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Openings and July events in the #atxvegan news

Nadamoo.jpgThe Nadamoo Scoop Shop had it’s Grand Opening and is now OFFICIALLY open for business. If you haven’t tried their plant-based coconut ice cream yet, the time is now! Nadamoo has been selling pints, first in Austin and then all over the place, for over ten years but this is their first eatery. You can get the retail flavors on a cone and cover it with all sorts of toppings and also be the first to try their in-house flavors. I had the chile mango and coconut the other day and they were delicious! They also have Capital City treats and will soon have a full on espresso program! Finally, an all vegan coffee place in south Austin!

Openings & Additions to the Austin Vegan-Friendly Guide:

Other exciting south Austin news, Kicked Up Grub a farm to table gastropub also opened and they have a whole plant-based section to their entrees that includes Spaghetti with Impossible Meatballs and an Eggplant Steak with vegan mozzarella.

A new Chilaquiles food truck opened up by campus. Chilaquil at Space 24 Twenty has a vegan bowl, the Chilango bowl, with salsa verde, nopalitos, and avocado.

The Loud Juice Cafe opened in the Yard at 440 East St. Elmo Rd.. They have cold press juices, smoothies, wellness shots, and acai bowls

Little Big Burger, the Portland-based burger chain, opened Friday, July 6, at 1648 East Sixth Street. This is the chain’s first Texas location and they have a house made vegan burger but the bun appears to not be vegan.

Spin Ping Pong Bar has veggie tacos, hummus, and shishitos.

Soursop 440 E St. Elmo Rd, Building G-2 at St. Elmo Brewing Company the Som Tom shredded papaya salad is delicious but SPICY. The Thai influenced menu changes around besides that but they assured me there is always something vegan. The yellow curry was also really good. And the online menu has a “Tempeh-nator” sandwich with tomato “bacon” and banana ketchup.

Upcoming Events 

July 17 ATX Vegans will be hosting another event at  SquareRüt Kava Bar which has the a new plant-based food truck ATX Food Co x GreenSpace Cafe. The event is called Look At Us Being All Healthy and you can meet up at 6:30p for the\ No Meat Athlete 3 mile Run/Walk event on Town Lake or just come for the food at 7.

July 18 Vegan Ice Cream Social with Gati. Austin’s next new vegan ice cream shop Gati (which is run by the people also behind Thai Fresh’s ice cream) will be having an Ice Cream Social at Bento Picnic. The sundae will showcase chocolate, blackberry & matcha ice creams from Gati and served with fresh bananas & cherries.

July 21 Insane Vegan Workout. This free workout will be at 11am at Zilker Park.

July 22 BBQ protest at Franklin’s with Austin Animal Save

July 22 Christmas in July Celebration at Capital City. If you are missing Christmas treats or just want to pretend it’s not 5,000 degrees go to the cool AC of Cap City.

July 24 Unit-D Pizzeria is going to have a total vegan takeover with ATX vegans! In addition to pizza, there will be other Italian food!

July 25 Vegan Book Club at the Buzzmill. They will be discussion We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang.

July 28 Plant-iful Breakfasts Learn how to cook healthy gluten free vegan breakfasts with Plant-Based Lifestyle And Nutrition Therapy

July 31 Austin Vegan Entrepreneur & Business Networking at CRAFT. “This networking event is created to help unite the vegan business owners, professionals, entrepreneurs and influencers, and vegan-serving businesses in the Austin area.”

July 31 Old Thousand Vegan Night – a special plant-based menu for one night only. To make reservations call 737-222-6637

August 5 Dominion Movie Premier at Cheer Up Charlies. “Join ATX Vegans and Anonymous for the Voiceless Austin for the free premier of Aussie Farms‘ Dominion: Documentary. Exposing the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture through drones, hidden & handheld cameras, the film explores the morality and validity of our dominion over the animal kingdom. ”

August 9 Counter Culture and ATX Vegans will host a gluten-free Farm-to-Table night. Make reservations and check out the menu here.

 

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Win a Freeto Burrito and read all the #atxvegan news and events for the week!

The Freeto Burrito at the Vegan Yacht is BACK Baby

Right now it’s a soft opening with freeto burritos and freeto burrito supremeos but soon all the old favorites will be back like, the TLT, Buffalo burrito and buffalo bowl, chili stuffed potatoes! A Mock chick’n wrap salad and even a chili dawg! My dream is that they add breakfast 🙂

News

The Vegan Yacht opened in South Austin at a shop on Machacha called the ’45. The Frito Burrito is back and they will soon be adding to the menu. Also, inside are some vegan items to buy like Zucchini Kill treats.

Nadamoo scoop shop had a soft opening on South Lamar and will soon be having a whole range of vegan offerings.

Nissi Vegmex an all vegan Mexican food trailer coming soon!

Kerbey Lane released their summer menu and you can see more easily on their menu what can be made vegan. Their new head chef had the local chain once again change their vegan burger and sausage recipe. Some people are calling the fake meats a good change from their previous offering others are calling it “mushy garbage”.

Added to Lazy Smurf’s Vegan-Friendly Guide this Week:

Brentwood Social House has vegan curry pies and they also have a room dedicated for the wee ones filled with toys.

Ah Sing Den 1100 E 6th St Cocktail bar with vegan snacks and entres marked on their menu including Curried Sweet Potato hash at brunch, Thai Curry Udon, and a Thai Banana Split.

Austin Daily Press– 1900 E. MLK. and on East Ceaser Chavez. This sandwich shop has one vegan torta that sounds really good, Pickled Green Mango, Coconut Braised Kale, Ginger Peanut Sauce, Toasted Peanuts, Red Cabbage Salad And they have tempeh and vegetable tapas.

Southern Pressed Juicery 11010 Domain Drive, Ste. 102 inside Wanderlust Yoga. More than just juice they also have smoothie bowls, coconut yogurt, superfood salads, Pad Thai Zoodles, and vegetable sushi rolls.

Austin Food Company & GreenSpace Cafe. at the Squarerut Kava Bar on Barton Springs. Mineral Rich vegan food like local grain bowls, Goodness Gracious Wild Stir-fry, and Electrified Wild Blueberry Pancakes made with Irish Sea moss and ancient grains, topped with freshly made date sauce.. Also has weekly meal plans.

Miriam Rieck, Licenced Massage Therapist – Swedish and other modalities offered with local Austin herbalist plant essences.

Angel Donuts and Treats – Brick and Mortar Bakery 8300 North FM 620 Drive Thru Food Trailer 12342 Ranch Rd 620. Three varieties (chocolate, powdered sugar or cinnamon) of vegan cake doughnuts but they sell out quickly.

Spokesman 440 E Saint Elmo Rd Ste 2 This very interesting space is a coffee bar that also has quite a few beer taps. They also do panini sandwiches and have a chickpea salad one with vegan mayo and toasted sunflower seeds.

Independence Fine Foods 1807 W. Slaughter LN, SUITE 100. They have a tofu scramble with Green Chiles, Chili Roasted Cauliflower for breakfast (say no cheese) and some veggie sandwiches for lunch.

Upcoming Events

June 9 at 8am at the Vegan Nom Coach Jacobie with J-FIT Nation will be doing a 1-hr Bootcamp class. It’s Vegan Fit Camp.

June 12 Vegan night at Winebelly was off to a great start with their fabulous Truffled Poutine and Tomato bread but then they lost power. The event is rescheduled for next Tuesday.

June 12 Healthy food meetup from ATX vegans at Casa de Luz

July 14 Elle’s Cafe Elevated Vegan Night. Elle’s Cafe will be delivering a fixed 5 course pre-fixe menu for 30 people that is vegan whole food plant based, oil-free, and gluten-free. More info and RSVP.

June 17 There are still tickets available for the annual Austin Vegan Party Barge

June 18 is Vegan Book Club at Central Market North. The group will be reading Animal Farm.

Contest Closed Congrats Sherri!

TO WIN a Freeto Burrito

To celebrate their opening on Manchacha the Vegan Yacht will be giving away a Freeto Burrito. To enter leave a comment on the Facebook post!

Last week’s winners for BBQ sandwiches are 

Alison, Erica, Zach, and Spencer please check your email.

BBQ Revolution GIVEAWAY + #atxvegan News

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Austin’s own Barbeque Revolution is BACK!!! It is now located in front of White Mountain Foods at 3301 E. 5th St.

Giveaway closed 6/7/2018  To win a free sandwich of their new MahCrib (Smokey Tempeh ribs slathered in barbecue sauce and topped with slivered onions and tart pickles, all on a hoagie style bun) just comment below and I’ll choose FOUR WINNERS at random.BBQmahKrib

More Upcoming Events:

Thursday 5/31/2018 Celis Brewery is having a Vegan Brews and BBQ night hosted by Southern Fried Vegan

Friday 6/1/2018 Is June ATX Vegan Drinks at Possum Park, it will be BYOB and you can get food from The Great Y’all, Bistro Vonish, Zucchini Kill Bakery, and newcomers, SNO Place Like Home.

Saturday 6/2/2018 The Wandering Vegan Market at Buzz Mill from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. It’s the last market until September and your last chance to buy cruelty-free skincare products, makeup, jewelry, candles, succulents, artwork, clothing and much more while eating a Plow burger.

Saturday 6/2/2018 This weekend  Vegandale is coming to Houston! There will be vendors from all over like No Bones Beach Club in Portland and Compton Vegan from LA plus all your favorites from Austin like Rabbit Food and Capital City Bakery.

Sunday 6/3/2018 Monthly Vegan Brunch at Mr. Natural at 1901 E Cesar Chavez St 10:30am-2pm . This one will have soul food including Fried chic’n, Sweet potato waffles with bourbon maple syrup, Mac and cheese.

Tuesday 6/5/2018 Vegan Night at Winebelly. This South Austin favorite will have a full vegan takeover of their menu all night.

You can also still get tickets for the ATX Vegan Party Barge June 17.

Restaurant News:

The Vegan Yacht will soon reopen in the ’45 parking lot.

Rabbit Food Grocery Recently had their grand opening at their new spot by the Beer Plant.

Recent additions to my Austin Vegan Friendly Guide include Loro’s  Smokehouse with their Szechuan Bowl and Won Tons and Thai Salsa Jugo Fresh Juice which has vegan entrees downtown along with smootheis, a popcorn tofu sandwich at Holy Roller downtown, another vegan taco at Barley Bean Cafe, Breakfast tacos at The Funkadelic Brunch in South Austin. Bento Picnic on the east side which has cute bento box meals, Yuyo a Peruvian restaurant on Manor, Le Bleu on Burnet at 183 which is an offshoot from the Saigon le Vendeur truck which and has tofu and seitan for their vermicelli bows, Sushi Bang Bang on 183 also has lots of vegan sushi,  and a nice update that Bao’d Up in Mueller is back to using vegan dough. ls-austin-vegan-guide

Anything I missed please leave in the comments!

You can help Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

after-nws_wide-7508dab4310993859998b5522272fd006739bcbaIt’s rained so much in Houston that the National Weather Service had to add new colors so it can map Harvey’s rains.

We are collecting donations at Counter Culture this weekend that will be driven down to Houston this Monday so stop by, have brunch, and drop off items, diapers for babies and adults, tampons, and toiletries are especially needed. So if you have a ton of travel size bottles of Dr. Bonner’s now is the time to donate them! Sue will also be collecting for the Austin Food Bank. If you aren’t in town here are some Amazon wish lists that charities have put up.

This week the Vegan Nom will also be donating a portion of their sales to hurricane relief and they are having their famous brisket and jalapeno mac and cheese taco on special so eat delicious food to help!

This Saturday you drop off donations the Wandering Vegan Market and pick up some super cool vegan items, eat at Cool Beans, and have a portion of your money go to relief efforts at certain spots. Vida Green Consulting is donating 20% of proceeds. Sender’s Receive Tarot is donating $5 per reading and there is more to come.

September 3rd ATX vegan drinks is hosting a Garage Sale Benefit for Harvey. Donate or go or both!

There are a ton of benefit concerts this weekend too including the Octopus Project playing a two stage fest at the Mohawk and it’s bright and sunny now so eat tacos and listen to live music to help out! Here is a list of restaurants and bars donating.

Austin Bakes is putting together another giant city wide bake sale to donate as well. Sign up to help and bake vegan treats to sell!

Fostering a pet here from Austin Pets Alive or even at shelters networked throughout the country will make a huge impact for an abandoned dog. (I’m not going to include a picture because I can’t look at them without getting emotional.) The Austin Animal Center is taking all kinds of donations and also needs fosters and volunteers. Austin Wildlife Rescue takes in injured wildlife. They’re asking for cash or in-kind donations from their wish list. Of course the Houston SPCA is doing a lot of work on the front lines and needs donations and volunteers.

We Are Blood said it has an ongoing and growing need for blood donors visit the We Are Blood website or call 512-206-1266 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also accepted but appointments are greatly appreciated. There are two donation locations in Austin, one in Round Rock, as well as several mobile drives taking place across the area.  You can always donate blood to the American Red Cross and there are more local organizations accepting blood donations are Carter BloodCare and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center.

Here is a great list of charities and organizations working to keep immigrant, Black, Latinx and other populations safe after Hurricane Harvey. I didn’t realize until this event that Trans folks are often shut out of shelters even during disasters! Also, if you have a spare wheelchair, other medical devices or extra school supplies this is probably a great time to donate it.

The City of Austin put out a great list of local organizations and Mayor Adler is asking people who can to offer a room which you can set up for free through Airbnb. The list also includes ways to volunteer.

Finally, if you just want to donate money in general and don’t want to read any lists or make hard decisions the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund was created by the mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, as a direct response to people asking how they could help the city. On Monday, Turner who is also a lawyer, announced in a press conference that he would personally represent any undocumented people who faced deportation as a result of seeking help because of the storm.

Buy a copy of the Taco Cleanse before they are all gone!

Everyone from Jennifer Aniston to Playboy magazine is talking about the Taco Cleanse and while it’s on back order on Amazon you can still purchase it everywhere else! There are a few remaining copies at Rabbit Food Grocery that are signed on South First and Live Oak. You can also still pick up a copy locally at Book People.10296697_1548187045506086_555316242_n

Online it’s still available Powells, Indiebound, Books a Million, direct from our publishers Workman, Urban Outfitters, and online and in stores and Barnes and Nobels.23711812335_f7abef79b4_z

Here’s a great article to get you started

10 Things You Need to Know About the Taco Cleanse Before You Try It

And some great blog posts that go into depth about the recipes

The Taco Cleanse: Proselytizing, Review, and Giveaway

It Happened to Me: Tacos Turned Me into a Party Magnet.

I Did A Three Day Taco Cleanse and Survived!

IS THE TACO CLEANSE THE RIGHT CLEANSE FOR YOU?

REJOICE! Red Rabbit Doughnuts have become Wheatsville Doughnuts & they are better than ever!

For a moment, we thought we had entered the darkest timeline. Red Rabbit, our beloved vegan anarchist doughnut making collective that had taken the town by storm, announced they were ceasing production.

I didn’t cry.

I just kept buying their doughnuts from Wheatsville until they were all gone filling my belly with delicious sadness. We were all shocked. The doughnuts are universally beloved and they seemed to be growing and adding gluten free options. The atxvegan community was freaking out. Everyone was upset. There were rumblings that the 12th Street Bakery and Fat Cats Organic Coffee And Dessert occasionally had doughnut on the menu and we learned that Portland’s infamous Voodoo Doughnuts was opening on dirty sixth…but none of that was what I wanted. The Red Rabbit Doughnuts are perfect and since they sell them at Wheatsville (and I got to Wheatsville at least once a day) they are incredibly convenient. We started to hear rumors that it might not be the end.

An inside source let me know that Red Rabbit was turning over their recipes to our beloved Food Co-op and training the bakery staff on how to make them perfectly. Today Wheatsville sent me a box and I want to assure you that the doughnuts are as good as they always were, maybe even better? Maybe I just missed them? But biting into it was like tasting piece of heaven on earth. My co-worker tried the apple fritter and her day went from dreary to dreamy.

Starting tomorrow, October 10th, glazed, chocolate iced, maple pecan, apple fritter, and bite sized donut holes will be available at both Wheatsville locations. They have also assured me that gluten free doughnuts are on the way in the future and that our luscious cream filled varieties will eventually be back too. What a wonderful turn of events. I love Austin Texas.

Congratulations to the Vegan Yacht for winning “Flo’s Fabulous Food Truck Contest” and a $10,000 prize!

I remember when I first went to the Vegan Yacht five years ago when it was parked behind Cheer Up Charlie’s when they was still on east 6th street and it looked like this.

I was so happy to have another vegan food cart in town and I’ve watched them grow and relocate as the years have gone by. I’m always thrilled when I go to a festival in Austin and see the Yacht there because I know I won’t have to worry about getting ridiculously tasty vegan food and ask a million questions to other vendors. After dancing for hours at Fun Fun Fun Fest or Levitation Fest the Freeto Burrito is the perfect way to recharge. It was so sad to see their generator get ripped off a few months ago when they were doing what they do best, bringing vegan food to the masses. I thought, what is the world coming too when people steal a generator, a huge part of someone’s livelihood, at Zilker Park of all places?

But then I was reminded that sometimes the good outweighs the bad.

The community came to support the Vegan Yacht through a GoFundMe fundraiser and they decided they wanted to expand operations and applied for Flo’s Fabulous Food Truck Contest through Progressive. They won the Grand Prize by a LANDSLIDE and I’m so happy that this family business is going to get 10,000 dollars to further their dreams!!!!! 

Their plan is turn the Vegan Yacht into a mobile food truck and use the existing airstream for a new second vegan food trailer totally different from the vegan yacht! Another all vegan food trailer! Huzzah!

This Thursday, September 17 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Progressive is going to award them the big check at a party, come out and support the team!!!!

To celebrate they are going to offer free homemade sweet and spicy jalapenos with any order. They look so damn tasty. Pickled Jalapenos make everything better!!! So be there and show your support for vegan businesses taking over the world!