Sunday, April 3, 2011

Tour Tips 1: Benefits, Broken Keys, and Local Vegan Food

Hey yall,

So we've been having a really amazing tour so far. Not only are we on tour with one of the most inspirational riot folk artists, Evan Greer, but we're also traveling with her partner Erin and their baby Saiorse! Saiorse's goal for the tour is to learn to eat solid foods! He's not so happy about it so far.

Our first day, we rolled out from NYC and got to Philly just in time for the Jobs with Justice benefit!

After playing for a room full of young activists, we headed back to Evan's friend's place exhausted and ready to sleep. When we tried to get the bags of clean clothes and sleeping bags out of the van car top carrier, Adam snapped the key in the keyhole.
 Highlight of the morning: heading to Satellite Cafe in Philly for a vegan breakfast and getting our clothes and clean underwear out of the broken car top carrier. Seriously, if you're ever in Philly ask for the vegan BikeShop on a bagel--it rocks and is like $2.87. You can also sit there for a few hours and use the free wifi, which is definitely a must for organizers on the road. For Brooklynites, this is the Philly equivalent of Boneshakers, only a LOT cheaper, thus better.

Before we headed out, like all good vegans do, we got some vegan Philly Cheesesteaks at Govinda's Gourmet to Go. This place was really good, but a little pricey for me. I don't like paying $8.50 for a sandwich, but it wasn't too bad for a 9" sub. When you walk in there, it looks like your standard deli, and if the place wasn't filled with angst-y  looking punks, I wouldn't have seen the "all items are vegetarian" written in fine print on the menu board.

Either way, check out both places if you want your fill of soy protein before hitting the road. We're in Pittsburgh now at legendary folk artist Anne Feeney's house getting ready to hit the road for a workshop and show at Oberlin College in Ohio.

More to come!

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