Burgers, Beet Juice and Beer, Oh My!

You may have noticed that I’ll have a green juice in my hand one day, and a (vegan) milkshake the next. It will come as no surprise to you, then, that I fell head-over-heels in love with Healthy Junk, a vegan restaurant in Anaheim, California.

This spot fuses my passions for both healthy and not-so-healthy food perfectly. If I have a soul-restaurant (like a soul-mate…for my belly), this is it. So in this episode of Vegan Break, I’m taking you with me for a peek inside this casual but hip and colorful dining spot. Enjoy!

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I’ve always wanted to try wheatgrass-vodka shots (opposites attract, right?), and this might just be the spot. The spirited “Junk Bar” is a great place to sip on organic beer or wine as you enjoy your lunch—whether it be a ‘Philly Chez Stake’ or a ‘Mighty Kale Salad.”

✈ If you do make it to Anaheim, I hope you’ll swing by and give Healthy Junk a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

❤ Michelle

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Republic of V ❤ New Vegan Store!

What’s unique, delicious and stylish all over? The new vegan shop Republic of V! This hip new establishment opened up in Berkeley, California, and is a one-stop-shop for vegan gifts, specialty items that will fulfill your wildest food fantasies, and other little delights. Watch the video below to take a peek inside!

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Hand-crafted vegan mugs? Check. Vegan candy bars? Check. Tofurky Hot Pockets? Check. Need I say more? Get yo’ booty-patooty to Berkeley and check out this kick-ass spot ASAP.

Republic of V Rescue Dog

Republic of V Sign

Peace & ❤,
Michelle

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Oakland Veg Week ☀ April 21 – 27

The 3rd annual Oakland Veg Week is coming up next month! I’ve helped organize this event over past several years, and this little video gives you a taste of what it’s like.


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Each year we get hundreds of veg-pledge signers and host speakers, cooking demos, vegan drinks meet-ups and more. If you live in the Bay Area, I hope you’ll take part, and if not, I hope you’ll consider organizing a veg week in your town!

Oakland Veg Week Table Card
Oakland Veg Week Volunteers
Oakland Vegan Food

Keep veggin’ on!

❤ Michelle

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Natural Products Expo West Recap & Giveaway!

My first Natural Products Expo. Wowzer. Talk about sensory overload! The three-day convention took me through a maze of companies and products that was beyond my wildest imagination. Vegan vendors everywhere. Dairy-free cheese and animal-free meats galore. Watch my video recap below and you’ll see just what I mean.

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Now, it’s GIVEAWAY time! I brought home a motherload of vegan snacks, swag, beauty products and more, and of course I want to share it all with you! Enter the contest below to win one of these two packages of vegan goodies from the event.

Expo West Vegan GiveawayExpo West Vegan Giveaway 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck, friends! The winner will be notified on April 1st. I can’t wait to send these packages out to two of you!

❤ Michelle

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Vegan Snacks and Makeup Galore!

The February Vegan Cuts snack box and beauty box arrived, and you know what that means. It’s unboxing time! In these videos I reveal the goodies that were packed into these boxes this month. I was especially excited to receive the snack box because I co-curated it!

♡ Vegan Cuts Snack Box: http://mbsy.co/dNR2
♡ Vegan Cuts Beauty Box: http://mbsy.co/gfMQ
♡ Vegan Cuts Marketplace: http://mbsy.co/dNQZ

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Snack Box Contents:
❤  Earth Balance Kettle Chips
❤  Equal Exchange Chocolate Bar
❤  Hail Merry Strawberry Macaroons
❤  Nakd Wholefood Bar
❤  Two Degrees Nutrition Bar
❤  The Daily Crave Veggie Chips
❤  Runa Tea
❤  Vegan Smart Nutritional Shake

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Beauty Box Contents:
Chandler Farm Hand Creme ($9.99)
Medusa Makeup Lipstick in Lolita ($12)
Molly Rose Truffle Cocoa Lip Balm ($5)
❤ Yarok Organic Hair Styling Whip ($5)
Greenbody Deodorant (Sample)
Birthed by Earth Lemongrass Candle ($1.50)

Enjoy!

❤ Michelle

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Cauliflower Buffalo Wings with Vegan Ranch Dip

Friends, guess what? I have a new favorite recipe that is healthy, gluten-free, vegan and deeeelicious! It’s also one of the hottest items featured by food bloggers over the past year, and for good reason. Cauliflower buffalo wings make the perfect party or game-day finger food, and once you try these, you’ll be hooked for life.

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Gluten-Free Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

    • 2 medium heads of cauliflower
    • 1 cup white rice flour (yes, you can substitute regular flour!)
    • ¼ tsp. garlic power
    • ¼ tsp. salt
    • ¼ tsp. paprika
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 cup Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce

Vegan Ranch Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup vegan mayo (I used Vegenaise)
  • ½ cup vegan sour cream (I used Follow Your Heart’s Vegan Gourmet)
  • 1 teaspoon vegan worcesterchire sauce (I used Annie’s)
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fine chopped dill
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped fine
  • ¼ cup Italian parsley, chopped fine
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced fine
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Note: This produces a thick ranch dip which is perfect to pair with cauliflower buffalo wings! For a thinner ranch to use as salad dressing, add a dash of soy or almond milk.

Enjoy!

❤ Michelle

P.S. Many thanks to my good friend Kristen Sinch who introduced me to these gems, and to Alex Thomopoulos who developed this recipe!

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Vegan Cuts Snack Box ❤ Exclusive Sneak Peek!

I have some exciting news to share. Vegan Break is co-curating the February Vegan Cuts Snack Box! This box will include a few of my favorites, along with some new vegan items on the market. Watch this video to get a sneak peek of a few of the items that will be in the box, and then hurry up and order one before it’s too late!

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♡ Vegan Cuts Snack Box: http://mbsy.co/dNR2
♡ Vegan Cuts Beauty Box: http://mbsy.co/gfMQ
♡ Vegan Cuts Marketplace: http://mbsy.co/dNQZ

Snack on, my fellow Vs!
❤ Michelle

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Vegan Deodorant ★ My Top 4 Cruelty-Free Favorites!

For the longest time, I wondered if I would ever find a cruelty-free vegan deodorant that actually works. I have gone through many brands, but each one I tried seemed to fail epically. That is…until now!

After 7 years as a vegan, I have finally settled on a few vegan deodorants that I love and highly recommend, because – *shocker* – they actually work! In this video I share my  4 favorites. I hope this helps you stay smellin’ fresh without causing harm to anybunny.

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Here is where you can find these four favorites:
★ LaVanila vegan deodorant: http://amzn.to/1kPTipL
★ North Coast Organics deodorant: http://mbsy.co/dNQZ
★ Schmidt’s natural deodorant: http://mbsy.co/dNQZ
★ Crystal mineral salt deodorant: http://amzn.to/1e2cRVA

Cheers!

❤ Michelle

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Vegan Super Bowl Party Recipes

The Super Bowl is just a few days away, and if you’re anything like me, you are scrambling for the best vegan foods to serve up at you Super Bowl party! Here are some of my favorites:

1.  Spinach Artichoke Dip (from Chef Chloe Coscarelli)

2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes (from My Sweet Vegan)

3.  Easy Cheesy Bruschetta

4. Nacheez Vegan Nacho Cheese

5. Deviled Potatoes

6. Vegan Pigs in Blankets! Simply get some vegan hot dogs and wrap them in crescent rolls (the Original Pillsbury Crescent Rolls happen to be vegan). Bake and serve!

There you have it. Now just fill your fridge with beer (Barnivore.com will tell you if your booze is vegan), call your friends over, and turn on the tube! It’s game time. May the best team win!

❤ Michelle

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Top 5 Bite-Sized Vegan Videos of 2013!

Hi Friends,

Happy New Year! In the typical New Year’s Eve tradition, I am taking some time to reflect on the past year–and phew, do we humans squeeze a lot into our little lives! From exploring  the vegan cuisine in Israel to attending my first Vida Vegan Con in Portland to marching for animals in the San Francisco Pride Parade, my year was jam-packed with fun and creative ways to help animals.

In the spirit of reflection, I thought I’d share 5 of my favorite (of the 35+) bite-sized vegan videos I made in the past year. I did my best to document my ventures and findings in an effort to inspire you to find compassion and get active for animals in your own ways. Enjoy!

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I wish you all a happy, healthy, compassionate and action-packed 2014!

❤ Michelle

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