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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

FEBRUARY 2017 Vol. 19 No. 2

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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Vegan Cooking in Paradise
A Plant-Based Cooking Demonstration -- FREE

When: Wednesday, February 22, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: San Fernando Library, 217 North Maclay Avenue, San Fernando, CA 91340
For information call 818-365-6928


Delicious Vegan Dishes Bring Paradise to the Dining Room
A Plant-Based Cooking Demonstration -- FREE

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: San Dimas Library, 145 N. Walnut Avenue, San Dimas, CA 91773
For information call 909-599-6738


Dress Up Your Plate with Delicious Vegan Delights
A Plant-Based Hands-On Cooking Class -- FREE

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Call for reservations: 310-652-5340


A Hands-On, Plant-Based Cooking Class Especially for Teens -- FREE

When: Saturday, April 15, 2017, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Location: La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Boulevard, La Crescenta, CA 91214
Limited to 20 participants
Call for reservations: 818-248-5313


Tasty Vegan Recipes Bring Fresh Ideas to the Table
A Plant-Based Hands-on Cooking Class - FREE

When: Saturday May 20, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: La Mirada Library, 13800 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada, CA 90638
For information Call 562-943-0277


Spring Delights for the Vegan Table
A Plant-Based Hands-On Cooking Class

When: Thursday, May 27, 2017, 6:30 to 9:30 p. m.
Location: Glendale Community College Community Services, Toll Middle School, 700 Glenwood Ave., Glendale, CA 91201
For information call: 818-548-0864, Ext. 5015

Valentine's Day Brings Lovers
Together to Celebrate Deliciously
Passionate Pineapple Tempeh Love Tart

Without a little romance, life would certainly be missing those shared moments of tenderness and passion that make us feel special. Thoughts of love bring contentment to the heart, and add fervor to our dreams. Love makes us smile more often, makes the heart beat a little faster, and sparks our life to know that someone cares about us.

Valentine's Day reminds us how fortunate we are to celebrate an entire day devoted to affairs of the heart.
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A terrific idea came our way from our neighborhood real estate agent, and we adopted it. We began keeping a GOOD THINGS JAR handy on the counter along with a small note pad and pen. Every time we experience one of those special good things, we quickly write it down, fold the note, and tuck it into the jar.

Send some of your GOOD THINGS to us at vegparadise@vegparadise.com and we'll gladly share them with our readers. Maybe we can create a GOOD THINGS ZONE where we can take joy in each other's GOOD THINGS. It just may become a place of comfort to cheer you up when times get tough. Read More.

Vegan Chorizo Wins "Best Meat"
In Trader Joe's Annual Awards
Trader Joe's Soy Chorizo

The popular chain just released the results of its 8th Annual Customer Choice Awards, and vegan meat alternative dominated in the "Favorite Meat(less)" category.

Customers who voted could choose between any "meat" products the store sells, animal or plant-based. Soy chorizo and meatless meatballs took home the top two spots. Actual meat products came in third, fourth, and fifth.
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Vegetables Are Hot in Kitchens
Across the United States

Grapes/Fingerlings/Watermelon Radishes

If you're a foodie with a willing and venturesome palate, you may have noticed your favorite restaurants are dishing up some unique fruit and vegetable concoctions recently. Vegetables are HOT with chefs across the country, highlighting them in menus featuring imaginative, vegetable-centric dishes.

Gone are the familiar piles of steamed carrots or broccoli next to mashed potatoes on the plate. Instead, chefs are putting their left-brains into high gear and turning out tantalizing vegetable dishes flaunting exotic herb and spice blends.
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Shayda Tells Her Story:
100 Pound Weight Loss

Shayda Soleymani

January 12, 2012 was the day my life changed forever. What an amazing group of people I was with, and AJ had built this safe environment for all of us! After the first meeting, AJ passed out some healthy dessert that she had made. As the tray came around to me, I looked up and locked eyes with John Pierre. He said absolutely nothing, but I focused on his eyes. I did not touch the dessert and just kept passing it along. I think that day set the tone of my getting healthy. Abstaining from dessert, even though it was healthy, was the best thing I ever did. He also told me that if I continue eating this way, I would not need surgery on my ankle.
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Zel & Reuben Interviewed on Vegan Spirituality

Marinated Tofu with Lucky Sauce Auspicious Cauliflower Dragon

Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Celebrate Chinese Red Fire Chicken New Year

Gung Hay Fat Choy is the joyous greeting shared by Chinese families and friends during Chinese New Year celebration. The expression means "good wishes and congratulations." With the Chinese following a lunar calendar, the date of this annual spring celebration occurs on a different date each year that usually falls between the end of January and mid-February and lasts about 15 days.

The special occasion seemed like an opportune time to share one of my favorite recipes just right for the festival. Luck, health and prosperity are often expressed as wishes for the year ahead, bringing families together to share the good wishes. Often, Chinese New Year is a grand family reunion, uniting families who live far away.
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Zel Puts Passion into Valentine Salad

Purple Passion Valentine Salad
Purple vegetables are hot, hot, hot on the list of trendy vegetables showing up in the produce aisles! Assembled in a large salad bowl, they make one gorgeous display. And what could be more romantic than to present your sweetheart a salad that speaks the language of passion at first glance!
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Enjoy the Flavors of Vegan Mexico

Vegan Mexico Jason Wyrick In Vegan Mexico Jason Wyrick makes Mexican food extremely accessible to vegans. The book is a visual delight and lavishly illustrated with numerous full-page photos of the recipes provided by the author. He not only offers recipes for numerous tasty dishes, but he also relates those recipes to a discussion about cultures of various regions of the country. Any vegan interested in cooking unique Mexican dishes Must Have this book. Those not interested in making the recipes will find it a fascinating read and appreciate the research the author has undertaken to deliver a comprehensive look at Mexican cuisine.
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Cool Cabbage Sparks Asian Salad

Cool Cabbage Meets Asian Salad
After the jubilant holiday season of festive gatherings and grand indulging, I often hear people talk about getting back to sensible eating. Many aim to take off the two or three pounds that came their way during December's delightful merrymaking. So I assembled a salad that's not only gorgeous to feast on, but also rich in a flurry of flavors and generous with pleasing textures. In other words, it's just plain fun to eat.
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Chef Erven Turns Santa Monica
Into Plant-Based Paradise

Erven Restaurant

Vegan cuisine reaches delicious nirvana at Erven, a relaxed, yet moderately upscale plant-based restaurant in Santa Monica. The welcoming dining spot, located a few doors from 5th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard, opened in July 2016 and occupies the space where Real Food Daily began serving vegan foods in 1993.

Upon entering, we found ourselves in The Marketplace, an anteroom where casual lunch and take-away salads, sandwiches, and juices are attractively displayed in a refrigerated deli case. A friendly host greeted us and offered a complimentary glass of chilled sangria. That was such a pleasing gesture! All it took was one tasty sip and we knew were in for an enjoyable meal.
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Poll Tells How Many Vegans Are in US

Vegetarian Resource Group More and more restaurants and companies are offering vegetarian and vegan meals. For example, Subway is testing a vegan burger in Florida, and Ben & Jerry's recently released four vegan ice cream flavors. But how many people are interested in vegetarian and vegan meals?

To help answer this question, The Vegetarian Resource Group commissioned Harris Poll to conduct a nationally representative online poll of 2,015 adults aged 18 and over. We asked:
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Aunt Nettie Brews Gallic Soup

Ask Aunt Nettie French Onion Soup An', y'all know how nice it is ta warm up yer belly with soup that has such good flavers you'll say yes ta seconds without a hitch.

Best thing is that today, there's some mighty fine tastin' vegan cheese that melts in the blink of an eye. So, now, here's wishin' y'all a deeeeelicius bowl o' French Onion Soup, country style. Now, y'all let me know how ya likes it.
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Veggietaster Returns with Two Vegan Delights
GoVeggie Vegan Cheese Bars
Best Cheese Bars, Bar None

I love vegan cheese like crazy and can't get enough of the stuff, so I'm really jazzed about GoVeggie brand new vegan cheese bars in two yummy flavors: White Cheddar & Meatless Bacon and White American. Love them both and discovered they're the perfect size for a little snack. They're a great little pick-me-up, yummy in a sandwich, or chopped up into a salad. These little 3/4-ounce bars are so tasty, even my non-veg friends like them--and they rarely like the vegan cheeses they've tasted. Now that's a darned good testimonial!
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Trader Joe's Soy Chorizo Trader Joe's Spices Up with Soy Chorizo

While shopping at Trader Joe's, I spotted a really cool new product in the deli section. Outfitted in flashy, bright, green, orange, and purple colors was a 12-ounce package of vegan Trader Joe's Soy Chorizo. Of course, I had to buy it. I threw it into a stir-fry pan and chopped in yellow and green bell peppers, onions, and a couple of tomatoes. Then I added half of the Soy Chorizo. In about 4 minutes it was done and pretty darned tasty. Even better was that it made an awesome topping for baked potatoes. Yum and a half! It's gluten-free, too.
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UK Vegans & Vegetarians Protest Fat Money
Bank of England 5-pound Note
It's unusual for someone to refuse money, but that's the case in the United Kingdom when it comes to the new 5-pound note. Why the refusal? Because it violates religious and ethical principles of some of its citizens.

Why is the money causing such consternation? Many UK citizens will answer, "Because it's fat. The 5-pound note that displays a metallic image of Queen Elizabeth on one side and Winston Churchill on the reverse side is made with minute amounts of tallow. Tallow is animal fat.
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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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Vegetarians in Paradise Diet Appears After 25 Years of Extensive Research

Cooked Cereal with Chopped Fruit Roasted Butternut Sunset Rose Garden Salad
Lima Bean Salad Rouladen 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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