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Melissa Nowakowski

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@extra.vegan

Melissa has been vegan for three and a half years and is a self-proclaimed pizza and doughnut enthusiast. Has anyone tried combining the two yet? A public relations executive—when she’s not scouring New York City and beyond for the next great vegan food and beauty finds—she donates her time to HIT Living Foundation dog rescue and spoiling her cat, Waffles.

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See the article 6 vegan-friendly ethiopian restaurants in los angeles

6 Vegan-Friendly Ethiopian Restaurants in Los Angeles

If your parents ever told you to stop eating your food with your hands, Ethiopian food is for you! Injera (a spongy flatbread) comes with most dishes, and it’s absolutely encouraged and customary in Ethiopian dining to use it as a vehicle to scoop up each delicious and flavor-packed bite. Not only that, but nearly half the population of Ethiopia are Ethiopian Orthodox Christians who traditionally eat vegan on Wednesdays, Fridays, and other fasting days, totaling over 200+ days per year. We’re rounding up some of LA’s best spots to try this vegan-friendly cuisine below!

Melissa Nowakowski
Azla Vegan
Food & Drink Los Angeles
See the article vegan guide to dinel.a. restaurant week

Vegan Guide to dineL.A. Restaurant Week

Lifting up LA’s hard hit—but resilient—dining community, dineL.A. Restaurant Week is back March 1-14. We’re rounding up the top vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants participating in the event’s first ever spring season since its inception 13 years ago. The 14-day dining event will offer al fresco and takeout dining to foodies all over the city. Grubhub serves as the official delivery and takeout partner, though many restaurants are committed to offering a taste of the city through socially distanced dine-in meals as well.

Melissa Nowakowski
dineL.A.
Food & Drink Los Angeles
See the article the ultimate vegan guide to trader joe’s

The Ultimate Vegan Guide to Trader Joe’s

Navigating the aisles of Trader Joe’s can be overwhelming, mostly due to the endless array of vegan options in every section of the store mixed in with non-vegan options. It can feel like a bit of a scavenger hunt, and while worth it, we’ve taken out some of the guesswork and have rounded up a few of our many favorites from each area of the store. Truly, we could easily double this list! All vegan, all delicious, and all approved by the most experienced TJ’s connoisseurs.

Melissa Nowakowski
Trader Joe's Turkeyless Protein Patties
Food & Drink
See the article the 2021 vegout awards winners

The 2021 VegOut Awards Winners

After some very tight races, and drool-worthy selections, your votes for the best vegan spots across the nation have been tallied and the results are in! Below are the winners for the 2021 VegOut Awards.

Melissa Nowakowski
Monty's Good Burger
Food & Drink
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See the article new black-owned vegan restaurant opens in dallas area

New Black-Owned Vegan Restaurant Opens in Dallas Area

A new Black-owned brick-and-mortar has opened in Irving, Texas and we’ve got the inside scoop on the fire Southern eats!

Melissa Nowakowski
Bam's Vegan
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See the article jason momoa launches sustainable vegan sneakers made from algae

Jason Momoa Launches Sustainable Vegan Sneakers Made from Algae

Being sustainable just got even sexier, with Aquaman heartthrob Jason Momoa launching a line of vegan sneakers!

Melissa Nowakowski
Jason Momoa
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See the article ayesha curry teams up with so delicious to help america ditch dairy

Ayesha Curry Teams up with So Delicious to Help America Ditch Dairy

So Delicious and Ayesha Curry are launching a new line of cheese alternatives next month, and they’re on a mission to help Americans ditch dairy for good.

Melissa Nowakowski
So Delicious
News
See the article vegan fast food spot opens in roanoke, virginia

Vegan Fast Food Spot Opens in Roanoke, Virginia

We’re screaming from the rooftops because a new fully vegan fast food spot, Screamin Vegan, just opened up in Roanoke, Virginia.

Melissa Nowakowski
Screamin Vegan
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