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How "veggie" is your 'hood? Go on, make me jealous!<br><br><br><br>
My stupid little college/hick town get's a B-minus for restaurants. There are a couple of places on the main stip that are veg-friendly but they're both a bit expensive and not big on variety. There's a pizza place to rival any urban pizza shop I've ever had which seems a bit out of place in this topic but they really make some good spinach/tomato/ricotta and muchroom/ricotta pies. There's a great Indian place that brings up the grade, but the lack of any decent chinese within 5 miles (although the chinese area is about 10 miles away) hurts the overall score.<br><br><br><br>
A big fat F for grocery stores. There's a decent one with a veg/organic section down the street and a Trader Joe's about 30 minutes away, but the co-op somehow both sucks AND blows.
 

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Oh, and plus, there is no campus or community group (besides the sorry co-op) around here. A good recycling program, for what it's worth, but that's trumped 10-fold by the omnipresent sight and smell of Dupont.
 

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i can't count the number of veggie restaurants in vancouver, b.c.<br><br><br><br>
unfortunately i live at least 30 minutes away from all of them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> the area i live in, i have two HFS's within 10 minutes (driving), but not one completely vegetarian restaurant.<br><br><br><br>
i do feel lucky that we have such a great transit system, though. i can just hop on a train and get into the big city to find my hearts desires.
 

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The Orlando area sucks pretty much when it comes to being veg-friendly. It sure makes me miss Gainesville, which was *very* veg*n friendly (a big university town, so that should be no surprise).<br><br>
There's only one 100% veg*n restaraunt in the area. A good handful of veg*n friendly ones though, even if the selections there are rather limited. There is a nice selection of HFSs though, ranging from a Whole Foods, a local chain (Chamberlins) and another local place which is super close by <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Many of the grocery stores around here are good about carrying at least a small, but decent, selection of the "weird" health food/veg*n stuff. There's several farmer's markets around, but I've never gotten a chance to go to any. None of them are very close by to where I'm at <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
I would probably give Orlando a C-/D+ in veg-friendliness. Gainesville would get a B.
 

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Wow, I have complained about my town...yet compared to Max's B-, mine likely gets an A-, or maybe even an A. I live in the Pacific Northwest, big ol' Portland ORegon. I think veggies have it pretty good hear. We have Trader Joes, Natures, Seasons, and a whole Foods downtown + a few co-ops. Overall, pretty good. Many veg. friendly restraunts, closest 8 mins away. ((Though, fat chance getting my dad and brother there!))<br><br><br><br>
I guess vegans usually have it tough, though compared to yours, Portland sounds like Haven. Good number of friendly restraunts, and the afore mentioned grocery stores. Theres even those Earth Save potlucks every other month!YAY. Even breakfast places with vegan corncakes and soymilk, well at least 1 restraunt I know of with those. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
However, if you ever get stuck going to Certain PLaces, IE Applebees, you are completely, screwed!* remind me never never to go back there again. My friends took me, I had no<br><br>
choice.<br><br>
*of course where there is a vegan you can make substituitons <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Portland, Oregan?!?!?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:"> I LOVE that place!!!!!! I want to move there soooooo bad but there are no grad schools out there with programs for me! That town gets a big fat A-triple-plus for coolness!!!!!<br><br><br><br>
And yes, screw Applebees. That's not even food, let alone vegan.
 

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I was going to give our town a 'C', but if Orlando has all of the stuff you listed and only gets a C-/D+ then my area must fail miserably! No vegetarian restaurants. Two small private health food stores. But we're still a decent town. Oh and I like Applebees.
 

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Oh yes, I get to represent Bmore once again. A big fat A plus for veggie and vegan food choices, health food stores and political rallies.<br><br><br><br>
my sister hometown of Gettysburg, PA gets a B, for having some good chinese restraunts and health food stores/ coops. C minor surprisingly for political stuff.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:"> Baltimore in tha hoooooooooooooouse! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:"><br><br><br><br>
Yeah, I'm an hour away from two great v-cities: Baltimore and Philly. Here in the middle, a void. It's like a suck-city-sandwich.
 

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AFAIK, Syracuse, NY has no 100% vegetarian restaurants but there are a few veg-friendly ethnic restaurants (Thai, Indian, Mexican, Middle Eastern). For shopping, there's a food co-op and two health food stores but I can't afford to shop there often. The best chain grocery store is Wegmans. All of their stores have a entire section devoted to organic and vegetarian foods. The have a good bulk section, too.
 

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Well, I live near Kingston-upon-Thames, which has a lovely vegetarian/vegan restaurant. And there's a health food store just round the corner from where I live. There are also two huge ones in Kingston town centre, which is cool.<br><br><br><br>
Back at my parents' house in Woking, there's a pub round the corner that has a great vegan menu - I'm quite well acquainted with their Tofu and Bok Choy stir fry.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:"> But there's only one really really crappy health food store <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
I'd give Kingston and surrounding areas a B+.. maybe stretching to an A-. Woking would get a C...<br><br><br><br>
 

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Greensboro gets a B. There are many vegan/vegetarian restaurants, tons of ethnic restaurants with vegan entrees, a great co-op and a major health food supermarket, many Asian grocers with veggie-friendly things, places around UNCG cater to vegans a lot...it's just that the veg*n community ain't so close...I know a few vegans, but only people who were my friends and then went vegan because of my influence.<br><br><br><br>
I'm biased, though, because I hate this place. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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i'll speak of my hometown brisbane ..... i'll give it a B i think. (compared to melbourne and sydney who i am sure would get A+'s)<br><br><br><br>
1. one 100% vegan restaurant (a bit expensive but it's all vegan and mostly organic).<br><br>
2. a pure veg cafe that is, i'd say, about 80% vegan with such specialities as sweet potato chips with soya mayonnaise (and sweet chilli sauce, my fave!) plus tofu ice-cream, vegan desserts and organic coffee.<br><br>
3. an awesome falafel place that sells soy milkshakes, soy drinks(plain or flavoured) in the fridge (not many places have that!) plus vegan desserts as well as the cheapest and yummiest falafel in town.<br><br>
4. a 100% organic restaurant (with an organic market on saturdays) that has a very detailed menu saying which items are vegan, veggie, gluten free etc ... with numerous flavours of soy ice cream on the dessert menu.<br><br>
5. a 100% organic sourdough bakery that sells "vegan pizza" (that is what they call it!) as well as soy milk in the fridge.<br><br>
there are other veggie restaurants out of the city area but i haven't been to them.<br><br><br><br>
there are alot of thai, mexican, indian, asian restaurants that have plenty of vegan choices too!<br><br>
we have china town where alot of vegan products can be found plus numerous asian grocery stores (and supermarkets).<br><br>
pretty much all restaurants (maybe except steakhouses) have a veggie section on the menu where most dishes can be done vegan.<br><br>
i would say that 95% of all cafe's have soy milk ..... even the cafe at the airport has soy milk <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
this kinda sucks but we have an asian restaurant (selling both meat and veg*an meals) in the city which cooks ALL it's meat and VEGGIE DISHES SEPERATELY. the owner is in fact vegetarian and all dishes can be done vegan (apart from one dish with egg noodles). when you ask for no egg, she even asks if you want garlic or onion or not.<br><br><br><br>
i am getting homesick thinking about all these places that i miss.<br><br>
the town where i am now in germany would get a D minus, cause the vegetarian restaurant (the only one) has no vegan choices and NO soy milk. but there is one iranian cafe that offers soy milk for coffee which is nice but you have to put up with those smoking water pipes (only tobacco) .... i don't know exactly what they are.<br><br>
some falafel here aren't vegan cause they add egg and some add yoghurt to their tahini sauce ..... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
ohhh and we stumbled across a restaurant with a huge sign above it saying 'VEGETARIAN and VEGAN" and when we went in to check out the menu, there was fish on it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsdown.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":down:"><br><br>
agghhhh<br><br><br><br>
anyway, i want V1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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I am spoiled:<br><br>
New York City= A+<br><br>
I sometimes complain and sometimes find better food eleswhere. But we must have well over 100 veg*n friendly or fully veg*n places to eat.<br><br>
Last night's dinner was at Angelika's Kitchen.<br><br>
Tonights will be from PoesÃ*a's kitchen.
 

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ObsidianZebra, I'm in the Orlando area as well. Do you mind if I ask whereabouts you are? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I live in an apartment complex on 436, close to Winter Park. You mentioned the Whole Foods market, which I frequent, so you must be pretty close. I like to go there and get a big salad and some of their delicious vegan soups. They also have some great smoothie drinks. You're right, Orlando could be a bit more vegetarian-friendly, though. I will say that there are a lot of restaurants with some great vegetarian options, though, especially many of the Chinese and Thai restaurants near my home. There is supposedly a Chinese restaurant called The Garden Cafe that serves only vegetarian food, but I haven't ever been there. Orlando has every type of restaurant one could imagine, and most of the time I find a vegetarian option on the menus.<br><br>
I also haven't been to Chamberlin's. Should I check it out?<br><br>
I was surprised to hear that Gainesville is so veg-friendly! My father went to the University of Florida, and I always just assumed from what I've heard about the city that it's a big college/football town, i.e. filled with tons of sports bars that serve chicken wings and ribs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> But you gave it such a good review that I should go back and visit!
 

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I'm in Altamonte to be exact.. pretty close to Economy Health Foods if you know where that's at - it's a pretty nice lil HFS, they carry some stuff WF and Chamberlin's doesn't. Chamberlin's tends to be a bit more expensive than WF, but they do carry stuff that WF doesn't, so it's worth checking out imo.<br><br>
I go to Garden Cafe at least once a month - I love it! I do recommend it, but if you're not big on fake meats, I dunno that you'll have many options there. Another favorite restaraunt I like is Aladin's Cafe - they only have 2 veg options on the menu, but I've only ever gotten one - it's just that good! They must have the world's best falafel there! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:"><br><br>
Yes, Gainesville is a big college football town, with all the bars and wing places & such... but it does have a very veg friendly side - they do have a very active AR activist group there! I can think of at least 3 all veg restaraunts there off the top of my head (Starlight Cafe, Book Lover's Cafe, Govinda's), there's also Health Yes! ( I think they recently changed their name to Health Addiction) - a health food restaraunt that I never got a chance to go to, but I've heard it's highly veg recommended. Bahn Thai has a lunch buffet that's at least half vegan and very yummy! Here's a site listing some other veg friendly restaraunts in the area: <a href="http://www.veganmeat.com/local.html" target="_blank">http://www.veganmeat.com/local.html</a> .. I know there's a lot more around there than what's listed there.. Chop Stix is one place I can think of.<br><br>
And then there's what I miss about Gainesville most: Ward's - its a small, local grocery store that's half HFS.. they have the best produce selection in town and the best bulk spice selection I've ever seen. Other than that you're only HFS options in Gainesvill are either Mother Earth Market by campus, or Mother Earth Market west (off of I75) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">
 

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lets see.... i'll give san diego an A-.<br><br>
-has one 100% vegan restaurant (that i know of).<br><br>
-about two veggie restaurants.<br><br>
-numerous mostly veggie restaurants that happen to serve meat.<br><br>
-hundreds of ethnic restaurants and eateries that have an abundance of<br><br>
veg*n options.<br><br>
-two ice cream joints (that i know of) that offer soy icecream<br><br>
-numerous health food stores.<br><br>
-fair share of rallys and festivals pertaining to animals, health, environment.<br><br>
-crappy recycling system/facilities.
 

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San Jose has a number of places that are veg'an friendly and 4 places (I know of) that are vegatarian or vegan.<br><br><br><br>
The infamous Ben's which is all vegan and cheap as well. Ben tends to under charge his regular customers and gives food away to homeless people too.<br><br><br><br>
Good Karma, which is good and inexpensive too. I don;t go there as often because it's a block from Ben's and Ben's is better. It is open on Sunday, which is Ben's day to meditate so he doesn't work.<br><br><br><br>
The vegatarian house, which has good food but is run by this cult like religious group. They have a huge screen where they play movies of the woman preaching at you so it's kinds scary.<br><br><br><br>
The White Lotus, which is all vegatarian and mostly vegan. It's a little more expensive but still resonably priced.<br><br><br><br>
Stores around here are pretty veg'an friendly and there is a good HFS not to far away.<br><br><br><br>
This area in general has lots of veg'an or veg'an friendly restruants. Seadolphin's mom, clipped an article about a vegan deli and ice cream place in Palo Alto. The vegan's who bought the place as a Double Rainbow started changing over to soy ice cream gradually.
 
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