What did I tell you! People around the world do like me, I mean G Living. I just came across another blog giving us a rave review. The Vegan Healthy Happy Life site has a list of the Best Vegan Blogs and they even have a graphic of dancing veggies with names above their heads. Guess who’s name is above the 3rd veggie (the cucumber), yes that is right, G LIVING. All you drone-freezer heads are now seeing just how popular, your dark monkie really is. There is one question I have for Kathy, the woman who created the list. Why number 18? Shouldn’t we be number one? Really, I think that is where we should be.
Number 18: G Living Just discovered this modern, chic, video, trend-infused site. New fave.
Searching for the Best Vegan Blogs on the web? Look no further. I’ve researched, scrolled and scoured the web for the best vegan blogs. Top Favorites – these are the websites I personally visit reguarily for a number of reasons. If you don’t see your site here and honestly think it should be please reach out to me – the web is vast and I have not seen every single vegan site (though I DO try!)
See, new fave! Bam.. We are on a roll now. It only took, hmmmm 5 years, but hey who is counting. :)
Okay, everyone knows I am a no good dark twisted juice guzzling bastard Monkie, but that doesn’t mean people around the world don’t like me. Or more to the point, don’t like G Living. In fact I can count at least 10 people I know personally, who have told me, hey you know that G Living its alright. No I did not get that in writing or on tape, but it did happen, trust me.
G Living The self-described “darker, cooler side of green” is exactly that, a smart, crisp site devoted to articles on living green, from architecture to food to fashion. I love the focus on fresh (read: raw) vegan foods and its casual vibe. Among the contributors? Sarma Melngalis of Pure Food and Wine in NYC, David Anderson of Madeleine Bistro, and Dhrumil Purohit of We Like It Raw.
See, what did I tell you…. Now things will be different. :)
So, I am out trying to expand my horizons today. No, not in the real world, but online, I did a spin around the other green sites, which I haven’t done in a long while. I have to tell you, I am pretty burned out on the standard green re-hash news headline sites. You know what I mean. Protest this, be upset about that.. so on. I lived that, believe me. I am over it. Now I just want to do things. Hands on, get down and start living. But yes, I am going off track, as usual. Like I was saying, I was out looking around online just to see what the usual suspects are posting about now, when I came across something new. A site by Alicia Silverstone. A newish site called The Kind Life with Alicia Silverstone. I don’t know how long the site has been around, but I have to tell you, I was surprised to see it. The site is a bit like a vegan spin off of GOOP, by Gwyneth Paltrow. Not as polished but you can feel the same vibe going on.
She gets into all of her own “G” lifestyle things. Everything from her vegan dogs, to her new vegan recipe book, eco home decor and on and on. Yes, she is trying to sell you something, her book, but I think the site is about more than that. She seems to be pretty cool, down to Earth and definitely living an amazing “G” life. About the recipe book, I haven’t seen it yet, but I did watch the behind the scene video from the photo shoot and that looked pretty good. I will have to put her book on my list. She even took the time to make the video I have posted above. In the video she takes us all along for a spin around the hottest vegan food spots in New York City. Some of the places she goes too, I never even heard of. It’s been that long since I have been back to NYC.
(after the jump, video of Alicia explaining what the site is all about)
This book is gorgeous, first of all. It’s one of those books that you can certainty judge by it’s cover. Miha Matei, who did the photography for the book did an amazing job, and the design and styling is beautiful as well. The colors and richness of the cover photo and text tells you a lot about what the book is about and filled with. It is happy and colorful, but with a sophisticated and refined edge, reminiscent of a modern Matrix Varenna kitchen. Very New York.
The book is layed out in a unique fashion. Instead of the contents being organized by the type of meal, the chapters are divided by the style of the meal. Each chapter represents a different inspiration of types of recipes and food combinations. The first chapter, Blossom, is all about the seasonal array of food blossoming in the spring and summer, crafted into light and refreshing dishes. It’s filled with recipes featuring tomatoes, cucumbers, squash blossoms, basil, cantaloupe, watermelon, plums, micro-greens, avocado, apricots, fava beans, raspberries, and many more mouth watering foods.
The Contemporary chapter is filled with dishes that are uniquely creative and sophisticated in design and presentation. Visually, this chapter is stunning, filled with stylized dishes that stand out with vibrant light and dark contrasting colors. The Black Sesame and White Coconut Dumblings with Creamy Miso Sauce is particularly ‘Contemporary’ and vibrant, with white coconut wraps nestled inside black coconut wraps, scrunched together with the tie of a green chive that sits on top of a light brown miso sauce on an all white plate. There is also a Jackson Pollock inspired raviolo with arugula pesto that uses red and green juices to artfully splatter rich colors into the canvas of beige coconut wraps, much like a Jackson Pollock painting. And there is a Shitake Ravioli with broccoli rabe, balsamic fig puree, and ginger cream. I also love the Heirloom tomatoes, warm “cheese” crisps, and melting olive oil “ice cream”. The various white, yellow, orange and green tomatoes are sliced into thick squares that look like translucent pastel colored frosted sea glass that gets washed up on the shore of the beach.
Okay so the book really isn’t about the G Living Monkies or even about me the Monkie Dark Overlord, but it should be. I am the darkest, greenest, juice guzzling monkie on the planet. I need a little praise too. I am just joking, I would guzzle green juice if anyone praised me or not. I am just that kind of Monkie.
The book (Thanking The Monkey) is by author Karen Dawn and is described as a book about Rethinking The Way We Treat Animals. No, it’s not a scared straight kind of book, with night video images of lab animals with their brains attached to shock devices. I think its a lighter fun type of book, in the same vain as the Skinny Bitch Books by my friend Rory Freedman. Her books are still on the NYTimes Best Seller List, how cool is that! Now to be honest, I haven’t seen the book yet, I just stumbled across a video on Youtube, which I posted below. In the video all the people I know are in the video and they even used my photo of Darrell Hanna with the rescued calves from Animal Acres.
Soon, I will go out and get a copy of the book and report back what I think of it. But until I get one, here is the official book description from the publisher and if you get a copy before me, post your thoughts below!