June '09
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In This Issue
Dream a Little Dream
VegWeb.com + VegNews
V in the News
VN.com Roundup
Event Showcase
Puttanesca Scramble
Product Review
VN Summer Sale!
VegNewsletter Preview

Spring Into Veg!
Buenos Aires, Vegan Bakery Showdown, Bruce Friedrich, and much, much more.

Our Blogs
Café VegNews
Press Pass
This Just In

Our Website

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 Dream a Little Dream

Ahhh, summer. Could we be more thrilled about our upcoming super-fun Dreamy Summer Issue? No. What, exactly, is included in said issue? Well, just a little something we like to call the DIY luau, the ultimate sundae, and the VN guide to starting your own vegan business. Oh, and maybe all the fancy-pants tartares and carpaccios your summer soirée guests could ever want. Are you into this whole Twitter thing? Take a look at how Web 2.0 is shaping the future of vegetarianism, and how you can make real change online. Yes, by "online" we mean "from your poolside, wifi-enabled hammock." Dog days indeed!

 VegWeb.com and VegNews Unite!

The VegNews team couldn't be more excited to announce that just this week, we have acquired the world's largest vegan recipe community website, VegWeb.com. Thirteen years ago, before any of us were permanently attached to our computers or had imagined that we’d one day be “tweeting,” VegWeb.com founder Yvette Ehler made a bold technological move for vegetarians around the globe by starting the now-beloved website. After single-handedly administrating the recipe-packed site ever since, today VegWeb.com boasts 103,825 members, 237,885 posts, and 11,662 recipes. Check out VegWeb.com for interesting forums, delicious vegan recipes, and tons of tantalizing food photos. User beware: browsing the site is nearly guaranteed to ignite hunger. We welcome the VegWeb.com community to the VegNews family!

 V in the News

Abused Animals, Abused Workers
It's painfully clear that the force-feeding of geese and ducks in order to fatten their livers to produce foie gras is cruel and unnecessary, but what about the people holding the feeding tubes? A recent New York Times op-ed shows that our feathered friends aren't the only victims of this gruesome practice. Workers at Hudson Valley Foie Gras in New York routinely have to work for 22 consecutive days without paid overtime or time off in unsanitary conditions. Keeping foie gras off our plates is a compassionate move for both human and non-human animals.

Beautiful Buses
Well, OK, "beautiful" might be something of an overstatement, but for residents of New York City and Toronto, taking public transportation just became an educational experience. Animal-activist group Mercy For Animals recently launched campaigns in both cities that feature pro-veg ads on transit vehicles. Saturating such heavily populated metropolitan areas with a compassionate message is a sure-fire way to raise awareness for the animals.

 VN.com Roundup!

Wondering what's happening over at VegNews.com? Wonder no longer! Here are five fabulous items we're sure will be of interest.
1. Vegan Treats Goodie Box. Need we say more?
2. Bruce Friedrich Q+A. PETA's right-hand man talks Obama, human-rights, and nudity.
3. Cover Crystal Ball. Can you guess which cover will soon be on newsstands?
4. Island Banana Cake. The perfect dish for hammock-time snacking.
5. Your New Job! Looking for work? Check out our job listings and find the fit of your dreams.

 Get Cookin'

Puttanesca Scramble

Is there anything better than brunch? Actually, yes there is, and it's vegan brunch, which also happens to be the title of Isa Chandra Moskowitz's just-released cookbook. We could spend about as long flipping through the pages of this tantalizing tome as we could scarfing down the amazing meals contained therein. Go ahead and get started with this Puttanesca Scramble. Then, make sure to check Café VegNews all next week to see which recipes we make for lunch, and the chance to win a signed copy of Vegan Brunch!

Serves 4

What You Need:
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 to 8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 pound extra-firm tofu, diced
4 Roma tomatoes, diced
2 tablespoons fresh thyme
2 tablespoons fresh oregano
1/2 cup mixed olives, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon capers
1/2 teaspoon salt

What You Do:
1. Preheat a large, heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat. Sauté the garlic in the olive oil until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add red pepper flakes and tofu and sauté for about 10 minutes, until tofu is browned.

2. Mix in tomatoes, thyme, and oregano and cook for about 5 minutes, until tomatoes are a bit broken down but still whole. Add olives, capers, and salt. Cook just until heated through.

 Event Showcase

Speak Up!
Yes, it's awesome to get together with tons of like-minded people and get recharged at a VN-sponsored conference. It's even better when the conference is in the magical Midwest, and Their Lives, Our Voices on June 12–14 promises to be a great event. Are you a Minneapolis resident? Want to attend? Email us with your full name, and the first four respondents will each get a ticket!

Let's Jam
Join the fantastic team over at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary on the 13th and boogie to live music, munch on edibles provided by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, and of course, take farm tours!

Let Live
Do you really need another excuse to visit Portland, Ore.? Well, if you do, definitely check out the Let Live Conference, from the 26th to the 28th. This VN-sponsored event is sure to be a hit. Can you say karaoke with Josh Hooten?!

Looking for more must-attend veg events? Don't forget to check out VegNews.com for all your social-calendar updates!

 Product Review

Mike's Organic Curry Love

Trying to curry favor with someone special? Don't forget the secret ingredient: love! Of course, finding love can be a little tricky, unless you happen to be in the grocery store. Mike's Organic Curry Love sauces come in three delicious flavors—Blissful Banana Ginger, Luscious Yellow Thai, and Passion Red Thai, and each is a lovely experience. Clean ingredients, a cute label that says "vegan" right on it, and some sultry flavors make these ready-made sauces a perfect go-to for when you need to put on a scrumptious meal in a hurry.

 VN Summer Sale!

It's summer (OK, it's nearly summer, but June 21 can't come quickly enough for us!), and that means that any day now you'll be headed to the beach. So, what does one need while relaxing in the sand? Of course, you'll want a handy tote bag for your towels, camera, sunscreen, and reading material. Speaking of which, beach reads are a must, as are seaside snacks. Hmmm, now where can you find all of these things? Why in a VegNews gift pack, of course! Cookies, magazines, and a T-shirt come bundled in an ever-so-chic VN signature tote. Even better, gift packs are on sale all this month!

 Preview: July 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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