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Posted on February 17, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

This year the Chinese New Year falls on February 19th. Celebrate the year of the goat with delicious vegan dishes including Fried Lotus with Black Rice, Sesame Kale, and Bean Sprouts & Bamboo Stir-Fry with Udon Noodles. See:

New Vegan Restaurants Added to The VRG’s Veggie Restaurant Guide

Posted on February 13, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

Here are some Vegan Restaurants that The Vegetarian Resource Group Recently Added to Their Online Guide to Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants in the USA and Canada

The complete guide can be found here:

Drop Squad Kitchen
928 Justison St.
Wilmington, DE 19801
Drop Squad Kitchen is a mother-daughter owned and operated unique vegan café offering spins on classic American dishes as well as fresh smoothies and fruit inspired desserts. Located inside Molly’s Ice Cream Shop, this restaurant makes every order fresh and is dedicated to serving healthy and creative dishes. Sample menu items include homemade seitan steak sautéed with veggies, massaged kale salad with special avocado dressing, and black bean brownies.

Liquid Light Café
1150 W. Northside Dr.
Clinton, MS 39056
This live-food, gourmet restaurant offers a five course vegan menu focusing on promoting living and eating consciously. Some menu items include arugula Caesar salad with gnocchi croutons, wild mushroom stuffed ravioli with macadamia cream, and pecan layer cake with pear sorbet.

4601 H St.
Sacramento, CA 95819
Liquidology specializes in fresh pressed juices and raw foods. Dine in or take out, they offer drinks like greenie in a bottle containing a mix of greens and apples or the alchemist containing coconut and vanilla. They are committed to providing customers with the freshest ingredients all sourced from local farmers.

Little Choc Apothecary
141 Havemeyer St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
The first vegan crêperie in NYC, Little Choc Apothecary’s tasty offerings include a creative selection of sweet and savory crepes and homemade baked goods. Quench your thirst from the delectable liquid menu of freshly pressed juices, coffee and espresso drinks, as well as house-blended teas.Their menu is sustainable farm to table deliciousness using local, organic, and fair trade products whenever possible.

The Juice Cellar
76 Main Street
Bangor, Maine 04401
The Bangor location is next to the Discovery Museum and has made-to-order salads, expanded food options, and a special kid’s menu in a comfortable café setting.

Peaceful Loft
250 Duckworth Street
St John’s, NL A1C 1G6 Canada
Peaceful Loft is a family-owned vegan restaurant with many creative Asian inspired dishes. The menu ranges from unique fusion options to traditional dishes made veg-friendly. Choices include curry with mock meats, stir-fry, noodles, and soups. Be sure to try the Lotus Seed Buns and the Peaceful Roll.

Great Sage (a vegan restaurant in Maryland) Supports The Vegetarian Resource Group

Posted on February 12, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor
Vegan Tofu Sliders (Image provided by Great Sage)

Vegan BBQ Tofu Sliders. Image provided by Great Sage.

Great Sage vegan restaurant in Clarksville, Maryland will be donating 10% of the day’s proceeds to The Vegetarian Resource Group on February 22, 2015. Please support the VRG’s outreach efforts and at the same time enjoy some fantastic vegan cuisine.

For more information see:


Posted on February 12, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

The Vegetarian Resource Group will be awarding three scholarships this year to graduating High School seniors who ongoing promote vegetarianism/veganism in their community, school, etc. There are two $5,000 scholarships and one $10,000 scholarship. All entries must be postmarked by February 20th (preferably sooner).

For contest details see:

Teff Love — Vegan Ethiopian Cookbook Now Available

Posted on February 11, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor


Our friends at The Book Publishing Company recently published a vegan Ethiopian Cookbook called Teff Love.

Vegan Ethiopian food is delicious and now you can use Teff Love to prepare this cuisine at home. First, you’ll find a recipe to make injera (Ethiopan bread). For breakfast you can prepare Ye’shimbra Duket Kita (Savory Chickpea-Flour Pancakes) or Ye’beqolo Genfo (Creamy, Cheesy Corn Grits with a Spicy Seasoned-Oil Drizzle).

Another chapter features spicy red sauces and stews including Ye’Atakilt Wot (Potatoes, Carrots, and Cauliflower in a Spicy Sauce), Ye’misser Wot (Red Lentils in a Spicy Sauce). If you don’t like spicy food, one chapter highlights mild sauces and stews including Ye’Ater Kik Alicha (Split Peas in a Mild Sauce) and Ye’atakilt Alicha (Stewed Cabbage, Potatoes and Carrots in a Mild Sauce).

The section on cooked vegetables and casseroles offers Ye’Abesha Gomen (Tender Stewed Collard Greens) and Ye’Zelbo Gomen Be’Karot (Tender Kale with Carrots, Onion, and Mild Spices). You’ll also find cold dishes including Ye’Kaysir Atakilt (A Salad of Tender Roasted Beets and Fresh Herbs in a Citrus Dressing) and Azifa (Tangy Lentil Salad). Finally, a section on beverages and sweets includes Telba (A Roasted-Flaxseed Shake) and Mocha Teff Brownies.

Teff Love can be purchased from The Vegetarian Resource Group at:

&Pizza in Washington DC/MD/VA Area Clearly Labels Vegan Items on Menu

Posted on February 10, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

The Vegetarian Resource Group recently received the following note:

We live in Springfield, VA. The Springfield Town Center has reopened recently and has a new place called & Pizza. It works on the order of Chipotle. You go through a line and pick out any and everything you want on your pizza. It’s the same price no matter how many items. The menu clearly labels every vegan item on the menu (Diaya cheese included). Here’s there website where you can view the menu: The staff at our location was very knowledgeable about the vegetarian and vegan items.
– Sally & Larry

Mellow Mushroom Releases New Vegan Menu

Posted on February 06, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers has introduced a new Vegan Favorites menu featuring Daiya dairy-free vegan cheese and a gluten-free crust made with ancient grains. The new selections will be available alongside Mellow Mushroom’s original-style vegan crust and both crusts will be available with the signature Mega-Veggie Pizza, Thai Dye Pizza, and Gluten-Free Veg Out Pizza.

Featured vegan offerings also include vegan pretzels, hummus, greek salad, spinach salad, the house calzone, and three types of hoagies. Beginning February, The Vegan Favorites menu will be available at over 170 Mellow Mushroom locations nationwide.
New menu items include:

Pretzels – Fresh Mellow dough twisted into pretzels – ask for no butter or Parmesan.

Hummus – Creamy hummus garnished with paprika, basil and olive oil. Served with veggies.

Greek Salad – Romaine and iceberg lettuce, shredded carrots, red cabbage, onions, cucumbers, green peppers, mushrooms, Kalamata olives, Roma tomatoes, pepperoncini and banana peppers. Ask for no feta.

Enlightened Spinach Salad – Fresh spinach topped with dried cherries, apples and homemade candied pecans. Ask for no feta.

Mega–Veggie Pizza – Red sauce base, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, black olives, Roma tomatoes, broccoli, banana peppers, artichoke hearts and tofu. Ask for no feta.

Thai Dye Pizza – Olive oil and garlic base, Roma tomatoes, onions. Topped with fresh basil, cucumbers, curry tofu and a sweet swirl of Thai chili sauce.

Gluten Free Veg Out Pizza – Red sauce base, spinach, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, black olives and tomatoes.

House Calzone – Spinach, mushrooms and Roma tomatoes.

Avocado Hoagie – Seasoned avocado, onions, lettuce and Roma tomatoes, topped with sprouts. Served on a vegan hoagie, ask for no mayo and substitute Daiya for provolone.

Tofu Hoagie – Grilled onions, mushrooms and green peppers with teriyaki-marinated tofu topped with sprouts. Served with lettuce and tomato. Served on a vegan hoagie, ask for no mayo and substitute Daiya for provolone.

Tempeh Hoagie – Marinated tempeh, grilled onions, mushrooms, green peppers, topped with sprouts. Served on a vegan hoagie, ask for no mayo and substitute Daiya for provolone.
“Build Your Own Pizza” options are also available where vegan diners can choose any base and build a vegan pie, choosing from a wide array of vegetables, vegan proteins and fruits. Daiya vegan cheese can now also be substituted within any of the regular Mellow Mushroom menu items.

For previous information on Mellow Mushroom that The Vegetarian Resource Group reported on see:


Posted on February 06, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

Below is a note we received from a vegan personal chef in California. For a list of Catering, Personal Chef Services and Meal Delivery Services in other parts of the USA see:

Hello there. My name is Jesse Miner, and I am a vegan personal chef in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have been in business for the past 8 years. I just came across your listing of “Catering, Personal Chef Services and Meal Delivery Services” and I would love to be added to your list if at all possible.

Jesse Miner – Vegan Personal chef
San Francisco Bay Area, California

Thank you for your consideration! Keep up your wonderful veg advocacy!

Jesse Miner


Posted on February 04, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

If you’re wondering where you can find a special vegan meal in the USA on Valentine’s Day, take a look at the list below for some ideas. Happy Dining!

Lovin Spoonfuls
Tucson, Arizona

Sanctuary Bistro
Berkeley, California

Crossroads Kitchen
Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California

Mendocino, California

Millennium Restaurant
San Francisco, California

Ethos Vegan Kitchen
Winter Park, Florida

Greens and Vines
Honolulu, Hawaii

Great Sage
Clarksville, Maryland

Red Lentil
Watertown, Massachusetts

New York City, New York

New York City, New York

New York City, New York

Ashville, North Carolina

Aspinwall and Saxonburg, Pennsylvania

Café Flora
Seattle, Washington

Dietary Reference Intakes Calculator for Health Professionals

Posted on February 04, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

The Dietary Reference Intakes Calculator for Health Professionals is a recently released free app from the USDA. This handy calculator is available in both Apple and Android versions and as a web-based tool. While targeted at health professionals, especially registered dietitians, this calculator can be easily used by anyone. You put in height, weight, age, sex and an estimate of activity level and the calculator instantly reports BMI, calorie recommendations, and recommendations for protein, fat, carbohydrates, water, vitamins and minerals. If you have questions about any of the nutrients, you can tap the screen for additional information. Most of the vitamins and minerals are linked to the National Institutes of Health’s excellent fact sheets. The app also allows users to read about the Dietary Reference Intakes which are what daily nutrient recommendations are based on. Nutrition education resources for diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, weight management, and other conditions are easily accessed from this app. This app does not tell you whether or not your diet meets recommendations – for that you can use USDA’s SuperTracker, vegan RD Jack Norris’ Peacounter, or other software. I’ve recommended the web-based version of this calculator for several years; I’m happy to recommend this app.

Reed Mangels, PhD, RD

For more information about this app, visit:

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