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It’s A Queens Thing.

30 Nov


Queens, New York holds a special place in my heart, in fact I know for fact that I am who I am because I lived, worked, loved and breathed in Queens. Jersey made me but Queens molded me.


So when I read that PS 244 in Queens was the first public school in the US to go full veg, it made my lips smile and my heart sing.

What started as a 3 day a week experiment has now turned into a full-time situation. All meals served at PS 244 are vegetarian and the kids are down. In fact they took it from a 3 day menu to a 5 day menu because they noticed that the children where actually gravitating towards the vegetarian meals.

PS 244 is an elementary school that deals with Pre-K thru 3rd Grade. How rad is it that these little ones are being exposed to vegetarian eating at least once a day? At school to boot. I think this is very bad ass and I applaud everyone involved. Including these kids who have shown to have stellar taste in food.

The best part of this story is that once the vegetarian diet was implemented at school, amazing results followed. Not only did attendance approve, teachers saw a jump in energy and excitement in the kids, as well as better focus and attention spans. And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, their test results improved, all across the board.

In addition to their vegetarian lunches, the students of PS 244 also take weekly nutrition classes that teach them about healthy eating. In 1 semester the obesity rates of the children in the school dropped 2% and these days the children go home and teach their parents about healthy eating.

I cannot get behind anything more than I can get behind this. Beautiful all around.

Saving the planet, saving the children, saving the animals and saving some coin.

Principal Robert Groff is the mo-fo man.

And as L.L. Cool J said…It’s A Queens Thing.’

Stay Chizzle,





New York City Vegetarian Food Festival. March 2-3, 2013.

27 Feb

It is all going down this weekend in NYC, the 3rd Annual Vegetarian Food Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm…


Get All The 4-1-1 Below… Vegetarian Food Festival Homepage.

The Turbaned Tornado Retires At Age 101.

25 Feb


Fauja Singh aka The Turbaned Tornado is one of my favorite people ever. The famous 101 year old marathon runner has decided that after almost 13 years of running marathons, he is retiring from the sport. He will not be retiring from running, he just wishes to take his daily runs down to a more sane distance of 8-9 miles per day.

After completing his last marathon over the weekend in Hong Kong, Mr. Singh was quoted saying that he ‘felt so fresh, so good and so full of power (today).’ And have no fear, The Turban Tornado is not retiring on a down note, he actually ran a faster time in his last marathon this year then he did in the same marathon last year. He managed to shave 30 seconds off his mile time, coming in at just under 15 minutes per mile this year.

Since he will no longer be in the news for his amazing marathon accomplishments, Mr. Singh hopes the public will not forget about him. I am sure this will not happen, his legend will live on. If you care to read about his life and how he came to be a marathon runner at age 89, click on the link to his Facebook page below and buy his book. I am sure it will be worth it.

All I can really say is, Mr. Singh, you will NEVER be forgotten. You are the truth!!! You are what so many people aspire to be, healthy, active and happy And you manage to do it all over the age of 100!!!

So here’s to many more years of running, loving and vegetarian living, Mr. Singh, you deserve it 🙂 Like His Facebook Page And Buy His Book!!!


Java Jacket.

24 Feb

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The Java Jacket is the O.G. Eco-friendly coffee sleeve. This family run business takes their impact on the Earth seriously, and go figure, this idea came into fruition by accident.

In 1991 the founder of the biz dropped his hot paper cup of coffee on this lap, simply because the cup was too hot and there ya go, Java Jacket was born. Colleen and Jay then set up shop in their home, using it as Java Jacket Headquarters. They proceeded to sell their product from the trunk of their car to local coffee shops. (I told you they were O.G.) And the rest is Eco-Friendly living meets hot cup of coffee to go history.

Now over 20 years later Java Jackets are all over the place, literally. There have been over 4 billion sold to date and they are going strong. Java Jackets can be made with many different designs on them, your company logo or even just plain if that’s your style. Add to that they are recyclable, compostable and made with 100% recycled materials. Obviously 😉

On top of making Earth friendly products, they also give back to their community and support many causes such as The Nature Conservatory, The Cheetah Conservation Foundation and The Portland Global Initiative.

So there you see, a Java Jacket is way more than just a coffee sleeve… Java Jacket Homepage.

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh: North American Tour 2013.

23 Feb


The wonderful Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh will be coming back to tour North American again this year. Offering single days of mindfulness or full on 5 day retreats, there are many ways for you to go about hearing Thich Nhat Hanh speak in North America this year.

His tour will be starting in Canada and will make stops in Pine Bush New York, Watsonville California, Boston and Missouri just to name a few. The tour starts on August 11th in Ontario and ends on October 27 in California, be sure you register early as many of the locations are already filling up.

If you are not familiar with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, I encourage you to click on his website below to learn more. He is a wonderful person, who spreads knowledge, love and insight on life, love and the Earth. He is one of the most popular and beloved Zen Masters in the world. All About Thich Nhat Hanh’s North American Tour.


No Lally Gaggin.

22 Feb

Andy Lally

Andy Lally is a top-notch race car driver who has manged to win the Daytona 24, 4 times and the Rolex Series, 3 times. His 4 Daytona wins are chased down with 3 second place finishes as well and he is currently the only driver who has accomplished this feat. He was also chosen as NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie Of The Year in 2011. Andy also happens to be vegan since 2009, much to the dismay of many racing fans.

Mr. Lally always had pets when he was growing up and is very informed about his food and where it comes from. He evokes a sense of compassion that is energizing and his choice to go vegan, after being vegetarian for many years, all came down to ethics. He feels that it is truly unethical to eat animals and that if more people saw how animals were killed and packaged, fewer people would be eating meat.

Not one to wear his veganism on his sleeve, Andy keeps his opinions to himself unless he is probed. Once he is probed, he is not afraid to educate the masses. Andy is the type of vegan we need more of, humble, thankful and willing to take a little dirt for what he loves.

GO ANDY!!!! Andy’s Website.

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Tasty Treats Review : Vegan Treats.

19 Feb


There is not much I can say about Vegan Treats that has not already been said. If you live here on the East Coast of the USA then you may have had the pleasure of surrounding your taste buds with their treats aka ‘some of the best vegan goodies ever made’. They should just re-name the bakery ‘Vegan Crack’ that way others will get the point. Any attempt to eat just one baked good from Vegan Treats, will be futile 😉

Founded by Danielle Konya, she set out to make her vegan treats as good, if not better than their dairy and egg laden counterparts. She has more than accomplished her goal. Crowed the winner of PBS’ ‘Feast Of Sweets’ where she competed against 50 other bakers, who all used animal products, yet she came out on top. Showing the world that not only are Vegan Treats better for the planet, they simply taste better as well.

PETA has awarded Vegan Treats it’s ‘Proggy Award’ for Best Bakery and Ms. Konya has also managed to land herself a Guest Chef spot at Google as well. Her treats can be found all over the East Coast in some of the best vegan restaurants around. From Red Bamboo to Loving Hut, everyone seems to be carrying Vegan Treats as their dessert option these days.

Personally, I have tried like 10 different things from Vegan Treats and I cannot pick a favorite. The Peanut Butter Mousse Brownie it to die for, as are all of their cheesecake options. I can safely say, they make the best cheesecake ever, vegan or not, I have never had anything like it. Everything is full of flavor, decadent and made with love.

As for stopping by Vegan Treats, here is the 4-1-1 and a link to their website below…

Vegan Treats. 1444 Linden St. Bethlehem, PA. 18018. 610-861-7660. Email: Info@VeganTreats.Com Hours: Monday: Closed. Tuesday-Thursday: 10am-9pm. Friday and Saturday: 10am-10pm. Sunday: 10-5. Vegan Treats Homepage.

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