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Last week, we introduced you to adorable vegan chef, Chloe Coscarelli. We were lucky enough to stop by her book signing and meet her in person, and boy is she adorable. Chef Chloe came ready to talk about food, and a batch of vegan mini cupcakes (major bonus points). To make matters even more unbearable (and we mean that in a good way), said cupcakes were adorned with glitter.

Chloe gave a talk about vegan cooking and what it means to be vegan, followed by a little Q&A session. Afterward there was a wonderful meet and greet, where the young chef proceeded to sign books and talk to her fans. She spent so much time with each person that the owners of Omnivore Books were ready to close up before she was done! Now that’s too much to handle (also in a good way).

Before Chloe left the bay, we managed to snag her for a quick interview! Check it: read more »

It’s no secret that the vegan culture is thriving in Berkeley. There are countless vegan restaurants in the area, all of the dining halls have vegan options and there’s even a vegan cinnamon roll shop near campus (which is like, AMAZING). It’s even a pretty typical reaction from someone who hears that you’re a Berkeley student:

“You go to Berkeley? You must be like, really smart.”

“You go to Berkeley? Do you even go to class, or are you just protesting all the time?”

“You go to Berkeley? So, does that mean you’re like, a weird vegan hippie now?”

We’ve all heard it. It kind of goes without saying that the vegan food culture comes with a certain stigma. The food tastes bland, there are little to no options, vegans are trying to convert you to a lifestyle that’s much less fun … the list goes on. Well, listen up everyone because there’s a new (and young) vegan chef who’s changing minds left and right about the vegan world! She’s been taking the food industry by storm and making the vegan lifestyle look chicer than ever. She’s gorgeous, she’s sweet and best of all, she’s a recent Berkeley alum. Meet Chloe Coscarelli. read more »

Hey want a dollar for four minutes of your time? Look out for those “GET PAID $1 TO WATCH A VIDEO” signs for some easy small cash! But let’s say four minutes of your time isn’t worth a dollar. What are those people up to? Luckily, the Clog decided to investigate for you.

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487491356_1c0a5fe0feIn a conflict so cutthroat, a facedown so fiery, it makes March Madness look like a BOCA burger (psh, that’s for amateurs), Berkeley faces competitors as veteran as our southern neighbors UCLA and as new and unexpected as University of North Texas. This contest goes beyond basketball and deeper than any card game – even the Magic: The Gathering World Championship. This is: A VEGAN-OFF.

Peta2, PETA’s youth division (that’s right, PETA has a youth division), is hosting its annual “Most Vegan-Friendly College Contest” and Berkeley has made the cut. Now read more »

3087016574_efb07bd162Is your absentee father an embezzling white collar felon? Did your teenage brother set fire to the neighbor’s barn in an act of brash vegan defiance? Has your black sheep, closeted gay uncle pulled a Norman Bates recently?

If you are male and answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might be the next great American scapegoat. Crime investigation experts are in fierce divide over the implementation of the “familial DNA” technique in Colorado and California. read more »

390552100_2d5a1d6413Okay, so we’re sure most of us can agree that Feb. 14 is a steaming load of bollocks. But whether you’re single and loath to feel the least bit sorry for yourself, or blissfully in love and still of the opinion that Valentine’s Day is dumb as f*ck, there is NOTHING preventing you from getting out and milking the occasion for every drop of awesome it possibly has to offer.

Don’t Wait Till the Weekend
SF Bay Guardian lists a cornucopia of opportunities beginning as early as tomorrow night—among these Cal Academy’s weekly Thursday NightLife, Burlesque-wrestlemania, and something that the post’s author has dubbed “Arabs Gone Wild.” Prices range from nonexistent to moderately affordable.

Vegans Need Love Too!
Hence, Berkeley’s Vegan Valentine’s Day Dance. It’s not on V-Day exactly (rather Friday, Feb. 12) and tickets are a little on the steep side ($50 a person), but they get you access to an open bar, fabulous food and raffle tickets rendering you eligible for miscellaneous goodie bags and gift certificates. Plus, singles as well as couples are invited, AND it’s LGBT-friendly. Can you say love, twu love? read more »

I'm grateful for not being indoctrinated by expensive, creepy self-help forums.Whatever you do, do not order the Kool-Aid at Cafe Gratitude. OK, so we’re pretty sure you can’t actually order Kool-Aid anyway, mostly because we seriously doubt that Kool-Aid’s considered raw food. Also because it’s not on the menu. But still, this East Bay Express expose definitely turns the local vegan food chain sketchy side out, and you may not want to drink anything they’re pouring after reading it.

The article reports that employees of the cafe are “highly encouraged” to participate in the purportedly life-changing and (surprise, surprise) rather costly “Landmark Forum.”  Managers are reportedly required to attend. Yeah … if something about that doesn’t sound quite–oh, what’s the word we’re looking for here?–legal to you, then you’re probably right. Well, if what many former and current employees are saying is true, in any case. read more »