Monday, April 23, 2012

Gone to Tumblr!

Since August 28, 2008, we've been blogging here at This Just In, giving you the inside scoop on the new loot arriving at the VNHQ. And yet, just as MySpace is a mere memory, it's time to move on from our blogs as well. On that note, we couldn't be more thrilled to debut VegNews on Tumblr! We'll meld behind-the-scenes scoop such as what's for lunch and the newest products arriving at the office with our favorite content from around the web, event photos, and more. It's a bit bittersweet to say so long to the blogs we've worked so hard to build, but, well, they're just so five years ago. As always, thank you for reading. Here's to what's next!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Vegan, Eco-Friendly Wine

The Delivery: Certified Sustainable Chardonnay, Liberated Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir from Carmel Road Winery

The DL: What better way to celebrate the arrival of the weekend—not to mention San Francisco's 80-degree weather—than with a bottle of vegan vino from local winery Carmel Road? Carmel Road's wine is Certified Sustainable, which is fitting considering Earth Day is on Sunday. You know what else is on Sunday? The SF Vegan Bakesale! Stop by the VNHQ for some tasty treats and read up on 5 Ways Being Vegan Saves the Planet to gear up for Sunday's festivities. Cheers!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Veggie-Packed Ice Pops

The Delivery: Veggie Mama Garden Pops

The DL: What a week it's been for frozen treats here at VNHQ! First we got to try Pop Nation's icy delights, and now we've got these healthful pops from Veggie Mama, which sound deliciously refreshing on this summery San Francisco day. We're betting few things can top this week's popsicle party, but Nutella Fudge Pops sound like pretty good contenders. Check them out in 9 New Ways to Use Nut Butters!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Herbal Tonics, Vanilla Body Wash, and a Memoir

The Delivery: Pacifica body wash, Urban Moonshine tonics, and The Monks and Me by Mary Paterson
Staff Pick: The tonics

The DL: These herbal Energy and Joy Tonics from Urban Moonshine couldn't have come at a better time—we're currently hard at work on our July+August issue and we need all the energy we can get! With ingredients such as ginseng, linden flowers, and lemon balm, these elixirs seem perfect for a mid-week pick-me-up. Still, it's hard to imagine anything more revitalizing than VegNews' Vegan Yoga Retreat in Sayulita, Mexico. Yoga, organic food, and beachside lounging? Sign us up!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Popsicle Party!

The Delivery: Born with a Junk Food Deficiency by Martha Rosenberg, Eat Smart, Eat Raw by Kate Wood, Cavi-Art plant-based caviar, Pop Nation gourmet popsicles, and Au Naturale makeup
Staff Pick: The popsicles

The DL: The arrival of these gluten-free, vegan ice pops had the VN staff in a tizzy—especially once we realized that these were no ordinary popsicles. With flavors such as Salted Dark Chocolate and Grapefruit Mint, these unconventional frozen treats would be an ideal refresher at the sun-soaked Coachella Valley Music Festival, which has been the subject of much buzz here at VNHQ. While some of us will be enjoying the weather in Indio this weekend, others of us will be gorging on vegan sweets at the SF Vegan Bakesale, taking place on Sunday at VNHQ. Come by and say hello!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Raw Cookbook, Salad Mists, Soap, and Chia Guide

The Delivery: Foaming hand soap from Vermont SoapGourmè Mist dressing misters, Chia by Wayne Coates (not vegan), and The World Goes Raw Cookbook by Lisa Mann
Staff Pick: The World Goes Raw Cookbook

The DL: Flipping through Lisa Mann's book, which features raw versions of dishes from around the globe, definitely has us yearning for an international vacation. Still, there are plenty of exciting things going on stateside to satisfy us in the meantime. HipCityVeg, a new vegan fast-food joint, opens in Philly today (did somebody say buffalo-portabello sandwiches?), while up-and-coming vegan city (and VNHQ neighbor) Oakland has launched its first-ever Veg Week, offering food demos and film screenings galore. Let the vegan celebrations commence!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Falafel Friday!

The Delivery: Falafels from TaDah! Foods and The Ultimate Allergy-Free Snack Cookbook by Judi and Shari Zucker (not vegan)
Staff Pick: Falafels!

The DL: Though few members of the VN team would turn down a sugary treat (remember that bake sale we enthusiastically endorsed yesterday?), we sometimes need something a little more substantial. Slathered in lemon-garlic hummus, this frozen falafel wrap from TaDah! Foods seems like a easy, quick way to get our savory fix—plus the company's name is really fun to say. Speaking of fun, we've just compiled our weekly roundup of our must-click links. Head over to Traffic Jam to check out giggling Anderson Cooper, pesto cashew-ricotta pizza, and more!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Books and Mood-Boosting Essential Oils

The Delivery: 21 Drops essential oils, Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas, Animal Impact by Caryn Ginsberg, and Vicki's Vegan Kitchen by Vicki Chelf
Staff Pick: Vicki's Vegan Kitchen

The DL: Vicki Chelf's new book contains a plethora of delicious-sounding recipes, covering everything from simple sushi to faux Cheez Whiz. Though her desserts use healthy ingredients such as silken tofu, dates, and brown-rice syrup, from what we can tell, they don't skimp on the sweetness. Perhaps we'll whip up Chelf's Tofu-Carob Brownies or No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies later this month for the SF Vegan Bakesale. Swing by the VNHQ April 22 to find out!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bars 'n' Books

The Delivery: Enemy of the Steak by Nikki and David Goldbeck (not vegan), Meals that Heal Inflammation by Julie Daniluk (not vegan), and Pure Bars in a customized Pure Lunchskins eco-friendly sandwich baggy.
Staff Pick: The Pure Bars and baggy

The DL: We can't wait to sink our teeth into these two new Pure Bars—the dark chocolate berry bar in particular seems to be calling our name. Best of all, they arrived in this adorable reusable lunch baggy, which seems like a practical and sustainable way to guard some goodies for your midday meal. In decidedly less appetizing (but nonetheless fascinating) news, food-politics expert Michele Simon has written a great piece about the controversy surrounding "pink slime." Check out this VN exclusive here!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Jars of Fun: Vegan Parm, Olives, and Pomade

The Delivery: Olives from Musco Family Olive CoMorrocco Method Int'l pomade (not vegan), and Parmela vegan parmesan replacer
Staff Pick: Vegan parm!

The DL: Made from fermented ingredients such as rice, nuts, and soy, this cruelty-free parmesan substitute from Parmela is a welcome addition to the VN pantry. We can't wait to sprinkle the stuff onto Managing Editor Elizabeth Castoria's dad's hearty homemade pasta sauce and meatballs—truly the stuff of legends, if you ask us. If you're not already drooling at the thought of authentic Italian pasta sauce, check out 5 Vegan-Friendly Towns on our Radar to catch a glimpse of the mouth-watering meals being churned out at eateries across the country!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Books and Body Scrub

The Delivery: The New Enlightened Eating by Caroline Marie Dupont, Healthy Tipping Point by Caitlin Boyle, and Lemongrass and Lavender Exfoliating Pumice Scrub from Metropolis Soap Co.
Staff Pick: The New Enlightened Eating

The DL: In this revised edition of her first book, spiritual guru and holistic nutritionist Caroline Marie Dupont offers simple, wholesome plant-based recipes designed to encourage conscious eating. Dishes such as Pasta with Chunky Tomato Sauce and Sweet Kale Salad sound like they'd be right at home at any VN staff lunch (seriously, have you guys noticed our penchant for kale salads?), but aside from recipes, Dupont also has some handy tips for health-conscious vegan parents. Interested in vegan parenting? Check out the feature Veganism is for Mothers by Seyward Rebhal and don't forget to tune into our Twitter chat on vegan parenting next Wednesday!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Oodles of Books!

The Delivery: Detox Your World by Shazzie, Code to Joy by George Pratt and Peter Lambrou, and The Southern Italian Farmer's Table by Matthew Scialabba and Melissa Pellegrino (not vegan)
Staff Pick: Detox Your World

The DL: Flipping through Detox Your World by Shazzie, two things are immediately clear: Eating Coconut Banana Splits sound like an ideal way to rid your body of toxins and "Shazzie" is a terrific name. While we're figuring out a way to track Shazzie down and make her our best friend, you can track down a recipe for Hawaiian Veggie Burgers by checking out our roundup of this week's best links. Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Vegan Cake Pops and Books!

The Delivery: Les Pops Sweets' vegan cake pops, Discardia by Dinah Sanders, Learning to Bake Allergen-Free by Colette Martin (not vegan), and Leon Baking and Desserts by Claire Ptak and Henry Dimbleby (not vegan)
Staff Pick: Cake pops!

The DL: These vegan cake pops promise "Sweet sans the guilt," and that's definitely something we can get behind after this week of massive face-stuffing. First there was Tuesday's incredibly filling mac 'n' cheese feast, followed by several helpings of homemade pasta and meatballs on Wednesday—and don't even get us started on the various snacks we've been sneaking in between meals. If you, like us, have had a couple (okay, more than a couple) bites too many, give your body some love by loading up on fresh juice. Check out 5 Ways to Get Your Juice On and drink up!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Gluten-Free Brownies, Gluten-Free Recipes, and Perfumed Products

The Delivery: Lucy's gluten-free brownie cakes, soy candles, reed diffuser, and soap from Pacifica Perfume, and Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats by Allyson Kramer
Staff Pick: Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats!

The DL: Mac 'n' cabbage? Who does that? Allyson Kramer, that's who. We can't wait to read through the rest of these pages and find even more creative, gluten-free dishes that are sure to surprise (and wow!) us. Want more of Allyson's delicious eats? Check out her five-dish, spring-friendly menu! Hello, Chocolate-Strawberry Pie.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Allergy-Free Vegan Cookies, Soy Creamer, and a Book

The Delivery: Cybele's Free-to-Eat allergy-free cookies, SoyGo creamer from Saving Opus One, and Main Street Vegan by Victoria Moran
Staff Pick: Main Street Vegan

The DL: All of us here at VegNews are huge fans of Victoria Moran, and we're delighted about her new book! Main Street Vegan isn't just preaching about the many benefits of veganism (though, as we all know, there are many)—it's showing everyone on Main Street (remember that?) how easy it is to be vegan, no matter where you live or how much money you make. We have a feeling this will be gifted to a lot of reluctant friends and family come birthdays, holidays, Tuesdays...

Monday, April 2, 2012

Books, Skincare, and Vegan Caramels

The Delivery: People Before Profit by Ken Koopman, Full Body Burden by Kristen Iversen, Planet Skincare's Platinum Creme Excellence, caramels from Obsessive Confection Disorder
Staff Pick: Caramels!

The DL: We can't wait to sink our teeth into these unconventional sweets from vegan candy company Obsessive Confection Disorder—caramels infused with lavender and Jameson's Irish Whiskey? Don't mind if we do! Something tells us that Old-Fashioned-loving Mad Men protagonist Don Draper would approve of the latter. If the return of AMC's hit drama has you craving cruelty-free versions of classic '60s eats, check out our feature Mad Men-Era Recipes Veganized and bust out your meatloaf pan!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Coconut Sugar, Baking Mix, and Skin Care

The Delivery: Wholesome Sweeteners organic coconut-palm sugar, vanilla frosting and baking mixes from Babycakes, and skincare samples from Derma E
Staff Pick: The sugar

The DL: Considering we at VNHQ love our daily coffee and tea, our pantry is curiously devoid of sweeteners. Good thing this shipment of organic coconut-palm sugar just arrived. In addition to dumping heaping spoonfuls into our beverages, we're looking forward to using the sweet stuff in recipes such as Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp and Vegan Tagalongs. Looking to appease your sweet tooth this weekend? Check out VegNews' Must-Make Vegan Desserts board on our Pinterest page!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Vegan and Gluten-Free Frozen Foods, Books, and Masala Chai

The Delivery: Masala chai from Blue Lotus Chai, lasagna and wraps from Amy's KitchenQuick and Easy Vegan Slow Cooking by Carla Kelly, and The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan.
Staff Pick: Amy's new frozen foods

The DL: Veggie lasagna with Daiya cheese that's ready in five minutes? We've died and gone to heaven. We always appreciate Amy's for making it easy-as-frozen-vegan-Shepherd's-Pie to eat cruelty-free (and tastily, at that), and can't wait to taste test these new frozen foods. Want to get a sneak peek of staff taste tests and other goings-on at the VNHQ? Make sure to follow us on Instagram!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fresh Pasta, Cookbooks, and Springtime Sweets

The Delivery: Fresh pastas from Mama Sue's Gourmet Pasta, springtime treats from Sweet and Sara350 Best Vegan Recipes by Deb Roussou, and 150 Best Vegan Muffin Recipes by Camilla V. Saulsbury
Staff Pick: The sweet and Sara stash!

The DL: A chocolate-coated rice crispy treat? How is that not going to get staff pick? We love everything from Sweet and Sara (and with adorable marshmallows like that, who couldn't?), and plan on noshing on these Easter-themed treats with gusto. You know what else we're in love with? Our newly redesigned website! Head on over to and let us know what you think in the comments. We can't wait to hear what you think!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Kale Chips 'n' Cookies

The Delivery: Alive and Radiant's kale chips and raw cookies (most contain honey)
Staff Pick: The kale chips

The DL: We are no strangers to Alive and Radiant's creatively-flavored kale chips: We first tasted these savory and sweet (yep, they have chocolate kale chips!) snacks at this year's Expo West. And you know what's great about them? They're so covered in delicious coatings (not just chocolate, but tarragon-Dijon, cheesy chipotle, and others), you can't believe you're eating kale! Want a killer kale chips recipe to make in your kitchen? The best one ever is in our March+April issue!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Down to Cocomo(Joe)

The Delivery: Assorted Cocomo Joe Foods bars, granola, and popcorn
Staff Pick: The caramel corn!

The DL: We first tasted this new line of vegan bars, granola, and popcorn at Expo West, and let's just say that we wouldn't mind taking this caramel popcorn down to Bermuda (or Bahama). If you can't make it to Key Largo or Montego, be sure to check out The Healthy Voyager's top 10 foodie and green spring break destinations over on All of us here at VegNews wish you a happy weekend!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Vegan Cookies, Pasta Sauce, a Book, and an Apron

The Delivery: Mama Jess' organic pasta sauces, chocolate chip, oatmeal, peanut butter, and double-chocolate cookies from Isabella's Cookie Company, a Daiya apron, and The Autism Puzzle by Brita Belli
Staff Pick: The cookies!

The DL: After days of savory snacking, we were pining for something to sate our collective sweet tooth. Enter Isabella's Cooking Company, which sent us products from its vegan cookie line—an act that caused a chorus of cheers to erupt throughout VNHQ. Some VN staffers are eagerly anticipating the arrival of The Hunger Games (starring vegan actor Woody Harrelson!), which hits theaters tonight at midnight, but there are several other intriguing movies out this spring. Check out our film-festival faves here!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Seitan-Sandwich Smorgasbord

The Delivery: An assortment of vegan sandwiches and wraps from Upton's Naturals!

The DL: We considered this delivery of scrumptious sandwiches an extended celebration of yesterday's Great American Meatout. And the good news didn't stop there—in the same day these sandwiches arrived, we saw sunshine for the first time in weeks! Simply coincidence? Probably. But who doesn't like believing in the magic of seitan sandwiches? If you want to keep celebrating Meatout, check out our interview with its founder and an exclusive recipe for Ranch Burgers from the queen of veggie burgers herself, Joni Marie Newman!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ready-to-Eat Meals, Fruit Preserves, and a Cookbook

The Delivery: Go Picnic ready-to-eat meal packs, snack mix from Karmic Health, muscat grape jelly and golden-plum preserves from Bonne Maman, and Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food by Alicia C. Simpson
Staff Pick: Go Picnic meals

The DL: Guess what? Today marks the first day of spring! Since picnic weather is (hopefully) almost upon us, this delivery from Go Picnic couldn't have arrived at a better time. Go Picnic's conveniently packaged ready-to-eat meals contain such goodies as sunflower butter and dry-roasted edamame—munchies that would look right at home atop a grass-stained gingham blanket. Still finalizing your springtime plans? Get your foodie fix at one of these vegan-friendly vacation destinations!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Salsa, Eyewear, and a Book

The Delivery: Chipotle and nopal cactus salsas from Casa Martinez, Ani's 15-Day Fat Blast by Ani Phyo, and frames from Amy Sacks' spring eyewear collection
Staff Pick: Ani's 15-Day Fat Blast

The DL: Author Ani Phyo won our hearts in past with her raw-food cookbooks, so it's no surprise that her latest book was one of our most anticipated of the year. Part raw-foods primer and part recipe book, Ani's 15-Day Fat Blast promises to help you shed up to 15 pounds in 15 days. But don't think that going raw means munching on salads all day—Phyo's palatable plan includes recipes for dishes such as raw fudge brownies with fresh berries and spicy bok choy soup. Follow Phyo's lead and get your raw fix by grabbing some seasonal spring produce at your local farmer's market. Bon appétit!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Vegan Easter Fun

The Delivery: Assorted Easter chocolates from No Whey! Chocolate and Dyeable Ceramic Easter Eggs from EggNots
Staff Pick: The chocolates

The DL: You know what makes the fourth rainy day in a row better? A box of chocolates. The folks at No Whey! are seriously spoiling us, and you know, we're perfectly content with that. Want some chocolaty deliciousness of your own? Head over to the VegNews Store, which has no shortage of vegan chocolate. Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Salad Dressing, Raw Chips, and Vegan Bacony Bits!

The Delivery: Petrini's Italian, Classic Italian, and Italian Ranch (not vegan) Salad Dressings, Samples of Pig Out bacony bits from WayFare Foods, and Raw Red Bell Pepper and Kale Chips from Brad's Raw Foods
Staff Pick: Brad's Raw Chips and Raw Leafy Kale

The DL: We've had these kale chips before and we'll have these kale chips again, and that's because they're delicious. Seriously—taking out a container in one sitting is a piece of cake for the VN staffers. Want to make these addictive snacks at home? Check out our March+April issue for a fantastic recipe for Kale Chips, plus three yummy variations.