Café Veganissimo, Helsinki

Yesterday we visited the vegan restaurant Café Veganissimo here in Helsinki. It is located at Kulmavuorenkatu 2 and is the only fully vegan restaurant in Helsinki (that I know of at least – please tell me if I’m wrong!).

The restaurant only serves lunch, in weekdays you can choose between a soup lunch that includes salad, or a buffet lunch with warm food, salad and soup. Both choices include coffee or tea and bread made at the restaurant. On Saturdays they serve a buffet brunch or other themed buffet.

Since it was Saturday we came there for the brunch buffet which costs 15 euros. What it consisted of can be seen in the pictures below (even though the quality of the pictures is not the best). Apart from what you can see in the pictures there were also cereals, a smoothie, coffee and tea.

Vegan buffet at Café Veganissimo Vegan buffet at Café Veganissimo

I enjoyed going out to eat and not having to ask if dishes are vegan, that I could just eat anything I liked in the buffet. The food itself was fine, it was nothing amazing and part of it had already gotten cold, but I was full and satisfied when we left. I especially liked the rice with black beans, the potato salad and the Karelian pasty (even though it would have been better served warm and not cold like this one) as well as the pancakes that we had for dessert.

The guy working in the restaurant was nice, he went around and talked to the people and asked if the food was alright. We had a chat with him about if they make cakes, since we saw boxes for cakes on their counter, and it turns out they do cater different types of cakes. As I understood by their website you can also book the restaurant for private parties outside lunch hours.

I also liked the relaxed atmosphere in the restaurant, I felt like you can just come as you are and you don’t either have to hurry. People were sitting and talking and the restaurant even had board games that you could play if you wanted.

I will probably go back sometimes – not because the food was great, but because the place is all vegan and it feels so much better to eat in such a place than a place that serves dairy and eggs – or even meat. Reading through their menu from this past week on their website I also got the feeling that maybe we went there on the wrong day, since a lot of the dishes mentioned on other days seemed more interesting than what we had – so it’s probably worth another visit also just to try what else they have to offer.

How to be a better animal advocate

Earlier this month the Helsinki Oikeutta Eläimille (a Finnish animal rights group) hosted a lecture evening about how to become a more effective animal advocate. The lecture was held by Nick Cooney, American animal advocate and author of the books “Change of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change” and “Veganomics”, and he was talking about how to use social psychology research as a tool for understanding what makes people change their attitudes and behaviors.

I didn’t have the possibility to attend the lecture, but fortunately for me (and maybe for you?) it was filmed and can now be viewed online. It’s sure worth watching for anyone who wants to be better at spreading social change, or anyone just interested in how we humans work.

I embedded the video for you guys below (it’s of course in English):

6 Facts About Pigs That Will Impress Your Friends

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Pigs are awesome. And these 6 amazing facts about them will prove just that. About 110 million pigs are needlessly killed each year for food, so next time someone says that they “must have bacon” send them this list!

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1. Pigs are extraordinarily intelligent. They are curious and insightful animals who are widely accepted as being smarter than young children of at least 3 years of age, dogs, and even some primates.

2. Pigs are extremely social animals. They form close bonds with other individuals and love close contact and lying down together.

3. Pigs are very clean, keeping their toilet area far away from where they lie down and eat. Even newborn piglets will leave the nest to go to the toilet within hours of birth.

4. Pigs are very peaceful animals, rarely showing aggression. The exception, as with many animals, is when a mother (sow) with her young…

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It’s World Animal Day again!

I just want to write this quick post to remind you guys that it’s World Animal Day tomorrow (October 4). World Animal Day is a global event that was started in 1931. In the beginning it was a way to highlight the situation of endangered species, but later on it has become a day to pay tribute to all non-human animals as well as to those humans who love and respect them (according to the World Animal Day website).

There will be a whole bunch of different events for and in tribute of non-human animals going on all over the world tomorrow and other days this week. You can see many of them listed on the World Animal Day website. You can also add your own event in case it’s not yet there.

Even if you don’t have time or possibility to join any event, give all the non-human animals in our world – whether free or in captivity, friend or unknown to you – a little extra thought tomorrow.