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veJEWtarian meet-up!

Just doing a last call to those who are inter­ested in attend­ing our Jew­ish veg­e­tar­ian and vegan group in Toronto. We’ll be meet­ing tonight at Sadie’s Diner. Can’t wait to see you all there!

Oy Vegan!

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New Year– NEW YOU!

It’s New Year’s eve!!!! If you’re like me, besides won­der­ing what you’ll be wear­ing to the NYE party you’ll be attend­ing tonight, you’ve been mak­ing New Year’s res­o­lu­tions for 2012.

So, as 2011 draws to a close, why not make a res­o­lu­tion to adopt a health­ier, more envi­ron­men­tally friendly, more com­pas­sion­ate diet for 2012?!

There are many ways of tran­si­tion­ing into veg­e­tar­i­an­ism and veganism.

• The Toronto Veg­e­tar­ian Asso­ci­a­tion has its Veg­gie Chal­lenge. Go veg­gie for a week! The TVA will send you  e-mails with tips, daily meal plans and recipes, and other help­ful info to get you on the road to veggie-dom.

• You can also go veg with the leg­endary Dr. Neal Barnard M.D. who I hap­pened to hear speak in Toronto a few months ago. PCRM (Physi­cians Com­mit­tee for Respon­si­ble Med­i­cine) have cre­ated the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart

So if you’ve been think­ing about it, what bet­ter time to start than the New Year?! This goes for non-veggies inter­ested in becom­ing vegetarian/vegan AND veg­e­tar­i­ans that are inter­ested in becom­ing vegan. If I did it, so can you!

Here is the TVA’s top 10 list of rea­sons to go veg:

Top 10 rea­sons to go vegetarian

1. Lower dis­ease risk  Such as heart dis­ease, many types of can­cer, dia­betes, high blood pres­sure, stroke, food poi­son­ing, obe­sity… Veg­e­tar­i­ans pass up flesh foods that are high in cho­les­terol and sat­u­rated fat, and lack­ing in dietary fibre. Plant foods on the other hand con­tain antiox­i­dants and a vari­ety of phy­to­chem­i­cals that pro­tect against disease.

2. Live longer  A major study pub­lished in the British Med­ical Jour­nal found that veg­e­tar­i­ans out­live meat eaters by six years. The study tracked 11,125 peo­ple over 12 years and adjusted for smok­ing and socio-economic status.

3. Com­pas­sion  You won’t be sup­port­ing an indus­try that raises ani­mals in cramped, over­crowded spaces, arti­fi­cially breeds them, sep­a­rates them from their young, denies them sun­light and fresh air – and then trucks them to slaughter.

4. Save wilder­ness  Meat pro­duc­tion requires huge amounts of land, energy and water – which leads to habi­tat loss, soil ero­sion, water deple­tion, and pol­lu­tion from pes­ti­cides and ani­mal waste.

5. For an ocean of love The oceans are being over­fished, coral reefs are being destroyed and sen­si­tive seafloors are get­ting raked with drag nets. Many species are threat­ened, includ­ing dol­phins, seabirds and tur­tles that get snagged in the nets. Fish feel pain, they just lack vocal chords to express it.

6. Expand your taste hori­zons    Veg­e­tar­ian meals can be diverse, fast, colour­ful and delicious!

7. Sex  Research has shown that the heart and brain are not the only organs that get clogged arter­ies due to a diet high in meat and cholesterol.

8. No more dirty dishes caked with ani­mal grease.

9. Great excuse to…  avoid every­thing from Aunt Flo’s ham­burger casse­role to the lat­est greasy offer from the fast food chains.

10. Win cool prizes Enter the Veg­gie Chal­lenge!

Veg­e­tar­i­ans have the best diet…they have a frac­tion of our heart attack rate and they have only 40 per­cent of our can­cer rate. On aver­age, they out­live other peo­ple by about six years now.
– William Castelli,
MD Fram­ing­ham Heart Study

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Oy Vegan!

 

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Oy Vegan takes London! Restaurant Review: Manna

Here it is! The final install­ment of Lon­don restau­rant reviews. We did visit some oth­ers while we were there, but these were the best!

It just so hap­pens that the old­est vegan estab­lish­ment in Lon­don is also the best! Manna has been open for forty-five years accord­ing to the owner, whom I chat­ted with after my meal. You wouldn’t know it from the looks of it. The décor is mod­ern and upscale. And the food is… well, superb.

We came for brunch with friends and were so impressed that we came again that evening for din­ner with dif­fer­ent friends! For brunch I ordered a full tra­di­tional Eng­lish break­fast. It was lovely. It came with beans, fried mush­rooms, scram­bled tofu, grilled toma­toes and pota­toes. It was hearty and well sea­soned. A great way to start a full day of sight­see­ing downtown!

Above: Tra­di­tional Eng­lish Breakfast

Then we couldn’t resist order­ing dessert. We ordered the banof­fee tri­fle which is a pop­u­lar British dessert. This tri­fle was com­posed of cubes of dark choco­late cake, bananas, sliced almonds, tof­fee sauce, and cus­tard. It was all topped with whipped cream. If you served this to a non-vegan, they would have no idea. It was amaz­ing. It also hap­pens to be gluten free!

Above: banof­fee trifle

Later, for din­ner, we ordered a vari­ety of dishes. For starters we ordered the spiced jerk tofu, plan­tain & sweet potato kebab and the raw maki rolls. Both were delight­ful. I espe­cially like the wasabi pea coulis driz­zled all over the plate that accom­pa­nied the maki rolls. The jerk tofu was well sea­soned and the plan­tain was scrumptious.

Above: Raw Maki Rolls — raw ‘riced’ parsnip, car­rots, beet­root, and avo­cado, served with tamari, pick­led gin­ger and wasabi pea coulis

For our mains, we ordered the root veg­etable tagine, the organic spaghetti and veat­balls, the chef’s spe­cial pasta and the ravi­oli, which I ordered. The ravi­oli were big­ger and fried. They were stuffed with wal­nut and wild mush­room paté and cov­ered in a fen­nel cream sauce. They were deli­cious.  I also tried the other dishes. I espe­cially like the chef’s spe­cial pasta. It was in a cream sauce as well with fresh yel­low bell peppers.

Above: root veg­etable tagine — served in a roasted pump­kin bowl, topped with bean curd sesame falafel, warm quinoa & pis­ta­chio tabouleh, harissa & minted yoghurt and pitta bread

Above: organic pasta of the day

Above: organic spaghetti & veatballs

Above: ravi­oli — a crisped ravi­oli filled with wild mush­room & wal­nut pâté with fen­nel cream sauce, sun­dried tomato pesto & bal­samic reduction

Finally, we were stuffed but we couldn’t resist order­ing dessert. We ordered the fruit salad and the petits fours. The fruit was super fresh and flavour­ful and the soy based vanilla ice cream was delec­table. The choco­late truf­fles were rich and deca­dent. I was espe­cially impressed with the Ital­ian style almond cook­ies. Some had a bit of pre­serves and oth­ers were plain. The con­sis­tency of the cook­ies were fab­u­lous. They were chewy and per­fectly sweet. A great way to end an incred­i­ble meal.

Above: Fruit salad with vanilla vice cream

Above: Petits Fours– a plate of truf­fles, choco­lates & small biscuits

You can read more of Manna’s menu here.

The friends we brought for din­ner are non-vegetarians/ veg­ans and they were rav­ing about the food. They said they wanted to come and bring other friends. This is what good upscale vegan din­ing can do. Manna is the per­fect place to bring non-veggies and impress the heck outta them. Any­thing to make the lifestyle more attrac­tive is a great in my opinion!

Manna was the per­fect end­ing to our stay and I highly rec­om­mend it to any­one and every­one vis­it­ing Lon­don in the future. We need more restau­rants like this in Canada and around the world. Let’s knock the culi­nary socks off non-veggies and show them what vegan eat­ing can really be: deca­dent, ele­vated, and healthful.

Oy Vegan!

Manna is located at 4 Ersk­ine Road, Prim­rose Hill, London

Clos­est tube sta­tion: Chalk Farm

Hours: Tues-Sun 6:30pm-10:30pm/ Sat-Sun 12-3pm

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Oy Vegan App review: VegOut and VeganXpress

Veg­Out and Veg­anX­press: iphone apps for the vegetarian/vegan who likes to dine out.

If you love to eat out, then these apps are for you. Have you ever been in an unfa­mil­iar city and won­dered what you were going to eat for dinner?

Veg­Out, the veg­e­tar­ian restau­rant guide for the iphone, helps you search sur­round­ing restau­rants for veg­e­tar­ian and vegan friendly options, and depend­ing where you are, finds the clos­est veg­gie joints in town . Using your loca­tion, Veg­Out pulls up the clos­est restau­rant options for veg­e­tar­i­ans and veg­ans, shows you how they’ve been rated and lets you read reviews to help you with your deci­sion . It also shows you where the restau­rants are located using google maps.

VegOut map

I’ve used this app plenty in Toronto and sur­round­ing areas. It’s very effec­tive. I really enjoy read­ing the reviews before I make a deci­sion. If you’re already a yelp, urbans­poon or chowhound browser, this app gives you a quick way of locat­ing a great place to eat and read­ing about it before­hand. I’ve also used this app in New York City and Las Vegas. It’s great for travel. It also allows you to save cer­tain restau­rants as favourites so you can refer back to them easily.

VegOut list

Veg­Out is $2.99 in the App Store. I think it’s worth it, con­sid­er­ing how often I use it. It has a wealth of knowl­edge. I even learn about new restau­rants in my own city just from brows­ing through it from time to time. Being pow­ered by Happycow.net doesn’t hurt. If you’re veg­e­tar­ian or vegan, hope­fully you are famil­iar with them. If not, I def­i­nitely rec­om­mend check­ing them out! Hap­py­cow is the global online restau­rant guide for veg­e­tar­i­ans and veg­ans and it’s been around since ’99. In my trav­els around Asia and India, I fre­quently used Hap­py­cow. If only I had had an iphone with Veg­Out, things might have been easier.

Veg­anX­press comes highly rated in the App Store. I down­loaded this app recently for a whop­ping $1.99. This app claims to give veg­ans “menu and shop­ping assis­tance”. It lists the vegan menu items found in the top fast food chains in the US, Canada and the UK . While it is inter­est­ing, a lot of the infor­ma­tion is just plain com­mon sense. For exam­ple, it lists one of the viable vegan menu items at McDonald’s as a “pre­mium Asian Salad with­out the chicken” well… yah, thanks for that. This part of the app is use­ful for those times when you find your­self at one of these chains for some weird and inex­plic­a­ble rea­son– like a work party? Sure.

VeganXpress ff chain list

Another inter­est­ing fea­ture of the app is the alco­hol sec­tion. It informs you what beers and wines are vegan.  For exam­ple Alexan­der Keith’s is vegan while Guin­ness is not. So if you’re a drinker, this might be a good app to download.There is also a sec­tion with a list of vegan prod­ucts that can be found in the gro­cery store.

veganXpress beer list

Veg­anX­press is an inter­est­ing app. I’m not sure how much I’ll be using it. If I had to choose between it and Veg­Out, I would def­i­nitely choose Veg­Out. But I do like din­ing out so maybe I’m biased.

Nonethe­less, here are two vegan apps worth down­load­ing to your iphone. Oy Vegan!

 

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Eco-Kosher Means Veggie-Kosher!

Shout out to veggiejews.org for this inter­est­ing arti­cle on how being Eco-kosher really means being veggie!

Oy Vegan!

 

 

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Awesome Vegan Halloween Recipes!

Hi All,

So, like many of us veg­ans and veg­e­tar­i­ans, you might be won­der­ing what you’re going to indulge on this Hal­loween. Good news! I’ve com­piled some awe­some recipes from some super cool blogs to help you have a spook­ier and more fes­tive Hal­loween! muha­hah­ha­ha­haha! (evil laugh)

THE LIST!

1. Check out these mummy piz­zas from Vegan Miss!

2.  Munch on some pump­kin quinoa gra­nola from I Heart Well­ness!

3. Chow down on these spooky spi­der­web brownie bites from The Fam­ily Kitchen!

4. Indulge in some vegan gluten free twix bars (made these. They’re awe­some!) from Forks and Beans!

5. And, of course, you should read the Offi­cial Guide to Vegan Hal­loween Candy from Veg­News!

 

Happy Hal­loween!!!!!!

Oy Vegan!

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