Saturday, December 23, 2017

Final Week in Review for 2017, Alexa Bliss, Rams win 42-y vs the Seahawks, Rams can clinch Division, Phish at MSG for New Years, Nat Geo's Encounter: Ocean Odyssey Exhibit, Robert Mueller, James Brady, Andrew McCabe & The GOP does not care that the Russians broke into the Democratic Party's computer systems...

The Los Angeles Rams won vs the Seahawks handily on Sunday 42-7. They can clinch the division with a win tomorrow vs the Titans in Tennessee. The Rams control their own destiny. This will be their first title win since 2004. They were 8-8 that year. Their last winning season before this year was in 2003 when the Patriots cheated to beat the Rams with no time left on the clock.
PHOTOS: Tennessee Travel
I will be in New York City all week and until January 2nd.
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This will bring the band’s total plays at the Garden to 56 and it will be their 17th show (not including the final set from 1/1/2017) this year at the venue.
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I am taking everyone to the Ocean Odyssey exhibit that I wrote about before it opened this year. I cant wait to check it out!
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The Total Diva girls were in Cabo during this latest episode and as annoying as Nattie and Russo's wife are in life and towards each other, conversely speaking, I love Alexa Bliss. I told you before that name is the best ever but she is so nice. I have never even seen her wrestle but then again, I have not seen most them in action (I do not even watch WWE but I watch the Divas show after it records for me) but anyway, they got wasted BTW on Tequila at Sammy Hagar's place (Cabo Wabu) which I did too. I blacked out and cracked open my lip after I left Hagars place. I literally fell out of a van right onto my face. I woke up and was like uh oh. Regardless, Tequila can be fun I suppose but there is that fine line between fun and getting violent or doing dumb ass things. Like Nattie did when she threw Russo's wife's bag and phone onto the beach. It ended fine so that is good. Thanks in part to my girl Alexa Bliss. BTW, who is that other hot girl with that Paris Hilton pouty mouth thing? That chick is hot. She is with another WWE star.
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The Below Deck reunion was anti-climatic. The only thing to come out of it is that Jen is friends with Kate. Which I guess is good even though It could be deemed as surprising. Nico's chick tried to start up trouble but it came up short. Not trouble but to make a point and it was good at first but then I thought she beat a dead horse so to speak which to me, was not effective any more. That weird guy Chris did not accept the invitation. I do not blame him and then my new rule is 'no more use of that word yachty'. I hate that term.
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Josh Altman Became a Dad (last spring time but it aired on Thursday night)
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I'll be honest or candid I should say, I just do not feel like writing today. 

I know that Tax Plan was technically enacted this week. We have been over that farce ad nausea. 
Trump says its the biggest cuts ever however President Obama passed a larger tax cut. President George W. Bush's permanent cuts were higher which is what Obama fed on with his initial plan in 2010. President Reagan definitely did. And Presidents Kennedy and Johnson probably did, too. Obama had larger plans two times when he was POTUS but setting all of them aside, Trump had the largest one ever.
Trump also lied saying it was the largest tax plan ever when its the 7th largest. 

I am sorry. 

I said that I will NOT discuss it and we have been over it anyway in past posts. Nothing has changed or moreover, they got worse considering how it panned out.

Same goes with how Donald J. Trump and the GOP are trying to discredit the FBI and the Department of Justice along with Robert Mueller, James Brady and Andrew McCabe. 

They do NOT care that the Russians hacked into the Democratic Party's computer systems.  That is not an issue for them and obviously they are acting this way because they are guilty with so much to hide. 

Then we had another one of those odd kiss ass fests where all of the top Congressional Republicans gathered at the White House to celebrate the tax plan by praising the hell out of Trump. They went around the horn to praise Donald J. Trump (I do not get how anyone can sit through that; it takes a certain type of a brain and human to allow that to happen). They just gave total praise on Trump about everything, most of which though, are lies or delusion. 

Tim Scott: 
Praising Ivanka Trump and Marco Rubio for all they did to make this bill become law? COME ON, MAN. It's like you're not even trying.

Lisa Murkowski: 
"This is a bright day for America, so we thank you for that," said the Alaska Republican. I mean, OK? Just not her best effort.

Dan Sullivan: 
Sullivan, an Alaska Republican senator and the least known of all the speakers, delivered a sort of central-casting note of praise for the President. "I want to thank you on behalf of all Alaskans and the American people because it's the right policy, and we're finally, finally doing it," said Sullivan. Normally, that's a top five-er in terms of plaudits. But Sullivan was playing in the big leagues today.

Don Young: 
The longest serving member of the current House -- Young was elected first in 1973 -- doesn't usually say much at these sorts of events. (He has a penchant for making impolitic remarks.) But, sporting the coolest pair of glasses in the crowd, Young delivered a solid -- if not spectacular -- take on Trump's #MAGA mantra. "This bill does what's right for this nation, and the great land will be great again," said Young. "Thank you, Mr. President."

Paul Ryan: 
The speaker of the House was short but very sweet. He let Trump know that the tax bill "could not have been done without exquisite presidential leadership." Don't get me wrong: It's good. But, candidly, I could have used a dollop or two more praise.

Kevin Brady: 
"People often ask, 'When did you know? When did you know tax reform could be achieved in America for the first time in 31 years?' " Brady recounted. "My answer's always the same: November 8, when President Trump, you were elected President of the United States." He. Had. It. All. The. Way.

Mitch McConnell: 
The Senate majority leader and the President have not always seen eye to eye in 2017. But McConnell, ever the consummate politician, showed right from the start of his remarks that he was loaded for bear. He ticked off a series of Trump accomplishments -- including the number of judicial appointees in the President's first year -- noting to Trump: "You hold the record." (Earlier, in his own remarks, Trump bragged of "records all over the place, that will continue, and then some.") McConnell wasn't done, though! "This has been a year of extraordinary accomplishment for the Trump administration," he threw in.

Kevin McCarthy: 
The California Republican, who is the No. 2 leader in the House, spoke toward the end of the lengthy program. Which makes it even more challenging to find ways that other people haven't already used to pump up Trump. But, by gosh, McCarthy did it! "We would not be here today if it wasn't for you," McCarthy told Trump. And: "This is a big day for America. This is America's comeback."

Diane Black: 
Black, who is running for governor in the Volunteer State in 2018, was right on brand. "Thank you to Mr. President," she said to Trump. "Thank you, President Trump, for allowing us to have you as our President and to make America great again." Only thing that could have made her "thank you" better? One of these bad boys.

Mike Pence: 
Look, it's as hard for me to write this as it is for you to read it. Everyone knows the vice president is the unquestioned leader of the "Praise Trump Always" movement. Plus, Pence warmed up for this afternoon's festivities by doling out laurel after laurel to Trump during the Cabinet meeting earlier Wednesday. And in his defense, Pence brought the praise. "Thank you for your boundless faith in the American people," he told Trump. "President Trump has been making history since the first day of this administration," he added. Sometimes, however, your best just isn't good enough. And Pence learned that lesson today.

Orrin Hatch: 
WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION! The Utah Republican senator was emotional from the get-go in his remarks. But when he turned to Trump, Hatch really let fly. "You're one heck of a leader," he told Trump. But that was just the start! "This President hasn't even been in office even a year, and look at all the things that he's been able to get done," Hatch added. "By sheer will in many ways." Then came the coup de grace, in which Hatch suggested that if things kept on like this, Trump's presidency might go down as the greatest of all time. Paging Abraham Lincoln. ...

So until I get back on the 2nd. Have a great holiday season and have a great New Years eve!

2017 year Ending Holiday Recipe's of the Week, Pop-Ups for Holiday Season, Gingerbread Cake, Santa Sponge Cakes, Egg Nog, Walnut Breakfast Sausage, Winter Wonderland Cake & Order in for Holiday

1. Eggnog Milkshake 

Nothing says the holidays are here then getting to sip a yummy eggnog concoction minus the egg. Just because you’re vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out on some holiday traditions — this Eggnog Milkshake is a must-try!

2. Spiced Pumpkin EggnogSpiced Pumpkin Eggnog [Vegan]

A thick and creamy, non-dairy Spiced Pumpkin Eggnog that’s vegan and sweetened only with dates. You’ll be amazed how incredible and simple it is!

3. Raw Nog 

Who says you can’t enjoy egg nog during the holidays and still eat raw vegan? This Raw Nogis a cruelty-free and gluten-free combo that will sure to impress you and your guests during this holiday season.

4. Holiday Nog 

It’s the holidays — which means egg nog flavored EVERYTHING! This Holiday Nog has a few little non-traditional secrets… like pears and rum! Who thought that this would be such a decedent combination!

5. Banana Nog How to Make Vegan 'Egg Nog'

This Banana Nog is a simple, easy recipe to tickle your taste buds and fill your tummy! It’s made like a smoothie so you can whip it up in no time at all!

6. Eggless Nog Cupcakes Eggless Nog Cupcakes

These spiced cupcakes feature eggless nog in the batter and in the glazed icing, so you will get all the flavors of your favorite seasonal drink! Bring these Eggless Nog Cupcakes to your next holiday party and watch them disappear, or keep them all to yourself! We won’t blame you.

7. Carrot Nog Recipe: Carrot Nog

With a combination of coconut and almond milks, carrot juice, and touches of maple syrup and nutmeg, your vegan holiday Carrot Nog has been veganized and healthified! This is one holiday treat you’ll want to (and can) experience again and again throughout the year!

8. Spiced Rum Egg Nog Raw Egg Nog

Nothing nasty here, just a bit nutty. The pecan milk base is mixed with cinnamon and nutmeg. If you’re looking for a creamy, thick egg nog look-alike try using coconut milk. Dates are blended in for sweetness and rum is added to make this Spiced Rum Egg Nog a REAL drink.

9. Egg-less Nog Rice Pudding Egg-less Nog Rice Pudding

A sweet and creamy treat made with vegan nog, rice, and savory spices. This Egg-less Nog Rice Pudding is perfect for the holiday season!

10. Eggnog Waffles Eggnog Waffles

The most delicious waffles you’ll ever have! Aquafaba makes these Eggnog Waffles light and fluffy on the inside while homemade egg-less nog makes them sweet, spicy, and seasonal!
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CHRISTMAS WALNUT BREAKFAST SAUSAGE

  • 1 teaspoon ground flax or milled chia mixed with 1 tablespoon water, let sit for 5 minutes
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats (gluten-free)
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil (plus 1 teaspoon additional for cooking)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 4 drops liquid smoke
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (depending on how salty you like them)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (depending on taste for heat!)
  • 1 tablespoon of grilled seasoning blend

FOR THE GRILLED SEASONING BLEND:

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

PREPARATION

  1. Pulse all ingredients in blender until well combined. Spoon mixture, one tablespoon at a time onto a plate; press into a patty.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium to medium-high heat; add sausage patties, four at a time, cook 2 minutes, or until brown; turn and cook an additional 2 minutes, or until brown.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Per Serving: Calories: 210 | Carbs: 8.2 g | Fat: 19.5 g | Protein: 4.6 g | Sodium: 146.4 mg | Sugar: 1.7 g

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Clean eating comfort food and simple snacks.
Dawn Hutchins is the mastermind behind Florida Coastal Cooking and Wellness. She eats, breathes and lives a judgement-free, plant-based lifestyle. She loves teaching people how to eat clean, naturally reach (and keep!) their ideal body weight and feel fantastic.
 



















SIMPLE GINGERBREAD HOUSES

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE GINGERBREAD:

  • 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of gluten-free flour
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon of ground ginger
  • 4 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses

FOR THE ICING:

  • 3-ounces of chickpea brine
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of icing sugar

PREPARATION

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350°F and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the plain flour, coconut oil, ground ginger and molasses. Add more flour if too wet or coconut oil if too dry.
  3. Mix and bring together with your hands until a dough forms.
  4. Lay a sheet of baking paper on your work surface, place the dough on top then lay another piece of baking paper on top of the dough then roll out the dough using a rolling pin. It’s much easier and the dough doesn’t stick to the worktop or rolling pin.
  5. Using a gingerbread house template, lay them on top of the dough and cut around the shapes.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Per Serving: Calories: 800 | Carbs: 174g | Fat: 24g | Protein: 4g | Sodium: 24mg | Sugar: 117g

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Simple, fun desserts and dinners that will inspire you to get in the kitchen.
Hello, I am Holly Jade and I am the owner of The Little Blog of Vegan. I post delicious recipes, advice, and beauty tips. Everything is vegan and cruelty-free. I love to be as healthy as possible, but I do love to make the odd sweet treat recipe. I also love to post my own adorable and pastel daily photos on Instagram, why not check it out and come on the journey with me!
 




















WINTER WONDERLAND GINGERBREAD CAKE

FOR THE GINGERBREAD COOKIE DOUGH:

  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup of packed light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup of molasses
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of hot water
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

FOR THE GINGERBREAD CAKE:

  • 1 stick of vegan butter
  • 1 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds
  • 3 tablespoons of warm water
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 and 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of natural unsweetened cocoa powder

FOR THE VEGAN CREAM CHEESE ICING:

PREPARATION

FOR THE GINGERBREAD COOKIE DOUGH:

  • Combine ground flax seed with hot water and whisk smooth.
  • Let stand for at least 5 minutes to thicken to a paste.
  • Sift the flour with the baking soda and all of the spices and the salt and pepper, set aside.
  • Cream the vegan butter with the brown sugar until light and fluffy about 4-5 minutes,
  • Add the molasses to the creamed butter mixture and mix well, scrape the sides of the bowl and then add the flax paste and vanilla extract.
  • Add the sifted flour mixture while blending on low speed, mix until it is all incorporated evenly.
  • Turn out the entire dough onto a large piece of plastic wrap.
  • Wrap the dough tightly and press into a disc.
  • Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight before rolling.
  • Once out of the fridge you must re-roll this dough.
  • Mash it all together and knead it back together, then RE-roll on a floured work surface until it is pliable.
  • Cut your shapes, and place on a parchment lined sheet pan.
  • Preheat the oven to 350° F, you will bake for approximately 12-18 minutes or until light golden brown.

FOR THE CAKE BATTER:

  • Combine ground flax seed with hot water and whisk smooth.
  • Let stand for at least 5 minutes to thicken to a paste.
  • In the meantime, cream the softened vegan butter with the light brown sugar on medium -high speed until very light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Scrape bowl periodically to ensure even mixing.
  • Sift together all the dry ingredients from the baking powder to the cocoa powder and reserve.
  • Add the molasses to the hot water and then add the baking soda to that. It will bubble up as the baking soda begins to activate. Stir to combine.
  • Add the flax paste to the creaming vegan butter and sugar mixture, and mix well.
  • Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients, blend well.
  • Then add 1/2 of the molasses/water mixture slowly while mixing on low speed.
  • Stop and scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl often.
  • Repeat the process with another ⅓ of the dry, the remaining liquids and then the last addition of dry ingredients.
  • Pour the batter into prepared pans and bake immediately in preheated 350° F oven approximately 25-30 minutes or when they are springy to the touch when you gently press the centers.
  • Cool the cake layers in the pan then turn out onto a cooling rack to cool the rest of the way while you prepare the cream cheese icing.

FOR THE CREAM CHEESE ICING:

  • Smooth cream cheese and butter with a paddle attachment.
  • Add sifted confectioners sugar, blend on low just to combine.
  • Add extract then add optional vegan buttercream icing.
  • Mix smooth.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Per Serving: Calories: 587 | Carbs: 81g | Fat: 27g | Protein: 8g | Sodium: 393mg | Sugar: 45g

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Vegan recipes from a professional baker that will make everyone the best bakers they can be.
My name is Gretchen Price and I am a professional pastry chef of over 20 years. For the last 5 years, I have been sharing all the recipes from my bakery at Gretchen’s Bakery.com as well as my experiences in the professional baking industry. I make it my personal mission to help make everyone the best bakers they can be by teaching the science of baking while making delicious recipes. I recently transitioned my blog to vegan to get my business life in alignment with my personal beliefs. GoVEG!
 

SANTA SPONGE CAKES

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE DRY SPONGE:

  • 3/4 cup and 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 2/5 cup and 2 teaspoons sweetener (avoid artificial)
  • 3/4 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 tablespoon baking soda

FOR THE WET SPONGE:

  • 3/4 cup and 2 teaspoons non-dairy milk
  • 1 tablespoon orange extract (or whatever flavoring you like)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

FOR DECORATION:

  • Red icing
  • White icing
  • Black icing
  • Pink icing (roll red and white together)

PREPARATION

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 340°F.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together thoroughly in a bowl.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl then add to the dry ingredients.
  4. Use a fork to whisk/mix the mixture together until all is combined and smooth.
  5. Pour the mixture into a greased baking tin and put in the oven for 14 minutes.
  6. Then (leave the oven on), take the mixture out and set aside to cool for about 15 minutes.
  7. When cooled, use your hands to crumble the cake up and then roll the sponge into 12 balls. The sponge should be a little oily still, which will help keep the balls together. If it’s not, add some melted coconut oil.
  8. Put the balls back in the oven for about 15 minutes until browned.
  9. Leave for a further 15 minutes in the refrigerator until cooled.
  10. You can then – if you like – start decorating them with icing.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Per Serving: Calories: 91 | Carbs: 22 g | Fat: 3 g | Protein: 2 g | Sodium: 405 mg | Sugar: 9 g

Calculation not including icing.

AUTHOR & RECIPE DETAILS



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I love all thing health and fitness and love to create easy vegan recipes to share with the world!
 


















Sticky Gingerbread Cake With Drizzle

STICKY GINGERBREAD CAKE WITH DRIZZLE

INGREDIENTS

TO MAKE THE CAKE:

  • 5-ounces plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  • 2 rounded tablespoons molasses
  • 2 rounded tablespoons golden syrup
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla vegan yogurt

TO MAKE THE DRIZZLE:

  • 5 tablespoons icing sugar
  • Zest of 1 unwaxed orange
  • Juice of 1/2 unwaxed lemon

PREPARATION

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 355°F and baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, mixed spices, and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond milk, sunflower oil, molasses, golden syrup, and yogurt until combined and a deep, dark caramel has developed.
  4. Mix the wet mix into the flour mix and stir until just combined- don’t over mix as this will affect the texture of the cake. Pour into the dish and bake in the oven for 30 minutes until the top appears firm and shiny.
  5. When the cake has cooled completely, cut into 12 squares. Mix the icing sugar, orange zest and lemon juice in a bowl. Drizzle over the cakes using a spoon in an exaggerated zig-zag pattern and allow to set.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Per Serving: Calories: 169 | Carbs: 20 g | Fat: 9 g | Protein: 1 g | Sodium: 7 mg | Sugar: 10 g

1. Holiday Pop-Up at Koneko Studio, Dallas, TX

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Koneko Studio, a vegan and cruelty-free tattoo parlor in Dallas, is hosting a vegan pop-up market this holiday season! The event will be mostly small and local businesses, all of which will be vegan and cruelty-free. The vendors will range from apparel, home products, beauty products, food and desserts! The event will be sponsoring Dallas Pets Alive, and there will be companion animals on site for adoption.
This event will take place on December 17th, 2017, from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM, at 3901 Main Street Suite 140, Dallas, Texas 75226.

2. Vegan Holiday Luau Pop-Up Market, Columbus, OH

It’s All Natural, an Ohio grocery store specializing in plant-based, organic, and gluten-free products, is holding a vegan holiday luau this holiday season! Many different food items will be offered, like milkshakes from The Little Kitchen Food Truck, Hawaiian grilled pineapple tofu skewers from Ching Ter Maitreya Temple, and delicious cream filled doughnuts from Doughasis! It is a $1 donation to attend the event, and the first 25 people who arrive get a free “swag bag.” If you can’t make it to this holiday luau, try out some of these recipes like this Sesame Tofu Skewers With Spicy Peanut Sauce.
This event will take place on Sunday, December 10th, 2017, from 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM, and will be held at the Ching Ter Maitreya Temple, at 2891 East Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43231.

3. Colorado Springs Holiday Pop-Up Market, Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado Springs Vegan Events is holding a vegan pop-up market this year for the fourth year in a row. There will be vegan vendors selling all sorts of vegan, cruelty-free products, like plant-based groceries, cruelty-free clothing, shoes, books and accessories! Nooch | Vegan MarketThe Compassionate ClosetJL Fields – Vegan Culinary Instructor & Cookbook AuthorColorado Common Hard CiderLuvin Arms Animal Sanctuary, are among the long list of vendors who will set up shop this year at the Colorado Springs vegan pop-up.
This event is Saturday, December 16th, 2017 from 12:00 PM until 3:00 PM, and will be held at the Colorado Common Hard Cider, located at 4655 Town Center Drive #130, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80916.

4. Vegan Holiday Pop-Up + Shop-Up at Hardywood, Richmond, VA

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Richmond Vegfest have teamed up this year to throw a vegan holiday pop-up and shop-up extravaganza! The market will be 100 percent plant-based and full of local businesses and artisans who are committed to health and animals. Guests can visit one of the pop-up food trucks like Mean BirdDank EatsGo Go Vegan Go, and The Hungry Turtle Food Truck, and can “shop-up” at NavabellaMaven MadePorchlight Animal Sanctuary, and many more.
This event is Friday, December 8th, 2017 from 4:30 PM until 8:30 PM, and will be held at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408-2410 Ownby Lane, Richmond, Virginia 23220.

5. Vegan in Asbury Park, Asbury Park, NJ

This year, New Jersey VegFest is hosting a vegan pop-up market in Asbury Park. The event will consist of local vegan fare, and there will be vegan and cruelty-free vendors set up, too. The featured vendor will be New Jersey Farm Animal Save, which is a non-profit vegan outreach group committed to speaking up for animals. The event will be $5 at the door, or you can buy a season pass for $20 that will get you into all the vegan pop-ups for 2018!
This event is on Sunday, January 21st, 2018 from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. It will be held on the Asbury Park Convention Center, 1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, New Jersey, 07712.

6. Morristown Vegan Pop-Up Shop, Morristown, NJ

The Laundromat Bar in Morristown is holding a vegan pop-up this year that sounds amazing! Vegan food and drinks will be offered, and you must be at least 21 or older to attend. The event costs $5 at the door, or you can purchase a New Jersey vegan pop-up pass for $20 that will get you into any of the New Jersey vegan pop-ups in 2018.
This event is Sunday, February 25th, 2018. from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM. It will be held at The Laundromat, 4 Dehart Street, Morristown, New Jersey, 07960.

7. Pop-Up Vegan Bakery, Manchester, CT

This holiday season 21 Oak is holding a bakery vegan pop-up. The event will have lots of sweets for sale for those craving sugar, and everything can be pre-ordered, otherwise it is first come, first served. Plant-based cupcakes, like chocolate with peppermint or mocha frosting and chocolate with coconut frosting, will be for sale for $3, or you can purchase a cake, some cookies, and more! This is a cash only event so make sure to hit the ATM before attending. If you can’t make it to this bakery vegan pop-up, try this recipe for Holiday Gingerbread Cookies!
This event is on Sunday, December 17th, 2017 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM (or until sold out.) It will take place at 21Oak Restaurant, located at 21 Oak Street, Manchester, CT 06040.

8. Vegan Grand Rapids Holiday Pop-Up Shop, Grand Rapids, MI

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This year, the Vegans of Grand Rapids, is holding their third annual vegan holiday pop-up shop at Linc Up. This event will feature delicious plant-based fare, and there will be many vegan, cruelty-free shops set up so guests can finish their holiday shopping. Some vendors attending this event include; Bit Baking Co.Rise Grand RapidsNorth Beach Foods, and many more!
This event is on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. It will be held at Linc Up, which is located at 1167 Madison Ave Southeast, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49507.

9. Denver Holiday Vegan Pop-Up Shop, Denver, CO

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This December, Heal Grow Blossom and the Compassionate Closet is holding their fourth annual holiday vegan pop-up shop at the Louisville Recreation Center. Shopping vendors like Heal Grow BlossomVegans Eat What?Poofy Organics and more will sell gifts for the holidays. There will be food available for purchase, too, and cooking demonstrations that can help guests prepare if they are cooking for the holidays.
This event is on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. It will be held at the Louisville Recreation Center, which is 900 Via Appia Way, Louisville, Colorado 80027.

10. Chicago’s Vegan Test Kitchen: Holiday Pop-Up, Chicago, IL

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This year, Emporium Arcade Bar is holding an all vegan holiday pop-up and the event will feature Chicago-based chefs and vendors. All food will be 100 percent plant-based, and everything being sold will be cruelty-free. Some food vendors include Bravo Vegan TamalesLauren’s Sweet Tooth, and The Tiny Vegan. Guests will be able to get some holiday shopping done at Envision Positive Crafts and Accessories, Harmless Threads, and Verdant Matter. The event is 21 and over.
This event takes place on Sunday, December 17th 2017, from 12:00 PM until 6:00. It will be held at the Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 North Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622.

11. Pop-Up Vegan Dinner with Earth to Us, Durham, NC

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This December in Durham North Carolina, Earth To Us Vegan Comfort Food and Durham Co-op Market are teaming up and will be holding a pop-up vegan dinner. Latin American vegan comfort food will be served at this pop-up, and you will be able to choose between three entrees, as well as several sides. The dinner will cost $10 per person. If you feel like staying in, try out this Southwestern Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
This event is on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Durham Co-op Market, 1111 West Chapel Hill Street Durham, North Carolina 27701.

12. Philly Vegan Pop Flea Merry Mini Market, Philadelphia, PA

This year, V Marks the Shop, will be hosting a vegan pop-up mini market at at restaurant/bar called Tattooed Mom. Vendors like; Bearded NoiseCompassion CompanyGreen Mountain Energy Company, and Light Beings Healin’ Company will be set up selling 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free goodies to buy as gifts, or for yourself! This vegan market is free admission and is open to all ages.
This event is on Saturday, December 17th, 2017 from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM at Tattooed Mom, 530 South Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147.

13. Happy Holiday’s Vegan Pop-Up, Dayton, OH

This Christmas Eve, Sprouting Dreams LLC, will be holding a holiday vegan food party! You will pick between three entrees (crispy seitan, lentil loaf, and roasted seitan), a variety of sides, desserts, and there will even be plant-based eggnog! It costs $15 dollars a plate, and payments must be done with a credit or debit card. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite. Don’t feel like traveling? Try out this recipe for Roasted Tofu and Grilled Seitan Dumplings.
This event will take place on Saturday, December 24th, 2017, from 6:00 PM until 8:00, and will be held at Sprouting Dreams, and will be in Dayton, Ohio.

14. Lamb’s Bread Pop-Up Shop, Charleston, SC

In you are located in South Carolina, visit the vegan pop-up at Lamb’s Bread Vegan Cafe this December! The event will feature 100 percent vegan food items, and will even have gluten-free, soy-free, and raw items to try.
This event is on Sunday, December 17th, 2017 from 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM and will be held at Destiny Community Café, 5060 Dorchester Road, Sute 320, North Charleston, South Carolina 29418.

15. Vegan Sushi Sit-Down Pop-Up Dinner, New Orleans, LO

This year, the NOLA Underground Vegan Sushi Club will be holding a vegan pop-up dinner. This will be a four-course dinner, consisting of salad, gyoza, a sushi sampler platter, and dessert. This delicious sushi dinner is $45 per person, and payments can be made through PayPal. If you can’t make it to this sushi extravaganza, try making these Rainbow Unicorn Sweet Potato Sushi rolls!
This event is on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, from 6:00 PM until 9:30 PM and will be held at Bearcat Cafe New Orleans 2521 Jena Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115.
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