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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

MAY 2016 Vol. 18 No. 5


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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    Make It a Special Homemade Feast for Mom -- FREE
    A Plant-Based Hands-On Cooking Class

    When: Saturday, May 7 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    Sponsor: Malibu Library
    Location: 23519 W. Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265
    For information and to make your reservation, call 310-456-6430

    Delicious OMG Dishes for Summer Entertaining-- FREE
    A Plant-Based Hands-On Cooking Class

    When: Saturday, June 11 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    Sponsor: Castaic Library
    Location: 27971 Sloan Canyon Road, Castaic, CA 91384
    For information and to make your reservation, call 661-257-7410

    Easy Summer Entertaining
    with a Make-ahead Vegan Menu

    A Plant-Based Hands-On Cooking Class

    When: Thursday, July 7, 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


    Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival


    June 18 -- 11 a.m to 7 p.m. rain or shine

    Rose Bowl
    1001 Rose Bowl Drive
    Pasadena, CA 91103

    This is THE event of the year featuring:

    84 regional craft breweries
    16 craft soda on draft
    9 cold brews
    14 kombucha vendors
    75 restaurants, food trucks, food carts, and vendors
    13 shops
    5 beauty and body products vendors

    Live music throughout the day

    Must be 21 or over to attend

    A portion of the proceeds are donated to The Gentle Barn providing a place of healing and safety for at-risk youth and animals

    Bring sun block, sun glasses, hats, blankets, dancing shoes, and cameras to enjoy the day in comfort.

    Tickets: http://www.veganbeerfest.com/losangeles

    Tell Mom You Love Her with a Delicious Vegan Dinner

    Nicoise Tarte Tartin Stuffed Artichokes

    Throughout the centuries Mothers have gained a reputation for going out of their way to cater to their families' favorite food preferences. You might even say many mothers specialized in cooking those treasured dishes and desserts they knew would bring pleasure to eager little mouths and perhaps earn them hugs of appreciation.

    You may not consider yourself Julia Child's equal in the kitchen, but, take heart. Few of us have graduated from the rigors of Cordon Bleu culinary training. And, it's unlikely Mom has such lofty expectations. You can be assured that she will appreciate your efforts to prepare a special meal in her honor.
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    PETA Names Los Angeles #2 Vegan City in US
    Discover Los Angeles
    Los Angeles ranks second on a list of vegan-friendly cities released today by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

    Portland, Oregon, tops the annual rankings, with New York, Detroit and Nashville rounding out the top five.

    San Diego is sixth on the list, followed by Honolulu, Austin, Texas, Seattle and Richmond, Virginia.
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    Gather Some Revolutionary Ideas
    For a Flavorful Cinco de Mayo
    Tampico Timbales Funky Quesadillas

    The Cinco de Mayo fiesta features colorful costumed folklorico dancers that dip and twirl to the music while performing traditional dances. And no fiesta would be complete without feasting on traditional Mexican foods. Tantalizing aromas float in the air while families gather to indulge in their familiar fiesta fare: tacos, burritos, enchiladas, churros, guacamole, and tamales.

    Enjoy a banquet of vegan recipes in the Mexican and TexMex style--muchas comidas (much food) to share with family, friends, and even neighbors. With each household contributing a dish, a neighborhood party may be an ideal way to celebrate the holiday and enjoy tasting a large variety of dishes.
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    Not Fishy at All, This Ceviche is Vegan
    Vegan Marinated Jackfruit Ceviche Vegan Marinated Jackfruit Ceviche

    Vegan ceviche is every bit as delicious and pungent and makes a refreshing choice to start a meal with bold and tangy flavors. This fish-less starter is also a feast for the eyes with its bright colors that make the dish inviting.

    Warmer weather signals a soon-to-arrive season of summer entertaining and menu of lighter food choices. Tuck this ceviche recipe into your file and enjoy it often when entertaining on the patio, bring it to a potluck, or devour it for a light summer lunch
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    Vegan and Gluten-Free,
    Not a Problem

    Gluten-Free Tips and Tricks
    Vegans with celiac sensitivity or celiac disease face a double challenge: avoiding animal ingredients in their diets as well as foods that contain gluten. After penning over two-dozen books on vegan cooking and health issues, author Jo Stepaniak comes to the rescue with Gluten-Free Tricks for Vegans.

    Once again Jo Stepaniak has delivered another valuable book for vegans. Whether they want to be gluten-free for themselves or for entertaining friends or family, they have Gluten-Free Tips and Tricks to guide them. This gluten-free handbook excels in simplicity with easy-to-follow information and recipes. And the price is right.
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    Owners of Café Gratitude & Gracias Madre
    Piss Off Vegans

    Gracias Madre Cafe Gratitude
    The outrage seems to begin with a blog post from My Vegan Journal titled "Café Gratitude and Gracias Madre Founders Send Animals to Slaughter." In it, author Jackie Day slams Matthew and Terces Engelhart for raising and slaughtering cows on Be Love Farm in Vacaville, which the couple co-owns and uses to supply some produce at Café Gratitude and Gracias Madre. "They've now decided to kill the animals on their farm, package them up, and eat their bits and pieces," says Day.
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    Aunt Nettie Gets Saucy with Eggplant

    Ask Aunt Nettie Eggplant with Tahini I simply could not take my country eyes off them mighty purty Chinese eggplants I saw at the grocery this week past. Why, they was gleamin' purple--not that dark purple that makes me wonder if it's black or blue. No, siree, I guess them eggplants could be called light purple, and they was shiny as gold.

    If''n y'all take a look-see at the recipe, why you'll see in a wink them fixin's don't take hardly any time at all! An' them fixin's cooked up mighty quick. Now there's a tasty dish ready ta serve up when supper time comes 'round.
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    New Pea-Protein Based Milk Goes Nationwide

    Ripple Pea-Protein Milk

    Ripple Foods, makers of a new pea-protein based milk, is readying for national distribution with its products launching in Whole Foods Markets this month and Target stores by July. The San Francisco Bay Area-based startup raised $13.5 million last year to develop its soy- and nut-free milks, which it says has eight times the protein of almond milk (and half the sugar) and 50 percent more calcium than dairy milk. "We find that people that are dairy milk drinkers really like it, and alternative-dairy drinkers love it," developer Neil Renninger said.
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    Eko Is the Place for Eats

    Eko Eats Eko Eats

    Downtown Los Angeles just became a more delicious destination for vegans who look forward to a DTLA evening of dining and entertainment. With the January 2016 opening of Eko Eats, vegans can now add another great place to feast. This clean and cozy, attractive Korean café puts the vegan spin on a number of traditional Korean specialties prepared with the caring hands of chef-owner Judy Han.
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    8 Healthy Vegan Edible THC Alternatives to Try

    Simply Pure Peanut Butter Hearts of Hemp Growing Kitchen Zoom Ball

    Buying edibles while eating a vegan diet can be difficult. Do you gaze longingly at the cakes, cookies, and brownies that line the shelves of your local dispensary? Baked goods, with or without cannabis, are made with both dairy and eggs, but there are companies within the industry that acknowledge dietary restrictions of consumers. During your next trip to the dispensary, look out for these sympathetic companies and their 100% vegan products!
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    Spoil Her with a Crepe
    Vegan Crepe with Apricot Plum Compote

    Of course, you'll want to prepare Mom's favorite treat. But if she doesn't have a favorite, or she leaves the choice to you, go for a centuries-old French innovation--a light-as-a-feather crepe. Top this gustatory treat with a cinnamon-laced compote of seasonal fruits heaped over the crepe. We find crepes an excellent choice because both the crepe itself and the filling/topping can be prepared ahead.
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    VeggieTaster Returns with Two Vegan Delights

    Goodbelly Probiotics Sparklig Drink Treat Your Belly Like a Pro
    A warm day and a dry thirsty throat led me to buy GoodBelly Probiotics Sparkling Drink Lemon Ginger flavor. This 16-ounce bottle is a pretty clean drink made from water, organic pear juice, lemon juice, ginger and an awesome 20 billion probiotic cultures. It's perfect for a health nut like me. Loved its bubbly nature and especially the zesty and refreshing lemony-ginger flavor.
    Read More Piping Gourmets Whoopie Pies Chocolate Cake with Mint Frosting

    We Can All Make Whoopie Smothered in Sugar
    The Piping Gourmets must have had a ball creating frozen Whoopie Pies Chocolate Cake with Mint Frosting! The packaging is eye appealing and through the clear cellophane wrapping it's easy to see the two, round and puffy chocolate cakes with white frosting between the layers. They're even gluten free and free of wheat, soy, egg, dairy, tree nuts, peanuts, trans fat, hydrogenated oil, and artificial junk--and they're pareve, too. That's the good news.
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    President Of American College of Cardiology Prescribes Vegan Diet

    Dr. Kim Williams
    Dr. Kim A. Williams, the president-elect of the American College of Cardiology, often sees patients who are overweight and struggling with hypertension, Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. One of the things he advises them to do is to change their diets.

    Specifically, he tells them to go vegan.

    Dr. Williams became a vegan in 2003 because he was concerned that his LDL cholesterol--the kind associated with an increased risk of heart disease--was too high. Dr. Williams wrote about his reasons for going vegan and his belief in the cardiovascular benefits of a plant-based diet in in a recent essay at MedPage Today.
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    Natural Products Expo West Reveals
    What's New in Vegan Food

    Natural Products Expo West
    Visiting the Expo each year, we notice distinct trends reflected in the displays and products of the vendors, many of whom use this show to introduce their new products or gain new distributors and outlets for their wares.

    When we first attended the Expo beginning in 2000, many sellers were not familiar with the word "vegan." Now they not only know the word, but can also assure you that their entire group of products are vegan or that they have added one or more vegan products to their regular line.
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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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    Chef AJ Receives 24 Carrot Award

    Chef AJ Unprocessed

    "It was the first time that anyone, let alone medical professionals, said that what we eat has a profound effect on how we look, how we feel, what diseases we get and what disease we can reverse. Within 6 months of eating a WHOLE-FOOD plant-based diet free of sugar, oil, salt and flour (as opposed to the highly processed vegan junk food diet I had eaten for 26 years) all of the polyps "mysteriously" disappeared.

    The doctor actually accused me of having surgery somewhere else! I knew if I was going to keep eating this way, it would have to taste better than the sprouts I was eating, so I went to culinary school. And the rest is history!"
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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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