Saturday Garbage Plate: As your leader…

October 16th, 2010 11:56 am by Kelly

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Miss O-Ren Ishii, a tiny lil’ rat/fox terrier mix whom we adopted from Animal Haven
(keep reading for the significance!) 5 1/2 years ago.
Much like her namesake, she is awesome and kick-ass.

Welcome to yet another Saturday Garbage Plate, peoples! I hope you’re enjoying the beautiful autumn weather. Today’s forecasted high in Kansas City is 79, so as soon as I finish this here link roundup, I’m moving my office outside, to the patio. At least I’ll get some much-needed Vitamin D whilst working my weekend away, eh?

Kansas City: Join Wayside Waifs for its 20th Annual “Strutt With Your Mutt” on September 25th!

September 22nd, 2010 5:54 pm by Kelly


Hey, Kansas Citians! Got plans this weekend? No? Well, now you do!

This Saturday, September 25th, Wayside Waifs is holding its 20th annual “Strutt With Your Mutt” fundraising walk. Bring your favorite furry dog friend and join hundreds of like-minded animal lovers to help raise funds for Wayside Waifs. The 3k Strutt begins at 10 AM sharp at the Trolley Trail at 62nd Terrace & Brookside Plaza, with festivities lasting through 1 PM.

This year, the traditional Strutt will be accompanied by a Catwalk for the feline set (unfortunately, those humans walking the Catwalk will have to leave their cat friends safely at home), as well as an earlier, human-only Strutt 5K Fun Run at 8 AM, a 1 Mile Kids Run at 8:15 AM, and a Pancake Breakfast (probably not vegan; cue: sad strutter) at 8:30 AM. Additional activities include $25 microchipping, a mobile adoption fair, Canine Good Citizen Testing, animal companion portraits, and assorted dog contests, including one for best costume. (That sound? My dog-kids, going into hiding.)

Registration for the Strutt costs $35, and participants are encouraged (though not required) to collect pledges for the event.

Additional information:

The Wayside Waifs “Strutt With Your Mutt” Homepage

About the Strutt (including a schedule of events)

Register for the Strutt

Find &/ Sponsor a Strutter

Wayside Waifs’ website

UK Vegans: Enter the Create Your Pizza Challenge @ Pizza Express by 9/13!

August 30th, 2010 2:57 am by Kelly

Via The Vegan Society, I learned that the UK-based restaurant chain Pizza Express is hosting a Create Your Pizza Challenge. From now through September 13, contestants can enter their favorite pizza recipe for a chance to win £5,000:

We’re searching for the nation’s next favourite pizza. Whether it’s an old family recipe, an innovative topping combination or a whole new shape for the base, we want to hear about it.

The winner will have their pizza featured on our menu in restaurants across the country and earn a £5,000 cash prize.

Talent is hidden everywhere, and occasionally a suggestion comes along which is just too good to pass up. When one of our first pizzaiolos created his ideal pizza using spicy beef, the Sloppy Giuseppe was born. It’s now one of the most popular pizzas on our menu.

So get creative. Then enter online or by picking up an entry form from any of our restaurants. A panel of judges will pick their top five pizzas, then it’s over to a public vote to pick a winner.

You can view the full terms and conditions here. Suffice it so say, the contest is only open to UK residents – so, in the event that you’re not eligible to enter, don’t despair! Spread the word instead. *wink*

Pizza Express was kind enough to highlight The Vegan Society’s submission – which involves four different quarters, each inspired by the flavors of a different European culture – on its Facebook page, along with a photo of founder Donald Watson:

The Vegan Society have entered the ‘Taste the world tapas-style’ pizza to our pizza challenge. It features four quarters each with a unique taste of international cuisine:

Italian: Sun-blushed tomatoes, olives & artichoke hearts
French: A tomato and garlic base with green beans, capers & red pepper
Greek: Olives, yellow peppers, caramelized onions & cherry tomatoes
British: Asparagus with baby-leaf spinach, parsley & chestnut mushrooms

What do you think? What does your dream pizza look like?


As you may have already surmised, mine involves black olives, fresh and sundried tomatoes, Lightlife Smart Links and Bacon, and plenty of Daiya and Follow Your Heart cheese!