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Going Veg- It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

Deciding to go Vegetarian? Your first stop should be the Vegetarian Food Festival in Boston, MA. The free 2-day event is hosted by The Boston Vegetarian Society. I attended the 17th annual event this past weekend at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center. I have been a Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian for the past 12 years. This event not only rejuvenated my Vegetarian lifestyle, but also served as a great resource for those individuals needing a bit of persuasion into the Vegetarian world.

Where do you start? Visit “How to Go Veggie” at BostonVeg.org. First, start by having two or three plant-based meals a week and increase the number over a few weeks. Then, look at the meals you already eat and you’ll find many that can be made vegetarian with simple substitutions like using Gardein Garden Protein products. Some of my favorites are crispy tenders or beefless burgers. The Gardein company had samples available and gave out coupons. For a list of their products visit their website at www.gardein.com. Your next step should be to explore the world of plant-based cuisines through local vegetarian restaurants. The event brochure listed a variety of restaurants including, Life Alive- organic whole foods cuisine, in Central Square, Cambridge and Peace o’ Pie- vegan pizza in Allston. For further listings visit the BVS website at www.BostonVeg.org/restaurants.

In addition to food samples, information stands, clothing & animal rights groups, the festival offered guest speakers throughout Saturday and Sunday. Dr. Michael Greger,the only speaker to return year after year due to popularity, provided an engaging and interactive quiz show presentation format that gave advice on how to prevent, treat, and even reverse chronic disease. Each year a presentation on Dr. Greger’s latest nutrition work has been given but now followers can catch new information daily on his website at www.nutritionfacts.org. I am almost convinced to give up egg consumption after hearing the startling fact that eating an egg a day shortens a woman’s life as much as smoking 5 cigarettes a day for 15 years (or 25,000 cigarettes). Visit Dr. Greger’s site to learn more.

Again, the event provided great resources to current and future vegetarians and was free for everyone, an overall win-win. If crowds are not your favorite, I would strongly recommend purchasing the $5 ticket for advanced admission from 10am-11am on Saturday. The venue was a bit on the small side and after a few hours I found myself very thankful that I went to the early admission. Access to the venue was very easy by vehicle with free parking at three close parking lots and also by T with the Subway stop across the street.

A special thanks to the Boston Vegetarian Society for their volunteer work to host this event and to over 100 exhibitors and one dozen guest speakers.

 

To check out more of my favorite vendors from this event see the list below.

Pukka Herbs – www.pukkaherbs.com

Boston Organics- www.bostonorganics.com

Theo Chocolate- www.theochocolate.com

Coconut Bliss Ice Cream www.coconutbliss.com

Navitas Naturals www.navitasnaturals.com

Cedar’s Mediterranean http://www.cedarsfoods.com

Gardein Garden Protein www.gardein.com

Way Better Snacks www.gowaybetter.com

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521 Kitchen and Que = Our Pick for Holiday Meat!

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521 Kitchen and Que is located in Atlanta off Roswell Road and is our pick for ordering your Holiday Meal this year, and dinner tonight!

Owned by local Atlanta couple, Drew and Roma Kirkland, this is by far one of the best BBQ’s we have been to.  One thing that strikes us in particular about this restaurant is their commitment to locally sourced and fresh food. Also, they are vegetarian and gluten free friendly. Vegetarian? A BBQ restaurant is vegetarian friendly? Yes, believe it or not, as Roma told us, there are quite a lot of  vegetarians that love to grab a bite at 521 Kitchen and Que.

As someone that works with my significant other, I loved the fact that the “521” in 521 Kitchen and Que is their anniversary date. Awe… Heart melts.

So, long story short; We sampled all the yummy goodies they have and for your holiday meals, do yourself a favor and let them cook it.

 

Must have picks:

Turkey – Moist and Delicious. All your guests will be impressed.

Kale Slaw – So delightful! It doesn’t have the bitterness you might expect from Kale. It is definitely worth getting

Baked Sweet Potato – Cooked perfectly, season with salt and pepper

Brisket – Melt in your mouth delicious!

Let’s just say that we loved everything we tried and we are certain you will too.

Go ahead and try them for lunch or dinner! While you are there,  place your holiday order! Do it quickly!

 

 

 

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Murphy’s Farmer’s Table Dinner Series Continues

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ATLANTA – Any frequenter of Murphy’s knows that each plate is made up of delicious ingredients, locally grown and thoughtfully prepared. To honor the sources of these ingredients, Murphy’s is excited to continue their Farmer’s Table Dinner Series. Already proven to be a fan favorite after a sold out dinner in June, the series will take place the last Wednesday of each month. Guests are invited to enjoy a multi-course meal highlighting local farmers and their contributions to Murphy’s menu.

The first dinner of the series, a successful “trial run”, took place Wednesday, June 24, 2015 and featured farmer Richard Kessler (“RJ”) from Planted Rock Farms. The 4-course dinner included wine pairings and a variety of summer-inspired dishes, thoughtfully prepared by Chef de Cuisine Ricky Navas. Guests also had the opportunity to meet and mingle with RJ and Chef Ricky.

The next dinner will take place Wednesday, July 29 and will be hosted by Geezer’s Farm out of Gurley, Alabama, where Farmer David Sisk will travel to Atlanta to join the feast.

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Melting Pot 1/4 Off the 4th!

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Midtown-Atlanta’s scrumptious Melting Pot will have a delicious 4th of July menu available–and it’s 1/4 off! Skip the grill on your holiday, because there will be a meal for everyone to enjoy aside from burgers and hot dogs. Personally, I’d get all over that watermelon and feta salad. And the Buffalo chicken.

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