Vegan Thanksgiving in Miami: Whole Foods, Bunnie Cakes, and Potluck Eats

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How cute is this turkey cake?
If you're not into meat, butter, or cheese, a Thanksgiving table can be tough to navigate. The Brussels sprouts are cooked in bacon; the mashed potatoes are loaded with butter; the turkey is, well, a turkey.

But for the plant-based eaters, Short Order has dug up some options for yummy, pre-cooked Thanksgiving meals, so you can show up to a feast armed with delicious additions. From raw pies to cupcakes to Gardein "turkey" feasts, Miami offers a whole host of options for the big day. And that's something to be grateful for.

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Thanksgiving Recipe: Chef Cesar Zapata's Waldorf Salad

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Thanksgiving is a holiday that's all about expanding belts and big portions. From the stuffing to the gravy to the mashed potatoes, it's all about the rich and filling. Greens are usually nowhere to be found -- other than buried in a casserole.

But salad makes an excellent (and underrated) addition to any Thanksgiving menu. This Waldorf salad by Chef Cesar Zapata of the Federal is the perfect way to sneak some much-needed greens into your family's dinner selections.

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Jugofresh Offering Vegan Pies for Thanksgiving

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Sadly, store-bought, traditional pumpkin pies are not vegan-friendly. Nor are they particularly healthy, unless you consider sweetened condensed milk some kind of vitamin supplement. Luckily though, Jugofresh has both health-conscious Miamians and meatless eaters covered when it comes to Thanksgiving desserts this year.

Chef Paco has whipped up four options for pre-order ahead of Turkey Tofurky Day. All raw, the options include key lime, chickpea cookie dough, pumpkin and coconut carrot.

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Which Wich, Sandwich Shop With Vegan Options, to Open Two Miami Stores

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Because everyone makes it to Miami (eventually), the ├╝ber-popular nationwide sandwich chain Which Wich is opening two local locations in the 305 -- one slated for December, the other for early 2015.

The sammie shops are known for their unique ordering system. Customers use red Sharpies to mark up preprinted menus on paper bags, plus do a little doodling while they're at it.

And though Which Wich's bread isn't vegan (bummer), it does use a whole host of vegan-friendly ingredients and offers add-ins that can be used to make a Bowlwich or a Lettucewich, so the meatless masses have more than PB&J as a lunch option.

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Ten Best Vegan Candies for Halloween

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It's Halloween week, which means there are bowls and bags and towers of candy greeting you everywhere you go -- much of it laced with eggs and butter, which is totally worse than razor blades. (Kidding!)

Luckily, there are plenty of "accidentally" vegan sweets out there -- more than you probably imagined. Here are the ten best to stock up on, so you don't feel left out of this week's sugar smorgasboard.

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Five Best Vegetarian Dishes to Try Before the Month Is Over

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October is a festive month in Miami, full of celebratory eats and drinks. Beer for Grovetoberfest, candy for Halloween -- pumpkin spice lattes as often as possible.

And the 10th month is also all about vegetarian awareness -- as good a time as any to start eating your veggies. October is almost over, but there's still time to bask in meatless yums before the 31st arrives.

Here are five veg dishes to try before the month is through. No matter what your everyday food habits, everyone could use a little more multicolored cuisine.

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This Halloween, Hail Seitan With the Vegan Black Metal Chef

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Before the milquetoast ministrations of Thug Kitchen, there was a plant-based Prince of Darkness: the (faux) leather-clad culinarian known as the Vegan Black Metal Chef.

The horrifying herbivore drew more than two million YouTube views for the first episode of his online cooking show, where recipes are roared, screamed, and sung to the tune of original black metal music. With lyrics like, "Seitan, I release you from this prison and summon you upon my altar," what's not to love?

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Vegan Pages, Plant-Based Professional Directory, Launches in Miami

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More than a way of eating, veganism is a lifestyle. And since people in the plant-powered movement tend to share the same values, it only makes sense that they'd want to find each other -- for both business and personal purposes. But how to do that, exactly?

Clearly none of the main directory sites -- Yelp, Google, Angie's List, etc., are geared toward vegans. So if you're looking for a plant-strong accountant, there's nowhere to turn.

Hence Miami advocate Janay Laing decided to launch Vegan Pages, a new listings website where herbivores across the U.S. can find like-minded professionals.

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Seed Food & Wine Festival Day: Miami's Vegans Come of Age

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All photos by Hannah Sentenac
With Seed Food & Wine Festival's inaugural run all wrapped up, it's clear that Miami's plant-based culinary community was bigger, stronger, and way more dedicated than anyone probably imagined. Myself included.

With five full days of plant-based soirees, celebrity hosts, chef dinners, and vegan vendors, this was no ordinary veg fest. Basically, it was the South Beach Wine & Food Festival on plants -- just as delicious, just as sophisticated and way friendlier for the waistline, the planet, and our animal friends.

Thousands of people turned up for Saturday's festival day alone. Imagine, South Floridians of all ages, interests and eating habits clamoring for meatless sausage, vegan pork rinds and zucchini noodles ... I can honestly say, never thought I'd see the day.

After this weekend, Miami has undoubtedly earned herself a leadership role in the plant-based revolution.

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Seed's Vedge Dinner: Alicia Silverstone, Salt-Roasted Beets, and Korean Eggplant Tacos

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This weekend, Miami's love for all things meat played second fiddle to the newest star in the culinary constellation: the mighty vegetable.

On Friday night, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, the duo behind Philadelphia's Vedge and just-opened V Street, made kitchen magic with a rainbow-hued spectrum of fresh veggies, from sashimi-thin golden beets to pleasantly bitter broccoli rabe. One-hundred-and-twenty people packed into South Beach's Tongue and Cheek eatery for a sold-out dinner extravaganza.

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