A Toronto vegan blabs on about crafting, food, and her life in general.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

New blog

I have made myself a brand spankin' new blog. Well, it's not all that new. But that's where I'll be. Come visit if you'd like.

Friday, June 6, 2008

It's a beautiful day

Sharing a snack of pavement food
Goslings who were hanging around outside the office yesterday.

Well, at least it's beautiful now that the temperature is starting to cool off a wee bit. Today has been a decent day:
  • I managed to keep to my new early schedule of taking a good hard 1/2 walk first thing in the morning. I started this new schedule on Monday and kept it up every day this week.
  • a few co-workers and I flocked to a neighbourhood patio at lunch today for foods and drinks.
  • the afternoon at work was spent setting up a fun photoshoot
  • I took my bike in for a tune up, which should be done by this Wednesday and I'll be able to start riding it
  • I had a quick but sweet visit with the woman we are renting our parking space from, and gave her payment for the remainder of our time here. She is so old and so small and so sweet, and she told me that she wants to have a visit before we leave for Vancouver :)
  • I finished the first draft of this month's volunteer newsletter and sent it off to the proofreaders
  • my glass is full of yumminess. The boy disagrees on the yumminess of my drink. But it is, in fact, full of yum: brandy, pure cranberry juice, club soda, lemon juice and a splash of black cherry concentrate overtop ice cubes. Yumminess.
Now, to go sit on my behind on the couch. Maybe I'll watch a movie while the boy learns ActionScript 3. Maybe I'll read. Maybe I'll take some photos. Or maybe I'll nap with a kitty sitting beside me.

I love lazy nights.

Tomorrow - the Riverdale Art Walk, maybe brunch at Le Cafe Vert or Pulp Kitchen and some dancing to finish off the night. Sunday will be brunch at Fressen and a trip to MEC to buy a couple of things for our trip to Iceland. Oh yeah. A good weekend is in store.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

There is no Fressen in Vancouver

So, I'm just going to have to make trips there as much as possible before October. Like this Sunday. For Tofu Rancheros – the best in the city, in my opinion.

BBQ Tofu Rancheros

Monday, June 2, 2008

KFC Canada adds vegan 'chicken' to menu

Wow. Just found this article on the Toronto Star's website. I doubt I will ever eat at KFC, but I'm glad to see that they're making some huge attempts!

Following a five-year roasting by animal-rights activists, KFC Canada is promising improved welfare for the chickens it buys for its fast-food outlets in exchange for an end to a boycott campaign that will continue in the U.S. and elsewhere.

The Canadian Press has learned that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has agreed to call off its Canadian "Kentucky Fried Cruelty" campaign, which featured high-profile actress Pamela Anderson among others, following a signed agreement with the company.

Among other things, the deal obliges KFC Canada to begin buying from suppliers who use gas to kill their chickens painlessly, considered to be the least cruel method of slaughter.

The company is also promising to insist on other "animal-welfare friendly" measures relating to how the birds are kept, including a maximum on crowding and phasing out non-essential growth-hormones and other drugs.

Customers of the popular restaurant chain will also be able to order a vegan "chicken" item, according to the deal that followed almost seven months of at-times "sticky" closed-door negotiations.

"It's going to drastically reduce the suffering of chickens in slaughterhouses and also . . . improve the living conditions for animals while they're on the farm," Matt Prescott, PETA's assistant director of corporate affairs, said from Norfolk, Va.

KFC Canada president Steve Langford said he was delighted with the agreement.

"It will be nice to put this behind us," Langford said. "Our preference is to have nothing negative attached to our brand."

Langford said the Canadian operations, which are independent of those in the U.S., had chosen to take the situation into its own hands and talk to PETA about animal welfare.

"Once I got involved and we actually met face to face, we found out that we had no differences of opinion about how animals should be treated," Langford said.

"We landed in a very good place."

PETA's campaign, which garnered international attention, has included more than 12,000 protests at KFC restaurants and outside the homes of company senior executives.

Demonstrators, who have included former Playboy pinup Lauren Anderson, have burned effigies of company icon, Col. Sanders. Other notables such as Paul McCartney, the Dalai Lama, and Chrissie Hynde have participated in the campaign.

KFC Canada was also thrown on the defensive three years ago when PETA released horrific video showing poultry workers torturing chickens in the United States.

The company is owned by Priszm Income Fund, based in Vaughan, Ont., which operates 465 outlets across the country. The fund has been struggling to stem a flow of red ink and shore up falling share values.

Most of the 300 independent franchisees have agreed to abide by the agreement with PETA.

"It appears as though our campaign affected the bottom line to the point where the company finally had enough," Prescott said.

"That said, I also believe that KFC in Canada is genuinely concerned about animal welfare."

While the anti-KFC campaign will now end in this country, PETA said it would continue in the U.S., the U.K. and other countries. However, it is hoping to persuade Yum Brands, which owns KFC outlets in the United States, to follow the Canadian lead.

"With KFC Canada now doing exactly what we want KFC in the U.S. to do, our members and activists will be even more energetic and invigorated about going after KFC in other countries," Prescott said.

"All we want is for KFC worldwide to do what KFC Canada has done."

Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Simplifying Project: The Clothes Edition

I figured the Book Edition would be next, but I have a clothing swap to go to tomorrow - so it's the Clothes Edition! I definitely plan to come home with much fewer items than I bring. Much fewer.

The Simplifying Project: Clothes Edition


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

How happy am I?

Falafel plate

Very happy. That's right - tonight we are getting take out from the Armenian Kitchen.

That's all I'm going to be thinking about for these last 45 minutes of work.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Ewok on an Imperial Speedster

Ewok on an Imperial Speedster

The boy was slightly concerned about the 8-hour mountain bike race he's doing tomorrow, until he read this on the website:

"If you’re looking for a grueling, lung-bursting ride to the top of Mount Olympus, you won’t get it here! The course at Mansfield, despite the uphill start, is a smooth, flowing course that even the greenest of novices should master like an Ewok on an Imperial Speedster."

Of course we had to collaborate on an illustration of this last part :)