The Checkup: Is This the Miracle Hangover Cure We’ve All Been Looking For?

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• Because it’s a long weekend full of barbecues and beer, and we care: Apparently, Pedialyte — you know, the drink dehydrated, sick children drink? — is loaded with sodium and potassium, making it the perfect morning-after drink when your head is throbbing and your will to live is at the bottom of a Bud Light can somewhere. [Greatist]
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Change of Plans: Philly VegFest Won’t Be at Clark Park This Year

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A few weeks ago, we told you guys VegFest, the free festival celebrating all things vegetarian, would be making its way back to Philly June 6th (Sadly, the same day as Be Well Philly Boot Camp, our day-long fitness fest — but no worries, you can go after you get your sweat on!). And when we announced that the festival would be back for a second year, the location of the 2015 festival was supposed to be Clark Park, but looks like there’s been a change of plans.
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Taste Test: Our First Impression of the New Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Farmer’s Keep

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Rittenhouse’s newest restaurant addition, Farmer’s Keep, is kind of like the fast, casual restaurant version of a Whole Foods salad bar: The menu offerings are all over the place (On my plate, I had scoops of eggplant caponata, soy rice noodles, quinoa tabbouleh, Greek salad with tofu, and much more), they aim to use local and seasonal ingredients, and you are charged by the pound. And like Whole Foods, it’s easy to fork over way more money than you thought you would. To wit: I walked away with what was, I’ll admit, a pretty full plate, that weighed 1.8 pounds and cost me $20.  Read more »

Vegan Commissary Expands Hours

Vegan Commissary Kale Salad

Vegan Commissary Kale Salad

Due to popular demand, Vegan Commissary is expanding its hours. The restaurant used to only be open on weekends from 10am-4pm, but starting on May 1 it will be open from 12pm-8pm on Mondays and Fridays for lunch and dinner, and 10am-8pm on Saturdays and Sundays (for brunch and dinner).

In other exciting news, Vegan Commissary has released its spring 2015 lunch/ dinner menu. Appetizers include mac and peas bites, kale salad, and pea soup. Entrees include lentil meatloaf, spaghetti with bolognese sauce, commissary burger and a seitan cheesesteak.

And if you really can’t get enough of Vegan Commissary, they’re hosting a Cinco de Mayo dinner there, with dishes like sopa de cactus and spring greens enchiladas. It’s a little sacrilegious to eat a meat and cheese free meal on Cinco de Mayo, but if you must, it sounds pretty good. You can check out the whole menu here.

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Mark Your Calendars, Folks: The Second Annual Philly VegFest Is June 6th

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Remember last spring, when we announced that the first-ever Philly VegFest was coming to Headhouse Square, and you guys freaked out? Well, prepare to go nuts again, because the second annual Philly VegFest is headed our way soon — June 6th (sadly, the same day as Be Well Philly Boot Camp. But the good news is, VegFest goes ’til 4 p.m., so you can go afterward!), to be exact — and it looks like it’s going to be even bigger and better than the first one.

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TONIGHT: Earth Day Dinner at Vegan Commissary

Even Vegan Food Can Be Delicious

Even Vegan Food Can Be Delicious

For those of you who don’t have a lot of tree-hugging friends posting about it on Instagram, today is Earth Day. Inexplicably, despite the gravitas of this enormous day, I was still expected to show up to work today. I know, it’s shocking how little people care about our planet. Nonetheless, some people know how to celebrate Earth Day correctly. Tonight, Vegan Commissary is taking a break from serving its traditional weekend brunch fare and opening up for a four-course $45 dinner.

The menu is heavy on the spring flavors, and right now is arguably the best time to eschew meat and dairy anyway because the produce is just starting to get exciting again. I mean, I’m not going to be a vegan, but I support you if you are.

The first course is a baby arugula salad with rhubarb and strawberries, followed by asparagus and artichokes served with sprouted barley and meyer lemon. The main course is risotto with spring greens, morels, and black pepper ricotta, and dessert will be a caramel coconut budino with pineapple and pistachios.

You can make reservations by calling (215) 964-3232.

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This Is the Vegan Roadie’s Favorite Vegan Dish in Philly

vegan roadie leadIf you haven’t heard of the Vegan Roadie, also known as Dustin Harder, it’s time you get to know him. The plant-based chef (and theatrical dog trainer!), has been traveling around the country  trying all the vegan dishes he can at all the restaurants he can squeeze into his days, all so he can create a roadmap of sorts for vegans across America. So far, he’s made it to over 20 cities — and did I mention he’s been filming his travels for his web series, The Vegan RoadieRead more »

Take the Philly Veg Pledge: Ditch Meat for One Week, Starting April 20th

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Did you guys know Us VegWeek was a thing? Neither did I — but it is, and it starts on Monday. Awesome, right? And to get Philly folks to join in on the weeklong celebration of vegetarian eating, Greenlimbs, a site dedicated to sustainability in Philly, has teamed up with the Humane League to start the Philly Veg Pledge: a campaign encouraging Philly folks to commit to a meat-free diet for seven days.
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