New York Egg Cream is a Sweet Though Confusing Confection

Contrary to common sense, the New York Egg Cream contains neither eggs nor cream, so let’s get that out of the way.  An egg cream is a fountain drink made popular in New York in the 1900s and may be my favorite use of seltzer to date.  Several places in New York are now offering vegan versions, and with three ingredients you can mix up the treat yourself.  Continue reading

Vegans Aren’t Always Debbie D’s! Going Vegan with Ellen and other Fun(ny) Stuff

Why did the tofu cross the road? To prove he wasn’t chicken! [laugh track] What do you call a vegan post-punk band?  Soy Division! [laugh track] This week Ellen DeGeneres launched her website about going vegan, so I thought it might be nice to share some more light hearted and comedic vegan stuff including an awesome comedian Myq Kaplan, and the incredibly talanted illustractor of the absurd and hiliarious comic Bizarro, Dan Piraro.

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Humane Egg Production and the Dilemma of Compromise

While  many people are becoming more aware of the myriad reasons to abstain from meat, the egg question is much less explored by the mainstream. Unfortunately, egg-laying hens likely suffer the most and on the largest scale of any animals in the modern food industry. Given this fact, the news that The Humane Society of the United States  and United Egg Producers are introducing a major agreement this month for legislation seeking to set national standards for animal welfare in egg-production is no small matter.

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Vegan-ish and Kathy Freston’s Vision of Progress, Not Perfection

Food is personal. Politics are personal. Food politics is incredibly personal. Finding a way to be conscious and healthy about the food we eat is something that takes time and energy.  Vegan food politics have often been associated with a very hard line approach to the issues, but Kathy Freston (who recently appreared on both Oprah and Marth Stewart’s vegan shows!) and others who approach food politics in a similar manner are chosing to focus on the positive rather than the negative.

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Will the Twitter Machine Seal the Deal for Marriage Equality in NY?

Throughout the day I’ve actively refreshed #NY4M on Twitter for updates on the status of the highly-anticipated vote.  A few hours ago Politico reported that undecided senator Greg Ball, potentially the vote to tip the scales in favor of passing marriage equality in NY, is asking Twitter and Facebook followers for an opinion on whether he should vote in support of the legislation.  Continue reading