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BANGKOK ROYALE IN WACO, TEXAS

Posted on March 02, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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By Anna Lam, VRG intern

Bangkok Royale is easily one of Waco’s many hidden gems. Perched in an unassuming red brick building along the Brazos, it serves up urban Thai-style cuisine to the people of Waco, many of whom are Baylor students. The first time I visit the restaurant is at dinner time. The lights are dimly lit and cultural sculptures and paintings bedeck the walls of the dining area. It’s a humble space, not exceeding the size of a small house.

My first visit I’ve been urged by a fellow vegan friend to try the pineapple fried rice, sans eggs and subbing in tofu for meat (they don’t use fish sauce in their fried rice recipe). It sounds delicious. Sorry in advance to the high-carb, low-fatters and health gurus. This is a place meant to indulge the senses, not necessarily promote longevity. And indulge it sure does. A quick peruse through the menu reveals the bountiful choices of curries, stir-frys, and noodle dishes—a mouthwatering prequel to the meal. I order the fried rice, and it comes on time served in a steaming, glistening pile. My first bites in, and my taste buds are enveloped in the warm embrace of savory flavors paired with the explosive sweetness of pineapple and the nutty earthiness of toasted cashews—it’s an absolutely heavenly experience.

After a meal like that, it was only fair that I go a second time to see what else I could find. The second time I visit Bangkok Royal is during lunch hour, and this time I inquire specifically about vegan options. The server mentions several menu items that can be easily adjusted to suit my dietary preferences and recommends the “Hot Garden,” a vegetable only dish including an assortment of vegetables sautéed and smothered in their house chili sauce. That and the other vegetable only dish also happen to be the cheapest items on the menu—double win! I go with the Hot Garden (asking for no fish sauce) and get a salad on the side.

The salad comes first. It’s a dainty dish consisting of a base of iceberg lettuce, shredded carrot, and red cabbage doused in a sweet, tangy peanut vinaigrette. It’s a crisp, refreshing starter and turns out a great way to whet the appetite for the main course.

When my food arrives, I immediately realize I’ve done something right. My plate is decorated with a charming, aromatic mix of broccoli, baby corn, carrots, mushrooms, bell peppers, green beans, bamboo shoots, onion, tomato, cabbage, and basil next to a soft mound of steaming jasmine rice. My first bite is an exotic explosion of flavor. I realize I’m having a Ratatouille moment like that of Anton Ego in the Disney film; I’m tasting my childhood. I remember the traditional Isan Thai flavors of my heritage in those bites. It’s been so long since I tasted cooked basil removed from Italian cooking and married with garlic and soy sauce instead.

So, do I recommend Bangkok Royal? I give it a hearty, resounding “Yes!” Not only is the food truly excellent in terms of quality, but it can accommodate for those looking for cruelty-free fare. But it’s also pertinent that you keep in mind to ask specifically about vegan food. Definitely indicate to the server that you are vegan, that way they can help you make a more informed decision and you can assure yourself you’re not contributing to demand for animal products in any way. Especially when eating at Asian restaurants, there can be hidden ingredients like fish sauce and chicken broth that may not be listed on the menu, and this is true for Bangkok Royal. For instance, they won’t state on their menu whether there is fish sauce or not, so you should definitely inquire to ensure your meal is totally cruelty-free. At Bangkok Royale, many of the dishes can be altered by leaving out fish sauce, which in my opinion doesn’t change the quality of the food. You’ll definitely leave satisfied.

For information about veggie restaurants in the USA and Canada, see http://www.vrg.org/restaurant/index.php

SEEKING HOST FAMILY FOR VEGAN EXCHANGE STUDENT IN OREGON (AND ELSEWHERE)

Posted on March 02, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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Hosting a 16-year-old high school student from Germany could be educational, fun and illuminating for all involved. Inquire into this opportunity and contact Jennifer (541-357-4526) with questions or for more information.

Latest Nutrition Hotline article in Vegetarian Journal

Posted on March 01, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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In the most recent issue of Vegetarian Journal, read the answers to these Nutrition Hotline questions:
1) My question is regarding the soaking of legumes to reduce phytate content in order to make iron more available. What should I do with the soaking water after removing the legumes? Discard it? Are the phytates in the water or do they change their chemical structure and the water can be otherwise used in recipes?

2) I like to cook dried beans in my slow cooker. Someone said that I shouldn’t cook dry kidney beans this way, even if I soaked them beforehand. Is there any truth to this?

The complete Nutrition Hotline article can be found here:
Nutrition Hotline

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Enter The Vegetarian Resource Group’s 2017 Video Contest!

Posted on March 01, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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The Vegetarian Resource Group is once again sponsoring a video contest. We will be awarding one $200 scholarship plus two $100 awards. The deadline for entries this year is July 15, 2017.

Create and submit a video relating what you want to tell others about veganism. Some possible topics: food, nutrition, your feelings about veganism and/or vegetarianism, water usage and veganism, veganism and animal rights, or other veggie topics which appeal to you. Humor and feelings are appreciated. All videos should be positive, not be critical of anyone, and not include any footage of animal cruelty. You may submit a video you have already made.

Aspects of judging include accuracy and judges wanting to share the video with others. Entrants give permission to The Vegetarian Resource Group to post and share the video, to link to and from the video, and share the video with the media.

To see the video contest rules, visit:
http://www.vrg.org/videoscholarship.php

Previous wining videos can be found here:
http://www.vrg.org/veg_videos.php

New Restaurants Have Been Added to The Vegetarian Resource Group’s Online Guide to Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants in the USA and Canada

Posted on February 28, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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The Vegetarian Resource Group maintains an online Guide to Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants in the USA and Canada. Below are some recent additions. The entire guide can be found here: http://www.vrg.org/restaurant/index.php

To support the updating of this online restaurant guide, please donate at:
www.vrg.org/donate

Cocoa V
174 9th Ave.
New York, NY 10011
Cocoa V is a small chocolate shop located within the Chelsea region of New York City. The shop is a ‘dairy-free, vegan, kosher-certified facility’ with a few indoor seats and a bench outside. They create an assortment of bon bon flavors, such as Lavender Vanilla, Salted Caramel, Hazelnut Praline, Raspberry Ginger, and Dark Salty Caramel. Bars, bark, brittle, clusters, and pastries, such as cakes, cupcakes, and cookies, are offered as well. Cocoa V also offers their Signature Hot Chocolat, which can be optionally spiced, and many other coffee based drinks.

Frankie & Jo’s
1010 E Union St.
Seattle, WA 98122
This small vegan ice cream shop is located in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle. The décor of the shop is a beautiful mix between urban and rustic. The space is very modern but cozy and offers a small area for indoor seating. Their ice cream is mostly made from sprouted cashews, but also sometimes includes coconut milk. They offer a variety of unique, vegan and gluten-free flavors for their ‘everyday ice creams’, such as Chocolate Date, Frankie’s Brown Sugar, Salty Caramel Ash, Tahini Chocolate, Gingered Golden Milk, Chocolate Mint Brownie, and California Cabin. In addition to these flavors offered year-round, Frankie & Jo’s also offers a seasonal menu of ice cream flavors and an ‘every day’ Beet Strawberry Rose sorbet. Their maple-vanilla waffle cones are also vegan and gluten-free.

Just 4 U Vegan Kitchen
13751 N Nebraska Ave.
Tampa, FL 33613
Enjoy Jamaican patties, soup, curry, mac & cheese, plus much more.

Kal’Ish
1313 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
Located in Sheridan Park just a few blocks of east of Ashland Ave. Kal’ish is a completely vegan fast food restaurant! The menu is full of interesting vegan burgers such as the Woodland Burger and Avocado Crunch. They also offer sandwiches, salads, and mock fried chicken. Note that breakfast is served all day except on Sundays when the brunch menu is served.

May Kaidee New York City
126 East 28th St.
New York, NY 10016
This is May Kaidee’s first restaurant/cooking school in the USA. Her other locations are in Asia. Dine on a wide variety of creative curries, rice and noodle dishes, salads, and much more.

My Vegan Sweet Tooth
3916 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Look no further for vegan baked goods including cookies, cakes, cheese cake, cupcakes, donuts, pie, and more. Gluten-free items available, as well as wedding cakes.

Orchard Grocer
78 Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002
Located next door to the vegan shoe store MooShoes, Orchard Grocer is a vegan grocery and deli. Enjoy breakfast sandwiches, hearty lunch/dinner sandwiches, soft serve ice cream, baked goods, and more.

Passion Flour Patisserie
165 East 900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Enjoy a wide variety of vegan pastries including croissants, French macarons, biscotti, tarts, and much more. They also bake custom cakes and dog treats.

The Hearty Hooligan
368 Main St. West
Hamilton, ON L8P 1K2 Canada
Serves pizza buns, soups, and desserts. They have gluten-free options. Menu changes weekly, so be sure to check their Facebook page for updates.

Vegan Café
928 S. State St.
Lockport, IL 60441
Vegan Café is a raw vegan, organic, and gluten-free cafe. It also has its own health food store next door, Healthy Sins Inc. It offers a variety of appetizers such as guacamole and corn chips, pizza bites, and a sample platter. They also offer salads, zucchini noodle pasta, sloppy joes, lasagna, burgers, steak burritos, and pad Thai. Desserts include macaroons, brownies, and pie.

Vegan Now!
The French Market
131 N. Clinton St.
Chicago, IL 60661
Located in the French Market, Vegan Now offers soul food dishes including greens, jerk bites, BBQ tofu, mac n’ cheese, and more.

Why Do People Eat Veggie Meals Out? Harris Poll Results

Posted on February 27, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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The Vegetarian Resource Group commissioned Harris Poll to conduct a nationally representative poll of 2,015 adults aged 18 and over. We asked:

Which of the following, if any, best describes your eating behavior?

1. I never eat meat, fish, seafood, poultry, dairy, or eggs.
2. I never eat meat, fish, seafood, or poultry.
3. I never eat meat, fish, seafood, poultry, dairy, or eggs when eating out or getting takeout, but eat one or more of these foods at home.
4. I never eat meat, fish, seafood, or poultry when eating out or getting takeout, but eat one or more of these foods at home.
5. When eating out or getting takeout, I sometimes eat meals without meat, fish, poultry, dairy, or eggs.
6. When eating out or getting takeout, I sometimes eat meals without meat, fish, or poultry.
7. None of these.

The poll results can be found here:
Why Do People Eat Veggie Meals Out? Harris Poll Results

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Make Your Own Vegan Condiments

Posted on February 24, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

In the latest issue of Vegetarian Journal, Chef Nancy Berkoff teaches readers how to make vegan condiments at home. You’ll find recipes for Agave Mustard, Last Minute Ketchup, Mint Chutney, Harissa, Vegan Mayonnaise, BBQ Sauce, and Caponata.

The article can be found here: Make Your Own Vegan Condiments

To subscribe to Vegetarian Journal, visit: Subscribe

TOM REGAN: ANIMAL RIGHTS PIONEER

Posted on February 23, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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We extend our sympathy to family and friends of Tom Regan, who recently passed away. He always showed kindness, openness, and intellectual exploration, all sorely needed in ours and other movements. For information about Tom, see:
http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2014issue3/2014_issue3_vegetarian_action.php

Support The Vegetarian Resource Group Year-Round – Become a Monthly or Quarterly Donor!

Posted on February 23, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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The Vegetarian Resource Group is an activist non-profit organization that does outreach all-year-long. We table at different events throughout the USA and also send literature free of charge to other groups/individuals doing educational activities in schools, hospitals, camps, restaurants, libraries, etc. Our ability to continue doing this depends on people like you! Your donations allow us to promote the vegan message whenever we’re called upon for assistance. Please consider becoming a monthly or quarterly donor to VRG.

Thanks so much for your support. You can become a monthly or quarterly donor online here: vrg.org/donate

VEGAN ORGANIC MEALS DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME

Posted on February 22, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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For information about vegan meals delivered to your home, go to
trifectanutrition.com/vrg

Click Claim My Deal for 20% off first order.

Vegan Meals in the past included:

Monday
Breakfast: Breakfast Loaf
Lunch: Coconut Basil Rice Bowl
Dinner: Tomato Basil Quinoa Blend

Tuesday
Breakfast: Breakfast Muffins
Lunch: Cauliflower Curry Rice Salad
Dinner: Creamy Pepper White Beans

Wednesday
Breakfast: Hearty Granola
Lunch: Maple Sesame Chickpea Mix
Dinner: Basil Cranberry Quinoa Delight

Thursday
Breakfast: Chia Pudding
Lunch: Dual Pepper Tomato Pasta
Dinner: Dual Beet Rice Bowl

Friday
Breakfast: Breakfast Loaf
Lunch: Ginger Asparagus Lentils
Dinner: Cilantro Cauliflower Lasagna

Saturday
Breakfast: Breakfast Muffins
Lunch: Sesame Pepper Rice
Dinner: Pinto Beans & Cabbage

Sunday
Breakfast: Chia Pudding
Lunch: Smoked Vegetable Quinoa
Dinner: Smoky Tomato Black Bean

Go to:
trifectanutrition.com/vrg

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