Friday, July 19, 2013

TRAVEL GUIDE: VEGAN IN BERLIN

REFERRED TO AS “VEGAN PARADISE” IN A RECENT GUIDED TOUR, Berlin is the undisputed heart of Germany’s nearly one million-strong vegan population. Reasons to love Berlin are countless. A diverse range of fabulous vegan food abounds in the capital: innovative restaurants, cafés and snack bars that cater to every taste, from fast food to haute vegetable cuisine. There are a multitude of places to shop for vegan food: not only are there small vegan grocery stores, but also two vegan supermarkets. There is a thriving vegan fashion scene; tons of options to get beautified, vegan-style; and of course, an active animal rights community. Here are some of my absolute faves and hidden gems:

FASHION
Berlin has something known as “the vegan avenue” in the neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg!

[1] The best place for compassionate and chic fashion shopping is Dear Goods. You will find clothing for girls and boys as well as a small selection of jewelry, bags, wallets, and home accessories. But the store is not only animal friendly; eco- and human-friendliness is also crucial for the owner Nicole Noli. Dear Goods is located in Schivelbeiner Straße 35, 10439 Berlin

[2] To complete your vegan outfit, go next door to Avesu. There, you’ll find elegant and chic footwear from Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather, sneakers from Veja or Ethletics, non-leather Doc Martens, and hiking boots from Vegetarian Shoes. They carry tons of styles for women, men, and children. Avesu is located in Schivelbeiner Straße 35, 10439 Berlin

The vegan and eco conscious brand Jonny’s Vegan (pictured) launched recently. The first collection soon became a favorite of veganistas and shoe lovers alike. Manufactured with fair labour in Spain. (Available at Avesu.)

[3] Founded by twin sisters Anja and Sandra Umann, Umasan is the world’s first vegan high fashion brand based in Berlin. They only use the finest eco-innovative materials such as Seacell, Soyfiber, Bamboo, Protein Fiber, Energear, Smartcel and Tencel. As for the designs: timeless, avant-garde and incredibly chic and comfortable. The Umasan flagship store is located in Linienstrasse 40, 10119 Berlin

[4] Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather. This innovative vegan brand has built a cult following not only in Germany, but has crossed over internationally. Large selection available at Avesu.

BONUS! Also part of “vegan avenue” is the vegan supermarket Veganz. It’s right next to Avesu and Dear Goods. Your can find everything there, from fruits and veggies, to raw foods, a huge freezer filled with vegan ice cream, pizza, every vegan meat imaginable, as well as a great selection of cheese, plant-based milk drinks, candy bars, cookies, and chocolate. Basically everything that makes you feel as if you’re in vegan food heaven. The bistro Goodies is located in the entrance area of Veganz, serving bagels, salads as well as smoothies, coffee and raw cake. Veganz is located in Schivelbeiner Str. 34, 10439 Berlin. Recently a second location opened in Friedrichshain in Warschauer Strasse 33, 10243 Berlin.

DINING

[1] My favorite place for a lazy afternoon with coffee and cake: The prettiest location in town is Café Vux, where the yummiest bagels, the most delicious cakes and the best coffee are served. Located in the popular district Neukoelln and right across the street from the vegetarian & vegan Italian restaurant Ponte Verde for a seamless transition from late afternoon coffee to the dinner table. Sunday is brunch day at Café Vux. Café Vux is located in Wipperstrasse 14, 12055 Berlin

[2] The best vegan food in Berlin: The vegetarian restaurant Cookies Cream is a hidden gem in Berlin-Mitte. Once you have made your reservation (please note that you wish to eat vegan) and made your way through the delivery yard at the back of the Westin Grand hotel, you will enjoy a delicious three-course meal made from fresh regional and seasonal ingredients in a stylish but yet inviting location. Cookies Cream is located in Behrenstrasse 55, 10115 Berlin

[3] The absolutely divine Vanilla Chocolate Cupcake at Café Vux.

[4] A very particular Berlin speciality: Vöner serves the typical Berlin dish – a döner, a doner kebab – vegan style. Located in Friedrichshain, one of the districts where the vegan scene is really happening, Vöner has become an institution for greasy, savory and delicious fast food. Insider tip: order the “Wagenburger” and french fries with vegan cheese sauce. You’ll be saying, “Mega lecker!” (it means “extremely delicious” in German). Vöner is located in Boxhagener Straße 56, 10245 Berlin

 

VEGAN BEAUTY
These brands are not to be missed:

Over 30 years ago, Ingrid Stamm founded i+m Naturkosmetik: the Berlin-based natural cosmetics brand. At that time, she was a pioneer – and she still is. The brand is certified organic, 100% vegan, uses only cold pressed oils, no artificial ingredients or mineral oils, no preservatives, like parabens, does not test on animals, and supports fair trade projects. The product range includes skin, hair, and body care. The packaging is also environmentally friendly, following the cradle to cradle design. Reflecting the spirit of i+m’s hometown, the Berlin-line was created, which also comes in a very nice travelling package with shower gel, body cream, hair shampoo, and conditioner. This makes a great, eco friendly, and vegan souvenir for all loved ones at home, or a way to remember this trip when back home. The products are available at whole food stores, such as Bio Company, LPG Biomarkt, Basic, Alnatura or Bio Company.

Luckily, great cruelty free and vegan beauty products can be found all over town. Here are a few brands and where they can be found:

Drugstores: Terra Naturi (Mueller), Alverde (DM) and Alterra (Rossmann) – organic skin and haircare, vegan products are clearly labeled

Supermarkets: bulldog (Rewe) – organic and vegan skin care for men

Health food stores and organic supermarkets: benecos skin and hair care as well as make up (tip: great nail polish) is an organic brand with a great vegan selection.

One of the first German organic skin care brands was Dr. Hauschka, with many vegan products to choose from. (Tip: the Cleansing Milk is a staple in my bathroom.)

ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISM IN BERLIN
When it comes to meeting like-minded people and fellow animal rights activists, Berlin Vegan is the place to go. Twice a month this group of regulars meets in a vegan location to share news, tips and plan upcoming activities. New faces are more than welcome, and help for their various projects such as a website, a restaurant guide app, and an annual summer festival is always highly appreciated. This year the summer festival will take place August 31st, 2013 at Alexanderplatz. Yummy food, great people, informative speeches and cookery shows – be there, or be square.

 

About the author: Franziska Schmid is a vegan writer and blogger living in Berlin. When she became a vegan in 2008, she wanted to continue to visit nice restaurants and cafés, enjoy good food, cosmetics, and use red lipstick and wear cool shoes. She started her site Veggie Love to share her finds and inspire others.

LAIKA Magazine is available at Berlin’s do you read me?! bookstore! They currently stock the Premier Issue, with our Second Issue coming there soon!

 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

THE SECOND ISSUE HAS ARRIVED!

LOVELY READERS, WE ARE SO THRILLED TO SHARE OUR Second Issue: Summer Abundance Issue! Brimming with vibrant content, bursting with color— this is the place where creativity and compassion converge. We have compelling profiles on future luminaries like our amazing cover star Clara Polito, who at only sixteen years old is already leaving an indelible mark on the world with her vegan bakery Clara Cakes and her passionate activism. Style and substance come together in our first-of-its kind stunning 8 page feature on vegan and ethical fashion, styled by Joshua Katcher. And we continue to showcase the most brilliant discoveries in everything from food to beauty. Of course, as always, we dig deeper with uncompromising features on animals. Like the photo essay and exclusive narrative from groundbreaking photographer Jo-Anne McArthur— for the first time in print, including never-before-seen images from her archives. Contributors like renown author James McWilliams return with spectacularly thought-provoking essays.

Clara Polito Clara Cakes Laika

We get invited into the homes and lives of paradigm-shifting trailblazers like triathlete and Vega founder Brendan Brazier, who shares his lifelong expert knowledge on wellness; and Chef and restaurateur Makini Howell of the celebrated Plum Bistro who gives us an inside look into her signature cuisine. We travel around the country to bring you the most fascinating stories from activists, some who are raising their kids vegan, and others who are declaring their compassion in the form of tattoos.

And that’s just the beginning! With nearly 20 pages more content than the Premier Issue, we have the most innovative and exciting subject matter in the vegan community covered. Made with love, from the heart, this issue is a bold declaration of the limitless possibilities of compassionate living and the abundance of sensory enjoyment that it holds for everyone.

We hope you love our Second Issue: Summer Abundance Issue as much as we loved making it! It will be arriving to our subscribers in the first week of July and hitting newsstands soon after that, and is now available to order on our site! Stay tuned for extras, outtakes, and behind-the-scenes videos. We’re so thrilled and grateful to have you along for this ride!

Cover photographed by Sylvia Elzafon

Clara Polito feature “Girl Wonder” photographed by Joel Barhamand

Fashion feature “Summer Fling” photographed by Balarama Heller

“Philly Flavor” photographed by Hannah Kaminsky

 

 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

LAIKA IN YOUR TOWN: NEWSSTAND LOCATIONS

DEAR FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS, after a lot of hard work we are a nationally-distributed magazine! Woo-hoo! You can find us everywhere, from NYC to Oregon to Kentucky and even Germany. Please see the full list below. Grab our Premier Issue while it’s still on stands— it’s a Collector’s Edition. And coming to those locations in just a few short weeks is our Second Issue!! We are so excited and can’t wait for you to see.

ARIZONA
Crescent Tobacco Shop
200 E. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701

Crescent Tobacco Shop
7037 E. Tanque Verde Road
Tucson, AZ 85715

CALIFORNIA
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Viva La Vegan
9456 Roberds St
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91707

Issues Shop
20 Glen Ave.
Oakland, CA 94611

Paras News
3911 30 St
San Diego, CA 92104

Newsbeat
514 Third St.
Davis, CA 95616

COLORADO
Magpies Newsstand Cafe
707 Main Ave.
Durango, CO 81301

Nooch Vegan Market
336 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205

CONNECTICUT
Foodworks
450 Boston Post Road
Guilford, CT 06437

Foodworks
1000 Boston Post Rd,
Old Saybrook, CT 06475

WASHINGTON, DC
Capitol News Room
1803 Connecticut Ave, N.W.
Washington, DC 20009

Metro Center News
1200 G St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005

FLORIDA
Bob’s News & Books
1515 South Andrews Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

ILLINOIS
Quimby’s Books
1854 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

City Newsstand
4018 N. Cicero,
Chicago, IL 60641

Cady’s
210 N. Lafayette,
Macomb, IL 61455

INDIANA
Book Corner
100 N. Walnut St.,
Bloomington, IN 47404

KENTUCKY
sQecial Media
371 S Limestone St,
Lexington, KY 40508

MARYLAND
Atomic Books
3620 Falls Rd
BaltImore, MD 21211

MASSACHUSETTS
Newsbreak
53 Popes Island
New Bedford, MA 02740

Red Lion Smoke Shop
94 Washington St.
Salem, MA 01970

NEW YORK
Around The World Fashion Publications
148 W. 37 St.
New York, NY 10018

Bedford Exotics
195 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Bouwerie Iconic Magazines
215 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

Gem Spa Newsstand
131 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003

Global News
22 8th Ave
New York, NY 10014

Lafayette Smoke Shop
63 Spring St.
New York, NY 10012

Magazine Cafe
15 W. 37th St.
New York, NY 10018

Moo Shoes
78 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002

N.N. News
317 6 Ave.
New York, NY 10014

Pratt News & Magazine
477 Myrtle Ave.
Brooklyn, 78 Orchard Street
New York, NY 11205

Times Square News
362 W. 42 ST.
New York, NY 10036

OHIO
Little Professor Books
65 S. Court St.
Athens, OH 45701

Cincinnati Fountain Square News
101 East 5th St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Bank News
4025 Clark Ave
Cleveland, OH 44109

OREGON
Book Bin
450 Court Street NE
Salem, OR 97301

Rich’s
820 SW Alder St.
Portland, OR 97205

Herbivore Clothing
1211 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 9721

PENNSYLVANIA
Avril 50
3406 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

TEXAS
AAA News, Inc.
1500 West Stassney Lane
Austin, TX 78745

Andrew’s News
4016 E. Belknap St.
Fort Worth, TX 76111

WISCONSIN
Booked Solid
7035 W. Greenfield Ave.
West Allis, WI 53214

INTERNATIONAL

GERMANY

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