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01-30-2016 06:31 AM
xXFiyaTheOneAndOnlyXx I'm in northern VA :3 about an hour away from DC if traffic is good. I ship at MOM's organic market ^_^ I'm a full vegan!
04-12-2014 07:31 PM

I live close to Richmond. I do most of my vegetarian food shopping at Trader Joe's, Food Lion, Farm Fresh and local vegetable markets. All the places I shop for my food are very well stocked with various vegetarian options.

04-08-2014 01:12 PM

I live about half an hour north of Richmond. I love all the awesome vegan restaurants and I could spend all day at Whole Foods or Trader Joe's in Short Pump. 

04-07-2014 02:42 PM
Live to ride

B    Live to Ride


Not to puter savvy but struggling to get by.

I have been checking to see any messages, Its the only way I know to respond.

Doing well a little wet today.

Staying  Vegan and meals are getting better

Thanks for all your help

Have a beautiful day.


01-11-2014 06:51 AM

Very old thread but I'd love to post that I am from Virginia Beach! :)

08-30-2013 02:08 PM
aemdis I teach 8th - 12th grade... And this is my 6th year... I really like it overall, but don't ask me that on a bad day lol
08-30-2013 12:01 PM

What age or grade level do you teach, and how long have you been in the field?  I taught classroom science for 7 or 8 years but that was a few years ago.  I loved the classroom dynamics (most days) and found dealing with some of (not all) parents the most challenging.  But I felt it was rewarding work that made a difference.

08-29-2013 04:07 PM

I hope so.  I live far enough away for it to be a pain, but close enough to be able to go once a week or every two weeks to get good quality foods an things.


I dont think you were overreacting, I think its okay to have a strong personal passionate response to something.  I know I can be pretty apathetic and I dont think thats a good thing.  I am taking a stand on this and becoming a vegan for the non violence and environmental reasons, but I am also doing it for my health.  


and thank you, I hope my students take it easy on me this year :) haha

08-29-2013 07:26 AM

Aemdis-  You are in a college town so I am sure you will meet some vegetarians/vegans soon.  I live in Fairfax County and have been eaten a plant-based diet for 7-years counting

the times I've fallen- (dived headlong-) off the bandwagon for dessert.


I quit meat cold turkey (ooh, sorry.  that really wasn't intended) when I learned that the USDA or FDA (can't remember which) had approved cloned beef  to go to market.

They were not originally planning to label the meat, but public outcry caused them to reconsider.  I read an article in Wired Magazine about that time that indicated some unscrupulous farmers had already sold the meat as "the real, non-cloned thing".  None-the-less, in a protest of one (or two if you include my son) I refused to knowingly

consume cloned meat.


When I learned 6 months later that farmers would be labeling the cloned meat, I felt I had overreacted. But by then I didn't want to lose the health benefits I'd gained by becoming vegan. 


And actually, I spent another year learning that things like gelatin (ground hooves), honey, casein (milk protein to melt cheese) and other once-obscure ingredients are not vegan.

So even though I originally considered myself quitting animal products cold-turkey, it was actually a gradual transition for me too.


I hope you enjoy your school year with the students, and derive all the rewards that come from the care-giving profession of education.  Good luck!

08-28-2013 01:36 PM

Hello... I feel obligated to reply since I too, am a Virginian... 


I'm from Giles County... which is near(ish) to Virginia Tech.


I have been a vegetarian for about 6 months and working on a transition to veganism.  I don't know anyone else doing this and most people look at me like I am crazy.  I try not to get preachy, I know most people are set in their ways and afraid of change.  So, I dont push the topic.  Does make me feel weird when I go somewhere with other people.


I'm a teacher and I live alone with my kitty cat and I read a lot, obsess too much about tv shows and movies. Anyhow, nice to meet you all :)

03-08-2013 02:25 PM
Big Foot Marty

Hey gang,


I live in Charlottesville.


Been Vegan for a few years- was dairy free for 2 years and was a Carnivorous for years before that- football player and athlete.  Now athletic but vegan and often raw as I look at 50 soon

01-23-2013 10:06 AM

Poppy, yes on West Grace across from the old Nanci Raygun and the near the old Ukrops. Cool I will go whenever I am in town again. I love that place! Thanks.

01-22-2013 08:07 PM
Poppy Panda Veg - is that the restaurant on Grace? I'm pretty sure it's still open. smiley.gif
01-22-2013 07:21 PM

Hey everyone just checking in...I now live in Chester and I hate it here since it is so far away from Richmond and all of the cool things there. I miss Tan-A, Ellwood Thompson's, Giovanni's, Maymont, Hanover Vegetables, Gelati Celasti (their pumpkin gingersnap ice cream is the bomb), the Science Museum...all of the different restaurants...Mediterranean Deli, Panda Veg, Thai Diner, Hobby Lobby, safe midnight Wal*mart runs to Short Pump...Anyone from the area that knows anywhere good to eat over here besides Chipotle, The Olive Garden and Sheetz? The pho place over here sucks (Asian Bistro and Pho). I am lacto-ovo. BTW is Panda Veg still open in Richmond???

08-20-2012 08:10 PM

Im in Virginia Beach

03-13-2012 09:37 PM
MomNva I know this thread is "old" but I am in Virginia Beach
12-14-2011 01:38 AM
bn4now It has been a long time since I looked at this thread. It would be great to get around more and even meet more local veggie people. I have an unusual schedule and this past year has been rather bizzare for me. As I said in my previous post from long ago, I am on the east side of Richmond. Some local places I like are Ellwood Thompsons, Maymont park, Bryan park, trader Joes althought I think I've only been there once so far, Barnes and Noble near Va center commons, also I used to check out Wicked Wolf and the Aquarian book stores.

I play guitar but have not been playing out much the past few years. I just don't care for bars and partying all the time. I been lacto veggie since 1998 and I basically just want a good fairly simply life, if thats possible.

06-17-2011 05:01 PM
vegbee Seeing as this thread is so old I don't know that anyone is still actively checking this one out.... but..... I'm BB, 22, Richmond, Va my whole life. I haven't met or made any vegan friends, my closest friend is vegetarian and I love her to death. If anyone knows of anything fun in Richmond let me know! Bars and clubs aren't my thing and I am sick of the type of people you meet in these places... I want to meat real people.
03-14-2010 03:39 PM
leopardgirl314 Hi, everyone! I'm fairly new to the vegetarian thing, so I don't know how much I'll be able to contribute, haha. I gave up meat for Lent, and I'm considering continuing after Lent is over.

I'm a 20 year old Virginia Beach girl. However, I'm also a junior at Virginia Tech, so I also consider Blacksburg my home
02-27-2010 09:13 PM
auroraglare Bump!!

Hey everyone! I live in Northern Virginia, in Vienna and Tyson's Corner area. Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant is my favorite!! Makes me drool just thinking about it! Also I love Amma Vegetarian Kitchen which is all Indian food, but its soo good.

I go to school in Norfolk, so I'd love to know if there are any vegetarian restaurants close by. Thanks!
09-01-2009 08:03 AM
Poppy Midwestgal - I'm so sorry I didn't repond to your post - August was incredibly busy for me, as my son got married 8/22!

I haven't been to Panda Veg, but have been to that wonderful mostly vegetarian restaurant across the street, Ipanema Cafe. And I love Ellwood Thompson. I understand they're doing "meatless Mondays" in the deli area now! I honestly didn't know that Cafe Gutenberg had vegan options - that's a new one for me. I'll have to go soon. Have you been to The Nile - Ethiopian food?

Anyway I wanted to post in this thread to see if any folks would be interested in getting together for the world-wide VB meet-up on 11/1?!?
08-06-2009 09:59 AM
Midwestgal Hey Poppy. I'm sure you've tried out these restaurants, but I'll explain them in case someone else wants to try them out. Panda Veg is my favorite so far. If you haven't tried it out, it's your typical tiny and greasy Chinese-American restaurant, except it's completely vegan. I spoke with the owner one time and apparently they make mock-meats from scratch using noodles, mushrooms, soy, etc depending on the "meat" in question. Anyone planning a first time visit should check out their dinner buffet. It runs from 5-10 on the weekends and offers a wide range of dishes.

Other people have mentioned Ellwood's grocery story, but their coffee shop across the parking lot has a nice veg*n selection including vegan cream cheese, desserts, and yogurts.

However, the tastiest food I've had is brunch at Cafe Gutenberg. It's a little pricey, but my boyfriend and I had the vegan corn cakes and biscuits with "sausage" gravy. It was so delicious. They also have vegan waffles, pancakes, and other brunch classics.

What about you? What places do need to try out?
08-06-2009 09:06 AM
Originally Posted by Midwestgal View Post

Hi. I'm Midwestgal and, despite my name, I've just moved to Richmond. I'm a lacto-ovo vegetarian, but if I stay in Richmond much longer I'll have no excuse for not being vegan. I've never seen so many vegan friendly restaurants in my life. Throw in the amazing James River Park system and you've got an incredible city.

Hi! I'm in Chesterfield County. It's cool that you like our city so far! What restaruants have you tried?
08-06-2009 07:15 AM
Midwestgal Hi. I'm Midwestgal and, despite my name, I've just moved to Richmond. I'm a lacto-ovo vegetarian, but if I stay in Richmond much longer I'll have no excuse for not being vegan. I've never seen so many vegan friendly restaurants in my life. Throw in the amazing James River Park system and you've got an incredible city.
07-30-2009 07:41 PM
randa.why Hi! Randa.why I live in Chesapeake, Va and I've been a vegetarian for 1 month. and I have to say, I feel ALOT better! With everything.... like I'm helping everyone by not eating meat.
07-30-2009 07:40 PM
randa.why Hi! Randa.why I live in Chesapeake, Va and I've been a vegetarian for 1 month. and I have to say, I feel ALOT better!
05-08-2009 06:51 AM
jupiterinka Well, I'm definitely interested in expanding my circle if I'm welcome.

Yes, I'm adventurous and willing to try the sushi as long as it does have some flavor other than plain rice. Ooops...I know I'm demonstrating my ignorance again. I'm allergic to seaweed, but I don't know if that means I can't eat it. Maybe I just can't swim in it. Ha! Ha! No idea actually.

I'm shocked about the wine. Don't worry about telling me about what's in something. I'd rather know than be ignorant, even if I don't like it. Sometimes, I just don't get why animal products are used when things can be just as good (if not better) without it. It's infuriating!!!!!! I'm so frustrated about the shoes, too. I'm really picky in my style. I checked out some of the vegan shoe sites online and I found a few cute pairs, but my size was out of stock...of course!! I just ordered new boots, too. The website said they're from man made materials, but I'm not sure if they are completely! I suppose that at this point I'm technically a "strict vegetarian," (I think) but I want to be vegan. I'm working on it.

Are you going to check out the new Trader Joe's? I'd like to try to make it there this weekend since they might be doing something cool for the grand opening, but our weekend looks pretty packed already. I guess a lot depends on the weather. If it's nice we want to go to the beach. You're so lucky you can walk there from your place! How cool is that!!!! I definitely know what you mean about parking. On the weekends in the summer, the parking ramps are expensive and often full!
05-07-2009 06:31 PM
Beachbnny I got your PM and will respond to that too later.

I can definitely use new friends but I also come with a package of great people. My friends are awesome and very welcoming if you ever want to expand your circle.

I may have given off the vegan aura only because I dig the vegan scene and have high respect for vegans. I'm just... not right now. And my Husband is a meatasaurus. I think I mentioned that. But that's neither here nor there

You've never had sushi?!?!?! Oh what a wonderful world awaits you, lol. It is just rice and seaweed but it's also so much more. And tasty. And heavenly. And really scary if you've never been. If you're an adventurous eater, it's fantastic vegan fare. As for the wine thing- some (well, a lot, sadly) are made with isinglass to clarify the wine. Isinglass is fish bladder. I know. Not cool. These are things I can't un-know and if you ever want me to not say something, just tell me. For shoes and makeup and all that odd stuff, I'm your girl. And Trader Joe's. I got that stuff down pat. I fail a lot but I do know what I should do. If that makes sense.

The oceanfront is great to live by. I'm not ON the beach but I can walk there which is great. I can also show you good spots for parking. That can be really tough in the summer and it's only going to get mega worse. Gotta love tourist season! Which, unfortunately, does not mean we can shoot them.
05-07-2009 07:52 AM
jupiterinka The Oceanfront would be an amazing place to live! Don't get me wrong, I like where we live, but we enjoy going to the beach and it can be a hassle trying to go over there and find parking and everything. Anyway, we're really looking forward to going to the beach...if the weather ever gets nicer!!!!

I've never had sushi (or been to TJ's). Isn't it just like rice and seaweed and stuff? Please excuse my ignorance. I had always thought it was fish, but I heard that's not true. I guess that's what I'll have to research next. Anyway, I'm not sure if I'd like it or not, but I'm willing to try different things. Why in the world are all wines not vegan????

I'm sorry!!!!! I don't know why I was under the impression that you're vegan. Ooops! My bad. No big deal though, I was omni for years and my family still is, so I can't judge. That's funny--I personally have a harder time with the consumer items at this point. Food I'm doing great with (I think). So, I could definitely use some pointers. I must admit I still have old items that I want to phase out from my pre-vegan days. I hope I can still call myself vegan?!!!! I just don't know where to find certain things like household cleaners and make-up and SHOES!!!!!! I don't want to have to buy everything online.

Anyway, we'll definitely have to hang out. I can always use new friends.
05-07-2009 06:09 AM
Beachbnny It would be super cool to hang out one weekend even just for lunch or something. I hear ya about time. I'm pretty limited in that area too. Full time job + 2 volunteer obligations and a Husband makes me a busy girl.

I'm down at the oceanfront but can go anywhere. Towne Center is great and has a nice sushi place but not much else in terms of vegan related places. Do you like sushi? I have a sushi guy at the beach who's really fun. Sonoma at TC is a cute little wine bar and has some vegan wines. Oh and California Pizza Kitchen is The Yum and has veganizable options. But again, my expertise is the beach.

Just to be upfront, I'm not vegan. I'm vegetarian. I was vegan for a few years and know my stuff though. I buy vegan products and oddly, find the consumer side a lot easier than the food side. I do ok but don't call myself vegan for obvious reasons. Just so that's out there. Goodness that just felt like some awful confession.

I'll PM you my # and we can set up whatever works for you. I'm excited and think we'll have fun. Have you ever been to a TJ's? We could do that and maybe sushi for lunch. Or ULTA. Makeup is always fun. Either way I'd be thrilled to hang out.
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