Vi Zahajszky, originally from Hungary, Boston, and New York, drove across the country to San Francisco a few years ago with her husband Chris and a rescue pup named The Bandit. By day she works at KQED and is involved in the station's new media efforts. By night, her passions lie in vegan food and fashion. Her own blog, plantmade, focuses on vegan and cruelty-free fashion. She is a fashion writer for eco-conscious website One Green Planet, and has contributed to SF vegan lifestyle blog Vegansaurus and San Diego food blog Pizzelles.
Currently studying fashion design and pattern-making at Apparel Arts in San Francisco, she has plans to eventually develop a vegan clothing line. You can find her on facebook and on twitter @plantmade.
Mardi Gras is just around the corner, and if you can't be in New Orleans, you may as well celebrate at home with these delicious treats. Beignets' ingredients have simple substitutes, making for a very easily veganizable recipe. Enjoy them with a coconut milk café au lait!
A favorite soup for everyone is ramen. Yummy broth, chewy noodles, and a medley of toppings. It doesn't get much better than that.
Unfortunately traditional ramen is not vegan; the broth contains fish (bonito), pork, and sometimes chicken, and the noodles contain eggs. So the option of going to a Japanese restaurant is out. But no need to fret! You can make easy and delicious vegan ramen at home with just a few tweaks.
The SF Vegan Bakesale takes place this Saturday, January 15, 11am-3pm, at SpeeSees on 1415 Valencia Street. Vegans of the Bay Area band together every few months and hold a sale with all proceeds donated to charities. Organized by Laura Beck and Karin Olsson, these bakesales have been a huge success for the past two years.
Many folks believe that being a vegan during the holidays is a challenge. Au contraire! I look at it as a way to be more creative and celebrate many of the awesome vegan options that abound in the Bay Area. Here is my top twelve list of the best ways for vegans to indulge in some local holiday spirit.