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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

JULY 2016 Vol. 18 No. 7


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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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


Rocket Your Way to a Delicious Star-Studded Potluck 4th

Hungry Guy Burgers Vegan Seitan Hot Dog
We think July 4th may be the perfect, high-spirited occasion to invite friends to the official firing up of the BBQ, roasting fresh ears of corn in the husk, and skewering bright colored fresh veggies for the grill. In the late afternoon, we, too, will be tossing some tasty vegan vittles on the barbecue and serving up a host of delicious salads and side dishes full of summer veggies and fresh flavors. And we simply can't wait to taste our delicious, soon-to-arrive potluck surprises our friends have created.

And now, we'd like you to meet some our friends who find the kitchen an ever-inspiring niche. We're delighted to show off the gorgeous, sumptuous, and innovative dishes they've created for the patriotic occasion.
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Celebrate Your Independence All Month
With Some Bang Up Barbecues

Marinated Tofu Fingers Grilled Veggie Kebabs Stars and Stripes American Pie

With just a few creative touches you can turn the patio into the ultra-American vision with some red, white, and blue decorations, a patriotic gesture to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Fourth of July just wouldn't be complete without an array of small flags and streamers adding visual flavor to the party scene. Perhaps you've found a patriotic tablecloth, some napkins to match, and a package of red, white, and blue balloons at the local party shop. A CD playing strains of God Bless America, The Star Spangled Banner, and America the Beautiful completes the scene. These may seem like little things, but they instantly spark a festive mood from the moment guests arrive.
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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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VeggiDome--Healthy Just Got Easy
With This Revolutionary Kitchen Essential

VeggiDome VeggiDome

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Schwarzenegger Wants You to Stop Eating Meat and Go VEGAN!

Arnold Schwarzenneger "Less meat, less heat, more life" is how the former governor approaches the controversial issue of going vegan for the environment, animal rights, and human health.

One of the best bodybuilders of all time campaigns for a vegan lifestyle! Arnold Schwarzenegger has teamed up with renowned filmmaker James Cameron to campaign for a vegan lifestyle. You may not believe it looking at the former Terminator and Governor of California, but Arnold is VEGAN!

"Less meat, less heat, more life" is how the former governor approaches the controversial issue of going vegan for the environment, animal rights, and human health.
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Otium Restaurant Otium Restaurant
Otium Restaurant Otium Restaurant
Otium Offers Vegan Fine Dining Options

Chef Timothy has a flair for inventive dishes, both vegan and non-vegan creations, that not only taste delicious, but also look irresistibly tempting. He seasons his foods with delightful flavor highlights and flourishes them with unique herbs. The large party at the tables nearby ordered Whipped Lardo, Brioche, Egg, Truffle, definitely a non-vegan starter but so attractive we asked if we could take a photo.

Learning his craft working 13 years under the guidance of Chef Thomas Keller of the French Laundry in Napa, California, Chef Timothy rose to Chef de Cuisine, then Sous Chef. In 2010 he won two Rising Star Chef of the Year awards, one from the James Beard Foundation and the other from the San Francisco Chronicle. The menu at Otium serves as an impressive resume demonstrating his skills at creating dynamic dishes, yet he never attended culinary school.
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Consumer Reports Extols Veggie Burgers
Gardein Beefless Burger Sunshine Original  Burger

Veg folks know they're in the mainstream when a publication like Consumer Reports (June 2016 issue) devotes three pages to Veggie Burgers. In the article "Make Mine Meatless," author Andrea Rock writes, "According to a 2015 survey from market research firm Mintel, 25% of Americans say veggie burgers are on the menu more than once a month; many eat them several times weekly."

A 2015 survey in Meatingplace, a meat industry publication, announced that almost 75% of meat eaters opted for non-meat protein in a meal once a week while 22% say they are eating vegetarian protein more often than the previous year.
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Zel Gets Pickled
Sweet and Sour Summer Pickled Vegetables

Here's a quick way to keep an abundance of fresh summer vegetables from spoiling. When produce is plentiful, grocery store sales may tempt you to buy more than you can use right away, or your garden may be turning out ripe and robust vegetables faster than you can consume them. Not a problem if you prepare these flavorful, easy-to-make pickles that taste great as an accompaniment to any summer lunch or dinner. This is an easy stovetop method to pickle practically any vegetable and works for vegetables all year long, though tougher root vegetables, like turnips and rutabagas, may take an extra minute or two of cooking.
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Sultry and Smoky Because It's Bacon-ish

Sweet and Savory Bacon Jam gives morning toast a touch of sunshine with a single serving! And the old favorite peanut butter cookie from this author becomes an instant hit with just 1/4 cup of Baconish Bits gently folded into the batter before forming the cookies. Readers will want to give special attention to page 71 with its awesome-looking apple fritters perked up with a touch of Tempeh Bacon.

The book features not only a mountain of venerated, old, bacon-infused standbys, but also plenty of original recipes that become more satisfying with morsels or strips of bacon. Bacon Fried Rice makes simple fried rice much tastier. French Lentil Salad is a love match with Tofu Bacon. Tempeh Bacon finds the spotlight with Baconish Bean Chili.
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Do Vegetarians Get Enough Protein?

Sounds Corny but
Aunt Nettie Really Knows Her Chowder

Ask Aunt Nettie Roasted Corn Chowder Well, them folks was mighty surprised and said they never done that before--imagine that! But now they knows grillin' or roastin' they won't lose all them good vitamins in the cookin' water. An' if'n they do boil the corn, they oughter drink up that good cookin' water. Now, darlin's, I do hope y'all love this bowl o' corn chowder. It's one o' my fav'rite fixin's in summertime!
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Equelecua Means the Food Is Good

Equelecua  Restaurant Equelecua  Restaurant

How often does one have the opportunity to dine at a new restaurant, enjoy a tasty meal, and leave feeling like you've spent a couple of sweet and heartwarming hours with your loving family? That was our memorable experience at Equelecua, a vegan restaurant specializing in flavorful Cuban dishes.

Opened June 2015, Equelecua (pronounced Ekel a KWA) is a cozy little café located in Airport Plaza, a business center featuring a number of restaurants in the Florence-Manchester area of Inglewood. The moment we entered, the inviting aroma of home cooking began to stir our curiosity about what we might soon be eating.
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VeggieTaster Returns with Two Vegan Delights

Banza Rotini Made from Chickpeas Fuel Up with Chickpea Pasta

Because so many friends are eating gluten-free, I decided to hunt down some gluten-free pasta. Lots of choices out there, but I was itching curious about the 8-ounce package of Banza Rotini Made From Chickpeas. Winner! It cooks up super easy in about 8 or 9 minutes and has a pleasantly, soft texture with just enough chewiness to make it feel like the real deal. I combined the leftover pasta with the creamy sauce I made and put it in the fridge. Another plus is that the leftovers warmed up next day without any extra fussing, and the texture was just as rockin' as the first day.
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Extra Strength Pickle Juice

You're Never in a Pickle with This Pickle Juice

Almost too cool for words, a shot of Extra Strength Pickle Juice from The Pickle Juice Company had me wanting to gulp down more of this stuff! It's so goooood! Guess it's a blast for athletes, too. The 2.5-ounce bottle said it gives those pumping-iron dudes neural inhibitors and 10X more electrolytes! Good, yes? Here's what the company suggests: "Drink prior to or during exercise to prevent muscle cramps. Drink at onset of muscular discomfort to stop muscle cramps." That's great to know! I just dug the taste of it. Imagine taking those sour pickles, juicing them up, and then straining off the juice. Well, that's what it seemed like, but you sure get that unmistakable taste of pickles. The good part--no calories and no fat. Not so good is ….
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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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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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