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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

SEPTEMBER 2016 Vol. 18 No. 9


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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Festive Holiday Dishes with a Vegan Flair
A Plant-Based Hands-on Cooking Class

When: Thursday, October 27, 2016 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 818-548-0864, Ext. 5015

Holiday Feasting Vegan Style--FREE
A Plant-Based Hands-on Cooking Class

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Pico Rivera Library
Location: 9001 Mines Ave., Pico Rivera, CA 90660
For information and to make your reservation, call 562-942-7394

Spicing Up the Holidays with Vegan Delights--FREE
A Plant-Based Cooking Demonstration

When: Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Sponsor: Topanga Library
Location: 122 N.Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290
For information and to make your reservation, call 310-455-3480

Vegan Cooking with Zel Allen--FREE
A Plant-Based Cooking Demonstration

When: Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Sponsor: Hermosa Beach Library
Location: 550 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
For information and to make your reservation, call 310-379-8475

Treat the Family to Vegan for the Holidays--FREE
A Plant-Based Hands-on Cooking Class

When: Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Agoura Hills Library
Location: 29901 Ladyface Court., Agoura Hills, CA 91301
For information and to make your reservation, call 818-889-2278

Delicious Dining Vegan Style--FREE
A Plant-Based Hands-on Cooking Class

When: Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Sponsor: La Mirada Library
Temporary Location: 13710 La Mirada Blvd. La Mirada, CA 90638
For information and to make your reservation, call 562-943-0277 (temporary) or 562-868-0775

Delicious Dining Vegan Style
A Plant-Based Hands-on Cooking Class

When: Thursday, January 26, 2017 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 818-548-0864, Ext. 5015


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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KFC Wants You to Smell Like a Fried Chicken
KFC Chicken-Scented Sunscreen
Sun lovers can now protect their skin and smell like a fried chicken dinner at the same time. KFC fans recently lined up at their local KFC store to get a sample of the company's newest product for free--a brightly colored bottle of Colonel Sanders Extra-Crispy Sunscreen. You're probably wrinkling your noses and saying, "What?"

The company website explains how it works: "Harmful ultraviolet rays bounce off your skin while the lovely fragrance rays penetrate it to give you a healthy chicken aroma." Of course, we're all dying to walk around smelling like a freshly fried chicken dinner. And isn't it wonderful that you can even share KFC's chicken aroma with family, friends, and people you don't even know!
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Expo Brings Health Message To Southern California
VegSource Healthy Lifestyle Expo 2016

VegSource founders Jeff and Sabrina Nelson celebrate the 20th anniversary of this exceptional event that brings the top vegan health educators to Los Angeles for the health EXPO of the year!

Held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Valencia, this annual weekend event presents the plant-based approach to reversing heart disease, permanent weight loss, and prevention of many cancers. Speakers include Drs. John McDougall, Neal Barnard, Alona Pulde, Matthew Lederman, Craig McDougall, Irminne Van Dyken, Don Forester, and Alan Goldhamer.

Healthy Lifestyle EXPO -- October 14 through 16, 2016

For complete information, visit Healthy Lifestyle EXPO.

My Thai Could Become Your Thai Dining Spot

My Thai Restaurant My Thai Restaurant

On our first visit, we ordered the all-inclusive dinner special that provided us with a complete meal at an astoundingly low cost. Included were soup or salad, our choice of fried rice, steamed rice or brown rice, our choice of egg roll, fried dumpling, or fried wonton, choice of entrée dish with tofu or veggie meat or chicken, and dessert. That chilly night made the Tom Kha Kai Coconut Soup such a welcome delight with its flavorful, thick and creamy base heaping with mushrooms and veggies.

Every course was tasty, portions were generous, and the veggies were fresh and plentiful. We soon concluded this would be our fave and cozy Thai go-to!
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Socal VegFest 2016

Vegan Oktoberfest

Date: October 15, 2016
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (VIP admission at noon)

Where: DTLA at the Los Angeles Center Studios
450 S. Bixel St., Los Angeles, CA 90017

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

Includes Complimentary 14-ounce beer stein, unlimited beer sampling and 3 full pours

Lots of vegan food (not included in ticket price)

Tons of vegan craft beer

Tickets: $45 for general admission ($50 on October 15)

VIP admission $65 ($75 on October 15) grants entry an hour earlier and allows access to special exclusive VIP areas.

Discounted $20 admission to non-drinkers ($25 on October 15)

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

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Expand Animal Rights Now

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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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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America's Best Olympic Weightlifter Is Vegan

Kendrick Farris Vegan Olympic Weightlifter Kendrick Farris proves you don't need to eat meat to build the explosive strength required for Olympic weightlifting, after being the only USA male weightlifter to qualify for the Olympic games.

Prior to going vegan Farris also competed in the 2012 Olympic games in London. Since then Farris has packed on more muscle, moved up a weight class, and at 94kg he set an American Record total at the 2016 Olympic Trials in Salt Lake City.
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A Fondue You Can Do
Cheezy Bean Fondue

With autumn approaching and cooler evenings the norm, patio parties gradually migrate indoors where the communal dip is a bubbling hot appetizer rather than one that's chilled. The communal bowl is an ideal icebreaker and starts the guests chatting. This tasty fondue can be served year round, either bubbling hot or gently warmed. I like it best when it's hot. I also love the versatility of this recipe.
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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 Cheese Now Available Throughout US

Treeline Treenut Cheese Artisanal vegan cheese company Treeline Treenut Cheeses is set to expand to 2,500 Kroger supermarket locations--including subsidiary properties Ralphs, Dillons, Fred Meyer, King Soopers, Quality Food Center, Fry's, Smith's, and Jay-C--nationwide this September. Treeline owner Michael Schwarz said the expansion would position his cashew-based cheeses to customers outside of the companys vegan fan base. "The vegans are a bit like the Tea Party wing within the customer base," Schwarz said. "Being cruelty-free is very important to them, but if you want to win a national election, you can't just appeal to the base."
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Breakfast Sundae
Aunt Nettie Sundae Delicious All Week Long

Ask Aunt Nettie So, let's see if we can start by turnin' yer minds 'round a tad. 'Stead 'a sayin' in yer head, "Oh, yuck! I gotta eat this awful stuff 'cause it's good fer me," try thinkin' 'bout makin' a "breakfast sundae" 'cause jes thinkin' 'bout a sundae even sounds better 'n thinkin' 'bout oatmeal. An' a sundae tastes so good you'll wanna have some ever' day.
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VeggieTaster Returns with Two Vegan Delights

Brami Snacking Lupini Beans Snack Like a Roman

Sometimes ya just want something tangy and salty to snack like a Roman--right? Well, I sure found a winner in Brami Snacking Lupini Beans, Sea Salt flavor! Who would've thought beans would hit the spot? These beans are kind of big, like a large lima bean and rock the walls with killer salt and lemony flavor. They're cooked and ready to eat, so there's nothing I had to do but open the 5.3-ounce package and pop one in my mouth. I couldn't ask for anything cleaner--the beans are seasoned with vinegar, lemon juice, sea salt, and spices.
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Le Pain des Fleurs Chestnut Crispbread

This Crispbread Causes No Pain

If you haven't tasted Le Pain des Fleurs Chestnut Crispbread, you haven't snacked on the best cracker in the world! Pain des fleur means bread of flowers, a perfect description for these unique, ultra-light and airy crisps that tout the sweet flavor of chestnut--a very cool treat! Best part--they go with anything you might want to spread or layer on top. Here's the good stuff--they're gluten-free, low fat, low sodium, GMO-free, USDA organic, and certified kosher. Made with only rice flour, chestnut flour, and sea salt, they're super pure and easy to love. Read More.

"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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