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Dynise Balcavage is the author of The Urban Vegan, Celebrate Vegan, and 11 books for young readers. She has published recipes in VegNews, Vegetarian Times, Philadelphia Daily News, and Végéteriens, (France's first vegetarian magazine). She's been interviewed in the New York Times and International Herald Tribune, and has done cooking demos everywhere from New York to Paris. She lives in Philadelphia with her 3 cats, and tweets at theurbanvegan.

  • peace out :: final blog post
    Is my cactus trying to tell me something?This will be the last UrbanVegan post. As you know from this recent post, I've become disenchanted with blogging for a number of reasons. I had hoped changing this blog to a review-only format might help change my perspective, but it hasn't. So many things in life are out of our control; (...more)
    8 Nov 2014 at 9:15am       

  • world vegan day giveaway :: win "pies and tarts with heart"
    In celebration of World Vegan Day on November 1, I am giving away a copy of my latest cookbook Pies and Tarts with Heart: Expert Pie-Building Techniques for 60+ Sweet and Savory Vegan Pies. And the contest is open to my readers around the globe, because, well ... it's WORLD vegan day. Plus, I want to thank you for all your support (...more)
    30 Oct 2014 at 5:27pm       

  • just another mani monday :: floss gloss blood suede & tears
    Purchased  Vegan Cuts ambassador link Floss Gloss, Blood, Suede and Tears, a reddish chocolate brownToday's Vegan Mani of the Day [#VMOD] is Blood, Suede and Tears [love the name!] by Floss Gloss.  It's a red-leaning, chocolate brown creme that ends up being much darker than it looks in the bottle. Shown is two coats, but I (...more)
    26 Oct 2014 at 10:00pm       

  • v is for v street
    Media preview party "V" is for vegan; "street" stands for street food.Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to the media sneak preview of V Street, the newest twinkle in the eyes of plant-powered über chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, of Vedge, Food Network and Williams-Sonoma fame. If Vedge is a sophisticated vegan Audrey Hepburn, (...more)
    22 Oct 2014 at 6:25pm       

  • alaffia everyday coconut skin care
    Purchased by me.Nothing to disclose.Alaffia Everyday Coconut Body Lotion, Face Scrub and Face CreamI've always taken good care of my skin. I've worn sunscreen and moisturizer religiously since I was 20, and I always wash my face and dab on moisturizer before going to bed. Plus, once or twice a week, I use a scrub to exfoliate my skin. But I don't like (...more)
    18 Oct 2014 at 2:12pm       

  • just another mani monday
    Purchased by me. Nothing to disclose. I have a few obsessions like plant-based cooking, running and traveling. Nail polish is another. Don't judge! It's fun, defies age, encourages self expression, plus my vast collection takes up less than a shoe obsession would. I especially support indie and vegan nail polish brands, though (...more)
    13 Oct 2014 at 5:17pm       

  • review:: the green and the red, a novel
    Press sampleDisclosure: The translator is my friend Last year, when I first heard about the novel The Green and the Red by Armand Chauvel, translated from the French by Elisabeth Lyman, I admit I was skeptical. After learning that the main characters included Léa, owner of a vegetarian restaurant in a small French town, and Mathieu, (...more)
    9 Oct 2014 at 5:44pm       

  • soom tahini :: review
    Press sample for review [Regular] Purchased by me [Chocolate] How cute is this packaging? Tahini is one staple I simply can't live without. I use it in baking, in hummus and other dips, as a base for sauces and salad dressings, and I've even been known to occasionally rock the tahini and jelly sandwich – much more sophisticated alternative (...more)
    4 Oct 2014 at 6:00am       

  • urban vegan is now a plant-based review blog
    First blog post at original blogspot blog on 3/28/06I can't believe I've been blogging for 8 years... I was one of the blogosphere's early adopters. I started the Urban Vegan back in 2006, simply as a hobby and a way to connect with like-minded people. It's been a wonderful ride. I had no idea that blogging would lead to three cookbooks, cooking (...more)
    28 Sep 2014 at 3:50pm       

  • green street rescue really needs your help!
    "Will you be my forever mamma?" Cuddly, playful Mindy was found under a porch in Philly with her mom and siblings. She's being fostered at Green Street Rescue, waiting for a loving home.If you've been following my blog, you know I volunteer for Green Street Rescue here in Philadelphia. Through Green Street, I was able to trap – and then adopt Buttons (...more)
    15 Sep 2014 at 10:46am       

  • salad samurai by terry hope romero :: review and giveaway
    press sample disclosure :: I know Terry in real lifeFresh Fig and Tempeh Salad with Creamy Cilantro-Lime Dressing from Salad Samurai. class="Apple-interchange-newline">Salads. The ultimate vegan cliche, right? Fact is, cliches exist for a reason. I, for one, gobble up a humongous salad for dinner on average about 3 nights a week. I don't (...more)
    1 Sep 2014 at 9:36am       

  • vegan cuts double feature :: beauty and snack box reviews
    Press Samples for ReviewAmbassador Link Monthly subscription boxes are all the rage, and there seems to be a box for everyone. Birch Box [a beauty product box], Bark Box [treats and toys for cats and dogs] and Lullubee [kits for crafters] to name a few. In fact, a co-worker friend recently enticed me to sign up for StitchFix and (...more)
    27 Jul 2014 at 3:45pm       

  • how to be vegan :: review and giveaway
    Press sample for review Want to give veganism a go but not sure where to start? First stop, How to Be Vegan: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Cruelty-Free Eating, Living, Dating, Travel, Decorating, and More penned by plant-based "it" girl and former VegNews editor Elizabeth Castoria. I was lucky enough to meet Elizabeth at the very first (...more)
    12 Jul 2014 at 1:28pm       

  • vanilla macadamia-cashew whipped cream
    Summer means bundles of juicy berries. Inherently sweet and dairy-free, a dollop of nut-based whipped cream is the perfect complement to the tartness of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, plus it fortifies your snack with an extra hit of protein, iron, fiber and minerals. Since nut-based whipped cream is an excellent pie topper, I included a (...more)
    3 Jul 2014 at 5:56am       

  • tofurky pockets and quiches
    Press Sample Tofurky Sausage and Veggie Quiche with a shaved fennel, orange and onion salad I threw togetherA few months ago, the nice folks at Tofurky sent me samples of their then-new Tofurky Pockets and Pies to review.  I guess they figured since I had just written a vegan pie cookbook I'd have a strong opinion. I'm not a frozen dinner (...more)
    26 Jun 2014 at 4:54pm       

  • dollar store dal :: $25 vegan dollar store challenge part 2, update
    Dollar Store DalApologies again for my absence. F-stop has been home for 3 weeks now [yay!] after 6 weeks in the hospital, but he's still on the mend. When your honey isn't feeling well, you don't much feel like cooking or blogging. But happily, F-stop getting better, slowly but surely, save for some occasional setbacks. Today, I needed a (...more)
    14 Jun 2014 at 6:15pm       

  • kite hill vegan cheeses :: review
    press sample Vegan, nut-based cheeses by Kite Hill.Vegan cheese is not an oxymoron, and it's not new news. But it's confirmed: vegan cheese is the new black:My introduction to non-dairy cheese came many moons ago when I discovered Jo Stepniak's breakthrough The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook probably before most of you were even a twinkle in your (...more)
    24 May 2014 at 9:02am       

  • vegan finger foods :: giveaway!
    press sample Apologies for my absence from the Interwebs. Poor F-stop spent the last 5 weeks in the hospital and is now recovering at home – much more fun than healing in a hospital. Thank you all for your kind wishes. Keep sending them! Since F-stop, work and sanity-saving running have been my focus over the past few weeks, I haven't (...more)
    17 May 2014 at 7:30am       

  • where i've been...
    Bossa Nova [back] and Pablo, missing F-stop.Apologies for my recent absence from the blogosphere. My sweet F-stop has been in the hospital for the past 3 weeks. So, as you can imagine, my mind is on things far more important than cooking and blogging. Please send F-stop healing vibes. I'll be back as soon as I can. xx (...more)
    26 Apr 2014 at 6:24pm       

  • $25 vegan dollar store challenge :: part 2
    A relatively healthy, abundant grocery haul that cost less than $25I learned a lot by participating in the first $25 Vegan Dollar Store Challenge. The concept in a nutshell:  how healthily and frugally can you eat using a $25, shopping only at the dollar store? Family Dollar Haul: Raisins, oats, almonds, lentils, navy beanbrown (...more)
    13 Apr 2014 at 3:14pm       

  • bobby flay stoneware lasagna pan review
    Press sample for review I received a gorgeous, stoneware Bobby Flay Lasagna Pan to review. It's a real eye-pleaser with its dark base and a deep sangria color. I also love the fact that the pan has handles on either end, although they look like they could break after some wear/tear and clumsiness. It's an oversized lasagna pan – 9.5 x 14.25 (...more)
    5 Apr 2014 at 4:00pm       

  • creamy-dreamy vegan butternut lasagna
    Press samples [Bobby Flay bakeware, Daiya, Beyond Meat] vegan butternut lasagna – creamy, dreamy comfort foodI love-love-love lasagna. But since putting it together can be a time-sucker, I haven't made it in literally years. When I recently received a snazzy stoneware Bobby Flay lasagna pan to review [in red, my favorite color], (...more)
    29 Mar 2014 at 1:08pm       

  • tutorial :: peeling garlic in a cocktail shaker
    Shake your money maker.I love garlic, and I eat quantities that would strike fear into the hearts of vampires. When you routinely use 6 or 7 cloves in a recipe, that adds up to a lot of garlic peeling. Although I adore cooking, for some reason, peeling garlic is one of those culinary chores I dread. For me, it's akin to folding fitted sheets. I am not (...more)
    23 Mar 2014 at 1:47pm       

  • prepara herb keeper and oil mister review
    Press sample for reviewIf you've been following my blog/books for awhile, you know how much I hate clutter. I'm of the "A place for everything and everything in its place" ilk. The few kitchen gadgets I opt to keep in my smallish city kitchen are there for good reason. So when Prepara asked me to choose two of their products to review, I felt (...more)
    16 Mar 2014 at 7:20am       

  • a picture is worth a thousand words
    Spaghetti, defrosted homemade marinara sauce and Trader Joe's Vegan MeatballsBeen super busy with work, feeding feral kitties and running. Toss in some traveling and that hasn't left much time for much cooking or blogging. Mostly, I've been defrosting my freezer stash and have been indulging in some of my favorite vegan Philly haunts. Here are a few (...more)
    28 Feb 2014 at 5:11pm       

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