New Vegan Bakery Coming to West Philly

Treats from Crust Vegan Bakery; left to right: mixed berry pie with crumb topping, baklava cheesecake, and apple pie cupcakes.

Treats from Crust Vegan Bakery; left to right: mixed berry pie with crumb topping, baklava cheesecake, and apple pie cupcakes.

Shannon Roche and Meagan Benz are basically a match made in vegan heaven, but they didn’t know it until a few months ago. Both spent part of their academic lives studying chemistry, both are lifelong vegetarians-turned-vegans, and both are naturals in the kitchen.

“We had similar interests and business ideas, and we kept hearing about each other through mutual friends, who said we just had to meet,” says Roche, 26. When they finally did meet, it all clicked: Philly needed a vegan bakery, and they were just the gals to do it.

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Buh-Bye, Tofu: 10 Seitan Recipes That Blow Tofu Out Of the Water

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My boyfriend calls seitan, pronounced say-tan, “Satan.” This is both hilarious and misleading, because as I’ve recently discovered, seitan is not the vegan “meat” from hell. The meat substitute, made from wheat gluten (sorry gluten-free folks) and often called “wheat meat,” is actually incredibly delicious, super easy to prepare, and really (really!) tastes like meat.

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Get Free Chipotle If You Try Their Vegan Sofritas Today

Photo courtesy of Chipotle Mexican Grill

Photo courtesy of Chipotle Mexican Grill

Here’s one reason to brave the storm in your snow boots: Today, and today only, you’ll get a free entree at Chipotle if you try their vegan tofu Sofritas. All you have to do is order a Sofritas bowl or burrito today, pay, and then save your receipt. Then, the next time you get a hankering for a newborn-baby-sized burrito, just take the receipt back to Chipotle and they’ll hook you up with any entrée you’d like, for free. Sweet deal, huh?

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Three Bells for V Street

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The newest seats at V Street.

Craig LaBan visited V Street this weekend, three months after Vedge chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby opened their Rittenhouse spot.

Vedge fans can get a more casual, globe-trotting taste of Rich Landau’s culinary magic at this affordable Rittenhouse Square ode to international street foods, which just happens to also be vegan. From Hungarian fritters to Latin-inspired carrot “asado,” borders melt away on these small plates, thanks to Landau’s inventive vision and uniquely wide-ranging command of bold ethnic flavors. The long and minimalist three-room space is an intimate and cozy haven to graze, watch chefs work the grill at the back kitchen counter, or sip an excellent cocktail at the airy front bar while 19th Street strolls by.

Three Bells – Excellent

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8 Places to Get Vegan Pizza in Philly

Photo via Blackbird Pizzeria.

Photo via Blackbird Pizzeria.

Craving a slice of crisp, veggie-loaded, cheesy (vegan cheese, that is) pizza? Well, consider your craving soon-to-be-conquered: We’ve tracked down eight spots around Philly that cater to the vegan crowd with everything from Nacho pizza to seitan chicken pizza to plain ol’ Daiya cheese pizza—no boring tomato pies here. Read up, pick a pie and get your pizza party on.

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RECIPE: Vegan Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto That Tastes Good on, Well, Everything

sundried tomato pestoAsk anyone who has ever eaten a meal with me and they will tell you: That girl is a bona fide basil-pesto addict. To this day, I have yet to discover anything that I will not top off with an inappropriately large dollop of the cheesy, garlicky concoction: eggs, avocado toast, salad, quinoa, pasta, pizza, sweet potato fries, veggie sausage—name a food and, chances are, I have slathered it with a giant spoonful of pesto in the very recent past.

So ever since I started this whole Veganuary kick (I’ll write more about it once this grand experiment comes to an end), the one thing I’ve been pining for hasn’t been eggs or butter or even brie; it’s been basil pesto.

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Calling All Vegans: V Street Starts Serving Lunch Today

Photo via Facebook

Photo via Facebook

If your stomach is beginning to growl, we’ve got just the fix: Head on over to V Street for some grub—Rich Landau’s vegan Rittenhouse spot starts serving lunch today. A few days ago, our friends over on Foobooz broke the news that the street-food-inspired restaurant, which up until today was dinner-only, would begin serving up all sorts of good stuff for lunch this week, and now the time has finally come.

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What to Eat This Week: 5 Vegan Dinners You’ll Be Dying to Eat, Stat

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Back in December, we told you guys about Veganuary, a 31-day-long vegan challenge taking place throughout the month of January (Get it? Veganuary?). And back in December, when I wrote about it, I thought “Pfffft, one month? I can do that, EASY,” and signed up. Little did I know that after a full month of heavy cream-filled holiday meals, the butter withdrawal would be oh-so-real. So in an effort to stick to my word and stay away from the butter sticks this month, I’ve found a bunch of seriously drool-worthy vegan recipes to whip up. Who needs butter when you’ve got peanut butter soba noodles—am I right?

Whether you’re trying to complete the Veganuary challenge (It’s not too late to sign up!) or just trying to lighten up post-holiday season, these vegan recipes will help you do the trick. Now, who else will be chowing down on some vegan pizza come dinnertime?

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Our 10 Favorite Posts of the Year: Philly Fitness Bucket List, The Sort-of Vegan Chef, Broad Street Spectators and More

The Philly 10K | Photo by Matt Stanley

The Philly 10K | Photo by Matt Stanley

‘Tis the season for retrospectives, for looking back on a year well done and giving yourself a big ol’ pat on the back. When we looked back on all the posts we generated this year, we couldn’t help but notice a trend: Philly is one kick-ass place to be healthy and fit. There’s truly something here for everyone. Check out our favorite posts of the year and relive the good times. Here’s to even more awesomeness in 2015.

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