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
HAPPY VEGAN AWARENESS YEAR
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.
UPCOMING VEGAN COOKING CLASSES
When: Thursday, October 27, 2016 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
When: Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
When: Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
When: Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
When: Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
When: Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
When: Thursday, January 26, 2017 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Date: October 29 & 30, 2016
Where: Orange Coast College
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
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.
KFC Wants You to Smell Like a Fried Chicken
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!
Expo Brings Health Message To Southern California
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
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!
Date: October 15, 2016
Where: DTLA at the Los Angeles Center Studios
Fun Stuff: Oompah music from Munich Boomsteiners plus
music by Knyght Ryder
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
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.
Guac-Lock--Guacamole's Best Friend
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!!!!!!
America's Best Olympic Weightlifter Is Vegan
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.
A Fondue You Can Do
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.
Santa Celebrates a 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.
Best Friend Mushroom Patty Can Have
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
Vegan Cheese Now Available Throughout US
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."
Aunt Nettie Sundae Delicious All Week Long
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.
VeggieTaster Returns with Two Vegan Delights
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.
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.
"Vegetarians in Paradise Diet" Appears
After 25 Years of Extensive Research
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.
Meatless Monday: an Initiative We Should All Support
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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