Well, hopefully I won't be the only one from Louisiana replying!
Anyway, I went to a vegetarian support group this past week, sponsored by www.meetup.com. 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!
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?
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?
Go forth and venture, then. Maybe head in there *before* your night-time activities.
. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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............
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.....
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.
No one really understands how I could give it up but they still love me & my choices.
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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