Northwest Veg
February 2010
Vol. 42
"Even in the worm that crawls in the earth there glows a divine spark."
-Isaac Bashevis

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» VEG 101: Start Here
» Business Partner Spotlight
» East Coast Cold Snap Harms Animals
» Portland and the Veg Scene-20 Years Ago
» Broccoli for Valentine's Day
» Guilt-Free Eating
» February Dine-out
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VEG 101: Start Here

"It changed my life!" These are the words we hear, time after time, from people who have taken VEG 101. This combination can't be beat: lectures from experts; cooking demos with delicious samples; and a friendly, casual, and supportive atmosphere in which to learn. Perhaps someone you know is interested in vegetarianism, but doesn't know where to start. Or maybe they're already vegetarian, but want more information or recipe ideas. Send them to VEG 101. The next series starts in March. Pre-registration is required, so check out the schedule on our website, We hope to see you there!


Elaine Armstrong: The Real Estate Agent with Heart

Is it important to you that the people you deal with in business share your values? Then take a closer look at NW VEG business partner Elaine Armstrong. Elaine is a real estate agent with a huge heart who has been serving the Portland Metro/Vancouver community for over 25 years. This community-minded vegan and animal lover has been of great help to NW VEG over the past four years by assisting in many volunteer positions, including tabling at local Farmer's Markets. However, her favorite task so far involved meeting New York Times bestselling author and health expert Kathy Freston. Elaine explains, "I picked her up from her hotel to take her to the speaking event at the (2009) VegFest." Elaine also donates 20 percent of her commissions from every client of hers who is a NW VEG member back to NW VEG.


East Coast Cold Snap Harms Animals
By Anne Kornfeld, Contributing Writer

If only all indoor/outdoor animals could wear a Furbabies Pink Leopard Goat Coat to stay warm. So far this winter, we've been inundated with news about the cold and snowstorms hitting most of the country. The stories of car accidents, school closures, and businesses having to close their doors make hard economic times even harder. The news is bad for people, but it is equally bad for other sentient beings.

National Public Radio recently reported that the long cold snap in Tampa, Florida and in other states along the Atlantic coast has taken a dramatic toll on ocean wildlife. By January 7, 140 sea turtles in Tampa were forced to relocate. Iguanas and manatees suffered from the extreme temperatures, while animals living in the Miami Metro Zoo were given blankets, heaters and even hot cocoa to help stay warm. The Atlanta Zoo closed its doors as trails iced over, making it impossible for visitors to walk through the park.


Portland and the Veg Scene-20 Years Ago
By Charley Korns, Contributing Writer

Starting a new decade makes me ponder the past. Where was I 10 years ago? Better yet, 20 years ago? Living in Washington, DC, I was not yet two years into my job as an editor for a construction trade journal. Although I'd been vegetarian briefly as a teenager, it had been many years since I'd last abstained from eating animals. Later that year, 1990, I sold my '64 Pontiac Tempest, packed and shipped 18 boxes of belongings, and booked a one-way ticket to the West Coast, destination Portland. Within the next year, I would read John Robbins' Diet for a New America and decide not to eat red meat and, soon after, birds. Five years later I stopped eating all animal flesh.

Twenty years ago in Portland, the Trailblazers made it to the NBA finals for the second time, losing to Detroit, 4-1. The Oregon Convention Center, future site of Portland VegFest, opened. The median home value was slightly under $60,000, whereas today it's just above $250,000. The mayor was J. E. "Bud" Clark, who was succeeded two years later by Vera Katz.


Broccoli for Valentine's Day
By Trista Cornelius, Contributing Writer

I don't really like Valentine's Day. In fact, I stage a quiet protest by wearing black. It's subtle, I know, but it's not like I'm against love, in fact, I'm all for it. What I don't like is the way the holiday puts pressure on couples to be all warm and fuzzy and force romance simply because it's the 14th. Or worse, the way the holiday manages to make even my happiest single friends come undone by the end of the day. If the day were about real love, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. kind of love, or animal sanctuary kind of love, or "I love you even when you're sick and haven't showered in two days" kind of love, I'd douse myself in pink and party with wild abandon-or at least not protest the day.

Waiting at the dentist's office a couple of years ago, I read a health magazine that dedicated the February issue to the heart, the heart of the cardiovascular system, the one made of muscle and valves, the grisly-looking one that you are not likely to see on the cover of a valentine. The articles in the magazine gave information about how to cultivate and maintain a healthy heart-how to eat right, exercise, reduce stress, etc. I liked this and imagined giving Valentine gifts of fresh fruit and yoga CDs instead of candy hearts.


Guilt-Free Eating
By Erin Lehn Floresca, e-Thymes Editor

I first toyed with the idea of becoming vegetarian back in the mid-nineties. But it wasn't until I was picking at my chicken sandwich at a restaurant in the Upper East Side of Manhattan back in 1996 that it finally clicked. There was no way that I could keep eating meat. It just felt wrong.

I became a vegetarian that day, and my guilty conscience breathed a sigh of relief. Soon afterwards, I began devouring any information that dealt with vegetarianism and healthy living. Two books in particular, Diet for a New America by John Robbins and Fit for Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond, inspired me to go one step further and become a vegan. It was a whole new adventure in dining, and I loved it. And the best part was that I felt guilt-free about my eating habits. I stayed true to my new lifestyle for almost six years. Eventually though, I began to get lazy.


February Dine-out
By Cat Monroy, Dine-out Coordinator

Namaste, good veggie peeps! Yes, I recognize the Light present in you, but Namaste is also a new Indian restaurant in NE, and guess what? You're invited! Here's the deal, friends, we'll meet on Saturday, February 20 at 6 p.m. It's a family style dinner for 25 of us. We will prepay our dinner, which includes 4 choices of entrée, such as Dal Curry, Aloo Mutter, Masala Aloo Gobi, and Chana Masala (entrée choices have not been set as of yet), as well as naan bread and veggie pakora. All these goodies for $14 (including tip), drinks payable separately. The good folks at Namaste will also be making a soy chai special for those who are interested. Yum!

I will be sending you a link to Pay Pal as soon as we get it set up for prepay. If you would rather pay by cash or check, you may make it payable to me upon arrival. Again, your drinks will be payable separately, so please plan on bringing a little extra cash. Namaste is located at 8303 NE Sandy Blvd. Please contact Cat at or 503-778-0223. Email is always best for me. I look forward to hearing from you and will send you Pay Pal instructions if that's how you'd like to pay.

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