Non-Turkey Turkey Day, Mad Men's Pussycat, Shark Fin Creepiness
• For 28 days concluding in November 2010, an HSUS investigator worked inside a Cal-Maine factory egg farm in Texas, and documented a bunch of scary-ass abuses. The vast majority of eggs that Americans eat come from farms like this, so you should probably have a look. Poor chickens. And that makes me think of turkeys, who are "enjoying" their last few days on Earth before they end up overcooked on some moron's table. Did you know that turkeys live up to 10 years in the wild? Whereas the ones people eat are usually slaughtered at about 5 months old? Sadness. Seamless transition into talking about Thanksgiving, GO!
• Speaking of, it's almost Thanksgiving. Woo-hoo! Vegans love Thanksgiving because everyone knows that the best part of the big meal is the side dishes. Mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, and green bean casseroles covered in fried onions are always delicious, and super easy to veganize. Bay Area Bites has a decent guide to bay area vegan Thanksgiving options and there's another action-packed list of local places to eat out at/order in from on Vegansaurus. Warning: it's heavy on the pie because I really, really love pie. Pie!
Vegansaurus Vegans EAT, people!
• If you're cooking at home, I've teamed up with the Internet (heard of it?) to create your one-stop vegan Thanksgiving recipe shop! First up, Oprah's favorite vegan chef, Tal Ronnen, has an entire vegan feast lined up for you. That's right, I said OPRAH. If it's good enough for Oprah, then you probably can't afford it. Except in this case, so eat up! Other options include Bitch Magazine founding editor Lisa Jervis' spectacular meat-free feast and vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli's vegan Thanksgiving recipes in the New York Times. If you need further inspiration, you can always turn to the granddaddy of all vegan recipe websites, VegWeb.com. Full disclosure: I'm the community manager there so come! Harass me! We've got over 13,000 vegan recipes, and an entire Thanksgiving section. Oh, and if you're in a pinch for time or are hella lazy, check out Isa Chandra Moskowitz's Thanksgiving In an Hour. I've actually made it several times even though it's not Thanksgiving yet. I'm just a glutton.
• Earlier this week, the Washington Post celebrated vegan potlucks and meat-free Thanksgivings. Wow, the last time vegan potlucks were in the news was when the FBI was idiotically looking for terrorists at them. All those fools found out was that vegans can EAT; and perhaps they walked away with a good recipe for dairy-free ambrosia salad. So, yay!
• And finally on the Thanksgiving tip, our favorite, Susie Cagle, is on The Awl, talking about her family's kinda-tradition of spiced sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving. Her family actually sounds a lot like mine, food-wise. And dysfunctionality-wise. Is that a word? And if so, did I use it correctly? Anyway, make sure to click through to the second page for the recipe, as it's adorably illustrated and sounds quite delicious! Happy Thanksgiving!
• Babycakes, a vegan bakery with storefronts in New York City and Los Angeles, adds a third local to its growing empire: Disney World. Whaaaa!??! That's right, Disney kicked McDonald's to the curb and brought in smaller brands, including a mick(e)y ficky (ha!) vegan bakery. Finally, it is truly The Happiest Place on Earth. Well, except for all those kids.
baratunde/Flickr Vincent Kartheiser.
• Did you know that Vincent Kartheiser, the dude who plays rapist Pete Campbell on Mad Men, is vegetarian? And that he's car-less (in Los Angeles, people!), and isn't having kids because he doesn't want to tax the environment too much/is waiting for me. Whatta man. Actually, he kinda looks like a gigolo-ish, I bet he has a couple kids out there he doesn't know about. No, no, I kid, he seems very nice. Now, if he would only talk to that Pete Campbell about being such a smarmy smarmy rapist!
• SF Appeal's Justine Quart dives head first into the murky world of shark fin soup. Best sentence ever? You be the judge! Actually, don't. Did you know that "shark finners" kill about 100 million sharks a year? By contrast, sharks kill about 27 people a year. If there was a movie theater for sharks, they'd probably exclusively play their version of Jaws, which is just stupid humans eating bowl after bowl of their friends and family. Ugh, sounds more grotesque than Human Centipede. Anyway, read the article and then get raging mad and write letters urging your senator to support the Shark Conservation Act of 2009. Do it!