Pousse Pousse Paris – Raw Vegan Wholesome Goodness

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Pousse Pousse Paris

Delicious β€œlive” crackers from Pousse Pousse in Paris are made every day with sprouted grains in a dehydrator set at 40Β°c. These were the best tasting raw crackers I have ever eaten and it was at this point I realized I was truly enjoying bird food. What have I become?

An expert in organic cuisine for many years the owner, Lawrence, has a passion for sprouted grains. Her restaurant/boutique isn’t called β€œPousse-Pousse” (or β€œSprout-Sprout” in French) for nothing –- it offers a large selection of grains and wheat grass shots in a very convivial setting where customers feel at home. It’s a very comfortable and welcoming small restaurant.

At Pousse-Pousse, you can opt to eat-in or take-out delicious vegetarian (vegan) meals, and can also learn to make Pousse-Pousse’s delectable creations themselves at home thanks to Lawrence’s high-energy cooking classes where she reveals many of her secrets, ingredients and techniques [from their website].

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The Baby Vegan – Finding Your Line {Guest Blogger @Wannabe_Veggie}

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I found going Vegan to be incredibly easy. No, really, I did. I started off as a Vegetarian for most of my youth, but when I married a meat lover I went on to eat meat. When I did become a Vegetarian again I found myself consuming less and less dairy products without paying attention. So making the leap was pretty simple to do. After all, what was I really losing?

But one thing I have found some difficulty with is the label. I don’t know if you have noticed, but for much of the Vegan community there isn’t much of a consensus on what isn’t a Vegan. There is plenty of information on what makes one: someone who doesn’t eat or use anything that comes from a living, feeling creature. So no meat, dairy, honey, leather, etc.

This seems so straight forward at the face of it, but what happens when you fall below the standard? What are you called then?

The Invisible Line

Not too long ago I came across a series of tweets from a very distraught young woman. She said that she just found out something she ate once a week was meatless, but contained some powdered milk product. I remember one of the updates clearly:

β€œTurns out I was never #Vegan, can’t stop crying. #Gutted.”

From what I can tell she had done everything else right. She gave up all animal products consciously, bought with the purpose of being cruelty free, and campaigned for awareness (based on other tweets in her feed).

Did the fact that she was accidentally eating something every once in awhile with milk really mean she wasn’t Vegan?

This, folks, is what I like to call β€œthe invisible line”. It is invisible because no one actually knows where it is, or where it is placed. Just that it exists, and that if they cross it they risk being seen as β€œless Vegan” than the rest.

Finding Your Line

It is very important as a Baby Vegan not to feel intimidated or bullied by this unseen menace. Because in the end, the only person who can decide where that line is placed is you. You, the person who has made the courageous choice to lessen your impact on the environment, to not be a part of animal cruelty, and to do something amazing for your body’s health.

My own line is not the same one many people are going to take. I am meat free all of the time. But I am dairy-free only 95% of the time. Does that make me less of a Vegan? Well, maybe to some people, and I admire those who are able to keep themselves 100% animal product free all the time. But I am not ashamed that I am not one of them, because I see the good in the choices I make almost all of the time.

That is why I found it so easy to become a Vegan. Because even though I am making a massive choice in how I live, eat, shop and look at the world, I’m doing it the way that works for me. I am finding my line.

Don’t be afraid to find your own, Baby Vegans.


Oli Anderson is a freelance writer and owner of The Wannabe Vegetarian. She is new to the lifestyle, but eager to promote both cruelty free living and environmental resource reduction.Β She can be contacted by email here.

Vegan Gluten-free Tofu Scramble Perfected

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Not sure if I posted this here yet but I finally perfected the vegan, gluten-free tofu scramble. Seriously, the best recipe of all time. It’s the return of the decadent, hot breakfast for vegans. Tater tots optional.

Interested in getting the recipe? Click ABOUT MEATY VEGAN link at the top of the page, read the blog entry, and fill out the form at the bottom! Request the recipe or just tell me what you think of MeatyVegan.com.

Go vegan!

I’m Vegan and I’m Better than You …

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I’m vegan and I’m better than you. Not really but kind of. Vegans have a reputation for being judgmental about everything. Somehow thinking we are better than the 97% of Americans who are omnivores (and vegetarians). Of course, vegans aren’t better than 97% of Americans but, really … we are.

Being vegan means you’re trying to suck less. In everything you do. You take the time to make decisions that are good for your health, the well-being of animals, and the sustainability of our planet. You are thinking about all your actions and how they impact the environment (meaning personal environment as well as the world). That seems better.

Being vegan means you’re making smart food choices. A large part of being vegan is the plant-based diet that doesn’t include meat (or fish), dairy, or eggs (or honey). This means that every meal is planned out and thought through. There is no such thing as just stuffing food in your mouth at an all-you-can-eat Chinese Buffet (if someone opens a vegan Chinese Buffet, I will be first in line, by the way). Vegans, like myself, can get caught in a vegan junk food spiral but still the food choices are far better for our health than eating animals, drinking milk, and consuming eggs (all the evidence you need is right here).

Being vegan means you truly care for all creatures on the planet. Not just Aunt Janet. We care about all animals and want to end suffering and torture and brutal, senseless murder. Vegans do this by not eating animals and by not supporting industries that torture and kill animals. Vegans won’t wear leather, wool, or silk as a result of these beliefs. Still sounds better.

Being vegan means you have more money for fun things, like vegan vacations. Believe it or not, vegan shopping is far less expensive than shopping as an omnivore. It’s said we “shop around the edges.” Meat costs add up and a plant-based diet leaves you with more money to tuck away or spend on a fabulous vegan vacation (we just returned from London and Paris and ate at every vegan restaurant we could find).

Being vegan means you are healthier. I know some might think we are suffering from a lack of protein and B12 but we really aren’t. All scientific evidence has proven that a plant-based diet is better in the fight against all diseases (including cancer and diabetes), obesity, cholesterol levels (vegan diets are 100% cholesterol free), and our arteries are not clogged with animal fat. Our arteries are like luge tracks. In fact, our blood flow is so great, vegan men don’t suffer from E.D. That’s always a good thing.

Being vegan means you look great! Sure, some vegans are skinny and don’t look healthy at all. Oh, and some vegans are fat. But we all have great skin and great hair and nails! Also, we can wear pretty much anything we want since there is no vegan dress code (old, torn t-shirts with the word “VEGAN” across the front and vegan sandals with socks are fine). Okay, maybe the fashion is lacking but at least it’s 100% cotton.

Being vegan means your appreciation for the little things increases. You have no idea how excited vegans get when they taste a vegan cheese or ice cream that actually tastes good. I mean really, get out much? Palettes become much more sensitive to different flavors, textures, and combinations and, as a result, we really do savor well-prepared food more than most people.

Being vegan means you care. You really do. Care about our own health and well-being, the health and well-being of other humans, the health and well-being of animals, and the health and well-being of planet Earth. This translates to a better world for everyone.

So, if helping to create a better world for everyone doesn’t make you a better person … what does?

Go better …

Go Vegan.


I really like this article about going vegan published last year in The Plain Dealer.

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Man kills predators to save livestock he plans on killing … (go #vegan)

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“Man kills predators to save livestock he plans on killing. Then, after killing his livestock, he consumes their corpses, which leads to killing man. The circle of (omnivore) life.”

~ Meaty Vegan

@FoxNews Does it Again with Hard-hitting News! Vegans need to eat …

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FoxNews is notorious for uncovering controversial stories, unearthing hard-hitting facts, and reporting them to 102,000,000 households in the U.S. News stories like this report on “Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Going Vegan.” According to Dr. Manny, FoxNews’ Senior Managing Editor for Health News, “vegans should be sure to eat a lot of foods like fruits and vegetables.” They Report. You Decide.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled blog.

Host your own free-range raw vegan barbecue

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This week we had guests from out of town. Inevitably, whenever people visit, the subject of being vegan comes up. People have to eat. One friend who was in the group knows Jen and I are vegan and told us that, while not currently vegan, she tried it once but “her body needed more protein.” Did she really just say that? She then went on to assure us that any and all meat she eats is free range or grass fed. I had my first “I’m one of those vegans moments.”

“They still die in the end.” I responded, causing a look of confusion and concern on her face. “But they live happy lives and that makes me feel better. I like knowing that while they are living, they can graze and spend time in the sun and socialize.” I am paraphrasing but that’s the gist of it.

That caused a look of concern and confusion on my face. I don’t see the connection and don’t think that free range “anything” is better off if it’s being raised as food. Admittedly, at this point in time and in the right circumstances, humans are at the top of the food chain.

However, transport any human to the jungles of Africa, surrounded by hungry lions. Humans become food.

Humans, when properly armed, are the ultimate hunter. Able to down a deer for its meat from a cowardly 200 yards. Now, under the cover of darkness, as a human sleeps peacefully in their tent, a hungry pride of mountain lions decides to make a visit. Humans, once again, become food.

Humans, at some point in history, got the idea that they are in charge and that animals don’t have rights. Humans believe they rule the world and that animals should be sorted into two categories: 1) Domesticated pets/captured creatures, or: 2) Food. Or, worse yet, animals that are killed for sport/considered a nuisance or used in testing or just for their coats or hides. Who developed these categories? Humans. Did anyone ever take the animals’ opinion or rights into consideration? I think not.

When the animals finally strike back, humans will wish they had.

Imagine the day you’re at an outdoor barbecue. Walking around with friends. Eating and drinking. Living life. Free range.

Now, imagine that as you’re standing there, minding your own business, and a wild animal violently grabs you from your environment and rips off your head. You are then bled and cut into a hundred pieces that later get marinaded, skewered, and grilled. Your friends will (hopefully) be sad that you’re dead and they will probably wonder if they’re next. Pretty lousy way to “live,” I’d say.

This would suck but this is what we do every day to animals. More than a million times a day. Pluck innocent “happy” creatures from their pasture, kill them, cut them up, package them, sell them, marinade them, cook them and eat them. With no regard for feelings, rights, or suffering.

Is free range meat better for you than factory-farmed meat? Probably. Is it better for the animals? Not even a little bit.

This same woman also mentioned how she only drinks raw milk, citing again the health benefits and thinking that somehow the cows that are treating her to this raw milk are somehow cared for better than cows in larger dairy farms. Raw milk is illegal in many states, set that aside. All milk is bad for you, set that aside. You’re drinking the milk of another species, set that aside, too. Even if raw milk was good for you, in order for it to be taken in a conscientious manner, the following minimum criteria would need to be met: The farm should be certified organic and the cow, who is in heat, needs to be naturally impregnated by a bull. The way nature intended. He will wine her and bovine her and properly mount her from behind. It will be beautiful. This now pregnant cow will carry her calf for approximately nine months and give birth to her baby in a clean environment. This baby calf, male or female, will be kept by her side for three months as it nurses itself into a young cow or bull. All the while bonding and being loved by its mother.

During this time IF the cow would feel comfortable providing milk to the farmer, I suppose he could milk her to hopefully get enough to make it worthwhile. With a baby cow nursing itself as often as it does, there isn’t going to be a whole lot left which means this process has to happen over and over again and again with multiple cows.

This doesn’t happen. Bottom line, there is no ethical way to raise and kill animals for their flesh and there is no ethical way to extract their milk for human consumption. There is no way.

Go vegan.

Can they suffer?

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β€œThe question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor, ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?’”

~ Jeremy Bentham

Ithaca Farmers Market

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Ithaca Farmer's Market - @IthacaMarketThe Ithaca Farmers Market is a destination for locals and it’s on every tourist’s to-do list. A huge covered marketplace situated on the south end of Cayuga Lake, it’s the one place you are absolutely certain you’ll run into friends (and likely make some new ones).

On any given weekend (during market season), you’ll discover an array of perennials and fresh cut flowers. Just picked fruits, and vegetables, as well as delicious food from every corner of the world.

As a side note, Ithaca was just ranked by VegNews Magazine as the #5 vegan friendly city in the U.S. in spite of the fact there isn’t a SINGLE vegan restaurant and, in spite of the fact that there is only ONE vegan food vendor at The Farmer’s Market. Macro Mamas! People, please. Someone open a vegan restaurant in Ithaca.

Macro Mama’s Peanut Lime Noodles are the most delectable dish anywhere. Rich. Creamy. AND gluten free. I could eat two huge portions and still want to take one more home!

I do have to admit my favorite part of The Farmer’s Market is the artists. Painters, textile artists, photographers, carpenters, musicians, and jewelers. I love seeing their work and watching them work as I devour my second helping of Macro Mama’s!

See you at The Market!

August 3 update! It came to our attention that Curry in a Hurry does serve vegan and gluten-free foods. According to the young man working on a Saturday, ALL of their items are vegan and gluten free. However, they do sell a yogurt drink that contains dairy ingredients.

My Rant Against Carrageenan and Castoreum (Or, @%$€! the FDA)

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About a year and a half ago, I went on a rampage after finding out about carrageenan, a food additive that is an ingredient in many of the vegan foods I ate. While this processed red seaweed is vegan, it’s also a known carcinogen.

For someone who was then struggling with “what can I eat?,” I was finding myself very angry that something this bad for you could legally be added to something that was good for me. At the time, it was soy, almond, coconut, and hemp milks (and some vegan ice creams) that were the issue.

Note: Even organic labelled products contain carrageenan, an additive that acts as a binding agent and makes these products creamier and therefore more consistent and seductive to the consumer. An additive that causes cancer.

You should have heard me go off. I was furious. Shocked. Sad. I recall watching a video released by “So Delicious” where the product developer started off by saying, “while carrageenan is known to cause cancer and is an ingredient we use in our products …”

I stopped watching. Why listen further when he starts like that? And there I was with a cold glass of their holiday nog in my hand. Screw you, So Delicious.

I’ve settled down a bit. I’ve heard from some camps that it may not be as bad as originally reported. Some reports may be exaggerated. I found alternatives (including making my own cashew cream). I’m now somewhat convinced, there is a chance I can still have some of these products without fear of dying and still maintain my coveted vegan status.

And now, I hear about beaver excretions. That’s right, a yellowish excretion of the castor sac of beavers. The castor sac. Located right next to the beavers anal glands. The castor sac. In close proximity to the beaver’s beaver.

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Who was the sick scientist who decided to taste beaver junk? And did he have to buy the beaver dinner beforehand?

This FDA-approved additive (called castoreum) is used in many foods including many I’ve been eating. Castoreum as a food additive is classified by the FDA as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). WTF, FDA, GRAS? I am (trying to be) 100% vegan, trying like hell to stay that way, and now I find out that I have to check ingredients for beaver? Used whenever a vanilla or strawberry flavor is desired. Ew.

The food industry is seriously messed up. It’s impossible to stay on course, even when you’re trying your hardest. Why should we have to even look for these ingredients in what we’re eating? In what we’re feeding our children? Erg.

I’m not happy.Β @%$€! the FDA.

Go vegan.

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Meet me at The Chicago Diner

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Meet me @Chicago Diner

Chicago is one of our favorite cities. It’s on the list of places we would move. Big city with a ton of personality, arts, architecture, and great dining on a freshwater lake — what more could you ask for? In fact, I’ve often said that Chicago has an opportunity to be the best city in the U.S. It also happens to be the city where Jen and I got married so it will always have fond memories for us.

And I thought all of this before going vegan and before discovering The Chicago Diner.

Imagine an old-fashioned American-style diner. Bottomless cup of coffee. French fries with gravy. Milkshakes. Reuben sandwiches. Now, imagine that same diner meat-free. 100% cruelty-free, classic American food. The place is as relaxed and hip as the staff and the menu is a long list of foods forgotten. I’ve gone on in my blog about missing breakfast as a vegan and missing diners as an institution, and The Chicago Diner has addressed all of this. It’s a must-go destination for vegans (and, even more so, for omnivores … to show them it CAN be done).

Dear, America: Every city should have a Chicago Diner. Truly, I only have one issue with The Chicago Diner and that’s that it’s not in Ithaca.

Find them on the web, Facebook, and Twitter.