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Vegan Girl Does Absinthe Lounge for the Holidays

by Melissa Brenner

It’s party season, people! I’ve been to quite a few already, but there are myriad more on the calendar. Problem is none of them have been all vegan. All drinks and no food (celery and carrots on a tray don’t count as alcohol appropriate food, by the way) makes for me needing a ride home.  What are your options for a totally safe for vegan holiday party? Have it at your house or have it at your vegan friend’s house… blah. What if you, like me, prefer to be out and about where all of the fun party energy is flowing? What if you, like me, prefer to leave the set up and clean up to someone else? What if you, like me, prefer your glass items remain intact (unlike the last party at my house)? Here’s your answer: call Miss Lisa Carmen Olson at Absinthe Lounge.

Lisa is the Queen of party planning and always has some great theme that makes the evening even more interesting. Anyone that has attended one of Lisa’s parties knows that nobody leaves without having a good time and making some new friends. Now Lisa is available to plan your party. For your vegan soiree, she’ll take care of all the party details, or just the things you don’t want to deal with, including the vegan catering, theme, decorations and probably even a signature drink for the evening.   Continue reading

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Vegan Girl Goes to the Veggie Fair

by Melissa Brenner         photos by Suzi Migdol

If you missed the Texas Veggie State Fair, you were one of the few. The last day of the Texas State Fair was set as the day for promoting fun, food and frolicking without animal products of any kind.

The threat of rain and mud did not stop the swarm of attendees. This, the second annual Texas Veggie State Fair, drew a much larger crowd than last year. The 1500 raffle wristbands were gone before the event was half over, leading organizers to believe between 2000-3000 attended the event.     Continue reading


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MFA Event & Texas Veggie State Fair

What’s better than one vegan charity event in Dallas? Two!

Mercy For Animal’s Executive Director, Nathan Runkle, will be in town to host MFA’s charity event on October 22nd. From 7-10pm Sons of Hermann Hall (3414 Elm St., Dallas, TX) will be filled with vegans, vegetarians and animal lovers of all diets. The event will be a kick off for the Texas Veggie State Fair and raise funds to support the MFA efforts in the DFW area.

There are lots of great things going on at this event. The all vegan menu will be catered by your known favorite,

Spiral Diner, your yet to be known favorite to be, VSPOT Vegan Café, and the amazing Crosby Catering & Coffee. These three names alone should have you headed to buy your tickets. This is a great chance to get a sneak preview of some of the VSPOT menu items before they open and sample the veggie-liscious stylings of Chef Jeanette Prasifka (check out her Celebrity Chef demonstration at the Texas State Fair Tuesday October 18th at 2:30).     Continue reading

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Vegan Girl Goes Taco Truck

by Melissa Brenner

So, if you’re new or haven’t been reading my articles, you may not know that I’m a big out on the town getting my drink on fan. It’s great to be out with your friends enjoying the scene, people watching and being silly especially when the weather is as nice as it has been the past few weeks. Vegans do this, just like the omnis.

Most of my crew is a mixed bag of vegans, veggies and omnis; although I do have one or two meatatarians (seriously….they don’t eat veggies or fruit. No, I don’t know how they have survived this long, but I do know they have some serious health issues even though they are 10 years younger than me).   Continue reading


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Vegan Girl Gets an Exclusive Look at VSPOT Cafe

by Melissa Brenner

Anyone trafficking the strip of restaurants and bars on Henderson has noticed the increasing activity in the space next to The Pearl Cup. VSPOT Café is now clearly marked on the windows, but not much more about the much anticipated restaurant was known until now.

I sat down with the Chef Toria Villareal to get the real story on what VSPOT Café is all about. VSPOT Café has a projected opening date of October 17th. The menu will be all vegan, but the emphasis will be on health. Sadly, we know a lot of the vegan fare in Dallas is not all that healthy. VSPOT plans to change that and give us all the tasty yet healthy vegan eats we can handle.    Continue reading


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Vegan Girl Goes to Black Friar Pub

by Melissa Brenner

All of the talk about the fried vegan Reuben sandwich contest for the upcoming Texas Veggie State Fair got me craving a Reuben, but not deep fried. I had two issues: 1. I want it now and not in October and 2. I didn’t want to cook it myself. How many options are out there in Dallas restaurants? Not too many, but I found one at Black Friar Pub on McKinney Ave that fit the bill.

Normally, I hit Black Friar for serious beer drinking with the guys AFTER dinner. This night I decided to try out the food options WHILE drinking.   Continue reading

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