The Park Slope Food Coop

Posted in Food by Shannon South on December 7, 2010

Finally, the day I’ve been waiting for since I moved to Park Slope in June has arrived. It took some patience and perseverance, but I am now a proud member of the Park Slope Food Coop. Yay!

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Most delicious lunch

Posted in Food by Shannon South on November 13, 2010

Today, I made veggie burgers from scratch and I must say they were delicious… and pretty easy. The recipe came from one of my favorite cookbooks, Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson. I also just love her blog, where she has way more additional recipes. Here is the Ultimate Veggie Burger Recipe. Yum.

Vegan, Vegetarian… Cheatatarian?

Posted in Fashion by Shannon South on November 12, 2010

Last night, I went to an event by vegan shoe company Olsen Haus. Elizabeth Olsen held a shoe design contest for Pratt students to design a convertible vegan shoe that could be worn in warm and cold weather. They’re going to produce the winning shoe and generously give the student 10% royalties, as well as 10% to the Farm Sanctuary. There were some really great designs and I’m sure it must have been a tough decision.

The event itself was really nice. Famous vegans, Russell Simmons and Moby were there. Catering was by Regal Vegan and it was fantastic. (we couldn’t stop eating the Faux Gras)

As the night went on, we chatted with different people and I started to realize how dedicated and political vegans typically are. I met a vegan burlesque performer (sounds like an oxymoron, but this is NYC after all) and it was fascinating to hear about the trouble she has finding non-animal materials for her costumes.

I got to thinking about where my own ethics lie. There are so many levels and trajectories of ethical behavior and I’ve always considered my choices to be very personal. I don’t go around advertising that I don’t eat meat or making others feel guilty if they do. Even with my business, I am fine with using used leather because I know that I am diverting it from landfill, yet I don’t feel comfortable using brand new leather. I learned that most vegans would not even use used leather because it is still promoting the use of animal skin, yet I wonder how aware many of them are aware of the environmental effects of the chemicals that go into certain pleather accessories (not all companies are as environmentally sensitive as Olsen Haus) …not to mention the fact that leather goods usually outlast their synthetic imposters.

Educating ourselves about the issues pertaining to our health and the treatment of animals is very important. After that, we ought to work out our own boundaries and do what feels ethically right for us. Most importantly, I believe we need to respect our fellow human and try to be open minded. (I have no plans of breaking up with my fiancé for being a cheatatarian.)

Read more about the event on Treehugger.

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Posted in Food by Shannon South on November 7, 2010

I love love love this place! Unpackaged is such a brilliant concept (though not at all new) and so well executed. Only problem is it is in London. I wish there were one in my part of Brooklyn. As much as I love coops and health food stores, this just seems like it would make being good so much more of a pleasurable experience. The closest thing Brooklyn has to this is the Park Slope Food Coop (if you are lucky enough to get in) and Marlow & Daughters, which, though I love it, only starts to come close…

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Brooklyn Diary

Posted in Brooklyn by Shannon South on October 13, 2010

Brooklyn Diary has arrived! Jennifer, Jenny, and I are all thrilled to be featured in Lena Corwin’s new book.  The photography is beautiful and it’s a great compilation of some of the really inspiring things going on in Brooklyn these days.

Asheville, North Carolina

Posted in Travel by Shannon South on May 27, 2010

This just about sums up Asheville for me. After days of fast travel food and southern cookin, I was desperate for a nice, healthy salad. Asheville was like finding the holy grail and I found myself constantly comparing it to San Francisco. We ate at the yummy Laughing Seed twice in our short time there.

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