Just Back from The Genesis Awards!

Just Back from The Genesis Awards!

This past weekend, I was in Los Angeles to attend The 26th Genesis Awards held at The Beverly Hilton. Each year, The Humane Society of the United States hosts a star-studded event that recognizes the contributions by major news and entertainment media in raising public awareness about animal issues. Saturday night’s program was hosted by Carrie Ann Inaba of “Dancing with the Stars.” The evening began with cocktails before sitting down to a 3-course vegan meal, followed by the awards show. Celebrity presenters included Colbie Callat, Bill Maher, Rose McGowan, Cloris Leachman, Jason Ritter, and Moby. In the midst of all the mingling, I enjoyed a conversation with the Today show’s Jill Rappaport, who won for her series of reports on rescuers of homeless animals. However, the highlight of the evening for me was getting lots of face licks from presenter Uggie, star of the Academy Award winning film The Artist. All of the nominees deserve a standing ovation for their inspiring work. Here’s a list of some of the night’s winners, just to give you a glimpse: Feature Film Rise of the Planet of the Apes Feature Documentary Born to Be Wild 3D Dramatic Series Hawaii Five-0 Reality Series Animal Planet Investigates– “Captive Hunting Exposed” Children’s Programming Teennick News w/ Linda Ellerbee National News NBC Nightly News Talk Show The Ellen DeGeneres Show TV NewsMagazine 20/20 (ABC) On-Line Award The Atlantic.com Ian Somerhalder of “The Vampire Diaries” received the Wyler Award, which is awarded each year to a celebrity or public figure who has raised awareness of animal issues via the media. The Ian Somerhalder Foundation “aims to empower, educate,...
Pretty Vegan Gift Basket!

Pretty Vegan Gift Basket!

Last week, my husband Seth was surprised by his new team with a gift basket. After just having met many of them for the first time, during an offsite retreat  — during which time they shared a few meals and therefore learned about Seth’s vegan lifestyle — Seth received a lovely follow-up “welcome”: a fair-trade, hand-made grass basket from Bangladesh, filled with all vegan goodies, arranged and delivered by Garuda International. The basket included: Sjaak‘s Organic Chocolate Assortment JJ’s Cocomels, coconut milk caramels Edward & Sons Exotic Rice Toast (Purple Rice & Black Sesame)* Wilderness Poets “Song of Abundance” Raw Trail Mix Betty Lou’s Organic Harmony Granola Bars & Cookies Dandies Mini Marshmallows* Eli’s Earth Bars (“Celebrate Bar” & “Treasure Bar”) Liz Lovely Ginger Snapdragons Pirate Brands Original Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks Sen Cha Green Tea Mints Primal Strips, vegan jerky (Hickory Smoked, Hot & Spicy, Thai Peanut, & Texas BBQ)* I have to thank the team myself — I’m definitely enjoying my share of the goods! It’s been fun for me to sample some products that I’ve never had before, such as the Primal jerky. Which got me thinking: vegan gift baskets are wonderful to give anyone, from the well-seasoned vegan to an omnivore friend. A basket will have plenty to choose from, so there’s something for everyone. Besides purchasing a basket from a company like Garuda, there’s the option of creating a basket ourselves, filling it with things we love and think our friends would enjoy as well. Whether it’s to welcome a new colleague, offer as a housewarming gift, celebrate a birthday or any other holiday,...
Shopping with specials by Vegan Cuts

Shopping with specials by Vegan Cuts

For those of you who get super-excited whenever you find a deal (and who doesn’t?), Vegan Cuts offers weekly specials that make it fun and easy to shop vegan while staying within the budget. It’s the GroupOn for all of us trying to use products and services that are aligned with a cruelty-free lifestyle. Deals range from food products to cosmetics to fashion. To give you a better idea of the possibilities, here are some recent highlights: 52% off Nicobella Organic and fair Trade Truffles Assortment $12 for 10 PureFit Bars ($19.90 value) 43% off Vegan Cosmetics & Skin Care (by various companies including Aubrey Organics, Beauty Without Cruelty, Ecco Bella) 50% off gift card for Compassion Couture Vegan Cuts is a terrific way to find bargains, and it’s also a fun way to learn about and try new products. As we all know, trying out new products can be risky business; no one can love everything, and so sometimes it seems easier just to stick with what we know. But when you can get such great prices on products and services, even the most risk-averse among us are likely to re-discover their inner-adventurer. And keeping it fun — so that choosing cruelty-free is more about what we can have, rather than what we can’t have — is the surest way to make a cruelty-free lifestyle a lasting life-long commitment. Enjoy exploring alternatives with the help of Vegan Cuts, and  please let me know if you discover any new...
“Got the Facts on Milk?” Documentary

“Got the Facts on Milk?” Documentary

A road trip from California to Washington, D.C. by Shira Lane and friends. Destination: the USDA office, to question the publicized benefits of milk and dairy products. Along the way, they stop to ask ordinary people what they think about milk, milk production, and its effects on human health. The responses are often as hilarious as they are thought-provoking. In the process of this entertaining film (complete with animation, also done by Shira Lane), the documentary debunks the myth of needing calcium from milk for bone strength, points out the plight of farmers who have become like indentured servants to the major players in agribusiness, and highlights animal welfare issues such as the need to keep dairy cows pregnant all the time so they produce milk, the practice of taking away the newborn calves from their mothers, and the fact that the male calves are shipped off to become veal cutlets. The documentary is appropriate for most ages and is bound to launch some lively discussion afterwards. You can order the DVD on the film’s web site or, for just $5.99, you can stream the film for viewing. Check out the trailer…   Bonus Tips! Check out my previous posts on Milk Alternatives and Non-Dairy Yogurt. For the remainder of the week, I’ll be offering other fantastic non-dairy alternatives that make it easy to ditch the...
The Social & Single Vegan: Internet Dating

The Social & Single Vegan: Internet Dating

Whether you’re looking for a fun fling or a special someone, these dating sites can help you expand your social circle. Have fun! VeganDating.org I like that there’s a “dietary practice” scroll down that lets you get more specific (i.e., macrobiotic). VeggieDate.org Winner of VegNews magazine’s 2010 Veggie Award for Favorite Dating Site. PerfectMatch.com Also offers “Vegan Date Night Recipes” and “success stories” to keep you optimistic. VeganPassions.com Groups you can join on the site include Animal Rights, No Animal Products, Eco-friendly, and Former Vegetarian & Now Vegan.  FreeVeganDating.com Claims to be the fastest growing vegan dating website, which means there will be a large pool of potentials: if a date doesn’t become a true match, there will be plenty of other faux-fish in the sea 😉 Veg Speed Dating I almost participated in a speed-dating event once in my single days, just to see what it was like. But it was right before moving from NYC to Tucson, and I decided setting myself up for possibly meeting someone in New York  at that point probably was not the best idea. So my dear vegetarian, vegan, and veg-curious friends… I must now experience vicariously through you! Let me know if you give speed dating a go....