February 2014

The movie musical Doctor Doolittle opens with Rex Harrison singing, “If I Could Talk to the Animals.” He sings about how wonderful it would be if he could effectively communicate with all animals, each in its own language: If I conferred with our furry friends, man to animal,  Think of the amazing repartee. If I could walk with the animals, talk with the animals,  Grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals,  And they could squeak and squawk and speak and talk to us! Anyone with a companion animal has undoubtedly wished this too. I know I’ve spent hours talking to my dogs over the years. Sometimes I just needed someone to listen to me, other times I wished they could talk back. Of course there are times I am thankful they cannot, but for the most part I wish they could. More precisely,  I wish I could understand what

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February 17, 2014

The Power of One

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  People who work in the food services industry are uniquely poised to help spread veganism. I was reminded of this fact a few weeks ago when I ran into my friend Anthony after shopping at our local Whole Foods. Adjacent and connected to our Whole Foods is a small restaurant. Years ago, when it was called Osteria, Michael and I would eat there as it had non-vegan items for Michael (as he wasn’t yet vegan at that point) and vegan options for me. A few years ago, a different management took it over, entirely changed the menu and rebranded it Corner Table. Unfortunately the new menu had no vegan options. Gone were the delicious tofu cacciatore and pasta with vegan sausages, and in came the chicken wings, burgers, chili and a plethora of other corpse-containing items. One day while shopping at Whole Foods I ran into my friend Anthony. Because he is an ethical vegan, I was surprised when he told

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During our 3 days in Los Angeles, we ate… a lot. We said, “bye-bye diets, this is vacation.” So, without further ado, here is our review of our culinary adventures in Los Angeles. Hugo’s  – 8401 Santa Monica Blvd. 323-654-3993 Hugo’s is a fixture in West Hollywood. Hugo’s has an extensive menu with ample vegan options. The menu has a key to help quickly identify Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Can be Vegan, Can be Vegetarian, Can be Gluten-Fee and Contains Nuts. We truly appreciate a restaurant that does this as it makes reading menus much easier. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. If you have any questions, they can usually answer them without having to run to the kitchen to check. Hugo’s is a great option if you are dining with a mixed group of omnivores and vegans. The menu has something for everyone. We had 3

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