I’ve met a lot of new vegans in San Antonio lately, most lamenting the lack of restaurant options there. So I get excited when I find vegan food in San Antonio. Dallas Vegan tells us that there’s a secret vegan menu at Kona Grill in North Park Center Mall. I did some sleuthing, and it looks like every location has this menu. As of this writing, it’s not available to look at online.
|Minute Maid Park in Houston. Photo by markhodgins. Licensed under creative commons|
PETA has once again named Minute Maid Park in Houston one of the most veg-friendly ballparks in the country. MMP ranked number 9 this year, a fall from last year’s number 3 position. The park was praised for its “veggie burgers, mushroom sliders, fresh fruit smoothies, made-to-order salads, and sun-dried tomato rigatoni”. No mention in the article about whether these dishes are vegan or just vegetarian.
Congrats Minute Maid Park! Now how about adding nutritional information to your website so guests can make informed decisions?
|Black bean patty wrap. Image from Pita Pit|
Someone on Vegans Rock Austin linked to this article about Pita Pit in the Washington, D.C. Examiner. The article, which reads like a barely rewritten press release, announces a vegan black bean patty at all Pita Pit locations. Besides the awesome news about new vegan options, the article makes a great point that vegan food is becoming available at more and more mainstream restaurants, including Chipotle, zpizza, PF Changes, and Denny’s (Anyone know what’s vegan at Denny’s?).
I know fast food and chain restaurants aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I don’t think they’ll be completely disappearing anytime soon. So it’s great news that there are healthier and animal cruelty-free options at more and more of these fast food and fast casual restaurants. And it’s good to have another vegan option when traveling in unfamiliar places, too.
Locally, Pita Pit has locations in Houston, Austin, College Station, and Denton.
|Only Kale Can Save Us Now t-shirt from Herbivore Clothing. WANT!|
All five Texas Worldwide Vegan Bake Sales took place this weekend. Don’t they look fabulous?
|El Paso raised $400 for Animal Rescue League! Among the other goodies were these tasty-looking pumpkin spice cupcakes. Photo by El Paso Veg Snob|
|Box of goodies at the Dallas bake sale. Rumor is the kolaches were a big hit. Dallas raised over $2500 for Direct Relief International in Japan. Photo by sunnybear|
|Donuts and chocolate cookies flew off the table at the Austin sale. Austin raised over $1000 for Sunny Day Farms Animal Sanctuary. That’s enough money to pay for half a month’s food for the over 300 animals at the farm. Photo by Come and Fake It|
In total, Worldwide Vegan Bake Sales in Texas raised nearly $5000 for seven charities. This is the most successful year yet!
UPDATE: Green sold 163 desserts and donated $1 from each dessert sale to SARA. News is their desserts were just voted 3rd best in all of San Antonio by San Antonio Current readers. Awesome!
|Vegan burger and sweet potato fries from Green Seed Vegan in Houston. Photo by Paul Galvani|
Y’all, get a look at this burger. The vegan food truck trend has finally hit Houston. Green Seed Vegan is a vegan food truck near Texas Southern University. Their menu is split between cooked and raw food, and everything is 100% vegan. If you squint you can see the menu on their yelp page. (Psst, Green Seed Vegan, post your menu on your facebook and website, pretty please!)
The concept reminds me a bit of Counter Culture, though the menu offerings are completely different. Either way, it looks like they offer healthy food that still manages to be tasty and enticing. Check out this review on 29-95 and let me know what you think if you’ve been by.
|NYC vegan bake sale in 2010. Photo by wools. Licensed under creative commons|
There’s a fantastic write up of Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale in CNN’s Eatocracy today. Be sure to check out the slide show with great vegan recipes and photos.
|Image from Eating Our Words, a Houston Press blog|
In a recent blog post, Houston Press writer Christina Uticone reviews the vegan tamales made by Radical Eats, a vegan catering company whose mission is to “get fresh vegetables into your body.” Radical, huh?
|From Shirley’s Facebook page|
It’s with a sad heart that we say goodbye to Shirley Wilkes-Johnson. You might know her as the voice of Vegan World Radio, as the founder of the Lone Star Vegetarian Network and the Vegan Chili Cook off, or through her work in the Houston community.