For the past year, I have not eaten meat, fish, poultry, fried foods or any number of things considered by most to be yummy and crave quenching. My name is Allen, and I am a vegan member of the Engine 2 tribe. We vegans are an odd lot, not that we can be grouped together along a common denominator like redheads or left-handed pitchers. One thing vegans do share is an ongoing quest for new recipes, flavor combinations and all matters of food that will satisfy our evolving taste buds. Folks like me, who consider eating to be an act of healing and positive nourishment, look to upstarts like the Bay Area’s Laura Miller, host of Tastemade’s “Raw. Vegan. Not Gross” for inspiration and practical ideas. Continue reading.
The recipe for the perfect made-for-the-web-series: short; fast paced; quick to the plot; narrative that appeals to young, digital, time-starved audiences; likeable characters and just enough PG-13 action to know you are not a typical network TV program. “Backpackers” follows this template for what will be henceforth deemed the perfect twentysomething multiscreen comedy. Launched by CW Seed, the digital-only studio of the CW Network (that’s a Warner Bros.-CBS venture), “Backpackers” is one of a new slate of shows, including the animated “Gallery Mallory” and “The P.E.T. Squad,” a show about ghost hunters. Whether CW considers these original shows as a way to field test concepts for new “network” programming, or sees its digital business as standalone entity with a viable business model, remains to be seen. Continue reading.