Vegan Food and Cooking

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    November 18, 2014

    Vegan Thanksgiving in Miami: Whole Foods, Bunnie Cakes, and Potluck Eats

    If you're not into meat, butter, or cheese, a Thanksgiving table can be tough to navigate. The Brussels sprouts are cooked in bacon; the mashed potatoes are loaded with butter; the turkey is, well, a turkey. But for the plant-based eaters, Short Order has dug up some options for yummy, pre-cooked T ... More >>

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    October 27, 2014

    This Halloween, Hail Seitan With the Vegan Black Metal Chef

    Before the milquetoast ministrations of Thug Kitchen, there was a plant-based Prince of Darkness: the (faux) leather-clad culinarian known as the Vegan Black Metal Chef. The horrifying herbivore drew more than two million YouTube views for the first episode of his online cooking show, where recipes ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    Alicia Silverstone on Kind Living, Picky Kids, and Seed Food & Wine Festival

    It's likely you know her best as Cher, the fashion-forward, well-intentioned Beverly Hills high-schooler who created pop culture legend in 1995's Clueless. But Alicia Silverstone is much more than a pretty face and Aerosmith video vixen -- she's also a dedicated mom, author, and vegan activist. Her ... More >>

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    August 13, 2014

    Lemoni Pizza & Kitchen: Try the Vegan Hawaiian

    Hearing that a spot serves vegan pizza is maybe the best thing ever for an herbivore. Because, let's be real, it's impossible not to miss that chewy dough, that piquant sauce, that melty, gooey, drippy mozzarella. Sigh. So when I heard Lemoni Pizza & Kitchen serves vegan pies, I was on it like Miam ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014

    Colony1: Bulk Food Store, Organic Garden, and Vegan Kitchen Coming to Wynwood

    Picture this green-living dream: A marketplace where Miamians can buy locally grown produce and bulk goods, then carry them home in reusable containers; a kitchen where locals can learn to cook healthy, vegan meals for themselves and their families; a lush community garden where people can donate ti ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    Almond Milk Lattes & Ice Cream Sundaes: A Vegan's Guide to Tallahassee

    North Florida is pretty awesome. People who dismiss anywhere above Boca as a no-man's-land are missing out on some of the Sunshine State's best assets, from gorgeous green forests to super-friendly folks, to totally unique eateries. Our state's capital, for example, has lots of amazing vegan options ... More >>

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    April 16, 2014

    Try the Vegan Lunch Special at Green Gables Cafe

    They say vegans are lousy hunters, but sometimes it takes a predatory instinct to seek out a meatless meal in the 305. Luckily, Coral Gables' Green Gables Café offers a vegan lunch special that differs daily, so you don't have to choke down a PB&J every single day. See also: Miami's Ten Best Vegan ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014
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    March 6, 2014

    Vegan Professional Wrestler Austin Aries Appearing at Choices Café This Saturday

    Meat and muscles have long been considered a dynamic duo. The puns alone speak volumes: meatheads and beefcakes anyone? But the world is changing, and no longer is meat considered the wondrous protein source of yesteryear. Thanks to flicks like Forks Over Knives, people of all kinds are getting on ... More >>

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    March 5, 2014

    Choices Café on the Upper Eastside: Try the Vegan Collard Wrap

    It looks too good to be healthful. The "mental lentil" collard wrap ($16) at Choices Café is crammed with black beans, lentils, onion, pico de gallo, bell pepper, avocado, plantain, and vegan cheese. Collard greens replace the wheat tortilla. The wrap is vibrant, its colorful filling stacked like s ... More >>

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    March 5, 2014

    Easter Is Coming! Make Vegan Cadbury Cream Eggs (PHOTOS)

    It's that time of year again. No, we're not referring to birds and bees and March Madness and all that other spring crap. We're talking Cadbury Cream Egg time at Easter, which is April 20. Seriously, is there anything more awesome than seeing those indulgent little morsels on store shelves everywher ... More >>

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    February 7, 2014

    Mariana Cortez of Bunnie Cakes Talks Cupcake Wars, Vegan Baking, and Valentine's Day

    Mariana Cortez started baking vegan sweets back in 2009 as a way to fulfill her son's dietary restrictions. At the time, she never imagined she'd be the first person to open a vegan bakery in Miami. Now, Bunnie Cakes is celebrating its one year anniversary -- just a few days shy of Valentine's Day. ... More >>

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    January 24, 2014

    Miami Iron Side: A Lovely, Vegan Lunch of Pizza and Cupcakes

    If you haven't visited the breezy, artistic campus known as Miami Iron Side, you're missing out on a lovely little respite from mainstream Miami. This creative mecca is home to a lineup of right-brained tenants, from architects to hair salons to, most recently, a wood-fired pizza joint. There's no ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    Vegan Fast Food: A Meatless Guide to Chipotle, Taco Bell, Subway, and Others

    When it comes to eating on the go, vegans might think like they're up a creek without a paddle. Faced with menus packed with burgers, chicken nuggets, and cheesy burritos, they can feel hopeless to score anything quick and easy. But surprisingly, there are meatless options at even the most meat-hea ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    The House of V to Pop Up at Miami Iron Side for Art Basel

    The House of V, the home-based vegan bakery run by a former Bouchon pastry cook, is popping up at a retail space for Art Basel. Owner Valentina Cordero will launch a temporary bakery at Miami Iron Side on the Upper Eastside. Its grand opening is scheduled for today from 5 to 10 p.m. See also: Vega ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 22, 2013
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    August 12, 2013

    Bunnie Cakes Serves Vegan Lunch, Will Debut Brunch in September

    When Mariana Cortez opened Bunnie Cakes in February, it became the first vegan bakery in Miami. But the heart-spangled café was not Cortez's debut into vegan sweets. For years, she had been selling treats -- like gluten-free guava cupcakes -- from home. Now, six months after launching her storefro ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013
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    June 20, 2013

    Pete's Authentic Cooking: Fresh, Vegan, and Gluten-Free Lunch in Coral Gables

    Pete's Authentic Cooking isn't a health-oriented restaurant, but it sells vegan soups. Though the Coral Gables breakfast and lunch spot offers gluten-free options, it also bakes fresh chocolate chip muffins and croissants. That's because Pete's has one of the smartest fast-casual menus I've seen i ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    25. Keith Kalmanowicz of Earth N' Us Farm

    New Times' Best of Miami 2013 issue arrives June 13. To celebrate, Short Order is serving up the top 30 tastemakers in the 305. These people have helped shape the Miami food scene into what it is today. We began with number 30 and will lead up to the county's number one. A Q&A session is included in ... More >>

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    February 28, 2013

    Ellen Kanner's Feeding the Hungry Ghost Teaches Readers on Seasonal Eats, Community & Food for the Soul

    While Miami's vegan scene might be a little bit lacking, we have to give props to the dedicated herbivores working to educate the masses on the benefits of local produce, meatless Mondays and cruelty-free cuisine. One such teacher is Ellen Kanner, blogger, columnist and now, cookbook author. Kanner ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    Conscious Bite Out's 100-Mile Dinner: Elegant, Locally Sourced Vegan Soiree

    Yes, glamour-puss Beyoncé recently credited vegan food for helping her get back into red-carpet-ready form, and a slew of other celebrities have announced their vegan allegiance (Brad Pitt, Russell Brand, Jessica Chastain, and Woody Harrelson, to name a few), but the cruelty-free, earth-friendly cu ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    Five Sexy Vegan Valentine's Day Gifts: Edible Body Butter, Candy Lips, and Beyond

    When people hear the word "vegan," the last thing that comes to mind is decadence. The first thing is usually an image of a scrawny, pale lady wearing Birkenstocks and hugging a tree. Not exactly the picture of sensuality.But as usual, my aim for this column today is to challenge preconceived notion ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    Vegan Pop Up to Take Over New Orleans-Inspired Lagniappe in Midtown Sunday

    New Orleans is known for its jazz, its eclectic cultural milieu and its gumbo, a thick stew usually anchored by beef stock and crowded with shrimp, chicken and sausage. So what the heck would vegan gumbo look and taste like? Your guess is as good as vegan chef Keith Kalmanowicz's, but he'll work it ... More >>

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    November 13, 2012

    Bunnie Cakes to Open Vegan Bakery in Wynwood

    Mariana Cortez, owner and founder of Bunnie Cakes, began selling vegan baked goods from her home in 2009. Since then, she has expanded to a production facility on NE 59th Street. It's there that she offers treats by special orders to clients. She also sells wholesale to many of Miami's restaurants a ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    Ginnybakes, Miami-Based Organic Treat Sensation, Rolls Out Scrumptious Vegan Cookies and Bars

    If you're a celiac, a vegan, a vegetarian, a nutritarian, lactose intolerant, oat intolerant, or if you do your damnedest to keep kosher, you may have had more than one opportunity to moan about how there's nothing delicious for you to eat in this world. For me, a plant-based vegan, the feeling has ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    Paradise Farms Welcomes Vegan Chef Cherie Soria: Try Chipotle Soup With Cashew Yogurt

    Locavores and vegans will bask in the spotlight at Paradise Farms during a lecture and workshop with chef Cherie Soria October 12 and 13. She's the same chef who founded Living Light Culinary Institute in California, which is one the highest rated organic raw vegan chef training schools. There wi ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012
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    July 25, 2012

    The Vegan & Vegetarian Guide to Miami Spice

    Miami Spice begins August 1. Like New York's Restaurant Week, it lets diners indulge in prix-fixe menus at the city's best restaurants at deeply discounted prices. We Miamians are actually even luckier than our friends up north, because our opportunity to "Spice" up our diets on a budget lasts ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    Vegans Can Carbo-Load, Too, at LA's Real Food Daily

    In my normal, South Beach-dwelling, plant-eating life, carbs play an important but purposely limited role. In my experience, the best way to get fat on a vegan diet is to increase the ratio of grains to vegetables in your diet dramatically. I try to stick to one to one and a half cups of strictly wh ... More >>

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    July 4, 2012

    Five Reasons Why Being Vegan Is Patriotic

    This Fourth of July, many Americans will be going out to pick up the hot dogs, hamburgers, and chicken carcasses they like to throw over the fire pit while the fireworks screech overhead. The head of the household will man the grill, bragging about his or her ability to rotate the meat at precisely ... More >>

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    June 15, 2012

    Subway to Launch Vegan Sandwich Line

    Subway is rolling out three new vegan sandwich options, in response to increased demand for meals on the go sans animal products. The Malibu Greek, Sweet Riblet, and Italian Black Bean subs are slated to roll out in select Subway locations in Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia. Compassion Over ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    Babies Don't Want Vegan Mommies? What a Load of Baloney

    This past weekend, the LA Times published an editorial suggesting pregnant women who adhere to a vegan diet and subsequently raise vegan children are irresponsible. The writer, Alexandra Le Tellier, was responding to the release of Vegan Is Love, a new children's book that explains and advocates a v ... More >>

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    April 13, 2012

    Tomorrow: Om Nom Nom Party at Panther Coffee. New Website, Free Cookies

    Vegan cookie company extraordinaire Om Nom Nom is ready to go global with the launch of an official website, and to celebrate, it's throwing a party tomorrow, Saturday, at Panther Coffee in Wynwood. Anthea Ponsetti from Om Nom Nom and Illeana Cardenas from Panther are cohosting the event, which ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    Bombshell 70-Year-Old Raw Vegan Annette Larkins Leads Us to Fountain of Youth

    ​The outside of Annette Larkins' pastel-pink Kendall home looks like it belongs to a grown-up Barbie doll.In a way, that's not far from the truth. Larkins' curvaceous chest-to-waist-to-hip ratio must be close to that of America's favorite figurine. One big difference, though, is that there's no pl ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    Om Nom Nom Cookies Bring Vegan Deliciousness from Miami to Miami

    ​Delicious vegan cookies, you say Impossible! Well, was impossible. Now that Miami has Om Nom Nom cookies, no one will be able to question the ability of a vegan treat to shine. First spotted by Short Order at Panther Coffee, these desserts may be lacking animal products, but they lose nothin ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    Bunnie Cakes: Gluten-Free, Vegan Love Cakes by Family Gal Mariana Cortez

    ​Even though, or maybe because, I was always a really really tall girl, I've always gravitated toward tiny things. I love miniature doll furniture, pocket-sized notebooks, glitter, and as a child of the '80s, Shrinky Dinks.So does vegan baker Mariana Cortez, who at 29, is the exact same age as I a ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    Beet Reporter Hustled into Breaking Vegan Diet with $2 Taco Bell Burrito

    ​​As I stood in line at a Taco Bell on NE 36th Street and Biscayne Boulevard, I was not comfortable or hopeful. It had been a long time since I'd been in a fast food joint, and the proximity of all the nutritionally bankrupt white flour tortillas, preservative-packed foodstuffs, and grade D meat ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    NYC Marathon This Weekend: Vegan Ultra-Marathoner Terence Gerchberg Runs on Rice

    Terence Gerchberg is fit to be tied. Literally, fit to be tied. In June, he and four friends tied themselves together and ran the God's Country Marathon in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, breaking the Guinness world record for "fastest marathon completed by a linked team," with a time of 3:26:15.He will ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Scarpetta's Chef Michael Pirolo Crafts Gourmet Vegan Tasting

    ​In this new series, the Beet Reporter aims to see whether Miami's tastiest restaurants are prepared to feed vegans with something more than boring garden salads.There are two ways to make vegan food. Or rather, there are two ways to make food vegan.One starts with "normal" dishes, subtracting the ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    Former Vegan Chef at Red the Steakhouse Does Tofu Three Ways

    ​There's a perception that the vegan diet, which excludes all animal products, is incompatible with fine dining. In this new series, the Beet Reporter aims to see whether Miami's tastiest restaurants are prepared to feed vegans with something more than boring garden salads.I doubt many vegans have ... More >>

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    October 11, 2011

    Vegan Dining at Tapas y Tintos: Popeye and Olive's Chickpeas and Creamy-Crunchy Paella

    ​There's a perception that the vegan diet, which excludes all animal products, is incompatible with fine dining. In this new series, the Beet Reporter aims to see whether Miami's tastiest restaurants are prepared to feed vegans with something more than boring garden salads.The menu at Tapas y Tint ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Vani's Vegan Cupcakes at Govinda's in the Grove

    ​Contrary to popular belief, vegans love cupcakes. In fact, we probably love cupcakes more than the average omnivore. We go months on end conscientiously filling our plates with leafy greens, quinoa, tofu, and vibrant seasonal fruits. We stopped bothering to look at dessert menus at tradition ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    Derek Tresize, Vegan Bodybuilder: Meat Grows Muscles and Cancer

    Derek Tresize has an unreal body. The 24-year-old has been bodybuilding on a plant-based diet for five years. This summer, he took third place in his class at the North American Natural Bodybuilding Federation competition, his first contest.He grew up a multitalented athlete in San Diego. At age 19, ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Vegan Juice Jam Ends Mass Fast at Choices Cafe (Video)

    Camille Lamb Raw vegan Marie Jorgensen and Amanda Resto, the raw vegan chef at T.H.R.I.V.E. on Miami Beach, get goofy on juice.​In the world of puritan health foodies, Welch's grape, Capri Sun, and even Tropicana are not acceptable examples of "juice." The word, and associated terms like "j ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Miami Communes at Alex Cuevas' Vegan Potlucks (Video)

    Camille LambThe entrance fee for a vegan potluck is an animal product-free dish, like this "fruits of the forest quinoa."​At 7 p.m. Sunday, Short Order pulled up to the quiet block near Brickell where Om Garden used to be. It was a little dreary outside, but we followed some smiling, healthy looki ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    Forks Over Knives: A Case Against Animal Food Products

    Dr. Pam Popper in Forks Over Knives.​Forks Over Knives is a new food documentary that makes you take a long, hard look at what you eat. It follows filmmaker Lee Fulkerson, an average middle-aged man with high cholesterol and high blood pressure, who decides to treat his conditions with a "whole fo ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Vegan & Raw Chefs Battle at The Space Next Week

    via Conscious Bite Out Communal dinner table at The Space​Vegan and raw food fans have a safe haven in Miami. On March 17 -- next Thursday -- The Space hosts Conscious Bite Out, which has been organizing monthly dinners that cater to alternative foodies since January 2010. This month's dinn ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Top 5 Vegan Restaurants in South Florida

    Riki Altman​Vegan restaurants in Miami are rare. For the most part, they cater to a granola-munching, Birkenstock-wearing demographic, but neglect the rest of us who just like to eat. Maybe veganism would be more widely accepted if it struck a balance between looking appetizing and providin ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Miami's Vegan Pizza Options Are Limited

    ​The coolest thing I heard this week is that Bill Clinton is now eating a mainly vegan diet. Not only that but he's doing it right -- vegan protein shakes in the morning and a eating well-balanced, colorful range of foods. You go, Bill, the whole vegan community is rooting for you.The second best ... More >>

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