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Hi folks, 

We’ve moved, so you may have to reset you RSS readers to: http://www.secondcityvegan.org/?page_id=1309 if you want to keep getting our blog updates via your feed reader. 

It’s not the prettiest right now since it’s still under construction, but we do have 2 new posts up on the blog, so go check it out and shoot us a message at secondcityvegan[at]gmail.com if you have any comments or suggestions. 

Thanks and happy reading!



Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a week away – Eeek! Here are some ideas if you’re still looking for something to get your loved ones:

Mixing Bowl Bakery:

Looking for something sweet? The Mixing Bowl Bakery can hook you up with vegan truffles, cupcakes, cookies and more! Orders must be placed by February 10th and 10% of profits go to Mercy for Animals.

Vegan Cuts:

Vegan Cuts is currently offering a great deal on vegan truffles, but if your sweetie isn’t a fan of sweets or you’ve had your heart stolen by a four-legged cuddle monkey, like this girl,  they’re offering plenty of discount codes to some great companies.

Rescue Chocolate:

As always, if you’re looking for quality chocolate that’s vegan and helps save lives check out the Peanut Butter Pit Bull bar or my personal favorite, the Wild at Heart dark chocolate hearts filled with raspberry ganache!

Don’t forget to mention your favorite local rescue at check-out (some of our favorties are Chicago Bully Breed Rescue and Broad Shoulders Animal Rescue ), because they can get part of the profits from your sale.

‘Tis the Season

If you’re like me, you’re gearing up for Cyber Monday. Once Thanksgiving hits I avoid all stores, with the exception of the grocery store and few local independent businesses, like the plague until about mid-January when one can only hope the Santa’s and mobs of crazed looking people are gone.

Here are some of my favorite online retailers sure to have some pretty good deals in the weeks to come.

Loving Eco is my favorite of the Groupon spin-offs.  Though not all of the products they sell are vegan, they do sell quite a few vegan products and they clearly mark them with a V. They also mark which items are organic, fair trade, cruelty free, handmade, energy efficient, biodegradable, etc. A percentage of each sale on Loving Eco goes to charities, which change on a weekly basis. Among vegan charities that have benefited from Loving Eco are Mercy for Animals and Farm Sanctuary. If you sign up for their site, you’ll get a weekly e-mail featuring the deals of the week. This week they have select Matt & Nat bags and wallets on their site at a 45% discount!

Vegan Cuts is another Groupon-like discount site for vegans and they’re compiled this great Holiday Gift Shopping Guide, which includes several coupon codes! Subscribe to their site and you, too, can enjoy their weekly deals.

Rescue Chocolate – If you’re looking for something sweet for your loved ones, nothing beats Rescue chocolates. They’re vegan and all profits go to animal rescues.

Need more ideas? Check out Vegan Mainstream’s Holiday Gift Guide.


November 5th is a big day for the Chicago Vegan community. Not only is Vegan Mania that day, but Mercy for Animals will be screening the new documentary, Vegucated, at the Viaduct Theater that evening!

Chicago Vegan Mania


This is Vegan Mania’s 3rd year and once again it’s being held at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse (1419 W Blackhawk, Chicago, IL) from 10am – 5pm and it’s FREE! Parking can be hard to come by, so come early or ride your bike/take public transit.

Some of you may be wondering, “What is Vegan Mania?” It’s a celebration of everything that is vegan – food, community, commerce, fashion, and more! It’s where I discovered St Martaen’s delicious artisan cashew cheeses (long before they had the food truck) and Vaute Couture’s lovely coats (before they left us for New York 😦 ).

Even though the event is free, you’ll want to bring some cash with you because there will be a food court, which will feature delicious options from Chicago’s vegan restaurants and food companies, like Upton’s Naturals. In the past there have also been a wide variety of vegan goods for sale, like Ethically Engineered soaps, Herbivore Clothing, the aforementioned Vaute Couture coats, and more!

This year’s speakers include, Chicago’s Mercy for Animals Campaign Coordinator, Kenny Torella; vegan body builder, Robert Cheeke and Vegan Outreach’s Director of Outreach, Jon Camp. This year’s food demos will include culinary delights from Laviyah Ayanna of the Vegan Food Truck, Sandi Swiss of Canary Confectionary, Linda Szarkowski of Green Spirit Living, the Chicago Diner and Chicago Soy Dairy. All dishes demonstrated and sampled will be free of all animal ingredients.

Finally, there will also be a Family Activity Area with eco-crafts, and a culture cafe featuring a DJ, acoustic acts, artists, a coffee bar and a Vegan Rockstar photobooth!

Hope to see you there!


Saturday, November 5th, 2011
Viaduct Theater
3111 N Western Ave., Chicago, IL

Vegucated is a new documentary that follows 3 meat and cheese loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for 6 weeks. Along the way they discover the cruelty behind the industries they supported and are soon eager to fight back. The film is described as part sociological experiment, part science class and part adventure story.

The film will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Marisa Miller Wolfson.

To be sure you get a chance to see this film’s Chicago premier, purchase tickets in advance at http://vegucatedchi2.eventbrite.com/

This past weekend, Nick and I went to check out the new Bleeding Heart bakery in West Town, which unlike other Bleeding Heart locations has a cafe which serves brunch M-F from 7am -4pm and 57 straight hours starting on Friday at 7am and ending on Sunday at 4pm.

The cafe’s menu includes 7 vegan entrees. Nick ordered the Housemade Vegan Biscuits and Gravy and I had The Roots skillet.

The Roots

At first I wasn’t blown away by the skillet, because I was eating every vegetable on it’s own. The skillet consisted of potatoes, turnips, carrots, beets and seasoned tofu. However, when I started eating the tofu with the veggies I discovered that all of the flavors blended together really well. I left feeling more than satisfied since the bowl was big and the root veggies were filling. My only complaint is that I wasn’t given any vegan margarine or jelly or anything to go with my bread, which was pretty dry.

Vegan Biscuits and Gravy

The biscuits from the biscuits and gravy were probably the fluffiest biscuits I have ever had! Normally I don’t get biscuits because more often than not they’re hard or mealy or too dense, but these were perfect! They also came with seasoned tofu, which was the only disappointing part of the dish. It would have been nice if it was a tofu scramble with a few veggies thrown in, like onion and tomato or it they were served with Upton’s Naturals sausage instead of tofu and some roasted poatatoes. Then the Housemade Vegan Biscuits and Gravy would be AMAZING! As they are now, they’re just good.

Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

For dessert I took home a mini vegan Sweet Potato Pie, which was good, but I’m not sure it was $7 good. I did love the toasted Dandies on top, though! I will have to try to replicate this at home.

Overall it was a pretty good meal. I’m looking forward to going back and trying some more of their vegan offerings. Beware if you go late on a Saturday morning, though, because the place was bumping, so we had to wait about 20 minutes and I’m pretty sure there were only two waitresses working, so we didn’t get the best service.


The Results Are In!



Congratulations to Scintillating19 on winning a box of sprouted bread from Manna Organics. Please send your name and mailing addresss to secondcityvegan@gmail.com so we can ship you your bread!

The winner was chosen using Random.org to generate a random number between 1 & 7, which was the number of comments submitted. I’d like to thank everyone who participated.

Manna Organics Give-Away

We’re super excited to be offering you a chance to participate in our very first give-away!

A 4 loaf variety pack of Manna’s Sprouted Breads (approximate retail value$25).

Please, leave a comment below telling us how you like to eat bread before Friday, October 28th, 2011. We’ll be picking a winner from the comments at random on Friday. Be sure to leave your e-mail address, so we can get a hold of you. This contest is only open to those living within the Continental US.

Good luck!