June 2009 Archives

Orange Coast Magazine's new food blog.

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Congrats to Furey and the Feast's Cynthia Furey on her new gig as Orange Coast Magazine's food blogger with "Taste of Orange County"! I love her posts and her photography (they make me inspired and hungry, which are two things every food blog should strive for) - I wish her the best of luck at her new endeavor!

More: Check out OC Weekly's little write-up on her, too!

Wanted: vegan shoes that don't suck

I'm one of those hippie boycotting types in addition being a vegetarian: I don't wear or buy leather or anything made in a third-world country (unless it's a union shop or otherwise verifiably people-friendly). This makes a lot of purchases difficult, but none more so than belts and shoes. I've had some lucky finds with belts, and don't go through them very quickly. But in terms of shoes, I keep running into bad luck.

I was a very sad person when I found out Converse was purchased by Nike, and had their operations moved to China. In addition to being a vegan shoe, they're ever-stylish, comfortable, and worked well for me. With them out of the picture, however, I've since bought two pairs of skate-style shoes, each advertised as vegan. The first, purchased in June 2008 from No Sweat, were a Converse knockoff, in every way except the quality. They ripped the first week I had them, and became unglued shortly thereafter. My Cons typically lasted me 3-5 years. These wore out in 4 months.

Next, I went with a pair from Macbeth, another vegan retailer. These shoes seemed stronger at first - they didn't rip like the No Sweat pair did, but 6 months in (I got them in January), they're falling apart a little more every day, first the plastic/rubber interior (it's cracking like old, dry plastic tends to do), and now all the glued bits. They're stylish shoes - it's too bad they're poorly constructed.

Now, I need new shoes. They need to be vegan, they need to ethically produced, and I'd really prefer if they were at least somewhat stylish (or at least generic). I could use a pair of athletic shoes, too, but I'm not holding my breath.

Whatcha got for me?

What I'm reading

Fairly randomly, I ran across the group food blog Accidental Hedonist, and now I'm hooked. Well written, great photos, and topics ranging from beer to food tech to fine dining.

Nancy Luna's Fast Food Maven blog now has a dedicated Facebook page (Nancy was using her personal account for FFM stuff before). Be her friend.

Check out this wholly amazing S'more cupcake from Furey and the Feast. It's a work of art.

It's Cookie Time!

I like cookies.

I think everyone likes cookies, really - even my friends who aren't that big into sweets can appreciate some variety of cookie (especially given the near limitless forms that can be called "cookie"), and most people are much more fond of them than that.

That said, I forget about cookies too much of the time. Cupcakes are hot (and focused on, I think, because they're such a great alternative to larger cakes), but cookies are omnipresent, and can be matched to any season.

What's that mean for you? It means that we should have a mid-year, non-Christmas, bring-your-best-and-share it cookie party. When? I dunno. Where? No idea. But discuss it amongst yourselves, and we'll touch base again soon.

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