My response to the MFA “Digiorno” Video

If you have not seen the video yet, I recommend you do.  It is hard to watch.  However, whether you are an omnivore or a full on vegan, we need to witness the brutality of what goes on behind closed doors in our food’s production process.

A worker kicks a cow.
A worker kicks a cow.

I am a huge believer that a free market economy can only thrive on an educated population – watching this video is part of that education. People need to vote with their wallets.

Primarily, my opinion is that we as humans know this is wrong.  There is no sugar coating it.  While these animals are alive and in our custody, we owe them the respect and dignity of any living being, regardless of species.  It needs to be fixed on a systemic level. Continue reading My response to the MFA “Digiorno” Video

Product Review: Evo RockStar Rear Skids

So, confession time.

I am one of those people that always say how “THAT is the best mod I have ever put on my rig.”  Only problem is that I often say that about many different mods.

However – if I had to truly choose a single mod that has really delivered benefits, and could possibly be one – if not the – best mod on my Jeep, I would say the Evo Rockstars are it.

The Evo Rockstars are VERY well built.

This, along with some new differential covers, were the preparatory mods I installed before my last run on the Rubicon. Continue reading Product Review: Evo RockStar Rear Skids

Jeeps Take Over Veggie Grill

Jeeps, good beer, good food, and good people go together like…..like…..four things that should go together really well.

The fifth thing?  Delicious vegan food from Veggie Grill.

Each month, members of the NW Oregon and SW Washington Jeep club “Wranglers Off Road” have a get together.  This month, they chose Veggie Grill in Hillsboro to hold their meeting.

Veggie Grill was incredibly accommodating, setting up a meeting area and getting it ready.  There were some sandwiches and salads prepared, while some others decided to order their own choices from the expansive menu.

They had their signature sandwich – the Santa Fe Crispy Chickin as well as the All Hail Kale salad – an awesome choice for the new, albeit temporary vegans in attendance.

Others were seen ordering buffalo chickin wraps, mac and cheese, their new Yukon Gold fries, and many salads.  I of course ordered my old standby – the Buffalo Bomber (wrap style) with the new fries.

After the initial meet and greet was over, Mark worked his way down the agenda covering all the necessary topics including future jeep runs, a possible Jamboree, and future meetups.

We also held a raffle, with some pretty cool prizes and many winners.

Heaven in a wrap. Then smothered in buffalo sauce: The Buffalo Bomber!

Many thanks to the crew at Veggie Grill in Hillsboro for their hard work and hospitality with this crazy group!  Thanks to Andrew, the manager, and Filiberto and Amanda for pulling the orders together ahead of time.

Product Review: Warn Synthetic Winching Gloves

As a vegan jeeper, there are some things that are just damn near impossible to find that are both animal free, and of good quality.

The vegan community often calls this conundrum “accidentally vegan,” which means they are vegan not out of principle, but because they are cheap.

These gloves are not accidentally vegan, nor are they cheap. They are a valuable item in my trail bag, and I am even ordering additional pairs just to keep on hand (no pun intended).

I trust Warn gear for recovery.

When using steel winch lines, these gloves help protect against steel barbs that can pierce your hand and really cause trouble when out on the trails.  Even with synthetic lines, these reduce the chance of friction burns, and can make handling the lines easier and safer. Continue reading Product Review: Warn Synthetic Winching Gloves

Restaurant Review: Harlow [Portland]

Tonight we wanted something new.  Not the same burrito run to El Nutri, or a quick bowl at the B&B.  Melanie rolled the random dice on Yelp and we pointed the car at Harlow on SE Hawthorne.

The bright, spacious area was warm and somewhat cozy.

Walking in, I was surprised with the bright, slightly sterile atmosphere.  The heavy influence of wood and twang of vintage in the space’s design plays well with the open, bright layout.  They have a nice section of vegan odds and ends, and some branded clothing on one side of the restaurant. Continue reading Restaurant Review: Harlow [Portland]

Restaurant Review: Cornucopia [Dublin]

One of my favorite things to do when traveling internationally, is to open the Happy Cow app on my phone and go find an awesome vegan place off the tourist radar.

When I first went to Dublin in 2011, I was leery that I would have any luck at all even finding a vegan restaurant, let alone one I would love, and return to again and again.

I found Cornucopia.

Every day, Cornucopia gets fresh. local produce delivered to make the meals for the day.

Cornucopia is a local legend, in that it started in the mid 70’s, during a time of political and economic upheaval.  Yet, in the midst of this, two people were able to start and grow a vegetarian/vegan restaurant in the city centre. Continue reading Restaurant Review: Cornucopia [Dublin]

Recipe: Roasted Butternut Alfredo

This is one of our fav recipes from Post Punk Kitchen, where I plagiarized borrowed it, with love.

Check out PPK’s main page here.

Photo: Post Punk Kitchen

Serves 4
Total time: 1 hour (plus cashew soak. 30 minutes if using canned butternut.)
Active time: 20 minutes Continue reading Recipe: Roasted Butternut Alfredo

Saturday morning coffee: Learn about Henry Beston

For those of you that may not know this yet, Henry Beston was a kick ass naturalist, author, and animal rights advocate. Crazier still, he fought for animals back in the 20s and 30s – a time that the term “animal rights” hadn’t even formed in the general consciousness.

Unromantically, I learned about Henry Beston from a quote that was framed in the bathroom when I worked at Alaska Wildlife Alliance.  I am going to share this quote below, but I ask you enjoy it slowly, and perhaps even read it twice.  It is so full of truth, and interesting ideals that those are the instructions.  I added bold sections for my faves:

“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”

Learn more about Henry Beston here, and also I suggest the book this excerpt was taken from: The Outermost House: A Year of Life On The Great Beach of Cape Cod

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Fur Free Friday Demonstration in Portland

Today, instead of joining the throngs of people in the malls, 150 fellow animal rights activists marched in Portland against fur.

Protesters wait to march outside Nordstrom’s in Downtown Portland.

We met outside of Nordstom’s in downtown Portland at 10:30, and hit the street an hour later.

The walk took us on a loop up Broadway and Taylor, back down 12th, then up 6th to Macy’s.  We ended in the park blocks and enjoyed cupcakes donated by the phenomenal PDX bakery, Sweetpea Baking.

The group pauses at Macy’s to spread the message.

It was a successful march as many spectators seemed to appreciate the message.

There was a variety of signage available.
Protesters chat with a woman passing by, about the truths of the fur industry.
My fav sign.
Three protesters outside Nordstrom’s.
Free cupcakes from Sweetpea! I think I will.

Please visit In Defense of Animals (IDA) website here.

Not all vegans drive hybrids and wear skinny jeans.

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