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UPCOMING VEGAN COOKING CLASSES
When: Saturday, May 7 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
When: Saturday, June 11 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Tell Mom You Love Her with a Delicious Vegan Dinner
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.
PETA Names Los Angeles #2 Vegan City in US
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.
Gather Some Revolutionary Ideas
For a Flavorful Cinco de Mayo
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.
Not Fishy at All, This Ceviche is Vegan
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
Vegan and Gluten-Free,
Not a Problem
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.
Owners of Café Gratitude & Gracias Madre
Piss Off Vegans
Aunt Nettie Gets Saucy with Eggplant
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.
New Pea-Protein Based Milk Goes Nationwide
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.
Eko Is the Place for 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.
8 Healthy Vegan Edible THC Alternatives to Try
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!
Spoil Her with a Crepe
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.
VeggieTaster Returns with Two Vegan Delights
Treat Your Belly Like a Pro
We Can All Make Whoopie Smothered in Sugar
President Of American College of Cardiology Prescribes Vegan Diet
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.
Natural Products Expo West Reveals
What's New in Vegan Food
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.
"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.
Chef AJ Receives 24 Carrot Award
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!"
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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