Fall is well underway, with winter already whispering frosty sweet nothings late at night. In case you didn’t know, fall and winter are the official cuffing season, so many single-folk are looking for someone to cozy-up with through the holidays.

If you’re a single vegan, then you already know that finding another single vegan who you are mutually attracted to can be seriously tough. While not all vegans are adamant about dating another veg-head, some wouldn’t even consider going to dinner—let alone bed—with someone who eats meat. If that sounds like you, then here are 4 tips for finding another vegan, excerpted from The Lusty Vegan, co-written by myself and Chef Ayinde Howell and available now wherever books are sold.

4 Tips For Finding Another Vegan to Date

So, you’re looking to meet a vegan, eh? One who is not going to alienate your family members at Thanksgiving with tales from the slaughterhouse. One who is a total kitchen wizard and knows that vegan cooking has evolved way past steaming raw veggies or molding nuts into a loaf. Seriously, you want a compassionate foodie that can flambé and sauté like a boss. Okay, maybe you will just settle for a big heart and winning smile and moderate microwaving skills.

If you’re a man looking for a vegan lady, you’ve got an easier road ahead of you, as there are more vegan girls out there. But even single vegan dudesters have been writing in to iEatGrass, inquiring how to meet a vegan lady—even ones in booming veg-friendly metropolises like Los Angeles!

So maybe you’re all prepped. You have a bedside table stocked with Sir Richard’s or Sustain condoms and cruelty free toys, yet you can’t find a plant-based playmate to share a magical evening with. What’s a lusty vegan to do? Here are a few tips on finding a vegan bed buddy, be it for a night of excitement, or a lifetime of spooning and vegan baby-making.


1. Stalk your local hot spots. 
If you’re still in the bar-hopping time of your life, then the obvious choice for meeting a mate is at a bar. But considering that bars are not the normal vegan hang-out, and you probably aren’t looking for an average man or woman (because vegans are sooo above average, helloo!) a bar probably is not your best shot. Unless of course, it’s a vegan bar! Those do exist in Brooklyn, and probably Austin, and maybe Portland. Anyway, what you need to do is head to a vegan-friendly hang out. This can differ depending on your location. A yoga studio with a raw juice bar probably attracts a heavy cruciferous crowd. A vegan-friendly coffee shop is also a good bet. Set up your computer or bring a good book and eye-stalk everyone that walks in the door. See something you like? Strike up a convo. Another tip? When you head to that vegan spot, wear that lucky “I Heart Kale” shirt, or even better, an “I Eat Grass” tee. That way, you’re easy to spot, and obviously very hip.

2. Spread the word. 
If you are really set on finding a vegan partner, tell everyone you know. I mean, everyone. You never know who has a cute single vegan co-worker or gym buddy. This is how my mother met her life partner. She started telling everyone she was on the lookout, and one of her friends happened to know a single, crunchy, outdoorsy dude from yoga. Ten years and two farms later, the pair is still adorably inseparable. If no one knows you’re looking, they can’t set you up. However, be specific in what you’re looking for. If you’re just looking for a one-night stand or short fling, it may be best not to date friends of friends, as things can quickly become more awkward than the time my birth-coach aunt cornered my boyfriend at a family party and started telling him what an amazing organ the vagina is.

3. Get involved.
 I know I am telling you to look look look for a vegan mate, but often you find someone when you’re not looking. Get involved with things in your community you’re passionate about, and you are more likely to find someone with similar interests. When you have the same routine (yoga, work, drinks in the same social circle) week after week, it’s hard to meet fresh faces. So, volunteer at a shelter, local community garden, or vegan organization. Even if you don’t meet someone datable there, you may make new friends (who could possibly set you up!) or at least get involved in a passion project and give back. Good karma points for you!

4. Get online.
 Online dating isn’t for everyone, but there are a good amount of online sources for vegans these days. There are also vegan speed dating events. Or, you don’t have to join a network specifically for singles; any vegan meet-up will do.

Looking for more?  The Lusty Vegan, A Dating Manifesto for Vegans and The People Who Love Them, written by Zoe Eisenberg and Ayinde Howell, is available wherever books are sold.

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Happy Friday! For me, Friday night is often date night. While going out to eat is fun, cooking together and eating at home is much more intimate. Cooking for someone else is also a great way to show your appreciation for your partner—and we all want to do that, don’t we?

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Hey there SexyTofu readers . I have super huge news! My writing partner/bossman/good friend vegan chef Ayinde  Howell and I are extremely excited to officially be able to announce that our book, The Lusty Vegan, A Cookbook and Dating Manifesto for Vegans and The People Who Love Them, will be released in the fall of 2014!

Part cookbook, part lifestyle book, The Lusty Vegan uses humor and great recipes to solve one of the biggest issues in the vegan community: you’re vegan, your partner is not. Or maybe you’re a vegan having a hard time finding another vegan to make a nice little veg-nest with. Locking down a compatible mate seems to be the largest problem within in the vegan community, making finding love–and keeping it–a little harder than it already is. How do we know? From experience, of course.

Despite the fact that Ayinde and I are full-force, compassionate vegans, neither of us has ever dated another vegan! Yep! We know we’re not alone, so we set out to help solve the problem. In the book, we break down why it’s important to make peace at the table, and in the bedroom. Since we really, really want to help our community find peace in their relationships (and facilitate vegan baby making), TLV is not only geared toward vegans dating omnivores, but to omnis who are dating vegans! We’ve got everybody’s back, here.

The book includes 80 drool-worthy recipes, as well as tips, anecdotes, and narrative stories to help bridge the divide at the dinner table.

The book came from all of the musings Ayinde and I have had over at iEatGrass.com in my Lusty Vegan column, inspired by you lovely readers! Thanks, guys. We started researching for the book over two years ago, and reached out several times to our vegan community while compiling data – how scientific of us!

The book is being published by Vegan Heritage Press and distributed by Andrews McMeel Publishing/Simon & Schuster. The actual release drops in early October, but it’s currently up for pre-sale on Amazon!

We’re so excited to be able to share this book with all of you, and we hope you’re excited too!

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It’s happening!! New York City’s very first vegan pop-up restaurant, Wildflower, will be open June 10, ll and 12, serving 28 courses of to-die-for plant-based gourmet.

Keeping things short and (deliciously) sweet, Wildflower will be located at 171 East Broadway for a limited time, offering intense combinations of flavors inspired by soul food, raw fusion, street food and more. Vegan chef and entrepreneur Ayinde Howell, founder of IEatGrass.com,  will be whipping up dishes like grilled bbq rubbed seitan brisket, dirty quinoa, seitan shwarma, churros and muffletas. Innovative specialty drinks such as white grape cucumber martinis and delicious desserts (hello Belgian beer floats!) will be available, and on Saturday and Sunday mornings Howell will impress with his specialty brunches, featuring his famous and much sought after mac & yease and a variety of unique waffle flavors–Reeses cup, mexican hot cocoa and orange creamsicle. If you aren’t drooling already (I know I am!) than there must be something seriously wrong with you.

Don’t miss the vegan event of the season–head on down to East Broadway this weekend! Be sure to make reservations, cause it’s going to be hoppin.’  Okay, back to daydreaming about waffles..

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Come on all you veggie enthusiasts, show your support for the plant-based food movement and pledge a few dollars on Kickstarter for Wildflower, a pop-up vegan restaurant pioneered by lifelong vegan and kick-ass chef, Ayinde Howell, founder of IEatGrass.com.

If enough money is pledged, the restaurant will open in Manhattan in late spring serving delicious and unique vegan eats. Please show your support!

Specialty themed meals will include a bistro night, a gluten-free raw fusion, a street-food inspired menu and–best of all–a brunch! Please show your support, because I’ll be damned if I don’t get to try some of Ayinde’s waffles with a heaping side of his world famous Mac and Yease..

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