details sparked at least a bit of conversation in the VNHQ today. What are some of your favorite non-VegNews (we can take it, we promise!) magazines?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

More Gluten-Free Goods, a Book, and Supplements

The Date: Wednesday, November 24
The Delivery: Supplements from MegaFood and Raw-Nation, a book, and Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free baking mix.
Staff Pick: Lara Matthew's Lola Lollipop Animals Are Evil

The DL: Lara Matthew's states in her introduction to Lola Lollipop Animals Are Evil that after she went pescatarian and finally vegan, she was driven to compile her thoughts about vegetarianism and society's reaction to this dietary choice in a series of comic strips, paired with quotes about eating animals. We are intrigued to read what look like poignant and humorous comics about life as a vegetarian, a perfect read while digesting the mass amount of food we will inevitably be consuming over the next day or two. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Curry and Gluten-Free Cookie Mixes

The Date: Tuesday, November 23
The Delivery: Curry gift package and some gluten-free cookie mixes from Cherrybrook Kitchen
Staff Pick: Curry Love Banana Ginger curry sauce

The DL: We've had a very special day here at VNHQ, what with our incredible Thanksgiving luncheon featuring the unrivaled Native Foods Wellington, so with food on the brain, it seems only fitting that we receive this shipment of gluten-free cookie mixes and the most adorable curry gift pack from Curry Love. The box included a candle, a beer, a white basmati rice along with their scrumptious-sounding Banana Ginger curry sauce. Back to the luncheon, Associate Publisher Colleen Holland also whipped up her incredible Holiday salad and a Pumpkin Cake with Vanilla Buttercream, both of which are from recipes in the VegNews Holiday Cookbook, and both of which are unbelievably delicious. Check out the pics from our luncheon on our Facebook album.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Brittle, Book, Date Spread, and Supplements

The Date: Monday, November 22
The Delivery: A book, date spread, brittle, and a vitamin supplement.
Staff Pick: Bare Brittle vegan energy snacks

The DL: Today's delivery was really kind of random, but with these scrumptious-sounding vegan brittle snacks involved, we can't complain. With ingredients like date paste, spices, and seeds, they almost sound like a holiday dessert, which is exactly what we're thinking about this Thanksgiving week. We're so psyched for the holidays that we're going on a giveaway blitz, beginning with today's $100 giveaway to Alternative Outfitters. Yes, the Carb Queen t-shirt can be yours. Good luck!

Friday, November 19, 2010


The Date: Friday, November 19
The Delivery: A humungous bag of Parma!
Staff Pick: The delicious contents of said bag.

The DL: We are shameless Parma! addicts. When it comes to Parma!, we show no reservation sprinkling it (or, more accurately, dumping it) on everything from savory oatmeal to deep-dish pizza that already has crazy amounts of melty Daiya. The latter was on the menu for lunch today, as we celebrated our wonderful Associate Editor Liz Miller's VegNews tenure. Does unreasonable amounts of vegan cheese help alleviate the pain we feel knowing how much we are going to miss Liz? No, but we'll take it anyway. Can't find Parma! in your area? We sell it in the VegNews store! While you're there, check out our amazing collection of Holiday must-haves, including the VegNews Holiday Cookbook, peppermint soy candles, and the adorable VegNews holiday card set. Happy weekend!