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May 31, 2012 | Vance Lehmkuhl
Here are 10 high-performing "he-man" vegan athletes. Carl Lewis Track star: Went vegan in 1990; won the 1991 World Championships in Athletics. Tim Bradley Boxer: Fighting Manny Pacquiao on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mac Danzig Mixed martial artist (UFC): Ultimate Fighter 6 winner, 2007. Scott Jurek Ultramarathoner: Winner of multiple endurance runs; in 2010, set U.S. record for 24-hour distance run. Billy Simmons Bodybuilder: Won Mr. Natural Universe in 2009.
FOOD
July 17, 2008
I found it surprisingly easy to eat out as a vegan after my recent transition to meat-and-dairy free eating. Below are some of my favorite spots. In this city, Horizons Restaurant, 611 S. 7th St., 215-923-6117, is vegan heaven (that is, they have both a vegan menu and a liquor license). Landau's love of the Caribbean is in evidence in his Hearts of Palm Cakes, with their fluffy interior and crispy exterior, and spicy-sweet Jamaican BBQ Seitan. Both are legendary among his loyal clientele.
NEWS
August 14, 2003
DEAR Vance Lehmkuhl, Thank you for bringing tears of joy to my eyes after reading about the oldest religious practice on earth, eating from the holy garden (OpEd, Aug. 8). In my heart, I know that until we cherish every living creature as if part of our family, we will not reach the highest ideals of humankind. Looking holistically at a world full of suffering, famine and environmental ruin, it appears that grave mistakes have been made and time for repair is at hand.
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July 27, 2012 | Vance Lehmkuhl
SINCE SUSHI, by its very name, is all about the rice, that's the bulk of this recipe. Once you have "sushi rice" ready, you can make many varieties, though we'll focus on nori rolls, the most well-known format in this country.   Optimally you should use Japanese rice, found at specialty stores, but short-grain rice works, too. Avoid long-grain varieties; they aren't sticky enough. Here's a basic, but versatile, recipe. The vinegar mixture can be adjusted to taste.   VEGAN SUSHI   3 cups rice 6 cups water 1/4 cup rice vinegar 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt Several sheets of nori (seaweed paper)
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September 19, 2014
DID YOU hear that Dunkin' Donuts has almond milk as a dairy-free coffee alternative at three-quarters of their locations? If you didn't, that's OK, because none of those locations are near Philly. "Greater Philadelphia region is not currently one of the markets" with almond milk, a representative told me, though the company does "anticipate this market will offer almond milk in the future. " When in the future? Could be, I was told, as early as "some point in 2015. " Next year?
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June 9, 2005
THERE IS, of course, nothing radical about asking people to eat their veggies (Stu Bykofsky, "Lioness in winter," May 31). But PETA demonizes those who produce animal protein and natural fibers like wool, fur and leather. PETA's vegan food and fiber policy, of course, can't support 6 billion people on a finite planet. It is not sustainable and would result in enormous waste and pollution. Thus, beyond being nonsensical, it is radical. PETA is earning a reputation as a sort of vegan cult preying on kids, not a source of solid nutrition advice.
NEWS
August 22, 2014
VEGAN road-tripping can be fun, or it can be a pain. Usually it winds up a mixture. On this summer's family road trip south I took notes, for once, on what worked and what didn't. We drove from Philly through North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, on down to Key West. Stopping at a number of interesting spots, I learned lessons I hope other vegan travelers can apply elsewhere. The first and foremost lesson: You cannot possibly plan ahead too much. Look at where you're going - and where you might go, with a slight detour, using your phone and Web connection while still at home.
FOOD
July 17, 2008 | By Wendy Rosenfeld FOR THE INQUIRER
Five months ago, I went from lapsed vegetarian to full-blown vegan, and somehow, by cutting my caloric options in half, gained five pounds. I'd always associated vegans with teeny-tiny hippie chicks in dreadlocks and yoga pants, arranging kombu in a pressure cooker before leaving for a job at the co-op. Obviously, times have changed. These days, going vegan requires almost no planning and, better yet, no dreadlocks. With the spread of Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, and the mainstreaming of the health-food ethos, delicious vegan choices are so plentiful that maintaining a "teeny-tiny" vegan physique is as tough as maintaining an omnivorous one. In addition to Horizons, the city's terrific vegan restaurant, nowadays I can grab a mock tuna sandwich at the Reading Terminal, vegan dim sum in Chinatown - and even vegan summer rolls in the suburbs.
NEWS
October 16, 2003 | By VANCE LEHMKUHL
JUST YOU wait, you naysayers. Now he's officially declared - and once Dennis Kucinich is president, things are gonna be very different around here. The only vegan candidate in the race (and the only vegan in Congress), Dennis the "Peace Candidate" will, indeed, prevail! As the inevitable hypocrisies of the other candidates are exposed, his meat-free wisdom will come clear. He'll turn our government around, abolishing the military/industrial complex and replacing it with organic take-out restaurants.
NEWS
April 11, 2014
I'D HEARD that "Noah" was made animal-free - using no real animals - and I was prepared for a big-budget CGI-happy spectacle, which I got. But I wasn't prepared for what Darren Aronofsky's movie turns out to be - a milestone in blockbuster veganism, in mainstreaming the idea of committed nonviolence. The stakes are set in the opening seconds: Among quick clips of the Fall is one of a hand reaching for an apple - except that the apple is beating, like a heart, both visually and audibly.
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September 17, 2016 | By Dan Geringer, STAFF WRITER
The first Phoenixville VegFest, a celebration of all things vegan, will bring a cornucopia of nonanimal food and drink, adoptable pigs that paint abstracts, and a guy who calls himself "Gangster Vegan" to Bridge and Main Streets on Saturday afternoon. "Phoenixville has become a very vegan-friendly town," said Jeesely Soto, who lives there and organized VegFest with two fellow volunteers from the Peace Advocacy Network, a regional nonprofit promoting "peaceful existence through veganism, social justice, and respect for the Earth's inhabitants and resources.
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September 2, 2016 | By Vance Lehmkuhl, Staff Writer
This has indeed been the Year of Vegan in Philly - "Vegandelphia," as Craig LaBan termed it in January - and there's still more excitement on the way before year's end, with animal-free offerings expanding here and elsewhere in growing recognition of the appeal of "vegan" to a new generation. But in some cases (and I'll skip names, as this is about trends, not individual callouts), the enthusiasm for "vegan" outstrips the facts. Take, for instance, a certain ex-president who's famously gone "vegan.
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August 5, 2016 | By Vance Lehmkuhl, Staff Writer
Nationally, VegFests are on the rise, those one- or two-day get-togethers of meat-free eaters over meat-free food, often with speakers and entertainment. And one way Philly is proving its "Vegandelphia" cred is by upping our own vegan-events game. As August kicks off and our usual crop of late-summer convocations is readied for harvest (see below), one new plant-based event especially stands out: S.E.E.D: Sustainable Everyday Edibles and Drinkables will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at SugarHouse Casino.
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July 8, 2016 | By Vance Lehmkuhl, Staff Writer
THINK YOU NEED animal waste to grow strong, healthy vegetables? Naw, that's just a load of BS. In fact, the next logical step after a plant-based diet may be plant-based plants. Flying under the radar, vegan organic or "veganic" growing got a publicity boost a few months back when South Philly's Metropolis Farms became the first vegan-certified farm in the United States. (For a visit to Metropolis and interview with Jack Griffin see philly.com/veganic.) Now people are curious about this animal-free practice with the newfangled name but a long and venerable history.
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Vance Lehmkuhl, Staff Writer
When I went "downashore" to explore vegan dining possibilities, I expected to find juice bars, sorbet shops, candy stores - places with a single, plant-based alternative. They were there, but I also found many businesses getting truly serious about multiple animal-free options. The old standard of a lone veggie burger on the menu, or the option to "veganize" items by leaving out the meat or cheese doesn't cut it in 2016. My intrepid guide and copilot for the day was Anne Dinshah, a vegan-cuisine consultant who works with food retailers.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2016 | By Vance Lehmkuhl, Staff Writer
IF BACON is the answer, what's the question? I don't mean a comment-thread question like, "How could anyone want to harm these adorable scampering piglets?" I mean in brick-and-mortar kitchens where the question seems to be, "What food goes with everything?" "Dude, just put bacon on it, bacon makes it better," Memphis Taproom owner Brendan Hartranft said, imitating a surfer voice. But with tasty, innovative offerings, the Kensington bar is among those showing that bacon also goes well with compassion.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2016 | By Kimberly Garrison
RAW AND VEGAN lifestyles have finally gone mainstream. In fact, some might even say they are the newest epicurean delight. That's right: Move over bacon, and so long Wheaties, there's a new breakfast of champions in town. From the hills of Hollywood to the bodegas of Manhattan, everyday folks are clamoring for smoothies, raw juices, tofu wraps, and raw energy balls. There are many reasons more Americans are embracing various forms of vegetarianism, but at the heart of the matter is people's desire to eat cleaner, lighter, and healthier.
NEWS
April 8, 2016
The Lancaster Vegetarian Society helped us compile this list of vegan-friendly spots in Lancaster. More info here. Lancaster Central Market 23 N. Market St. | 717-735-6890 | centralmarketlancaster.com Open Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, this is the oldest continuously operating public market in the United States. In fact, it's older than the U.S., dating to 1730. Scores of vendor stands offer a wide variety of foods, it's worth a visit for anybody. Standouts include: * The Goodie Shop (Stand 54)
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April 8, 2016 | By Vance Lehmkuhl, Staff Writer
WITH ITS CHARMING contrast of redbrick buildings and white cherry-tree blossoms, Lancaster is a beautiful place to be right now. It's also an exciting place for those interested in animal-free foods. This traditionally meat-and-dairy-based region is now on the vegan-friendly map, thanks to some forward-looking companies and a growing demand for their foods. Recently, I checked in with four such businesses while noting other vegan options ( see sidebar ) for Philadelphians who might want to venture west for a day or weekend.
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April 4, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
When the American Vegan Society was established more than half a century ago in South Jersey, "you couldn't get tofu unless you went to San Francisco," Freya Dinshah recalls. "Now you can get shredded vegan cheese in the supermarket," adds Dinshah, whose late husband, H. Jay Dinshah, founded the Society in Franklin Township's Malaga section in 1960. What a difference 56 years and a food revolution make. The number of American vegans may be approaching four million. And there's even a vegan cafe in the small, working-class Cumberland County city of Millville.
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