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Well, hopefully I won't be the only one from Louisiana replying! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Anyway, I went to a vegetarian support group this past week, sponsored by <a href="http://www.meetup.com." target="_blank">www.meetup.com.</a> There were supposed to be 5-7 people there, but only 2 of us showed up. I'd like to see more people at the meeting next month, so check out the site!
 

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I don't live in Louisianna, but I do spend quite a bit of time there (about a month out of the year, spread out), usually in New Orleans, but I've spent time all over the state. It's probably the most difficult place I've ever been to eat healthily, much less veg*n. Where in Louisianna are you, CajunGal?
 

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I live in New Orleans! I've been here since September. I work at Whole Foods Market on Magazine Street, Uptown, near Audubon Park.<br><br><br><br>
I'm from Vermont, and lived in Boston last year.
 

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mikie- I'll have to write down somewhere where that Whole Foods is... I hate being stuck in hotel rooms without something I can snack on. Have you ever been to Old Dog New Trick down in the old quarter?
 

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There's actually two whole foods here. One a mile or so from the quarter on Esplanade, and the other about 3 miles uptown on Magazine.<br><br><br><br>
You know, it's funny, I hear about that restaurant all the time (and I've even passed it a few times on the street in the early AM hours <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">). But I've never ventured into it to get some food!<br><br><br><br>
I guess it's probably because I have so few vegetarian friends here.<br><br><br><br>
You'll have to tell me when you're coming! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Go forth and venture, then. Maybe head in there *before* your night-time activities. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">. That place has sort of turned into my stand by for casual meals when I'm in N.O. Plus, I like the clubs around the old quarter so much more. Better music, and the area can be wonderfully creepy at night.<br><br><br><br>
I'm always around during Jazz Fest, and for a few weeks during the summer. During Jazz Fest (one of my favorite places on earth) I tend to frequent Old Dog New Trick because I don't have to worry about overworked, busy waiters trying to help me find something I can eat.
 

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im late in replying but...<br><br>
i live in new orleans<br><br><br><br>
old dog new trick sucks - they claim to be new orleans only vegetarian restaurant while serving fish<br><br>
their food is overpriced and 'posh' and their service is rude<br><br><br><br>
theres plenty of places to eat good vegan food here:<br><br>
monas, taqueria corona, cafe hola, taj mahal, kim son, etc etc etc<br><br><br><br>
Caroline
 

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I never saw them say anywhere that they were vegetarian, just veggie friendly. Yeah, they do serve fish in small amounts, but then again, who in new orleans doesn't? The reason I spend a lot of time there is because they're walking distance from the quarter, which is a blessing considering I can't drive. I don't remember the prices being too high, but it's possible we have different views of reasonable prices. On the matter of the service, however, I must disagree. It's possible that we've gone at different times and experienced different waiters, but in my experience the service was terrific, hard working and friendly. But it doesn't matter... to each their own.
 

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they advertise as being new orleans Only vegetarian restaurant<br><br>
you can even see it in the gambit<br><br>
i used to go a bunch simply because im all about the junkfood and they were the only place to offer vegan dessert<br><br>
since they shut the french quarter one down and opened up the marigny one, ive only gone to the new one<br><br>
which is even more expensive, with crappier posh food, and worst service<br><br>
i didnt even know that they reopened the french quarter one<br><br>
i avoid the french quarter unless im heavily intoxicated<br><br><br><br>
theres a monas in the marigny... so its just a short walk, you should check it out. its on frenchman i think<br><br><br><br>
all the other good places are uptown or in midcity or across the river in the west bank<br><br><br><br>
you should check out jaque-imos on oak street<br><br>
its expensive, but its the only place in the city to have cajun/creole vegan food... and its damn good too<br><br>
to get there all you have to do is take the st charles line street car and get off at oak street and walk down oak like 4 blocks<br><br>
going there during jazzfest is great because bands play next door at the Maple Leaf bar, so you can listen to good music while you wait for a table<br><br><br><br>
one last thing... a word of caution to you<br><br>
old dog new trick lies about things being vegan... in the past they have 'mistakenly' served items with dairy that they said were vegan<br><br><br><br>
Caroline
 

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You're a character Caroline. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
Old Dog New Trick is on Frenchman street.<br><br><br><br>
I've recently been going to the Maple Leaf to see Rebirth. They're so great!
 

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i love rebirth!<br><br>
i havent seen them in so long<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
so old dog new trick didnt open back up their first location? the one by the police station?<br><br><br><br>
what department in whole foods do you work at, mikie?<br><br>
hehe, do you have any power to make them carry some more vegan things?<br><br><br><br>
Caroline
 

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I've only been in the Maple Leaf once, as I'm underage and it takes a lot to get them to let me in.<br><br><br><br>
Caroline- the fact that I've only been to their new location, which, of course would have a completely different staff, most likely explains our differing opinions of the place. I've been to jaque-imos before, but not since I stopped eating seafood and dairy. I didn't even think of it being good for vegans, but I'll definatly try it.
 

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Caroline, I work in the front end. I'm a supervisor. You'll see me overreacting, running around half-crazed, yelling at cashiers, and answering all the phone calls inbetween. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
My constant complaining has gotten the vegan lunch options to include a mediterranean plate, and an asian plate. They're carrying tempeh dishes, and recently they had a tempeh-ka-bob. (It was good!)<br><br><br><br>
I think I've conquered prepared foods... I may very well be off to bakery next.<br><br><br><br>
My name's Mike P on the name-tag! Look for me! Wouldn't that be funny if we recognized each other... or if you were one of *those* customers that I can't stand. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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ill look for you next time i go there<br><br><br><br>
im sure i am one of those customers... as im always complaining<br><br>
although in my mind 'those customers' are the free range chicken eating, huge-ass suburban driving, 7-word coffee drinking posh *******s<br><br><br><br>
my hatred for whole foods is enormous, and was even before they opened the new one putting all natural out of business<br><br><br><br>
if you feel like trying to get some more yummy vegan stuff at whole foods: theres a whole foods in annapolis maryland that carries The Best vegan chocolate mousse...<br><br>
you get it in their prepared foods area<br><br><br><br>
Caroline
 

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Im not a LA resident but I just found this link some of you might be interested in.<br><br><br><br>
If you live in Baton Rouge you can get a free pet ID tag from this site.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.caaws.org/free_pet_tag.htm" target="_blank">http://www.caaws.org/free_pet_tag.htm</a>
 

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Hi all.......<br><br><br><br>
I am newly vegetarian........I agree that it is hard to eat healthy in LA, especially here in the NO area...........Does anyone find that people in NO do not really respect vegetarians? I have been looked at strange when I ask about certain dishes and respond that I do not eat seafood when offered seafood as a choice when I say that I am a vegetarian............<br><br><br><br>
I went to the Whole Foods on Magazine for the first time last week........I really liked the set up.........I personally cannot wait until the store in Metairie opens up in April/May..........The Health Food stores in Metairie do not carry Tempah...........If these Health Food stores want business then they should have a variety of food items.....
 

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I live about an hour from NOLA in Thibodaux and our health food store here is pretty good. They will order stuff for me if its not in stock & the ladies who run it are really helpful. But alas, the strange looks @ crawfish & carb boils are plenty. We have seasons down here but they are rabbit, deer, dove, schupic (shoe pick is a fish) and even frog. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:"> No one really understands how I could give it up but they still love me & my choices. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":love:"> My husband works in Lafayette so I'm looking forward to see what they have to offer there. Any one out there with suggestions?
 
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