Northwest Veg
July 2010
Vol. 47
"To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana."
-- Buddha

Latest News...
» Race for the Animals: The countdown is on!
» NW VEG News & Event Bites
» VegFest is Almost Here!
» Business Partner Spotlight on Papa G's
» Free Loaf of Silver Hills Bakery Bread
» Volunteer Spotlight: Yvonne LeGrice
» Pizza Party Dilemma
» Recipe of the Month
» Video of the Month
» Upcoming Events
» Business Partners
» Member Discounts
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Race for the Animals: The countdown is on!

Race for the Animals is just over one week away, and we've still got space available if you'd like to join in on this fun and festive event (and get your morning workout in) while supporting a great cause! And did we mention we'll have a bunch of post-race vegan goodies to snack on?

So here are the details:
Saturday, July 10th
10K run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m.
5K run/walk begins at 9 a.m.
Start/Finish line is in Lower Macleay Park (NW 29th Ave. & Upshur St.)
Entry Fee: $20 before July 6 ($25 July 6-10). NW VEG Members receive $5 discount

For more information and to register visit


NW VEG News & Event Bites

Come join in the fun on July 4 at Northwest VEG's annual 4th of July potluck picnic being held from 1-5 p.m. at Raleigh Park located at 3500 SW 78th Avenue between Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and Canyon Road. Learn more here.

And speaking of gatherings, you won't want to miss our monthly potluck event being held on Sunday, July 18 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Friends Meeting Hall, 4312 SE Stark St., Portland. Following the potluck, Jennifer Erickson of Metro will discuss efforts to reduce food waste in Oregon. Visit this page to learn more about this great event.

Since we are on the subject of food, the clouds will part, the sun will shine bright, and the vegan Mexican food shall reign on Sunday, July 11 at 1:30 p.m. at Los Gorditos for the NW VEG monthly dine-out! Armed with an appetite, NW Veg Dine-out Coordinator Cat Monroy had a hearty lunch recently at this 11th and SE Division restaurant with over 20 vegan plates, commanding its own separate menu. "There's inside and outside seating, so hopefully we can sun ourselves as we chow on some fine south of the border eats," says Cat. Contact her if you're interested at monroycathy(at)hotmail(dot)com. "Our lovely star will be shining, so come with equal brightness! Peace."

Here's an interesting tidbit. Did you know that Northwest VEG now has a 12 member board of directors? It is the largest in Northwest VEG's seven year history. At the June 20 potluck meeting the election for the board of directors was announced. For more information visit this page.

VegFest is Almost Here!

We're less than three months out from our expanded VegFest being held September 18-19 at the Oregon Convention Center. We're still accepting exhibitor and sponsor applications and already have many exciting speakers lined up. If you are a veg-friendly business, you won't want to miss this opportunity to mingle with our loyal Portland veg community. Visit to check out up-to-date details or to download an exhibitor application.

Business Partner Spotlight on Papa G's

What's better than an all-vegan deli? An all-vegan, organic deli! That's right, Papa G's, touted as the most organic restaurant in Portland, truly is a mecca for health-conscious vegheads. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I only recently made my first visit to Papa G's. Not that I haven't enjoyed Papa G's cuisine before--I've sampled their scrumptious seasoned tofu products at many local retailers, and have often chowed down on their delicious cuisine at many community events. But this was the first time I'd ever stepped foot in the restaurant itself.

The minute I walked into this cozy establishment, I was transported into a bright and cheery world full of decadent veg dining delights. My eyes grazed over the delicacies available on the long food bar in the center of the restaurant before settling on the colorful menu board that posted all of the appetizing offerings.


Free Loaf of Silver Hills Bakery Bread

Northwest VEG is excited to announce that Silver Hills Bakery has recently become a Northwest VEG business partner. Silver Hills sprouted breads are not only scrumpdillyicious, but super nutritious as well, as the company is passionate about making breads that truly enrich your health.

The wonderful folks at Silver Hills are also mindful about Mother Earth's health as well. They get the wheat for their breads from an organic farm that runs on wind energy. They use only the finest grains, seeds and other pure ingredients. All of their breads are vegan, Kosher certified, high in fiber, and packaged in biodegradable bags.


Volunteer Spotlight: Yvonne LeGrice

Yvonne LeGrice is an inspiration and an instrumental player in spreading compassion all around the area. She recently coordinated a successful "Outreach for Animals" leafleting week, and is co-coordinating the upcoming "Race for the Animals" on July 10. We are so grateful for all that she does. Thanks, Yvonne!

How long have you been veg and why?
I became vegetarian in the early 90s after living in Japan and becoming interested in Buddhism with its emphasis on cultivating compassion for all sentient beings. Then back in the U.S., one day by chance I saw a copy of Peter Singer's book Animal Liberation in the local library. Intrigued (liberated from what, I wondered), I read it, learned about the horrors of factory farming and animal testing and immediately went vegan. That was in 1996, and I've been vegan ever since.


Pizza Party Dilemma

During finals week of spring term, I faced a dilemma. My students had requested pizza for their final exam. Always, for finals week, I gave a very-hard-final-exam. However, this group of students had been an impressive bunch, and although I told them "No," I privately took the pizza request under consideration.

After a few days of deliberation, I finally decided to forego the very-hard-final-exam for this one outstanding group of students this one time, but this is where the dilemma began: I did not want to purchase meat. I did not even want to purchase dairy. However, I also did not feel right providing only vegan pizzas. I was sure when the students said "pizza," they'd meant "pepperoni."


Recipe of the Month: Nearly Raw Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These cookies are not only unbelievably simple to make, they are delicious and nutritious too! Within minutes you can be enjoying these little guys, and they are super easy to pack to-go too. Low in fat and sweetened with dried fruit, they're my new favorite cookies!

  • 1/2 cup almonds (or other nuts)
  • 1 cup medjool dates
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Video of the Month

NW VEG has recently been made aware of an ambitious effort to bring plant-based nutrition into mainstream, led by Nelson Campbell and his father, Dr. T. Colin Campbell.

In case you are not already aware, Dr. Campbell is known around the world as a leading science advocate of plant-based nutrition and is the author of the best-selling book, The China Study.

Please take a look at this YouTube video titled Money, Politics & the Truth of Health and share it with as many of your friends as possible. For more information visit

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