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We've discovered a really good reason to fly Tiger

We've discovered a really good reason to fly Tiger

Posted 3 March 2016   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: Tiger, travel, food, vegan

When a colleague of mine flew with TigerAir recently she was blown away to see this on the menu:

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Are you seeing what I'm seeing?

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No more peanuts and pretzels for in-flight dinners. Now I'll be having a cheesy, tomatoey toastie to hit the spot before (safely) hitting the tarmac.

And knowing me, I'll be hanging for something sweet after smashing that toastie. You too? Well guess what ... Tiger gets us.

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Yep, you read that right -- vegan rocky road. I don't even know where to get vegan rocky road on the ground but now I can get it in the sky! What an exciting time to be alive :)

And Tiger Air isn't the only airline to now offer vegan options on their in-flight menu. Jetstar have a pumpkin and cous cous salad from Sumo Salad available and Virgin sell a felafel wrap on board their flights.

What this shows is that demand for vegan food is growing. Recent stats show that Australia is home to 480,000 vegans (and 2 million vegetarians). Some quick maths tells me that that's a WHOLE LOT of animals saved every year.

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Together we are powerful. Thanks to compassionate people choosing animal-free food (and asking for it) we're going to continue to see vegan-friendly food popping up here, there and everywhere. After all, the sky's the limit and we're already getting vegan options there!

Every day it gets easier to cut animal products out of your life. If you're keen to know more about how you can eat to save animals and the planet, we've got a great kit to get you started.

Order your free Vegetarian Starter Kit

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15 reasons to try vegan this January

15 reasons to try vegan this January

Posted 27 November 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: Veganuary, vegan, food

I don't know about you but January always kind of creeps up on me. Where did the year go? But not this time! Because January is now Veganuary ... and I am so excited!

The Veganuary team have asked us to be their Aussie partner and we'd love you to join us to kick off 2016 in a big way for animals. Veganuary is all about giving vegan food a go for the month of Jan – no pressure, just yummy, cruelty-free food.

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If that's not enough to get you pumped, here's 15 more reasons to try vegan this January :)

1. So that you can swap recipes with Ellen when you meet her.

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2. To protect animals.

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3. And the planet.

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(Because less cows for meat and dairy equals less harmful gases in the atmosphere.)

4. To see your grandma's face do this when you tell her.

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5. And your vegan friend do this.

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6. To save calves from becoming a 'waste product'.


WARNING: This video contains cruelty to calves :(

7. So that you can experiment with cashew cheese.

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8. And cashew cheese cake! (Like this lime and mango one.)

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9. Because it's like giving a chicken a virtual hug.

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10. To stop day old male chicks from being killed by the egg industry.

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11. Because tofu scramble.

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12. To reduce your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

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13. Because there is a delicious cruelty-free alternative to all your favourite foods. Srsly, vegan sausages, pizza, chocolate, pies ... even 'fish' fingers!

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14. You'll get to lol hard at things like this:

15. And last but not least ... so that you can find out what it really means to be in love ... with hummus.

Mmmmm ... hummus ... So what do you reckon? Can I count you in for Veganuary 2015?

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P.S. Know another good reason to try vegan that I've missed? Share it below.

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9 amazing things you can do with aquafaba

9 amazing things you can do with aquafaba

Posted 14 October 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: aquafaba, eggs, vegan, food

When a workmate told me that you can make meringues out of the water from a can of chickpeas (called aquafaba) I looked at her like she was loopy. Then she handed me one, and I've been a convert ever since.

For all my fellow kind eaters who love experimenting with egg-free baking, this is going to blow your mind. The water that comes out of a can of chickpeas (and other beans) whips up just like egg whites and has ENDLESS uses. Here's some of the best aquafaba recipes I've discovered so far.

The simple meringue
Image and recipe thanks to SBS/China Squirrel.

It's literally just aquafaba and sugar beaten with an electric mixer. And it comes out of the oven looking like this! Trust me, just try it.

Meringue nests with coconut cream and berries
Image and recipe thanks to Why Veg.

This has always been a family favourite over Christmas time and now it's back on the table for me thanks to aquafaba :)

Mint choc chip vegan macarons
Image and recipe thanks to Crazy Vegan Kitchen.

Are you drooling yet? Get this incredible recipe here.

Chocolate mousse
Image and recipe thanks to The Vegan Cookie Fairy.

Delicious, cruelty-free chocolate mousse and it only has 3 ingredients!

Lemon meringue pie
Image and recipe thanks to The Gentle Chef.

Lemon: good; meringue: good; pie: good. This recipe is SO good.

Raspberry rose vegan macarons
Image and recipe thanks (again) to Crazy Vegan Kitchen.

Because one macaron recipe just isn't enough.

Mozzarella
Image and recipe thanks to Avocados and Ales.

Melty vegan cheese made from the leftover chickpea water -- does it get any better than this?

Tahini pear icecream with berry swirl
Image and recipe thanks to Marfigs' Munchies.

To answer my own question, yes it does get better. Between the tahini and aquafaba you could almost convince yourself that you're eating salad. (#health). But it's so not salad. It's very much icecream. Creamy, sweet, delicious icecream.

Aquafaba mayonnaise
Image and recipe thanks to Coconut Craze.

It appears aquafaba can be whipped up into a yummy egg-free mayonnaise too. Is there anything this stuff can't do?

To answer my own question again, not really. It can pretty much do everything. If you're ready to join the aquafaba cult (it's a real thing) there's a Facebook group dedicated to aquafaba successes and failures. Join in here.

The best bit about this amazing discovery is that it's tapped into a world of possibilities for vegan baking. If I asked you what the essential ingredient to a good baked treat was I reckon that with a little twist of the arm you'd give me this answer -- sweetness. And for me that sweetness not only refers to sugar and spice and all things nice but to sweetness to hens and calves and all those who share this planet with us.

For every cage egg used in baking there is a hen suffering in darkness -- confined and stressed in a grim wire cage. For every hen in any laying system (be it free range, organic or otherwise) there is a male chick who was killed in the first days of his life because he couldn't lay eggs. The story for dairy cows and their calves is just as dark. (Find out the sad truth about dairy.)

Thanks to the magic of aquafaba we have another ingredient for a super easy recipe to ending animal cruelty and celebrating sweetness -- which is what good baking is all about :)

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*Aquafaba pro tip: I've found the chickpeas with no added salt are the best.

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400 million animals saved!

400 million animals saved!

Posted 11 August 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: vegetarian, vegan, why veg, food, recipes

400 million animals! I can't even begin to comprehend what 400 million animals would look like. But that's how many animals were saved from being killed for food in 2014 (in the US alone!) simply by people choosing to eat less meat!

That means millions of animals were spared from a lifetime of suffering in factory farm and having their life cut short in an industrial slaughterhouse.

Whether it be cutting down on meat or cutting it out altogether, eating less animals is a global trend that continues to grow. A new report from the U.S. says that meat consumption has been declining by around 10% every year since 2007!

Are you part of this growing movement? You're awesome. Here's a duckling.

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If you're ready to jump on board the life-saving bandwagon, we've got everything you need right here.

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It can be hard to feel like we're making a difference when we're flying the flag for animals, but this statistic goes to show that we're not alone, and together we're making a HUGE difference for animals.

Imagine if we could double this impact ... or even quadruple it. Well, you can! It's been found that one of the biggest barriers for people to make meat-free choices is not knowing what to eat. By spreading your love of veg food, and showing the people in your life how delicious it can be, you can help break down this barrier. And the best way to do it -- a dinner party :) What's more, by cooking for 3 friends you'll quadruple your impact for animals with that meal.

Action Alert: Host a vegan dinner party!

Here's some of my favourite dinner party recipes that always get gobbled up by guests:

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Basil and rocket pesto pasta
Simple and delicious, just like all of the recipes from Mouthwatering Vegan.

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Tofish and chips
Nothing like a good fry up. And it's even better when it's tofu in the fryer and fish in the sea! fish.gif (Psst! Guess what? Masterfoods Tartare Sauce is vegan.)

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Mushroom hot pot
This is a fun one because guests get a ladle of broth and then make their own soup combo from the selection of veggies, herbs and tofu.

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Chocolate pot
Ok I haven't actually made these yet but they're definitely on the table at my next dinner party. They look so good! (Jamie Oliver has a whole section for vegan recipes on his website.)

Happy cooking! More recipes here.

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5 recipes that will change the way you think about vegan food (+ WIN a cookbook!)

5 recipes that will change the way you think about vegan food (+ WIN a cookbook!)

Posted 25 March 2015   by Amy         Permalink | 9 Comments

Tags: vegan, vegetarian, cruelty-free, go veg, food, Bed and Broccoli, giveaway, competition, win

No seaweed salads here! Not a kale and quinoa patty to be seen. (Not that I don't love those too!) These 5 mind-blowing recipes will change how you see vegan food and prove that there ain't no thang that can't be made deliciously cruelty-free :) (Click on the pics for recipes.)

[PLUS: Win a cookbook from Bed and Broccoli! See bottom of this blog for how to enter.]

Crème brûlée
I had to start with this one because holy moley. Vegan crème brûlée -- who knew?

Caesar salad with poached 'egg' and hollandaise
Poached eggs? And again ...

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Tofish and chips
Yesssss.

Caramellos
Zomg. Yum.

Carrot caviar
This made me chuckle a little. Well played vegetables.

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All of these recipes are completely free from animal products. The proof is in the crème brûlée that not a single animal has to suffer for us to be able to make crazy good food. The choice to protect pigs, cows, chickens and fish from harm is in your hands. To find out more about the benefits of leaving animals off your plate please click here.

All of the food above was made by the amazing Nikki Medwell who runs a little sanctuary/bed and breakfast called Bed and Broccoli in rural Victoria. Aaand she's recently released a cookbook, which is also amazing. Along with more mind-blowing recipes, the book is full of beautiful pictures of the animals who share her home near Shepparton.

Nikki and friends :)

Thanks to Nikki and JoJo Publishing, I've got TWO Bed and Broccoli cookbooks to giveaway (worth $49.99 each) and I'm going to give them to two people who can make my brain explode with an amazing vegan recipe. Post a link to a recipe or photo of amazing vegan goodness in the comments below for your chance to win one of these -->

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Comp closes 30/04/15. Cant wait to see your entries :)

[Images thanks to Bed and Broccoli's Facebook page.] [Thanks to JoJo Publishing for providing the books.] 

P.S. Can't wait to get your hands on the Bed and Broccoli cookbook? Click here to buy a copy online. Would make a great Mother's Day present :)

UPDATE: This comp has now closed. Congratulations to our winners Amanda G. and MichSmith. 

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Veg game strong amongst young adults. Cos yolo.

Veg game strong amongst young adults. Cos yolo.

Posted 9 October 2014   by Amy         Permalink | Be the first to comment

Tags: vegan, vegetarian, cruelty-free, go veg, food, Spiderman

The proof is in the cruelty-free pudding my friend! Latest stats out of the UK say 1 in 5 peeps aged 16-24 have taken animals off their plate. Yeahh ya did!

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This compares to (a still AWESOME) 1 in 8 for Brits overall. Does that mean that young adults are the kindest of aaaallll the adults? ... It's a leap but I'm going to take it :)

Either way, vegetarians and vegans in Britain are on the rise and my spidey senses tell me that they are here in Aus too. What do you reckon?

FUN FACT: Spiderman himself is vegan. (Well, Tobey Maguire that is.) He stopped eating animals back when he was a super smart, super nice 17 year old :)

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Does that mean that living cruelty-free helps you become a famous actor/give you super powers? It's a leap but I'm going to take it!

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This news excites me because it shows that more and more young people are stepping up and making their own choices about what they do and don't want to support. As kids, no one ever really asks us what we think about eating animals. It's just assumed that that's what we're going to do.

But of course as we start to get older and learn the truth about the way animals raised for food are treated we have a choice. And 1 in 5 Brits are making the choice and to take animals of their plate :)

One of my favourite quotes is "Put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit. If it eats the rabbit and plays with the apple, I'll buy you a new car." (Harvey Diamond).

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This rabbit can't even believe that that's even a question! And neither can I really. One of my other favourite quotes (I'm in a quotey mood today) is something Lyn White has said: "Since we can live healthy, happy and fulfilling lives without harming those who share this world with us, why on earth wouldn’t we?"

No matter where you are on your cruelty-free journey, I want to thank you for opening your mind and making kind choices. And no matter which age bracket you fall into, you can help Australia beat the Brits (because you know how much we like to beat the Brits) at being kind, and (more importantly) start saving the lives of animals, by making the veg pledge today.

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On that note, imma just leave this here ...

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(Yep it's vegan :) Click here for recipe.)

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WIN tickets to a vegan cooking demo!

WIN tickets to a vegan cooking demo!

Posted 6 March 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 45 Comments

Tags: vegan, food, giveaway, competition, contest, win

Three of the world's most exciting vegan chefs are coming to Australia! And as hard as it is not to keep them all for myself, I've got double passes to their cooking demonstrations in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne to giveaway!

If you want to know how to make pancakes fluffy enough to sleep on; pie that's out of this world; and pad thai that will have your friends worshipping Seitan, then you'll want to check this out!

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The line up:

Isa Chandra Moskowitz (Post Punk Kitchen) (USA)
Terry Hope Romero (USA)
Vegan Black Metal Chef (USA)
AND special guests!

BONUS: The lucky Sydney winner (and their mate) will also be able to use their passes for the whole Sydney Vegan Festival.

Click on your city for the full event details:

Melbourne – Wednesday 26 March – Corner Hotel, Richmond
Sydney – Saturday 29 March – Factory Theatre, Marrickville
Brisbane – Sunday 30 March – Crowbar, Brisbane

"SO HOW DO I WIN?"

Ok, I hear ya. All you have to do for a chance to win these passes is comment below with which chef you're most excited to see and why. (Comp closes Wednesday 19 March, with 1 double pass to win for each event.)

Eating more plant-based foods is one of the easiest ways to help the environment, improve your health and protect animals from cruelty. What's more, it's delicious! Watch Vegan Black Metal Chef whip up a killer lasagne:

UPDATE: This comp has now closed. Congratulations to our winners – hellojazmyn, Vegan-metal-Amy and Missy KeyClick here to follow Sydney Vegan Festival on Facebook to get updates for next year's event. Or click here for some delicious inspiration and have a vegan cook up of your own :)

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What's his secret?

What's his secret?

Posted 4 March 2014   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: Jared Leto, Oscars, vegan, go veg, food

Jared Leto cleaned up at the Oscars!

Not only did he win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 'Dallas Buyer's Club';

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Ellen gave him the verbal award for best-looking;

"I'm not going to say who looks the most beautiful, but it's clear. It's Jared Leto. I mean, he's the prettiest. Boy is he pretty."

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US Weekly named him one of the best dressed men at the Award Ceremony;

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And MTV announced Leto the winner of the best Oscar's photobomb;

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(I reckon this has got to be the runner up);

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So what is the secret behind Leto's success, good looks, impeccable fashion sense and hilarious charm? Well, I don't know about the other three, but Leto credits his youthful beauty to sleep and a vegan diet. :)

"I'm pretty healthy so I think that helps a lot. I’ve been that way for a long time – 20 solid years of eating vegetarian/vegan and taking care of myself. That probably helps the preservation process."

There ya go, straight from the mouth of the 'sexiest 42 year old man alive.' As an added bonus, a plant based diet reduces your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. So you might just live longer as well! What's more, there's 100 other reasons to go veg – and they are all unique. Click here to meet the animals who's lives you'll save by making the pledge to go veg today.

P.S. Leto also has some pretty impressive vegan pancake flipping skills. Check it out:

What's your favourite cruelty free dish to cook?

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Breakfast of champions

Breakfast of champions

Posted 10 October 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 1 Comment

Tags: eggs, chickens, chicks, goveg, vegan, food, tofu, recipe

I’ve decided I’m going to share something with you. It’s not something that I let many people in on. It’s my tofu scramble recipe. Now I’m normally the kind of cook who burns stuff to the bottom of the pan, sets off the fire alarm and then orders in takeaway. But my tofu scramble is world-renowned (amongst the handful of people I’ve cooked it for.)

So what’s the occasion? Well, tomorrow is World Egg Day. The thing about the egg industry is that it kills about 12 million male chicks on their first day of life, simply because they can’t produce eggs and are therefore considered waste.

That’s not something I’m keen to celebrate. But there is something that’s worth making a fuss about. And that is that egg-free food is easy, delicious and lifesaving! Which brings me back to my tofu scramble recipe. Because one of my favourite ways to not eat eggs is in a scramble! Give this a go on the weekend and have a little Egg-Free Day party of your own :)

Scrambled Tofu

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Tofu. (I find a medium tofu is best for this but soft works too. Probably about 200-250g per person.)
1 onion, diced
Vegetable oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon turmeric
Soy sauce
1 avo
1 tomato
Salt and pepper
Olive oil
Grumpy princess cat mug (pictured right) is optional, but recommended.

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Dice up the avo and tomato. Put it in a bowl and dress with a splash of olive oil and salt and pepper. Put aside.

Stir fry onion with veg oil until a little brown. Crumble up the tofu into the frypan and stirfry until it starts to get a little brown and crispy. (Try it out with a handful of dairy-free cheese, like Vegusto or Cheezly, grated in for an extra especially delicious treat.)

Add minced garlic, turmeric and a splash of soy sauce.

Serve on toast with the avo/tomato combo on top.

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This is my classic fave version but there’s so many ways you can serve it up. Try mixing in sundried tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach instead of doing the avo/tomato thing. Serve that one on some toast with hummus. Yum. Now I’m hungry.

Do you have a favourite egg-free recipe?

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Puppies and cupcakes!

Puppies and cupcakes!

Posted 30 September 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: puppies, cupcakes, food, Make it Possible, factory farming, activism

What's the best way to raise awareness about factory farming? Sugar and cuteness of course! Check out the compassionate peeps from University of Sydney Animal Welfare Society (AWS) doing their thing to help Make it Possible:

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Cruelty-free cupcakes, flyers and smiles all round at the AWS campus bake sale.

Want to do your bit for a kinder world? Click here to make the pledge to help end factory farming. And if you're at USYD, why not get in touch with the Animal Welfare Society and lend a hand at their next event? Or you can start taking action for animals right now by clicking here and joining the Action Team.

P.S. If you're in love with Togepi and Oddish just as much as I am, then you can enquire to adopt the little cuties at FetchingDogs.com.au.

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♥☼☺✽☮ Why vegan? ♡★✺☁☺

♥☼☺✽☮ Why vegan? ♡★✺☁☺

Posted 20 September 2013   by Amy         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: vegan, vegetarian, cruelty-free, go veg, food, pig, Edgars Mission

Proof that eating vegetables makes you happy, in 76 seconds:

Doesn’t that just make you want to dance? And eat spinach? I love being vegan for so many reasons. I love knowing that I’m helping save the planet by eating food. I love that I’m probably going to live forever. (Or for a long time at least.) I love discovering awesome new foods like quinoa. But most of all, I love that I can enjoy life without harming others.

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Animals want to enjoy life just as much as we do. Check out Hope, living it up at her home at Edgar’s Mission. Here she spends her days playing in the mud, catching up with friends and napping in the sun. Hope’s life started in a much darker place. A place with no grass -- only concrete and metal. A place that doesn’t need to exist. Hope was born into a factory farm.

You can help make sure that animals like Hope are not condemned to a life of darkness and boredom. AND be as HAPPY and HEALTHY as all the veggie-fuelled peeps in the video above! It’s simple. Click here to join the veg crusaders today. (Why not get your friends on board too by hosting a vegan dinner party? Click here for tips.)

Already doing the cruelty-free thang? Tell me what you love about it. :)

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(Bud and I posing with my 'Why vegan?' sign. Check out more exclusive pics from Unleashed HQ on our Instagram page - @aaunleashed.)

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P!nk goes crazy on baby's birthday!

P!nk goes crazy on baby's birthday!

Posted 7 June 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 3 Comments

Tags: Pink, birthday, cake, food, health, go veg, billy simmonds, what's she gonna get for her second birthday?

I've had vegan pizza and vegan lasagne. I wear vegan shoes and a belt. I've even got some amazing vegan music in my collection! But all I want for my next birthday ... is the same vegan carrot cake that P!nk got for her baby girl's first birthday party last week.

Look at that thing! It's making my mouth water.

P!nk is famous not just for her music and live shows, but also for her willingness to speak up for animals. She's supported campaigns against mulesing, fur, bullfighting and puppy mills. With all that action, it's no surprise that little Willow's first b'day cake was cruelty-free.

While a vegan b'day cake is a pretty sweet pressie just by itself, it's actually a gift that keeps on giving. As well as being 100% kind to animals, avoiding animal products at meal-time has all kinds of positive spin-offs for you. A study just published in the Medical Journal of Australia outlines all the benefits that going veg has. There's less chance of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and colorectal cancer. I particularly don't like the sound of that last one.

The study also found no noticeable difference in the growth of vegetarian kids compared to meat-eating kids, which doesn't surprise me one bit. Cough-Billy Simmonds-cough.

So happy birthday little Willow, hope you had a great day! And if there's any cake left over ... I'm on my way.

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Vegan Black Metal Chef!

Vegan Black Metal Chef!

Posted 12 May 2011   by Jane         Permalink | 12 Comments

Tags: vegan, metal, music, recipe, food, tofu

I think I've discovered the next big thing in celebrity chefs!
(Warning there's a little bit of bad language in this recipe!)

And I'm totally having Pad Thai for dinner now.
I just have to put on my make up and pleathers first!

What do you reckon Vegan Black Metal Chef should make next?

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Athletes Batting for Fast Food :(

Athletes Batting for Fast Food :(

Posted 29 March 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: cricket, sport, health, fast food, vegan

Have you heard? Ricky Ponting is retiring as captain of the Aussie cricket team.

To mark the occasion the 7PM Project are running a poll asking "What will Ponting's captaincy be most remembered for?". I thought it was amusing that "a new world record for commercial endorsements" was out in front in the poll. Tbh, there's not a lot Ponting hasn't endorsed: milk, deoderant, oil, vitamins, banks, beer, sunglasses, breakfast cereal... In fact, I heard that he tried to drop the 'y' from his name to make himself more marketable!

But what really bugs me is the fact that the Australian Cricket team's official sponsor is KFC!

Even setting aside the fact they are promoting a company that confines millions of birds in factory farms, how can a team of elite atheletes sell food that is only going to add to the problems of childhood obesity, heart disease, etc? If you ask me that's just not cricket!

A few weeks ago it was reported that another cricketing great, Stuart McGill refused to promote KFC when he was on the Aussie cricket team. He said: "I don't think you can have any of us [cricketers] advertising junk food to be honest. ... It's just wrong in so many ways." What a top bloke!

Wouldn't it be nice if a few more cricketers took a leaf out of Stuart McGill's book and refused to promote unhealthy food; or better yet, followed Greg Chappell's lead and cut out cruelty by going vegan!

What do you think of athletes promoting junk food?

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Generation XL

Generation XL

Posted 1 March 2011   by Jesse         Permalink | 11 Comments

Tags: obesity, health, vegetarian, vegan, fast food, video

Have you heard? They're predicting that the current generation of Aussie teenagers will be the first to have a shorter life expectancy. Isn't that disturbing!

The recent study by the Cancer Council and Heart Foundation estimates that 1 in 4 highschool students are overweight or obese - putting them at greater risk of heart disease, cancer and other chronic illnesses. (btw, this cartoon does a great job of illustrating the problem)

I don't get it! We know the facts and people still eat junk! I mean, we know that unhealthy meat-centric diets have been linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer - our country's top killers. We know that on average vegetarians and vegans are less likely to be overweight or obese, and have a longer life expectancy than meat eaters. We know that most fast food is junk, and is bad for us and the environment. Yet Australia is one of the largest countries in the world (and I'm not talking about the size of our land mass) and it seems we may only be getting larger

Speaking of fast food and junk, this recent ad takes an interesting approach to trying to combat the problem of childhood obesity:

What do you think of the ad? How do you feel about the prediction that the next gen might be the first to live a shorter life? Is this the scariest news you've heard all day? Leave a comment below!

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Naked Chef Hides Sausage in New Cookbook

Naked Chef Hides Sausage in New Cookbook

Posted 8 October 2010   by Jane         Permalink | 13 Comments

Tags: Veg, food, recipes, Jamie Oliver

It seems even Jamie Oliver thought World Veg Week was worth celebrating! The Naked Chef has announced plans to publish "one big massive, mammoth" vegetarian cookbook! I can hear my pots and pans rattling as we speak!

This will be his 17th cookbook and the reason it's going to be so huge is because it incorporates a lot of recipes from his previous 16 books which he says are around 60-65% vegetarian anyway. Who knew? I had a quick squiz at his website, and sure enough the list of vegetarian recipes was miles longer than the others. Nice one Jamie!

You may know that in the past this culinary connoisseur has raised awareness on the horrific conditions animals endure inside factory farms in his TV specials 'Jamie's Fowl Dinners' and 'Jamie Saves Our Bacon', and this book may be just the thing to convince some fence-sitting meat-eaters how simple it is to go veg for life!

According to Jamie, "Vegetarian as a general concept is a brilliant thing. We've got to stop eating so much meat. We are eating too much meat."

We most certainly are. Worse still, is that while innocent animals are paying the ultimate price for our appetites, we are harming the planet and compromising our own health at the same time. So the more veg cookbooks, the better!

I hope this new cookbook flies off the shelves Harry Potter style, outselling all Jamie's other books. That might prove that he could ditch the meat for good and keep everyone (including the animals) happy!

Hand me the wooden spoon!

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San Fran & Washington Get Greener!

San Fran & Washington Get Greener!

Posted 6 August 2010   by Jesse         Permalink | 2 Comments

Tags: Meat Free Mondays, Washington, San Francisco, Sydney, veg, food, environment, global warming, BP, Gulf of Mexico

What did you have to eat on Monday? I hope it was tasty, green and animal friendly ;)

I'm happy to say that the people of San Francisco and Washington DC are being encouraged to eat green every Monday! The city councils of both these US cities have decided to beef up their environmental stance, by cutting out the cow (and chicken, and pig... you get the idea), and promoting Meat Free Mondays.

The problem is that most people don't realise that eating meat is about as green as hunting wildlife in an SUV! If you've watched Meat the Truth then you know that raising livestock produces more greenhouse gases than all the world's transport combined. Not to mention being a major contributor to species extinction, scarcity of water and all sorts of pollution. I mean, run off fertilisers and excrement from animal industries was killing plenty of wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico well before BP botched things up. (ever heard of a dead zone?)

So it's exciting to see cities encouraging their citizens to eat for a healthier planet every Monday. San Fran and Washington join the Baltimore school system, the original Hard Rock Cafe (in London) and the Belgian city of Ghent in promoting a meat free day once a week to save the planet. Sydney City Council also gave the campaign a plug last year (fingers crossed they'll join these others in officially adopting the initiative).

UPDATE: And now Cape Town has become the first African city to promote a meat-free day each week as well. Yay!

So, what are you gonna have for dinner on Monday? I think I might try this vegan shepherd's pie :)

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Mysterious Stranger Wants People To Go Veg!

Mysterious Stranger Wants People To Go Veg!

Posted 14 July 2010   by Jane         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: food, veg, restaurants, health, Buddhism, Taiwan

I just learned that in Taiwan if a person wants to thank Buddha for granting a wish, they buy a stranger a vegetarian meal. It's not unusual for people to also do this just to gain peace of mind. Pretty cool huh?

Well, one mysterious stranger on a motorbike has gone one better than this (or should that be 9,999 better?). He handed over the equivalent of $17,000 to the owner of Taipei's Lotus Heart Vegetarian Restaurant, asked him to feed the public and rode off into the sunset! His peace of mind must be through the roof!

This is enough money for 10,000 vegetarian meals! Restaurant owner, Hsu Min-long, has already given free veg meals to low-income families and children from the local orphanage, but there is still so much money left that he will cook free veg meals from 11am to 9pm for eight consecutive Sundays!

What a fabulous idea from a person who must have the most peaceful mind in all of Taiwan now. I can't think of many more effective ways to spend a lazy 17 grand, than by having people taste for themselves how amazing veg food can be and maybe sticking with it for life!

But then, you don't need 17 grand to share great veg food with friends. So why not score some good karma for yourself by cooking up a veg feast for your friends?

Oh, how I wish that compassionate biker and best pal of Buddha would ride into Adelaide and share the love between Joy Discovery, Bliss Organic or Zenhouse Yum Cha so I could eat delicious veg food for free!

What would you do with a spare $17,000? Which restaurant do you wish the anonymous giver would visit?

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Win Free Tix To See Food, Inc!

Win Free Tix To See Food, Inc!

Posted 25 May 2010   by Jane         Permalink | 18 Comments

Tags: veg, health, film, giveaway, food, factory farming, environment, cows

So I just went out and saw a great movie. I didn't feel much like eating the popcorn though (I'll tell you why in a sec). Believe me, you MUST see Food, Inc. SO it's lucky that we've got 5 double passes to give away!

I don't think I need to tell you how cruel factory farms are. In fact, I'm sure you tell other people about this all the time. And no doubt you've come across at least one person who seemed not to care. Well, maybe they'd care if they knew they might literally be eating sh!t!

I've had the misfortune of visiting a feedlot. I saw how they pile up the dung in the middle of each pen to provide - get this -"enrichment for the cows"! Many of the cows I've seen in feedlots were caked in each others faeces from nose to tail, so it's really no surprise that some of that finds its stinky way into the meat people eat. I know... YUCK! It sounds like I'm making this up, I wish I was. But this is actually a reality! In fact, Food, Inc. features a 2 year old, who died after eating a hamburger infected with E.coli from traces of cow dung in the meat.

Oh yeah, the popcorn. I learnt today that if the massive amount of corn grown isn't used for livestock, it's used for nearly everything else. As high-fructose corn syrup, you can find it in cakes, cheese, yoghurt, Coca-Cola, bread, orange juice, even in batteries and charcoal. They grow too much corn, because of government subsidies and so they end up putting it in charcoal?!? Don't they realise there are people starving in Africa!? And here we all are wondering why people make corny puns, we can't help it - there's an excess of corn to go round!

Even if you've already made the healthy switch to being veg or vegan, there is still so much to learn about the food you consume. There are moments in this film that will have you throwing that popcorn at the screen in frustration, but it's an excellent film and well worth checking out!

If you care about animals, people, the environment or yourself, this film is a must see. And here's how you could WIN a free double pass: Leave a comment below to tell us what makes you hungry for change and you could win! The competition ends next Monday (31/05/10), so be quick if you don't want to miss out!

UPDATE: Congrats to the winners who each get a double pass to see this amazing movie. Well done to sarahwithanh27, Carly, Sammy, Sabavana and Nikkikats. Enjoy watching Food, Inc. (with or without the popcorn)!

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Real Men Hunt Tofu!

Real Men Hunt Tofu!

Posted 16 May 2010   by Jane         Permalink | 19 Comments

Tags: veg, tofu, food, hunting, computer game, funny

I don't know about you but I've always steered clear of 'shoot em up' computer games. Especially ones that glorify killing innocent animals like in Big Buck Hunter. There's one of them at my local pizza place. Nothing turns me off more than seeing someone order a meatlovers pizza before putting a dollar in that gory hunting game to simulate slaughtering deer while they wait for their factory farmed ham to cook on a doughy base. It doesn't make you look tough, boys.

So you can imagine my sheer delight when I met Tofu Hunter!!

You can only progress through this game by meeting your tofu quota, that's a lesson for life I say! Nabbing the soy milk buys you extra time and you get bonuses for seeking out tofu dogs and seitan birds. Who needs a dietician with messages like this from tofu hunters?

Play Tofu Hunter! Via AdultSwim

It's definitely a 'shoot em up' game, but to me it does represent something more. Because each time someone hunts out the tofu or veggie dogs in the supermarket and buys that over meat, it's a little step closer to ending the misery of animals who are confined for life on factory farms.

And as for my local pizza place, imagine someone ordering a vegie pizza then shooting tofu while they wait  - let me hear you ladies, now that's manly!! Give me a Tofu Hunter any day!

Let's see who can get the highest score!

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Sydney City Council Promotes Meat-Free Mondays!

Sydney City Council Promotes Meat-Free Mondays!

Posted 29 September 2009   by Angie         Permalink | 13 Comments

Tags: Meat Free Mondays, veg, food, Sydney, Sydney council, environment, green living

While saving animals doesn't often appear at the top of governments' agendas, it is starting to sneak in by way of "Green Living"! In a recent newsletter from Sydney City Council I noticed they are promoting Meat Free Mondays.

Meat Free Mondays is a global campaign encouraging people to help curb climate change by having at least one meat-free day per week. If you think this sounds like a great idea, then you're in good company! The campaign already has the support of Paul McCartney, Richard Branson, Moby and the head of the International Panel on Climate Change (ie. the guy who advises the UN on all things climatey).

Governments promoting vegetarianism really makes me all goose-pimply with excitement. And this story gets better! Cause Sydney's not the only city either. In May, the Belgian city of Ghent launched a brilliant initiative to urge the whole city to go vegetarian every Thursday.

If you think Sydney Council is on a winning idea, then why not write to your school/uni/workplace to encourage them to combat climate change too and adopt Meat Free Mondays. Just think of the lives saved if they do!

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Cruelty-Free Shopping Made Oh-So-Easy!

Cruelty-Free Shopping Made Oh-So-Easy!

Posted 8 September 2009   by Karen         Permalink | 38 Comments

Tags: food, shopping, veg, Adelaide

So whenever you go shopping to stock up on mouth-watering cruelty-free food, do you spend more time than you'd like trying to ignore the icky meat, egg, and dairy-laden products that clutter the supermarket shelves in your quest to find those delightful dairy-free chocolate bars, meat-free mince and eggless mayonnaise? I know I do, especially when I visit a new supermarket that I don't know very well!

Don't you just wish shops would stick big, eye-catching signs up quickly drawing your attention to all the amazing vegetarian and vegan goodies that they sell? Well, one supermarket in Adelaide has done just that! Yep, apparently Foodworks in Glenelg have figured out that more and more people are wanting to fill their shopping trolleys without contributing to animal cruelty and environmental destruction and so they have posted big signs directing shoppers to the amazing cruelty-free food that they stock. Woot!!

Vegan supermarket shelves

Cruelty-free food at Foodworks

Tofutti icecream!

Tofutti cheese, pig-friendly 'bacon', meat-free schnitzels, vegan whipped cream, vegetarian 'prawns', to-die-for dairy-free icecream ... yum!! :-) If you're in Adelaide make sure you check this place out on Jetty Rd, Glenelg. And if not, post a comment below and tell everyone where your favourite veg-friendly shop is!

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What's for lunch?

What's for lunch?

Posted 18 August 2009   by Jesse         Permalink | 15 Comments

Tags: veg, tuckshop, food, school, World Cancer Research Fund, ham, cancer, health

What was in your lunch box today? How would veggie pizza with whole grain crust, rice and beans, veggie subs, and lentil sauce with pasta sound for lunch? According to the US School Nutrition Association that's the veg options that are most popular at US schools. I'll have one of each thanks!

Their recent survey found that almost 2 out of 3 US schools have regular veg options on offer. I don't know about you but my school tuckshop had mostly meat pies, sausage rolls and sweets (ok! so you won't hear me complaining about sweets :P).

It's about time we had more veg options in schools here as well! And it seems I'm not the only one who thinks so. The World Cancer Research Fund is now urging parents not to pack their kids' lunchboxes with ham and other processed meats. This follows a report by them earlier this year in which they concluded: "The scientific evidence linking processed meat [ie. ham, bacon, salami, etc] and bowel cancer shows that the best amount to eat is none at all." Go WCRF!

What's your school's veg tuckshop selection like? Might be a good time to suggest they add a few more options!

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Number 1 Reason Not to Eat Chicken
Posted By Ward

Number 1 Reason Not to Eat Chicken

Posted 14 August 2009   by         Permalink | 17 Comments

Tags: chickens, veg, violence, food

There are heaps of reasons not to eat chicken for your health, for the environment or for the animals. For me, the fact that chicks are forced to grow much faster than their bodies can cope, with some dying from organ failure and others starving to death, unable to lift their own body weight, was always reason enough not to eat them. But now I think this one takes the cake...

Number one reason not to eat chicken: Because your housemate might just douse you in boiling oil!

Yep, the Herald Sun has reported that a dispute over Nando's chicken has ended in a man having boiling oil poured over him in his sleep. Sure, I'd be pretty annoyed if you ate all of my delicious mock chicken, but as far as Im concerned violence has no place on or off my plate.

So anyway, what vegan treat do you find so delicious its just impossible to share?

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Most Worthy Chocoholics Announced!

Most Worthy Chocoholics Announced!

Posted 5 June 2009   by Karen         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: food, chocolate, dairy-free, giveaway, merch

Earlier in the week we appealed to the chocolate admirers out there with the promise of free Constant Craving Truffles. So began the hunt for Unleashed's most worthy chocoholic. But sheesh you didn't make it easy on us the competition was fierce! After reading the responses from so many worthy candidates, we were so overwhelmed by the heartfelt pleas for chocolate that we realised we couldn't choose just one winner...

So it's time to congratulate our two most worthy chocoholics, Matt.Y, who promises to give the chockies to his Mum (we want photographic evidence, Matt), and chaha33, the super-keen-vegan-cocoa-bean-eating-poetry-machine! Congratulations Matt.Y and chacha33 your bundle of 10 Constant Craving Truffles are zooming from the Unleashed office to your doorstep right now! But that's not all. We've also thrown in some free stickers for good measure :-)

In truth we believe everybody deserves chocolate, and really there's no reason to miss out. If all this chocolate-talk has you salivating at your keyboard, then follow me to the Unleashed shop where you can pick up your own bag of truffles for just $10 (or $20 if you're really serious). All the money raised through the shop goes towards helping animals and fighting animal cruelty.

And just for you lovely folks, postage is free :-)

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For the Love of Chocolate

For the Love of Chocolate

Posted 2 June 2009   by Karen         Permalink | 44 Comments

Tags: food, chocolate, dairy-free, giveaway, merch

I can hardly contain my excitement as I write this... There has been so much chatter about dairy-free chocolate on the forum recently that we thought we would share the love even further and give away some vegan chocolate.

That's right FREE CHOCOLATE!

In fact, we've all gone a little chocolate-mad with two new chocolate gift packs for sale in the Unleashed shop. And believe me, there's a good reason they call them 'Constant Craving' truffles. If you want to impress someone, I promise you, the only thing you'll ever need to do is get them some of these...

Each pack includes five dreamy varieties including Jaffa Delight, Coffee, Scorched Almond, Coconut, and Apricot Dream.

Ok ok ok, back to the free chocolate :-) If you want to get your hands on free pack of these melt-in-your-mouth truffles simply leave a comment below and tell us why you deserve them. We'll send the most worthy candidate a chock-filled gift to satiate those constant cravings...

Update: most worthy chocoholics announced! Click here to find out who won.

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One week left to raise $200!

One week left to raise $200!

Posted 19 May 2009   by Angie         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: veg, vegan, food, restaurants, health, donating

Have you been desperately wanting to make a difference and help animals but been too strapped for cash to donate? Well heres your chance to help!

If you havent already seen, NextStop is donating $10 to Animals Australia every time a guide is posted in "Great Spots for Vegetarians & Vegans - Australia"

This doesnt just have to be a restaurant; it can be a store, market, caf ANY place that is vegetarian/vegan friendly that you love. Surely everyone can think of 5 little places theyve been to that fit this category!?!

This is turning into such a great resource, I know Im going to be checking out a lot of the places I didnt know existed. So take 5 minutes to spread the word about hot vego spots in your town and help us kick ass for the animals!

Thanks so much to everyone who has already posted a guide, we have raised $300 so far!!! Just 20 more guides needed to reach the $500 goal!!!

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Be Sweet to Animals - Bake Vegan Cupcakes!

Be Sweet to Animals - Bake Vegan Cupcakes!

Posted 3 April 2009   by Jesse         Permalink | 13 Comments

Tags: vegan, vegan cupcakes, recipe, food, eggs, dairy, tabling, volunteers, Bad Day Down, Propagandhi, gigs

Alright, here's a treat you'll be jumping up and down about. A recipe for vegan cupcakes!

A couple of weeks ago we ran a stall at the Petacular pet expo in Brisbane. The wonderful volunteer, Kate, offered to bake vegan cupcakes for the day... So of course we said yes yes yes!

The cupcakes looked and tasted amazing! Not surprisingly, they went down a treat and many a cupcake muncher marvelled at the fact that no animals were harmed in the making of these delectible treats.

When highlighting the cruelty of the egg and dairy industries, nothing promotes cruelty free living quite like cupcake goodness. So it's time, as Kate would say, to "share the cupcake love"!

This cupcake concoction was even given the thumbs up by punk heroes Propagandhi. Kate's hubby plays in the Brissie band Bad Day Down, who supported Propagandhi on their recent visit to Australia. On tour, Kate soon assumed the role of official cupcake cooker. But she isn't just a superstar in the kitchen. Check out this photo of her singing on stage with Propagandhi at their Melbourne show. (btw, keep your eyes out for more from us on Propagandhi soon)

Anyway, back to the important business of cupcakes. Here for your pleasure, is the undisputed best cupcake recipe in the world (or at least so claims Kate): Click here for the cupcake-a-licious recipe.

Now don't be greedy! Make sure you share your amazing cruelty free creations with all your friends and family to spread the word about how easy it is to be sweet to animals.

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Aaaahhh....

Aaaahhh....

Posted 31 January 2009   by Karen         Permalink | 17 Comments

Tags: coffee, food, soy milk, dairy, vegan

If you're as obsessive about a mug of scalding hot liquid as I am, you'll understand why I'm giddy with delight at discovering Di Bella's coffee today...

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with coffee shops... only because you still occasionally find one that's stuck in the dark ages and hasn't heard of soy milkso I was reminded this morning (thanks a bunch, Brewbakers). Fair to say, these places tend to lose a lot of customers (like me). But when you need a coffee, you need a coffee. Right?

My coffee expedition led me to Di Bella's, where I was not only offered an ultra-smooth velvety soy latte, but I wasn't charged for the privilege of sparing the life of a baby cow!

Seriously, we live in a topsy-turvy world where most cafes try to squeeze an extra 50 cents out of you for a dash of soy milk, when it's no secret that the dairy industry is a vastly inefficient machine, squandering precious resources, damaging the environmentand not to mentioncausing immense pain, suffering and death to countless innocent cows. In the end you can't really put a dollar figure on the damage (or absurdity) caused by people drinking milk meant for baby cows.

But Di Bella's didn't stop there. Their brews are all fair-trade, AND they also give out free vegan Belgian spice biscuits with their coffees! What more could a coffee lover hope for??

What's your favourite cup? Or, what's the lamest coffee shop experience you've had? Share your comments below!

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Xmas Eve Like You Would Never Believe!
Posted By Ward

Xmas Eve Like You Would Never Believe!

Posted 2 January 2008   by         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: Trial Kennedy, The Hot Lies, gigs, bands, food, Christmas, bbq

When our good friends at PBS radio station contacted us saying that they were organising a fundraiser on Christmas eve, and they wanted Unleashed to run a table and bbq at the event, we just couldn't resist. In the good spirit of Christmas, we loaded up the car with veggie snags, and goodies and headed to The Arthouse for a night to remember.

Celebrating Christmas is great. Celebrating Christmas with a whole bunch of good mates, vegan food and Trial Kennedy and Capeside thrashin' out the tunes is greater! And to top it off Luke from The Hot Lies donned his chef's hat to help on the barbie.

If you haven't caught Trial Kennedy, then they're a name to remember. These guys are almost as hot as a Christmas day in Aus.

So that was our Chrissy feast. Tell us about yours. What cruelty free goodies did you whip for the Christmas season?

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