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Zach’s Top 10 Stories of 2013

2014 will be here in just a few days. It's a perfect time to look back at 2013. As a writer, it's always fun to look back at previous stories and see which ones were the most successful. So, that's what I did. I compiled a list of the top stories I wrote in 2013. The list is based on the page views and Facebook "likes" the stories received. Enjoy!

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Jumpin' Zach Flash, Oldiez 96.1
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Perfect Christmas Gifts for a Vegan

Shopping for a vegan can be tough. A vegan doesn't eat milk chocolate. A vegan doesn't wear leather or wool. A vegan doesn't drink eggnog. So, what do you get that vegan on your shopping list this holiday season? Here are a few ideas.

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Jumpin' Zach Flash, Oldiez 96.1
Jumpin' Zach Flash, Oldiez 96.1
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Being Vegan at the New York State Fair [PHOTOS]

It's fair time. Yes, the Great New York State Fair is in full swing. And for many people, the highlight of the annual fair is the food. There's a lot of meat, a lot of dairy products and tons of deep fried anything you can imagine. What is a vegan to do? Where can a person who doesn't eat meat or dairy products have a meal? Well, I found a few places. 

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Vegan Recipes for the First Day of Summer

Friday, June 21 marks the first official day of summer this year. And, with the official summer season fast approaching, summertime delicacies will soon be seen--meaning, a lot of food on the grill. Hamburgers, hot dogs and steaks, oh my. What's a vegan to do at a picnic where the main food group is meat? Salads. Many, many different kinds of salads. And, no, I'm not talking about the traditional lettuce salad. I'm talking about bean salads, cucumber salads and tomato salads--just to name a few. Today, I'd like to share with you a few vegan salads you can bring to that First Day of Summer picnic.

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It’s National Salad Month

May is a very busy month. It's National Photography Month, Grapefruit and Kiwi Month, National Bike Month and National Salsa Month--just to name a few. And, if you're a vegan or vegetarian, or someone who just likes to stay healthy, there is another "holiday" to add to the month of May. This month is National Salad Month.

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Vegan Food from Around the World – Culture Fest: A Festival of Nations

Finding food in America that is 100 percent vegan can be a bit of a challenge. There's a lot of looking at labels to make sure there is no hidden dairy, meat, eggs or fish in the food. I've been a vegan for well over 5 years, so, I have become somewhat of an expert at finding food that is vegan. In some places around the world, people eat an almost fully vegetarian diet. And, it's this food from these places around the world that don't eat meat that tends to be my favorite.

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Vegan Recipes For St. Patrick’s Day–Our Tasty Treats For St. Patty’s Day 2013

Valentine's Day is over, and that means St. Patrick's Day is almost knocking on the door. What do you do for St. Patrick's Day? Have a party? Eat traditional Irish food? Wear your favorite green shirt? All of the above? Today, I'd like to focus on the food many people eat on St. Patrick's Day. There's corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread and different kinds of stews. What is a vegan to do on this holiday? What's a person to eat when he or she does not eat meat, dairy or eggs? Don't worry. Your Oldiez 96.1 Vegan is here to help with a few great meatless St. Patrick's Day recipes.

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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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Jumpin' Zach Flash, Oldiez 96.1
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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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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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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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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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