VAP’s Top 5 Picks: A Vegan Week In Review

It’s finally Friday, and I spent a busy week of surfing, blogging, tweeting, pinning, facebooking and instagramming some amazing articles, photographs and recipes. Since this was such an extraordinary week filled with vegan news, podcasts, recipes and other vegan goodies, I decided to share some of my favorites.

Here are VAP’s Top 5 Picks For A Vegan Week In Review…

1. Brendan Brazier’s article in U.S. News & World Report Health entitled A Plant-Based Diet for a Competitive Edge

Ironman Triathlete Brendan Brazier

Ironman Triathlete Brendan Brazier

In this enthralling article, Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier discusses 7 Reasons to Choose a Plant-Based Diet for athletic performance. I was surprised to learn that Brendan considered himself to be an “average” athlete at an early age, anticipating that he would have to “work harder and smarter” than others to offset his lack of athletic ability enough to make sports an occupation. He shifted towards a clean, plant-based diet to increase his odds of having a professional career as an athlete. His dietary choice clearly worked because Brendan Brazier forged a stunning 7-year profession as an Ironman triathlete.

Click here to read Brendan’s U.S News & World Report Health Article


2. Gothamist’s picks for The 9 Best Vegan Dishes In NYC

Photo by Jen Chung/Gothamist

Photo by Jen Chung/Gothamist

The photo above depicts the mouth-watering Soy Bacon Cheeseburger At Cafe Blossom, one of Gothamist’s 9 Best Vegan Dishes In NYC. There are 8 more fabulous photos in Gothamist’s article depicting delectable vegan food which can be found throughout various eateries of New York City. I’ve never heard of some of the restaurants mentioned in the article, but now I have to go to them. This article provides information I want to know!

*Inside scoop: My favorite Peanut Butter & Jelly Doughnut from Dun-Well Doughnuts in Brooklyn made the short list.

Click here to read Gothamist’s article The 9 Best Vegan Dishes In NYC


3. 31 Things To Do With CSA Vegetables from BuzzFeed

enhanced-buzz-7868-1373912637-25I never know what to do with those confusing CSA vegetables and, clearly, I’m not the only one. This awesome article provides 31 fabulous recipes, suggestions and ways to use kohlrabi, garlic scapes, turnips, chard, beets, and sugar snap peas. Thank goodness!

Click here to find out 31 Things To Do With CSA Vegetables


4. Mango Butternut Squash Soup Recipe from One Green Planet

Mango Butternut Squash Soup from One Green Planet

Mango Butternut Squash Soup from One Green Planet

This is my kind of soup! A super simple recipe with my favorite ingredients, and garnished with banana slices and cinnamon. What more do I have to say?

Click here for the recipe for this Mango Butternut Squash Soup


5. Our Hen House Podcast Episode 188: “Outrage Is the Nutrient Of Activism” featuring comedian, TV Host, and “Jackass” star Steve-O 

images-1Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan’s Podcast Episode 188 on Our Hen House is nothing short of brilliant. In this episode, Jasmin and Mariann discuss the latest examples of “brain-dead behavior” from various members of the meat industrial complex, their film shoot for their upcoming video “A Vegan Taste of Chinatown,” and the meanings behind the words “vegan, hypocrisy, and super special kale juice.” However, the highlight of the podcast was hearing comedian, TV host, and “Jackass” star Steve-O talk about his vegan evolution, why he’s a passionate vegan, and why some angry comments he received changed him forever.

Click here to listen to Podcast Episode 188 on Our Hen House directly, or you can listen and subscribe on iTunes.


I hope you take the time to check out and enjoy my Top 5 Picks for This Vegan Week In Review!

Have a wonderful weekend…








  1. Helen Maxman says:

    Debby, thanks for that recap…I saw the picture of that amazing looking Soy Vegan Burger and I promptly googled Cafe Blossom….the one in the West Village is under half a mile from Andrew’s apartment, so I forwarded that picture along with the restaurant info to him…….he was excited!!!!!!

    • The Blossom Restaurant is sort of a vegan empire in NYC. Andrew will love the Blossom Restaurant in Chelsea too, and Blossom On Carmine is fabulous! Thanks for reading!

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