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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

FEBRUARY 2016 Vol. 18 No. 2


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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    Family Dining with Delicious Vegan Surprises-- FREE
    A Plant-Based Hands-On Cooking Class

    When: Saturday, February 20 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    Sponsor: La Crescenta Library
    Location: 2809 Foothill Blvd, La Crescenta, CA 91214
    For information and to make your reservation, call 818-248-5313

    I Didn't Know Vegan Food Could Taste So Good -- FREE
    A Plant-Based Hands-On Cooking Class

    When: Saturday, March 5 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    Sponsor: Stevenson Ranch Library
    Location: 25950 The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381
    For information and to make your reservation, call 661 255-2707

    Delicious OMG Dishes for Summer Entertaining-- FREE

    When: Saturday, June 11 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    Sponsor: Castaic Library
    Location: 27971 Sloan Canyon Road, Castaic, CA 91384
    For information and to make your reservation, call (661) 257-7410


    Score a Touchdown and Some Extra Points
    At Your Super Bowl Party

    Hummos Swedish

    The excitement of rooting for your favorite team is heightened when the host organizes a contest to see who can guess the final score and then presents a prize to the winner. Some even challenge the guests to predict scores for the first half as well as the final score.

    Kick off the big game in the company of your favorite friends and family with old-fashioned comfort foods that offer cozy warmth and evoke compliments from the mesmerized fans who can barely take their eyes off the TV long enough to express appreciation.
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    NBC Rejects "Steamy" PETA Super Bowl Ad; Just Too Sexy
    Veggie Love

    PETA's ad--which features a bevy of beauties who are powerless to resist the temptation of veggie love--was deemed too hot for the Super Bowl. NBC rejected the video because of concerns over "rubbing pelvic region with pumpkin," a woman "screwing herself with broccoli," and more!
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    Elovate Your Life With a Black Beast & Coconut Magic Bar

    Elovate Restaurant Elovate Restaurant

    Now, here's my favorite part--dessert! I noticed that whenever I mention dessert, I quickly get a lot of attention. Everybody was ready for a sweet finish. With our server's help we were able to pamper our cravings with two desserts, Black Beast and the Coconut Magic Bar. I never would have thought to build a vegan dessert with something that resembled an Oreo cookie, but here it was--a thin bar made from Newman's Own oreo-style cookies, chocolate chips, pecans, and coconut flakes with a perky scoop of housemade vanilla ice cream on top.
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    Vegan Dining Vitalizes LA

    Place Setting When a friend from the Midwest asked us if there was any interest in vegan dining here in Los Angeles and if there were any totally vegan restaurants, we gave him an earful!!!

    We literally shook his world when we told him we could count more than 75 totally vegan restaurants and more than 200 restaurants that were vegan friendly within Los Angeles County.
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    Tesla Launches All-Vegan Car
    Tesla Vegan Car
    When PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), a Tesla Motors shareholder, spoke at Tesla's 2015 annual meeting to urge the company to offer only vegan leather for its car interiors, CEO Elon Musk said he would "absolutely" consider it. Since then, PETA has been working with Tesla and this month, the electric-car leader launched Model X--its highly anticipated SUV--which is available with a fully vegan interior, including seats, steering wheel and gear shift.
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    Aunt Nettie Creates a Special Pizza Salad Sandwich

    Butternut Pizza Salad Ask Aunt Nettie So I done come up with a recipe fer butternut pizza salad, a really differnt way ta git the goodness of them veggies inter yer belly. An' heaven only knows, it jes might could be you'll say, "Why, that were purty good tastin'."

    But fer them folks that loves salad like I do, well, sometimes, it jes fun ta eat salad in a differnt way.
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    Automation Arrives with Vegan Food
    That Will Bowl You Over

    Eatsa RestaurantEatsa Restaurant

    Just when we thought we've seen it all in Los Angeles vegan dining experiences, we discovered there IS something new under the sun. Eatsa is a new vegetarian and vegan eatery in The Village at Westfield Topanga, Woodland Hills, and is truly a new concept in fast, casual dining. From the method of placing orders to the unique delivery of the food, it's a new way to buy a meal--or is it?

    There are always new adventures in dining, and Eatsa is certainly one that ought to catch the fancy of diners who've been yearning for healthy take-out choices. The Eatsa concept is certainly new to many Angelenos, but is somewhat reminiscent of the Automat, once popular in New York City.
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    Discover Passion and Romance on Valentine's Day

    Passionate Pineapple Tempeh Love Tart

    With Valentine's Day just ahead, Cupid is poised and ready to touch two hearts that share thoughts of love. A little planning and a few gourmet dishes can make that special person in your life feel pampered to the max. And you'll soon notice those sweet moments of TLC flowing back to your heart. After all, it's Cupid's day to romp his way into lovers' hearts.

    For that special Valentine of yours, set the love scene with extra special touches. Haul out the linens, light the candles, and turn on the soft music. A small vase with a single red rose and a glass of wine or sparkling apple cider launches your special Valentine dinner with a sweet beginning.
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    Gung Hay Fat Choy!
    Happy Chinese New Year

    Marinated Tofu with Lucky Sauce Auspicious Cauliflower Dragon

    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 15 days.
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    VeggieTaster Returns with Two Vegan Delights

    Kristine's Ketchup Catch Up with This Ketchup
    Was looking for some interesting sauce to put on sandwiches, and thought I would give Kristine's Ketchup a try. The 18-ounce jar says it's organic, and seasonably delicious. They're right--IT IS DELICIOUS. It's also nice and thick and dishes out a good punch of medium-hot spice. Flavor wise, it has a definitive tomato base with an outrageous sweet smoky flavor that makes it great on any sandwich--just what I was in the mood for! Nice thing is it's got zero fat, it's low sodium, and is very low in calories--1 tablespoon has only 30 calories, so you're not going to gain weight on this little condiment.
    Read More Qrunch Spicy Italian Quinoa Burgers

    What to Do in a Crunch
    Casing the new veg options at my natural food market, I noticed Qrunch Organics Spicy Italian Quinoa Burgers in the freezer section. Curious as always, I bought it and decided to tuck it into a pita sandwich. How could I lose? The 4 patties in the 10-ounce package are gluten-free, non GMO, organic, soy-free and nut-free, and made of quinoa, millet, and veggies. Loved that it's so free of processed ingredients and has only wholesome veggies, grains, and seasonings. The oven was hot and within 15 minutes, the golden quinoa patty was perfectly warmed. Poked it into a pita half, gave it some ketchup and mustard love, and tossed in some leftover salad.
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    Vegan Diet Cuts Risk of Prostate Cancer

    Playa Vista Farmers' Market

    Men who follow a vegan diet are a third less likely to develop prostate cancer, according to a new study by Loma Linda University Health.

    The study, published in the January issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, saw a reduced risk in both white and possibly black males who adhered to a vegan diet without meat, dairy, and eggs.

    "If you are already a vegan male, be thankful that you will have a lower risk of prostate cancer," Dr. Gary Fraser, the director of the study, told the Adventist Review on Tuesday. "If you are not vegan, be aware that the lacto-ovo diet and the pesco-vegetarian diet did not give evidence of protection when compared to non-vegetarian Adventists."
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    PCRM Opens First Plant-Based Medical Clinic

    Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine The Barnard Medical Center (BMC) in Washington, DC, will be one of the first clinics in the nation to address the country's chronic health issues through nutrition and preventive medicine. Neal Barnard, MD, founder and president of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and now founder and medical director of BMC, will work with physicians, nurse practitioners, and dietitians to help thousands of patients every year with weight loss, heart health, diabetes, cancer prevention, and childhood nutrition.
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    Reverse Heart Disease with This Recipe Plan

    Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook Ann Esselstyn and daughter Jane are energetic cheerleaders for husband and father Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's life-changing success in preventing and reversing heart disease through diet. The dynamic duo are avid worker bees who created tasty recipes for this book that helps make reversing heart disease with a whole-foods, plant-based diet a reality.

    Ann created the recipes for her husband's best-selling book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, a ground-breaking work that inspired the entire family not only to adopt the diet, but also to spread the word by creating additional innovative recipes and traveling across the country to speak at health conferences.
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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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    Chef AJ Receives 24 Carrot Award

    Chef AJ Unprocessed

    "It was the first time that anyone, let alone medical professionals, said that what we eat has a profound effect on how we look, how we feel, what diseases we get and what disease we can reverse. Within 6 months of eating a WHOLE-FOOD plant-based diet free of sugar, oil, salt and flour (as opposed to the highly processed vegan junk food diet I had eaten for 26 years) all of the polyps "mysteriously" disappeared.

    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!"
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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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