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This Valentine’s Day, show some serious love to animals! Pledge to go vegetarian – or eat way less meat! Drop the fur – forever! Bannish wool from your closet! Fight for ALL animals (even the ones you don’t think are cute)!💙

From PETA.ORG. Some sweet – and arresting – images. – R.T.









Worcester news you can use!








For nearly 100 years, Worcester was the center of the commercial Valentine industry in the United States.

Join the WORCESTER HISTORICAL MUSEUM for a Valentine making workshop at 30 Elm St. on Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11 and make your own Worcester-inspired card in the tradition of Esther Howland, Jotham Taft or George C. Whitney.

This program is for Valentine lovers of all ages and is FREE with museum admission.

We will provide everything but the stamp!

This program runs from 11 AM – 3 PM.

And …
Winners of the 39th Annual “Be Our Valentine” Contest Award Ceremony

At the museum …

Friday, February 10 at 4 PM

Students in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 celebrated Worcester’s historic role by creating 21st century Valentine greetings. The winners of our 2017 Valentine making competition will be awarded in this yearly celebration of creativity, history and fun!

All of the entries, representing 18 of Worcester’s schools, will be on exhibit at the Worcester Historical Museum through February 28!

photos: WHM

Tired of being a fatty?

Sick of feeling helpless in the face of global warming? Need a new wardrobe? Love animals and want to see them respected – not abused?


– R.T.



It’s a new year, and that means New Year’s resolutions may be on your mind. Perhaps you’ve decided to drop a few pounds to fit back into those favorite jeans that are hiding in the back of your closet, or maybe you’d like to do your part to save the planet. No matter what your goals are, follow through this year by going vegan, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier, happier 2016!

You won’t believe how easy it is.

You can accomplish all of the following New Year’s resolutions simultaneously—just by going vegan:

1. Be More Adventurous


If you’re bored with your daily routine and eating the same foods, there’s a whole new world of vegan food for you to explore. Seitan, tempeh, and tofu can all be prepared in a number of delicious ways.

2. Be Kinder


What could be more kind than saving animals? This new year, give up animal flesh and other animal-derived foods and switch to a compassionate plant-based diet.

3. Lose Weight

Following a vegan diet that’s full of fruits and veggies has helped many people lose weight. Of course, tons of junk food options are vegan, too, so be sure to steer clear of processed foods if you really want to kick your weight loss to the next level!

4. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint


A staggering 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, according to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute.

While biking to work is a great way to cut down on emissions, nothing compares to the impact you’ll make when you go vegan.

5. Save Water

While skipping showers is one way to conserve water, the very best way is by going vegan. More than half of the water used in the United States today goes to animal agriculture, and since farmed animals produce 130 times more excrement than the human population, the run-off from farm waste is fouling our waterways.

6. Be Healthier

Vegans are approximately one-ninth as likely to be obese as meat-eaters and have a cancer rate that is only 40 percent that of meat-eaters. People who consume animal-derived foods are also at increased risk for many other illnesses, including strokes, obesity, osteoporosis, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, multiple allergies, diabetes, and food poisoning. Learn more about the health benefits of vegetarian eating.

7. Reduce Your Cholesterol

Did you know that cholesterol is only found in animal-derived foods? For a healthier 2016, go vegan to cut out all cholesterol from your diet.

8. Update Your Wardrobe

Being vegan isn’t just about food choices—animals suffer and are killed for fur, leather, and wool. If your New Year’s resolution is to update your wardrobe, be sure to make compassionate choices like buying fashionable vegan leather and other synthetic options.

9. Donate to Charity

Consider donating old fur items to the homeless to help keep them warm this winter.

10. Save Money

Not only does eating veggies keep you healthier, it also helps you save money! Compared to the prices of animal flesh, plant-based staples—like beans, rice, pasta, and tofu—are much cheaper than meat.

11. Travel More

Put aside any savings you have from not purchasing meat or expensive animal skins, and use the money for a trip to a place you’ve always wanted to explore.

If any of these New Year’s resolutions are on your list, make sure you follow through with them by going vegan—you’ll accomplish your goals and so much more!

Pledge to go vegan!

France is salad-smitten!

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Chef Joey is in France practically marinated in salad dressing. The French say: Salades? Oui, oui!!!!! When in Rome …

Text, photos and recipe by Chef Joey

Well, you’ve seen my photographs. Salads are the way to go for greens, protein and health, here in France.

The “Salade Payisanne” with the fried egg is a great example of marrying delicious items – all with the same dressing  – the one I gave you in last week’s issue of InCity Times.

Salade Payisanne

The “Salade Nicoise” recipe is the same – it incorporates  green beans, potato, eggs, olives, tuna and, of course, anchovies. I know many of you out there would just as soon skip the anchovies part, but they are VERY nutritious!


Salade Niçoise

To make Salad Nicoise (pictured here), you’ll need:

1 lb fresh tuna or 4-6 oz tuna steaks (for a fancy version)

or 2 cans Solid White Tuna drained

8 small new potatoes boiled and sliced or 4 larger potatoes boiled and sliced

4 plum tomatoes, roughly chopped

¼ pound extra fine green beans, topped, cooked and drained (canned works well)

1 head Boston lettuce cleaned and  broken apart (mescalun greens work, too)

1 red onion, finely sliced (optional if you don’t like raw onion)

4 eggs, cooked for 6 minutes in boiling water from room temperature, halved

6 anchovy fillets cut lengthwise into thin strips (Another option! I LOVE them!)

16 pitted black olives – calamata work great!

Fresh basil leaves – about a handful … ripped for the dressing

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

2 T3 tbsp aged red wine vinegar

2 tbsp Dijon mustard

2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley

2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped

1 tsp salt and ground black pepper each

To make the dressing whisk together the red wine vinegar, mustard, olive oil, parsley , garlic, salt and pepper. 

Build the salad by laying the lettuce leaves onto a large plate and add the lettuce, onion, tomatoes, potato-top with tuna, green beans and anchovies.

Drizzle with dressing.

If you use fresh tuna, place the tuna in a shallow dish and pour part of the dressing. Cover and chill for 1-2 hours to allow the fish to marinate.

Toss in the marinade from time to time.

Heat a ridged griddle pan on the hob or a hot barbecue for 5 minutes.

Remove the tuna from the marinade. Cook the tuna steaks for 2-3 minutes on each side, depending on how rare you like your fish.