Juicing Comes To the Circle: Growl Juice Pub in Orange

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Dave Lieberman
The sampler from Growl Juice Pub
I've been hearing a lot about Growl Juice Pub in Old Town Orange. At first, I just rolled my eyes, as I do whenever someone gushes about how juicing is going to save the world. I consider juicing to be an expensive fad aimed at rich people looking for another way to consume kale.

A funny thing happened, though. Chefs and bartenders whose taste I respect were perhaps the biggest proponents of Growl. I couldn't talk to anyone in the inland OC food industry without hearing about how they go to Growl and get juice by the six-pack.

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What The Hell Chia Seeds Are, And Why They're Great for You

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Photo by Dominique Boubion
These are magical

At some point in your life, some one has probably asked: If you were stuck on an island and you only had one thing to eat, what would it be? I'm betting you answered something like "Mom's spaghetti," or the obvious choice, pizza. I always went with cheeseburgers, but that's beside the point because it turns out that all of those answers are wrong. There is a correct response. Chia seeds.

What are chia seeds, anyway? They've started to show up everywhere from Brazilian fruit bowls to grocery store yogurt. They should should be good for you, right? Well, let's break this down. If you're on an island, you will need a food that will sustain you for a long time, is very nutritious, can be stored without maintenance and expiration, and will curb your appetite. And ta-da - you have chia seeds. They don't call it a miracle food for nothing.

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A Q&A With The Biggest Vegan of Instagram

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The Vegans of IG

Instagram is a little bit of a food graveyard. It's a regular butt of hipster jokes and home to what might be one of the largest collections of badly-shot food porn in the world, but between the pictures of badly cropped plates and random sunsets, there are a few niche communities.

The fashionable show off their outfits of the day (#ootd), the fit share their exercise tips, and the vegans, well, the vegans share information, shoot food porn, and plan real life meet-ups.

Between fur protests in Los Angeles and social meet-ups in vegan (and veg-friendly) eateries, @VegansofIG account creator Amy Rebecca, the biggest vegan on Instagram, has been busy since April of 2012.

We talked with Amy about the creation and maintenance of this unique community of nearly 40,000 followers.


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On The Line: Gary Mead of Mead's Green Door Cafe, Part Two

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Photo by Eleonor Segura

What we like most about the cuisine at Mead's Green Door Cafe is Gary's ability to not only cook meals that are not only good for you, but to execute them so that they have great flavor. In our second installment, we talk a little more about the things that mean most to him: his family.

Read our interview with Gary Mead of Mead's Green Door Cafe, part one.
And now, on to part two . . .

Hardest lesson you've learned:
LIFE. Still learning it.

We read something about tower gardens on your Facebook page; can you tell us more?

We are experimenting with growing some of our own greens. And we are selling the tower kits for people to grow at home.


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Most People Who Went Veg After Reading a Book Eat Meat Within A Year: Study

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Effective, for about a year

Once you go veg, you'll probably break the pledge, according to a study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology on Oct. 31 conducted by Prof. Julia Hormes from the University at Albany, State University of New York.

"It can be concluded that the simple act of reading a book can have a significant impact on attitudes related to food production and consumption," the study reads. "However, it appears that at least some of this attitude change is relatively short in duration, with effects declining or disappearing over the course of a year."

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On The Line: Gary Mead of Mead's Green Door Cafe, Part One

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Photo by Eleonor Segura

They say first impressions are made within moments of meeting someone. Our introduction with Gary Mead led us to believe that he may be a man of few words. However, by the time we met for his interview, his Bazinga! t-shirt (a nod to both The Flash and The Big Bang Theory we learned) changed our tune. A spiritual, family-oriented individual, Mead's desire to heal others through his cuisine lends to the warm vibe each time we step through his green doorway.

You're making breakfast. What are you having?
Morning stack with hummus, shredded carrot, arugula and our buffalo hot sauce, or chili eggs with our house-made quinoa chili.

Best culinary tip for the home cook:
Sharp knife and an open heart.

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Going on a Raw Vegan Diet Is Not All It's Cooked Up to Be

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Dominique Boubion
Smoothie Time!

I've walked away from this week with two important lessons: Sometimes when you feel hungry and desire a 12oz steak and potatoes, a plum and some water will probably suffice. The second: Don't believe everything you read, or at the very least don't commit to three weeks of raw dieting before fully researching.

My regular, non-raw vegan diet consists primarily of carbs, meat and beer. It's not something that I'm proud of, and I actually didn't realize it until I broke it down meal by meal. I like to think of myself as a healthy person because I one time I got a salad instead of french fries as my side. But then all of a sudden, it's been weeks since a piece of fruit has entered my system.

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Really, Folks: A Raw Vegan Diet Ain't So Bad

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Dominique Boubion
Good enough to gorge on

There is one thing that a person on any kind of diet will advise, and that is to be prepared. When hunger strikes, rash decisions are made.

I recently decided to try a new diet for three weeks after a little research. I learned that eating a raw vegan diet -- a diet consisting of mostly, if not exclusively, raw plant products -- could be the key to optimal health and longevity. Eating vegetables is good for you, yeah, but the concept behind the diet is that once foods are cooked past 118 degrees, their nutrients and enzymes begin to break down, reducing the benefits from the food eaten, and toxins begin to form. In a meta-analysis of existing scientific studies, Cornell Professor Emeritus T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Thomas M. Campbell II found that a plant-based diet could even reverse heart disease and certain cancers, among other things.

In other words, the farmers market is the fountain of youth. All that is required is a little self-discipline.

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PETA Brings Factory Farming to UC Irvine Tomorrow

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Flickr user Hobvias Sudoneighm
In the name of love?

PETA, the lovable, not-so-little animal rights org, is bringing factory farming to UC Irvine in an attempt to scare the kids straight into veganism.

Peta2, the organization's youth division, will set up a tent where students can sit in pig cages and watch a video of Paul McCartney talking about how horrible the industrial meat complex is in Aldrich Park tomorrow and the day after from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PETA will also be passing out vegan foods -- which, as we've gone over, don't have to be horrible -- and vegetarian/vegan starter kits.

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5 Things You'd Thought You'd Miss After Going Vegan

Categories: Life on the Veg

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Stop! In the name of...

The decision to go vegan can be an overwhelming one, especially in a culture where animal products are in so many different foods. But with growing interest in alternative sources of meals that don't include meat or dairy, many products that vegans thought were gone for good are opening back up. Some of them, by god, may even be better than the original recipes. The times, they are a changin'. Here are five examples of wonderful vegan alternatives--some more obvious than others.

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