Calling all vegans: Do you really want to be able to eat a McDonald’s Big Mac? Best-selling vegan author Kathy Freston has created a petition on Change.org urging McDonald’s to add a plant-based sandwich option to their menu. And she’s not the only vegan celeb who wants to be able to hit the McDonald’s drive-thru: Folks like Alicia Silverstone, Russell Simmons and Ellen Degeneres have signed the petition, along with 91,000 other people.
The petition, titled “It’s Time For A Healthy, Meatless Option (Please!)”, argues that over one third of Americans already buy meat substitutes for both health and ethical reasons. So why wouldn’t McDonald’s listen to consumers and jump on the plant-based bandwagon? Just add a veggie burger to the menu and voila: There’s a little something for everyone.
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This Saturday, February 1st is the Abbaye’s fourth annual Vegan Wing Bowl. Competitive eaters can enter for a $20 entry fee that includes bottomless beer, all the wings you can eat in the allotted time, Vegan Wing Bowl/Abbaye/Philly Roller Girl swag and if you win, a trophy, cash prize and Roller Derby tickets. Call 215-627-6711 to enter.
Just looking to cheer on your favorite vegan competitive eater? $10 gets you bottomless Philadelphia Brewing Company beers and discounted vegan wings.
Philly Roller Girls will be in attendance and sponsoring the eating contest. Competitors will consume as many seitan-based wings as they can during a the length of a roller derby jam, two minutes. Winners from each round will be weighed and put on the leaderboard. The top three weights will win prizes.
The doors open at 4 p.m. with the competition beginning at 5 p.m.
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When I was in middle school, I really overdid it on the cow’s milk consumption. Like, I’m talking between four and five pint glasses of whole milk every single day. You don’t have to tell me how disgusting that is—I’m well aware. I could chalk it up to being a growing gal, but really, I just freakin’ loved milk. But after a year-long milk-binge, my relationship with the creamy beverage turned sour. I’d officially over-done it; I simply couldn’t drink any more cow’s milk.
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Vegan Commissary will open just steps from the Avenue. Photo by Jeff Fusco
Friday, December 27th marks the opening of Steve Laurence’s Vegan Commissary at 1703 South 11th Street, just a half-block off of Passyunk Avenue. You may have already seen Laurence’s spreads, scrambles and sandwich fillings at Sook Hee’s Produce in the Comcast Center, the Last Drop coffee house or at Good Karma Cafe.
Laurence just sent over what will be on his opening chalkboard menu tomorrow. The menu features starters like edamame hummus with Togarashi won tons, salads, sandwiches and bigger dishes like Za’atar grilled eggplant.
For more on Laurence and Vegan Commissary, check out this article on Be Well Philly.
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Nicole Marquis’ HipCityVeg has recently rolled out catering. Now you can get everyone’s favorite quick-serve vegan fare at your location. HipCityVeg is offering miniature versions of its menu for groups from 8 to 10, as well as for large groups of more than 25.
Check out more of the catering details over at Be Well Philly.
HipCityVeg Now Offers Catering [Be Well Philly]
You read that right—death threats. Check out this interesting segment from a recent HuffPost Live interview in which former vegan Alexandra Jamieson, co-creator of “Super Size Me,” explains why she’s back on meat and how diet labels of any kind can be a tad, well, stupid. (Side note: Thanks for the heads up on this, Green Philly Blog!)
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Photo for Philadelphia magazine by Nell Hoving.
Back in April we told you that HipCityVeg’s Nicole Marquis’ name appeared on a liquor license at 131 S 13th Street, the former Full Moon Saloon, next to Vintage Wine Bar, or Danny’s Sex Shop if you prefer. Today Marquis gives us the details.
Marquis and real estate developer Allan Domb are opening Charlie Was a Sinner, a vegan bar in Midtown Village. Marquis tells us that she’s been doing research in and is looking to bring an elevated vegan bar to Philadelphia. Inspired by places like the Ace Hotel and Beauty & Essex in New York, the bar will serve cocktails made with elixrs and juices and serve up satisfying plant-based menu.
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¡Juice! opened last weekend in Graduate Hospital. The juice shop replaces Betty’s Speakeasy at at 2241 Grays Ferry Avenue and offers a menu of juices and blends (shakes). There are also rotating selections of soups and starting Monday, November 25th, the attractive store will also offer vegetarian and vegan sandwiches. There’s also L’Aube coffee for those looking for a jolt from more than just fresh juices.
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Be Well Philly’s Emily Leaman has an interview with Steve Laurence who is opening a vegan restaurant near East Passyunk. Vegan Commissary is as you might guess, a casual vegan restaurant that will offer dinner and weekend brunch. But that’s just part of Laurence’s ambitious plan that calls for including gratuity in the price and paying wait staff a living wage.
For more on Vegan Commissary, check out Be Well Philly’s interview.
More Details on Passyunk Square’s Soon-to-Open Vegan Commissary [Be Well Philly]
Photo by J. Fusco for GPTMC
There are two reasons that I’ve been ridiculously excited about Vegan Commissary, the soon-to-open vegan cafe in Passyunk Square, ever since I read about it on Passyunk Post: 1) A new vegan restaurant! Yay!, and 2) It’s in my neighborhood! Woo! I chatted with owner Steve Laurence to get some more details about what we can expect.
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