Bay Area Vegetarians
Test Your VQ & Win a Book!
Win a book   

Test your Veggie IQ with this short quiz based on "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" by Dr. Caldwell. B. Esselstyn, Jr. The book explains how even severe coronary heart disease can be prevented, and even reversed. Test your knowledge!

BOOK GIVEAWAY: If you would like to be entered into a drawing for a free copy of this book, use the link below to send your 4 answers. One winning entry will be selected each Sunday for the next 3 weeks, starting 8/26. All unselected tickets will by default be entered into the next drawing. So complete your survey early for up to 3 chances to win!

#1: "The United States spends more than ___ a year on heart disease."
a) $150 million b) $500 million c) $250 billion d) $500 billion

#2: True or False:
"But here is the truly shocking statistic: nearly all of that money is devoted to treating symptoms. It pays for cardiac drugs, for clot-dissolving medications, and for costly mechanical techniques that bypass clogged arteries or widen them with balloons, tiny rotating knives, lasers, and stents. All of these approaches carry significant risk of serious complications, including death. And even if they are successful, they provide only temporary relief from the symptoms."

#3: "The United States contains just 5 percent of the global population, but every year, physicians in American hospitals perform more than __ percent of all the angioplasties and bypass procedures in the entire world."
a) 30% b) 50% c) 70% d) none of the above

#4) True or False:
"For 4 billion of the world's 5.5 billion people, the nutrition program I recommend is standard fare, and heart disease and many other chronic ailments are almost unknown."

TO ENTER: Send your 4 answers along with your name, email address, and U.S. mailing address. Note, this contest is open only to current members, so please write us from the email address used in your subscription.


Planting the Seeds of Compassion
Planting the Seeds of Compassion   

Help us raise awareness and open minds and hearts by joining TEAM-BAVEG in our outreach and education efforts. There are 5 events this month. We're looking for volunteers for all events, and organizers for two.

Concerts & Festivals in Golden Gate Park: 9/8 Power to the Peaceful and 9/23 Now and Zen.

In an ironic twist - there are two upcoming SF events raising funds to "cure" diseases caused by diet, the Heart Walk (Heart Disease) on 9/21 at Justin Herman Plaza and Race for the Cure (Breast Cancer) at the Embarcadero

The real truth: These diseases are caused by the 'food' choices individuals make, and that billions of non-humans animals also suffer and die in the factory farms, slaughterhouses and research labs.

Will you help us get the v-word out for the real solution to these dietary ailments? LEADERS are especially needed for the 2 walks (primarily being an onsite coordinator and providing extra leaflets, which BAVeg can help you procure). At least three times a day, people are making choices about what (or who!) to eat. Let's give them the information they need to make healthy and compassionate choices. Organizing is easier than you think, and truly, life-saving work -- for both humans and non-humans.

You can also join the TEAM-BAVEG email list to receive more volunteer notices.



New Monthly Events
New Monthly Events   

BAVeg is entirely dependent upon our plant-powered volunteers who make everything happen. In our book, they're truly VIPs - Veggie Important People!

Let's give a warm 'welcome back' to Bob who is leading an effort for a monthly dinner at Central Vegetarian in Alameda. Back in BAVeg's formative years, Bob started our first monthly dinner at New World Vegetarian Restaurant, which inspired several others to host monthly dinners in their communities and was instrumental to creating the vibrant social scene that we now enjoy today. As with any new event, your support is critical to its success. Please mark your calendar for the 3rd Sunday, with the next dinner being 9/16.

In the South Bay, let's give a big welcome to Sharon, who will be hosting a new monthly dinner at Fragrance Land in Cupertino starting in September. Please mark your calendars for 9/27 and join her to share good food & conversations. This will bring the number of monthly dinners to three in the South Bay.

In San Francisco, we're looking for a dynamic volunteer to host a monthly dinner activity and to co-host an existing lunch activity. Dining events are the most fun to organize, and take minimal time. Monthly commitment would average 3-5 hours per month, and that includes the time spent eating. So, if you enjoy eating vegan foods, are friendly, organized, can respond to emails, and have a favorite veg restaurant you'd like to support, then please email us, we're waiting to hear from you!

More Info


Food for Thought: Peaceable Kingdom
Food for Thought   

The Food for Thought Book Club meets bi-monthly to read fibrous books on veg and animal rights topics. Everyone is welcome to join us (both veg & non-veg), and we especially encourage aspiring and new veg*ns to join us. We are a supportive, low-key, and friendly group. In consideration of others, including our animal friends, all food and drink consumed during book discussions (and at all BAVeg events) are vegan.

The next discussion is Peaceable Kingdom in Sunnyvale on Sept 9th followed by Committed: A Rabble-Rouser's Memoir in November.

About Peaceable Kingdom:

"Animal pain and stress, once controversial, are now acknowledged by legislation in many countries, but there is no formal recognition of animals' ability to feel pleasure. Pleasurable Kingdom is the first book for lay-readers to present new evidence that animals — like humans — enjoy themselves. It debunks the popular perception that life for most is a continuous, grim struggle for survival and the avoidance of pain. Instead it suggests that creatures from birds to baboons feel good thanks to play, sex, touch, food, anticipation, comfort, aesthetics, and more. Combining rigorous evidence, elegant argument and amusing anecdotes, leading animal behavior researcher Jonathan Balcombe proposes that the possibility of positive feelings in creatures other than humans has important ethical ramifications for both science and society."

To learn more about this book, and the upcoming event, please see the event calendar

Event Info


Vegan Food Party = Very Fun Party
Vegan Food Party   

Sand-n-Surf VFP: Thanks to everyone who joined us. We all had a super fun time, beautiful weather -- sunny, warm, and beautiful clean sandy beach with fresh ocean breezes. We had over 50 individuals in attendance, of both the two-legged and four-legged variety. Photos are online in the BAVeg Gallery.

Our next Vegan Food Party is an Alum Rock Park Labor Day Picnic and Hike in the South Bay, hosted by Mary, on Sept 3rd. Everyone is welcome, and there is also a playground for children available.

Vegan food Party

Go Native VFP: Whether you love looking at plants, or you love eating edible plants, this is the VFP for you! On Sept 22nd, Ann and Reeba will be hosting a VFP in their native plant garden in Pacifica from noon to 4 pm.

Vegan food Party

And, as with all of our events, everyone is welcome, both veg & non-veg.

Ultimate Guide Updates
Top Ten Ultimate Guide Restaurants   

For the third month in a row, the East Bay gets another new vegetarian restaurant with the launch of The Breakroom Cafe in Oakland. In the South Bay, a new veg restaurant will be opening soon - Merit Vegetarian. San Jose's Vegetarian House recently informed BAVeg that they have updated their menu so everything is entirely vegan. Check it out at the next BAVeg dinner on Sept 8th. Vegetarian House is now #1 in the UG Top Ten as Pizza Plaza drops to 2nd place.

For regular updates, check out our Guide News Blog

With 1,186 reviews in the Ultimate Guide, these vegetarian restaurants are ranked the best.

Top Ten Vegetarian Restaurants

1) Vegetarian House, San Jose - 4.55 up
2) Pizza Plaza, Oakland - 4.5 down
3) Cha-Ya, Berkeley - 4.5
4) Garden Fresh, Mtn View - 4.47
5) Good Karma, San Jose - 4.38
6) Tofoo Com Chay, San Jose - 4.29 up
7) Millennium, SF - 4.22 up
8) Shangri-La, SF - 4.20 down
9) Golden Lotus, Oakland - 4.14 (New entry)
10) The Manzanita Restaurant - 4.14 (New entry)

Agree or Disagree about the Top Ten? Then say something about it, with an Ultimate Guide review.

How to review a restaurant in the Ultimate Guide


Heart Smart Cooking
Heart Smart Cooking   

Inspired by a 5-star hotel catering to the mega-rich with an excellent curry buffet, Chef Alex provides a list of ingredients for your very own curry buffet, vegan-style! Instructions for dressing to the nines are not included.

Heart Smart Cooking


Event Calendar
Event Calendar   

08/29 Garden Fresh Vegan Dinner - Mountain View Add event to your local calendar
08/30 Marin Vegan Food & Fellowship Dinner - San Rafael Add event to your local calendar
08/31 Vegan Redwoods Retreat - Gourmet Camping - Butano State Park, Pescadero Add event to your local calendar

09/01 KFC Cruelty Protest - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
09/03 Vegan Food Party - Alum Rock Park Add event to your local calendar
09/04 Lunch, Munch & Mingle : co-host needed! - SF Farmer's Market, Ferry Building Add event to your local calendar
09/06 College leafletting - Academy of Art University, SF Add event to your local calendar
09/08 Outreach at Power to the Peaceful - SF (Golden Gate Park) Add event to your local calendar
09/08 Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary Work Event - Stockton Add event to your local calendar
09/08 Vegetarian House Dinner - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
09/09 Food For Thought Book Club: Pleasurable Kingdom - Sunnyvale Add event to your local calendar
09/11 Happy Bamboo dinner - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
09/15 Chrissy Field Vegan Food Picnic - SF Add event to your local calendar
09/16 KFC Cruelty Protest - SF Add event to your local calendar
09/16 Sundaes and Advocacy - SF Add event to your local calendar
09/21 Outreach at SF Heart Walk - SF (Justin Herman Plaza) Add event to your local calendar
09/22 Native Garden + Vegan Food Party - Pacifica Add event to your local calendar
09/23 Veg Leafleting at Now & Zen Festival - Golden Gate Park Add event to your local calendar
09/23 Vegan Book Club Discussion: Star of The Sea - SF Add event to your local calendar
09/26 Garden Fresh Vegan Dinner - Mountain View Add event to your local calendar
09/27 Marin Vegan Food & Fellowship Dinner - TBD Add event to your local calendar
09/27 Fragrance Land Dinner (NEW Monthly event) - Cupertino Add event to your local calendar
09/29 FogFest Parade Leafleting - Pacifica Add event to your local calendar

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For latest news and events for Bay Area Vegetarians, check out the News Blog and Event Calendar. We don't always announce it, but event photos are added periodically to the gallery, too.


August 2007
In This Issue:
Test Your VQ & Win a Book!
Planting the Seeds of Compassion
New Monthly Events
Food for Thought: Peaceable Kingdom
Vegan Food Party = Very Fun Party
Ultimate Guide Updates
Heart Smart Cooking
Event Calendar

New Book - Vegetarian Bay Area

Now available at
Otsu in SF

Don't leave home
without it!

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BAVeg Resources:
Veg Food Finder
Ultimate Guide to Vegetarian Living in the Bay Area
Veggie Mentor Program
Articles and Guides
BAVeg News
Discussion Forums
Mailing Lists
Local Events Calendar
BAVeg Frappr Map
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