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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

MARCH 2017 Vol. 19 No. 3

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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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

Erin Go Bragh
And That's No Blarney!
Shamrock Kiwi Cocktail

It's No Blarney Potato Salad Emerald Isle Tofu

For a delightful St. Patrick's Day celebration at home, dress the table in green, hang shamrocks and leprechauns on the walls, and begin the event with a sip of Sean O'Reilly's Cocktail, a delightful beverage dressed for the holiday in Irish green. Though kiwis are certainly not Irish, they provide the ideal base for a delicious thirst quencher. Spiked with a touch of lemon juice and ginger, the cocktail whets the appetite for the traditional meal ahead. Play some Irish music, sing Irish songs, and, of course, tell an Irish joke or two. As the Irish say, "Be Irish for a day!"
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Good Things Jar 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.
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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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What Do You Eat When You Can't Eat Anything?

Low-FODMAP and Vegan Jo Stepaniak In Low-FODMAP and Vegan she describes her personal battle with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). "Why aren't we among the majority of vegans who are thriving and feeling fabulous? What's the matter with us?" she writes in the introduction.

The author then explains that there is currently no cure for IBS, but there are ways to manage this ailment by recognizing triggers and "managing our symptoms through a revolutionary scientifically proven method."
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German Government Agency
Bans Meat from Official Functions

German cuisine might be most famous for its sausages and schnitzels, but a new government rule means attendees at official Ministry of Environment government functions held will see a lot more vegetables on their plates in the future.

Steak Earlier this week, Barbara Hendricks, Germany's environment minister, announced that the government would be instituting a ban on meat at official functions held by the Ministry of Environment, citing the environmental burden of meat production as the reason for the ban.

Animal agriculture is a leading cause of climate change and environmental degradation globally.
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Zel & Reuben Interviewed on Vegan Spirituality

Esther the Vegan Wonder Pig Grows to 670 Pounds,
Has Million Facebook Fans

Esther the Wonder Pig

A couple who bought a micro-pig were stunned when their pint-sized family pet turned into a 670-pound giant. Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter from Ontario, Canada, adopted Esther thinking she would only grow to around 70 pounds. But they were tricked and two-year-old Esther has not stopped growing and is now heavier than a fully-grown female polar bear.
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Italian Fisherman's Stew Becomes
Tofu Chestnut Cioppino

Tofu Chestnut Cioppino

Typically, the cioppino is served over pasta, which is always a delicious option, but this presentation is simply wholesome, homespun chowder that stands on its own. For a lovely meal begin with a bountiful salad of leafy greens and plenty of chopped veggies dressed with a light balsamic dressing. Then, accompany the cioppino with plenty of lusty whole-grain bread for mopping up the savory sauce.
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31% of Americans Choose Meat-Free Days

Zucchini Coins

Meat-free Mondays are really catching on--and so are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, et al. According to a new report by research firm Mintel, 31 percent of Americans are now opting into meat-free days.

This info was revealed as part of Mintel's "The Protein Report: Meat Alternatives US 2017." Health concerns are apparently the top motivator for cutting back on meat, with cholesterol and saturated fat worries leading the pack; weight loss is another key driver of behavior change.
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Roamin' for Ramen in the San Fernando Valley

Gokoku Vegetarian Ramen Shop Gokoku Vegetarian Ramen Shop

In search of the best vegan ramen in Los Angeles, we went roamin' for ramen at Gokoku Vegetarian Ramen Shop on Lankershim Boulevard in Studio City to discover what's featured in their ramen bowls. We met our Facebook friends to share this fun exploration.

Yes, even the San Fernando Valley has joined the rousing ramen craze that's gained momentum in food-centered Los Angeles. Opened in September 2016, Gokoku features a menu that is totally vegan with the exception of an optional soft-boiled egg tossed into a ramen bowl.
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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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Instead of "Raisin' Cain,"
Aunt Nettie Turns to Bakin' Bread
Raisin Walnut Bread

Ask Aunt Nettie Now this is not a recipe that needs a whole day of fussin' an kneadin' 'cause it's not one o' them yeast-raised breads. Some folks calls this a quick bread an' that's jes fine with me. But yer gonna have ta think about this bread the day before ya bakes it, 'cause them l'il ole wheat berries needs 'bout a day ta soak an' soften up before bakin'.

If'n y'all likes soft an' juicy raisins, crunchy nuts, an' a tin full o' spices--why this is yer kind o' bread--an' my oh my what a treat it is!
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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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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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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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