Friday, December 18, 2009

Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar


Yet another great cookbook from Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar is a pint-sized book containing 100 vegan cookie recipes broken down into catergories such as, “Drop cookies”,“Fancy Cookies,” and “Sliced and Rolled Cookies.”

Just like other books written by these two,the writing style is conversational, and the recipes are clearly written and easy to follow. Before you bake you should read Part One on "Cookie Science," which contains a section on the tools recommended and required, a section on ingredients (there's a gluten-free flour blend that can be substituted), and a troubleshooting section to help with common cookie problems should your cookies not turn out as you had hoped. Throughout the book there are “morsels”, which are bite-sized suggestions to enhance your recipe. Of course there are lots of glossy mouthwatering photos to inspire as well. I even appreciate the size of this book (about half the height of an average paperback cookbook), making it easy to fit in a small working space with all of your ingredients.

There are a wide range of spices and flavours used. Imagine Sweet Wine biscuits with Sesame, or Chocolate Chip Chai Spiced Shortbread. Or how about a Whole Wheat Fig Bar or Caramel Pecan Bar? If you can't make up your mind you could just start with the Banana Everything Cookie, which the authors describe as “a clean out your cupboard kind of cookie.”

I tried the recipes for Citrus Glitters, Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodles (with cayenne & cocoa), Linzertorte Thumbprints, Old-Fashioned Pie Plate Shortbreads, and the Lemon Bars. I had success with all of the recipes, and felt like a pro when I pulled each tray from the oven to reveal the bite-sized wonders.

This book will definitely make you the vegan cookie queen or king in your household.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Fundraising Event a Success

Thanks to everyone who came out for this fabulous event! We raised $1,019.85 total for Hearts on Noses! Thank you all for contributing so generously!

The chilly temperatures didn't seem to slow anyone down, and the cold was soon forgotten
with Sarah Kramer's warm smile and greeting for everyone. We also had an unexpected treat when Bif Naked showed up for the event. Thanks for coming Bif, it was great to see you!

And of course we have to thank Sarah Kramer again for joining us in store, signing calendars and cookbooks, and just for being so much fun!

If you didn't get a copy of one of Sarah's cookbooks on Saturday, we do have a few signed copies of La Dolce Vegan, How it All Vegan, and The Garden of Vegan in the store for sale. We also still have copies of her calendar just in case you thought of someone else who might enjoy it for 2010.

I hope everyone got to sample from the vegan hors d'oeuvres provided by Vegan Mania and the cupcakes baked by the Vancouver Vegan Cupcake Queen. Thank you Christa and Cera for providing the treats.

I think a good time was had by all, and with the store wide discount many of you stocked up on your favourites. Thanks again to all for making our fundraiser such a success!




Saturday, November 7, 2009

Special Fundraiser Event | Hearts on Noses Pig Sanctuary | Dec 5th 2009

Join us in-store along with special guest Sarah Kramer (co-author of How It All Vegan!), along with VeganMania and Vancouver Cupcake Queen, for a special fundraiser event in benefit for the Hearts on Noses Pig Sanctuary!

Please note that this is a ticket holder only event.

Only $20 /ticket!
Click Here to Buy Tickets!

Ticket price includes:
  • 2010 Go Vegan Calendar (autographed!)
  • Meet Sarah Kramer in person!
  • Free vegan cupcakes and appetizers! (provided by Vancouver Vegan Cupcake Queen & VeganMania!
  • Special Store Sale Event! 10% OFF EVERYTHING & Karmavore Donates 10% of ALL SALES
  • $10 donation to Hearts on Noses!
Download our PDF Flyer for full event details and to help spread the word!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Vegan Day @ Karmavore

HAPPY WORLD VEGAN DAY!
Come celebrate World Vegan Day, this Sunday November 1st, at our retail store, and get 25% OFF select items, as well as a FREE animal rights button with every purchase!


Haven't been to our retail store yet? Check out our contact information and directions!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wildlife Rescue Association 35th Anniversay Fundraising Gala

November 7th, 2009 | 6-8:30pm

$25 /ticket

Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
6450 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Join us for our 30th Anniversary Fundraising Gala that night and discover how the proceeds from your ticket will save lives through our wildlife rehabilitation and public education work.

Eat...
Drink...
Celebrate Life!

Featuring
# Silent and live auctions
# Live music
# Food and drink
# Special guests and presentations
# Great company
# A sense of well‐being from making a
difference

Download the PDF Poster

Purchase your $25 tickets by phone or email today.
604.526.2747
info@wildliferescue.ca
http://www.wildliferescue.ca

*PSSSST!!! - Please send them an email encouraging them to serve VEGAN only food items, in respect of an event and an organization intended to save lives, it would certainly not make sense to serve any non VEGAN items! We have sent them a letter of request to confirm but so far, we have only confirmed that vegetarian options will be available! HELP give them a push by calling or emailing today!!!

You asked for it! MORE NEW STUFF!!

And here you GO!!!
And Lots more new goodies coming in soon which we'll leave to a surprise for later!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

In the News..

Karmavore offers one-of-a-kind vegan-friendly goods

We've been featured in the Georgia Straight "Food of the Week" section!


Monday, October 12, 2009

Animalia 2009

About the Event

What:
A Benefit to 'End Animal Cruelty'
Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, fabulous silent auction and more...

Delicious VEGAN appetizers will be served:

• Grilled Asparagus with a lemongrass, ginger & tea vinaigrette
• Empanada, with corn, pablano chili & tofu ricotta
• Grilled Mochi, veganrella cheese
• Baked Green Baby Zucchini ‘cannelloni’ stuffed with mushroom duxelle

When:
Wednesday November 4th, 2009 – 7pm start (doors open at 6:30pm)

Where:
OPUS Hotel - 322 Davie Street, Vancouver

Parking:
There is ample street parking around OPUS Hotel; valet parking will also be available

More Info:
http://bcspcaevents.com

Volunteers needed for Petcetera protest - October 17

From LiberationBC:

Volunteers needed for Petcetera protest - October 17

Liberation BC needs volunteers for a protest against Petcetera on Saturday, October 17. Liberation BC will be joining several other animal welfare groups, including VHS, Vancouver Rabbit Rescue & Advocacy and the Rabbit Advocacy Group of BC, to protest Petcetera's decision to sell exotic animals (reptiles) and its continued sale of unspayed/unneutered rabbits.

The BC SPCA has severed ties with Petcetera after it reneged on previous commitments not to sell exotic pets.

The protest will be held outside the Petcetera store at 2876 Rupert Street in Vancouver. The time is still to be determined, but will probably be mid-day.

If you interested in attending please contact Andrea for more details at andreafar@telus.net

Saturday, October 10, 2009

News from the Burnaby Wildlife Rescue

Rubber Ducky Half Marathon, 7 Miler & Kids Run
WRA's 4th annual fundraising event on Sunday, October 18th, 2009. Get fit, have fun, and help WRA raise funds for injured, orphaned and pollution damaged wildlife! The 13.1 mile & 7 mile courses circle the trails of Burnaby Lake Regional Park, giving participants many opportunities to enjoy this stunning wildlife sanctuary.
Read about the exciting new pledge incentives for collecting donations! We are looking for volunteers during this event as well.

Volunteer Coordinator Position

We are currently recruiting a part time volunteer coordinator to cover Linda’s maternity leave. We’d love to hire a volunteer for this position, as you know our organization and what it’s like to volunteer.

The job description is posted on our website: http://www.wildliferescue.ca/PDF/Volunteer%20Coordinator%20PT_Website_09-2009.pdf

The deadline is October 16th.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Bowling Fundraiser and Silent Auction (Oct. 30, 2009)

Worthwhile fundraiser for two Canadian Animal Sanctuaries!

Quoted email from Susan Manns below:

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September 28, 2009

To Whom It May Concern:

Re: Bowling Fundraiser and Silent Auction (Oct. 30, 2009)

I am excited and honoured to be taking part in the organization of an important fundraising event for the TEJAS ANIMAL REFUGE & REFUGE RR Sanctuaries and hope that you and/or your organization can PLEASE HELP with this important and wonderful cause for these animal rescue shelters.

Your gift today means a lot to me, and more importantly to the owners and volunteers who work tirelessly every day and night in the rescuing and caring for all the animals at their shelters as well as the endless hours investigating cruelty cases.

It is critical at this time that we raise enough funds to build four (4) new shelters to house the many displaced and rescued animals as well as funds to provide feed and care for the animals at both Tejas Animal Refuge and Refuge RR Shelters.

Please visit the attached websites for more information on these organizations. They were both started in 1987 and incorporated and federally registered in 1990 and 2004 and are the largest farm animal Refuges in Canada. These rescue facilities truly need your support to continue this exceptional journey.

Nicole Jonca’s (founder) Refuge:
http://www.tejasanimalrefuge.ca/

Rose Gergely’s Refuge (founder of refuge RR for horses):
http://www.refugerr.org/

My purpose in writing to you today is to ask you to come out and support this cause with an exciting evening of bowling! There will also be a silent auction and 50/50 draw. Snacks and refreshments are also available.

There are several ways YOU CAN HELP with supporting this great cause depending on your personal and/or company budget:

  • Buy a ticket for an evening of bowing ($25.00 with proceeds going towards the animal sanctuaries). See details for event below.
  • Sponsor a Lane ($50.00)
  • Sponsor a much needed 24’x12’ shelter for the animals ($1,000.00). Receipts will be provided.
  • Supply merchandise or a service for the Auction

Details for the bowling fundraiser event are as follows:

DATE: Friday, October 30, 2009
TIME:
7:00 – 9:00
PLACE:
Merivale Bowling Centre,
1916 Merivale Road, Ottawa, ON
(4 Blocks South of Hunt Club Rd. next to Argo’s Carpets)

For tickets, merchandise, service certificates and sponsoring please contact Susan below or simply respond to this email:

Susan Manns
613-828-3782
1204-70 McEwen Avenue

Ottawa
, ON K2B 5M3
Email:
mannsdesilucy@gmail.com

Imagine the feeling you’ll get, knowing you have helped support such a wonderful cause. Please join Montreal Canadian hockey player George Laraque in supporting these two wonderful organizations. I thank you so very much in advance for your time and support and hope to see you there!


Sincerely,

Susan Manns

p.s. Please take a moment and pass this important message on to any and all who may be interested in helping out.
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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Karmavore in the Local Newspapers

Karmavore was featured in the Burnaby Now and New Westminster The Record!

Thank you Glenn @ Liberation BC and Janna @ Astrosatchel for participating in the interviews and for your positive words!!!

We've also just learned that in today's Newsleader, Karmavore was voted a favorite under two headings. We were voted second under the heading "Most Green Conscious Retailer", and voted first under "Favorite Vegetarian/Vegan."

Thank you to everyone that voted for us! We truly appreciate your support and are thankful to be operating in such a wonderful community!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

More New Products @ Karmavore!

We've brought in more goodies!!!!
  • Daiya Vegan Cheese Shreds (Italian and Cheddar)
  • Primal Jerky Strips and Pepperoni Sticks
  • Rebar Organic Foodbars
  • Stonewalls Jerquee
  • GoGo Quinoa & Veg Soup
  • Organic Vegan White Chocolate Bars
  • Organic Vegan White Chocolate Cooking Buttons
  • Organic Vegan Milk Chocolate
  • Avenging Animals Buttons
  • Organic Cola Bottle Gummies
  • Parmazano Vegan Parmasan

Thursday, September 17, 2009

karMADNESS!!! Karmavore's 1st Sale Event!

Be sure to checkout our massive store wide sale on Friday October 2nd!

We'll be open from noon till 8pm, and will be featuring FREE vegan baked goodies from Vegan Mania Bakery from 6-7pm, and a trunk sale of some great new Astrosatchel products from 5pm-8pm! Meet with Janna, the creator of the lovely Astrosatchel bags, as well as Christa, the Vegan Mania bakery master herself, both in person at our store! Don't miss out!!!

Download our PDF Flyer for full event details and to help spread the word!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Karmavore in the News

Thanks to the superstar Sarah Kramer, co-author of "How it All Vegan", Karmavore was mentioned in a CTV special feature celebrating the books 10th year anniversary!


Watch the full video-clip!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Calling all Vegans!














Hearts on Noses is a registered non-profit society in Maple Ridge, BC, that rescues, rehabilitates and cares for unwanted, injured, orphaned, abused, neglected and abandoned mini-pigs.

Between the recession and the H1N1 virus, we have found it tougher than usual to get donations for our pigs, and haven¹t had much success at our fundraisers.

So we are finding ourselves in a position to have to ask for help.

The help we are looking for is two-fold. If you live in the Maple Ridge area, we could sure use volunteers to be of service to our pigs, not only do they love company, but they also appreciate clean bedding, dishes full of food and Janice does not have much help.

The other help needed is financial. Please consider sponsoring a pig or two. Or think of us when you are considering fundraisers, every penny helps.

In desperation, Janice, the owner and sole provider of the pigs, has taken out an ad asking for volunteers and financial support, and thus had to spend money in the hopes of it paying off.

Hearts on Noses is a wonderful sanctuary, we really want to see some of the burdon off Janice¹s shoulders and so we are asking animal lovers to help out.

As you are vegan, we don¹t have to tell you that pigs are incredible, loving, intelligent and deserving of love, shelter and security. But you may not have known about Hearts on Noses, or about the hardship Janice endures so that her pigs are safe.

It¹s my hope that we can show Hearts on Noses that they re not alone in loving such a special species, and that, while not everyone can open up their home to unwanted pigs, we can all reach into our wallets and pull out a few dollars and send it to Hearts on Noses.

The pigs thank you for reading this, and I thank you as well.

Sincerely,

Caroline Archer
On behalf of Janice of Hearts on Noses
http://heartsonnoses.com <http://heartsonnoses.blogspot.com/>

Hearts on Noses accepts paypal and major Credit cards.

Keep pork off your fork!!!
Slogan by Janice Gillett

Friday, September 4, 2009

U of M med. school to stop using live animals

Some great news!!!

Quoted from:
http://content.usatoday.net/dist/custom/gci/InsidePage.aspx?cId=sctimes&sParam=31517215.story

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota plans to stop using live animals to teach emergency medicine to doctors in training. The Medical School will instead switch to high-tech simulations.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine alleged the university was violating the federal Animal Welfare Act.

A letter from the head of emergency medicine, Dr. Joseph Clinton, says the university significantly reduced the use of live animals on July 1, and will eliminate their use by the end of the year.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says more than 95 percent of U.S. medical schools now use human simulations instead of live animals.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

New Store Hours!

We're changing things up for Fall with new store hours!

New store hours, effective Sep 1st, will be:
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue-Fri Noon-7pm
  • Sat-Sun Noon-5pm
We've listened to feedback based on visitors trying to make it out on weeknights, as well as decided to open up on Sunday, to make it even more accessible for everyone.

We hope the new hours will make it easier to shop cruelty-free in Vancouver =)

Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions on our store hours!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

MORE New Products at Karmavore!


We've loaded up on a slew of new products!!

Great new pepperoni alternatives from Germany, Viana Picknickers and Wheaty Spacebars, a great organic snack!

We've also brought in many new books and will be receiving new wallets and belts from Vegan Collection, as well as new Herbivore clothing buttons, stickers, and clothing next week!

There are far too many new products in-store now to detail them all, so here is a mighty list for your reading enjoyment!

Starlite Crispy Rolled Tacos Chipotle
Soken Ramen Bengal Tiger
Soken Ramen Brown Rice w/Miso
Soken Ramen Spicy Dragon
Let's Do Organic Sprinkelz Carnival
Sol Cuisine Sol T-Ribz BBQ Strips
Let's Do Organic Tapioca Pearls
Let's Do Organic Tapioca Starch
Frontier Nutritional Yeast, Mini Flake
Tartex Original Vegetable Pate
Tartex Herb Meadow Pate
Tartex Mushroom Pate
Let's Do Organic Gummi Bears, Jelly
Let's Do Organic Gummi Bears, Super Sour
Taste of Nature Chilean Blueberry Exotic Bar
Taste of Nature Himalayan Goji Exotic Bar
Organicville Island Teriyaki Sauce
Earth Balance Organic Buttery Spread
Earth Balance Buttery Sticks
Earth Balance Shortening Sticks
Earth Island Monterey Jack Vegan Cheese
Earth Island Nacho Vegan Cheese
Soyco American Rice Vegan Slices
Soyco Pepper Jack Rice Vegan Slices
Soyco Parmesan Topping
Vegenaise Organic Mayonaise Alternative
Turtle Island Breakfast Links
Turtle Island Hickory Deli Slices
Sol Cuisine Natural Soy Yogurt
Sol Cuisine Vanillla Soy Yogurt
Sol Cuisine Blueberry Soy Yogurt
Sol Cuisine Strawberry Soy Yogurt
Purely Decadent Turtle Trails Soy Ice Cream
So Delicious Coconut Ice Cream Sandwich Minis
So Delicious Coconut Ice Cream Almond Bar Minis
So Delicious Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
So Delicious Cookie Dough Ice Cream
So Delicious Creamy Orange Ice Cream Bars
Sol Cuisine Original Burger
Sol Cuisine Organic Falafel
Amy's Kitchen Roasted Vegetable Pizza
Amy's Kitchen Shepherd's Pie
Amy's Kitchen Black Bean Enchilada
Turtle Island Tofurky Roast
Shady Maple Maple Wafer Cookies
Annie's Naturals Worcestershire Sauce
Belsoy Dairy Free Cooking Cream
Organicville Original BBQ Sauce
Organicville Hot & Spicy BBQ Sauce
Belsoy Chocolate Pudding
Belsoy Vanilla Pudding
Belsoy Cappucino Pudding
Belsoy Caramel Pudding
Wholesome Sweeteners Raw Blue Agave (Jumbo Size)
Crispy Cat Mint Coconut Organic Candy Bar
Crispy Cat Roasted Peanut Organic Candy Bar
Crispy Cat Toasted Almond Organic Candy Bar
Attitude Auto Dishwash Gel (Canadian, Green, Vegan)
Marueen's Food World Hot Sauce
Marueen's Food World Jerk Sauce
Organicville French Dressing
Organicville Non-Dairy Ranch Dressing

Thursday, August 13, 2009

New Products at Karmavore

We've brought in a lot of new products recently, and expect to bring in even more new products almost every week.

We try hard to keep our store refreshed with new products and not to bore you with the same old =)

Since our opening day, you can now get the following new products at our store:
  • Vegan Ravioli in 3 flavors, plus a fantastic Pommarola Sauce (Tomato)
  • Lots of New Books including the great new kids book "That's Why We Don't Eat Animals"
  • Astrosatchel Vegan Bags, Lipstick Cases, and Clutch Wallets
  • Field Roast Grain Meat Products - the best vegan deli slices, sausages, and celebration roasts!
  • Sliquid Organics Vegan Lubricants
  • Glyde Vegan Condoms
  • New Collections from Truth Belts
  • Super cute Unisex, Youth, and Toddler T-shirts from Pigs for Peace Sanctuary
  • Sol Cuisine Products such as T-Ribz!
  • Sweet & Sara Almond Bark, Strawberry Marshmallows, and Cinnamon Pecan Marshmallows
  • Terra Nostra Rice Milk Chocolate Bars
  • Tartex Organic Vegan Spreads
  • Large Sizes of Parma
Also coming soon:
  • New Footwear from Novacas & Vegetarian Shoes
  • New Products from Herbivore (Shirts, Stickers, Buttons)
  • Organic Crispy Cat Bars
  • Organic Vegenaise
  • Turtle Mountain Organic Coconut Ice Cream Treats
  • Several other vegan refrigerated and frozen items

Keep your suggestions coming and will always do our best to get what we can!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Animal Rights Day 2009

Join VHS and other animal protection groups from around the Lower Mainland to celebrate Animal Rights Day on August 8th. The event will be held at Cooper's Park - next to the Dog Park in Yaletown - located along Marinaside Crescent (1020 Marinaside Crescent, at Nelson Street).

Tents will be setup near the Marina Gazebo, WEST of the Cambie Bridge and west of the off-leash dog park. Click here for a map of the area.

More Info:
http://vancouverhumanesociety.bc.ca/mediareleases_ard.html

Saturday, June 27, 2009

What's New at Karmavore?

New Retail Store!!
This Canada Day, Wednesday July 1st, marks the official opening of our new retail store!!! Come join us in-store at 468 East Columbia Street in New West for some great specials and free product samples!

We'll be open 11am-6pm, and our regular hours will be Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-6pm.

$50 Gift Certificate Prize Winner
The winner of our $50 gift certificate prize from our Sapperton Days box is Carla of New Westminster! We've contacted you via email with further prize claim instructions.

Congratulations and enjoy! Thanks also to everyone who participated!

We've just loaded up on a slew of new products for your superb enjoyment!

Herbivore Clothing
Herbivore + Karmavore = Pure Wickedness

Shirts, stickers, buttons.... buy them immediately or we'll send an evil robot to pay you a vist. Seriously.

Teese Vegan Cheese and Sauces
Organic vegan cheese that truly melts! This stuff is great to make an authentic pizza.

Checkout the sauces too, nacho and cheddar! Perfect for dipping your corn chips or making authentic mac & cheese!

The Vegan Collection
Men, it's YOU'RE turn for once! Super fantastic belts and shoes of extremely high quality yet most reasonable pricing has landed in store, just for you.



Organic Fair Vegan Chocolate Bars
The best of the best when it comes to local, organic, fair-trade, vegan, dark chocolate luxury. Psst...the Canadiana with TOASTED HAZELNUTS & WILD BLUEBERRIES, are most yummy indeed!

Dandies Vegan Vanilla Air-Puffed Marshmallows
These bad boys are the real deal for those who love air-puffed style marshmallows. These won't last long so come get'em!

Nezza Naturals
Local, Vegan, Organic, Awesome. We've got facial cleanser, shampoo & conditioner, mouth wash, and hand soap, all in stock and ready for your pampering!



Chi Cake Vegan Cheese Cake
Yes, that does say Vegan Cheese Cake. Look again. Yupp, still says vegan cheese cake doesn't it?

Chi Cake is a sinlessly delicious, authentic-tasting alternative to high-fat, dairy-based cheesecake. Gluten free and made fresh locally with organic ingredients, Chi Cake gives you all the satisfying flavour of cheesecake, without any cholesterol, lactose or trans fats

Yumpeez Organic Pea Snacks
Kick the chip habit with these great tasting yet healthy snacks in Barbeque and Dill Pickle flavor! No dirty pesticides or GMO organisms lurking in these Canadian made 100% vegan and organic products!

And many more products in-stock and coming soon, which we will leave a surprise to keep you curious enough to pop-in to our store or to check out our website often ;)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Let Live Animal Rights Conference 2009



“Let Live” is taking place in Portland, Oregon, June 26th-28th, 2009. It will be held this year on the campus of Portland State University in the Smith Memorial Building. It is being organized by Vegans for Animal Advocacy, with support from Let Live Foundation as well as local area businesses such as Herbivore Clothing, and Food Fight Grocery.

The full schedule is now online!

Be sure to make the trip down to Portland and checkout this amazing event!

For those who can't make it, videos are available to watch online for many of the conference sessions!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Karmavore at Sapperton Days 2009

Karmavore managed to get setup just in time for Sapperton Days 2009, which drew an attendance of an estimated 13,000 people!

We gave out lots of free vegan goodies including AMI vegan cat and dog food, local organic vegan chocolate from Organic Fair, local vegan cheese cake (Chi Cake), and a great new Canadian organic snack called Yumpeez! All of our samples were gobbled up delightfully and we drew in many people to our store, which was fortunately positioned just behind our tent area on the street! We were also able to hand out many information sheets on going veg!

Inside our store we put on display a sample selection of our products ranging from footwear, belts, wallets, shirts, buttons, stickers, animal companion food and treats, and of course snacks!

This was a great opportunity for us to raise awareness and promote a cruelty free vegan lifestyle.

Special thanks to our very dear friends who helped us make this day happen and to everyone that ventured into our store and provided us with such great encouragement and positive feedback.

*Photo credits to festival photographers Nancy Matheson & Geoff Pinkerton

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

New Karmavore Vegan Retail Store to Open in Metro Vancouver!

We are excited to announce the opening of the new Karmavore Vegan Shop retail store, set for July 1st, 2009!

The store will be located at 468 East Columbia Street in the historic Sapperton area in New Westminster, BC!

Although this will be a small boutique shop, it will still pack a punch and carry our complete product line!

We will be having a one day preview store opening sale on Sunday June 14th, 2009, as we take part in a local Sapperton Days festival. We will then open the store full-time as of July 1st, 2009, as a happy Canada Day present =)

Finally, Vancouver will get an all Vegan Variety store featuring footwear, fashion, animal companion supplies, stickers, buttons, shirts, personal care items, as well as frozen and refrigerated food & treats!

Stay tuned for pictures and more details to come very soon!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Vegan Marshmallows

Mmmm....fluffy cubes of goodness!

Karmavore carries a variety of Vegan Marshmallows ranging from packaged marshmallows, to smores, to do-it-yourself marshmallow mix kits!

Do you love fire roasted marshmallows? Try this simple, quick, and healthy alternative!

Simply place some Sweet & Sara Vegan Vanilla Marshmallows on a baking sheet in a toaster oven, and toast them on a 1 piece of toast setting (but keep a watch on them just in case). The tops will crisp and bubble up, and they taste just like you remember it! Promise!

Another staff favorite are the Sweet & Sara Vegan Peanut Butter Smores.

Oh so splendid is the gooey marshmallow layered with a peanut butter filling to satisfy your desires!

5/5 stars for this fantastic treat!

As with all Sweet & Sara products, keep them refrigerated but let them sit out at room temperature before you gobble them down!

Looking for a marshmallow mix kit, look no further! We've got the Angel Food Vegan Marshmallow kits!


Check out Angel Food's website for some great marshie ideas, including this decadent Vanilla Mint recipe!

Sorry to keep this article short, but we've somehow got a MASSIVE craving for some vegan marshmallows and have to go. Right now.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

World Week for Animals in Laboratories (April 18 - 26)

As this years World Week for Animals in Laboratories approaches, we are reminded of why it is of critical importance to adopt a vegan lifestyle and refrain from purchasing products that cause harm to our fellow animals.

At least 115 million animals are used in laboratory experiments around the world each year, according to the Dr. Hadwen Trust. Lifeforce Foundation states that over 2.5 million animals are killed every year in Canadian labs, funded by government, health organizations, businesses, and public donations.

We encourage people to take action and contact your local politicians and ask them to stop this unnecessary torture on animals, and instead mandate stronger policies on manufacturers to utilize natural and non-harmful ingredients in their products in the first place, which do not require animal tests.

We would also like to stress the importance of our purchase and donation decisions, which have significant impact. Not only should we buy only vegan products, but also refuse to donate to charities that test on animals, and explain to those requesting donations about why we choose not to support them. The more they hear about these concerns, and the less they see they are getting in donations, the more likely they will be to implement cruelty-free research programs.

Check out the following great websites for further resources and information on how you can get active for animals:

Lifeforce Foundation World Week for Animals in Laboratories (Canada)
Every year Lifeforce provides a free WWAL poster and provides recommendations and contacts for getting active in Canada.


In Defense of Animals Official WWAL Website (USA)
In Defense of Animals speaks out against the abhorrent use of animals in testing and research and provides event listings.

Humane Seal Listing of Good and Bad Charities (US, UK, Canada, Australia)
The Humane Charity Seal of Approval is the easiest way for donors to spot charities that are committed to providing vital services and care to patients or advancing research without the use of animals


StopAnimalTests.com
PETA's website dedicated to stopping animal tests and provides a wealth of information and resources, such as a great Point-Counter-Point factsheet.



Thursday, February 26, 2009

Refresh your senses with luxurious vegan Deep Steep Grapefruit-Bergamot

One thing that has concerned me for some time are the ingredients in body care products. A few years ago, I learned about the chemicals and toxins found in most cosmetic and personal care items. I had no idea that what I was putting on my body could result in so many side effects- for example, cancer, reproductive problems, skin irritation, hormonal disruption, and the list goes on.

We at Karmavore are very excited to share only the best natural personal care products available. We have searched just about everywhere for safe, high quality vegan products for you to use. We recently came upon the luxurious bath and body care products made by Deep Steep. I was fortunate enough to test out the Grapefruit-Bergamot Shea Butter Body Wash and Rich Body Butter (just one of the perks of the job). The aromatherapy of the citrus scents were so uplifting, packing in that fresh punch that is ideal for an early morning wake up! Just as good as coffee, but without the jitters. The wash lathered up nicely and left my skin feeling soft, without sodium lauryl sulfate that is found in most foaming products, such as body wash, shampoo, and that may alter the immune system and cause damage to the eyes, digestive system, nervous system, lungs, and skin. Yikes, that's pretty scary stuff! I followed my shower with the Grapefruit-Bergamot Rich Body Butter, which was the icing on the cake; a lovely, non-greasy lotion that absorbed quickly and left my skin smooth as a bamboo towel (because 'smooth as silk' wouldn't be vegan, now would it?!).

We can't wait to tell you all about the vegan white chocolate bars and the do-it-yourself vegan marshmallow kits that will be coming in soon. Product testing sure is tough!

Be happy, healthy, and vegan!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Pawsitive Pet Food - Vegan Cats and Dogs

Pawsitive Pet Food - All About Vegan Cats and Dogs
Finally, a detailed success story with as much helpful information as possible to assist those of us wishing to make the transition or who have tried but had difficulty.

Before we start, there are certain claims that need to be addressed:

Cats and dogs should eat commercial supplied raw pet food diets, this is what they are naturally meant to eat in the wild.
Commercially supplied raw pet foods are not the same as the wild foods that the ancestors of our cats and dogs would have eaten. Cats would not eat cows, chicken, rabbits, pigs, bison, or fish in the wild, yet most commercial pet foods, including raw, supply these formats.

Additionally, wild animals would not be fed the same poor diets as the commercial pet food animals are fed, such as GMO corn. Even when "organic", it does not stop the supplier from feeding their livestock incorrect foods, such as grains, corn, or low quality "meals", they also lead unnatural captive lives and are not eating their correct natural diet (ie: cows fed grains or "cow feed" instead of grass). Also consider that most dogs are no longer anywhere near their wild ancestors such as wolves and huskies. They have evolved now with the impact of human breeding, into smaller animals that rarely (if ever) hunt when let outside. When is the last time you saw your dog chase down and eat a wild animal? Cats on the other hand, still have this ability and instinct. For those of you that let your cats outside and live in suitable areas, your cat will be able to eat birds and mice or rats. This is the kind of food they would eat in the wild, but you won't find bird or mice based cat food. So forget about all the hype you hear from commercial pet food suppliers, as it is all marketing and not based on sound scientific evolutionary evidence.

What we should be focused on, is providing our companion animals with the best quality food that will provide them with good health, long lives, and at the same time, eliminate the suffering of other animals and destruction of our planet. Commercial pet foods and raw pet foods do not deal with these issues - animals are still being killed, and by consuming animal products, you are destroying our planet(1). Don't forget, we humans aren't eating whatever we used to eat long ago in the wild either. We too have learned about nutrition and adapted our foods and diets around what promotes optimal health (at least the vegans have =). So the same principle applies for our companion animals. If we can develop foods that provide optimal nutrition and health, and at the same time make them vegan, then why not do so?

Cats cannot be vegan. They need meat.
What cats need are specific nutrients. With careful scientific and evidence based product design, we can formulate a vegan based cat food that meets the dietary needs of cats. There are very few products on the market that have accomplished this, however. AMI, an Italian based company, is the only manufacturer that we have found that has really done their homework and where the results have been proven over time. Their vegan cat food contains the essential nutrients including taurine.

A Success Story - Three Vegan Cats and One Vegan Dog!
Now to the success story... which starts right here at home with the founders of Karmavore and their own three cats and dog. The three cats - one 12 year old male domestic, and two 2 year old female domestics, along with a 14 year old German shepherd husky cross, were all successfully converted to 100% vegan diets including treats!

The Animal Companions
* One 14 year old husky/shepherd with arthritis, Degenerative Myelopathy, bad gums, picky and only wanted to eat tin food, watery stool (diarrhea), and on several veterinary prescribed medicines. He has trouble walking and with strength in the rear legs
* One 12 year old male cat, outdoor, that eats rats/mice/birds
* Two 2 year old female cats, indoor

Old Diet
The cats were previously fed one wet tin of food per day along with dry kibble.

The dog was fed mostly wet food and lots of biscuit treats.

New Diet
The doggies new diet:
* AMI Dog Vegan Kibble with occasional sprinkles of Nutritional Yeast and/or warm water for a bit of change
* Canned Organic Pumpkin (a few spoons on top of his food)
* Holistic Blend Organic Fruit & Veggies
* Holistic Blend Organic Dog Treats
* Cold Pressed Omega Oil optimized ratio for Dogs
* He even has a new vegan arthritis medicine called RecoverySA. If you get it in the powdered form, it is vegan!

The kitties new diet:
* AMI Cat Vegan Kibble
* Holistic Blend Organic Fruit & Veggies
* Tofurky deli slices (very small amounts and fed as a treat)
* AMI Vegan Dog Kibble (fed as a treat, sprinkled with nutritional yeast)

Problems Encountered and Solutions
Their dog would have diarrhea no matter what veggie food was introduced or how long he was fed it. The solution, organic canned pumpkin OR Holistic Blend Fruit & Veggies tins! They would mix in a few tablespoons with his food and voila - the best dog stool you'll get! Very easy to pickup and no more messy cleanups! He also loves the taste!

At first, one of their cats would not eat the AMI Kibble. The others went for it right away. A couple of days later, she finally went for it and now loves it. It was just a surprise for her not to have her usual food and once she got hungry and tried it, she loved it. In fact, their cats would often get bored of regular dry food so they would have to change the brand/flavor every so often. With the AMI kibble, this is not the case, they absolutely love it and go for it every day, eagerly. It really is amazing!

Cats like treats and wet food, and when you take this away from them, they will give you those "looks", you know the ones! Their solutions were to add warm water to the food, and to give them some of the AMI Vegan Dog kibble as treats, and it worked great! Additionally, they gave them a couple inches each of a tofurky deli slice when they look like they really need something special. Top this off with some organic catnip, and they are your purring babies for life - don't worry - vegan kitties can have fun and enjoy food too =)

How are they doing?
Their doggy is doing very well and loving his new food and treats. His coat is shining and he looks forward to eating. He has not experienced any health symptoms. He's been fully vegan since November 2008, with transitions for several months prior. He no longer has an diarrhea problems.

Their three kitties are all also doing very well! Two out of three of them like the treats and all of them like the Holistic Blend Fruit & Veggies. They have been fully vegan since August 2008.

Conclusion
So there you have it. It CAN be done. You can convert your animal companions to a vegan diet with persistence, love, and patience. And when you have managed to pull it off, you will feel so much better about no longer supporting the unnecessary suffering of slaughterhouse animals and destruction of our precious planet!

Sources:
1. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/climate-change-its-whats-for-dinner.html

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Welcome to Karmavore!

We are so very excited to be posting our very first karmaTALK as that means our website has FINALLY gone live!

In a nutshell, we wanted to make a difference for animals by sharing the vegan lifestyle with others in the world. We found it difficult to find the specialty products that were needed to make our lives complete, to name a few: the necessity of vegan marshmallows, easing the pain of finding a good quality and stylish pair of vegan shoes, and providing healthy, vegan food for our lovely companion animals. We wanted to make the search for vegan goods to be convenient and hassle-free.

This blog will be dedicated to veganism in all ways. We will keep you up to date on various animal rights issues, product reviews and new additions to the shop, vegan recipes that are being tested in our kitchen, and much more. This will also be our way of communicating any deals or specials to our lovely customers.

We welcome questions of all kind- even if you are simply curious about the vegan lifestyle, please don't hesitate to contact us!

For the animals,
Karmavore Vegan Shop