First Look: Green Bar & Kitchen in Fort Lauderdale

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In 2011, when nutritionist and holistic health coach Elena Pezzo, owner of Green Bar & Kitchen, learned of her brother Anthony's stroke and subsequent coma, she was devastated. Only a few years earlier, the 33-year-old New York native had lost both of her parents and had battled poor health and depression herself as a result.

Despite recommendations from numerous doctors that Anthony's family pull the plug, insisting he would remain a vegetable, Elena did not give up, and instead turned to spirituality and her holistic health food background to help bring back her brother.

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Field of Greens Gets a Makeover, Moves to Clematis Street

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All photos by Nicole Danna
Field of Greens (or FOG, for short), Palm Beach County's healthy salad and sandwich shop offering nutritious, made-to-order dishes, has relocated its original location to downtown West Palm Beach, and made a few improvements while they were at it. 

The family-run business began in 2003 when owners Debbie and David Steinhardt opened their FOG in City Place. They wanted a lunch spot that would give people healthy, homemade eats that also offered vegan and vegetarian dishes, and soon expanded to open locations in Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens.

Now in downtown West Palm Beach off Clematis St., their newest location means a few changes to the winning formula, with new menu items and a better way of doing business.

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The Veggieducken: How to Make This Vegan Thanksgiving Masterpiece (Video)

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Behold! The Veggieducken!
Let's just say it -- vegetarians get screwed on Thanksgiving. Frankly, on a holiday nicknamed "turkey day", you've got a problem if you're not into tucking into a golden roasted bird.

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Restaurants Serving Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinners in South Florida: Darbster, Sublime, and Le Bistro

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If this is the only turkey you plan to consume on Thanksgiving, we've got some dining suggestions for you.

For people who'd prefer to coddle, not cook, a turkey, Thanksgiving can be hell. Yeah, yeah, it's nice to see the family and wine is fun and all, but there's only so many helpings of mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie one can handle (trust me, I've tried, and the number is much smaller than one would hope or imagine).

A smattering of restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties have your vegetarian back this holiday season by offering meat-free Thanksgiving Day feasts. Be sure to make reservations, stat. These places are likely to fill up.

See Also:

- Trader Joe's Turkey-Less Roast is "New and Improved" for Your Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinner

- World Vegetarian Day is Monday, October 1: Five Sexy Celebrity Vegetarians

- South Florida's Best Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants

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Trader Joe's Turkey-Less Roast is "New and Improved" for Your Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinner

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There's no gobbler slaughter required for this holiday roast.

A family-centric holiday like Thanksgiving requires copious amounts of wine. As such, perhaps you've been planning a little road trip in the next few weeks to visit the Trader Joe's store in Naples. After all, TJ's is home to one of the country's most celebrated bottles of $3 red wine (that would be Charles Shaw, aka. Two-buck Chuck, for the uninitiated).

In addition to loading up on cheap booze, vegetarians and vegans may want to cruise by the frozen foods aisle refrigerated section in Trader Joe's to pick up the store's revamped turkey-less stuffed roast.

See Also:
- Trader Joe's Replies to Palm Beach Gardens Rumors
- Trader Joe's Fan Starts Online Petition: Come to Broward

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How to Make a Vegetarian-Friendly Oktoberfest Feast

It's true traditional Bavarian cuisine has not traditionally been the most vegetarian-friendly, but times change, and now that Oktoberfest shares the month with Vegetarian Awareness, we might as well incorporate some German-inspired vegetarian dishes so the animal loving/health conscious among us don't have to miss out.

Sauerkraut is one of the signature dishes for a traditional Oktoberfest feast, and it's already vegetarian all by itself. Not only is it delicious and nutritious -- thanks to its vitamin C content, sauerkraut prevented most of Europe from developing scurvy through long, dark winters -- but kraut is ridiculously easy to make at home. Just shred a head of unwashed organic cabbage and put it in a glass jar with plenty of sea salt. As the salt draws water from the cabbage, press the shreds down with your fist to keep it submerged. Throw a towel over it to keep the dust out, and two weeks later the brine and the bacteria combine to ferment the cabbage into kraut. You can liven things up a bit by using red cabbage or throwing in other sliced-up veggies. You can even add shredded apples to sweeten it.

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Summer Green Market Every Saturday in Palm Beach Gardens

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Veggies galore are offered at the summer green market at Store Self Storage.
Sometimes it seems like South Florida packs up for the summer, not realizing that there are people who live here year 'round. Many green markets close for the season, partly because of snowbirds flying north but mostly because the growing season is over and many farmers either take the summer off or migrate to farms north.

Luckily for us, Store Self Storage in Palm Beach Gardens starts its annual green market just as others are packing up in anticipation of the hot weather. 

Though you won't find many local greens, you will find a ton of other organic and local products from about 40 vendors that offer their wares every Saturday from now through September 15.

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Eat Vegan Food That Doesn't Taste Like Meat -- or Cardboard -- at Veg-a-cation at Wave 2700

Wave 2700 owners Sally and John Stilley found a home for vegans on their seafood-focused menu.
Forget the caricature of the pale, noodle-armed vegan openly judging you for your dietary choices while nibbling on a piece of raw tofu and silently coveting your bacon cheeseburger. It's a misconception that could stand to be put out to pasture and certainly not one that would apply to Sally Stilley, co-owner of Wave 2700 in Boca Raton and hostess of the vegan dinner series Veg-a-cation.

Sun-kissed and fit, with yoga-sculpted arms and not a whiff of "vegan superiority," Stilley is an ideal ambassador for the meat-free lifestyle. She's blunt but upbeat, speaking with candor about the challenges that a vegan faces in a region that is slow to accept the nuances of an "alternative" diet.

"People can treat you like a nitpicker," Stilley laughs, sitting in a cushioned chair in the Wave 2700 lounge during a recent Tuesday-night trivia match. "I've been known to take my own cheese to the pizzeria."

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The Great American Meatout Is Today: Here's a Vegan Recipe From Wave 2700

No. This does not come with bacon.

Today is The Meatout -- or, the Great American Meatout as it is sometimes known -- an international event designed not to make you feel like a jerk for eating that bacon cheeseburger, but rather, to raise awareness of the health benefits associated with a plant-based diet.

In the spirit of the Meatout, Clean Plate Charlie asked Sally Stilley -- co-owner of Wave 2700 in Boca Raton and founder of the vegan group Veg-a-cation -- for a meatless recipe to share with our readers.

During a recent interview at the year-old seafood restaurant, Stilley and her husband/co-owner John Stilley offered us a complimentary tasting of the vegan nut loaf. The loaf ($18.99) is part of the restaurant's standing "vegan and vegetarian menu" which includes five items. Recipe after the jump. 

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Weird Al Yankovic Talks About Vegetarianism on "WTF With Marc Maron"

Weird Al loves animals: just not on his plate.
Weird Al Yankovic -- the singer who famously implored picky young eaters to "just eat" their SPAM and tuna casserole -- talked about his vegetarian lifestyle during an appearance on Monday's edition of comedian Marc Maron's cult hit podcast "WTF With Marc Maron." The  comedian mentioned spotting Yankovic in a vegetarian restaurant in Montreal which led to a few minutes of conversation about militant vs. non-militant vegan diets.

Yankovic said he has been a vegetarian since 1992 when he read John Robbins' "Diet for a New America" and stopped eating meat based on the book's arguments from a "health, sociopolitical, and ethical" standpoint.

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