Vegan Eats – NYC (New York City) Edition

☆ All the vegan-friendly restaurants and food spots in New York City. ☆

 

Manhattan, NY

  • Urban Vegan Kitchen
  • Blossom
  • Blossom du Jour
  • Double Zero 
  • Jajaja NYC
  • Mother of Pearl
  • Ladybird
  • Cienfuegos
  • Delice & Sarrasin
  • Terri
  • Hangawi
  • Franchia Vegan Cafe
  • Kajitsu
  • Beyond Sushi (Multiple Locations)
  • Orchard Grocer
  • May Kaidee NYC
  • Sun In Bloom
  • Candle 79
  • The Original Buddha Bodai
  • Nix (vegetarian, vegan options  + upon request)
  • Caravan of Dreams
  • Avant Garden
  • Seasoned Vegan
  • Peacefood Cafe
  • La Botaniste
  • Vita
  • Pocion Lounge 
  • Cinnamon Snail
  • Chickpea and Olive (Food truck/ pop-ups)
  • Yeah Dawg (Pop-ups)
  • Superiority Burger (vegetarian, vegan options  + upon request)
  • Butcher’s Daughter (vegetarian, vegan options + upon request) – one of my favorites!
  • Dirt Candy (vegetarian, vegan option + upon request)
  • Van Leeuwen (vegan ice cream!)

Non-vegan places w/ vegan options worth trying…

  • Ess-a-Bagel – tofu cream cheese (vegan) with bagels! can’t forget about bagels!
  • La Pala – vegan pizza options
  • Bare Burger – veggie burger options + they have Impossible Foods!

 

Brooklyn, NY

  • Champs – An entirely vegan diner.
  • Dunwell Donuts (Location in Manhattan, too.)
  • Screamers – NY style vegan pizza!
  • Bunna Cafe
  • Haymaker’s Corner Store
  • Riverdel
  • Brine & Dine
  • Modern Love Brooklyn
  • Clementine Bakery
  • Toadstyle
  • Little Choc Apothecary 
  • Vegetarian Ginger 
  • Pine Box Rock Shop (bar)
  • Bar Velo
  • LuAnne’s Wild Ginger (Multiple Locations)

Non-vegan places w/ vegan options worth trying…

  • Samurai Papa – Vegan ramen + other things
  • Little Mo’s – Vegan pho + other things
  • Momo Sushi Shack – Many vegan options including: appetizers, sushi rolls, and even curry.
  • Perelandra Natural Food Center (BK Heights) – Vegetarian grocery store includes a juice and breakfast bar in the back with MANY vegan options.

More non-vegan places with vegan options worth trying… Coming Soon.

 

 

*Running list. Continuously updating.*
Let me know if you have any suggestions! 🙂

Separate articles + reviews coming soon.

Vegan Eats – Bay Area Edition

☆ All the vegan-friendly restaurants and food spots in the Bay Area. ☆

 

San Francisco, CA

  • Shizen Sushi Bar & Izakaya
  • Gracias Madre
  • Seed + Salt
  • Vegan Burg
  • Cha-Ya
  • Thai Idea
  • Judahlicious
  • Vegan Picnic
  • Golden Era
  • Indochine Vegan
  • Nourish Cafe
  • Peña Pachamama
  • The Flying Falafel
  • Ananda Fuara (vegetarian, vegan options + upon request)
  • Greens (vegetarian, vegan options + upon request)
  • Hella Vegan Eats (Food truck)
  • No No Burger (Food truck)
  • Loving Hut is always an option although not my favorite.

Non-vegan places w/ vegan options worth trying…

  • Soul Groove – Vegan Chicken & Waffles
  • St. Francis Fountain – Vegan brunch options!
  • Mission Pie – Yummiest vegan pie.
  • Ike’s Place – Lots of vegan sandwich options
  • Dinosaurs (Vietnamese) – Vegan banh mi

 

Oakland, CA/ Berkeley, CA

  • Millennium
  • Timeless
  • Souley Vegan
  • Shangri-La
  • Flacos Tacos
  • Butcher’s Son
  • Pepples Donut Farm
  • Cinnaholic
  • Souley Vegan
  • Cafe Gratitude
  • Herbivore
  • Sanctuary Bistro
  • Two Mammas’ Vegan Kitchen
  • Saturn Cafe (vegetarian, vegan options + upon request)

Non-vegan places w/ vegan options worth trying…

  • Homeroom – Vegan mac & cheese!
  • Zachary’s Chicago Pizza – Deep dish pizza with vegan cheese
  • Cholita Linda – Tofu Tacos, skip the baja crema
  • CREAM – vegan ice cream, cookies for vegan ice cream sandwiches. (with locations in the South Bay)

 

South Bay Area (Mountain View, Palo Alto, mostly San Jose)

  • Veggie Grill (Multiple locations)
  • Good Karma
  • Happy Hooligans
  • Happiness Cafe
  • Vegetarian House
  • Tofoo Com Chay
  • Golden Bamboo
  • Garden Fresh Chinese Vegan
  • Merit Vegetarian (not my favorite, but an option)
  • Green Barn (not my favorite, but an option)
  • Mint and Basil (vegetarian, vegan options + upon request)

Non-vegan places w/ vegan options worth trying…

  • Oren’s Hummus
  • LYFE Kitchen

*Running list. Continuously updating.*
Let me know if you have any suggestions! 🙂

Separate articles + reviews coming in the near future.
My awesomely talented friend Brian over at Goodlife Cookin’ just started a review of  Vegan/Vegan-friendly Eateries in San Francisco, CA.

O Lena, Lena…

O Lena, Lena…


Lena, where have you been all my life? In my humble opinion, period cups are the best invention since sliced bread. For us ladies, at least. Although admittedly, I was one of those skeptics when I first heard about them. Is it messy? Will it be painful? What if it gets stuck, and I can’t take it out? However, once I took the plunge, all those worries washed away, and NOW – I can’t live without them. Period cups, specifically Lena Cups have officially been established as part of my monthly routine, every time Aunt Flo comes to visit.

WHY? How did I end up trying something I had previously been hesitant about? Two Words: Climate Change. Pollution caused by waste is a huge contributing factor to climate change and essentially the destruction of our planet. The more we throw trash at our home, the less it will become a safe and healthy place for us and other species to reside in. That was the push for me. I’ve been working my way towards a waste-free lifestyle and period cups are vital when it comes to eco-friendly living, as the recurring use of these feminine hygiene products contribute intensively to waste production.  And indeed, that could be said about a lot of things. Zero waste, no chemical-ridden cotton and no unwanted spillage – period cups are the way to go. When researching period cups, I wanted to choose one that was ethical and safe. Lena Cup is made in the USA, vegetable dyed and FDA approved. That means it is an ethical company using no nasty chemical dyes on their products, with no labels of unknown ”imported” manufacturers.

THE EXPERIENCE. I was able to try the 2-pack of the small and large, and the sensitive cup. On the first day of my period, I tried the Small Cup to get acquainted with period cups as it was my first time. I gave it a rinse with warm water using a mild, allergen-free, natural and vegan soap. Then I flattened it, folded it in half and inserted it until the bottom was at the opening of my vagina. It suctions into your vagina and will reform itself to catch all your blood. And yes, I even have it in when I sleep. I would say that there can be leaks, and I’ve stained my underwear a few times so I’d suggest wearing a liner when your flow is heavy. Also, it could just be needing to make sure it’s suctioned in fittingly. After noticing the leakage, I did switch over to the large cup and that definitely solved the problem for me. With the period cups, you’re able to wear it up to 12 hours – amazing. However, the longest I’ve worn it was 8 hours (at night until morning). When I’m out and about, I was changing it every 4 hours. When I did this, I noticed that the period cup was only filled up halfway, at most. I wear the Large Cup at the start of my period when I have a heavier flow, and once I see that cup barely filled up at 4 hours, I switch to Small. During a period cup emptying or switching, I rinse it and insert it back in. Instantly, I feel refreshed and clean again. If you do not have access to a private bathroom or stall with a sink, rinsing it will obviously be an issue. I suggest purchasing a second and bringing it around with you, or just opt for the 2-pack. Lena Cup gives you a small pouch to keep your period cup sanitary. Comfortability factor, I’d give it a generous 8/10. That’s pretty above and beyond, considering having anything up there shouldn’t be comfortable. And I haven’t even talked about the Sensitive Cup. This one feels a lot more gentle and soft, not significantly but enough for one to notice. For those of you who are uncertain and nervous, I’d start with the Sensitive Cup. I used this one when I was feeling sensitive “down there,” hence the name. We all undoubtedly have those days where we don’t want to deal with anything. The sensitive one is great for that, but also not necessary since the regular cups are already excellent. I’ve used it three months in a row, and I can confidently say I will never go back to pads and tampons.

STILL NOT CONVINCED? If you’re unsure about it because you have never even inserted anything into your vaginal canal, think about how miserable you are when your period rolls around. On top of dealing with moodiness, fatigue and period cramps (if you are one of the unlucky ones), you have to put up with a mess in your underwear, consistently for 3-7 days. Not going to get too graphic or descriptive because all you pad-wearing ladies know what I’m talking about. If you are strictly a pad lady for any other reason besides a fear of sticking something in your vagina (such as religious reasons), I understand, and this may not be the thing for you. Another huge plus I can’t forget to mention, is that you never have to buy a box of tampons and pads, ever again!

With that all being said, I highly recommend period cups. I have linked the period cups I talked about at the bottom of this post, and I suggest you give them a try. They’re currently on sale right now! ☺️

I think I pretty much covered everything, but if I’ve missed something you are curious about – definitely send me an e-mail or a DM on Instagram, and we can chat.

Pictured: 2-Pack Small & Large / Sensitive Cup

 

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Animal-friendly Winter Coat Wishlist 2016

Animal-friendly Winter Coat Wishlist 2016

It’s that time of year when people pull out their wool coats and fur lined down parkas.

I’ve seen a few people sporting their Canada Goose jackets around the streets of New York City and I can’t help but feel horrified every time. Fur and animal skin has been something that has always left me feeling uneasy. The thought of wearing the skin and fur of another animal is invasive and sickening to me. As humans we’ve evolved into compassionate and emotionally intelligent beings and I think it’s detrimental to waive these innate human behaviors. To deflect this and encourage others to dress cruelty-free, I’ve picked out a few stylish alternative pieces and brands that I’ve been eyeing – some are a bit pricey so be warned.*

*Disclaimer: As I do not support stores such as Forever21, Zara and Top Shop, their brands will be omitted from this post. If you want affordable jackets (under $100), please, please thrift! Thrifting is more creative and fun, while you get to discover unique pieces, and all at good deals. Just be sure to check the tag. If you’ve been vegan for a while, you’re already an expert.

Faux Fur

Fur on clothing is nasty. Fur on clothing is cruel. Fur does not belong on the human body. Fur is only beautiful if it is on the back of the animal it belongs. Fur is not sustainable, no matter the claims.

The Edith Coat by Shrimps

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Leopard Faux Fur Coat by Urban Outfitters40220725_029_b

Fur Free Fur Dan Coat by Stella McCartney
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Cropped Plush Fur Jacket by Free People
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Erin Faux Fur Jacket  by Nasty Gal

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Vegan Leather/ Suede

Vegan leather or suede is great for heat insulation. It’s a versatile piece that is fun for layering, and can be worn for multiple seasons.  Not to mention, everyone needs a vegan leather jacket in their closet.

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Vegan Suede Jacket by James Payne
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Faux Leather Moto Jacket by Free People
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Wool Coat Alternatives

Wool coats for colder climates are a staple in everyone’s wardrobe. Bundled up in a long pea coat and wrapped in a thick knit scarf is a common appearance on the streets. Over the years, I’ve noticed that wool-free, animal-free peat coats or long coats are difficult to come by. So here, I’ve done a little extra digging for you.

The Classic Vaute Pea by Vaute
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Undercover Coat by Free People
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Coat by BLQ Basic

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Down Alternative Puffers

Duck feathers fly everywhere after a pillow fight ensued among your best friends during a sleepover. You don’t think twice about it. Bundled up in your down jacket, a feather peaks out and you pluck it. You don’t think twice about it. Feathers are hand plucked from the skin of ducks, most while they are still alive. Until their skin is red and raw, and us humans have gathered every bit. They are left without their coat. They are left to die. They are left without what belongs to them after living a life of confinement and in terror. This is purely for vanity and for means that can be resolved with the technology we have developed.

Black Marissa Coat by Stella McCartney

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Women’s Packable Long Puffer Coat by Save The Duck
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Certa Jacket by UNIF
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Nano Puff Hoody by Patagonia
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Alternatives to Fur/ Wool Lined Parkas

Parkas are often filled with down or the fabric is made of wool, then lined with sherpa or fur. A bit excessive? How many animals suffered to make one jacket, that is often way too overpried.

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Insulated Prairie Dawn Parka by Patagonia.
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Tayga Parka by Embassy of Bricks
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I hope this was helpful and encouraging to all of you to continue choosing cruelty-free. I understand the price tag is a bit steep on most of these, so I am going to keep that in mind for next time when I try to search for more options that are affordable (under $100) that follow sustainable and ethical practices. Also, please consider that a winter coat should be timeless and something that you can grab daily so an investment piece might be worth it. I did include some items from brands (Urban Outfitters & Free People) that are questionable in the area of ethics and sustainability, failing to be transparent about their environmental and social conditions with how they produce their clothes. So, I did think about this when I included them. We can only hope that there will be more companies who will join up on including practices to support ethical and sustainable fashion, so that it can eventually come to be a more common sight.

This was a post mainly to prove that there are in fact alternatives to cruelly made fashion items. This idea that animal skin and fur are necessary for warmth is archaic and runs excessively rampant. We are not entitled to their bodies and their lives. It’s absolutely an inhumane and selfish act by humans to claim, trap, and breed living beings for vanity. There is no other way to put it because it’s unreasonable and evil.

Thanks so much for always being a supporter of my blog and for being a part of the vegan movement and the environmental cause.

xx

Joan

7 Super Cool Eco-friendly & Ethical Lingerie Brands

7 Super Cool Eco-friendly & Ethical Lingerie Brands

When researching for names to add to my list of shareable underwear brands, I made sure each brand followed fair-trade labor practices, had a range of cruelty-free items, and were practicing eco-friendly methods from how it is manufactured down to the fabric they used. However, please note that no one is perfect, and making an effort in the first place to contribute to ethical and eco-friendly fashion is already a big step towards change. On top of pledging to strive for conscious efforts all around, each of these brands have killer style with their own unique twist and sense of voice. Here are the lovely seven:

  1. Faelyn is designed by a lovely woman named Emily in Brooklyn, NY. Her designs have us swooning and dozing off into a dreamy place. Committed to sustainability, these undergarments are made from eco-friendly and organic cotton without harsh chemical dyes. In addition to the brand’s mission to help the environment, Faelyn is sweatshop free and cruelty-free. Definitely on the top of my list. Here is a small brand you can definitely trust.

    Copyright © Faelyn 2016

    Copyright © Faelyn 2016

     

  2. PACT wants to educate their customers. Their site contains informative slides that you can’t miss about the cotton industry and how impactful choosing organic and sustainable cotton is for the environmentthe farmers, and the factory workers. Lots of respect for this brand’s efforts to be completely transparent. PACT’s underwear is practical, soft, and comes in 5 different fits, each with their own array of colors and patterns to choose from.

    © 2002–2016 PACT Apparel.

     

  3. What started off as a passionate discussion between two friends, Laura and Rachel’s dreams of creating a minimal and locally made underwear line soon became reality with Pansy.  Located in Oakland, CA the line is now run by Laura. Every fabric item is responsibly sourced from locations in the U.S., and sewn together in San Leandro, CA. Their brand has a minimal look that any woman will love. Their lingerie also comes in a range of solid colors, from ‘Rust’ to ‘Pale Blue’.

    © PANSY 2016

     

  4.  Style Saint wants to be a part of the conscious effort to make changes in the fashion industry, while encouraging their customers to contribute less to environmental change. Taking strides to create ultimate awareness, with each clothing item reveals how many hours of ethical labor was paid, how many yards of sustainable fabric was used, and how many gallons of water was saved. Another thing about Style Saint is that they have created an entire clothing line made from sustainable fabrics that can be worn year-round. For all my cruelty-free babes, lucky for you their entire lingerie line (currently available) is silk-free and made from sustainable nylon fabrics.

    ©2016 STYLESAINT INC, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

     

  5. Naja was founded by Gina Rodriguez (actress from ‘Jane the Virgin’) and Catalina Girald, created by their mission to empower women. Their lingerie brand is committed to 4 main areas: to be a business that primarily employs and benefits women, Underwear for Hope program, to produce detailed and well crafted designs unique to Naja, and to always use environmentally friendly processes. Striving for eco-conscious efforts they use environmentally-friendly fabric printing to reduce water waste, and try to incorporate fabric from recycled plastic bottles in their designs as much as possible. If you’re curious for more, read more about their story here.

    ©2016 Naja

     

  6. Blue Canoe was started by Laurie Dunlap in San Francisco, and they’ve been making eco-conscious clothing since 1994. Each item is made in the USA from organically grown cotton, bamboo, or hemp and non-toxic sustainable dyes. Considering those who have allergies and chemical sensitivities, each of their pieces are created by using fabrics that are as pure and allergy-free as possible. Their styles represent a look that is functional, simple, and timeless.

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  7. I discovered Mighty Good Undies on accident and was very excited to have come upon it. They’re making it a point to not only bring ethical fashion into mainstream awareness, but a common practice in the fashion industry overall. They’ve created a brand of quality items to be as affordable as possible. You get a keen sense that the founders, Hannah and Elena have an extensive knowledge of what is means to be ethical and sustainable; you can feel safe knowing this company is all about doing good for the people and the environment.Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 9.46.53 PM

Making the choice to wear underwear from companies that do good will literally make you feel GOOD. Knowing that your stylish and comfy underwear doesn’t include any chemical processes using toxic dyes, are made with eco-conscious fabric, while understanding that your purchase supported fairly paid workers is a wonderful thing. There is so much good and positive effect that these practices should be a definite given. Each of these brands are indubitably aware that fashion has an impact on the environment and the people. And I hope that will be the case as more ethical and conscious companies pop up, where ethical and environmentally conscious clothing is produced as commonplace.

xx

Joan

Film Fashion Style Alternative: The Revenant

I am starting a series called ‘Film Fashion Style Alternative’ (soon to be abbreviated) where I will come up with cruelty-free/ ethical outfits inspired by costumes pulled from outfits worn by a specific character in movies. The character’s ensemble is one major point in making or breaking the character so deciding on the right pieces is essential. A lot of Hollywood costume designers/ stylists like to create outfits for characters from clothes made by high-end fashion designers; and sadly, the majority of couture designers would not think twice about giving up animal fibers for their vision and art form.

For the first one of this series, I am taking on the film, ‘The Revenant’. If this is still on your to-watch list, it’s a definite must-see for you thrill seekers and avid movie-goers. Every part of the movie was so beautifully sewn together and it was quite the experience. Reveling in this gorgeous film as a whole is a warranted affection, but I’m here to talk specifically Hugh’s signature look. Majority of the film, Leonardo DiCaprio who plays Hugh Grant, has bear fur draped around himself as his coat to protect him through the harsh and resilient winter. As my blog is absolutely not a space that condones wearing fur of any kind, I wanted to recreate Hugh’s outfit 100% cruelty-free. Although this is not a look many of us pull inspiration from, I’ve found some pretty stylish furry bear fur-free jackets that I want to share. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty stoked on the idea of looking like a bear and the fantasy of being Leo’s fierce imaginary counterpart in the Revenant.

  1. Fur Free Fur Short Lila Gilet – $1,955 $782 by Stella McCartney
  2. Laundry by Shelli Segal Faux Fur Co – $148.49 at Nordstrom
  3. Faux Fur Cape (Vintage) – $425 on Etsy
  4. Vintage Faux Fur Coat – $111.20 at ASOS 
  5. Super Trash Faux Fur Coat – $166.60 on Nasty Gal 

X,

Joan