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Best Vegetarian Stories Of 2012

Written by Vegetarian Star on Monday, December 31st, 2012 in Food & Drink.

Mary WhippleDotsie Bausch

2012 saw a lot of awesome vegetarians, vegans and plant-loving people make headlines.

Here are a few of Vegetarian Star’s favorite.

#5. Vegetarian Olympics.
The 2012 London games made America proud with plant-based eaters like Mary Whipple and Dotsie Bausch who shared their medal-winning veggie meals with the media. And UK based Fry’s fed fans and athletes with their delicious meatless items like vegetarian mince meat. Go team VEG!

#4. Vegetarian journalist Candy Crowley moderates presidential debate.
The first female to do so in 20 years. Maybe the first vegetarian ever.

#3. Hell’s Kitchen competitor opens vegetarian sushi restaurant.
Reality TV isn’t always nice to vegetarians, but reality business may be as Guy Vaknin‘s Beyond Sushi shows what you can do with a roll of seaweed beyond Flipper.


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Worst Vegetarian Stories Of 2012

Written by Vegetarian Star on Monday, December 31st, 2012 in Food & Drink, Not So Vegetarian.

Bloomberg Nathan's Contest

2012 had some great moments for vegetarians and vegans.

And some not so great ones.

Here are Vegetarian Star‘s top Not So Vegetarian stories of celebrities and people in the news that have turned heads, offended and or just looked a little ridiculous.

#5. Mayor Bloomberg Washes Down Wieners Without Soda.
NYC’s mayor attended a competitive overeating contest (also known as hot dog eating contest) where the winners consumed dozens of processed, chemical filled animal wieners. He also ate one himself. Thank goodness he found time to attend this in the midst of his campaign to limit soda consumption to curb obesity. Because soda is the only real evil in making people fat. Not 60 hot dogs.

#4 Conan Whips Out His Wiener.
Not exactly indecent exposure, but the World’s Largest Chicago-Style hot dog does expose one to an increased risk of diabetes and cancer.


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Al Roker Never Goin' Back

Al Roker has a brand new book out, Never Goin’ Back: Winning The Weight Loss Battle For Good.

Just released this month, the book tells the story of Roker’s amazing fight for his health as he went from a life threatening 350 pounds to a slimmer 190 with the help of both surgery and diet and lifestyle changes.


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Regina Spektor visited an animal sanctuary in Australia to take time to say hello to a few big cats.

“Amazing day spent with my Oz friends Donna and Amanda at http://Facebook.com/LOTLrescue. My mind is full of stripes and cat eyes!” the musician posted to her Twitter account.

LOTL Rescue takes in animals of all kinds from neglected environments, from pets to farm animals to ex-circus and zoo ones. (more…)

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Bryant Terry Black-Eyed Peas Dish For New Year’s Prosperity

Written by Vegetarian Star on Friday, December 28th, 2012 in Authors, Food & Drink, Recipes.

The Inspired Vegan

Bryant Terry told NPR that there’s an African-American tradition of eating black-eyed peas around New Year’s meant to bring wealth and prosperity for the upcoming year.

‘The lore is that the black-eyed peas actually represent copper or pennies. And so along with that, one typically will have a green dish such as collards, mustards, turnips, chard, kale or cabbage, and the leafy green dish actually represents money. And then with that, one might have some cornbread, which represents gold. You eat it on New Year’s, and it’s supposed to usher in a very prosperous and abundant year.”

Terry has a dish featuring the symbols for both coins and dollars, his Black-Eyed Peas in Garlic-Ginger-Braised Mustard Greens.


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Justin Bieber Slammed For Hamster Giveaway

Written by Vegetarian Star on Friday, December 28th, 2012 in Animal Issues, Male Singers.

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber first gives up his vegan diet and now he’s giving out hamsters to strangers?

The R&B teen hearthrob was criticized for handing what was formerly his pet to a a young girl at a music event in Atlanta.

According to Female First, Bieber told the young girl to take care of his pet Pac, which he gave to her in a cage.


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Rick Warren Condemns The Vegetarian Wrap

Written by Vegetarian Star on Friday, December 28th, 2012 in Celebrity Tweets, Food & Drink, Not So Vegetarian.

Rick Warren

Rick Warren, the sometimes controversial and popular pastor and best-selling author thinks eating wraps that sound healthy is the equivalent of breaking a commandment.

At least if you’re a man.

In a recent Tweet, the pastor wrote that “real men don’t eat wraps (except for burritos).”

He later clarified this statement to a follower saying this transgression would be okay if the wrap contained bacon.


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Kathy Freston To “NPR” On Making Favorite Old Foods Vegan

Written by Vegetarian Star on Thursday, December 27th, 2012 in Authors, Food & Drink.

Kathy Freston "The Lean"

Kathy Freston has a two-part interview series with NPR on veganism, farming and healthier eating.

In part one of her chat with host Renee Montagne, Freston explains how she easily makes vegan versions of the favorite foods she grew up eating.

‘I grew up in Doraville, Georgia and I ate barbecued ribs and chicken fried steak, and all kinds of cheesy grits, you know, and I never even thought twice about it,’ Freston said. ‘I think that food ties us to our community and our traditions, and it’s the thing that makes us feel good and connected. So I wouldn’t want to eat in any way that made me feel like I was missing out on something.”


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