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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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    November 3, 2014

    Which Wich, Sandwich Shop with Vegan Options, to Open Two Miami Stores

    Because everyone makes it to Miami (eventually), the uber-popular nationwide sandwich chain Which Wich is opening two local locations in the 305 -- one slated for December, the other for early in 2015. The sammie shops are known for their unique ordering system, where customers use red Sharpies to ... More >>

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    August 7, 2014

    Lan Pan Asian Cafe: Banana-Coconut Bubble Tea Is the Best Thing Ever

    It's thanks to Lan Pan Asian Cafe that I discovered the joys of boba tea about a year ago (I was totally behind the eight ball, I know). I was utterly enamored with their taro variety -- a creamy, lavender-hued, frozen dream. When I made the transition to veganism back in January, I was bummed to l ... 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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    May 8, 2014

    Seed Food & Wine Fest: "We Want This to Be a Movement"

    A vegan food fest may not be revolutionary in some parts of the world, but in a city that worships all things pork, an entire weekend revolving around leafy greens and plant-based protein is pretty amazing. Alison Burgos and Michelle Gaber's brainchild is a new breed of plant-based celebration -- ... More >>

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    April 29, 2014

    Paleo Vegan Is a Thing

    Paleo diets are a meat-lover's dream, because cavemen were total carnivores, right? Color us skeptical. After all, how easy do you really think it was to hunt wild boar on the daily? There was undoubtedly a lot of foraging foodstuffs in our ancestor's daily diets. And as it turns out, paleo is actu ... More >>

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    April 28, 2014

    Vegan Coconut Milk Froyo Now Available at TCBY

    For too long, froyo has been the domain of dairy lovers only. There'e been little love for milk alternatives, at least beyond your grocer's freezer. But mega-chain TCBY took the plunge into non-dairy by introducing an almond milk frozen yogurt last year. And now they've added a coconut milk incarn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Animal Agriculture Is Destroying the Planet

    Today is Earth Day, 24 hours when we all pause to consider how best to reduce that nasty number known as our carbon footprint. But what to do? Should we all drive Smart Cars? Recycle our Bud Light cans? Set Miami's collective A/C at 80 degrees? Actually, going meatless is the best thing any of us c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Alfred Portale's Advice for Vegetarian Diners: "Call the Restaurant in Advance"

    Considering he's the dude behind Gotham Steak, Chef Alfred Portale's expertise on all things vegetable might surprise more than a few people. But expertise, he has. So much so that he recently released a vegetarian recipe journal, Greenmarket to Gotham, and he's hosting a vegetarian dinner at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Gardein's Fishless Fish Fillet Is Pretty Legit

    Most people's idea of meat replacements extend only as far as veggie burgers and tofurky. Faux fish rarely makes the radar. After all, seafood is superhealthy, right? Who needs a substitute? Well, with restaurant fish bait-and-switch, radioactive seas, and mercury issues (not to mention overfishing ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    Eat Vegan on $4 a Day Author Offers Ten Money-Saving Tips

    One of the many arguments against a healthy, meatless diet is its cost-prohibitive nature. Because being vegan means shopping exclusively at Whole Foods, right? Wrong. Believe it or not, veganism can be achieved even via Walmart. Author Ellen Jaffe Jones is all about showing folks how to maintain a ... More >>

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    January 29, 2014

    'No Meat Athlete' Blogger Offers Five Tips on Vegan Fitness

    Athletes need protein. For most people, this translates into an overabundance of skinless chicken breast and broiled salmon. But Matt Frazier, the ultra-marathoner behind the No Meat Athlete blog and book, is schooling people on how a plant-based diet can fuel better results. Frazier, who made the ... 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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    November 25, 2013

    The Federal's Vegetarian Dishes are Delicious

    Being an herbivore can be boring, particularly in a less-than-progressive city like Miami. The "vegetarian option" at many establishments is a salad sans chicken or pasta with vegetables. Gag me. But the Federal Food Drink & Provisions -- often categorized as a meat-lover's paradise -- is shedding ... More >>

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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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    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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    December 13, 2012

    Dr. William Davis: Wheat Is Cause of Obesity and "Most Perverted Food on Store Shelves."

    Wheat gluten has been dogged on so much over the past few years, you would think it was a serial killer rather than a cereal protein. But jokes aside, there's a reason that the weirdly named food component has become such a nutritional pariah. Incidence of celiac disease, an illness that causes an a ... 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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    October 27, 2012

    Rich Roll, Vegan Ultra-Athlete, Recovered from Alcoholism and the Standard American Diet

    One day, Rich Roll, a 41-year-old father of four, was out for what he planned would be a five or six mile run. Maybe it was the plant-based vegan diet he had recently adopted, or some primal, ancestral energy stream he had suddenly tapped into, but on that particular day, Roll didn't want to stop at ... 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 20, 2012

    Starbucks to 86 Free Soy In Another Move Backwards on Vegan-Friendliness

    While some large companies like Subway, which launched a new line of vegan sandwiches in select stores this summer, are taking strides to accommodate the growing number of vegan consumers, it would seem that America's coffee giant has been taking subtle steps backward in vegan-friendliness this year ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Miss Saigon's Vegan Pho

    Miss Saigon's location shifted north a few blocks from its former spot on Fifth Street and Washington Avenue about a year ago, but the element that gave the Vietnamese restaurant its character has remained. That's the owner, Hali Nguien. The garrulous and diplomatic lady of the house can still be fo ... More >>

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    July 11, 2012

    A Vegan in Vegas: Thai Basil Salad, Beautiful Beets, and More

    See also Vegans Can Carbo Load in LA, Beet Reporter Finds Vegan Glory in LA Yesterday, my friends and I were walking up the Las Vegas strip in desiccating 115-degree heat. My skin felt deflated, dehydrated and stretched to my bones. I looked to my left and to my right and saw nothing but i ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

    Children's Book on Veganism Could Trouble Non-Vegan Kids

    The big news on the vegan scene is that Deuce Lutui, the Seattle Seahawks' new guard, has gone (mostly) vegan to get his weight in check (he's dropped 60 pounds since June 2010) and improve his performance on the field. This is just more proof that anyone can benefit from embracing a vegan diet, but ... 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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    April 4, 2012

    "Where Do Vegans Get Protein?" A Plant-Eater Answers This Common Question

    "You're a vegan?""Uh huh.""Oh. So where do you get your protein?"Every vegan who's been at plant-eating for any length of time has been faced with this question. Ironically, it often comes from the mouths of the unhealthiest and least conscious eaters in the world, and is directed at lean, immensely ... 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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    March 20, 2012

    Veganism Is My Health Insurance

    ​Going to the doctor is hardly an option for me. It hasn't been since I left my last full-time job -- and the health insurance it offered -- about a year and a half ago, when I decided to pursue my writing career.As a freelancer, I'm lucky to enjoy a steady stream of work and a lot of creative fre ... 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 21, 2011

    Vegan Resorts to Eating Garnishes at Iron Fork

    ​Vegans are optimists. How else would you describe people who think they can change the world simply by eating sprouts and abstaining from gummy bears? As one of these people, I decided to go to the New Times Iron Fork chef competition with an empty stomach, despite warnings from my co-workers tha ... 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 4, 2011

    Best Vegan Halloween Candy Countdown

    ​To vegans, the frights of Halloween Horror Nights have got nothing on the idea of unknowingly savoring pulverized pig parts in the form of the gelatin or glycerine commonly found in so many candies. But that doesn't mean our plastic jack-o-lantern buckets have to go empty, or even that we've got ... 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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    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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    February 23, 2011

    Vegan Alert: Get Nutritional Yeast at SoBe's Apple A Day

    Camille LambNutritional yeast packs the B-12 most vegans lack​I hate saying the words "nutritional yeast" out loud. It sounds like the most unappetizing product ever cultured. And truthfully, it can be. Try putting a straight spoonful of the powder in your mouth. If you don't suffocate on accident ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Sweat Records Hosts a Vegan Waffle Party

    Photo By Danielle Alvarez​The question, "Hey, are you here for the waffle party," isn't something you hear every day inside the muraled walls of Little Haiti vinyl provider Sweat Records. But this past Saturday afternoon, the quirky record store/ venue/vegan coffee shop hosted a vegan waffle party ... More >>

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    June 19, 2008

    Raw Deal

    Nothing much is cooking at this midtown joint.

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