Category: Vegan

Art & poetry at Ashland’s Enoteca

By Midge Raymond,

For all of you in Southern Oregon (or visiting!), be sure to stop by the wine tasting room Enoteca this month to see the wonderful collaboration of artists Dana Feagin and Kat von Cupcake.


This exhibit, “Animal Ruminations: A Collaboration in Poetry and Paint,” a show of Dana’a paintings paired with Kat’s poetry, will be at Enoteca until November 30. The opening reception will be on First Friday, November 4, from 5 to 8 p.m, featuring music, wine, and appetizers.


Original art, cards, and prints of Dana’s fantastic animal paintings and Kat’s delicious baked goodies will be available for purchase during the reception. This two-month show is a fundaiser for Sanctuary One. All proceeds benefit the Sanctuary.


Here is a glimpse of the art/poetry pairings you’ll find … and when you visit you’ll see (and read about) animals from cats and dogs to pigs, ducks, and roosters.




Enoteca is located in the Plaza in downtown Ashland; click here for hours and other details.

Dining well in Brisbane, Australia

By Midge Raymond,

There are many vegan restaurants in Brisbane, Australia, and we were very happy to have the chance to visit Vege Rama in Brisbane’s West End.


It’s a lovely, open-air restaurant (like most in balmy Brisbane), and when we arrived for a (very late) lunch, the restaurant was quiet and peaceful.


We began with a juice called the “liver cleanser,” which contains carrot, apple, beetroot, ginger, and turmeric. It was delicious (and pretty).


The delicious meals we sampled included the black bean burger, served with sweet potato fries.


While the black bean burger was great, our favorite was the grilled marinated tofu steaks on udon noodles, which was sublime.


We returned on a Friday night, and the place was overflowing with customers. We had the fantastic tofu/noodle dish again, as well as tone of the night’s specials, a delicious green curry with tofu. (Photo not included because the meal disappeared too quickly.)

Also fun about being there on a weekend evening was the chance to enjoy the specialty cocktails, local beers, and a great selection of local beer and wines.

Announcing the 2016 Siskiyou Prize

By Midge Raymond,

We are thrilled to announce that the third annual Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature is now open for submissions!


It’s been wonderful to see so many fine writers tackling the issues of the environment and animal protection through great stories, novels, memoirs, and essays — and we are pleased to be offering this prize for a third year. This year, we have one exciting change to announce: In addition to unpublished work (all of which will be considered for publication by Ashland Creek Press), we are also accepting published book submissions for the Siskiyou Prize. Please click here for full details.

This year, we’re delighted to have JoeAnn Hart as our final judge. JoeAnn is the author of two novels, Addled (Little Brown, 2007) and Float (Ashland Creek Press, 2013). JoeAnn’s essays, articles, and short fiction have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals and national publications, including Orion,, and the Boston Globe Magazine. Her work has won a number of awards, including the PEN New England Discovery Award in Fiction. To learn more about JoeAnn, click here.

The 2016 prize winner will receive $1,000 and a four-week residency at PLAYA. All Siskiyou Prize submissions will be considered for publication from Ashland Creek Press. Visit the Siskiyou Prize website for complete details and to submit.

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2016. Also, please note that we will be closed to regular book submissions until further notice in order to focus on prize submissions.



We look forward to reading your work!

Dogland featured on Our Hen House

By John Yunker,

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We were thrilled to hear Dogland reviewed by Robin Lamont on the Our Hen House podcast.

Among the many great things said about the book, Robin said she would recommend the book for anyone who has rescued a dog or is planning to do so. We certainly agree!

You can listen to the review here.

Dining well in Quito, Ecuador: El Maple

By Midge Raymond,

We were delighted to find this vegetarian restaurant in the Mariscal district of Quito, Ecuador.


El Maple has a vegetarian/vegan menu but also offers a prix fixe menu that, if not already vegan, can easily be adjusted; the staff is lovely and accommodating (especially so given our limited Spanish and their limited English).


The restaurant was empty when we arrived at 12:30 for lunch (Ecuadorians eat a bit later, and lunch is their main meal of the day), but it quickly filled up. It is an inviting space, with several rooms …


… and a beautiful, open-air courtyard.


Our meal began with crema de esparragos, a vegan asparagus soup, which was light and delicious.


The next course was a gulash de gluten, a lovely plate of seitan with vegetables in a light, tomato-based sauce. The seitan was chewy, with a different texture than anything I’ve had before, but it was well seasoned and very good. The papas, mashed potatoes, had been prepared with butter, so the kitchen whipped up a special batch of vegan papas just for us. On the side was half an avocado, ubiquitous on plates in Ecuador.


For dessert, we had flan vegano, a mango-infused flan drizzled with a chocolate-strawberry sauce, which was rich, creamy, and absolutely delicious.


El Maple is tucked away on Joaquín Pinto, between Reina Victoria and Avenida 6 de Diciembre, in a traveler’s section of Mariscal that hosts many more restaurants, nightclubs, and hostels. It is well worth a visit for its fresh, tasty food and wonderful and helpful and welcoming staff.

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