Monday, October 12, 2009

13 Great Vegetarians From History

Treehugger has a slideshow up on their website representing 13 Great Vegetarians From History. Here's the one on Leonardo Da Vinci:

Not much is known about the personal life of Leonardo Da Vinci. His love of animals, however, is well documented. From letters and writings, historians know that Da Vinci was a vegetarian who would buy caged birds then set them free. He explained this practice, saying "if man wants freedom why keep birds and animals in cages? Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places! I have since an early age abjured the use of meat."

Check out more great vegetarians here:

Friday, October 9, 2009

Thanksgiving is For the Birds

Today's post is brought to us by Compassionate Cooks & by The Vegan Table. You can find the following article, written by Colleen Patrick Goudreau, in her gorgeous 2nd cookbook, The Vegan Table (also available at LAVA!). Both of Colleen's books; The Joy of Vegan Baking & The Vegan Table are two of my favourite cookbooks - I really don't think a vegan kitchen is complete without these two beautiful books! They are filled with tips, food lore, ideas, stories & beautiful pictures. Please also check out Colleen's podcast "Vegetarian Food For Thought" available on itunes, and her check out all her books, cds & dvds available at Colleen is a huge inspiration to me & I wanted to share her thoughts on Thanksgiving with you this weekend. I wish you all a joyful, compassionate, peaceful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends & delicious food from the Earth!

"The roots of Thanksgiving, a North American holiday, are in autumn harvest festivals, similar to those that take place around the world. In the United States, this holiday meal has become so centered around the consumption of turkey that people have completely lost sight of its original meaning - if they ever knew it at all.

The first Thanksgiving took place in 1621, though it was not called Thanksgiving until many years later. In face, much of what we associate with this holiday was contrived during the past few centuries.

Everything we know about the first Thanksgiving comes from two sources: a letter by Edward Winslow dated December 1621, and a book by William Bradford written twenty years after the actual events took place. His book was stolen during the Revolutionary War and didn't reappear until 1854.

In his letter, Edward Winslow wrote, "Our harvest being gotten in, our Governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might, after a more special manner, rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruit of our labors." He writes that the men hunted birds, not because the were starving but so that they might rejoice in the abundance of the fruits and vegetables with which they were blessed.

In his book, William Bradford mentions that the colonists killed wild turkeys during the autumn season; he doesn't say specifically that wild turkeys were killed for the first Thanksgiving. Although his book gives clues as to what was on this first menu, it disappeared until the mid-nineteeth century, so it didn't have any influence on how Thanksgiving was celebrated.

The animals killed for that first Thanksgiving were most likely ducks, geese, and various kinds of fish. If cranberries were served, they would have been used for their tartness or color - not in the sugary form we eat them today. Potatoes were not available, and because it is improbable that the colonists had flour for pie crust or an oven in which to bake it, pumpkin pie was most likely absent. They didn't use forks.

Does this mean we shouldn't serve mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, sweet cranberry sauce, biscuits, or any of the things that were not on the table of the first Thanksgiving? Does that mean we shouldn't use forks? Of course not. I point this out to emphasize the fact that we selectively choose our traditions. Our emotional attachment to tradition is very powerful, so we justify our consumption of turkey at Thanksgiving by attempting to sanctify it in historical accuracy. The fact is that we eat turkeys becaust that's what we were taught and because of a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale.

Hale (1788-1879), the editor of a popular magazine, began, in 1827, a forty-year quest to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. She wrote romantic accounts of the first Thanksgiving, taking liberties to appeal to her readership and including recipes for roasted turkeys, stuffing, and pumpkin pies - none of the dishes that would have appeared on the table of the first Thanksgiving.

Although the holiday "traditions" Hale created share few similarities with the original feast, I think most of us would admit that we're not as interested in creating an exact replica of the first Thanksgiving as we are in having customs and traditions we can point to that connect us to something older than ourselves. We shape our traditions our of our ideals and pick and choose which ones we want to celebrate.

Even as the myths started by Hale began to permeate the culture's consciousness, "turkey" was still not widely accepted as the quintessential Thanksgiving dish until the mid-twentieth century. Wild turkeys - dark-feathered and thus dark-skinned - became unappetizing to consumers. To make turkey meat more appealing, the "Beltsville white" was bred in 1947 at the behest of the National Turkey Federation. Turkey consumption increased and has been increasing ever since.

Although Hale did a great disservice to turkeys - curious, playful, social birds - she did have noble ideas about the significance of this holiday. She envisioned that it would be about charity and generosity, writing, "Let us consecrate the day to benevolence of action, by sending good gifts to the poor and doing those deeds of charity that will, for one day, make every American hom the place of plenty and of rejoincing."

As we prepare our feast of seasonal fare, may we recognize that we can celebrate tradition while honoring our own values of kindness and compassion, and may we rejoice in the plenty we have without causing harm to another."

Sunday, September 20, 2009

TVA Food Fair

The 25th Annual Toronto Food Fair hosted by the TVA was an amazing event. Of course, I look forward to this event all year 'round, like most other vegheadz I know in Southern O, but this year was super special for me because it was LAVA's first year at the fair!! We grossly underestimated the amount of people that would be into our booth, here are a couple of photo's I took when I couldn't even fit in my own booth anymore (and that happened a lot, all weekend long.. so awesome)

Check out these cute photos from the TVA Food Fair Pool on Flicker:

We were displaying vegan condoms, tiffins, to-go ware, SSOV gear & a selection of books. We also had a couple of pairs of shoes on display, shout out to Left Feet who closed their doors in Kensington on the Food Fair weekend. The shoes we displayed created more conversation about Left Feet than anything, and I am totally ok with that... we missed Left Feet at the Fair this year.

Jason, from Vegan Porn fame, AngelA & Colleen from the TVA podcast have a great mid-show chat. You can listen to it here:

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Hi again!

Hey blog readers,

I feel like my head is spinning with all the amazing products I'm ordering.. I just want to share all these beautiful things with you! That's really my goal. Fill the store with wonderful, beautiful, heart-warming, fun-loving, things that make life as a vegan (or vegetarian, or kind & compassionate person) fun & easy. Right now I'm stocking up with tons of cool stuff for the Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair that is happening in 3 WEEKS! Eeek!

Probably my favourite thing to talk about lately is To-Go Ware. Awesome company, everything is made sustainably, fairly, with recycled products & they are so cute!! Check out this fun set of rePEaT utensils. The utensils are made from bamboo & the holder is made from recycled PET plastic bottles.

Who doesn't want to carry their lunch in a beautiful little stainless steel carrier? You can even accessorize with a beautiful bag meant just for your tiffen box, with a little pocket for your bamboo cutlery!

The next new awesome products available at are vegan condoms! They come in 3 different sizes & a bunch of funky flavours including strawberry, vanilla, wildberry, blueberry & licorice. You don't have to be that "i'm vegan, well except for condoms, because vegan condoms are impossible to find" anymore. These condoms are PETA approved cruelty-free, contain no animal ingredients & are not tested on animals. LOVE them!

In other exciting news, LAVA has become THE PLACE to get SSOV gear in Canada. We are the official Canadian carrier, and my mission is to make sure that the most amount of people join the Secret Society of Vegans, without letting anyone know there is a Secret Society. Because there isn't. If you get that, then you need to let others know by proudly showing off your SSOV gear. Like a t-shirt, hat, or maybe an apron!

If you're wanting to read up on what veganism is all about, or maybe watch a dvd to better understand your vegan friend, kid, parent, LAVA can help you out! We have a growing collection of great books & dvds all about living a compassionate lifestyle. Here are a couple of my favourites:

Of course, if you're looking for something in particular, but can't find it, please let us know! Or if you're going to be at the Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair in September, and you really want to make sure that we bring that special product that you have your eye on, please let us know! We have so much great stuff, we can't possibly have it all at the food fair, so just let us know & we'll make sure we bring it.

love, kelly

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Dennis Kucinich for President!

I am absolutely totally in love with vegans who consider it their mission to spread love, joy & compassion around the world.

Vegan music continued...

ok, i know i'm definitely going to lose some cool points here... but i also have to mention that i like shania twain, kd lang & bryan adams. they're all Canadian & they're all vegan! is that why i like them? i don't know... but hey, at least i'm being honest! i don't actually own albums by any of them (back track.. back track!!) but they all deserve a high five for their music & their veganism.

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Vegan Police (they live inside my head)

On Sunday I had a super relaxed cool chat about a ton of random topics with Dylan from The Vegan Police. It's amazing how much stuff you can talk about in a 1/2 hour. We talked about our mutual love for Animal Voices, TOFU, amazing vegan bands, animal sanctuaries... well you should just listen here:

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Grill Champions

this is pretty freakin' fantastic. it reminds me of Aqua... yeah remember them? Barbie Girl was awesome...

I think this is hands down, my favourite music video with dancing veggies.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Some songs I love by some fine vegan artists

I recently got asked if I would chat with my good buddy Dylan on his super swish podcast "Vegan Police". Can't wait! It's going to be so fun! AND I will be on the same podcast that just interviewed the lovely Sarah Kramer! Very exciting, i feel a little like a celebrity. I haven't written an incredible cookbook, so I'm not sure what we're going to talk about, but I AM sure that it will be entertaining & fun. I'm also sure I'll sound like a nerd.... but whatever.

Dylan asked me if I'd give him some of my fave vegan musicians/bands/songs, so here's a little list, and I'll let him select the ones that get played.

Bob Wiseman - Sweet Gertrude, Born to love you
Propagandhi - Human(e) Meat
Amanda Rogers - Hibernating
Sketchy Indians - All you need, Mallory McGee
Vegan Mosquitos - Bloodbath on the beach
Jah Sun - No Bonez No Blood
Bif Naked - Fuck you 2
The Blow - Parenthesis (are these guys vegan? i'm not sure... but the song definitely has a vegan "feel", and they're from Portland...isn't everyone in Portland vegan?!)
Beloved Binge - Dead Cow Walking
GaiaisI with Lee Baillie - Enjoy your Meal
Andrew Thomas Hunter - Allergic to Love
Chrissie Hynde - Boots of Chinese Plastic
Cordoba Mendoza - everything of course!

I also love Erykah Badu, Moby, Paul McCartney, Joan Jett, I'm sure that I'm forgetting a ton of great vegan songs... but that's all I can think of for the moment & now I'm off to bed. Just let me know if I forgot your favorite vegan artist or song.

By the way, I'm not forgetting Morrisey - I've just never liked his music much. sorry!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Vegan Bake Sale in Downtown Guelph

Last Saturday our Veg*n Social Group in Guelph raised almost $700 for Ruby Ranch Pig Sanctuary! It was a pretty fantastic day. We had a ton of great looking baked goods for sale, tons of interested passers-by, some of which signed up to be a part of veg events in the future. Some people grabbed literature on veganism. I think it was a huge success. By far the highlight of the day though was a visit from Stormy, one of the piglets from Ruby Ranch. He's just as sweet as a puppy, nobody could resist him. I think he definitely turned A LOT of heads just by being downtown, but my hope is that a few visitors to our bake sale got to connect with him a little bit, rub his belly, see his joyful expression, and maybe make the connection that it is wrong to eat animals.

I was pretty much expecting some rude comments by people that don't understand, can't make the connection or are just unwilling to open their eyes, and we did get a few. By far the most incomprehensible though was the girl that saw Stormy, proclaimed "Ohhh! I love pigs!!" and literally 3 minutes later was seen buying two hot dogs at the vendor right across from us... sigh... some people will just never get it.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

To-Go Ware - New Styles, New Colours

We use too much plastic. I do it too. We can do better. The grocery store that I go to finally started charging people 5 cents for each plastic bag... I wish we didn't need that sort of incentive, but if it works, then that's what we need to do. Do you guys ever eat out? Do you sometimes go to the food court? Do you order Chinese & find yourself collecting those disposable chopsticks?

All the little things add up. To-Go Ware is the solution to putting an end to plastic cutlery & take out containers. Take yours with you wherever you go! Buy one for your purse, your car, your lunch box...

The utensils are made from sustainably grown bamboo. Bamboo is not a tree, it's a grass, and it grows like grass. It's renewable, sustainable, extremely versatile, strong & feels so wonderful in your mouth that you'll want to replace all your cutlery at home with To-Go Ware utensils.

Conserve Utensil holders are made from discarded plastic bags in India. Watch the video here:

Weave cotton Utensil holders are crafted by WEAVE, a Burmese refugee women's project on the Thai-Burma border. All materials are sourced from Thailand & are fair-trade. Watch the video here:

RePEat Utensil holders are made from recycled PET plastic - giving plastic bottles a 2nd life & keeping them out of the landfills.

Tiffin 2 tier or 3 tier containers are perfect for transporting your lunch, going camping, taking on a picnic, or bring it with you next time you get take out & ask them to put your order into your Tiffin! These are made from Stainless Steel - 200 grade. They do not leach any chemicals (like plastic), they don't hold smells or stain & they are strong & durable.

Let's not wait until we have to pay 5 cents for plastic cutlery when we get food on the go... we can make a simple step now to ban plastic cutlery from our lives, just like we've done with plastic bags.

Check out all the styles & beautiful colours at!

x Kelly

PS - To-Go Ware has told me that they have to raise their prices in July, which means that we'll have to raise our prices too, so the prices you see are only good for a limited time! Grab them for the lower prices while you can!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Envelope Art

I know it looks like a 4 year old drew these, but they still make me happy. I guess part of me has never gotten over that feeling of joy when something fantastic arrives in the mail... and if there's something fantastic on the envelope, well then that feeling is practically doubled. I hope the recipients of these two packages are as happy to receive these as I am to make them. I'm trying to fine tune my "artistic" skills to some day move beyond flowers & clouds, but I'm not there yet.

Treasure Hunting with Oma

Saturday I spent hanging out with Oma. Oma likes shopping, smoking & doing crossword puzzles... so I opted to spend Saturday shopping! We went to the Inglewood Antique Market, then on to the Old School House on Hwy 10 & finally to the huge antique market in Glen Williams. I'm definitely going to have to do this circuit more often, because all 3 places had such amazing stuff! Inglewood had some great furniture that we are definitely putting on our wish list. I picked up some things at the Glen Williams market that I just could not bare to part with...

I just love this pig! He has a huge smile on his face & a bird is hitching a ride on his head. He's just adorable & he is meant to hold a tealight. So this piggy & I can light a candle together for all the poor pigs that spend their short sad lives being raised for food.

These guys make me happy every time I look at them. I almost left them behind but I just couldn't. They look like they're laughing. I am so in love with them!

I think I had to get these because the green goes so well in my kitchen. The apple salt shaker doesn't do much for me, but I love the pear pepper mill, and I couldn't leave the apple all alone. They belong together. Plus they were a dollar each, so for that could anyone NOT buy these cuties!

This might be my favourite item. We almost didn't get it because it ran us over the amount of money we had in our wallets (they don't take debit or credit card at the Glen Williams market). I'm so glad we talked the guy down though, because this platter is just PERFECT! It is beautiful enough to hang on the wall, & then I'll use it to serve veggies & talk about how much more satisfying veggies are compared to dead animal carcass when I have guests over! Ok, maybe not, but it's an interesting conversation piece none the less!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Elijah you're so cute

We're at the point where we're *almost* ready to order our very own LAVA shirts. It's very exciting!! We'll be starting off small, but I can definitely envision a time when we will have numerous styles, colours, designs....

Do you have any ideas you'd like to share with us? Your favourite colour? A design that you came up with that you think we'd like. I actually think it would be really neat to have a variety of designs, contributed by all different artists.

Another thing we're putting a lot of thought into is where our shirts will come from. There are so many choices (bamboo, organic cotton, fair trade...) and they all have their different pros & cons. What do you think? Here's the company that we are considering. Although the t-shirts are not organic, I do get a warm fuzzy feeling from what they represent. Check them out at & let me know what you think!

Making Fair Trade "Work"

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Promise she kept

Breast cancer wasn't going to stop singer finishing her 6th album
May 01, 2009 04:30 AM

Victoria Ahearn

About a year and a half after starting treatment for breast cancer, Vancouver rocker Bif Naked says she's feeling physically strong and psychologically free.

"It's almost like from there to here, everything's easy. Everything's easy now," the Juno winner, whose real name is Beth Torbert, said in a recent interview to promote her sixth album, The Promise, recorded during chemotherapy. The disc drops May 5.

Up until her diagnosis, which she publicly announced in January 2008, the tattooed singer-songwriter – adopted in India and raised in Winnipeg – kept a stringent eating and workout regimen: only raw, vegan food and mounds of exercise that produced a chiselled body that would make even pop-workout queen Madonna jealous.

"I was incredibly rigid almost to the point of being almost self-righteously stubborn about it, about my eating and my health and my training regimen," Torbert, 37, said.

Chemotherapy and radiation sessions, of course, forced her to ease up. Faced with a voracious appetite and constant nausea, Torbert couldn't be as selective about meals. "The first time I went into something called neutropenia, which is where your white blood cell count plummets in between chemos – partly because the chemo is working – I became hungry like I've never been in my life."

Torbert still works out seven days a week and has maintained her vegan diet, but she said she's "learned to be a little more chilled out" about those things as she continues to go through preventative procedures, including an ovariectomy.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Shed - Belfountain

um.. excuse me... i thought i ordered the LARGE soy latte?

Meet Your Meat

Please watch this video. Don't turn it off half way through, please watch the whole thing, and THINK about it. Thank you.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Face On Your Plate

April 18, 2009 | Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, 68, is a former psychoanalyst, known for his popular books about the emotional lives not of humans, but of animals. As scientists continue to debate which species have feelings, Masson has written bestsellers celebrating their emotions, such as "Dogs Never Lie About Love" and "When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals," which he co-authored with frequent Salon contributor Susan McCarthy.

In his new book (which is his 24th), "The Face on Your Plate: The Truth About Food," Masson brings his heartfelt take on the feathered and four-legged to the dinner table. Five years ago, the prolific author, who was already a vegetarian, went vegan, giving up not just animal meat but also animal products, such as dairy, eggs and even honey. To be precise, Masson describes himself as "veganish," since he occasionally slips up when he's not at home and accidentally eats, say, a cookie prepared with milk; this vegan's not the sort of purist who would make a scene in public by spitting out an offending morsel.

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Buy the book here: LAVA's Amazon Store

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Dance Videos

I want to share with you guys some of my all-time favourite dance videos.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Top Ten Vegan Books on My Reading List

I'm the kind of person that always has a book on the go, usually 2 or three, and I never seem to finish them. I'll admit, between the day job, working on the online store, writing articles, this blog, cooking vegan food for friends, and trying out new recipes, I don't know always find time to read. Or I read before bed and manage to get through 2 pages before falling asleep and dropping the book on the floor. I really want to read more! How does one make more time for stuff one wants to do....? Anyways, here's a list of the top vegan books I want to read. In no particular order:

1. The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick Goudreau

2. Diet for a New America by John Robbins

3. The China Study by Dr. T Colin Campbell

4. Thanking the Monkey by Karen Dawn

5. Striking at the Roots by Mark Hawthorne

6. The Ultimate Vegan Guide by Erik Marcus

7. Making a Killing by Bob Torres

8. The World Peace Diet by Will Tuttle, Ph.D.

9. The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J Adams

10. Animals As Persons by Gary L Francione

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Is film vegan?

"Here's a reply i wrote to some one a while back - no film is vegan . . .

This has been a concern of mine for some years now. As you may have guessed, I started on this course of photography long before I discovered veganism. But at the same time this has not made me just give up so easily with the dilemma of still shooting and using film that uses gelatin from animal byproducts."

Read the rest of this article at

Monday, January 26, 2009

Kindness Not Cruelty

Kindness Not Cruelty is an organization dedicated to outreach and education about all topics pertaining to animal rights, vegetarianism & living an healthy life full of compassion. Their site is so informative and inspiring, I urge you to take a look at their website. There are tons of links to various topics such as health, fashion, food, companion animals, wildlife and an events page.

Right now they are compiling a slideshow featuring car advertisements. Are you an animal-friendly business owner with your business name on your car? Send your photo off to Kindness Not Cruelty to have your car displayed in the slideshow.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Those selfish vegans...

... always thinking about themselves, and all the animals, and the planet, and their own health and well-being. So selfish!

Did anyone read the Toronto Sun today? Not a newspaper where I would expect to see the word "vegan" come up. A colleague plopped the "Dear Abby" or "Dear Ann" or whatever it is in front of my face... you know that section where everyone complains about what's going on in their lives and asks for the all-knowing Abby to solve their problems. How people can expect any of their problems to be answered in a space that takes up one little corner of the back of the newspaper, by a total stranger no less, is beyond me. But I digress.

The scenario, explained in 2 or 3 sentences was this: Daughter & Daughter's Boyfriend are getting married. They are both vegans. They want a vegan wedding (well duh! of course they do!!). Dad is so unhappy about this, he is almost refusing to go to the wedding, saying that the daughter and her fiance are "selfish" and Mom is stuck in the middle and doesn't know what to do.

Ann/Abby/Whatever her name is suggested that the day was about his daughter and not about him (YA!) and that if he was worried about it, he should eat before he goes to the wedding. WHAT?!?

Am I insane, or can some people not go ONE MEAL without having meat??!

This would have been my reply:

"How DARE you call your daughter selfish?! Your daughter is celebrating what she may consider the most important day of her life, or at the very least it will be a day that she will cherish for her entire life. She and her fiance have decided to celebrate their joy of getting married by having a wedding and offering a meal to their family and friends. The meal, in alignment with their core values, will not contain any animal products. I would venture to say that your daughter has omitted animal products from her life because she is a compassionate person and wants to live a compassionate lifestyle without harming other animals. Rather than go one meal without meat, you would rather miss your daughter's celebration of love with your new son-in-law?? You are pathetic! You call your daughter selfish, and yet you have no regard for the thousands of animals that will undoubtedly be put to slaughter so that you can have your precious meat at every meal. You sir, obviously care more about your own stomach than you do about your daughters beliefs, and you have the nerve to call her selfish? Shame on you! Shame on you for not thinking about anyone other than yourself. Shame on you for putting your taste buds ahead of all the torture and massacre of innocent animals, who die so that you can have your meat. You are a pathetic excuse for a human being."

I'm guessing that the columnist wanted to say something similar, but she was told to keep her answer under 30 words.

I would reference the column, but after scouring the Sun's web page for a bit, I couldn't find it. It's just as well, it's not exactly a newspaper that I want to support with adding a link on my blog.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Google Ads

I am hereby removing google ads from my blog. I don't know why I put them on anyway, I've never made a single penny from it. An add just popped up for fur stating that fur is "eco-friendly" & "natural". Why does anyone fall for this? Animals are bred in captivity, tortured, abused, and slaughtered. Then we have to skin them (or sometimes, the animals are skinned first. yep, skinned ALIVE), put a bunch of chemicals in the skin so that it doesn't decompose. We also put chemicals in to change the colour of the fur, or the skin. I'm not going to go into the process, because I want to spend my energy in other places, but it is an absolute oxy-moron (emphasis on the moron) to call fur "eco-friendly". Plus, there is absolutely nothing natural about skinning another animal, and walking around with it's dead carcass draped across your shoulders.

Vegan Beauty Products

Recently a friend asked me about vegan make-up so since I don't wear make-up a lot...ok, never, I had to do a little research! I found the following products at a Shopper's Drug Mart, which means that they are probably widely available in several different stores. If you know of some other ones, please let me know and I'll add them to the list.


SMASHBOX (USA) - 100% vegan (except for some brushes with animal hair, but they swear the animals are not harmed)


ORGANIC SURGE (UK) - 100% vegan

J R WATKINS APOTHECARY (USA) - do not claim to be vegan, they just claim to be above 95% "natural" whatever that means! I think "natural" is one of those blanket terms that every one feels good about, but it doesn't actually tell you anything about the product. They do state that they do not test on animals.

YES TO CARROTS (USA) - not vegan but the only non-vegan ingredients are honey & beeswax in some products. claim to be 100% cruelty-free (with a PETA stamp of approval). Lots of organic ingredients.


LACOUPE SALON (USA) - can't find much online, but the Orgnx line is definitely against animal testing. I think they use animal ingredients though. They do claim to plant a tree for every product sold (only in the orgnx line). /

LIVE CLEAN - 100% vegan

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary

There is an amazing love filled story in the Globe and Mail today. You don't see that too often, so you should all head to and give this inspiring story a read. After that, head to and show them some love.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

What the world needs now are Compassionate Cooks...

I discovered a new podcast that I am in love with. Ok, I lied. I hardly discovered it. Actually it was recommended to me by my favourite podcast team Animal Voices. Animal Voices did an interview with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau - you can listen to it here. This woman is a phenomenal, inspirational beacon of positivity. She beams light into every dark corner of the animal movement. For every person that complains that cutting animals out of their diet is too hard, she has an idea on how to make it easy. For every unthinkable horror that is happening in a slaughterhouse, she has a positive message of hope. On top of all that, she is just a wealth of information. Her podcast Vegetarian Food For Thought is bursting at the seams with important and incredibly interesting information, not only for vegetarians, but for the entire human race. I just listened to "Diseases of Civilization (aka Lifestyle Diseases)" which was so full of facts and numbers, I am actually pretty surprised that it didn't bore me. Usually, people start rhyming off all kinds of numbers and my mind starts to shut down and travel to more fun thoughts... but Colleen has an energy in her that kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire podcast (and 3 more right after that one). I highly recommend this podcast to anyone who is even slightly interested in health, and we should all be more than "slightly" interested in our health. We are literally killing ourselves with the food we eat and yet very few of us are willing to change our habits so that we can lead healthier stronger happier lives. If messages like Colleen's were on the front page of the newspaper every day, or played on major airways for an hour each day, can you imagine what a difference that would make?! Instead of reading about murder, rape and terrorism every day, we could be reading about hope, inspiration and joy. What a beautiful thing that would be.

Check out the following links:
Compassionate Cooks -
Vegetarian Food for Thought Podcast -
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau's Blogs - &

Monday, January 5, 2009

A Duck Named Bonnie

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2009 Rant

I have a lot of random stuff to post, so I thought I'd do it all in one go... making a gloriously ranty blog as my first blog of '09.

Firstly, I want you guys to check out Dan Piraro's blog.

He's a comic genius and for some reason he gets a lot of hate mail. I don't know what's wrong with people. Seriously, if you don't like the guy's blog, why the hell do you read it?! and then you proceed to waste your energy sending the guy nasty comments..?! I'm sure Dan just has a hilarious time laughing at all the hate.

I made a sandwich for dinner tonight and started thinking about my ultimate favourite sandwich spreads. #1 Avocado, #2 Hummus, #3 Veganaise. I'm a bit of a veganaise addict these days. Usually I never buy it, but I made a fantastic spinach dip over the holidays and so I have Veganaise left over in the fridge. I loosely based the recipe on something I found online somewhere, but it was so delicious and excruciatingly bad for you. I made it 3 times in a row, that's how addictive it is. By the 3rd time though, I thought I was going to puke at the sight of it. I probably won't make it again for a really long time. But if you want something incredibly delicious and fattening, here you go:

- green onions, chopped
- one container of vegan sour cream
- one cup of veganaise
- one package of vegan soup mix (i used lipton spring vegetable, but i had to strain out the noodles - I couldn't find another vegetable soup mix that was vegan)
- one package of frozen spinach dip

thaw and drain the spinach, then mix everything together. this goes well in a pumpernickel bowl (take pumpernickel bread and scoop out all the bread. rip it up into pieces to dip into the spinach dip). Super easy, super fast and feeds masses. Or if you're like me, you eat is all by yourself and regret it later.

I have to post this photo sent to me by Bonnie. She's such a cutie.

check out Bonnie's beautiful photo's here.

(Don't you love Bonnie's T-shirt? Get your own!!)

We have cable again. I liked the break from the box. Ahh well.

I have an incredibly long commute now. We moved into an energy efficient home and I doubled my commute. I might look into offsetting my carbon footprint for that... a deer ran in front of me the other day. I felt so sad seeing that deer... I felt so guilty that we have just taken all of the land where she used to roam and turned it into a scary loud road that I drive on every day. Me and a billion other cars and trucks.

On that note though, I've promised myself that I am going to ring in the new year with positivity! Lots of positive thoughts. Focus on the good, not the bad. There are so many good things happening, I don't have time to think about the bad. 2009 is going to be a year full of incredibly exciting happenings...! I can't wait!