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Here are some articles that will hopefully give you a few pointers that will make your life as a vegan a little bit easier. We also have a listing of all the vegan and vegetarian restaurants in our hometown of Chicago, as well as a small selection of vegan-related graphics that you are free to use as you see fit.

Th e Vegan Street Guide for New Vegans

The Vegan Street Guide for New Vegans
Any given time of the year, there are lots of people in the working through their vegan infancy. If you’ve been at it for a few weeks, you might be losing your resolve about now. On the bright side, you’ve got good company. On the less than positive side, struggling is never fun. We hope this helps you find your way through the rough patches.



Dining Out Guide for Vegans
Dining Out Guide for Vegans
From my many conversations with people over the years, I know that of the challenges people often feel worried about as they are transitioning to veganism, dining at restaurants is near the top of the list. But we are light years from what the dining out scene was like when I first went vegan and while there is much room to improve, there is also no going back.



A Very Vegan Passover

A Very Vegan Passover
It’s Passover and Passover is all about liberation, commemorating when the Israelites were delivered from slavery and persecution in Egypt and it is perhaps the most solemn of the Jewish holidays. Here is a collection of recipes to take you through the Passover holiday, perfect for seders or just at home.



A celebration of St. Patrick's Day recipes

A celebration of St. Patrick's Day recipes
I am one of those rare people in the U.S. who is not one iota Irish but I still know an opportunity to glom on to a holiday and find a way to bring vegan cheer to it. I’ve collected some recipes for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, or simply some Irish-inspired recipes that help you to enjoy your green spirit.



10 Diametrically Oppositional Arguments Against Veganism

10 Diametrically Oppositional Arguments Against Veganism that Make My Head Explode
One of the more maddening aspects of interacting with the public about our veganism is the strange but very common phenomenon of being asked to accept two diametrically opposed ideas and beliefs as accurate or true.

Here are ten of them...




The 12 Vegan Christmases

The 2 Vegan Christmases
a Sanctuary Song
We've taken a popular holiday song and added new lyrics that will relate to compassionate kids of all ages.




It Takes a Village to Find a Cat
It Takes a Village to Find a Cat
(or Where to Look for a Kitten When You've Lost All Hope)

Last week, we lost our kitten. Because I cannot bear causing you worry, gentle reader, I am going to break a key storytelling rule and tell you right at the beginning that Clara Bow was found the next day and that she is safe and sound and back to waging an endlessly-amusing-to-her battle against our other cat’s tail.



Ghoulish Vegan Halloween Treats
Ghoulish Vegan Halloween Treats
It's Halloween, and we've scoured the Internet looking for the most delicious, unique and fun dishes and treats for your Halloween table. Bwa-ha-ha!



The Vegan Street Recipe Guide to Autumn Produce
The Vegan Street Recipe Guide to Autumn Produce
Before winter takes hold, we have a bounty of lovely autumn produce to enjoy. Whether it’s just coming up now, like apples, or in its glorious second wave, like kale, we have no shortage of variety and with cooler weather, less of an aversion to turning on the stove. From hearty root vegetables and winter squashes to hot peppers and leeks, here are some autumnal superstars and recipe ideas to bring in the new season of delicious enjoyment.



Dissection: Cutting it out of Education

Dissection: Cutting it out of Education
Jodie Wiederkehr of the Center for Ethical Science is helping to move us beyond dissection and toward a more accurate, humane and modern template for learning anatomy, and helping students who want to opt out of it. I wish I had an ally like Jodie back in the day but short of that, I am happy she is available today to help us finally evolve beyond this corrupt, inhumane and backwards model.



Vegan Campfire Food
Vegan Campfire Food
Ready to venture into the great outdoors? Plan some tasty vegan campfire grub to make it even more enjoyable. What is it about a fire-cooked meal that makes the food so amazing? Whatever it is, tap into your primal vegan self, get a fire going and make some seriously good campfire food. (Even in the deep woods, though, you should be a media savvy vegan and remember to take photos for later.)



Kick-Ass Vegan Picnics

10 Kick-Ass Vegan Picnics
Sometimes we need to take the party out of our homes to show the world what gorgeous vegan food looks like al fresco. With no shortage of amazing recipe ideas online, why not go the extra mile and construct a menu around your favorite theme? There is no time like the present to gather your accouterments and bring your best vegan game to the great outdoors. From chic to silly, elegant to unpretentious, we’ve got some themes and menu ideas that should inspire creativity and lots of fun.



Seeing Food Through a Vegan Lens
Seeing Food Through a Vegan Lens
It’s no secret that vegans see the world around them in a different way. Have you ever wondered why? Once you connect the dots between the what's on your plate and cruelty to other animals, you just don't see "food" in the same way. In fact, vegans don’t consider a lot of what people eat to be food at all. Thankfully, we have delicious recipes that require no compromising of our values or our taste buds.



Mother's Day Proclamation
Mother's Day Proclamation
In regard to war, Julia Ward Howe wrote, “Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.” I am asking that we take her message of empathy and liberation and broaden it. Can’t we say that our children should not unlearn the most treasured values we teach them – of mercy, compassion, justice – by being complicit in another’s suffering?



How to develop confidence with vegan cooking
How to develop confidence with vegan cooking.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks to moving away from animal foods is a lack of familiarity and confidence with vegan cooking and ingredients. With so many of us being busier than ever, the idea of learning a whole new way to approach food is daunting enough that some people give up before even trying. With a few basic, straightforward strategies in hand, though, you will be well on your way to developing confidence as a vegan cook.



Celebrate Pi Day

Celebrate Pi Day
(with vegan pie, of course)

Pi Day is upon us (March 14, 2015 or 3/14/15, a.k.a. 3.1415) and while I can’t quite get with irrational, transcendent numbers or ratios of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, I can very much get with pie. Whether we’re talking traditional pies or fantastically original ones, creamy or fruity (or both), wholesome or decadent, Pi Day is a perfect time to celebrate with a scrumptious vegan pie or two.



Vegan Street's All-Star Wishes for a Vegan New Year


Vegan Street's All-Star Wishes for a Vegan New Year
2014 saw a lot of great advancements for the vegan cause and the animals who are relying on us, and we're very optimistic about the prospects for 2015. So we've asked several leaders in the vegan community to share with our readers their prospects and wishes for the new year.
Vegan Street's All-Star Guide to a Meaningful Thanksgiving


Vegan Street's All Star Guide to a Meaningful Thanksgiving
Whether you embrace it, dread it, or choose to opt out, Thanksgiving is upon us. Learn how some leading animal advocates cope, thrive, reinterpret, reject and find peace with the holiday. Plus five great Thanksgiving recipes from renowned vegan chefs.
The Vegan Street Guide to Quick, Simple & Tasty Vegan Meal Ideas


The Vegan Street Guide to Quick, Simple & Tasty Meals
I often think of my meals along these lines: W + X + Y = Z. I think to myself then, “What else might be a good addition?” Kale? Chickpeas? Sun-dried tomatoes? Millet? This basic formula of simple addition helps to create people who are more intuitive cooks and can think on their feet about what they have available as well as being adaptive when they don’t have everything within reach.
The Vegan Street Guide to Preserving Herbs


The Vegan Street Guide to Preserving Herbs
Do you wake up in a cold sweat wondering what to do with all that &*^% rosemary? Have you ever felt that you’ve let your cilantro down? Has your sage seen better days? Then you might need to get started doing something about it, my friend. I
How th PACE Yourself in Social Situations


How to PACE Yourself in Social Situations
We need to be good ambassadors to the public so we should do our best to communicate that veganism is joyous and accessible whenever we can. If we want to put forward our best example, we can take some simple yet very effective steps to improve the chances that we will be presenting living as vegans in the best possible light.

DIY and Chemical-Free Spring Cleaning


DIY and Chemical-free Spring Cleaning
Spring is here, babies, and there is no time like the present to ditch the chemical-based, wasteful, and expensive cleaners and adopt a more natural, simple, and thrifty approach. Best, of course, is these are all made without any animal ingredients and without cruel animal testing.
Time Saving Efforts for a Healthy, Plant-Powered Kitchen


Time Saving Efforts for a Healthy, Plant-Powered Kitchen
You don't have to spend hours upon hours washing, chopping, massaging and reading to your precious produce. With some kitchen savvy and advance planning, you can cut your kitchen time way back without sacrificing fresh ingredients.
Frugally Vegan


Frugally Vegan
How many times have we heard someone express a sentiment like this or imply that eating being vegan is just for the affluent? There are ways to cut that back while not sacrificing an emphasis on unprocessed, natural foods.

Here are some simple but effective strategies for cutting back on your food expenses.


Packing Lunch: A Vegan Street Back-To-School Special


Packing Lunch: A Vegan Back-To-School Special
Throughout our son’s elementary school career, we  discovered that sandwiches and wraps mitigate the “Ew! What’s that?!” element that our son doesn’t want about his vegan lunches. They are also portable and quick to eat. By the way, these don’t have to be for school lunches: consider bringing packing them for your own lunch.


Stocking a Vegan Kitchen
Stocking a Vegan Kitchen
Keeping a kitchen that is well-stocked is your best defense against grabbing food out of desperation and a fantastic tool for healthier (and more thrifty) living. Think to yourself: what is good to have on hand? What do I cook often? What are some items that are helpful for improvising a quick meal?

Here is a basic outline of a well-stocked vegan kitchen.



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