vegansofig Are you going to @VeganScene's Big Lebowski Party tonight? @cupmycakez made the most awesome cupcakes + cookies for the event. Tix + Info: bit.ly/VeganBigLebowski #VegansofIG #VeganScene 4d

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vegansofig VEGAN SCENE is open! Now the fun begins and I'm *really* excited to throw a party I've been dreaming up since its inception: a veganized Big Lebowski party.
@VeganScene's lounge area will be transformed into a bowling alley. We'll have beer pong too. Obviously, we will have Vegan White Russians (aka The Amy Special)
Although it's not required, dressing up as The Dude or any other character is encouraged. If you've ever wanted to go out to a party in your bathrobe, now is your chance! ....AND we'll have a rug that really ties the room together!

Menu coming soon, but it's open bar and food. Pre-sale tickets — $40.00 (until August 5th) Regular price $45.00. #VeganScene #VegansofIG
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vegansofig T-minus TWO weeks until @VeganScene's Grand Opening Party in Venice Beach! Our good friend @cupmycakez will be catering the dessert menu with her adorable + delicious cupcakes!
These are the vegan, gluten free "information girl" emoji cupcakes that she made for my birthday in June. 🏻 We're hoping to have her teach a vegan cake decorating class at @VeganScene this fall. Grand opening tickets available at VeganScene.com #VegansofIG #VeganScene
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vegansofig Hey guys! Have you picked up your tickets for @VeganScene's grand opening party yet?
We're not just throwing a party, we're having a store wide sale too! All attendees can enjoy 20% off all retail.
The shop has designs from @delikaterayne, @gypsy05, @greenpacha, @vaute_nyc, @onlyhearts1978, @kaifragrance @hipstersforsisters, @djunashay, @matt_and_nat @vegancollection and more!
Grab your tickets at VeganScene.com. Hurry! Limited spots available. #VeganScene #VegansofIG
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vegansofig Looking for that extra boost of encouragement to go vegan? Lucky for you @VeganScene and @SporkFoods have teamed up to offer a FREE cooking class this Saturday, July 11th at 11 am in Venice Beach for you and a friend if you pledge to be vegan for the next 30 days.
To enter, just leave us a comment telling us that you will take the pledge and why. Tag any non-vegan friends who might be interested in trying it out!
The winner will be chosen at random by noon tomorrow. The class value is $85 per person AND you get to drink champagne and use a torch to make #vegan Creme Brûlée!
Check out the full menu at veganscene.com #VegansofIG #VeganScene
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vegansofig I've just opened a shop in Venice Beach called Vegan Scene. It's not just a store, it's a multi-purpose space. We have retail, cooking and fitness classes, and fun events.

We've been in our soft launch for the last few months, but I'm super stoked to announce @VeganScene's grand opening party on Friday, July 31, 2015.
Join us in celebrating with shopping, music, drinks and dancing + eats from @SporkFoods!

Thanks again for all of your support. It means the world to me. Hope to see you there! P.S. Event info and tickets are available at VeganScene.com #VegansofIG #VeganScene
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vegansofig Come join us at my new event space @VeganScene in Venice for vegan cooking classes with @sporkfoods! Coming up, a FANCY PANTS class on Saturday, July 11th at 11 am!
Menu:
•Beluga Lentil “Caviar” with Crème fraîche over Crunchy Cucumber Rounds (pictured)
•Grilled Truffle Herb Flatbread with Baby Arugula and Toasted Walnuts
•Apricot Chutney Glazed Tempeh*Strawberries and “Cream” Crème Brûlée
•Glass of champagne (For 21+) Head on over to veganscene.com to register and learn more! Tell your friends and come visit us soon! #VeganofIG #VeganScene
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vegansofig Hey guys! As you know I've just opened up a shop and event space in Venice Beach called @VeganScene. I wanted to let you guys know about our excited new partnership with @SporkFoods.
Our first class is a Spanish Tapas class the Wednesday before the @veganbeerfest. You can find our cooking class schedule, event booking, and details about our #vegan cooking classes at VeganScene.com. See you there! #VegansofIG #VeganScene
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vegansofig As you've probably noticed I've been very quiet on this account. That's because I'm opening a shop and event space in Venice Beach called @VeganScene!

I'm stoked to announce that we will be OPEN for fitness, pilates, and yoga classes starting Monday, March 2nd!
You can view our schedule and book a class at veganscene.com/classes/fitness/signup/
We've hired an amazing group of instructors and can't wait for you guys to meet them.
I want to thank you all for your support. I'll keep you posted as we continue to roll out more features.
xoxo,
Amy #VegansofIG
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  •   bruksbars @vegansofig sounds awesome. We'd be honored to be considered and send you some delicious samples when you get things going. 6mon
  •   saintterryann Congrats! 6mon
  •   eezgiturkmen Would you consider making a donation for a dog that was shot with a rifle at a short range in her mouth? Link in my bio, pics hashtagged #projectzeyno . Thank you 6mon
  •   fuel_for_ballet Hi! I'm not vegan but I wish I was. I'm a lover of animals and I find so cruel the way people treat them. I'm not against eating animals at all, we are omnivores but we don't only kill because we need it, people do it on a cruel way and the life condition of animals is just horrible. So I want to be vegan, but my mum keeps saying that If I go vegan I'll lose weight and in fact she wants me to gain... I'm not doing it to lose weight, I'm on recovery and I asume that. i understand what is good for me... Also I have problems with binging purging, so being vegan may help me. How do I convince my parents? Thank you so much 6mon
  •   mrstealyourgirl43 I was wondering if you are a supporter of nature conservation and the enforcing of hunting/fishing outdoor laws. And if you were a supporter of farmers looking to afford ethical ways to treat their animals. @vegansofig 5mon
  •   veganwolf1 @veganbeth @veganlouis @lissfinney @thevegandancergirl @oceanauli could we do this in Newcastle and serve food and ???? 5mon
  •   stephanyalexander So awesome!!! 4mon

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vegansofig Hey everyone! Sorry to be MIA for so long but I wanted to give you an update on @VeganScene, the shop and event space I'm opening up on Main Street in Venice Beach.
We have signage now, the curved bar is currently being installed, and I'm shooting for a January 2015 opening. I don't think I've ever worked so hard, but it's all finally coming together and I can't wait to open and have you all over. Keep you posted! ~Amy #VegansofIG #VeganScene
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vegansofig Hi guys! I'm excited to announce that @VeganScene, the vegan store and event space I'm opening in Venice Beach moves into our new location at 610 Main Street next week!
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We won't be open to the public just yet, but as of now we are now taking applications online and setting up appointments for interviews.
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We are looking for vegans in the Los Angeles area that have a product or a skill set that would be interested in joining Vegan Scene as one of our contributors. Examples include:

•Actor/Theater
•Artist
•Author/Writer
•Baker/Pastry Chef
•Band/Musician/Singer
•Barista/Bartender
•Chef
•Comedian/Entertainer
•Dancer
•Dietician/Nutritionist •DJ
•Esthetician
•Home Designer
•Fashion Designer
•Filmmaker
•Fitness Trainer/Instructor
•Graphic Designer
•Hair/Makeup Artist
•Jewelry/Accessory Designer
•Photographer
•Yoga/Pilates Instructor
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Visit VeganScene.com and click on "APPLY" under contributors.
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If you are not in LA, but would like Vegan Scene to carry your products either in store or on our website, visit VeganScene.com and click on "APPLY" under Retailers.
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I'm a millennial that went to art school. I know how rough it is. So I'd like to make it clear that this is not some unpaid internship scam. We're a business. If we like what we see, we will work out a deal and you will be paid.
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Looking forward to hearing from you guys! And I will keep you all posted on our launch and grand opening party! #VegansofIG #VeganScene
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vegansofig I've got some pretty exciting news that I haven't been able to share until now, but now that it's actually happening I can finally share it with you guys. Drumroll please...
________________________ ...I am opening up a vegan event space and retail store called @VeganScene right here in Venice Beach! Once we're open, it'll be the location for all of our future #VegansofIGmeetup events in LA.
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Vegan Scene wouldn't be limited to parties. We'll have movie nights, seminars, Q&A's, yoga/fitness classes, fashion shows, photography and art exhibits, cooking classes, and much more. Vegan Scene will also be available to rent for private % vegan events.
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In addition to all of the festivities, Vegan Scene will offer guidance to vegan newbies interested in learning more about the vegan lifestyle as well as personalized guides to all of the amazing vegan spots in the area.
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I've found a location that could not be more perfect, and we are currently in negotiations. If all goes according to plan, we could be open as soon as August 2014.
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In the meantime, VegansofIG.com is now live and the web store is up and running. I'm in the process of adding all of my old posts to the site organized by topic so they'll be easier for you guys to read and share. It's not complete, but it's getting there. I hope you like it!
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P.S. More BIG announcements to come. Watch this space.... #VegansofIG
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  •   ginamarieyogini I just found your hashtag, site and your page! I love them all! They're not intimidating and it gives veganism a cool modern vibe - I feel like I can direct omnivores here and not have them shut down. Thank you for all the work you do. I'll be promoting your page! hopefully you'll have an event in NYC soon! 1y
  •   hispanicvegansofig AMY! HAPPY BDAY!!!! im sry I won't be able to go, I have no $ for gas to go to LA:(, I don't have your # anymore due to my last cell crashed! Anyways have fun today on your day!& eat lots of pastry for me! @vegansofig 1y
  •   lauraanntull I'm very happy for you. Let me know if I can be of assistance in any way. I'm a digital artist. I do yoga but not trained. I have a master's in performing arts management. Being vegan will change the world. I've had cancer twice. I now have thyroditis. If it were not for being vegan I don't think my body or I could function. Peace to you. 1y
  •   officialrfd @veganscene @vegansofig we're so excited to hear the incredible news! We hope we can collaborate ASAP! #realfooddaily 1y
  •   rocketroketto I'm trying to find my cat a forever home. Could you help me? 1y
  •   veggiehipster @vegansofig Check out this Vegan Game for iPhone 1y
  •   chainsawerotica I need to go to LA D: 9mon
  •   veganceliac This is so awesome! Congratulations!!!!! 5mon

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vegansofig Got New Year's Eve plans? We've got you covered! I'm teaming up with @thekindsage in Culver City to throw the biggest VEGAN Meetup + New Year's Eve Party of the year.
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• FREE Cover after 10pm
• Organic Champagne Toast at Midnight Countdown
• DJ + Dancing ...and much much more!
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ALL are welcome! Full event details on the Vegans of Instagram Facebook and Meetup.com pages. Hope to see you there! #VegansofIG
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vegansofig Your body requires dietary fats (Lipids). Fat provides essential fatty acids that the body can’t produce on its own and must be consumed through polyunsaturated fats in our diet. Polyunsaturated fats provide two essential fatty acids:
Linoleic Acid (LA) - Omega-6
Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) Omega-3
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The U.S Institute of Medicine recommends an daily ALA intake of 1.6 grams for men and 1.1 grams for women. Diets should aim for a ratio of 2:1 or 3:1 of Omega-6 to Omega-3. The western diet, which is high in refined oils, consumes far too much Omega-6. Today, most people are averaging a ratio of 10:1 and even 20:1 Omega-6 to Omega-3.
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But is eating more fish the the answer to balance? Not necessarily. Fish don't manufacture long chain Omega-3. Their diet is high in Omega-3 rich plant foods like algae. They eat them which their body converts to DHA and EPA. We can go straight to the source and avoid the host of health and environmental troubles that come from consuming fish. Fish oil is loaded with saturated fat and cholesterol. They’re highly concentrated sources of contaminants and pollutants. More recently, studies have shown that eating fish and taking fish oil supplements are not as beneficial to the brain and heart functions as previously thought. In fact, fish has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. Consuming fish products is not sustainable as it leads to overfishing which impacts the entire eco system.
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You can get your daily serving of Omega-3 by incorporating flaxseeds, chia seeds, kiwi, walnuts, kale, and other leafy greens into your diet. Many factors can hinder the body’s ability to convert omega-3 fatty acid to DHA and EPA, which is why it’s important to avoid overly processed foods and make sure you're getting the right balance of vitamins and nutrients in your diet. Vegan diets lacking Omega-3 may want to take DHA-rich micro algae supplements. Conversion is easier when you balance with healthy sources of Omega-6 rich foods like sesame seeds, tahini, edamame, wheat germ, and tofu. #VegansofIG
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vegansofig Vitamin B12 is important for the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system and for the formation of blood. It is the only vitamin synthesized exclusively by microorganisms (bacteria). Vitamin B12 is produced by soil microbes that live in symbiotic relationships with plant roots. It is a water soluble vitamin and should be consumed on a daily basis.
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B12 is the most chemically complex of all vitamins. It is essential for our health. Anyone can be B12 deficient, regardless of diet. A whopping 15% of the population suffers from a B12 deficiency. A deficiency in B12 can cause a number of symptoms from dandruff to dementia. It can cause Anemia, which can be fatal if left untreated.
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The B12 in animal products comes from the soil that the animal consumed, making it part of their bodies, which is then consumed by people who eat their flesh. However, pesticides prevent essential bacteria from producing B12. In fact, 90% of B12 supplements produced in the word are fed to livestock on factory farms.Vegans can find a reliable source of B12 in fortified nutritional yeast, fortified plant-based milks, and dietary supplements. Some claim that B12 is available in organic fruits and vegetables grown in rich soils. However, this is such a tiny amount of B12, you’re honestly better off just eating the dirt from the ground.
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Most people only require 2.5 micrograms of B12 per day. The less frequently you consume B12, the higher the total amount needs to be to give the desired absorbed amount. Studies show there are no negative side effects of taking too much B12. HOWEVER, absorption decreases drastically when the capacity of Intrinsic Factor is exceeded at 1–2 mcg of vitamin B12.
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The argument over veganism not being “natural” is particularly ironic now that animals have to take B12 supplements. Not only is it harder to absorb B12 in farmed animal flesh, but they heighten risk of developing cancer and heart disease. It's safer to skip animals products and get our B12 from Methylcobalamin supplements. Veganism really is the future and no dementia for you! #VegansofIG
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vegansofig Al Gore, Former Vice President of the United States has adopted a vegan diet! #VegansofIG 2y
  •   ianhicks_27 I love chicken and beef and pork and turkey and ham and bacon and sausage 9mon
  •   bryni @ianhicks_33 sad little man. 8mon
  •   ianhicks_27 @bryni lol 8mon
  •   sono_la_vita @ianhicks_33 enjoy the heart disease and colon cancer as well! 3mon
  •   ianhicks_27 @sono_la_vita I sure will enjoy 3mon
  •   totalvegan He would have been president but I believe corporations were scared he'd do this while in office and effect their bottom line by taking away the infrastructure of destruction and high priced salvation in place today. If all u hear is blah blah blah stop drinking the fluoride. 3mon
  •   gofruityourself.vegan He's an idiot but at least vegan that's number one on the list of things that are good about him 3min

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vegansofig Many commonly eaten plant based foods are high in iron. In fact, some of the top iron sources are vegan. So why are vegan and vegetarian diets dismissed by disapproving omnivores as “anemic?” Not understanding the science behind nutrition is what leads to common misconceptions in plant based diets. So let’s set things straight:
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Iron is an essential nutrient because it helps red blood cells deliver oxygen to the body. However, taking too much iron can result in iron overload. Excess iron can lead to a number of complications, so it's important to keep track of your intake.
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There are two types of iron:
Heme iron, which is found in animals (meat, poultry, and fish)
Non-heme iron, which is from plants.
Heme iron is better absorbed than non-heme iron. However, it is easier to overload on heme iron than non-heme iron. Interestingly enough, vegans and vegetarians are no more likely to become anemic than an omnivore. There’s also evidence that shows that low-normal iron (which is what vegans and vegetarians store) are actually beneficial and lower rates of heart disease and cancer.
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Now that we know vegan iron is non-heme iron, it’s just as (if not more) important to focus on iron absorption than to just eat a lot of iron rich foods.
Here are some tips:

Combine Vegan (non-heme) iron foods with foods rich in Vitamin C. Even better is to eat foods that are rich in both iron and Vitamin C like leafy greens, broccoli, and tomato sauce.
Avoid hefty meals and eat smaller amounts throughout the day to maximize absorption.
Avoid absorption inhibitors like coffee and tea 1-2 hours before and/or after a meal.
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Sadly, spinach which is very high in iron, also contains oxalates that block absorption. That is why it spinach did not make this list. Regardless, Popeye The Sailor Man is still a badass. #VegansofIG
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vegansofig One of the more disturbing cases of #Greenwashing belongs to Dawn Soap. They claim that “Dawn Saves Wildlife” by donating soap and funding to clean up animals after oil spills. Instead of truly saving animals, they’re using the photos of cute animals to sell dish soap. However, in order to ACTUALLY donate to the animals, you have to register the soap you bought on their website along with giving over your personal information. Here’s the real kicker: Dawn contains an antibacterial agent called Triclosan which was recently declared as “TOXIC to aquatic life and birds.” Many environmental groups have called for Triclosan to be banned. Not surprising seeing as Dawn is owned by animal testing giant, Procter and Gamble.
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Sneakier cases of greenwashing can be found on totally un-natural products claiming to be "100% natural." The FDA restricts the term "natural" to products that contain no artificial or synthetic substances, such as color additives and flavors. But FDA allows the "natural" label on products containing GMOs, or genetically engineered ingredients, such as soft drinks sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, which is made from genetically engineered corn.
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General Mills (which owns Natural Valley) recently had a class action law suit brought against them for advertising their GMO-licious bars as “100% Natural” when they’re anything but. Unfortunately, that lawsuit was dismissed, but many other lawsuits going after similar deceptive advertising have succeeded. This has turned out to be quite costly for big food corporations like General Mills and Conagra, and we can thank the GMO awareness movement for that. Unfortunately, this has not stopped General Mills from greenwashing. They’ve started to shift away from generic “natural” labeling, but now their bars claim to be made with “100% Natural Whole Grain Oats.” Which just so happens to be the only ingredient not genetically modified. #VegansofIG
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vegansofig Proteins are huge molecules made up of smaller molecules called amino acids. There are 20 different amino acids available to us. Eight of these amino acids are considered essential, meaning you have to get them in your diet (or from a supplement) because your body can’t manufacture them. In general, it is better to get your nutrients from your diet, than a pill.
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All plants contain amino acids. The only difference is that some have a lower percentage of amino acids in comparison to the rest of the parts of the plant.
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The term “complete protein” refers to foods that have all nine essential amino acids present in the correct proportion for our bodies to build protein with. The term “incomplete protein” refers to foods which have all the essential amino acids, but are simply low in one or more of them. This is called the “limiting amino acid”. While it’s true that most whole plant foods have one or more limiting amino acids and are thus “incomplete” — this shouldn’t send you running for a steak.
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Our bodies are brilliant, and every food that goes into your system must be broken apart and its nutrients absorbed. During the digestion process, amino acid chains from all sources are broken down and made ready for our bodies to use. If you’re eating a good mix of fruits, veggies, grains and legumes, then your body simply collects what it needs from the “amino soup” that your digestion system has absorbed.
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Another bonus: Plant-based foods are free from cholesterol and tend to be high in fiber.
________________________ *Please note, the foods pictured above are only a sample of the variety of plant based protein sources available. #VegansofIG
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vegansofig Thank you to everyone that came out to the 11/16 #VegansofIGmeetup in Phoenix! And three cheers to my Arizona co-host @fecaled.
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I did learn a very important lesson: NEVER plan an event near the campus of a notorious party school... during football season...on the same night as a home game...Holy shiitake mushrooms. We had to change locations at the very last minute, but it somehow all ended up working out!
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We had a great time hanging out at the Mellow Marshmallow munching on vegan pizza and beer. All the craziness aside, Arizona vegans are awesome. I really enjoyed meeting everyone.
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All of the event photos have been posted on our Facebook + Meetup.com pages. Here are all of the Instagramers that signed in:

@labellenuage
@fecaled
@veganmark
@raqueliiita
@apriloneil
@thisveganlife
@heyorge
@ihatecassandraleann
@yoginibk
@24carrots
@xplicit_rage
@skalady21
@calebstrykr
@marilynmenascott
@plantmurderonly
@veganheathen666
@krystalmath
AND... Tim, Rita, Maria, and Eddie.
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With the holidays coming up, all future meetups will be in 2014. I might do an NYE event in LA, but that's still up in the air. I'll keep you posted! Happy holidays. ~Amy #VegansofIG
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