Thursday, June 17, 2010

Exciting Administrative News + Vegan Express Giveaway!

Last week I received a wonderful surprise in the form of a Facebook message from my friend Courtney, entrepreneur and web designer extraordinaire. Courtney and I go way back - we met in the ungodly portion of an August 1997 morning while lined up for hours in front of a TicketMaster waiting for Backstreet Boys concert tickets to go on sale and have managed to stay friends (see, Facebook isn't all evil).

I was going to post a picture of us from back then but I decided to spare myself the humiliation. That summer I thought it a great idea to have my hair a very dark brown colour, save for one solitary streak of platinum blonde going through the middle. Like a skunk. I'd like to blame it on the times but I'm fairly certain that wasn't cool even then. Or ever.

Anyway, the surprise from Courtney was my very own domain for hosting This is Vegan!

This means that you can now read This is Vegan through your blogger reader, as you have been doing, at - or you can catch up with my vegan antics at, more convenient for those of you who are not tied to Gmail and Blogger accounts.

Same great This is Vegan charm, one new home on the web - update your bookmarks accordingly!

And while you are at it, check out Courtney's innovative line of goodies for Baby at Sullivan & Sawyer Baby Co.

Because I want to celebrate both the launch of and hitting a Blogger milestone (This is Vegan has recently surpassed 100 official Blogger followers!) I am going to do my very first cookbook giveaway!

I am giving away one copy of Nava Atlas' Vegan Express cookbook, where you will find such amazing recipes as Portobello-Broccoli Quesadillas, Tempeh and Green Beans with Corn and Scallion Quinoa and many, many more delicious creations. Each recipe also features suggestions for accompaniments, helping you plan your entire meal from start to finish without breaking a sweat.

Vegan Express is perfect for those recently transitioning to a vegan diet as well as omnivores curious about adding more plant-based foods into their diets, as the recipes are straightforward and incorporate easily accessible ingredients. Further, every meal involves 30 minutes (or less) active cooking time, so meals come together quickly and efficiently. It is the perfect cookbook for those less experienced in plant-based cooking as well as those frustrated by a lack of time to prepare nutritious and delicious dinners every night of the week.

EDIT:It doesn't end there - Nava Atlas, author of Vegan Express, has offered to send the winner a personally inscribed copy of the book on behalf of This is Vegan! Not only do you get this incredible book, but you get it right from the hands of the woman who created all of these wonderful recipes.

There are two ways you can enter this contest:

1) Become an official Blogger follower, using your Gmail account, then comment on this post stating your most favourite vegetable.

2) Become a fan of on Facebook and post your favourite vegetable on the fan page wall.


1) You may enter the contest twice, once via the blog itself and once via the Facebook page.

2) Contest closes Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 10:00am. A winner will be drawn randomly and contacted for shipping information shortly afterward.

Thanks again to my old BSB friend Courtney for the wonderful gift of a domain, and to all of you out there who have been supporting my little project since it launched in 2008 as a simple picture blog. Your interest and insights have been so inspiring to me, and I can't wait to see what my future vegan adventures have in store.


Deena said...

Awesome! Love the cute dog pic. :)

Kayci said...

sweet potatoes!!

courtney said...

Thanks Mary! Great post...and it I was in that photo you were going to post, I thank you for withholding!

teabird said...

Congratulations on the new domain!

Chrissy (The New Me) said...

Very cool! My favorite vegetable is parsnips!

Trinity (of haiku tofu) said...

I am now an OFFICIAL follower (though, you've been on my blogroll for ages, cause you're good like that)! My favorite vegetable is asparagus! But if tomato wasn't technically a fruit, tomatoes would win for sure.

Trinity (of haiku tofu) said...

I joined FB too!

Emily said...

sugar snap peas! :)

Allison, The Busy (Happy!) Vegan said...

Congrats on the new domain! I read your Montreal posts - so glad the city lived up to its vegan-friendly rep. I was really happy to see the Crudessence review, because I hadn't yet tried it out. I definitely will now.

As for my favourite veggie: I'm gonna have to go boring and say "sweet red bell pepper"


~ Cee ~ said...

I follow! ~Cee~
My favorite vegetable varies, but I always love zucchini!
ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

Sarah said...

Artichoke is my favorite veggie. Even though its hard to eat, it always makes the meal feel like a special occasion.

Stonzi said...

asparagus! :)

Jamie said...

Probably onions. They are a key ingredient in so many things! They just make everything taste better.

Mand said...

GREEN ONIONS!! All onions but especially green....mmmm I want some right now! ;)

runlonger said...

Brussels sprouts!

Congrats on surpassing 100!

MsChoiceAlways said...


Lolly said...

Congrats on the new domain. Brocolli! I just liked you on Facebook and will head on over there now.

Heather said...

Mmm so many veggies to choose from. If I had to choose just one I'm going with butternut squash.

breald said...

Great blog! My favourite veg... beets -- raw, cooked, pickled, any which way

Atwood-Family of 4 said...

I would love a chance to win a copy of this book! Nava Atlas is my vegetarian inspiration and my all time favorite vegetarian author. Vegan express would be a great addition to my collection! Thanks for the chance!

Alicia said...

I love Nava and would LOVE this book!!!

My favorite veg? SO hard to pick!!!

Red Peppers - raw, roasted, chopped, sliced, diced, in lasagna, in hummus...SO YUMMY!!!

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