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Vegetarians in Paradise
 Vegetarians in Paradise Vegetarian/Vegan Magazine

A Los Angeles Vegan Web Magazine

A Nonprofit Vegan Public Service Publication

Serving the World Vegan Community Since January 1999

By Zel and Reuben Allen

AUGUST 2016 Vol. 18 No. 8


Welcome to Vegetarians in Paradise. With each new issue we at vegparadise.com hope to provide you with a variety of information pertinent to the vegan community. For those who visit us from other areas of the country or from distant lands, we offer great diversity and invaluable vegan resources for vegans and vegetarians anywhere in the world.

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Holiday Cooking Vegan Style
A Plant-Based Hands-On Cooking Class

When: Thursday, Octorber 27, 2016 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Sponsor: Glendale College Community Services
Location: Toll Middle School, 700 Glenwood Rd., Glendale, CA 91201
Held in Room 1206
Cost: $39 plus $20 for food and recipe handouts
For information and to make your reservation, call 818-240-1000, Ext. 5015


Rocket Your Way to a Delicious Star-Studded Summer Potluck

Hungry Guy Burgers Vegan Seitan Hot Dog
We think July 4th may be the perfect, high-spirited occasion to invite friends to the official firing up of the BBQ, roasting fresh ears of corn in the husk, and skewering bright colored fresh veggies for the grill. In the late afternoon, we, too, will be tossing some tasty vegan vittles on the barbecue and serving up a host of delicious salads and side dishes full of summer veggies and fresh flavors. And we simply can't wait to taste our delicious, soon-to-arrive potluck surprises our friends have created.

And now, we'd like you to meet some our friends who find the kitchen an ever-inspiring niche. We're delighted to show off the gorgeous, sumptuous, and innovative dishes they've created for the patriotic occasion.
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Lin Silvan & Robert Jacobucci
Receive 24 Carrot Award

Robert Jacobucci and Lin Silvan
Vegetarians in Paradise takes great pride in presenting its 24 Carrot Award to Lin Silvan and Robert Jacobucci for their efforts in founding and guiding the Eugene Veg Education Network (EVEN).

Since its inception EVEN has tabled at Earth Day events, distributed literature, held numerous potlucks, offered free vegan starter kits, hosted speakers in the community, and interviewed prominent vegans.
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Socal VegFest 2016

SoCal VegFest

Date: October 29 & 30, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Orange Coast College
Costa Mesa

Fun Stuff: Halloween features, speakers galore, kids village, cooking demos, cruelty-free marketplace, delicious vegan foods and free sampling

Free admission and parking

More info: http://SoCalvegfest.org

Hatch Chiles Bring Summer Salad to Life

Quinoa, Black Beans & Corn Salad
Each year Hatch chiles make their annual sojourn to groceries across the U.S. and are roasted right on the premises. My hubby and I were intrigued watching a huge batch of Hatch chiles tossing as they roasted in the giant, outdoor, cylindrical open-grill roaster. Standing in the parking lot watching the chiles tumbling in the roaster, we could feel the strong blast of heat from these powerful machines, but even better was the rich chile aroma that wafted into the air as we watched. With only few inhales, I began to crave a taste of chile.
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Vegans Have Healthier Gut Bacteria

Gut Bacteria In a study with 153 participants, 51 were vegan, 51 were vegetarian and 51 were omnivore. The study was conducted in Italy and used the Mediterranean diet as a standard of reference, defining a healthy diet as one that is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes.

Those following a vegan diet had the highest levels of short chain fatty acids (SCFA), or beneficial gut bacteria metabolites, indicating that they had a healthier microbiome in their gut. On the flip side, those who adhered the least to the plant-based eating pattern tended to have higher levels of a toxin called Trimethylamineoxide (TMAO) in urine samples, indicating that the bacteria in their body may be producing harmful substances.
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Ramen Hood--the Soup Is the Message

Ramen Hood Restaurant Ramen Hood Restaurant

Though Robin Hood was a venturesome guy with noble ideas, he is far outshined by Chef Ilan Hall, the innovative creator of Ramen Hood, the all-vegan ramen hot spot in DTLA's Grand Central Market since June 2015. Hall is known for Top Chef fame and as the owner of now closed The Gorbals Restaurant.

His goal at this venue was to create a richly flavorful food that would be a dining delight not only for vegans, but also for everyone. He has made Ramen Hood a hip, go-to weekday lunch spot where his team, led by Chef Rahul Khopkar, dishes up vegan ramen so satisfying it leaves no cravings unmet.
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Socal VegFest 2016

Vegan Oktoberfest

Date: October 15, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Where: DTLA at the Los Angeles Center Studios
1201 Wesr 5th Street T110, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Fun Stuff: Oompah music from Munich Boomsteiners plus music by Knyght Ryder
Beer stein holding contest, costume contest, prizes

Complimentary beer stein

Lots of vegan food

Tons of vegan craft beer

Tickets: Early ticket sales from August 3 to the 24th are $40 for general admission,

VIP admission $60 grants entry an hour earlier and allows access to special exclusive VIP areas.

Discounted $15 admission to non-drinkers

More info and to purchase tickets: http://www.veganoktoberfest.com

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Expand Animal Rights Now

Schwarzenegger Wants You to Stop Eating Meat and Go VEGAN!

Arnold Schwarzenneger "Less meat, less heat, more life" is how the former governor approaches the controversial issue of going vegan for the environment, animal rights, and human health.

One of the best bodybuilders of all time campaigns for a vegan lifestyle! Arnold Schwarzenegger has teamed up with renowned filmmaker James Cameron to campaign for a vegan lifestyle. You may not believe it looking at the former Terminator and Governor of California, but Arnold is VEGAN!

"Less meat, less heat, more life" is how the former governor approaches the controversial issue of going vegan for the environment, animal rights, and human health.
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Guac-Lock--Guacamole's Best Friend

Guacamole on a Vegetable Tray
I love this little guacamole container that even comes with a sectioned serving dish for chips or veggies. I filled the serving dish with an array of colorful veggies and tried the Guac-Lock, a container that comes with a neat, snap-on cover. It even has a hole at the top that you snap shut once the guac is ready to store. It literally locks out the air so the guac is stored in a container with no air spaces inside--that's the magic!

Making this possible is the white cylindrical collar that fits into the base of the container. Once I put the guacamole into the container, all I did was press down on it, and voila! It pushed the base of the container upward until the top of the guacamole hit the underside of the snap-on lid. The last thing I did was snap the hole closed at the top and tucked the guac in the fridge. Sooooo awesome!!!!!!
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Vegan CEO Places Ad Against Trump in NY Times

Josh Tetrick A one page ad in the New York Times titled "Dear Donald" was run by Josh Tetrick, the CEO of the Hampton Creek vegan empire. Appropriately published a day before the start of the Republican National Convention, Tetrick spent somewhere around the reported $193,171 average for the coveted newspaper space in hopes of inspiring readers. It read:

"Americans are frustrated and angry and scared. You've channeled this into your nomination. Americans are also good. We're generous and courageous and kind. That's what you've missed. A single mom in Birmingham who taught her son how to rise while respecting women. The Toledo autoworkers fighting to protect the jobs of their immigrant brothers. And the families of faith in Little Rock who believe in lowering taxes without lowering their values. This is who we are. And this is why your campaign will break down. Your campaign doesn't just seem wrong. It feels un-American. To support it would make me less of myself, less of my grandpa's grandson, less of my mom's son. Turning away from you is a way to say who we are. "
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Zel Takes Zucchini on an Asian Trip
Asian Zucchini

August is that delightful summer month when zucchini goes crazy in the garden and produces more than enough squash for you and your whole neighborhood! That's when home gardeners go in search of more zucchini recipes that feature this delicious summer vegetable. Here's a tasty addition to your zucchini repertoire--one that's a perfect, make-ahead keeper.

This easy side salad features the delightful flavors of Southeast Asia and makes a tasty addition to the summer buffet.
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Santa Celebrates a Vegan Christmas

Santa's First Vegan Christmas

This year even Santa Claus has achieved a higher level of consciousness and has listened to and adopted the vegan message. No more will he take advantage of his reindeer in a journey to deliver presents to all the children in the world.

In Santa's First Vegan Christmas, Robin Raven and Kara Maria Schunk have introduced a new kind of Santa who does not harness his reindeer to a sleigh so he can make his nighttime deliveries.
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Best Friend Mushroom Patty Can Have

Portobello Mushroom Patties w/Hot Relish

Portobello mushrooms with their intense, earthy, and woodsy flavor, claim the limelight to offer a hearty patty with winning flavor that has enough pizzazz to stand alone without a bun. Top the patties with Hot Relish, and they morph into an elegant and compellingly delicious main dish.

The patties are terrific as a solo act. But I wanted these little mushroom babies to charm the heck out of my guests--to bring them to champion status and make them zing!

For that touch of kitchen sorcery, I topped the patties with a spoonful of….
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Vegan Meat Now Biggest Trend in Tech Industry

Gardein Beefless Burger At the recent 2016 Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles, Eric Schmidt, executive director of Alphabet, Google's parent company, listed plant-based proteins as the most important trend in tech, beating out 3D printing, self-driving cars, mobile medical data, virtual reality, and education programs.

According to the Good Food Institute, an organization that specializes in supporting the development of plant-based food products, Schmidt predicts we're entering a "revolution of replacing livestock with plant proteins."
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Aunt Nettie Goes Continental with a Mediterranean Salad

Ask Aunt Nettie Mediterranean Chickpea Salad Well, I'm not the sort that goes 'round braggin' 'bout my fixin's--well, I don't--but I must say that Mediterranean Chickpea Salad come out mighty fine. Now if'n ya cain't find them speshul goodies, why, jes grate up the rind of a nice fresh lemon an' add some of the lemon juice 'til ya likes the flavor.

I surely hopes y'all enjoy yer l'il bit o' kitchen travelin' as much as I did.
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VeggieTaster Returns with Two Vegan Delights

Rhythm Superfoods Beet Chips Beet Chips with Rhythm

Looking for a snack? I found a clear winner in Rhythm Superfoods Beet Chips, naked flavor. This cool company started with a super duper food like beets, sliced them super thin, then put them in the dehydrator--no deep frying going on here! Here's the really cool tidbit--the ingredients listed on the 1.4-ounce package says "beets." That's all--clean as a whistle! So, they're certified gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, and one package has only 100 calories--hardly a sneeze.
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Miracle Noodle Spinach

This Miracle Inspires Noodling

I go nuts over noodles of all sorts and ventured into new territory with Miracle Noodle Spinach flavor, a shirataki pasta made from the soluble fiber of the konnyaku root. It was so easy to use--open the package, drain, rinse, boil for one minute, and pat dry on paper towels. Even a 10-year-old could do that. Added it to a saucy stir-fry with a little sesame oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, and voila! Terrific dinner for 2! The double awesome thing is these noodles have no fat, no sodium, 15 calories per serving, and only 7g of carbs.
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"Vegetarians in Paradise Diet" Appears
After 25 Years of Extensive Research

Cooked Cereal with Chopped Fruit Roasted Butternut Sunset Rose Garden Salad
Lima Bean SaladRouladen Banana Pancakes

Tons of diet books make their debut at the beginning of the year because publishers know the inevitable--so many people have added pounds during the year-end festivities. Most diet books promise a new, slimmed-down you that will be the envy of all your friends.

The number of people staying on these diet plans for any length of time is amazingly low, yet not surprising. Most of these diets fail because people feel deprived by the limited calories and smaller portions that leave them hungry and unsatisfied.
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Meatless Monday: an Initiative We Should All Support

Meatless Monday If we are judged by the company we keep, we are in good company. Vegetarians in Paradise bedfellows turn out to be an impressive group of organizations interested in public health.

The roster of organizations includes Columbia University Mailman School of Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications. They're all on board to promote Meatless Monday, a campaign to improve national health and benefit the environment. We would like to urge our readers to join us in bringing this message to the attention of the public.
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