Next Level debuts all Vegan Burger

VIA ONE GREEN PLANET

One Green Planet reports:

We have some super exciting news to share with you! Next Level Burger, America’s first 100 percent plant-based burger joint which was founded by Matt and Cierra DeGruyter, has partnered with #EatForThePlanet to launch a limited offer vegan burger that is sure to knock your socks off!

The unique, 100 percent plant-based and delicious burger is set to debut in Next Level Burger locations across the U.S. THIS Friday, September 21, 2018!

Next Level Eat for the Plant All Vegan Burger. Via One Green Planet.
Next Level Eat for the Plant All Vegan Burger. Via One Green Planet.

The burger is made up of TWO house-made Umami Mushroom and Quinoa patties, cheddar or Swiss-style vegan cheese, and slices of tempeh bacon topped with avocado, tomato, lettuce, red onion, and roasted garlic thyme mayo.

To learn more about Next Level Burger and find the location nearest you, visit their website here, and if you go out and try the #EatForThePlanet burger this weekend, we want to SEE PHOTOS! Be sure to post your burger-licious pics using #EatForThePlanet and tag @eftp.co on Instagram for a chance to be reposted!

Austin

Next Level Burger is coming to Austin, Texas. Woo hoooo.

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Share far and wide animal lovers!

Click image to visit the Next Level Burger website.
Click image to visit the Next Level Burger website.

NYC Mayor failing carriage horses yet again

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: A carriage horse trots near Central Park on April 21, 2014 in New York City. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, made a campaign pledge to ban carriages in Central Park. As the horse carriage industry, which mainly takes tourists through the park, has come under criticism from animal welfare agencies, many New Yorkers are voicing their support for the horses and drivers. On Saturday animal welfare activists protested in front of actor Liam Neeson's home after he wrote a newspaper piece in support of the carriage horses. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY: A carriage horse trots near Central Park on April 21, 2014 in New York City. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, made a campaign pledge to ban carriages in Central Park. As the horse carriage industry, which mainly takes tourists through the park, has come under criticism from animal welfare agencies, many New Yorkers are voicing their support for the horses and drivers. On Saturday animal welfare activists protested in front of actor Liam Neeson’s home after he wrote a newspaper piece in support of the carriage horses. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

We don’t know about you but we are more than fed up with New York City Mayor deBlasio.

DeBlasio initially ran on a ticket that included helping the City’s miserably treated carriages horses, then sold the horses out the moment he was elected. He has huffed and puffed about it since then, but in actuality hasn’t done a damn thing for them. Until now he thinks. It is not true.

In an email shout out, the “Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages” have exposed deBlasio’s latest smoke and mirror tactic.

We quote that email:

NEW MAYORAL PROPOSAL IS NO WALK IN THE PARK

The deBlasio administration recently announced a “big win” for the NYC carriage horses with the relocation of the hack line on Central Park South to five locations within Central Park. Some people are unfortunately buying this alternative reality.

Below is a list of the five proposed hack lines.  For a more detailed description of the proposal, please look at last week’s newsletter.  Click Here.

1.  AT W. 72ND STREET OFF CENTRAL PARK WEST

This hack line will be about 130′ long and will offer no shade for the horses.  The carriages will also be required to travel 13 blocks north on Central Park West, mixing with heavy traffic.

The larger lane shown on the street below is for parking; the narrower one is for bikes.  The carriages will travel with the other traffic to reach this destination.

2.  AT W. 67th NEAR TAVERN ON THE GREEN

This is currently being used for carriages.  There is no shade and carriages will need to travel up Central Park West to access it.

3. NEAR 7TH AVENUE OFF CENTRAL PARK SOUTH

This is one of two locations off Central Park South; again there is no shade.  To access this location, carriages will drive from their stables on the far west side of Manhattan reaching Central Park South where they will make an illegal U-turn to the 7th Avenue location.

4.  NEAR 5TH AVENUE OFF CENTRAL PARK SOUTH

This is the other location off Central Park South; also no shade for the horses.  Drivers will also need to make an illegal U-turn to access this location.

The existing water troughs are off 6th Avenue and near Grand Army Plaza (but not the new hack line.) The carriages will need to do some fancy maneuvering to reach them — especially the carriages at the 7th Avenue location.

5.  AT E. 72ND STREET OFF FIFTH AVENUE

The carriages will be making illegal U-turns on Central Park South to access the roads in the park to take them to this location.  This will be the easiest way to get to this new location since Fifth Avenue is one way — downtown.

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The Mayor and those who support this proposal say that the horses will be out of traffic and have shade and water in the park. None of this is true. It is not a “big win.” It was done to placate his supporters.

ACCIDENTS: Carriage drivers are not required to report accidents. So unless the public knows about it and gets the NYPD and/or media involved – it never happened. It is to a carriage driver’s benefit not to report an accident that will hurt the reputation of the trade.

ACCIDENT STATISTICS: We have recorded 103 accidents since 1982. 19 of those have been at or near the hack line that is proposed to be relocated. But 14 of them happened in Central Park. The balance of 70 happened around the city in different areas. The accidents were typical — horses spooking, collapsing, crashing into something or being crashed into; dead horses.

This works out to 81.5% of all recorded accidents occurring away from the hack line — inside Central Park and around the city. Only 18.5% occurred at or near the hack line.

CARS: While cars are no longer allowed in Central Park, certain vehicles are, which include NYPD cars and emergency vehicles and Parks Dept. vehicles. In addition, there are hoards of people, cyclists, skateboarders and pedicabs in the park.

This is Horse Shit New York. Ban the Horse Drawn Carriage Trade Now.
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Interestingly, the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico signed an executive order banning horse-drawn carriages. He signed the ban four days after a carriage horse collapsed on the street. Just saying.

Help These Horses

Visit the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages website to find out what you can do! (http://banhdc.org). Please like their page at https://www.facebook.com/BanHDC/.

Here are more ideas from the Coalition to Ban-Horse Drawn Carriages email letter:

1. Don’t drink the kool-aid. Please question and think for yourself.

2. Post a comment on the Department of Transportation website at http://rules.cityofnewyork.us.

3. Testify at the Department of Transportation hearing on October 3rd at 1pm. The Bid Room at 55 Water Street, Concourse Level. Call 212-839-6500.

Use Social Media!

Spread the word on social media, especially if you are in the New York City area. But it doesn’t matter if you are not. Tourists from around the world visit NYC!

Here are some tags to use particularly on Twitter.

#banhorsedrawncarriages #carriagehorses  #manhattan #nyc #nycgov #billdeblasio

@deblasio @nycmayor @billdeblasio @newyorkcity

Before We Go

“Mayor deBlasio was on the Brian Lehrer show recently. At one point, a man named Craig called in and said he had looked at all five of the proposed new locations and that they provided no shade for the horses. The Mayor seemed surprised. (Oops). But then he caught himself and dismissively said that the carriages do not stay in any place long enough since they are continuously busy with passengers — so they will not be harmed by the sun.” How glib! But this is not true.

Protesters call for a ban on horse drawn carriages in New York City. BanHDC.org.
Protesters call for a ban on horse drawn carriages in New York City. BanHDC.org.

Wild horses at Outer Banks make it through Hurricane Florence

Outer Banks Horses, Sept. 15, 2018 via NBC Channel 12.
Outer Banks Horses, Sep. 15, 2018 via NBC Channel 12.

WAVY and Associated Press / OUTER BANKS, N.C. (WAVY) (Sept. 15, 2018) — The wild horses that roam many parts of North Carolina’s Outer Banks made it safely through the severe weather caused by Hurricane Florence this week.

According to a Facebook post from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on Saturday, all of the ponies that call Ocracoke Island home were safe and sound. Even their pony pen stood undamaged.

A similar sight was seen a little over 100 miles north of Ocracoke in the towns of Carova and Corolla.

The Corolla Wild Horse Fund, a group devoted to protecting and managing the herd of wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs, posted a message on its Facebook page saying the horses were “doing their normal thing – grazing, socializing, and wondering what us crazy humans are all worked up over.”

Forecasts earlier in the week that showed Florence potentially making a more direct hit on the northern Outer Banks had many people worried about how the horses would fare.

But wildlife experts had said there was no need to worry.

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Pumpkin Time

Temperatures are cooling. A bit here and there! Pumpkin treats are popping up everywhere already. That’s a good thing, right? So how about a recipe or two? Yummmm.

Image source: Loving It Vegan. Click image to make this.
Image source: Loving It Vegan. Click image to make this.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

From Loving It Vegan »

This pumpkin pie smoothie is just 5 ingredients, takes 5 minutes to prepare and gets its wonderful flavor from pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup and coconut milk.

Want to make it? Visit their website for full recipe and instructions. The fifth ingredient? You will need some frozen bananas too. We freeze them sliced. Yes, they stick together! Set them out a bit beforehand.

How about those drinking straws? There’s loads at Amazon!

Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie

Vegan gluten free pumpkin pie. Image by Minimalist Baker. Click to visit recipe.
Vegan gluten free pumpkin pie. Image by Minimalist Baker. Click to visit recipe.

From Minimalist Baker »

We adore Minimalist Baker. Dana is a marvel. Follow her on social media. She is everywhere. You may love her YouTube channel best of all! Follow her on Instagram @minimalistbaker too.

This recipe is staple around the Horse Fund.

10 ingredients including crust. We list ingredients so you have an idea on how much shopping you may need to do.

Ingredients

US Customary – Metric

CRUST
6 Tbsp cold vegan butter (or chilled coconut oil with varied results)
1 1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten-Free Flour
1/4 tsp salt
4-6 Tbsp ice cold water

FILLING
2 3/4 cups pumpkin puree (1 1/2 15-ounce cans yield 2 3/4 cups)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
1 Tbsp olive oil (or melted coconut oil)
2 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder
1 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or sub mix of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg & cloves)
1/4 tsp sea salt

Ready to go? Dash over to Dana’s website for instructions and more.

Vegan Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Pecan Crumb

From Vegan Richa »

Must include a pumpkin recipe from Vivian’s favourite vegan chef ever, Richa Hingle at Vegan Richa! This is so delectable we make this year round.

Easy 1 Bowl Pumpkin Cake, topped with Chai Spice Pecan Streusel. Just 15 mins prep. Soft, Spiced, Delicious. Vegan Pumpkin Crumb Cake. Soy-free Recipe. Makes it in a 9 by 9 or 8 by 8 inch brownie pan.

Ingredients

Dry:
1 1/2 cups flour (I generally use a mix of Spelt/Wheat and unbleached all purpose)
½ cup powdered vegan sugar * (Use 2 tbsp more for sweeter)
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
2 to 4 tsp pumpkin pie spice ( or 11/2 tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp ginger, ¼ to ⅓ tsp nutmeg, ⅛ tsp cloves)
3 to 4 tbsp chopped walnuts or pecans
Wet:
1 cup pureed pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix
½ cup non dairy milk (almond or soy or lite coconut)
3 to 4 Tbsp oil
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Streusel:
6 tablespoons flour
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1 tbsp granulated sugar, optional
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or chai spice or a mix of cardamom and cinnamon
1/3 tsp salt
2.5 tbsp refined coconut oil

Well, how are you feeling so far? You should have most of these ingredients. Once you have gathered the items you need together, making this goes really fast. Takes 40-45 minutes to bake in a 350F oven. We believe wholeheartedly you will be so very glad you made this wonderful treat!

Get directions » Or watch how now (has music).

Check this link from the Vegan Richa website: 25 Vegan Pumpkin Recipes for more ideas »

Want something different for breakfast? Try Richa’s Vegan Pumpkin French Toast!

Gift Yourself &/Or Your favourite Vegan

Click image to purchase at Amazon.
Click image to purchase at Amazon.

Thank You!

Thank you for stopping by. Let us know how you like these goodies in comments. Share your favourite vegan pumpkin recipes with us too.