RoundUP SoCal 4/28/16 – VegFests Weekend & Doomie’s Toronto

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Hi there. Are you ready for midSpring?

Well, it’s here whether we like it or not! Kicking it off are TWO VegFests in the Greater L.A. area this Sunday. Hooray for veganism GROW ING so so much! If you go to either/both of these event, PLEASE let a brother know how you liked them (c/o dbagley at vegand dot net). Oh, and do know November 13th will be yet another area VegFest. Details and event link to come.

Thanks to a SoCal pal, I found out about a 25% off discount (through Target’s Cartwheel app) and tracked down all four vegan Ben & Jerry’s ice creams – score! Chunky Monkey seems to be my favorite of the four. Super curious for more B&J flavors, and moreso some without any chocolate!

Last week, the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives got its vegan on by visiting Souley Vegan up in Oakland, CA (details here). Eager to hear reports about how the segment was; please let me know! I know other segments have been great for vegan companies like Sweet & Sara’s.

Excited to learn there are two forthcoming SoCal vegan food businesses in The Wild Chive and Pinche Vegan Food Truck. Thanks to Russell for the first 411 here, and Carmella of The Food Duo for the 2nd one.

And thanks to Big Tent Vegan for the Twitter push noting new vegan dessert spot Pomegranate is open. This place is from the Shojin team, and some may remember them from Vegan Street Fair 2016.

Did you hear that Doomie’s Toronto opened last night?!?! Yes, Doomie’s is one of the first vegan restaurants to open a location in a 2nd country – W O O T ! Rawlicious from Toronto, funny enough, may’ve been the first to do this with their former NYC location.

Finally, here’s a random article I came across that MIGHT be on interest to you all: 15 Hidden Gardens in Los Angeles to Visit this Spring

Continued thanks for your SoCal vegan scene intel shares! It helps us put together an even better

Please be well (fed).

Demetrius

p.s. please spread the word about these vegan ballet slippers to ALL you know that might appreciate them

p.p.s. please consider getting your vegan Italy on with desserts diva Fran Costigan, cheesemaker Miyoko Schinner and/or plant-based dietitian Julieanna Hever in 2016

p.p.p.s clicking on these postscripts help pay for someone to draft and distribute these RoundUPs

 

UPCOMING #SOCAL #VEGAN EVENTS 

Sun May 1, VegFest Los Angeles (Los Angeles)

Sun May 1, Herbivore Festival (Los Angeles)

Sun May 1, Vegan Potluck @ Morley Field (San Diego)

Wed May 4, Movie Night at Au Lac! (FREE) Vegucated (Los Angeles)

Sat May 7, Green Saturday LA – A Veg & Cruelty free marketplace! (Los Angeles)

 

Sun May 8, Mother’s Day Vegan ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET (Los Angeles)

Mon May 9, The Humane Economy Book Tour – San Diego, CA (San Diego)

 

Sun May 15, Hormone & Heart Health Conference (San Diego)

Sun May 15, Raw Vegan Sushi Class (San Diego)

 

Sun May 22, Junk Food Made Raw Vegan (San Diego)

Sat May 28, LA Vegan Underground Supper Club (Los Angeles)

Sat May 28, Downtown Las Vegas Vegan Food Crawl (Las Vegas)

Sat Jun 4, LB Vegan Food & Music Festival (Los Angeles)

 

Sun Jun 5, The National Animal Rights Day Los Angeles 2016 (Los Angeles)

 

Sun Jun 12, Motivational Methods for Vegan Advocacy – An Evening with Casey Taft (San Diego)

Sat Jun 18, Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival (Los Angeles)

 

Sat Jun 25, Walk of Fame Take Over – For Animals – Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles)

 

Sat Jul 2, The Veggie Connection Event (Los Angeles)

Derived RoundUP SoCal 3/17/16 – Vegan Street Fair, Expo West contest & byCHLOE Silverlake

Delicious grilled cheese, with tomato & basil soup at Vegetable (Studio City, CA)

Hi.

After a huge Expo West (77,000 people), this weekend’s 2nd annual Vegan Street Fair Los Angeles should be a piece of cake. And cornbread. And pie. And a kabob. And an iced tea. And plenty else (laughter). Quite excited to join Vegan Fat Kid, Spork Foods, Jason Wrobel, Kelly Bone and Stacy Michelson to find the best savory and sweet taste of the event 🙂 Say hi if you see us strolling around!

I was lucky enough to work at Booth #3792 with 4Some Health. A good few pics from that are here. You can enter a post Expo contest here to try and win some goodies from the show 🙂

Did find a bit of time, mostly Thursday, to see (and taste) a bit of Expo West. See some of the packaging and booths that delighted me here. My favorite taste was actually the new burger from Upton’s Naturals. It wasn’t trying to hard and simply focused on being good n’ TASTY. If I could’ve bought it on the spot, I would’ve!

Here are three reports from #vegan bloggers that attended Expo West: The Spooky VeganVegan, What? & World of Vegan

Was tickled right before Expo began to learn byCHLOE #4 is indeed going to be outside of NYC – right here in LA’s forthcoming Silverlake 365 Whole Foods store this summer.

Shout out to Vegetable‘s Jeff and Angie for MANY delicious plates at dinner earlier this week! Great to learn first hand what all the raves have been about 🙂

 

Continued thanks for your SoCal vegan scene intel shares! We couldn’t do this without you.

Please be well (fed).

Demetrius

 

previously… Bicoastal RoundUP NYC 3/10/16 – more vegan pizza, Precious Metal and byCHLOE #4

 

p.s. please spread the word about these vegan ballet slippers to ALL you know that might appreciate them

p.p.s. please consider getting your vegan Italy on with desserts diva Fran Costigan, cheesemaker Miyoko Schinner and/or plant-based dietitian Julieanna Hever in 2016

p.p.p.s clicking on these postscripts help pay for someone to draft and distribute these RoundUPs

 

UPCOMING #SOCAL #VEGAN EVENTS 

Thu Mar 17, Beyond Burritos: Plant Based Community Dinner (Los Angeles)

Fri Mar 18, Tacolepsy Vegan Taco Pop-Up! (Los Angeles)

Sat Mar 19, Vegfest LA Fundraiser (Los Angeles)

Sat Mar 19, VeggiePalooza (Los Angeles)

 

Sun Mar 20, VeggiePalooza (Los Angeles)

Sun Mar 20, Vegan Street Fair – LA 2016 (Los Angeles)

Sun Mar 20, Meet VWPA Before L.A. Vegan Street Fair! (Los Angeles)

Sun Mar 20, Afternoon Tea with the Rabbits (Vegan Potluck) (San Diego)

Sun Mar 20, $20 Mexican Fiesta Pop Up Dinner (San Diego)

Sat Mar 26, Stuff I Eat Meet & Eat (Los Angeles)

 

Sun Mar 27, VEGAN ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET Easter Brunch Edition (Los Angeles)

 

Sat Apr 2, The Humane League‘s San Diego Gala (San Diego)

 

Sun Apr 3, A Decadent Night of Wine and Cheese (San Diego)

 

Sun Apr 10, Mediterawnean for the Raw Souls: Raw Vegan Class (San Diego)

Sat Apr 16, Vegan Scene 90’s Party (Los Angeles)

 

Sun Apr 17, Biscuit’s 10th Birthday Party! (Los Angeles)

Fri Apr 22, UCLA World Week for Animals in Labs Protest (Los Angeles)

 

 

Sun May 1, VegFest Los Angeles (Los Angeles)

Sun May 1, Herbivore Festival (Los Angeles)

 

Sat May 28, LA Vegan Underground Supper Club (Los Angeles)

 

 

Sat Jun 4, LB Vegan Food & Music Festival (Los Angeles)

 

Sun Jun 5, The National Animal Rights Day Los Angeles 2016 (Los Angeles)

 

Sat Jun 18, Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival (Los Angeles)

 

 

Sat Jul 2, The Veggie Connection Event (Los Angeles)

 

 

 

Coasting RoundUP SoCal 3/2/16 – Pizza Bagels, Miyoko and Julieanna, and Expo West

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Delicious breakfast frittata at Gratitude, SoCal’s newest spot

Hi.

Went with a great group of people to Gratitude in Newport Beach. It’s quite wonderful. Hope you ALL will check it out. If you need some vegan ice cream/s afterwards, walk barely three minutes and check out KRISP.

Was also happy to check out Seabirds Kitchen, my favorite vegan spot in SoCal – so far. There are a good dozen or two newer spots I need to get to this year.

Hope you are appreciating the vegan pizza bagels the rest of the country is envious of. There is a party featuring them this Saturday night. Please consider attending.

Wednesday March 9 yours truly will join authors and dynamos Julieanna Hever and Miyoko Schinner at H.O.P.E. for a very special book signing. Hope to see/meet some of you there.

And then I’ll be at Expo West doing social media at Booth #3792 with 4some Health and their new protein superseed smoothies.  Please bop by and say hello 🙂

A week after that (and grazing around SoCal to new spots), I’ll be one of the eating judges at Vegan Street Fair L.A. So excited to be involved with this very special event. (And a bit nervous about tasting #alltheveganfood and crowds.)

Continued thanks for your SoCal vegan scene intel shares! We couldn’t do this without you.

Pleas be well (fed).

Demetrius

 

last time… Stationed RoundUP SoCal 2/18/16 – Stuff I Eat, Gratitude and streaming Vegan Iron Chef All-Stars

 

p.s. please spread the word about these vegan ballet slippers to ALL you know that might appreciate them

p.p.s. please consider getting your vegan Italy on with desserts diva Fran Costigan, cheesemaker Miyoko Schinner and/or plant-based dietitian Julieanna Hever in 2016

p.p.p.s clicking on these postscripts help pay for someone to draft and distribute these RoundUPs

 

UPCOMING #SOCAL #VEGAN EVENTS 

Sat Mar 5, Pop Lock & Shop It Vegan Pop-Up Shop (Los Angeles)

Sat Mar 5, Vegan Pizza Bagel Party! (Los Angeles)

 

Sun Mar 6, Spiralizing 101 (San Diego)

Wed Mar 9, Book Signing with Julieanna Hever and Miyoko Schinner (Los Angeles)

Thu Mar 10, March Vegan Drinks! (San Diego)

 

Thu Mar 17, Beyond Burritos: Plant Based Community Dinner (Los Angeles)

Sat Mar 19, Vegfest LA Fundraiser (Los Angeles)

 

Sun Mar 20, Vegan Street Fair – LA 2016 (Los Angeles)

 

Sun Mar 27, VEGAN ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET Easter Brunch Edition (Los Angeles)

 

 

Sat Apr 16, Vegan Scene 90’s Party (Los Angeles)

 

Fri Apr 22, UCLA World Week for Animals in Labs Protest (Los Angeles)

 

 

Sun May 1, VegFest Los Angeles (Los Angeles)

Sun May 1, Herbivore Festival (Los Angeles)

 

Sat May 28, LA Vegan Underground Supper Club (Los Angeles)

 

 

Sat Jun 4, LB Vegan Food & Music Festival (Los Angeles)

 

Sun Jun 5, The National Animal Rights Day Los Angeles 2016 (Los Angeles)

 

Sat Jun 18, Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival (Los Angeles)

 

 

Sat Jul 2, The Veggie Connection Event (Los Angeles)

 

 

 

Stationed RoundUP SoCal 2/18/16 – Stuff I Eat, Gratitude and streaming Vegan Iron Chef All-Stars

 

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It’s been a year since I enjoyed a great Mardi Gras meal at Mohawk Bend curated by author-activist Bryant Terry. Above is the terrific dessert wrapping up the meal.

Like winter 2015, this winter’s events are plentiful throughout SoCal. Whether it’s the annual vegan chili cook-off, new restaurant opening in San Diego and Orange County, or small pop-ups here and there. Vegan is BOOMING!

The new OC spot is Gratitude in Newport Beach. Excited to check it out this weekend 🙂 San Diego has a lot of new vegan offerings including Kindred. Hope to get down there later this year to check ’em out. A couple great write-ups on places to get a great vegan eat on in L.A. from LA Weekly and Thrillist. And this terrific video by Mercy for Animals has Stuff I Eat PLENTY busy at their restaurant and on social media.

Would love to see some of you attend Vegan Iron Chef All-Stars Edition in San Francisco Wednesday February 24. Do invite your NorCal friends. It’s a very fun time with plenty to nosh and nibble on. I’ll be there, so say Hi if you do come through.

Please know yours truly will be one of the eating judges at the upcoming Vegan Street Fair Los Angeles. Do hope that’s on your radar and calendar.

Advance thanks to you for sharing SoCal vegan scene intel!

Be well (fed), Demetrius

 

p.s. please spread the word about these vegan ballet slippers to ALL you know that might appreciate them

p.p.s. please consider getting your vegan Italy on with desserts diva Fran Costigan, cheesemaker Miyoko Schinner and/or plant-based dietitian Julieanna Hever in 2016

p.p.p.s clicking on these postscripts help pay for someone to draft and distribute these RoundUPs

 

 

UPCOMING #SOCAL #VEGAN EVENTS 

Sat Feb 20, VEGAN ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET – Festival Favorites (Los Angeles)

 

Sun Feb 21, Trilogy Full Moon WHITE PARTY (San Diego)

Tue Feb 23, Raw Vegan Taco Tuesday Dinner Party Class (San Diego)

Wed Feb 24, Civico 1845 Vegan Menu Re-launch (San Diego)

Fri Feb 26, Vegan Taco Popup! (Los Angeles)

 

Sun Feb 28, 4th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-off (Los Angeles)

 

 

Sat Mar 5, Pop Lock & Shop It Vegan Pop-Up Shop (Los Angeles)

 

Sun Mar 20, Vegan Street Fair – LA 2016 (Los Angeles)

 

 

Sat Apr 16, Vegan Scene 90’s Party (Los Angeles)

 

 

Sun May 1, VegFest Los Angeles (Los Angeles)

Sun May 1, Herbivore Festival (Los Angeles)

 

Sat May 28, LA Vegan Underground Supper Club (Los Angeles)

 

 

Sat Jun 4, LB Vegan Food & Music Festival (Los Angeles)

 

Sun Jun 5, The National Animal Rights Day Los Angeles 2016 (Los Angeles)

 

Sat Jun 18, Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival (Los Angeles)

 

 

Sat Jul 2, The Veggie Connection Event (Los Angeles)

 

 

 

Howdy RoundUP SoCal 2/4/16 – Introduction, PR Super Bowl Party & Valentines

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SoCal’s vegan eateries are so plentiful these days, it’s A MA ZING. So much so I spent a month in Winter 2015 grazing around, enjoying many events (including three annual events listed far below), all while marveling at the enthusiasm (!!!) and eats for even more vegan out there. BRAVA! Am quite excited to enjoy a good deal more of it this year on some different work trips 🙂

Unfortunately, I will miss out on the much raved about vegan Puerto Rican food from Casa Coqui at their Super Bowl party.

Hopefully, you saw the announcement of L.A. Vegan Beer & Food Festival‘s 2016 date. Alas, the discounted tickets through LA Weekly sold out in barely a day already! (There is also the Portland edition the week prior, June 11.)

Would love to see some of you attend Vegan Iron Chef All-Stars Edition in San Francisco Wednesday February 24. Do invite your NorCal friends. It’s a very fun time with plenty to nosh and nibble on.

OK keeping it brief this time. Advance thanks for your shares of SoCal vegan scene intel!

 

Be well (fed), Demetrius

 

p.s. please spread the word about these vegan ballet slippers to ALL you know that might appreciate them

p.p.s. please consider getting your vegan Italy on with desserts diva Fran Costigan, cheesemaker Miyoko Schinner and/or plant-based dietitian Julieanna Hever in 2016

p.p.p.s clicking on these postscripts help pay for someone to draft and distribute these RoundUPs

 

 

UPCOMING #SOCAL #VEGAN EVENTS 

Sat Feb 6, Hands On Vegan Chocolate Truffle Making Workshop (Los Angeles)

Sat Feb 6, Art of Cooking Vegan Tamales (Los Angeles)

 

Sun Feb 7, Casa Coqui Super Bowl Pop-up Fiesta (Inland Empire)

Thu Feb 11, Vegan Valentine’s Desserts Cooking Class (Los Angeles)

Sat Feb 13, Green Saturday LA – A Cruelty-Free, pre-Valentine’s Day Marketplace (Los Angeles)

 

Sun Feb 14, Vegan Valentine’s Day @ Trilogy with Live Violin & Harp (San Diego)

Sun Feb 14, Valentine’s Day Vegan 5 Course Dinner (Los Angeles)

Tue Feb 16, Art of Cooking Vegan Tamales (Los Angeles)

Sat Feb 20, VEGAN ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET – Festival Favorites (Los Angeles)

 

Tue Feb 23, Raw Vegan Taco Tuesday Dinner Party Class (San Diego)

 

Sun Feb 28, 4th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-off (Los Angeles)

 

 

Sat Mar 5, Pop Lock & Shop It Vegan Pop-Up Shop (Los Angeles)

 

Sun Mar 20, Vegan Street Fair – LA 2016 (Los Angeles)

 

 

Sat Apr 16, Vegan Scene 90’s Party (Los Angeles)

 

 

Sun May 1, VegFest Los Angeles (Los Angeles)

 

Sat May 28, LA Vegan Underground Supper Club (Los Angeles)

 

 

Sat Jun 4, LB Vegan Food & Music Festival (Los Angeles)

 

Sat Jun 18, Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival (Los Angeles)

 

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