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    October 22, 2014

    Vegan Pages, Plant-Based Professional Directory, Launches in Miami

    More than a way of eating, veganism is a lifestyle. And since people in the plant-powered movement tend to share the same values, it only makes sense that they'd want to find each other -- for both business and personal purposes. But how to do that, exactly? Clearly none of the main directory sites ... 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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    April 17, 2014

    Vegan Drinks Night This Friday at Choices Cafe UES

    Despite popular misconception, not all vegans are teetotalers. The meatless masses like to cut loose and get a little social lubrication just like everyone else -- we just don't like fish bladders in our beer. Hence the inspiration behind Vegan Drinks, a nationwide meetup group for like-minded herbi ... More >>

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    April 16, 2014

    Seed Food & Wine Festival: First Large-Scale Vegan Event in Miami and Only One in Florida

    Vegans don't get much love in this pork belly town, but that is about to change with the introduction of an annual event that celebrates plant-based cuisine. The Seed Food & Wine Festival (SFWF) will do for vegans, vegetarians, and the "veggie-curious," what the South Beach Wine & Food Festival doe ... More >>

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    March 19, 2014

    Go Meatless This Thursday for Meatout

    There's no question that plant-based eating is on the rise, with everyone from Al Gore to Beyonce giving veganism a go. And from farm-to-table eateries to frozen meat substitutes, it's becoming increasingly easier to make with the herbivorous eating. So how about ditching your meat-diction for one ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    Miami's Ten Best Vegan Desserts

    There are many misconceptions about vegans, one of which is that our diets are a mundane mix of raw vegetables, filtered water, and the occasional fruit. Fail. Vegans love a good dessert as much as the average carnivore -- we just opt out of the animal ingredients. Luckily, there are more than a fe ... More >>

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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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    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Why Don't Food Companies Label Their Products as Vegan?

    As a relatively new vegan, I'm always on the lookout for convenient foodstuffs that allow me to feel like a semi-normal human. At the buffet of life, no one wants to be relegated to a lonely spot by the salad bar. The good news is there are lots of easily available products that fit the vegan bill. ... More >>

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    January 10, 2014

    Trader Joe's Ten Best Vegan Products

    Trader Joe's has everything. The wonders never cease at this treasure trove of edible delights. It seems like every trip to this Pinecrest store yields some gleaming new goodie we can't imagine we ever lived without. And much to our delight, vegans even have options at this ever-impressive chain. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    November 20, 2013

    Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts: Pumpkin "Cheezecake," Pecan Pie, Pecan Caramel Truffles (Recipes)

    Thanksgiving can be rough for vegans. Even side dishes tend to be packed with animal products, like chicken broth and heavy cream. But expend a little effort, and it's not as tough as you might imagine to concoct a cruelty-free menu. Short Order's own Camille Lamb is the Whole Foods Coral Gables' h ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013
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    August 22, 2013

    PETA: Carlos Danger Weiners May Cause Erectile Dysfunction

    Leave it to PETA to turn a large wiener into a limp noodle. The animal rights group has just sent a letter to Carlos Danger Weiners' president Randall Richards, calling for him to offer a veggie dog in addition to his beefy product. See also: Carlos Danger Weiners: Hot Political Sausage Available ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    SoBeWFF Unkind to Vegetarians

    If you didn't get to partake in any of the epic adventures that went down this past weekend at the SoBeWFF - we're so sorry. It was everything we could have possibly imagined -- nothing less than the Garden of Eden; Shangri-La; Nirvana. There were copious quantities of cocktails, edible swag, sauced ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Miami Vegan Ultra Athlete to Munch Hummus, Sweet Potatoes During 62-Mile Race in Asia

    Chad Weller, a Miami-based ultra athlete and running coach, has kept to a vegan diet for 18 of his 35 years on earth. He's been an endurance runner for 15 of those, and has competed in more than one hundred races to date, 10 of which were 100-milers. He's got 20 races and two more 100-mile competiti ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 13, 2012
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    August 28, 2012

    How to Make Your Labor Day Barbecue Vegan-Friendly

    If you're grilling this Labor Day, stats from vegetarian research groups put the odds around 1 in 300 that you'll end up with a vegan at your party. Your chances of having to feed a vegetarian are higher: about 1 in 44. And if you live in Seattle, San Francisco, or Portland, Oregon -- the cities tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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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    May 15, 2012

    Veganism Safe for Kids, Says Lisa Dorfman, Director of University of Miami's Nutrition Program

    Last week, I reviewed Vegan Is Love, a children's book that explains the reasons behind the choice to go vegan. It contains a page dedicated to the health aspect of the lifestyle, but most of the book is devoted to outlining the ethics of veganism -- how animals are treated on the dairy farm, at the ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012

    Dating Vegans: Enlightening or "Very High Maintenance and Kind of Annoying?"

    I ran into an optometrist we'll call "Richard" at Ultra and then a month later at Arkadia. Thanks to his unrelenting persistence, I agreed to go out with him. But I knew we might have some issues when he told me he was working on eating healthier by consistently ordering the chicken sandwich with th ... More >>

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    May 1, 2012

    "Am I a Total Bitch for Thinking Vegan Guys Are Lame?" Dating Without Meat, Part 1

    Since I recently hit the dating scene again, the difficulties the vegan diet can present when navigating eligible singles has been at the forefront of my mind. Sometimes I think it's no big deal. And then I read something like this, a question excerpted from the New York Post's "Ask Ashley" dating c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Main Street Vegan: How to Go Vegan in the Real World (Book Review)

    When I first read about Victoria Moran's Main Street Vegan, I thought the book was beneath me. After all, it's primarily a guidebook for aspiring vegans, and I've been on the vegan wagon for a few years now.In reading it, though, I learned some powerful new things about the ethics of veganism (and h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    T.H.R.I.V.E.'s $20 Three-Course, Raw Vegan Weekend Brunch

    ​The typical South Beach Sunday brunch often includes a bloody Mary/mimosa budget that hovers around $25. Tack on some half-cooked eggs slathered in glorified mayonnaise and some breakfast rib eye or butter-soaked French toast, and you've got yourself a $50 to $75 tab that serves only to postpone ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Michael Schwartz's Farm to Table: Lack of Vegan Food Crushes Dreams

    ​The phrase "farm to table" to me implies lush green produce being wrenched from the ground, maybe run under a garden hose, and then plopped onto your waiting plate.Apparently, I need to consult my rural dictionary, because what happened to the locally sourced and fresh fruits and veggies between ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Vegans Have Better Sex in Miami (Interviews)

    ​PETA recently launched a (typically) controversial ad campaign that features a battered-looking woman walking down the street, complete with neck brace and sling. We discover she sustained her injuries as a result of her boyfriend's recent conversion to veganism and his resulting new animalistic ... 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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    November 9, 2011

    Tim Crandall, Sous Chef at Red the Steakhouse, Dishes on His Vegan Past

    Tim Crandall, sous chef at RedHis passion for a woman brought him to veganism. After five years, his passion for culinary art brought him back to beef.Okay, so maybe that's packaged a little too neatly. Timothe Crandall, the relatively new sous chef at Red the Steakhouse, never enjoyed eating meat a ... 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 17, 2011

    Tudor House Gives Damn Good Vegan

    ​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.Celebrity chef Geoffrey ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Vegan Dining at The Forge: Veggie Canneloni and Tomatoes Brulee

    ​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 hadn't been to The For ... 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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    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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    May 18, 2011

    Musings On A Year Without Cheese

    ​A quick recap: I went vegetarian in '94 and over the years phased out eating gelatin, buying leather, and cut way down on eggs and dairy. Toward the end of 2009 I decided to stop making excuses to myself and just go vegan. Never imagined I'd do it, but it's now 1.5 years later and I've settled in ... More >>

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    February 12, 2011

    Waffles and Records: a Talk with Lolo

    It's about the food, not the plates!​While everyone's sucking down greasy maple syrup covered bacon at Sunday brunch a group of people more conscious of the fact that meat is murder gather at Sweat Records for the Waffle Party. This isn't just your run of the mill waffle party (if there is such a ... More >>

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    February 7, 2011

    From Oreos to Zagnuts: Ten Foods Vegans Eat to Scrape By

    Oprah and 378 staffers recently took a one-week vegan challenge.​Or, "How to Succeed at Veganism Without Really Trying."Vegans are humans too. Like most Americans, we have only so much time to dedicate to food preparation. So it is an error when outsiders ponder the vegan lifestyle and automatical ... 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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    December 29, 2009

    Nature Gourmet, Vegetarian & Vegan Catering for South Florida, Chef Interview

    via naturegourmetcaterers.comChef Julez​ Sometimes it seems like a world meat conspiracy is afoot. Are evil, global agrifarm executives fighting a secret war against the vegetarian and vegan elements to keep them on the fringe if in existence at all?Yes.For those who support the meatless revolutio ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    Lunch Eater: Om Garden's Mock Tuna Salad Sandwich Special

    Jackie SayetOm Garden's generously portioned Mock Tuna Salad Sandwich Special also comes with a side salad and cup of Russian beet and chickpea slaw for $12​Raw veganism is alive and well at Om Garden. Like owner Dionette Kalkhofer, I first sampled such delights at Lifefood Gourmet (which used to ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    Harmony Vegetarian Meats: Fake Fish, Chicken, Beef, Pork, and Shrimp

    Jacob KatelChef Bernie Matz, Books & Books owner Mitchell Kaplan, and Julio Maza at the Café at Books & Books' fifth anniversary party.​ Hippies, peaceniks, and pothead philosophy majors, rejoice! It's OK to kill and eat plants. They won't scream, they don't cry, and "they don't have a so ... More >>

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    August 14, 2009

    Flyer of the Week: Jacobs Ladder, Arboles Libres, Flower Flower Yes, and More at Churchill's August 21

    ​The endlessly fascinating thing about this flyer for the Obey Your Mastour kickoff party is the oddly erotic moment transpiring between the two humanoid creatures, struggling front and center. To be honest, I can't fully decode the sequence or nature of whatever's happening here ... I mean, what ... More >>

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