Cheating Veganism

Deciding to go vegan can be a tough decision, but with these crafty pointers, your animal-loving self can cheat the ism.

Choosing to bow out from the gastronomic, animal-eating world is never an easy decision. Whether it is for spirituality, saving the animals—and their teats—or just experiencing something new, getting used to eating like a vegan can be a challenging task.

As any cook knows, making a meal without things like butter, eggs, cream and other kitchen essentials is torture. Add a lack of umami to the equation (the savory flavor often provided by meat) and even a seasoned chef would throw in the towel.

To ease the pains of an animal-free diet, I have gathered together some of my favorite vegan-friendly cure-alls for the health conscious culinaire. These eleven items will make your life easier, your meals tastier, and your non-vegan guests happier while keeping your conscience crystal clear.

If you’re thinking about becoming a vegan, stock your kitchen with these items.

You can see the list here.

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Why My Diet is Better Than Yours

 

Here’s an article of mine that just went up on elephantjournal.com

One reason: Because it’s mine.

After reading my last article “5 Foods You Should Never be Without,” I started wondering if everyone should, in fact, always be with these five foods.  What if someone is allergic to goji berries or is a raw-foodie who never uses cooking oil or a carnivore who eats nothing but pure meat and loves it? Who am I to shove what foods you should have into your fridge?

Well, I started thinking: what’s good for the goose isn’t always great for the gander.

What I am certain of is that these five foods are great for me. Each one contributes something positive to my well-being, energy, and overall consciousness. I know this because I eat these foods and watch the changes that occur. From this point of reference I can suggest to others that maybe similar results will come about. But is this really the case?

Click here for the full article.

Mmmmmm. Vegan Ice Cream

Ice cream.  The long lost delicacy of the vegan.  A remnant of worlds past, this delicious delight exists in the dreams – or nightmares – of those dedicated few who chose to call themselves vegans.  Or that was until I stumbled over my neighborhood vegan ice cream shop.

That’s right.  Vegan ice cream shop.

Now I know there are vegan ice cream options in the freezer section of my nearest health foods store.  Between coconut, hemp, almond, and whatever else you can freeze, these options are plentiful.  But I’m not talking about the bland, freezer-burned, chalky flavors found in the frozen section of Whole Foods.  I’m talking about the real deal: amazing, delicious, hand-served, in-house made ice cream.

Lucky for me, less than half a block away is Stōgo, a vegan ice cream haven.  Through the day I’ll catch myself fantasizing about which dairy-free ice creams I’ll be choosing from later that night. Flavors like Creamsicle, Coconut Green Tea, and Mojito Sorbet come to mind.  Despite just having devoured an entire 10 ounce cup, my mouth is already beginning to salivate.  If you can’t tell, I love ice cream.  It’s probably my most favorite thing in the world next to blankets—yes, I love blankets.

I usually don’t go out and advertise for people, but this place deserves it.  Stōgo offers tons of crazy flavors that will get your palate educated in the pleasures of being vegan.  They even offer seasonal flavors.  Being that Thanksgiving just passed, tonight I grabbed up the remains of some Pumpkin Pie and Coconut Sweet Potato.  I even threw in a new flavor that I just couldn’t resist: Vegan Eggnog.

I dare not write more, for I am already fighting off the urge to run down the street and grab another.  I guess living this close is a double edge sword.  Gift and curse alike, one thing is for certain: the people at Stōgo are making vegan ice cream nostalgia a thing of the past.

For any of you in NYC, Stōgo is located on 159 2nd Ave, entrance on E 10th street between 2nd and 3rd.