9 Awesome Vegan Beauty Products to Have on Your Radar

vegan beauty productsWhen it comes to the vegan lifestyle, it doesn’t have to stop at the food you consume. Without getting too deep into the disturbing realities of animal testing and byproduct usage in the beauty industry, we’ll just say this: the situation is not all lipgloss and sparkles for the animals involved. For people who believe in animal rights enough to stop eating animal byproducts altogether, it only makes sense to extend that same care into your beauty routine. We talked with Philly beauty experts to find out their go-to vegan beauty products — ones that are cruelty-free and really work.  Read more »

10 Breadless Sandwich Recipes You’ll Actually Want to Make (No, Really!)

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Fact: Breadless sandwiches are all over Pinterest — and some of them are actually completely drool-worthy! (Trust us: We were surprised, too.) From sandwiches stuffed between everything from sweet potato waffles (!!) to cauliflower crust, these 10 recipes are proof that you can enjoy a hearty sandwich, sans bread, while upping the nutrient-packed veggies involved. Plus, these recipes will challenge you to get your creativity on in the kitchen (because anyone can stuff turkey between two slices of bread, can’t they?). Look out, Food Network! Read more »

Confessions of a Vegan: 8 Questions I’m Really (Really!) Tired of Being Asked

So in my time as a vegan (a little over two years now), I think I must have been asked just about every question in the book. And, as my fellow herbivores know, answering these plant-eating questions is somewhat of an art form. You want to be understanding and informative, but not condescending. But for some reason, people really like to come at vegans — so it can be hard to remain patient and kind.

Here, you’ll find some of the questions I’ve been asked most frequently — and honestly am just tired of answering — about my dietary choices, complete with answers.  Read more »

10 Vegan Comfort Food Recipes You Need to Make This Winter

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A friend once told me that when she orders a cocktail, she wants to be taken care of by it. I know, it sounds weird, but I get what she was saying because that’s exactly how I feel about food: I want my meal — any meal of the day, really — to comfort me like a warm blanket.

So, being the comfort-food lover I am, when people find out that I’m vegan and ask what I miss most, they’re often shocked when I don’t say cheese. But the thing is, I still eat creamy and “cheesy” comfort foods all the time, just made from 100-percent plant-based ingredients. So, if you’ve recently vowed to go animal product-free, but are missing your favorite cozy comfort foods like mac and cheese and spaghetti and meatballs, I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to go without: Below, 10 vegan comfort food recipes that will satisfy all your cozy food cravings — sans animal anything.

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HipCityVeg Opening Midtown Village Outpost With Free Sweet Potato Fries

Photo courtesy HipCityVeg

Photo courtesy HipCityVeg

Good news, friends: The folks over at HipCityVeg just let us in on the news that they’ll be opening the doors to their new Midtown location, at 121 South Broad Street, exactly one week from today. Yep, come 7 a.m. on Thursday, December 15th, you’ll be able to get your hands on the fast-casual spot’s vegan creations at their third Philly location.

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Bar Bombón Gets New Culinary Director — And a New Menu

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Justin Petruce is back in Philadelphia after a sojourn to Florida and he is now the culinary director for Marquis & Co., the culinary group that includes HipCityVegCharlie was a sinner and Bar Bombón. Petruce’s first visible change starts today, Monday, December 5th as a new menu debuts at Bar Bomboón.

Bar Bombón’s new menu consists of snacks, veggies and tacos. There will also be a new brunch menu as well as late-night happy hour and a new cocktail menu debuting.

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New Culinary Director, Menu for Bar Bombón

bar-bombon-940Justin Petruce is back in Philadelphia after a sojourn to Florida and he is now the culinary director for Marquis & Co., the culinary group that includes HipCityVeg, Charlie was a sinner and Bar Bombón. Petruce’s first visible change starts today, Monday, December 5th as a new menu debuts at Bar Bomboón.

Bar Bombón’s new menu consists of snacks, veggies and tAmos. There will also be a new brunch menu as well as late-night happy hour and a new cocktail menu debuting.

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YESSS: HipCityVeg Is Adding Breakfast to Its Menu — Plus More Details on the New Midtown Village Location

Rendering of the HipCityVeg location on Broad Street | Image courtesy HipCityVeg

Rendering of the HipCityVeg location on Broad Street | Image courtesy HipCityVeg

Breaking news, people: We just got word that HipCityVeg’s new Midtown Village location, slated to open at 121 South Broad Street in December (so soon! Eeeee!), will have — wait for it — breakfast on the menu. We’re talking vegan breakfast sandwiches, wraps, bagels, coffee and more. Insert all the praise-hands emojis here.

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10 Healthier Holiday Dessert Recipes to Try This Season

The holidays are right around the corner, which means sugar-topped, filled, and covered confections will be popping up around kitchen tables all over the country right about now. But just because you’re staying healthy this holiday season (or at least trying to), it doesn’t mean you can’t have some apple gingerbread cake, too. Enter these 10 healthier takes on holiday dessert favorites, from dairy-free pumpkin pie ice cream to bite-sized candied apples, to prove you can have your (vegan spelt) molasses cookies and eat ’em too.

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