Vegan for a Reason – Final .mov

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Marlon Melgard Trailer

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Julie Oliver’s Teaser

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Final

Final

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I Can’t Believe It’s Vegan #3

Lay’s has gotten a lot of flack for sneaking animal products into their “natural” flavoring. Thanks to some improvements in their recipes and nutrition facts labels, We’ve got some vegan options, including:

BBQ Lays!

As I was raiding my mom’s pantry for some junk food the other night, I came across some Baked BBQ Lays. Those are vegan too right? Wrong! In fact, they wouldn’t even be considered vegetarian. I can’t believe it.

Baked BBQ Lays

Source:

http://www.fritolay.com

 

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Sound Collage

 

Here’s a sound collage I compiled featuring speeches and interviews by fellow vegans Ellen Degeneres, Alicia Silverstone, and Jonathan Balcombe. It’s also accompanied by a hip hop remix of Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major, by Da Kid Word.

[soundcloud width=”100%” height=”81″ params=”” url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/25778935″] Sound Collage by paulipocket

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Slideshow

Check out these photos I took of some delicious vegan food and some collages I created!

 

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Pizza: Veganized!

I’ve had several people tell me, “It’s not pizza without the cheese!” The funny thing, is that my favorite take & bake pizza is cheeseless! I’ve only been vegan for two weeks but I’ve been buying this pizza for two years. My best friend Alina, who has been vegan for about three years now, introduced it to me:

1. Amy’s Roasted Vegetable Pizza

I took this picture with my phone right before baking it!

The great thing about this particular pizza is that it’s so good, it doesn’t even NEED cheese or in my case, a cheese flavored substitute. The secret is in the sauce. It’s thick, rich, and flavorful. This pizza used to be made by Trader Joe’s and it seemingly disappeared until I discovered it moved over to Amy’s! I have no trouble finding it at any major grocery chain.

2. Pizza Plaza – Oakland, CA

This pizza place offers an extensive vegan pizza menu with everything from barbequed vegan chicken to calzones. I’ve yet to try it, but I plan on it in the near future.

3. Lanesplitter’s – Oakland, CA

This is my favorite pizza place in the bay area, simply because they make their own “Notta Ricotta”, a soy-based cheese substitute. They offer thick sicilian slices (my personal favorite), neopolitan slices, calzones, and eggplant bakes.

Links:

1. http://www.amys.com/

2. http://www.veganplaza.com/

3. http://www.lanesplitterpizza.com/

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I Can’t Believe It’s Vegan! #2

In my omnivore past, I’ve had plenty of chef salads. You know, the kind with bacon bits and egg in them! We all know that eggs are certainly not vegan, but those bacon bits might have been. On that note, I present to you, my second “I can’t believe it’s vegan” post:

McCormick’s Bac’n Pieces – Bacon Flavored Bits

McCormick's Bac'n Pieces - Bacon Flavored Bits (Bacon flavored chips also available)

Don’t believe me? See for yourself!

INGREDIENTS:

TEXTURED SOY FLOUR, CANOLA OIL, SALT, CARAMEL COLOR, MALTODEXTRIN, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, LACTIC ACID, YEAST EXTRACT, DISODIUM INOSINATE AND DISODIUM GUANYLATE (FLAVOR ENHANCERS), AND FD&C RED 40.

And now for something that I can’t believe is NOT vegan:

Gelatin

Jello is made with gelatin.

Actually, I lied. I’ve known exactly what gelatin is made for years now. Gelatin is made animal collagen, and is extracted by boiling animal tissues, bones, and skin. Doesn’t sound very appetizing now does it? Gelatin is everywhere. It’s in lots of sweets, it’s used to develop photos, and is even used to clarify beer. Gelatin can be tricky, because it isn’t as obvious in food products.

Sources:

Bac’n Pieces™ Bacon Flavored Bits – McCormick: http://www.mccormick.com/Products/Herbs-and-Spices/Other-Items/Bacn-Pieces-Bacon-Flavored-Bits.aspx

How Products Are Made, vol. 5 by Mary McNulty: http://www.madehow.com/Volume-5/Gelatin.html

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Vivisection

Another aspect of veganism is avoiding products and companies that use vivisection to test their products. Vivisection is the broad term for experimentation and testing on animals. For more information on vivisection, check out this extensive report that I wrote:

Vivisection

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