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May. 14th, 2011 | 06:00 pm
posted by: freakshownia in pghveg

I noticed a sign outside Gluuteny today advertising vegan cupcakes!!! It's about time! I didn't get one so I can't comment on the taste, but gluten-free vegan cupcakes in Squirrel Hill is very exciting! Hopefully this will be the first of many egg-free baked goods (everything is already dairy-free).

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to pass out Vegan Holiday Recipes flyers!

Oct. 27th, 2010 | 09:16 am
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posted by: hopita in pghveg

Volunteers Needed…
To pass out Vegan Holiday Recipes flyers!


As winter approaches and the holidays near, it is once again time to speak out for the animals who suffer and die as a result of our holiday traditions. One of the tools we offer to help you speak up for turkeys, and all animals who are slaughtered for the holiday dinner table, is our great little one-page flyer with six vegan versions of traditional holiday recipes. Our Vegan Holiday Recipes flyer also has facts in the sidebar about turkeys, factory farming, and veganism.

We have found that people are very willing to take free recipes, and this flyer works well because it not only provides vegan recipes for the holidays, but it also gets the facts about how animals suffer on factory farms into people’s hands.

We are looking for volunteers to pass out flyers on your own or with friends this holiday season! (Please see below for outreach ideas.)

If you are able to print your own flyers, please do so! It will save us funds. A printable PDF version of the flyer is located at: http://afa-online.org/docs/veganholidayrecipes.pdf

If you can commit to passing out at least 50 flyers, please reply with the requested information.

Please note that we will only mail flyers within the U.S.

Non-U.S. activists can still print flyers from the PDF link to distribute!

If you would like us to mail you flyers to pass out, please email mail@afa-online.org with:

- Your full name and address (in this format, please):
First Last
Address
City State Zip
- Your plans for distribution?
- How many flyers would you like?: 50, 150, 250, or more*
*If you have an event planned, or a group of volunteers, we can send more than 250. Please give us details on your planned outreach and please let us know if you can cover any of the printing and shipping costs.

Some ideas for passing out flyers:
- Pass out flyers in front of a grocery store. Stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and co-ops are good because they already have many of the vegan items and ingredients, but any store will do.
- Leaflet at your local college or high school campus, or on the main street near your college.
- Distribute flyers to your friends and family.
- Include the Vegan Holiday Recipes with your holiday cards.

Free Distribution Idea: Add the PDF link to your Facebook and MySpace and send it out in a Twitter Tweet. You can also send the link to friends and family via email.
For PDFs of all our flyers and many other great pieces of literature, please visit: http://afa-online.org/literature.html

Thank you for taking the time to speak out for the animals this holiday season!

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Vegan Bazaar Tomorrow!

Jul. 23rd, 2010 | 11:59 pm
posted by: freakshownia in pghveg

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
100% vegetarian food, non-alcoholic drinks, products, healthy services and entertainment for the whole family!

ALL ARE WELCOME! Vegans, vegetarians, and non-vegetarians are all welcome.

(Scroll down to find vendor and entertainment info.)

AGES/PRICES:
All ages.
$5 admission.
Please bring extra cash to make purchases.
Children 10 and under get in free.

DATE/TIME:
Sat. July 24
1-6 p.m.

LOCATION:
Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church
416 W. North Ave. at Resaca Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

VENDORS AND ENTERTAINMENT:

FOOD:

The Juice Box Cafe (free samples! mock tuna salad and lemonade),
Love Street Living Foods (free samples! raw chocolate, nuts and more),
The Vegan Goddess (vegan goodies),
Abay Ethiopian,
Vegan lasagna made with Daiya cheese,
and more!


DRINKS:

Team Stillwagon brings you virgin mimosas, fancy lemonade and more!


ENTERTAINMENT:

Bellydance by Tribe of Azhar (student dance troupe),
Hoop dance by Apex and Aureole,
Acoustic guitar and live drumming by Rich Ermlick,
Magical face painting by Pixie the Painter,
Henna Body Art by Mary Carroll,
Massage Therapy by Ron Smart,
Dance Party with DJ Kevin James (world & electronic music)


ALSO ENJOY TABLES BY:
Voices for Animals of Western PA,
Heal from Pet Loss


INFO:
Amethyst
412.225.3302
www.ElectroBelly.com
http://www.meetup.com/pittsburgh-vegans/calendar/13806379/

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help an out-of-towner out!

Jun. 4th, 2010 | 05:28 pm
posted by: xbreakerx in pghveg

Hey guys! I don't live here, but i'll be in pgh for a few days this weekend dealing with some family stuff, and was wondering what some of your favorite restaurants were that i could easily get to from the mount lebanon area? Preferably something with non-veg options as i'm the only one in my family who is vegan. I read through some of the memories, but i'm not too good with the area, and don't have too much of a concept of how long it takes to travel x distance.

i'll have a car, but since i'll be with my family and things will be hectic, i don't want to drag them around too much. I'm really having a hard time grasping what is conveniently close and what is too far...would east liberty or squirrel hill (both look to have some good options) be a super far drive from mt. lebanon? Google says no, but living in los angeles, i know that ~9 miles doesnt necessarily mean close haha...Any help as to where to go/where to look would be seriously appreciated!

Thank you so much!

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Daiya cheese!

Mar. 10th, 2010 | 07:36 pm
posted by: rice_dream_girl in pghveg

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I forgot to post this a few days back, but I have recently found out that Whole Foods now carries Daiya Cheese. This stuff is seriously amazing; it even gets stringy! I don't think that it's actually kept out in the usual vegan cheese section, instead, you have to ask for it behind the sandwich counter, as though for some illicit good. It's priced at $7.99 per pound, and comes pre grated. We bought some last Friday and had a pizza party!

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Best Vegetarian options on Mt Washington?

Dec. 29th, 2009 | 09:10 am
posted by: clnclarinet in pghveg

Happy Holidays!

Opinion/information question for yinz: which restaurant on the edge of Mt. Washington has the best vegetarian options?

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Nov. 19th, 2009 | 03:58 pm
posted by: freakshownia in pghveg

PROTEST COMMERFORD ZOO THIS WEEKEND!
Nov. 21st & 22nd, Saturday & Sunday 1-5 PM, DLCC (Penn & 10th)


Since we sent our alert last about the Commerford Kid’s Fun Fair and Traveling Zoo coming to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on November 21st and 22nd, we have been working very hard to get this event cancelled. Despite daily attempts to communicate with the Convention Center about this issue, the DLCC has failed to respond to VFA about the cancellation of this event. In addition, we placed informational literature in the places where promotional tickets were available, posted our alert on various social networking sites and sent alerts out to other local and national animal advocacy organizations, sent emails to the General Manager of the DLCC, and convinced several members of the public not to attend the event. When we discovered that the Commerford Zoo depends on the promotion of free children’s tickets that are distributed everywhere throughout the city, including all the schools(!), for event attendance, we immediately contacted the Pittsburgh Public School Board, local YMCAs, local Boys & Girls Clubs, and other local community centers to alert them about Commerford’s abusive record and the danger the event poses to children and their families.
Despite the lack of cancellation of this event, things are starting to heat up as this issue has now reached other animal advocacy groups and has gone national! The Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, which owns the DLCC, is also now being contacted. This is an integral step in our Empty Cages animals in entertainment campaign because the Sports & Exhibition Authority also owns the new coming arena, the Consol Energy Center, which you may remember was the focus of our Ringling Bros. protest in the beginning of the month.
Because the Commerford Traveling Zoo has not been cancelled and is still making its scheduled trip to Pittsburgh , we need to be there to unwelcome them to our city. VFA volunteers will be protesting outside the David Lawrence Convention Center on both days of the event, Saturday and Sunday, in various shifts from 1-5 PM. Please be there if you can! We realize because of the impromptu nature of this protest your schedules may be already busy for these days. However, please show up for as long as you are able to - your presence is needed to not only resist this event but all other forms of animal entertainment events throughout the city.
We will meet on Penn Avenue behind the Convention Center on the block of Penn & 10th Street . Directions to the Convention Center and parking information can be found here: http://www.pittsburghcc.com/cc/directions.html
This protest is going to be BYOS (Bring Your Own Sign)! We will have leaflets available to pass out but if you are able to make your own sign, please do. If you are not able to, please don’t let that stop you from coming! Your presence is all that is needed. If you’re stuck on sign ideas, here are a few suggestions:
Abolish Animal Acts in Pittsburgh
Commerford Abuses Animals
Traveling Zoo of Misery
Hospital Visits for the Whole Family!
Step Right Up! Take a Gamble on Your Family’s Safety!
Warning: Unsafe Event Ahead
We will not end this issue with this protest. Animal acts and exhibits need to be banned at the David Lawrence Convention Center so that there are no future appalling events like this coming there ever again. Please contact Debbie Smucker, Director of Sales & Marketing of the David Lawrence Convention Center , and demand a ban on future exotic animal exhibits and shows at the Convention Center:
Debbie Smucker, Director of Sales and Marketing
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Boulevard
Pittsburgh , PA 15222
Phone: 412-325-6174
Fax: 412-325-6104
Email: dsmucker@pittsburghcc.com
And since Debbie Smucker doesn’t answer her phone, please contact the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County as well, and demand the same:
Mary Conturo, Executive Director
Sports & Exhibition Authority
Regional Enterprise Tower
425 Sixth Ave., Ste. 2750
Pittsburgh , PA 15219
Phone: 412-393-0200
Fax: 412-393-7104

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Post Office Box 2751

Pittsburgh , PA 15230

1-877-321-4VFA

VoicesForAnimals@gmail.com

www.vfaonline.org

www.pefinder.com/shelters/PA360.html

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CoCo's Cupcake Café - review.

Nov. 3rd, 2009 | 11:22 pm
posted by: rice_dream_girl in pghveg

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Today, I finally managed to visit CoCo's Cupcake Café in Shadyside. I've ridden past it a couple of times, and have attempted to visit once before on a Monday, only to find it was closed. I'd had a look at the menu online and had thought I was going to get Monday's special, a vegan chocolate coconut cupcake, but I seemed to miss the opening hours which told me that it wasn't actually open on Mondays. Never mind; today when I explained my previous failed attempted visit to the guy working there, he apologised for the confusion and added an extra free cupcake to my order! I didn't catch his name, but he was extremely friendly and chatty, and explained that he's an architect and designed the minimalist interior himself. Whilst I liked the décor, I feel like the atmosphere of the café would have benefited from some sort of background music, as without it, it was a bit too minimalistic for my liking.

CoCo's gets extra points for vegan-friendliness because every day, the standard vegan red velvet cupcake is accompanied by a rotating daily extra flavour. Tuesday's vegan option is green tea, which is what I ordered as the red velvet had sold out. The cake itself was moist and tasty, however in comparison to Dozen's chocolate-vanilla cupcake, it loses in the size department. Clearly this wasn't too much of an issue for me as I had two to devour, and I very much enjoyed them, though I would have preferred a slightly higher ratio of cake to frosting. I've never had a green tea cupcake before so I wasn't sure what to expect, but the flavour was very delicate and subtle. Their vegan options all sound very appealing and I like that the daily specials are all linked by a theme. The cupcakes were also reasonably priced at $2.50 each, and I will certainly be going back again to try out some more. I'm particularly intrigued by the red velvet cupcake as I'm yet to find one that I'm impressed by; we'll see how theirs fares next time!


Click here for directions to CoCo's Cupcake Café.

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Craft fair tomorrow!

Oct. 30th, 2009 | 10:34 pm
posted by: rice_dream_girl in pghveg

Just a little (late) reminder about the craft fair tomorrow at the former Emma Kaufmann Clinic in Polish Hill, Pittsburgh. Along with other craft stalls, I'll be there selling 100% vegan baked goods, including:

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Pumpkin cinnamon buns,
Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting,
Vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting,
Chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting,
Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting,
Pumpkin whoopie pies,
Peanut butter thumbprint cookies with grape jelly,
Mexican hot chocolate orange cookies.

It'll be going on from 10am until 4pm, and the address is 3028 Brereton St. It'll be the first time I've been there, and be lovely to see you there too!


EDIT:
The craft fair seems to have been canceled. I turned up this morning, but the guy told me that only two people turned up last week, and no vendors(!). However, Oh Yeah! is now selling a selection of everything I baked today, so please head down there if you'd like to try them and they might stock vegan baked goods more regularly!

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Oct. 29th, 2009 | 04:59 pm
posted by: freakshownia in pghveg

Penguins Only at New Arena!
Wear Your Pens Gear and Protest Ringling With VFA!

Protest: Saturday, November 7th 5:30-7:00 PM, Mellon Arena

 * * *Please Forward Widely * * *

Tis' the season! In one week Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus will be returning to Pittsburgh , where VFA will be continuing our ongoing circus campaign efforts by protesting Ringling’s show outside the arena. But before you think this is another old hat circus protest held annually by VFA, this year’s protest presents a different twist…
 
With the approaching demolition of Pittsburgh ’s Mellon Arena, this will be Ringling’s last show at the igloo. Wouldn’t it be nice if this was their final farewell to Pittsburgh altogether? With everyone’s efforts, we just might be able to make this a reality! The new arena brings a new start and we feel that our Stanley Cup-winning Penguins should be the only performing animals entertaining visitors at the new arena.
 
That’s why at this year’s Ringling protest, we are asking everyone to come decked out in their Penguins gear where we will send the message that circus animal abuse is not welcome at any venue, and that Penguins fans and animal advocates alike want Crosby , not cruelty, at the new arena. (Tip: Goodwill is a great place for Pens-themed items, and if you're still coming up short, break out anything black and gold n'at!)

Saturday night’s performance is likely to have the highest attendance, which is why our protest will be on Saturday, November 7th from 5:30-7:00 pm. Please come out and show your resistance to Ringling’s animal abuse and exploitation. The more people who attend the protest, the stronger we appear as a force for Ringling to deal with, so it's important as many people turn out for the protest as possible. The protest will be outside Gate 1, the main ticket entrance of the Mellon Arena.
 
We will have all the signs, leaflets, and materials. Please be there if you can - and bring friends if possible!
 
For driving directions to the Mellon Arena, see http://mellonarena.com/site12.php
 
The Mellon Arena’s address is 66 Mario Lemieux Place , Pittsburgh , PA 15219 .
 
If you are taking the bus, just about any bus that goes downtown will take you to the arena, such as the 71A, 71C, 71D, 500, 61A, 61B, 61C, and the 81A, B, and C stop on Centre Avenue at the Mellon Arena.
 
We will be protesting at the Saturday night show, but Ringling has shows all week starting from Wednesday November 4th till Sunday the 8th. If you're interested in leafleting outside any of these shows, and let us know in advance, we may be able to arrange to get you literature. We are also attaching the literature to this alert in case you come across some free printing. Here are the times for Ringling's shows:
 
Wednesday November 4th – 7pm
Thursday November 5th – 10:30am and 7pm
Friday November 6th – 7pm
Saturday November 7th – 11am, 3pm, (and our protest) 5:30 - 7pm
Sunday November 8th – 1pm and 5pm
 
 
 
Ringling Verdict Still Pending
 
You may have seen in the news earlier this year that Ringling Bros. went on trial in Feb-March for violating the Endangered Species Act by threatening the survival of Asian elephants through their ongoing abusive treatment. The trial lasted for six weeks, closing arguments were heard, and to this date the plaintiffs are still waiting to hear back from the judge on his ruling. Keep your eyes open for the release of the results of this case because if the judge rules in the plaintiffs' favor, it means Ringling will be forced to give up their elephant acts for good. This could be the beginning of the end of the animal circus industry. (In fact, Bolivia is already there! http://www.sdcitybeat.com/cms/story/detail/the_greatest_sham_on_earth/8292/ )
 
To find out more about the trial including court documents, visit http://www.api4animals.org/a1a6_ringling.php
 
What's Wrong with Animal Circuses?
 
Animals used in circuses live miserable lives of exploitation, deprivation, confinement, and violent training. In order to get wild animals to perform unnatural, uncomfortable, and often dangerous tricks, they are beaten into submission using whips, electric prods, and bullhooks. They are trucked around from city to city in boxcars with no heat or air conditioning. When elephants are not performing, they are kept chained up by one front leg and one back leg; big cats and other animals are kept in cages so small they can barely turn around comfortably. Most importantly, the circus takes animals far from their natural homes, traumatically separates them from their families, and deprives them of their basic needs and desires to exercise, roam, socialize, forage, and play. Stereotypic behaviors such as swaying back and forth, head-bobbing, pacing, bar-biting, and self-mutilation are common signs of mental distress, and are not behaviors seen in nature.
 
Ringling Bros. has a long death list of animals who have died of neglect, abuse, or highly suspicious causes while under their “care”, including: Ricardo, an 8 month old baby elephant taken from his mother way too soon (since elephants live with their families their whole lives there really is no “too soon”), fell off a pedestal fracturing both hind legs, and died; Benjamin, a baby elephant removed from his mother before she could teach him how to swim, ran into a pool in fear from a trainer with a bullhook, and drowned; Kenny, a baby elephant who was forced to perform while sick and died from his illness later that night (incidentally, Ringling paid $20,000 to settle USDA charges out of court for failing to provide veterinary care to Kenny); Clyde, a lion who died of heat exhaustion in a boxcar while traveling through the Mojave Desert; and Arnie, a tiger who was shot five times by his trainer while he was locked in a cage. For more incidents, violations, and deaths see http://www.api4animals.org/a1a6c_incidents.php
 
One of the most irritating pieces of propaganda Ringling loves to gloat about is that they run an Elephant Conservation Center in Florida where, they claim, they are helping to “save endangered elephants”. This is a joke. None of the elephants born at the center are ever released into the wild. In fact, the center amounts to nothing more than a highly-glorified breeding center to raise more “stocks” of elephants to perform in their circus, since they are no longer able to take animals from their natural homes in the wild.

Join VFA in standing against the torturous realities of the circus animal industry.
Hope to see you there.
 

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Post Office Box 2751

Pittsburgh , PA 15230

1-877-321-4VFA

VoicesForAnimals@gmail.com

 

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www.pefinder.com/shelters/PA360.html

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Review: Dozen Bakery, Squirrel Hill.

Oct. 27th, 2009 | 11:43 am
posted by: rice_dream_girl in pghveg

Cross-posted to my journal.

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My hunt for vegan cupcakes brought me to Pittsburgh's Dozen Bake Shop in Squirrel Hill. After having ridden the 9 or so miles into the city, including one particularly horrendous hill that was hard enough to walk up, let alone ride, I was relieved to find that Dozen does indeed sell one flavour of vegan cupcake per day, as well as two types of vegan cookies, and is open on Mondays. The flavour changes daily, and the autumn menu can be found here.

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But on to the cupcake! I feel that some people may have been a little intimidated by the cupcake's proportions, being roughly equal in icing and cake, however the two complimented each other really well, and were appreciated by my sweet tooth. The chocolate cake itself was also quite light, though a little dry if not accompanied by frosting, however there was more than enough to be spread equally between bites. The vanilla frosting was sweet but not overpowering, and it was whipped up to be so fluffy that it melted in my mouth, without leaving a greasy aftertaste as can some vegan frostings. After finishing the cupcake, I felt satisfied but not sugared-out.


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Thankfully, the pricing was reasonable, at $2.50 per cupcake, $1.50 per cookie and no extra charge for vegan flavours or soy milk. The service was also great, and the lady who served me was very friendly and helpful. In the short time I spent there, she seemed to recognise many of the customers who came in, and I can see why they would come back regularly.

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Finally, as a side note and a little bit of shameless self promotion, I will be selling vegan baked goods this coming Saturday (October 31st) at the new Indoor Flea Market and Craft Fair at the former Emma Kaufmann Clinic in Polish Hill. The address is 3028 Brereton St, and the event runs from 10am till 4pm. Come say hi, I'd like to meet more Pittsburgh vegans! :)


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Why Honey is Not Vegan project deadline approaches!

Oct. 13th, 2009 | 02:05 am
posted by: animalfreedom in pghveg

Hey Pittsburghers, I wanted to let you know about this opportunity to support the work of a local vegan, me! :D I'm really excited about the possibility of devoting the next three months to writing about bees, and I'm raising money to do so. If you are able to support this project (or promote it in any way) I'd really appreciate it! Thanks!

As you can see, the project is nearly funded and needs to raise just $384 in the next 44 hours. If the project is not fully funded by the deadline, all of the pledges go away, and the update won't happen! Please consider joining the fabulous backers to help this important project reach 100% by the deadline.

Check out the Kickstarter site for a video explaining the project as well as updates including:

Why Jeffrey Masson can't write about insects, yet why someone must and

Biased toward a vegan world, a new essay for the Why Honey is Not Vegan site!



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Brunch & Circuses – vegan brunch Sunday Oct. 4!

Sep. 27th, 2009 | 04:19 pm
posted by: animalfreedom in pghveg

Join us on Sunday Oct. 4 from 12 to 2 p.m. in the neighborhood of Highland Park for Brunch & Circuses! We'll provide a full vegan brunch buffet including homemade sausages, smoothies, waffles, plenty of potatoes, and more (think: the Vegan Brunch cookbook). If you wish to bring a vegan dish, that is great, but optional.

Suggested donation is $10-15 with proceeds going to support distributing thank you notes at the upcoming Alegria Cirque du Soleil shows in Pittsburgh. The leaflets thank people for attending an animal-free circus and let people know what's wrong with using animals in circuses.

To RSVP, reply via email, noah at animalfreedom dot info, or sign up here.

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Soy Curls in the burgh

Jun. 12th, 2009 | 10:09 am
posted by: bum_action in pghveg

Hi everyone. I am looking for a place to buy soy curls in Pittsburgh (ex: http://ep.yimg.com/ip/I/yhst-17800188898367_2059_6374405). Has anyone seen them anywhere? They are a dried product... I have a feeling that this is not something I am going to find at Whole Foods, but I am going to give it a try if I don't get any feedback. So, basically if you have seen them around, let me know! Especially let me know WHERE in the store they were, as I'm kinda wondering where they might be stored...


Thanks in advance! If I don't have any luck, I'll just have to order online.

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Vegan/Omnivore Dinner Downtown?

Apr. 24th, 2009 | 10:10 pm
posted by: hopita in pghveg

Hey all.

Tomorrow night I'm going to an event in the theater district downtown. I'm vegan, and the person I'm going with is an omnivore. We'd like to grab dinner beforehand somewhere nearby. Any suggestions?

It doesn't have to be super fancy, just somewhere where we can both find a decent meal that would meet our dietary needs.


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Feb. 19th, 2009 | 12:26 am
posted by: foreignseas in pghveg

I'm moving to Pittsburgh late June/early July, and I'd love to start an eco-friendly vegan/vegetarian house. My boyfriend and I are looking for vegetarians and vegans to rent out a big house. We'd split rent, take turns making meals, chores, etc. Preferably people who don't mind tight living conditions (the more people, the cheaper rent is) I'd like it to go further than just a housing arrangement though. Promoting veganism/vegetarianism, benefits, info/skill shares, pot lucks. If anyone is interested, please email me @ gathered.ghosts@gmail.com (or if you have tips on how to start something like this)

The sooner the better. Serious inquiries only. (I've had so many people flake out already)

Smokers okay (as long as you smoke outside), animal companions okay (as long as we can find a landlord who doesn't mind), bi/queer friendly.
No meat eaters (can't stand the thought of it being in my fridge), though. Sorry

-Danielle

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Kosher and Vegan

Jan. 5th, 2009 | 12:39 am
posted by: hopita in pghveg

I'm looking for suggestions for where a person who is vegan could have a meal with a person who keeps Kosher.

I know of two answers to this question: Milky Way and Pinati. Any other ideas?



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Oct. 21st, 2008 | 02:57 pm
posted by: strangestranger in pghveg

Hi all,

I know this is probably against the community rules, but it's an emergency! I am moving out of my apartment and my roommate needs to replace me ASAP (or at least by November 1st). The available room is in a nice 3 bedroom Bloomfield apartment. You'd be sharing the apartment with a nice, professional vegetarian lady and the rent is only $400 including all utilities. If you know of any one or anything or somewhere else I can post this, please comment.

http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/roo/887679171.html

Thanks!!

(Sorry if this is not okay, mods. Please delete if necessary.)

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Petland Update

Aug. 22nd, 2008 | 02:18 pm
posted by: hopita in pghveg

x-posted from a friend's journal:

Our mission went off without a hitch and some prime intel has been gained. I can now say definitively that at least one puppy at Petland was bred by a puppy mill. Think that's the only one? Yeah, I don't either. Here's how it went down:


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ETA: The Point Breeze Veterinary Clinic can be contacted here.

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Allegheny Center

Aug. 7th, 2008 | 10:18 am
posted by: surprisingdepth in pghveg

Does anyone here live in Allegheny Center that will be attending the opening of Obama's campaign office this evening? 
I'm 21, female, live in building 3. Hoping someone around my age would like to walk over with me, since my fiance can't come.

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PROTEST THE NEW PETLAND THIS SATURDAY

Aug. 6th, 2008 | 06:06 pm
posted by: hopita in pghveg

x-posted from a friend's journal:
...There will be a protest this Saturday at the opening of the new Petland that's going in in East Liberty (same shopping center as Trader Joe's). Not only is Petland just a generally heinous company that sells milled dogs and cats, their new store is opening about three blocks from the Animal Rescue League, a very large, urban, open-door animal shelter. Every single thing about this store and its location is a bad bad bad idea.

The organizers would very much like to get protests happening every day the first week they are open, and then on the weekends thereafter. You can email petlandprotest (at) gmail (dot) com to give them your contact info and arrange a time to go and protest.

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Yet another reason why city government sucks.

Jul. 29th, 2008 | 06:30 pm
posted by: hopita in pghveg

This is a picture from the Highland Park duck pond:

Highland Park duck pond

In case you can't read the sign, I'll give you a close up:



"DO NOT FISH FOR OR KEEP CARP." And at the bottom, in the teeny tiny print, there's a phone number to call to "report violations."

So today I arrived at the Highland Park pool to take a swim, and I noticed several people were fishing in the duck pond. I called the phone number listed on the sign (412-937-3871, in case you were keeping track) and spoke with a woman who informed me that her supervisor, a man named Evan, told her that it was OK to fish there. I read the sign to her verbatim, and she reiterated that her boss had told her to ignore any complaints, and then she gave me his number (412-665-3632). I called and got voicemail. Then I called the Mayor's Complaint line (311), where I also got voicemail.

Exasperated, I gave up and headed to the pool. As I went to enter the gate, I saw that there was a police officer standing there. Foolishly, I thought he would be interested in enforcing the posted rules. Instead, he too gave me the party line that fishing was OK, posted signs be damned. He even gave me his take on the logic: since the sign specifies that you can't fish for carp specifically, it you intend to hook, oh, I don't know, let's say a swordfish, but you accidentally catch a carp ... well, as long as you throw it back, then you're OK. He was less than thrilled at my questions about just who, exactly, was checking to make sure that the people fishing were throwing back the carp.

I don't doubt that I'll get roundly chastised for being the annoying person who wants to go to the duck pond and not have to watch people killing fish. But you know what? If the Public Works Department doesn't want people calling to complain about people violating the no fishing rule, then maybe they shouldn't have put their phone number on every fucking no fishing sign.


x-posted to pittsburgh (where I expect to get bitched out repeatedly) and my own journal

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Soyrizo?

Jul. 22nd, 2008 | 01:58 pm
posted by: dariaphoebe in pghveg

On the last trip to EEFC they claimed they hadn't been able to get it in a while. I'm now simply out of it.

Taco Loco, just a few blocks from me, has it on their menu and I've had it recently. It's clearly out there.

Any clues who might be carrying it now?

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Why I spend way too much time at the Quiet Storm

Jul. 20th, 2008 | 03:15 pm
posted by: dboon_neverdied in pghveg

The food: gotta love a veggie place with hearty breakfasts, big, sloppy sandwiches (the spicy peanut is almost too good to be legal), and creatively decadent dinner specials. If anyone out there can make better scrambled tofu, I'd love to try it.

The Coffee: it's strong enough to jump start Volkswagon, the refills are free, and there's always plenty of soy cream to go around.

The Staff: a tight-knit group of artists, musicians, and students (and a couple of terrific lady chefs) who can be sassy and friendly in the same breath.

The Crowd: an eclectic mix of stinky bike-punks, trendy yuppies, and crazy old men from Garfield. I take great pleasure in watching Courtney (the old dude who always tries to smoke his pipe inside) freak out the token Shadysiders when he yells out "Coffee!" and pounds on his table.

For the sake of brevity, I'll stop there. What do yinz think of it? And seriously, does anyone out there have a really killer scrambled tofu recipe?

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Warped Tour volunteers needed

Jun. 3rd, 2008 | 06:15 pm
posted by: hopita in pghveg

I just received the following email and wanted to pass the info along:
Warped Tour – Volunteers Needed!!

We need dedicated and reliable vegans or vegetarians to help staff AFA’s outreach booth at Vans Warped Tour shows!


[Please see volunteer requirements and questionnaire below!]


We will be giving out vegan info, recipes, stickers, and videos on factory farming and veganism. We will also have vegetarian, vegan, and animal rights shirts, stickers, and buttons for sale. [All merchandise sales go to fund our outreach.]
We need volunteers to staff our booth – to give out information and sell merchandise.

Volunteers will get into the event for free; however if you wish to see a lot of bands you should buy a ticket. We are usually within earshot of one or several stages and there are usually slow times during which you can see some bands, but we are not making any guarantees, as our booth can get very busy.
Many volunteers have said they had more fun at our booth then they had in previous years watching bands!

Already going to Warped?? You can still volunteer! Just come by our booth and say you want to help out! We’re always happy to have more volunteers and meet new vegans and veggies!

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