Sanctuary Bistro | Vegan & Gluten-Free Restaurant

Sanctuary Bistro

The San Francisco Bay Area is full of superb vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants, and now you can add another gourmet vegan dining establishment to the list.

We had the opportunity to catch up with the founders of Sanctuary Bistro, which opened in Berkeley, California in August 2014. We hope you enjoy this video offering you a peek inside the restaurant, and will make a point to visit them next time you’re in the Bay Area!

Jennifer and Barry Horton have been passionately cooking up local, sustainable, gluten-free vegan food in the Bay Area for years. For the past few years they’ve been fixtures at countless Bay Area festivals and events, serving up delicious vegan food through their Local Love Catering Company. Prior to starting this catering business, Barry was the head chef at the esteemed Stanford Inn restaurant in Mendocino.

Jennifer and Chef Barry’s passion, creativity, and dedication to local and sustainable food come through in every aspect of the restaurant—from the food to the craft kombucha to the custom-made napkin rings. We know you’ll fall in love with this fine dining vegan bistro!

Tip #8: Everyday Activism

You will spare more than 100 animals each year simply by being vegan. But if you inspire just one other person to go vegan, the number of animals you’ll save instantly doubles. That’s where the power of activism comes in. Activism can exponentially increase the number of animals you can help during your lifetime.

Here are six ways that you can help animals every single day!

  1. Pimp Your Laptop! Dress it up with stickers that make a statement wherever you go.
  2. Have fun with buttons. Pin them on bags, clothes, hats, camera straps, or bulletin boards.
  3. Wear T-shirts with a message. You can find vegan-themed clothing at Herbivore Clothing, Compassion CompanyRoots of Compassion, PETA, and many other online shops.
  4. Rock statement jewelry. Christy Robinson makes wonderful stamped vegan jewelry, but you can find tons of other options on Etsy.
  5. Deck your vehicle with vinyls and bumper stickers.
  6. Use animal rights stickers whenever you mail an envelope or package.

I hope these ideas inspire you to integrate more activism into your life! A little effort can go a long way for animals.


Happy Hen Chicken Rescue

What were you doing at the age of twelve? Twelve-year-old Zoe Rosenberg founded the farm animal sanctuary Happy Hen Chicken Rescue in San Luis Obispo, California. Watch the video below to visit the sanctuary virtually!

To find a sanctuary near you, check out our list of farm sanctuaries around the world. Remember, you can save more than 100 animals every year simply by choosing a vegan diet!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

vegan cookie dough truffles

We’re huge fans of vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli. Not only did she win the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars with her vegan cupcakes, but she’s published two (soon to be three) vegan cookbooks and baking books that have become staples in our kitchen!

This video features Chloe’s tried and true recipe for vegan cookie dough balls. These decadent treats fun to make for parties, potlucks, gifts, or just to devour at home. Enjoy!


  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup vegan Earth Balance vegan butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup vegan semisweet mini chocolate chips
  • 12 ounces vegan semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons water

Here is the full recipe on Chloe’s website. Special thanks to Tori for being in this video!

Review: Vegan Food, Books & Cookbooks!

best vegan products

Many vegan products cross our desks, and we share the best of the best with you! In today’s video we’re revealing some of the greatest vegan products, books and cookbooks we’ve tried lately.


The products in this video were sent to for review. We are not paid to share these with you, and the thoughts expressed here are our own. 

Kids Love Earth Balance Mac & Cheese!

Earth Balance Vegan Mac & Cheese

The moment Earth Balance introduced their boxed vegan mac & cheese, the vegan community went nuts. Vegan kids can now dig into a mound of cheesy pasta, and adults can reconnect with their own childhood—all without harming animals. 

You can find this vegan mac & cheese at most Whole Foods Markets as well as select health food stores and online specialty stores like Food Fight Grocery.

Many thanks to Dylan and his mom Sunny from Vegan Beauty Review for sharing their love for macaroni and cheese in this video!

Tip #7: Support Your Local Farmers’ Market

When you’re looking for healthy and fresh whole foods, there’s no better place to go than a farmers’ market. These local markets provide an unbeatable opportunity to find the freshest produce at the best price, in an upbeat environment where you can actually get to know the people who are growing your food.

Because the produce at farmers’ markets has most likely been grown within 100 miles and has been picked fresh that morning, it’s going to be so much more flavorful than anything you could find in a supermarket.

I hope that this video inspires you to head out to your local farmers’ market and discover all that it has to offer.

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

spinach artichoke dip

One of our all-time favorite vegan cookbooks is Chloe’s Kitchen by vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli. This spinach-artichoke dip is a big reason why we love her cookbook so very much. Not only is this recipe far healthier than any traditional artichoke dip (it’s totally mayo-free!), but it’s even more delicious as well. This is a great dish to serve a dinner parties, bring to potlucks, or make for a cozy night in. Enjoy!


  • One 14 oz package of soft tofu
  • One 14 oz can of artichoke hearts, drained well
  • 5 ounces of spinach
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1.5 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • Bread or tortilla chips

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

vegan buffalo wings

Wings are for flying, not frying! So next time you’re craving buffalo wings, opt for these healthy, gluten-free cauliflower wings.

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings


  • 2 medium heads of cauliflower
  • 1 cup white rice flour (or substitute regular flour)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic power
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce

Vegan Ranch Dip:


  • 1 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • ½ cup vegan sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vegan worcesterchire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dill
  • 1 tablespoon chives
  • ¼ cup Italian parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Vegan Cookbooks Galore

The vegan cookbook scene is exploding to a point where every specific vegan niche you can imagine has been covered—from vegan slow-cooking to vegan stoner food.