Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Fresno Vegan Options, Strummer's Labor Day, & Vegans on TV!

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Here I go again, missing my weekly blog post! I almost missed this one as well, but I thought I'd throw in a mini update, until I have time to make a proper post next week.

Last week, I was in the Fresno area, hence the missing post. Now, Fresno isn't exactly on the list of vegan destinations, but I'm happy to say I found a decent little spot with vegan cupcakes & food options! Charlotte's Bakery serves up rotating vegan cupcake options daily. We tried 5 flavors when we were there; Red Velvet, Coconut, Raspberry, & Chocolate. While they weren't the best cupcakes I've had, I have to hand to them for serving up cruelty free confections! We also snagged a couple vegan paninis with eggplant, mushroom, red bell pepper, & pesto that were tasty & were told some of the grain salads are vegan as well. If you're in the area, I would recommend checking them out!
Over Labor Day weekend, I attended a potluck picnic in Dolores Park with a large group of PPKers. Despite having made giant, gooey cinnamon rolls & having my camera, I managed to forget to take food pictures! We had a pretty amazing food spread from pies & baklava to BBQ black eyed peas & tempeh sliders, yet I managed to miss it all. Instead, I was overjoyed that Strummer made a new friend & dare I say, love connection with a 3lb male chihuahua named Mango. They were friendly, to say the least & the photo says a bit more! I'm just thrilled that Strummer could finally frolic in the grass with someone close to her size & hope that there will be many future doggy dates.

This afternoon, I went to a taping of local TV show, View From The Bay to support Colleen Patrick Goudreau, author of The Joy of Vegan Baking & The Vegan Table. Colleen was doing a cooking segment on the show & made her Better Than Tuna Salad & No Queso Quesadillas. I managed to sneak a taste, they were delicious! We were stuck in the back row, so none of us appeared on screen, but regardless, you can check out the segment HERE!

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend! Until next time!


Celine said...

seeing "Fresno" and "vegan" in the same sentence just threw me flat on my ass. said...

Awww Strummer & her friend are just too damn cute! I'll keep that bakery in mind incase I'm ever in Fresno!

Mandee said...

Strummer and Mango make an adorable couple! said...

omg. i love chihuahuas! and cupcakes. i want both.

VeggieGirl said...

Awesome segment clip!!

STRUMMER!!! Such a cutie :-D

Amey said...

ha ha! I love what Celine wrote... it's true - I was totally stunned to see "Fresno Vegan Options" - definitely made me click on your post right away! Good ol' fresno, I'm impressed.

I'm sorry I missed the pot luck - it sounds like it was super fun, and I could have cuddled little Strummer! But, we had a good time in LA, and I got to eat at Real Food Daily... so I'm not TOO sad!


Bianca said...

Strummer and Mango sittin' in a tree! K-I-S-S-I-N-G! So cute!

Mona said...

Strummer is too cute.

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

That panini looks pretty good, especially since it sounds like there weren't a ton of options in Freshno. (I actually typed this wrong, but it sounds like it might apply, so I'm leaving it.)

And yay for Strummer!

aTxVegn said...

It's so nice to see Strummer on doggie date! Very cool you sat in on the taping.

kittee said...

aw that strummer! i'm glad she found a friend, they're awfully sweet together. vee finally had a nice frolic at a dog park yesterday with a small labradoodle. he's been looking and looking, but this was the first really good romp he's had since we moved. hope you're doing great.

Sal said...

oh my god that pic of strummer and her friend - too damn cute!!

chow vegan said...

Wow, vegan cupcakes in Fresno! That's pretty amazing. Looks like Strummer had an awesome weekend! :-)

Hannah said...

Aww, puppy love, literally! That is just beyond adorable.

Eco Mama said...

Yaaay vegans on tv! And cute cute Cute pups!

dreaminitvegan said...

Way to go Strummer! woo hoo!

Yah that Fresno and vegan thing is quite funny for us Californians who know the area. Way cool though.

Mihl said...

If I'll ever have the cahnce to visit the USA, I'll print all your posts and plan my journey according to your recommendations.

Erin said...

Strummer & Mango, 4-eva.

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