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Paper Moon Pastry

A few weeks ago Nick and I stopped into Paper Moon Pastry’s new brick and mortar location (3523 W. Fullerton Ave) for an event and we were pleasantly surprised by all of their delicious vegan goodies!

Roasted Dandies on Chocolate Custard? Yes, please!!
Roasted Dandies on Chocolate Custard? Yes, please!!

Nick purchased a chocolate covered rice krispy treat with dandies in it, which I was unable to photograph since he ate it before we got home.

We also picked up a few treats for the pups made by All My Friends Are Bread, which they went crazy over!


Ian's nickname isn't Monkey just because he's rowdy. He also loves bananas!
Ian’s nickname isn’t Monkey just because he’s rowdy. He also loves bananas!
Hooray for vegan dog treats that will make Harlow do pirouettes!
Hooray for vegan dog treats that will make Harlow do pirouettes!

After our visit I did a brief interview with Ana:

SCV: Do you always have several vegan options available and marked or is that something you just do for the vegan events you host?

TB: Vegan options are ALWAYS available, but we recommend that our vegan customers ask what’s vegan because sometimes we have top-secret vegan items that we don’t mark. The reason being that non-vegan customers are sometimes hesitant to try vegan pastries. This way, they eat and love vegan food without knowing it’s vegan, and we get to have sneaky secrets with our vegan customers.

SCV: I saw in one of your previous interviews that you’re planning on keeping a portion of your shop as a boutique for local vendors, which is totally cool! Will these vendors rotate or will they stay the same?

TB: The plan is to rotate the vendors on a monthly basis so there’s always new and exciting things available. We’re trying to stick to local vendors, importing from other cities ONLY when the items are particularly cool and made by people we really love.

SCV: My dogs went crazy over the All My Friends Are Bread treats, please tell me you’ll be carrying those on the regular.

TB: Absolutely, AMFB is a staple at our monthly vegan markets – she’s the best!

SCV: Besides Café Mustache and Wormhole, are there any other places people may have tried your vegan goodies before?

TB: At The Dill Pickle Food Coop, Township, New Wave Coffee, and also in their wildest dreams.

SCV: I think your shop is pretty cool and I read in one of your interviews that you’d eventually like to turn the basement into a venue for shows/a community space. That’s pretty rad!

TB: Definitely looking to book shows of all kinds when the basement is finished – punk, metal, weird performance art, comedians, DJs – anything that makes us happy!

SCV: Can’t wait to come back and try some more vegan goodies and get more dog treats. I wish you the best of luck!

TB: Thanks for stopping in!

Paper Moon Pastry is located at 3523 W. Fullerton Ave and is currently open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9-5pm.

They host a monthly vegan pastry , confection and gift market, called, The Vegan Vortex. The next one will be held March 29-30 and they are currently trying to raise money to re-sign their lease and open the store on week days, so be sure to check it out!!

This month’s market will include:

Special guest Kelly Peloza, author of Cheers to Vegan Sweets
Vert juice: fresh squeezed juices made by two super pretty girls
Vintage Clothing and Accessories from Poly Golightly Vintage
Literary matchboxes by Lauren Reese (Piedra Papel Tijeras)
Jewelry, Handbags, Wallets from Tarnish
Cards and Stationary from Anxious Alphabet
Vegan handmade soaps from Bitter Betty Bath & Body
All natural lip balm and body care from Lola Moon
Cookbooks from Bake and Destroy
Vegan bike bags from Po Campo
Vegan Chocolate Boxes from Katherine Anne Confections
Celiac safe gluten free treats from Bot Bakery
Tarot Card decks and Candles from Last Craft
Crafts and necklaces from artist katie holland
Vegan all natural dog treats from all my friends are bread
Greeting cards from Betty Turbo
Vegancentric Jewelry from The Lucky Cupcake Company
Used books on consignment from Uncharted Books
Paintings on glass: new work by Brett Whitacre

Brand New issue of Monsters and Dust hot off the presses”pink/punk”.

The event’s menu includes:

$1 metropolis coffee
so many cupcakes
chili cheese nachos with teese vegan cheese
krispy treats
hot chocolate tarts
pot pies
pulled “pork”
roasted tofu burritos
apple crumb pie
pecan pie
maple sugar sandwich cookies

Can’t wait!

Veggie Fest 2012 – Vegetarian Food Festival (Naperville, IL)

This weekend is the annual Veggie Fest in Naperville/Wheaton, IL. We’ve attended the last 3 years in a row to eat some delicious vegan food and check out the vendor tents. They also have speakers and live music.

Since we’ve attended multiple times now we have a routine and know the layout. The tents are roughly laid out in avenues every year with an avenue of basic vegetarian info/organizations, another with health and beauty vendors, one with spiritual information and several with food and other product vendors. We save the vendor avenues for the end after we push all the way to the back and go straight for the food court.

Every year we’ve been there the highlight is Caribbean Kitchen. Its a tent exclusive to Veggie Fest that features two types of faux fried chicken and rice. One is spicy Cajun style and the other is a more traditional breading. Both are delicious. The food vendors are constrained to a ticket system and most of the entrees are 5 tickets (each ticket is $1.00).

Caribbean Kitchen

My selections this year were a plate from Caribbean Kitchen, a falafel (which I DO NOT recommend), and Lemonade (which was just okay). Total expense: $11.00. Not bad for being filled completely. Lisa and her friends all partook in Dosas from The Art of Dosa, and from what I gather they made the right choice. Their plate included a large dosa, a cup of sambar, a couple of chutneys and some curried potatoes, all for $5 . Lisa also partook in the Caribbean chicken and got vegan ice cream from Nada Moo for dessert. As you navigate your way through the food tents make sure you look for Vegan markings on the signage that lists the ticket amounts.

The Art of Dosa

After we chowed down on (mostly) delicious food we walked around and looked at all of the vendors. This years vendors included Gardein, Earth Balance, Chicago Vegan Foods, Vega, NadaMoo, Manna Organics (which we’ve reviewed before), V-Dog, and many others. Some of the vendors were giving out samples and coupons and some had actual product to sell. Lisa stocked up on Vega powder and so did some of her friends because they jumped online with their phones to price compare and discovered they’d be saving some cash by buying at their tent. Not only did she get a discount from the retail price but they threw in a free shirt, tote bag, samples and coupons as well – not a bad deal.

Of course, this report is late in the game since day 2 has already started but it runs until 8PM, so you have 6 more hours to run over there. Admittance and parking are both free! So load your car up with some friends and go check it out.

Veggie Fest
4S 175 Naperville-Wheaton Rd, Naperville, IL



Remember the 5th of November…

November 5th is a big day for the Chicago Vegan community. Not only is Vegan Mania that day, but Mercy for Animals will be screening the new documentary, Vegucated, at the Viaduct Theater that evening!

Chicago Vegan Mania


This is Vegan Mania’s 3rd year and once again it’s being held at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse (1419 W Blackhawk, Chicago, IL) from 10am – 5pm and it’s FREE! Parking can be hard to come by, so come early or ride your bike/take public transit.

Some of you may be wondering, “What is Vegan Mania?” It’s a celebration of everything that is vegan – food, community, commerce, fashion, and more! It’s where I discovered St Martaen’s delicious artisan cashew cheeses (long before they had the food truck) and Vaute Couture’s lovely coats (before they left us for New York 🙁 ).

Even though the event is free, you’ll want to bring some cash with you because there will be a food court, which will feature delicious options from Chicago’s vegan restaurants and food companies, like Upton’s Naturals. In the past there have also been a wide variety of vegan goods for sale, like Ethically Engineered soaps, Herbivore Clothing, the aforementioned Vaute Couture coats, and more!

This year’s speakers include, Chicago’s Mercy for Animals Campaign Coordinator, Kenny Torella; vegan body builder, Robert Cheeke and Vegan Outreach’s Director of Outreach, Jon Camp. This year’s food demos will include culinary delights from Laviyah Ayanna of the Vegan Food Truck, Sandi Swiss of Canary Confectionary, Linda Szarkowski of Green Spirit Living, the Chicago Diner and Chicago Soy Dairy. All dishes demonstrated and sampled will be free of all animal ingredients.

Finally, there will also be a Family Activity Area with eco-crafts, and a culture cafe featuring a DJ, acoustic acts, artists, a coffee bar and a Vegan Rockstar photobooth!

Hope to see you there!


Saturday, November 5th, 2011
Viaduct Theater
3111 N Western Ave., Chicago, IL

Vegucated is a new documentary that follows 3 meat and cheese loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for 6 weeks. Along the way they discover the cruelty behind the industries they supported and are soon eager to fight back. The film is described as part sociological experiment, part science class and part adventure story.

The film will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Marisa Miller Wolfson.

To be sure you get a chance to see this film’s Chicago premier, purchase tickets in advance at

Chicago Soy Dairy’s Ice Cream Social at Logan Hardware

Yesterday, Chicago Soy Dairy hosted an ice cream social at Logan Hardware, a vegan owned record store/arcade near the corner of Western and Fullerton (2410 W Fullerton), to benefit Mercy for Animals. Five dollars got you all the ice cream you could eat!

It was a perfect weekend for the event what with people being in town for Riot Fest and the gorgeous weather. I was super excited because you could also pre-order pints of Temptation and get Dandies and Teese at a discount, so if course I took advantage and ordered 2 pints of Pumkin Pie, 2 pints of Tripple Threat Chocolate and 2 bags of Dandies. I’m going to be on a sugar high for a week!

Sigh, if only I could still get this stuff from stores. Guess the only way to fix that is to have more vegan ice cream socials! 😉

What do you think, Chicago?

Vegan MoFo is Here!

Hi all!

Fall is officially here which means it’s time to dedicate 31 days to blogging about vegan food. We’ve been MIA for the past month due to other projects, but we’re back and ready to let the blogging insanity begin! Check back for product/restaurant reviews, give-aways, upcoming events and lots and lots of recipes.

Farm Sanctuary’s Walk for Farm Animals

Join Farm Sanctuary for their Walk for Farm Animals in Lincoln Park on Saturday, September 10th, 2011. The Walk for Farm Animals is a series of annual fundraising and outreach events to prevent cruelty towards farm animals and promote compassion for all. 

Chicago’s 2.75 mile Walk for Animals will take place at Lincoln Park’s Grove 13 (300 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL) at 10 am (check-in begins at 8:30 am) and will be followed by a celebration at 11 am featuring music, food, raffle prizes and guest speaker, Gene Baur, Farm Sanctuary’s President and Co-Founder!

Questions? Contact walk coordinators: Cynthia & Nancy –

For more information about Farm Sanctuary go to:


– In case you’re out of the loop, California’s Native Foods vegan restaurant will be taking over Chicago in the coming months with locations in Wicker Park, The Loop and Lakeview. They’re currently hiring for their Chicago locations, so if you’re interested fill out an application here!

– Attention vegan culinary geniuses: Mercy for Animals and Chicago’s very own Upton’s Naturals will be hosting a Vegan Chef Showdown at the Funky Buddha Lounge (728 W. Grand) on Saturday, July 23 from 3-7pm.  Each chef or team must create a vegan dish using Upton’s seitan for the public to sample. The event is open to the public free of charge, though there is a $1 suggested donation for each sample, which will go to Mercy for Animals. Interested in competing? There’s a $25 entry fee and you must enter before July 7. E-mail to sign up! For more info check out the Facebook invite.

– Charlotte Cressey, Director of Community Outreach for Orange County People for Animals, will be presenting “How to Return to Wholeness” at Chicago’s MFA Advocacy Center (639 W Diversey Pkwy) on Saturday, July 9 at 2pm. For more information on this event and to RSVP, please email Kenny Torrella, MFA’s Chicago Campaign Coordinator, at

Loose Leaf Lounge Vegan Menu Premieres Tonight

Mercy for Animals has done it again. Loose Leaf Lounge (2915 N Broadway) will be premiering their new vegan menu tonight starting at 5pm!  The vegan menu includes a Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Daiya, tomato and onion, a Ground Seitan Sandwich with avocado, peppers, spinach and Veganaise, a Chorizo Seitan Wrap with avocado, cilantro, and tomato, Vegan Cookies, and more!

These items are being added to their menu permanently, so if you can’t check them out tonight, do so soon! I know I will.

*Note from Facebook Event Invite regarding tonight: Since Loose Leaf Lounge is a small cafe, seating is not guaranteed and they do not take reservations. To increase your chances of getting a seat, arrive promptly at 5 p.m., after 8 p.m., or come for carry-out!

New Vegan Baked Goods in Wicker Park!

The Mixing Bowl Bakery, will be selling vegan chocolate peanut butter whoopie pies, strawberry shortcake cupcakes, and mint chocolate chip cupcakes at Bon Bon: Vietnamese Sandwiches (2333 W North Ave., 773-278-5800), this Saturday, May 14th! Part of the profits will be donated to Mercy for Animals. Stop by to indulge your sweet tooth while supporting a new vegan venture and helping a good cause. If all goes well, we may be seeing more of The Mixing Bowl Bakery’s delicious treats around here!

Dead Pile: A Play – February 3-27, 2011

Dead Pile is a play about an animal rights activist being produced by Chicago-based XIII Pocket theater company at Stage 773 ( 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL) . The play will be running from February 3-27, 2011,  Thursday-Sunday evenings at 8:00 pm. For ticket information call 773-327-5252 or visit the Stage 773 website.

Want to know more? Check out the synopsis and author bio below.

Dead Pile
Written by Laura Jacqmin

Directed by Megan Shuchman

The play follows Jeremy, a young black wannabe investigator – someone who goes undercover at factory farms to film the often-horrific abuses committed within – on his first exposé. Guided by Davey, the head of a fledgling Midwest-based NPO, Jeremy attempts to navigate the world of a southern Indiana dairy farm – masquerading as someone “from the area” who just needs work for a few months.

Though he tries to keep to himself, he finds himself drawn into the lives of the employees on the farm – particularly Nance, a farm worker who would like nothing better than to leave and do something – anything – else, but who is trapped in her minimum-wage job for the foreseeable future. He also forms a friendship with Russell, the son of the big boss, who wants to make some major changes at the dairy and whose real dreams lie in becoming an organic vegetable farmer.

But Jeremy quickly discovers how difficult his mission actually is: the crushing loneliness, the constant lying, and the necessity of observing ever-escalating abuse without being able to intervene or stop what’s happening. And the deeper in Jeremy gets, the more he’s forced to confront difficult questions about his line of work.

Dead Pile is a play that compels us to examine what we eat – and what we’re willing to sacrifice.

About the playwright:

Laura Jacqmin was the winner of the 2008 Wasserstein Prize, a $25,000 award to recognize an emerging female playwright. Her plays include Look, We Are Breathing (2010 Sundance Theatre Lab on Governors Island), January Joiner (P73’s Yale residency) and Ski Dubai (Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s 5th Annual First Look Repertory of New Work). Other plays include Folk Song, I Am Frightened of My Body, Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (which enjoyed a sold-out run in Chicago in summer 2010, and will be remounted in early 2011 at 16th Street Theatre), and And when we awoke there was light and light. Her work has been produced and developed by the Goodman Theatre, Ars Nova, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, Joe’s Pub, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago Dramatists, The 24 Hour Plays Off-Broadway, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival and more.

She lives in Chicago where she is currently working on commissions from South Coast Rep, the Goodman Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre and the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project. She is a member of the Goodman Theatre’s 2010-2011 playwrights unit. BA Yale University; MFA Ohio University.