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Jumpin' Zach Flash

Be sure to join me, Jumpin’ Zach Flash, for Central New York’s Greatest Hits every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here are some things you may not know about me. My favorite musician is John Lennon (this explains my round glasses—it's NOT because I am a Harry Potter fan). My favorite John Lennon song has to be “Give Peace a Chance.” My favorite Beatles songs are “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Come Together.” My hobby is photography, and you can see a lot of my work right here on this website—search “Zach’s Weekly Snaps” to check out my photos.
Jumpin' Zach Flash, Oldiez 96.1
Jumpin' Zach Flash, Oldiez 96.1
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Something All Food Labels Should Have

If you're someone who has a special dietary need, you know how difficult it is finding the right food. There's gluten free, vegan, dairy free, low sodium, low fat, soy free and wheat free--to name a few. I'm vegan. That means I don't eat meat, dairy products, eggs or fish. So, when I go to the grocery store, I look at almost every food label for the ingredients before I buy it. Anyone with a special diet knows just how frustrating that can be. However, there are a few food companies that are making it easier.

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Jumpin' Zach Flash, Oldiez 96.1
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DIY Exercise Ball Office Chair

Whether you call it an exercise ball, a fitness ball, a yoga ball or a balance ball, we have all seen it at the gym. People exercise and stretch on it. But, how many people do you know use an exercise ball as an office chair? An exercise ball office chair not only helps your posture, but it has the capability of strengthening your core muscles, all while sitting. Thanks to some help from the Internet, I was able to build my own exercise ball office chair for around $25.

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Flickr.com, Creative Commons, christine592
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Will Utica Soon See a Wegmans?

It is no secret that I love Wegmans. Being a vegan and having special dietary needs, Wegmans has everything. Wegmans even made my list of the top places in Syracuse to get a vegan meal. The only unfortunate thing is that the closest Wegmans to the Utica area is 45 minutes away in Syracuse. So, out of curiosity, I decided to email Wegmans and ask if the grocery store would ever come to Utica. And, I got a response.

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Top Vegan Super Bowl Treats

The Super Bowl is fast approaching, and that means Super Bowl parties are going to popping up all over. The main food at a Super Bowl party consists of some sort of cheese dip, meat, pizza, chicken wings and a lot of other junk food. So, what is a vegan to do at a Super Bowl party? Easy--bring a dish to share. And, the best dish to bring to any football party is a dip of some sort. Here are a few of my favorite vegan dips that are sure to be the perfect addition to any Super Bowl party.

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How to Make the Perfect Vegan Valentine’s Dinner

February is almost here. And, that not only means we are one more step closer to spring, it also means Valentine's Day is fast approaching. It's that time of the year when you scramble to get your sweetheart the perfect gift and figure out what to make for that splendid candlelit dinner. Now, I can't help you with the gift part of things, but I can help you with an idea on what to make for a delicious dinner on Valentine's Day. The dish I have in mind is extremely easy to make and it tastes great, too. Oh, and it's vegan!

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Brendan Hoffman, Getty Images for Girl Behind the Camera
Brendan Hoffman, Getty Images for Girl Behind the Camera
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Places to Get a Vegan Meal in Syracuse–Zach’s Favorites

Many of us who live in Utica have found ourselves taking the 45 minutes drive to Syracuse from time to time--whether it be for shopping, food or visiting friends and family. I find myself driving out to Syracuse at least four to five times a month. What do I do when I go out there? I mainly go for shopping (at Wegmans) and for the many vegan-friendly restaurants out there. In fact, Syracuse ranked fifth as the most vegan-friendly city in North America in 2010. A few weeks ago, I brought you my favorite places to get a vegan meal in Utica. Today, I would like to share with you my favorite places to get a meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free meal in Syracuse.

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Brendan Hoffman, Getty Images for Girl Behind the Camera
Brendan Hoffman, Getty Images for Girl Behind the Camera
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Places to Get a Vegan Meal in Utica–Zach’s Favorites

Utica has a population of about 62,000. And out of those people, there are a few of us who are vegan. Although Utica is a somewhat small city, there are some great places to go to get a vegan or vegetarian meal. I should mention that the places on the list do have meat options as well as vegan options. Today, I would like to share with you my list of favorite vegan-friendly restaurants in Utica.

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Cate Gillon, Getty Images
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Delicious Vegan Beverages for the Holidays

Last week, I shared with you a few of my favorite vegan dessert recipes. And, while you're diving into those vegan sweet treats, you might need something to wash them down with. But, vegans don't drink cow's milk. So what are we to do? No worries. Here are a few vegan beverages to quench your holiday thirst. Here's our top Vegan drinks for the holidays. 

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Top Vegan Desserts for the Holidays- Zach’s Favorites

The holidays are a time for family, fun, and of course, food. And, the best kind of food, other than the main course, is dessert. Whether it's sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies or pie and cake, desserts are a staple at a dinner table during the holidays. So, what about those vegan out there? (A vegan is a person who does not eat meat, fish, dairy, eggs or honey.) What do vegans eat for dessert around the holidays? I have been vegan for about six years. I have been through many, many holidays where I could not eat the desserts on the table. So, I found some recipes for vegan treats and started bringing those to the festivities. Today, I would like to share a few of my favorite vegan desserts for the holidays.

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Miguel Villagran, Getty Images
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The Easiest Way to Peel Kiwifruit [VIDEO]

Kiwifruit is delicious. However, kiwifruit can be pretty difficult to peel, right? Well, today is your lucky day because I have found a video showing such an easy way to peel these things. I was pretty amazed by it. On a side note, some of you may be thinking, "Why is he calling it a kiwifruit?" I did a little bit of research and "kiwifruit" is a pretty common spelling. Also, if you just say "kiwi," it could be the kiwi bird in New Zealand or the fruit. Anyway, in addition to finding a very easy way to peel kiwifruit, I found some pretty cool facts about the fruit.

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The Traveling Penguin [VIDEO]

Although this originally aired a while ago, it's the first time I have seen it. This video is about a penguin named Lala who lives in Japan. Lala likes to travel the town wearing a backpack. The penguin visits local shops to get some fish while traveling around. Then, after a long day, Lala comes back home to a special room outfitted with a powerful air conditioner. Whether you have seen the video before, or you're like me and this is your first viewing, it is defiantly worth watching.

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