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VeganMoFo: proofs and potatoes

We're one step closer to getting Jo and Martine's books printed! We looked over the physical proofs last week and they are on their way back to the printer. We are really looking forward to seeing the finished products, but in the meantime, we'll share a little peek at Jo's book, Quietly Sure-Like the Keeper of a Great Secret (LO80). Here's the proof of the cover... We worked really hard to set the right tone with the cover and Jo came up with the great idea of using silhouettes of her characters. We don't want to give away too much of the book, but she was really able to capture a sense of and introduce the stories with this cover...

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VeganMoFo: a nod to Grandpa B.

So while one of my grandfathers celebrated his birthday last weekend, another one passed away in August. We didn't always get along (he was a staunch Republican and told me back when I was in high school that my vegetarianism was a fad) and he wasn't my biological grandfather, but he was still the one grandpa I'd known ever since I was a baby. I actually thought he was Chinese most of my childhood because he spoke Chinese and I didn't know any differently. He was born and raised in Toledo, OH and lived quite an interesting life before he and my grandma moved from Taiwan to the South Bay in the 70's, most of the details of which I...

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new store hours!

Ok, so with all this VeganMoFo food talk, you might be thinking, "do these people do anything besides think about, make, and eat food?" Well, we do try to get in some work between meals. One thing we've launched in October is new store hours! So through the end of the year, we're going to be open every day of the week from 11:30-7:30. We're accomplishing this with the help of our newest LO team member, Amara. You may have met her already helping Kirk out on the weekends. Now you can welcome her to Mondays and Tuesdays! We're excited to be giving this schedule a try. We've been running the store for six years and it seemed about time...

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VeganMoFo: seitan sandwich

oops, I missed posting before midnight, but I'm still up so it still counts as Wednesday! So instead of getting that 2nd trip to Cha-Ya since I couldn't wait for them to open at 5:30 without really rushing my meal (last trip's bowl of curry udon before heading for BART was enough of a lesson), I headed over a couple blocks in the other direction to Herbivore (did I mention how stoked I am to now have 3 veg restaurants within 2 blocks of the store! Funny how they're also all in Berkeley as well). My dad unexpectedly had time to hang out after flying in from Boston, so we got the rare opportunity to share a meal before going...

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VeganMoFo: Cha-Ya

Just got in from a short trip to the Bay Area and need to hit the hay to make up for much lost sleep, but my food mention for the day is from our favorite restaurant, Cha-Ya. I only made it there for one quick dinner, but I did get in my favorite roll, the summer green roll. Seaweed, avocado, cucumber, edamame... mmmmmmmm. I also had the miso soup special. It's a good deal and it's usually something interesting. This one didn't really knock my socks off, but it was solid. It had new onions, peas, asparagus, and enoki mushrooms. I was looking forward to another trip to get the sushi special with corn and tofu, but alas, I ran...

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