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
FEBRUARY 2018 Vol. 20 No.2
Valentine's Day Brings Lovers
Together to Celebrate Deliciously
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Being Vegan Might Help You Fall in Love
Research shows that just two years ago, mentioning your non-meating-eating ways on dating sites curbed the likelihood that'd you find a significant other--but now, it's actually a super-attractive quality.
The popular dating site Zoosk used data from its 40 million members to examine how dating changed in 2017. In addition to nice guys finally finishing first, a major dip in photo filtering, and the fact that mentioning guacamole can help get you a date, big news for people who love their veggies also emerged: In 2015, mentioning you're a vegetarian got you 100 percent fewer replies (ouch!)--but now, vegetarians get 3 percent more replies and vegans get 62 percent more messages than the average person.
Score a Touchdown and Some Extra Points
at Your Super Bowl Party
Veganizing an old classic American recipe can imitate the original so closely that some meat eaters might believe they are actually eating the real thing. This is definitely a make-ahead dish that tastes even better the next day. The Swedish "meatballs" are feathery light while the flavor is lusty enough to please the sports fans oblivious to anything but television.
Big Guys Are Taking Over;
Large Conglomerates Swallow Vegan Companies
The big guys, giant food conglomerates, have noticed a greater public acceptance, desire, and demand for meatless products. They want to play a greater role in the plant-based food wave because they see the large dollar signs. The easiest way to achieve this goal is to buy or merge with a successful company that markets plant-based foods.
The merger may be beneficial to the vegan community by making products similar to those sold by companies like Daiya more widespread and accessible. In other instances the purchasing company seeking greater profits destroys the vision of the small company and introduces a product/products that deviate from concepts established by the absorbed company.
Gung Hay Fat Choy! Celebrate Year of the Dog
Gung Hay Fat Choy is the joyous greeting shared by Chinese families and friends during Chinese New Year celebration. The expression means "good wishes and congratulations." With the Chinese following a lunar calendar, the date of this annual spring celebration occurs on a different date each year that usually falls between the end of January and mid-February and lasts about 15 days.
The special occasion seemed like an opportune time to share one of my favorite recipes just right for the festival. Luck, health and prosperity are often expressed as wishes for the year ahead, bringing families together to share the good wishes. Often, Chinese New Year is a grand family reunion, uniting families who live far away.
Celebrate Valentine's Day with a Cappuccino Mousse
For the finishing touch to a special Valentine meal, you can't beat a romantic sweet treat like a chocolaty mousse. This one is enhanced with a touch of coffee to give it a delicious spark and then it's topped with a fresh fruity sauce to make the heart flutter with sweet romance. After all, it's Valentine's Day.
Dr. Lawenda Transforms Health Care
Fortunately four years ago, at the age of thirty-eight, worried deeply about my personal and professional future, I discovered the incredible power of food as medicine. I was blown away by what I was learning. I was amazed to learn that there existed a way of eating, namely a whole food, plant-based diet, in which a person could eat until full, without counting calories or measuring / restricting portion size (no portion control!), yet lose significant amounts of weight, regardless of the amount of exercise as well. This same way of eating, I learned, also REVERSES our most common chronic diseases, including our number one killer, heart disease, and our most costly and complicated disease, diabetes. I was very skeptical learning all of this, especially as it was not part of my years of training. Yet, soon I began to realize how much solid scientific evidence existed that more than substantiated these incredible benefits.
You Don't Need a Lot of Dough
to Enjoy Dough Girl Pizza
Pizza with a purpose drives chef-owner Mar Diego to sling balls of pizza dough while mentoring kids in their teens at-risk of drug abuse and trouble with the law. In November, 2014, she opened the pizza joint in a strip mall at the corner of Victory and Balboa Boulevards in Lake Balboa and called it Nicky's Pizza, the name of her partner's daughter. In January, 2015 she renamed it Dough Girl. Though the restaurant is not all vegan, there are multiple vegan offerings, making this a welcoming place for cruelty-free dining.
Will You Eat Lab-Grown Meat?
Lab-grown meat just got another big vote of confidence. Tyson Foods' venture capital arm announced Monday that it has secured a minority investment in Memphis Meats, the buzzy startup that grows beef, chicken and duck meat with animal cells and petri dishes, no livestock required. Tyson joins other high-profile investors in Memphis Meats including Bill Gates and Richard Branson.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed. San Francisco-based Memphis Meats unveiled a meatball grown in a lab in 2016, but has yet to commercialize a product. One big hurdle is the sheer cost of producing the meat -- currently runs around $2,400 to produce a single pound of its meat, which is often called "cultured" or "clean."
Field Roast Chef Shows
How You Can Make Your Own
Why buy a Field Roast at the supermarket, when you can make it yourself? In this book Field Roast Executive Chef Tommy McDonald shares the secrets of roasts, sausages, burgers, and deli slices that can be prepared in any home kitchen. None of the recipes in the book feature soy.
In the foreward to this book, Founder and President David Lee explains the story of Field Roast that began over 20 years ago in a quest to introduce the public to what he calls "real vegetarian meat" that is grain-based. "I discovered the centuries-old Asian tradition of using wheat as a protein food, such as mien ching (Buddha's food) or seitan," he says.
Aunt Nettie Helps Cupid
With a Sweetheart Polenta
Well, now darlin's, let's git right down ta business and concentrate on what yer gonna cook up fer yer special love-after all, the best way to the heart is always thru the stomach-remember that and you'll always have love in yer life.
Now, darlin', we're a-gonna put a mighty purty heart right on the table-one that's bleedin' with love in the form of tomater sauce over a very speshul polenta heart. I know the recipe below looks a tad off-puttin' but jes take yer time with it an' make the different parts in-between other have-to's in yer day.
San Francisco Considers Banning Fur Sales
Mink stoles, fox-lined parkas and rabbit fur key chains might soon disappear from department stores in San Francisco, as the Board of Supervisors contemplates a citywide ban on sales of fur.
The proposed law by Supervisor Katy Tang would make San Francisco the third city in the country to outlaw such products, emulating West Hollywood, which passed a ban in 2011, and Berkeley, which followed last year. It goes before the board's Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee on Wednesday.
UC Davis Fraternities Accept the Challenge,
Go Vegan for a Week
This week, two UC Davis fraternities battled it out in a competition centered around maintaining a diet completely free of animal products. Theta Xi and Theta Chi teamed up with Davis' People for the Elimination of Animal Cruelty through Education club (PEACE) to compete in the campus' first ever Vegan Frat Challenge.
"The Vegan Frat Challenge is basically where, for a week, we get two frats to go vegan," said Emmanuelle Chicandard, a second-year animal biology major. "That means their entire house is going to be stocked with vegan food and [PEACE is] going to help them cook. I think we have a couple people every day going in for breakfast, lunch and dinner to help [guide] them cook vegan food."
VeggieTaster Returns with Three Vegan Delights
Everything It's Crackered Up to Be
Humm Lemon Ginger Kombucha Had Me Humming
Tone Up with the VIP Diet After All That Holiday Eating
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.
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.
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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