Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Amsterdam again...

Most importantly...: Anna, we need to take more goofy pics of ourselves...!

Flew out to Amsterdam on Friday for the Good Riddance show and to hang out with Anna.

We went for dinner at the Green Planet. A really cute place in the city center. Super nice service, and a cute crazy cat which jumped on Anna's lap right after we sat down.

Here's the food review...most of dishes on the menu can be made vegan, they also have a daily special for 9,90 EUR, unfortunately it was Lasagna which couldn't be veganized.

I ordered the "Antipasti salad (Mixed leaf lettuce with delicious homemade antipasti, roasted seeds & nuts and a delicious basamico mustard dressing)" topped with some marinated and grilled smoked tofu. It was really good, loved the dressing and the antipasti (mushrooms, carrots,...).



Anna had the "Teriaki Wok stir-fry (broccoli, paprika, green beans, carrots, onion, shii-take and cashew nuts fried with ginger & chilli, extinguished with a homemade Teriaki sauce and served with Basmati rice"...Anna? Want to write your review here? :)



For dessert we had "Tofu lemon “cheese” cake extravaganza with agar-agar fruit topping and a delicious fruit sauce" - which was a little bit too "crumbly" tasting for me, and very lemony. Plus...6,50 EUR for a piece of cake...?!

Overall I'd say...very nice place, cute cat, but it would be better if they could always offer a vegan or veganizable special of the day. Quite pricy, even for downtown Amsterdam.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Somehow this doesn't surprise me at all....

According to a Dutch University Professor, humans wiped out Mammoth and other extinct species.
Although it's not yet proven, if we look at Humans' trayectory on this issue, I don't doubt it one bit

Humans were responsible for the extinction of species such as the mammoth, cave lion and Irish elk, Professor Theunis Piersma of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen said on Wednesday. It is often claimed these animals died out as a result of climate change but the professor said humans wiped them out.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Krakow...

...anyone? I would like to go to Krakow before I'll head over the big ocean. Just read the travel report in Herbivore and wondered why I've only been to Poland once. It is just around the corner from Berlin.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Germany to carry out limited poultry cull against bird flu

In a German version of this news piece it's been reported that at least 2000 chicken and geese have been killed so far - because their farm is too close to areas were dead wild birds infected with the virus were found.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Still thinking of eating those chicken wings?

Think again!

Netherlands orders poultry indoors as bird flu nears

AMSTERDAM — A regulation making it compulsory to keep all poultry indoors comes into effect on Monday 20 February in Holland.

Initially, it was intended to confine poultry to hen-coops only in areas where a large amount of wild birds congregate. He extended the measure to cover the entire country after bird flu was detected in Germany.

Concern was increased by the discovery of eight dead swans on the German island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea. At least two of the swans were infected with the H5N1 strain of bird flu that can be deadly for humans.

Virologist Albert Osterhaus said on Wednesday he would not hazard a guess as to whether the Netherlands would quickly be added to the list of European countries where the H5N1 virus has been detected.

"It is not impossible that it will be here too within a few days. We must be prepared should it come," he said.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Police dog stabbed

This sucks...

A 'confused' man stabbed a police dog in Krimpen aan den IJssel (NL) on Monday, the police said. The animal, Biko, was treated by a vet for its injuries. The 34-year-old man became violent when he was visited by health workers and the police. He threw a gas bottle and threatened them with a knife. The police dog was brought in when he threatened to start a fire.
(from Expatica news

So, there's a fire threat and who do they send in? The dog! WTF! Another sad example of treating animals like they're nothing more than "objects" for human use!!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Borsch!!!

It's snowing in Amsterdam!! Feels like deep red soup.

Prep...












...Borsch
and "Sesame Street" salad (The tofu was fried in sesame oil, seasoned with Tahini, and decorated with sesame seeds. Talk about overusing an ingredient)











Stay warm!!!

Friday, February 10, 2006

Igualdad Animal








From Spain... For any Spanish speaking readers/"bumpers" into this blog, check out www.igualdadanimal.org

Based in Madrid, this non profit organization has just started running a website with info on animal rights, veganism, etc en español as well as organizing protests and tabling in the street.
They also have a newsletter and shop.
Great to see organizations like this in such a non vegan country as Spain (and believe me, I know).

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Thanx to...

...Wiebke and Peta 2 I can look cool with a message!
Yeah, check my new shirt out!


Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Do not...

... I repeat.... Do NOT open a copy of Herbivore magazine while baking.
You'll get sucked right into it and your scones will burn!

Fancy a Gene Simmons kiss?


Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons is one of the celebs appearing on a new series of charity stamps in America. Issued in collaboration with the Humane Society Of The United States, this set will be available until February 28.
I'm personally more of a Paul Stanley person, but hey, Gene Simmons will do.
Read about it here

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Dioxin again...!

German only, haven't been able to find an English report yet...
ZDF Heute Magazin

Farms in Germany, Belgium and Netherlands have been closed because Dioxin was found in animal food delivered to them coming from a factory in Belgium. The poison got into the food through filters used for producing gelatine. Food animal factories receive lard from said gelatine factory to blend it into their product.

"There's no immediate danger for public health"...says a Belgian politician...

...does public health include animals I wonder???