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Paradise Wines Feb. 23rd, 2005 @ 10:10 am
I emailed Leah at Paradise Wines regarding the veganity of the wines that they serve. I'll post here any response I get. You all could help out by emailing Leah and mentioning how much wine you would buy if only you knew for certain it was vegan.

If we can get a stamp of approval on the wines in their tasting room we could hold a special Meetup there.

Also, if someone has a list of all the wineries in the area or in California we could start contacting the winemakers directly regarding the use of animal based clarifying agents. Heck, with a little research we could be conversant in cruelty free clarifying alternatives.

Also also, we can repeat the process with the breweries in the area (Firestone, Anacapa, hmm...who else?). So that's two Meetups good to go with a little legwork.

I'm sure our turnouts would increase dramatically if booze was involved.

The Meetup board knows about this blog right? Time to cross-post?

Dr. Mericle, soy phytoestrogens Feb. 22nd, 2005 @ 12:02 pm
Cross-post from my blog.


vegan food links Feb. 13th, 2005 @ 09:34 pm
Getting weird errors from livejournal so I'm just posting the URLs as is:


At the last meetup we were talking a little about vegan wines and such. Here's what I found:



Happy Cow Feb. 10th, 2005 @ 12:24 pm
Happy Cow is a global directory of veg*n restaurants. Here are the results for all of California. We should definitely update the listings for our area.

Wifi hotspots in Ventura Feb. 10th, 2005 @ 12:20 pm
Anybody have a list of free wifi hotspots in Ventura? Here's a few to get started:

Bagel Rock Coffee (on Main)
Cafe Palermo (Main, downtown)
Latte 101 (Telephone and Victoria)

It might be fun to have a meetup at a place with a hotspot so we can use internet access to look up recipes, vegan content, etc.
Other entries
» Vegan food and supplement info
Vitamin Shoppe over by B&N usually has great deals on vitamins and supplements. I don't know if I bought the last couple, but they had the big tub o' rice protein that I mentioned in my last post. Beware some of Solgar brand veggie caps aren't.

The Isla Vista Coop near UCSB has the best tofu I've ever had and you can place bulk orders. It's cheap to become a member and you get an ongoing nominal discount. They also have chunky style TVP which makes great unchick'n.

Trader Joe's (on Victoria) has the best prices on the faux meat deli slices, gimme lean, soy yoghurt, etc. Usually, you can find 55c off coupons for the deli slices (and hoard them for future use). Cheap wine too. Oh and yummy flaxseed low carb tortilla chips. But beware their soy protein powder, although enticingly cheap, has lactose in it.
» Amino acid profile comparisons
I did a spreadsheet comparing different protein powders. Might be useful in answering that perennial fave question...

Just added rice protein to the mix since I picked up some. Definitely the easiest to eat of the bunch. Doesn't gum up your mouth when you spoon it in as much as the others do.

Oh and dig the funky generated ads that come up in that link...amino = anime?

» Ahah! I can post here too!
Maybe it's because I'm an itinerant livejournal user, but they don't seem to make it obvious how to post here directly instead of just adding comments.

I've added this community's rss feed to my reader so I don't have to be slowed down by a web browser (soooo 2004).

Vegan websites from off the top of my head (add .com as required):

veganessentials (google for coupons)
vegsource, vegweb
veganfitness.net (beware the trolls)
Pubmed - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi (get the scoop straight from the source!)
veganbodybuilding, veganbodybuilder (now the same site I think)

Ok, nothing else to post. Just wanted to test it out.

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