Sunday, December 6, 2009

The SF Vegan Bake Sale (as part of a pretty darn great Saturday)

So yesterday was the SF Vegan Bake Sale. It was friggin' fantastic and we raised more than $4200 for Save a Bunny and The Food Empowerment Project! Big love to all the bakers and to all the folks willing to part with their hard-earned cash in the name of sugar overdose... I mean, charity.

Here are some things I learned in the process:

1. Do not underestimate the degree to which marshmallows will expand in the oven. I don't know what I was thinking, but as you can see, my s'mores pie idea went to hell pretty quickly. Next time, I think I'll bake the brownie dough in the graham cracker crust until almost done and then put a layer of marshmallows ON TOP. Duh.

2. Everyone loves their Sugar Beat Sweets T-Shirts. Here I am with SBS ladies themselves, Melisser and Jennifer. Good times.

3. It's not just me who loves my white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies! All 4 dozen sold out pretty quickly. Hooray! (And double hooray for me who has a ton of organic macadamia nuts leftover in her kitchen.)

4. Bunnies are really cute. Like really. Next time you see "angora" on the label of your sweater, think about this guy and how he really isn't into giving up his hair for you.

5. People will pay top dollar for vegan treats. Also, people love to pose with lots of money.

After the bake sale, the hubby and I hopped on the bus (check out our stylin' vegan shoes we got at MooShoes) and met up with some pals for dinner at possibly the most vegan-friendly of mid-range eateries, California Pizza Kitchen. I love their Smashed Pea and Barley Soup as well as their Grilled Vegetable Salad. The soup is especially hearty and warming on a cold SF night, and the veggies on the salad are grilled nicely, accompanied by sundried tomatoes and avocado, and served atop a bed of romaine. What's even more awesome is that you can find all their vegan options clearly listed on their website.

We chose CPK because of its proximity to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. If you want to see high-caliber musicians on the cheap, a concert there can't be beat. Last night, the orchestra tore up some Brahms. Bravo, college kids!

All in all a terrific Saturday. Tonight we're off to an old fave for dinner, and tomorrow we're hitting up the brand new Delarosa. I can't wait to try it because if it's anything like its sister restaurant, Beretta, I'll definitely be eating well with others. :) Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone!


Catherine said...

Those cookies look super yummy! Cute shot of the feet, too! So creative ;-)

Sky said...

Thanks Catherine. The cookies were very yummy.... though I must admit I only ate the raw batter this time around. I wanted to save all the cookies for the sale - plus the joy of eating cookie batter with no risk of bacterial infection is one of the many joys of veganism! :)

Emilee said...

Ooooh! I'm a pal! I feel special.

Sky said...

You're totally a pal, Em! :)