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Syracuse VegFest

Vegan After Work

Vegan After Work events are generally on weekday evenings once per month. We try to rotate which day of the week they are held. A casual drop in/out at an establishment in/around Syracuse. We partner with local establishments who offer vegan items on their menu and often they will create additional vegan specials or a vegan menu for the night!

Mom’s Diner

I imagine I've walked by Mom's Diner-- the little place on the corner of Westcott and Harvard-- at least a thousand times. Mom's sits next to Recess Coffee, across the street from Alto Cinco and the Westcott Theater, right down the street from the Real Food Co-op,...

Stout Beard Brewing Co – Westcott Chill Spot with Character

 The Experience   Supporting local businesses is a strong value for most Syracuse natives and the guys behind Stout Beard Brewing Co. are no exception. From brewing beer to cooking up food, Stout is comprised of New York State and Onondaga Grown ingredients. They...

Navigating Easter as a Vegan

Holidays can be difficult to navigate as a vegan, especially if the majority of people at your celebrations are omnivores. So many of the big holidays revolve around a meal where meat is the featured dish, and Easter is no exception. With a little creativity and...

Not So Happy Eggs: Humane Myth of Backyard Chickens

Most of us know about the cruelty of factory farming in the egg industry -- Chickens are crammed into small wire cages where they are unable to move around, their beaks are cut without anesthesia so they don't peck at each other from being stressed, they're sent to...

Habiba’s Ethiopian Kitchen – Northside Gem

The Experience The first time I had the opportunity to enjoy Habiba’s Ethiopian food was through My Luck Tummy. Those who are not familiar, My Lucky Tummy is a pop-up food court that hosts Refugees and New Americans in Syracuse as guest chefs, bringing more flavor to...

Earth Mix – A Superfood Formula by Vibrational Elixirs

The other day, I had a chance to sit down with Mike Russo to talk about his business, Vibrational Elixirs. As a long-time fan of Vibrational Elixirs’ Earth Mix products, I was curious to learn more about how the business came to be. Mike, whom I’d met at various vegan...

Horse Racing

As a child, I was taken once to a race track.  I loved the beautiful horses.  Only as an adult did I learn about the cruelty and death caused by racing horses. Patrick Battuello’s website horseracingwrongs.com  provides a wealth of information.  For example, he...

Express Bottle Return for Vegan CNY & Syracuse Vegfest!

Return your Bottles and Cans for Vegan CNY & Syracuse Vegfest! Express Bottle Return is located at 2312 Erie Blvd E in Syracuse is on the Eastbound side of Erie just west of Seely Ave in the old bowling alley. No need to come on a particular day or time, bring...

Half Moon Bakery and Bistro – Jamesville

Half-Moon Bakery and Bistro in Jamesville first caught my attention on Instagram with their beautiful photos. Their colorful cakes are available in several sizes and vegan or not (some in the case each week, but most are special orders). They are decorated with...

Vegan Chocolates Come to Auburn, at Gretchen’s Confections!

Gretchen's Confections is a lovely chocolatier café in Auburn, with a variety of vegan options. My first visit to Gretchen's was for their chocolate tasting event. My wife and I debated heading out that snowy evening, and I'm so glad we did! Stepping out of the cold...