Costco and Soymilk

Costco for vegans in the SCV can be a surprisingly good place to shop for certain items. Their stock changes from time to time but for things like soymilk, snacks, salad greens and quick meal items it can be a good resource. Soymilk is something you will find in mass quantity and surprising variety at Costco. I believe there were four different varieties there when I strolled around the aisles on Saturday.

Costco Soymilk vanilla The Vanilla Organic Soymilk from Kirkland Signature is a refrigerated 3-pack of 1-half gallon cartons. The cost is $6.99

Costco Soymilk plainOrganic Plain Soymilk also by Kirkland Signature is a box of 12, 1-quart cartons that do not require refrigeration before opening. Also available in vanilla. The cost is $11.39

Costco Soymilk vitasoy chocolate Organic Chocolate Soymilk from Vitasoy comes in a box of 12 non-refrigerated bottles each 11.5 fl oz.. The cost is $12.99

Souplantation – Vegan menu options

Souplantation - Valencia

Souplantation is one of my favorite places to eat here in the SCV. For those unfamiliar, Souplantation is a reasonably-priced buffet that features a large and extensive salad bar, soups, pastas and baked goods. Their salad bar offers freshly prepared tossed salads, fresh green lettuces, spinach or mixed greens with tons of fresh veggies to make your own salad. In addition to that they offer “prepared salads” (think potato, pasta and bean salads) some of which are also vegan. I have yet to see a vegan dish at the pasta bar but they do have several vegan soups that are available from time to time. Baked potatoes, fresh fruit, juice and tea are all available as well.

Ingredient lists for each item is available in a three-ring binder behind each buffet counter. You can view it upon request, and I have read it dozens of times. I have nearly memorized which items are vegan and which ones are not. They have these surveys that customers may fill out; so I would, and I always ask for more vegan items. I have sent e-mails making the same requests and finally I started calling their corporate phone number. Some people would say this is going a tad overboard with the whole thing, but remember that they did ask for my opinion when they handed me those surveys. Besides, for those of you whom are not willing to put yourselves out there and talk to these people then be glad that some of us are; it benefits all of us.

In my last conversation with Souplantation they told me that they have been getting lots of responses from vegans and they decided to actually add the word “VEGAN” to items in their nutritional booklets and their on-line menu. I was also told they were considering putting the word “VEGAN” to the actual name tag on the salad bar to note which items were indeed vegan. They already list “Vegetarian” on these name tags but vegetarian to them includes dairy and eggs, so if you’re not sure just check the binder. (Note: in some of the vegetarian soups there is an ingredient called “Vegetarian Base” which contains lactose, so if you see this in the ingredient binder it is not vegan).

Menu items change every two weeks and you can see what your local Souplantation is serving by checking the menu on their website. (Hint: Click “Future Menu” to see what they will be offering weeks from now). I prefer to go when there are vegan soups offered, so if I check today I can see that they are offering one vegan soup (Santa Fe black bean chili) and one vegan prepared salad (Mandarin noodles w/broccoli). Coupons are offered constantly in the paper (Sunday, L.A. Times), and you can get printable coupons e-mailed to you if you join their “Club Veg” mailing list. Coupons are usually valid up to four people so bring your friends or family and enjoy a good meal at Souplantation-Valencia.

Souplantation-Valencia is located in the Valencia Town Center @
24303 Town Center Drive, Suite 150
Valencia, CA 91351

“No Age Are The Raddest Vegans Ever” – MTV News’ John Norris

No Age on MTV News

L.A. punk rock duo No Age get interviewed by John Norris of MTV News. Both band members Randy Randall (guitar) and Dean Spunt (drums/vocals) are vegan with Spunt being raised in the Santa Clarita Valley and a graduate of Saugus high school. John Norris of MTV News is a vegan himself, so they touched on that along with places for vegans to eat while in Austin TX. Also, check out their “5×5” video segment where five questions are given to them to ask each other.

Read the full article here.

First!

I’m surprised that you managed to find your way here since I haven’t advertised this blog yet, but welcome and I’m glad you found it. I’m still working on the site but we should be up and running soon.

I am a vegan living in Southern California’s beautiful Santa Clarita Valley. I often wonder how many vegans are actually in the SCV; perhaps this little blog project will give us a clue. The purpose of this blog is to initiate some kind of discussion and awareness among SCV’s vegan population. Any related news, vegan-friendly eateries and events will be posted here.

I’m new to the blog scene so any suggestions or criticisms are greatly appreciated. I also have a web forum so please check it out and let your voice be heard.

In kale we trust,

nolan