Discerning Selects: September 22, 2016

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Pack Lite Laptop Backpack, organic cotton, made in UK  $87
Fanmail Denim Sherpa Jacket, colorgrown organic cotton, made in NYC $625
Votch Vegan Leather Watch, dark gray vegan leather, $157
Brave GentleMan Paradigm Boot with Grip Sole, made in Portugal $31o
Pangea Organics Eye Cream, organic & vegan $62
Brooklyn Soap Company, The Woodsvegan &cruelty-free $69.90

 

Kols Staem: Vegan Butcher & Cheese Shop

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Recently, I had the pleasure of eating artisinal, expertly conceived and delivered specialty foods including plant-based meats, cheeses, sauces and other delicacies. Wine, beer and craft cocktails were included in a twelve course tasting menu to raise funds for Kols Staem & Esee Che, a vegan butcher and cheese shop set to open in the coming months in NYC after a succession of future fundraisers which will be advertised on VeganizerNYC.

We began with an heirloom crudités and a charcuterie board of tomato prosciutto and herbs de provence cheese with grilled summer fruit and ended with a bourbon vanilla semi-freddo topped with a matcha caramel. These whimsical ideas with daring flavor profiles and appropriate textural components is just a taste of things to come from Staem & Esee Che.

 

22 Fit Vegan Guys Crushing It On Instagram

Building a posse on Instagram can help give you a daily influx of inspiration. After we posted 13 Vegan Guys on Instagram You Should Be Following, requests came in for more! Since we could all use some motivation to eat healthier, get off our butts and build some strength, here are 22 more of our favorite fit vegan dudes to flood your feed (links below).

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In order of appearance:
willtuckerfitness stijepovicmarko mitz.fit victhevegan tofu_fit_guy torre.washington johnnyxaro kufunya_kail
theveganchad joshua.philip incogneato_vegan iamveganmonk tattedvegan mikecasefitness rafaelpinto10
stefanokuhn livityfitness jackedvegan frank_medrano k1lla__cam master_shredda itschrisdamon

Jean-Georges’ Vegetables, Printing Hair & Vegan Muscle

 

• It seems that the entire design world will be fundamentally changed by 3D printing technologies, and the replication of animal hairs and fibers is next. As i-D reported, one of the more advanced innovations that has a fashion application is MIT’s Cilllia project, where the ability to print incredibly dense collections of strands, like hair, as small as 50 microns will make replicating pelts, feathers, furs and hairs infinitely more realistic, and customizable. One of the more challenging aspects of making faux fur look realistic is the blunt end. Animal hairs naturally taper off to a fine point, and with Cilllia, this is possible. According to the Cilllia website, “now there is a chance that less animals will be harmed for their fur just by using the Cilllia project.”

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• Neal Harden (formerly of M.O.B) will be the chef de cuisine at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s collaboration with ABC Carpet for a vegetable restaurant. According to New York Magazine’s Grub Street, the restaurant, ABCV, will open in September and “will celebrate roots and shoots and leaves without trying to mimic meat.”  

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Saffron Dosa, Photo: Courtesy of ABC Carpet & Home

• According to Rise of the Vegan, bodybuilders Karl Bruder and Miles Ludlow recently took 1st place in their respective categories at WABBA Amateur Grand Prix. Ludlow has been vegan for over 6 years, and as a recent vegan, Bruder gained muscle after going vegan almost 8 months ago. Watch in November as both of these guys compete for the title of Mr. Universe!karl bruder1