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
OCTOBER 2016 Vol. 18 No. 10
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
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.
Kale & Quinoa--a Love Match Made in Heaven
Encountering a name like Kale and Quinoa Vegan Café, San Fernando Valley diners know they can expect a nutritious meal but may not realize this dining destination is totally vegan. This small, cozy Thai café opened June 2016 in Studio City with owner-chef-mom Vallapa Tunbut and daughters Gabby and Patty bustling about the kitchen and providing table service.
Because sharing dishes is ideal way to taste many dishes, we ordered several including Tofu Larb Salad, Mushroom Salad, Beef Jerky Nacho Cheesy Fries, Pumpkin Eggplant and Tofu, Spicy Green Beans with Soy Chicken, and Prime Ribs. With a menu so extensive, we found it challenging to narrow our choices to a manageable few.
Vegan Oktoberfest Is Roktober Event
With Suds and Snaks
Vegans donned their dirndls and lederhosen and headed for a festive afternoon at the annual Vegan Oktoberfest in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, October 15. We San Fernando Valleyites, decked out in our bright yellow Vegetarians in Paradise sweatshirts, hopped on the Metro to 7th and Figueroa. A few blocks' walk brought us to the entrance of the vegan event of the year at LA Center Studios, a movie studio complete with sound stages and plenty of wide-open space for a pack of beer lovers to chug-alug and frolic.
Celebrate Oktoberfest with Bavarian Zeitgeist
Because our readers expressed such delight for the Oktoberfest menu we posted in our October issue three years ago, we decided to repost it so our new and loyal fans could enjoy a royal feast for this year's Oktoberfest. The menu features tantalizing dishes like Bavarian Meatballs, Bacon Stuffed Vegan Rouladen, Potato Pancakes, and Apfel Kuchen, along with many other tasty delights.
Vegans Rename Vegan Cheese "Gary"
After Woman's Facebook Criticism
After the launch of Sainsbury's new vegan cheese, a woman took to Facebook to complain that cheese made from coconut is "not cheese." In her online rant, she suggested vegans should call their non-dairy cheese "Gary" or something.
The post continues with more cheese (and vegan cheese)-related anger, including telling Sainsbury's to "F off" and uninviting all vegans to her future cheese and wine parties.
The vegan community took the rant in good spirits and have now vowed to call all vegan cheese products Gary henceforth.
Ghosts, Goblins, Witches Join Our Halloween Adventure
When it's time for the big food, bring on the Screeching Black Cat Salad and the Graveyard Ghoulash. You won't need to hunt down a black cat for the salad. Just think black and orange and cook up some wild rice and slice up some carrots. Toss in a good measure of raisins, lemon, and spices, and voila! Rattlesnake Venom Dressing adds a very special optional touch. The Screeching Black Cat Salad is positively enchanting as it is, but tastes positively Draculilcious when enhanced with the venom dressing.
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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!
VeggieTaster Returns with Two Vegan Delights
Hilary's Has It All Except for
Wanted to explore a burger I hadn't tried before and found a 6.4-ounce package containing 2 patties of Hilary's World's Best Veggie Burger in the freezer section of my local health food market. Here's a plus--I could heat it up a million different ways--pan-fry on the stovetop, oven, toaster oven, grill, or microwave. I threw it in the oven for a quick warm-up and was ready to douse it with my favorite spicy salsa. But something urged me to taste the plain burger first. Well, it didn't rate as the best burger in my world! It's got all the good stuff going for it, like USDA organic, non-GMO, totally vegan, and gluten-free, corn-free, soy-free, and nut-free. And it's made with terrific ingredients--all whole plant-based foods like grains, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, and sea salt. But I was hoping for something I could sink my teeth into--something with substantial texture I could slip into a bun, so I was disappointed that it was so light and delicate.
PureFit Nutrition Bar Is a Good Fit for Me
I found it!!!! Took more than a few tastings, but I finally discovered a nutrition bar that makes me want to eat a second one right then and there! PureFit Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and PureFit Peanut Butter Bars are hands-down the best I've ever tasted! Loved the creamy-ish texture and went nuts over the rich peanut butter base accented with chocolate chips. This one stands out from the pack because it's not over-the-top sweet like many other nutrition bars. Another plus, the peanut butter flavor is front and center--not the sugar. While this bar is a perfect energy boost for anyone, it's a great benefit for marathon runners who need to eat on the run.
Thanksgiving Comes Early for Maple Leaf Canadians
Zel is thrilled to share three beautiful dishes that capture the spirit of the early harvest. Each of the recipes can be prepared and enjoyed throughout the autumn season, but they're especially ideal for American Thanksgiving, too.
Weisskraut in a Special Way
Gotta have a good old-fashioned cabbage dish for Oktoberfest--after all, green cabbage, or weisskraut, is practically synonymous with German cuisine. This is one of those simple preparations busy cooks really appreciate. Once the ingredients are combined in the skillet, the cooking hardly requires much attention at all. This cabbage dish zings with zesty flavors and makes an excellent choice to accompany the heartier entrees
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
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.
Aunt Nettie Knows How to Mash a 'Tater
Well, I knows 'taters is always good fer fillin' the belly so's y'all don't git too beer-soused in a hurry. An' German foods, I hears, go mighty fine with a tad o' mustard, so I done put some o' that inter the 'taters, too.
You kin leave out the onions, if ya please, but I think the 'taters is much better with 'em. But they do take some extra time fussin' in the kitchen. So, now darlin's, you decide. I really do love them onions so much, so sometimes I even roast 'em up the day before--fer time savin'.
I surely hopes y'all have a mighty happy time at yer Oktoberfest party.
"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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