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Oct 11
vegan eats in Phoenix
icon1 Tracy Perkins | icon2 Food, Uncategorized | icon4 10 11th, 2011| icon311 Comments »

Here is a working list of my favorite restaurants that are vegan, vegan friendly, and places that are just darn delicious but require some special ordering in the Phoenix area. I’m looking for more places in the downtown area. Any suggestions? Any favorites I didn’t include on the list?

Restaurant City What to eat? Veg-Friendly
24 Carrots Chandler “eggsalad” sandwich is fav with fabulous seasonal dishes, excellent dessert VEGGIE
Blue Nile Tempe The vegetarian messob with collards, chickpeas, lentils, yellow split peas, and cabbage/potato. I could drink a gallon of their delicious house tea, too, fyi. OMNI
Breadfruit Phoenix Coconut curried tofu, Dessert: sweet potato pudd’n –> DO IT OMNI
Chakra 4 Phoenix Clearly marked vegan options, loved their Morroccan stew, salads, desserts. VEGGIE
Chill Tempe Wonderful sorbets, soy gelato, & soy soft serve! Sadly out of business. VEGGIE
Fez Phoenix black bean cumin burger (no cheese or aoli) w/ extra salad dressing to dip. <3 OMNI
Gallo Blanco Phoenix Get their veggie tacos made vegan and order yourself some guacamole. YUM! OMNI
Green Tempe, Phoenix 100% vegan! ORDER IT ALL! No harm parm or the Original G are my favorites. VEGAN
Inside the Bungalow Mesa Love their cashew curry tofu wrap and great drinks! OMNI
Loving Hut Phoenix, Peoria 100% vegan! ORDER IT ALL! Love their Pho or the Hawaiian burger. VEGAN
Morning Glory Café Phoenix Granola with soy milk OMNI
Nami Phoenix 100% vegan! ORDER IT ALL! They serve just coffee drinks and desserts, all amazing! VEGAN
Nourish Scottsdale Clearly marked vegan. I recommend Teriyaki rice bowl + Treehouse Cupcakes OMNI
Oregano’s Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa Bollopasta, sub pizza sauce, no cheese or garlic bread OMNI
Persian Garden Phoenix Falafel sandwich at lunch is fantastic. I had to give this place several chances over several years but lately it has been great! OMNI
Pita Jungle Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa Lentil fetoosh, macro platter, falafel – weekend brunch southwest tofu scramble is good OMNI
Pizza Heaven Bistro Phoenix Vegan cheese and soy-sausage available. Love the hot veggie sandwich made vegan! Excited they deliver! OMNI
Pizza People Food Truck Phoenix+ Vegan cheese available and their crust is fabulous. Highly recommend their “Fun Guy” pizza with soy cheese. Mmmm. Love love love the owners, too! OMNI
Pomegranate Ahwatukee Brunch fav – vegan lumberjack or vegan breakfast burrito, excellent dessert VEGGIE
Quiessence Phoenix Great for a splurge, my go to fancy date night place when the season’s right. Request vegan dish. OMNI
Sahara Tempe Falafel is the best I’ve had, sunbusek is to die for, lentil soup will blow your mind! OMNI
Someburros Tempe, Chandler Veggie burro with no cheese (whole beans are vegan, refried isn’t vegetarian!) OMNI
Spinato’s Pizzeria Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee Great selection of veggies for toppings BUT I can’t recommend highly enough the Baked Spaghetti Calzone without cheese, add kalamata olives OMNI
Tasty Kabob Tempe Veggie kabobs… omg… you won’t believe they can be so good. Their spicy beans and hummus rock. OMNI
Thai Basil Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler I love the fresh rolls, Tom Kha or peanut curry without fish sauce. FBI dessert is great! OMNI
That’s a Wrap Phoenix Ask to special order any of their veggie wraps made vegan. Very accomodating! OMNI
The Farm Kitchen Phoenix Sweet potato salad and the veggie sandwich without mayo or cheese. OMNI
Ticoz Phoenix Burrito or street tacos made vegan (no cheese or crema, ADD GUACAMMUS!) OMNI
True Food Phoenix, Scottsdale I’ve never had anything I didn’t love. Clearly marked vegan options, desserts and entrees. OMNI
TSOM Tempe Tasty falafel bar with wonderful fixings, zucchini fritters are delish, salad bar is exceptional! VEGGIE
Udupi Tempe The buffet comes with dosai but dinner is better. Mmm. Chili Gobi with Chana Batura = best! VEGGIE
Apr 21
Earth Day Phoenix 2011
icon1 James Towner | icon2 Uncategorized | icon4 04 21st, 2011| icon330 Comments »

“What is Earth Day Phoenix? It’s a gathering of non-profit organizations, local businesses, government agencies and YOU! Want to learn about what “green” resources Phoenix has to offer? Visit us on Thursday April 21st, 2011 at Cesar Chavez Plaza from 11:00am – 1:30pm. We expect over 80 exhibitors at Earth Day this year and each will feature many their sustainability initiatives, as well as how you may become more sustainable.”

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May 12
donate your graduation gown
icon1 Tracy Perkins | icon2 Uncategorized | icon4 05 12th, 2010| icon378 Comments »

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the new ASU graduates! You’ve studied hard, invested blood, sweat, tears, and a ton of cash in your education, and even splurged an extra $40+ or so for the duds to look the part at graduation. But what to do with the robes now? How many of these do you think are gathering dust in peoples’ closets or made their way to the landfills? This may seem trivial on an individual basis but at a school of 68,000 students with 8,000 graduates in a single semester, these light weight robes could wield a heavy impact. Why not do something better?!

Donate your graduation gown to ecocentricity!
Future graduates will be able to pay a small rental fee to use the gowns
and these “disposable” petrol-derived fashion abominations will be given second lives! Your gown represents an awful lot but you will never use it again. Let someone else get good use out of it and save some space in a landfill.

Drop your robes off at:
137 West McDowell Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
11:00 – 6:00 Tues – Sat

Apr 20
Makeover for Microfinance
icon1 Tracy Perkins | icon2 Uncategorized | icon4 04 20th, 2010| icon3No Comments »

Image from of mud huts in Malawi where people are living on <$1/day

The Guerrant Foundation is a wonderful organization, run locally by the Guerrant family, that helps provide microfinancing around the globe to those who are most in need. Their philosophy encourages people to build their communities, their self-worth, and their families by giving people a “hand-up” to get themselves of poverty rather than a hand out. I am so moved by their work so if you are available this weekend and are the DIY sort I hope you will help them out.

1730 W. Carol Ave, Mesa
Sat. & Sun, 04/24-04/25, 8am-4pm
Contact: 602-740-5622

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Can’t make it to the event? You can donate online. CLICK HERE.

Apr 16

ImageFirst off, who in their right mind does not love coffee and/or cookies?? This event is going to have it all and I can’t wait! Meet local artisans, watch craft demos (I’ll be showing how I make my fantabulous lotions) and get all sorts of yummy goodies! Not only will fabulous local bakers be showcasing their goodies, there is also a CHARITY VEGAN BAKE SALE benefiting the Arizona Animal Welfare League going on at the Strawberry Hedgehog booth! We already have donations coming in from ZonieBaskets and Rikki Cupcake, vegan baker extraordinaire – would you like to donate? E-mail me! Not the baking type? Come buy some goodies and help some displaced critters who need your support!


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Phoenix, AZ (April 14, 2010) – Announcing the first “Coffee, Cookies & Crafts” independent craft event to be held at Bragg’s Pie Factory on Saturday, April 24 from noon to 5:00 pm. This free event will be a celebration of local, independent art and crafts, with activities for the whole family.

The afternoon will offer a variety of activities including local vendors selling handmade goods, crafting demos, kids’ crafts, and a craft supply swap. Attendees will get to enjoy a pop-up coffee lounge with free coffee provided by Conspire and free baked goods from local bakeries Urban Cookies, Elemental Sugar, and Rikki Cupcake.

Crafting demos will include YUDU demos by Sarah Spencer and Cyndi Coon, lotion making demo with Strawberry Hedgehog, how to make a sustainable gift basket with ZonieBaskets, and more.

The CraftyChica, Kathy Cano-Murillo, will make a guest appearance. She will be reading from her new novel, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter. Books will be available for purchase and for a book signing. The first fifteen people will get free CraftyChica glitter.

The craft supply swap is open to everyone. Attendees are invited to bring old craft supplies and swap with others. Tables will be provided for the craft swap. Kids’ crafts will be organized throughout the day in a special area. Kids will be able to take home their very own creations. There is no charge to participate in the craft swap or the kids’ crafts.

Local vendors will include:

AZ Lost Boys will also be selling their handmade cow sculptures for the Cow Project, with all proceeds benefiting the AZ Lost Boys Center.

“Coffee, Cookies & Crafts” at Bragg’s Pie Factory is presented by Moderncat Studio, Lucky Paper Arts, and Sticker Club Girl and is being sponsored by MADE Art Boutique, Practical Art, Local First Arizona, Conspire Arts Cooperative, Kooky Krafts Shop, and Blueberry Deluxe.

Bragg’s Pie Factory is located at 1301 W Grand Avenue in downtown Phoenix. For more information, please email

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