Milk Gone Nuts: Try the Chocolate Peanutbutterlicious Shake

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On a steamy July day, nothing says summer vacation like an impossibly creamy chocolate milkshake. Like a mouthful of memories, these rich, icy treats are the stuff our childhood dreams were made of.

Thanks to Alton Road's Milk Gone Nuts, Miamians can opt into this summer throwback, no dairy necessary.

This milkshakery and juice bar/cafe uses homemade nut milks, coconut ice, and organic ingredients to whip up drinks worthy of skin-scorchingly hot summer afternoons (and way healthier than the originals).

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Make Vegan Milkshakes for National Ice Cream Month

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National Ice Cream Month (July, if you were wondering) can leave vegans feeling a little left out. Sure, we can snag a box of Tofutti or a pint of Rice Dream at the supermarket, but getting anyone to serve us a scoop or mix us up a shake? Dream on.

Luckily, Whole Foods Aventura has our backs. This Sunday, they'll serve vegan milkshakes for $5 from 1 to 3 p.m., in honor of the holiday. But even if you can't make it into the store, you can whip up your own at home with this recipe. Enjoy!

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Make Vegan Lasagna, Chocolate Mousse at VeganAroma's Cooking Class This Saturday

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Raw vegan lasagna.
If your vegan cooking skills are limited to tossing salads and pouring soy milk on cereal, it's time to step things up a notch. You're a grown ass person with fully functional motor skills -- surely you're capable of more.

Luckily, VeganAroma, the cozy little vegan eatery on SW Eighth Street, is willing to show you something a little more sophisticated. This Saturday afternoon, they'll school eager pupils on how to make lasagna, kale quiche, chocolate mousse, and more.

See also: Colony1: Bulk Food Store, Organic Garden, and Vegan Kitchen Coming to Wynwood

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Colony1: Bulk Food Store, Organic Garden, and Vegan Kitchen Coming to Wynwood

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Homemade edibles by the Colony1 team, on display at the Grassroots Music Festival.
Picture this green-living dream: A marketplace where Miamians can buy locally grown produce and bulk goods, then carry them home in reusable containers; a kitchen where locals can learn to cook healthy, vegan meals for themselves and their families; a lush community garden where people can donate time in exchange for a share of fresh produce.

Believe it or not, all of the above is coming to Wynwood.

Known as Colony1, the living building and its lot will serve as a bulk food store, organic garden, and vegan kitchen, among a community classroom and other things. It's the vision of Nando and Blair Jaramillo, the couple behind local nonprofit the Art of Cultural Evolution (ACE).

See also: Colony1 Eco-Friendly Community to Build Sustainable "Living Building" in Wynwood

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Make Super Easy Vegan Coleslaw for Fourth of July (Recipe)

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T-minus 24 hours until Fourth of July festivities kick off. And shiiiiiiit, you totally forgot about the vegan dish you promised to dole out at your neighbor's hipster barbecue. Considering the contents of your fridge (some sad-looking celery and a bottle of ketchup), this might present a problem.

Instead of desperately scrambling for store-bought something you can pass off as your own, whip up a batch of vegan coleslaw. One quick grocery run and six minutes of prep time later, you'll be golden. Not only is it the easiest thing ever, it's chock full of kale and brussels sprouts -- so you'll totally impress your green-eating pals.

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Dinner and Bikes: Vegan Eats Meet Bike Activism at Gramps Tonight

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Joshua, Joe, and Elly on tour in 2011.
Bike issues are on everyone's lips lately, what with the city's possible proposed crackdown on Critical Mass. Meanwhile, local transportation options are as lackluster and improbable as possible, so there's no better time than now to show support for Miami's two-wheeled culture.

At Gramps tonight, alternative transportation advocates will get to dig into a delicious vegan dinner. Dinner and Bikes, a group finishing up its month-long tour of the East Coast, is taking bicycle films, a pop-up bookstore, and a locally sourced meatless spread to Wynwood.

See also: Miami's Critical Mass Runs Smoothly, Looks Here to Stay After a Week on the Brink (Video)

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Seed Food & Wine Fest Announces All-Star Chef Lineup: Matthew Kenney Cuisine, Rich Landau, and More

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Meatless eaters and veg-curious foodies are counting down the days until the city's first plant-based extravaganza, Seed Food & Wine Festival. And to add to the anticipation, the five-day festival, kicking off in October, just announced some major additions to its lineup.

The official participants now include all-star chefs, bestselling authors, and renowned athletes. Check out the new opt-ins after the jump.

See also: Seed Food & Wine Fest: "We Want This to Be a Movement"

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Coconut Bacon: Salty, Smoky and Pig-Free

All photos by Hannah Sentenac
Everyone loves bacon. Well, except pigs. And people who like pigs. Some of us prefer our swine alive and snorting.

For those who love the taste of bacon, but not so much what it's made of, there haven't been too many tasty alternatives. But now there's Coconut Bacon, a product of Phoney Baloney's and on sale at Fresh Markets nationwide. It's salty, smoky, and does a bang-up job of impersonating bacon bits.

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Choices Cafe Brickell Closing Due to Developers

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Choices Cafe, Miami's landmark vegan eatery, is closing the doors to its Brickell location. The popular spot is being forced to vacate because (surprise!) a developer has bought up the property.

To announce the closure, the Choices team created a short, moving video about their move and their mission.

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The Cafe at Books & Books: Where to Find Vegan Fare on Lincoln Road

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Let's say you're hot, tired, and ravenous after a long day of shopping for H&M sheath dresses and Victoria's Secret thongs on Lincoln Road. But you're vegan, and everywhere you look there are Cuban-inspired spots and pizza joints; tourist traps and overpriced meateries. What's an herbivore to do?

Thank the lord for The Cafe at Books & Books. In addition to its well-earned rep as Miami's best bookseller, this locale offers up a menu chock full of meatless eats. So you can rest easy knowing you'll be able to fill your belly with something other than $12-a-pound licorice from Dylan's Candy Bar.

See also: Chef Allen to Revamp the Cafe at Books & Books on Lincoln Road

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