March 20, 2012 |
Life may be getting easier for vegans and vegetarians - especially the ones who still crave meat - with more food choices available from manufacturers and restaurants. Activists participating in a nationwide effort Tuesday to convince consumers of the wonders of a vegan diet will be passing out free samples. The Great American Meatout hopes to serve 30,000 people and hundreds of events around the country, including several across the Southland. In December, a poll from the Vegetarian Resource Group conducted by Harris Interactive found that 16% of Americans say they don't eat meat, fish, seafood or poultry at more than half of their meals.
April 23, 2012 |
Is it nutritionally risky to put babies and children on a vegan diet, or is it the best thing for them? "When a mother eats meat, her breast-fed child's brain grows faster and she is able to wean the child at an earlier age, allowing her to have more children faster," according to a new article by Swedish researchers in the journal PLoS One that links eating meat to evolution. The article doesn't speak to whether mothers should still eat meat for their babies' health.
March 13, 2013 |
Tal Ronnen, a chef aiming to bring veganism to the masses, opens "plant-based" restaurant Crossroads on Melrose Avenue on Thursday. The menu at Crossroads, Ronnen's first L.A. restaurant, features his vegan, Mediterranean-influenced small plates in a chandeliered, wood-floored dining room designed by Studio Collective. Ronnen, author of "The Conscious Cook," teamed with entertainment and hospitality veterans Steve Bing and Parnell F. Delcham to open the white-tablecloth, all-vegetable restaurant in the former Phillipe Chow space at the corner of Sweetzer Avenue.
April 27, 2012 |
"Fact: Diet-related disease is the biggest killer in the United States, right now, here today," said Jamie Oliver in his 2010 "TedTalks" presentation . "Your child will live a life 10 years younger than you because of the landscape of food that we've built around them. " Is it child abuse? Oliver argues that it is, and that in addition to nourishing our children, we should also educate them on how and what to eat. His critics accuse him of overstepping and say he should pack up and go back to Britain.
April 15, 2013 |
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. For any festival epicure, Coachella dining is essentially a weekend-long Treat Yo Self Day - and even more so for meat-avoiders. As an 11-years-and-counting vegan, I will say that Coachella has always been a Bizzaro world of food choices. And eating lighter saves you more room for beer without feeling like an engorged python. Coachella took on some enticing new vegan options this year (but seemed to lose some too)
December 9, 2010 |
Seitan Wellington, it's what's for dinner this holiday season. At least it is if you're vegan, interested in becoming vegan, trying to balance your meat-heavy diet or just hanging around in the Spork Foods kitchen. Founded four years ago by sisters Heather and Jenny Goldberg, Spork Foods is a vegan food company that teaches cooking classes and revamps pantries with vegan and organic diet options. And just in time for the food-saturated holiday season, the sisters, in conjunction with an independent film collective called Open Road Films, have launched an online series of cooking classes in order to teach their vegan techniques to as many people ?
February 13, 1992 |
"I feel energized," remarked one of my New Age friends, digging into her bowlful of vegan hot pot at Gourmet Vegetarian. "You're experiencing synchronicity," said another in our group with a nod, obviously delighted with the fresh flavors. Vegans, I should mention, are very systematic vegetarians who avoid not only meat but all animal-derived foods, such as eggs and dairy products.
October 1, 1993 |
Real Food Daily reminds me of a cafe in a small town: Customers know the waitresses' names and vice versa. The man sitting next to us at the counter strikes up a conversation--it's his second meal of the day there. The main difference between a small-town cafe and Real Food Daily is that you can't get biscuits and gravy here. Or coffee. Or apple pie. Nobody will chicken-fry you a steak. And nobody would dream of smoking.
August 24, 2013 |
A vegan diet: That's what Santa Monica College track coach Joshua Garrett credits for helping him traverse the famed Pacific Crest Trail and possibly setting a record doing it. The rugged 2,650-mile trail runs from the border of Mexico to Canada, crossing some of the most scenic wilderness in the world. It's a once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment for hikers, many of whom cover the distance in chunks over the course of several years. And then there are endurance athletes such as Garrett, 30, of Pacific Palisades, who tackled it all at once.
February 3, 2014 |
Chandra Gilbert is the executive chef of the newly opened vegan Mexican restaurant Gracias Madre. Gilbert moved to Los Angeles from the Bay Area, where she opened the original Gracias Madre in San Francisco with Cafe Gratitude founders Matthew and Terces Engelhart in 2009 in the Mission District. Before working with the Engelharts, she worked at the renowned San Francisco vegetarian restaurant Greens. She was also a pastry chef for Alice Waters' Café Fanny in Berkeley and was a cheese maker at Cowgirl Creamery.