Six Places to Get Dairy-Free Ice Cream in South Florida for National Ice Cream Month

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Summer days were made for ice pops and swirly soft serve. And with National Ice Cream Month upon us, now's the time to start debating favorite flavors and that age-old question: chocolate or rainbow sprinkles?

Unfortunately, indulging in frozen treats isn't as easy for the lactose-intolerant and vegan eaters among us. Luckily, we've done the legwork and sought out the best spots to score dairy-free ice cream and desserts in South Florida. Bon appetit.

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Veg-Friendly Atlas Deli Bringing Handcrafted Fake Meat to Hollywood

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Thin, deli-sliced chipotle turk'e.

As a cook and former carnivore, Ryan Bauhaus was sick and tired of frozen, processed faux meats. He wanted fresh stuff to work with, so why didn't it exist?

Thus, the idea for Atlas Meat-Free Delicatessen was born. Bauhaus dreamed up his own fake meat product, dubbed vegitein, which he'll soon be selling to meatless eaters across South Florida. The new spot, at the Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood, will sell "meat" by the pound, plus made-to-order sammies, sides, and all the other trappings of a legit deli.

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Celebrate Vegan Pizza Day Saturday at These Four Local Spots

Although there are many meaty summer holidays out there that pay homage to grilled flesh on the BBQ (July 4 and Memorial Day, ahem), there is one summer throwdown that we vegans can wholeheartedly endorse without any guilt associated with the celebration -- Vegan Pizza Day on June 28.

In its fourth year of existence, the annual summer day to celebrate, share recipes, promote vegan-friendly businesses, and get together over a shared pie was started by vegan blogger Quarrygirl and Dan Reed of Chicago Vegan Foods but has quickly blown up internationally into something all its own with its own Facebook page and Twitter hashtag, #veganpizzaday.

Although it's most tempting to make your own damned pie in the comfort of your own kitchen and in the loving, forgiving glow of your Instagram filter, we suggest getting out and supporting some local businesses that always have a vegan option on hand.

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A Super Easy, Store-Bought, Meatless Memorial Day Menu

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Memorial Day is almost upon us, which means folks across South Florida are breaking out the propane tanks, "Kiss the Cook" aprons and various cuts of meat for their BBQ extravaganzas. It can look pretty lonely for vegans.

But all is not lost. It's not as tough as you might think to whip up a meatless Memorial Day menu with some quick grocery store shopping. Because nibbling on celery sticks gets so old.

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An Open Letter to BurgerFi From a Vegan


As a nonmilitant vegan, I frequently find myself eating out with omnivores. Their meat consumption doesn't irk me, but the lack of options at eateries often does. Because seriously -- how hard it is to throw together one vegan entrée?

On that note, I was recently bummed to discover that BurgerFi, the environmentally sustainable burger chain that everyone's obsessed with, has nothing to offer vegans. Even its quinoa vegetarian burger has animal products in it. FAIL. So in response, here's my open letter to the leaders of the "better burger movement."

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Farm Sanctuary's Gene Baur to Speak at Darbster Event Tuesday

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Maybe it was the first time you saw the pink slime footage. Or perhaps it was the first time you saw a video about the grave realities of the veal industry.

Whatever the entry point was, something got you thinking about giving a damn about what you're putting in your mouth and the process of how it got to your plate. For many folks, a visit to a Farm Sanctuary (where rescued animals that were slotted for slaughterhouses live out their lives) is that very entrance.

With farm locations in California and New York, Animal activist, best-selling author and co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary Gene Baur will bring his personal experiences from the farm to a special speaking event and buffet dinner at Darbster in Boca Raton on Tuesday night.

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Sublime Hosts Italian Winetasting Dinner Wednesday to Benefit ARFF

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You may feel pretty altruistic when sitting down for a meal at vegan restaurant Sublime, but this Wednesday night, you'll get a chance to up your kindness points when the restaurant staff hosts its first installment of a monthly winetasting dinner to benefit area nonprofits.

Wednesday's Italian Wine Tasting Dinner to benefit the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida will feature a five-course meal paired with wines presented by the vintner or winemaker for each course.

Sublime's owner, Nanci Alexander, says Rome, Sicily, and Venice will each be represented on the plate with selections like the Caponata (roasted eggplant, red pepper, red onion, and capers), house-made fettuccine (with mushrooms, marsala, and pan-fried Gardein), or the antipasto plate of Sublime cashew cheese, pickled veggies, and crostini.

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Forget Munchkins, Try 'Krunkins' Vegan Donut Holes from PAC Pastries

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Meet the magical "krunkin"

Croissant-donut hybrids are so five minutes ago. Meet the "krunkin", Broward County's next dessert craze. The sweet treat is a vegan donut incarnation whipped up by Shelbey Ganzel, owner of PAC Pastries.

The name was invented by Green Bar and Kitchen, a purveyor of PAC's treats. And donuts ain't all Ganzel does. She's a master of organic, vegan, gluten-free refreshments, from cupcakes to cinnamon rolls to chocolate chip cookies.

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Veg Week: Hallandale, Pompano, Lauderhill and Fort Lauderdale Show Support for Veg Pledge

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Foregoing meat forever may seem like a daunting task, particularly for your average carnivore. But most people could probably handle seven days without hot wings or pepperoni pizza. Enter Compassion Over Killing's Veg Pledge, a nationwide campaign to go meatless that kicks off on April 21.

As of now, four Broward County cities have issued proclamations in support of Veg Pledge. Plus, Florida Congressman Ted Deutch is on board. The idea is to educate folks on the health, environmental and ethical benefits of plant-based eating.

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Passover Dinner: The Vegan Edition

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"What do you mean you don't eat meat anymore!?" "Is that kosher?"
Chances are this Passover season you will either A.) host a vegan at your table or B.) be that vegan who ends up at this said Passover or c.) Be a vegan who is throwing your own badass Passover feast for an unsuspecting omnivore crowd because, well, WE ARE SLOWLY TAKING OVER YOUR DINING ROOM TABLE! Muahahahahahaha!

Or at the very least, growing in small but steady numbers each year, right?

While it's true a meal that already comes with a set of strict dietary restrictions (avoiding all leavened foods as well as grains, beans and corn) can be further complicated by taking away any animal products, there are easy and delicious ways to eschew certain ingredients in favor of others and still stay true to tradition, sans shank bone. Here are a few recipes to get you going.

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