April '10
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In This Issue
Showers of Good News
V in the News
What's Hot on VegNews.com
Event Showcase
Lyman v. Niman
Chive Biscuits
Product Review
VN Store Sale
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 Showers of Good News

You know how we know that it's now officially spring? That would be the unstoppable downpour that has taken over our weather recently. But, of course, with rain comes rainbows, and spring flowers, and all kinds of things that we actually enjoy. For those of you who need a little sunshine in between the thunder and lightning, here's some sunny news and treats.

 V in the News

Bostonian Boon
Red Sox fans can cheer for the introduction of veggie dogs and burgers to the 2010 baseball-season menu at Boston’s Fenway Park. The oldest stadium in the US, Fenway Park already provides hungry baseball fanatics with a host of meat-free snacks, such as vegetarian burritos and pizza. Increasing numbers of ballparks are moving toward veg-friendly menus, with New York's Citi Field recently announcing that vegan burgers and brats are on its menu.

Subway Goes Partially Cage-Free
Earlier this month, Subway announced that four percent of the eggs offered on its new breakfast menu will be sourced from laying hens who are not confined in battery cages. The sandwich chain also discussed its future plans to phase in 100-percent cage-free eggs, which its UK locations already offer. Subway is also in talks with pork suppliers who are phasing out the confinement of pigs in gestation crates.

San Francisco Goes Meat Free
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors made history on April 7, with a unanimous vote for a Meat-Free Mondays resolution. It makes San Francisco the first city in America to adopt the initiative, and the second city in the world to do so, following Ghent, Belgium. The resolution began as a grassroots movement spearheaded by local animal-rights groups. A similar motion was approved by the Baltimore public school system and proposed for Manhattan city schools.

 What's Hot on VegNews.com

You know what's hip? The internets. Here are our top five picks for hot VegNews.com stories you should probably check out right about now.

1. New Blog! We are thrilled to announce the launch of Savvy Abby, Smart Tips for Cheap Vegan Living with Associate Editor Abby Young. Go! Read! It's free!

2. Vegan on a Budget Smart ways to keep your pocketbook in line while eating a healthy vegan diet.

3. Fudgy Chocolate Brownies These Bitchtastic Brownies from Skinny Bitch's Rory Freedman are the definition of chocolate.

4. Bake Sale How-To Want to hold your own bake sale for a local animal shelter? Here are a few sweet tips on how to do it right.

5. Moby Talks Gristle Read our interview with musician-cum-author about his first book.

+Bonus! This Week's Giveaway: Moby's Gristle

 Event Showcase

Vegan Dessert Freak Out
Beat the post tax-day blues on April 16 by joining New Haven Vegan Meetup friends for a Vegan Dessert Freakout. Sugar-seeking herbivores can indulge in a plethora of all-you-can-eat treats created by confectioner Little Vegan Monsters, including gluten-free options. Event proceeds benefit Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.

Worcester VegFest
Massachusetts vegetarians are coming together on April 17 to celebrate the many benefits of a cruelty-free lifestyle, with a focus on the planet, human health, and animal welfare. Speakers from Compassion Over Killing, The Humane Society of the United States, and Vegan Outreach will sate your intellectual appetite, while vegan nibbles and musicians will feed your hunger for fun.

Austin Vegan Drinks
For fun-loving Austinites looking to throw back some brewskies (Bring Your Own Vegan Beer) and nosh on brewskie-based eats such as Beer Battered Seitan Fingers and Beer Barley Salad, look no further than Austin Vegan Drinks! On April 22, Earth Day, get your libation on with the fine folks gathering at vegan, raw food trailer Counter Culture.

Bring Your Dog to Brunch Day
Arlington, Va., residents can bring their cuddly canines to Toscana Grill on April 25 for a relaxing Sunday morning brunch. Local vegan dog treat company Max & Ruffy’s will be present to share doggy goodies. Toscana Grill is celebrating its expanded vegan menu by hosting special vegan weekend events throughout the month of April.

 Lyman v. Niman

Earth Island Institute + VegNews Magazine present...
Lyman vs. Niman: Can You Be a Good Environmentalist and Still Eat Meat?
A riveting debate with Howard Lyman and Nicolette Niman

Never before has the issue of eating meat been so hotly contested in the environmental movement. At this public debate, Nicolette Hahn Niman—a Marin rancher and author of Righteous Porkchop—will argue that we can eat meat in an ecologically sustainable way. Howard Lyman—a fourth-generation former cattle rancher and author of Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat—will disagree. Join us for what promises to be a lively and provocative conversation.

Thursday, May 20 @ 7pm
The David Brower Center
Berkeley, California

Advance tickets = $10
RSVP at earthisland.org

 Get Cookin'

Chive Biscuits

If you are in the mood for brunch these days—and really, are we ever not?—these biscuits from VN contributor Emily Barth Webber are the perfect floury addition to any plate piled high with tofu scramble, tempeh bacon, and fruit salad. Throw in a mimosa or two, and you have yourself a brunch!

Serves 2

What You Need:
1 cup unbleached white flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 cup non-hydrogenated margarine
2/3 cup unsweetened soymilk
2 teaspoons fresh chives, chopped

What You Do:
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl, sift together white flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, sea salt, cream of tartar, and sugar.

2. Cut in the margarine until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add soymilk all at once, and stir quickly with fork until just mixed.

3. Turn onto lightly floured surface and sprinkle with chives. Knead gently for 8 to 10 strokes, then roll or pat dough until it is 1/2-inch thick. Dip biscuit cutter in flour and cut dough straight down; do not twist. Bake on ungreased baking sheet for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden.

 Product Review

One of the great joys of veganism is eating uncooked cookie dough without the worry of salmonella poisoning. Yes, it's rare for any of the VN staff to actually bake a batch of cookies, despite our best intentions. The dough is just too tempting! Of course, eating your own weight in cookie dough isn't exactly what we'd call the healthiest way to start your day, even if it is one of the most enjoyable. The solution? Larabar's new Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor. We discovered these goodies at Expo West, and can't wait until they hit stores later this year. Hello. Far more nutritious than regular cookie dough, but just as delicious. That's a win-win for us!

 Sold-Out Issue Sale

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to score some of the most sought-after issues of VegNews! Previously sold out, we’ve discovered a limited number of copies of our most popular issues, including the very first Veggie Awards, as well as the Special 50th Issue. This is a rare chance to add to your collection, and supplies are limited. Order your exclusive copies before they’re gone forever!

 Preview: May VegNewsletter

Satisfy your between-issues cravings with this complimentary supplement, featuring exclusive product reviews, musician, artist and event spotlights, slammin’ recipes, giveaways, plus the lowdown on how vegetarianism is bettering the world—one delicious bite at a time.

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