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Nice to "meet" everyone
maybe we should all get together sometime and veg it up ;p I'd be interested in meeting new people locally and I have a couple of vegan friends and my sister is a pescetarian(she eats seafood)
 

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Hey! I'm from Fredericksburg, VA (more or less. Technically I live in Stafford)

I am 26, I was a vegetarian for a little over a year and I've been vegan for two months. I love animals of all kinds, work at a Comic Shop part time in the Fredericksburg area and I am go school at Germana Community College. There is a restaurant I frequent on occasion in down town Fredericksburg that has a wide variety of vegan/vegetarian options it's pretty good. Sammy T's

Guess that's it for now.

~Justin
*waves from Fredericksburg* I love Sammy T's!
Do you go to Ukrop's or the new Giant? They have really good veggie options.
 

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I live, with my *ahem* mother(atractive I know). At least until march when the parents finally give me the boot. She tends to goto bloom up here... ;p

Likely I'll be moving down there when the work stuff gets cleared up and I have money again lol so I'll keep that in mind Thanks ;0).
 

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I'm in Mechanicsville, on the east side of Richmond. Been veggie for ten years now. I work in retail and I play guitar. I have been in some local bands but have not played out much recently. Krogers and Ukrops have some good stuff. Of course I do go to Ellwood Thompsons in Richmond every once in a while. I don't eat out all that much right now. In fact I don't even get out all that much now, but I would like to get around more and have some kind of a life.

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I'm in Mechanicsville, on the east side of Richmond. Been veggie for ten years now. I work in retail and I play guitar. I have been in some local bands but have not played out much recently. Krogers and Ukrops have some good stuff. Of course I do go to Ellwood Thompsons in Richmond every once in a while. I don't eat out all that much right now. In fact I don't even get out all that much now, but I would like to get around more and have some kind of a life.

Bryan
*waves* Welcome!

I keep meaning to check out Ellwood Thompson's, but never get around to getting down to Carytown.
 

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I live in Floyd, a little slice of heaven in Southwest Virginia. Virgnia Tech is nearby (25 mi.) and it's not too hard to find vegetarian food (it's more difficult when I visit my daughter in Hampton, Va.) We've got lots of good food and great music here in our one-stoplight town. There aren't a lot of vegetarians running around but the restaurants (most of them) have at least a couple of items and we have a good store, Harvest Moon, where we can buy plenty of vegetarian foods and supplies.
 

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Northern VA here! I eat everywhere so no good ideas...But jasons deli in fairlakes and sunflower in vienna are two of my faves. We should to a VA meetup!
 

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Hi, I am Shannon and I have been a vegetarian for about 8 years. I live in the West End of Richmond and some of my favorite places to eat are Vietnam 1 by Horsepen (off Broad Street), Panda Veg in the fan, Giovanni's in Mechanicsville and India K Raja off Broad. I love to cook and I have also lived in Chester and Dinwiddie counties and went to school at Thomas Dale. I love Maymont Park and usually go there every weekend. There is a Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Ellwood Thompson's and Good Foods Grocery Store to get veggie supplies from. I have two black kitties and a dwarf bunny....LOL, Durn loves to be in his cat carrier for some reason, the other kitty is Kimmie and the dwarf bunny is Stitch.
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Ipanema also is fabulous!!!! Try the vegan Caesar Salad w/ extra tofu. It's great! But the last time I went by there (back @ Christmas) it was closed. Yet the website says 2008. I wonder what gives?

Also, around the corner is Harrison St. Coffee Shop--all vegan and vegetarian. Great vegan reuben sandwich! All their food is great!
I have been meaning to try both of these out!
 

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Hello! I live in Virginia Beach. I have been a vegan for just a few months (since mid January 2009), so I'm still learning. I'm loving the new lifestyle change and feel totally liberated and a lot happier about what I'm eating. I have a husband and a 7 year old son who are both still omnis, but they (especially my son) eat the vegan food I cook at home. I'd like my son to eat mostly vegan (or at least vegetarian), but it's tough when he wants what my husband has. Anyway, I don't know anyone else in VA Beach who is vegan and only one person at my workplace who is a vegetarian, but we don't get the chance to interact. So, it's good to know there are others out there.
 

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Hey Welcome to VB!

I'm in Va Beach too and don't know very many veg*ns (vegetarians and/or vegans) here either. Welcome to the boards and congrats on going vegan!
 

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Thanks! I'm loving it here already. Hey, let me know of any restaurants you like that serve vegan food. I've already found a bunch, but there might be more I don't know about. I like the Bangkok Garden chain and have been to Amalfi. I'm grateful that Italian pretty much anywhere (except the Cheesecake Factory) works since I can just get pasta with some kind of vegan sauce. I thought there'd be a lot more veg*ans here in VA Beach with PETA being here. I'm sure they're out there. I just have such a small circle of acquaintances.
 

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Yeah there's not too many. More in Norfolk where PETA actually is but it's rare to meet another vegetarian. The only other vegetarian I know is 10 years old. We had a veg meetup here for awhile but it was much more centered around eating locally and was mostly meat-eaters. It's gone anyway.

It's a great city though. I've been here all my life and there's lots to do, especially in the summer. Glad you found Amalfi and Bangkok Garden. If you like Indian we also have a couple great Indian places. One of my faves (because of the staff) is Nawab by Hilltop. Heritage has some good vegan stuff and we have amazing farmers markets during the summer.

Where did you move from? There's good places down at the oceanfront but very few have vegan options. There are some but it's limited and you kinda have to hunt down the one vegan item on the menu. Norfolk has some great places but I'm so rarely out there I wouldn't be a good source. If you moved from somewhere really veg friendly, I'm sorry cause it's kind of seafood heavy around here. It's really cool to have another VB person on VB
 

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Hey! You're right about it being seafood heavy in VA Beach. I never liked sea food even when I was an omni. Still, my family and I like it here well enough. We'll probably be here a couple of years yet (we're military) before moving somewhere else. In the meantime we want to visit a lot of the museums and other exciting things to see here. We're here from Arizona, but I don't know how vegan friendly it is there since I just became vegan since being in VA Beach.

I'm actually planning on going to Amalfi with my family in a couple of weeks for my birthday. I want to try the vegan cheesecake. Have you tried it? I've never had a vegan cheesecake altogether, so I'm excited. We also found Nawab, but like Rajput (in Ghent) a litle better because it has a bigger lunch buffet. Have you been to Chipotle. That's another favorite of mine. They were all over in Arizona, and I loved them then. Now, I eliminate some items to make it vegan, but it's still awesome.
 

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Arizona is awesome. I was just in Scottsdale in January. My Husband is in the military too- Coast Guard. Just did his 8 years and is now in the reserves. Lots of military here, as I'm sure you know


My birthday is June 6th and Amalfi catered for me last year. The cheesecake is good and definitely one of the better ones I've had but honestly, you can make a better one at home. It's worth having though. That was my cake last year and the vegan tomato cream sauce pasta which too was ok. Rajput is great. Nice atmosphere. Spice of India is also really good. It's a pretty place and the food is amazing. It's in Chesapeake though. I still haven't been to a Chipotle. Everyone raves but I never make it there. I do hit up Qudoba sometimes and really like Pelon's in the northend. That's a great little spot if you want fresh California style tacos with a huge dose of local surf culture. They have veganizable tacos.

We are getting a Trader Joes this Friday
I'm super excited about that. I've been driving an hour with friends to the one up in Hampton for ages. Can't wait for it to open. Now we have our very own Ulta and TJ's. No more hour long drives for vegan make-up and good groceries.
 

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My husband is Navy. We've only been military about a year and a half, so we're still newbies on that front, too. DH hasn't had a deployment yet, so we've been very fortunate since we've only been married just over a year.

Wow! You're full of great information. I don't make a lot of sweets at home, and I saw that the cheesecake calls for a vegan cream cheese, which I don't know where to find. I haven't heard of Spice of India in Chesapeake, but then again I've never been down to Chesapeake yet. Might be worth a drive. I think I've heard of Qudoba, but don't know where there is one or what they have. I'll have to look into that along with Pelon's, which I've never heard of before.

We're getting a Trader Joe's? Where? Maybe they'll have more vegan type things than Farm Fresh, which is absurdedly expensive. What are Ulta and TJ's? Oooooh.....vegan make-up?!!!! It would be nice to find in a store and not have to order it online and pay ridiculous amounts for shipping. I'm actually still finishing up my non-vegan items, but I want to make the switch when they're gone. I've been great about eating vegan foods, but need to learn more about household products and such. I guess I'm a work in progress.
 

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We're all a work in progress


TJ's=Trader Joe's. It's opening Friday-this Friday- on the corner of Laskin and First Colonial right by Hilltop. It's on the south side of Laskin and on the West side of 1st Col. They definitely have more vegan stuff and it's much less expensive than FF. There is also a Qudoba across the street. Ulta is where I get most of my makeup, not all but most. It's a huge makeup store kinda like Sephora but awesome-er. It's out off Dam Neck rd in a really cute new shopping center that's all tucked away and secretive.

If you wanted, I could go with you on a sort of vegan tour of the city. Heritage is where you'd buy vegan cream cheese but there's others out there too. Navan foods has some vegan stuff and everything is labeled because it's an allergy sensitive store. Most of my little life revolves around the oceanfront (the numbered VB oceanfront) so that's where my best advice will come from. I found my Husband in Chesapeake and it's a great city with some cool discount stores like Garden Ridge (kinda sucky lately but still ok) and a nice retail district. There's a sweet little Farmers Market At Croc's on 19th every Sunday from 8-12. It's small but close.

I think that's about all I know, lol. I've tried to pick my brain for you
Everyone I know that's moved here from somewhere else has kinda has a hard time adapting. Not too sure why and I bet you're fine but it can be an odd city to live in sometimes. I never had to do deployments with what my Husband did in the military but I do have friends who's husband's have done long leave terms. It's tough but do-able. I have no military in my family but both of my BIL's and my SIL are in. It got it's ups and downs. Have you found the commissary yet? That's a little gold mine for produce and every day staples. Same with the NEX. Great bonuses for the military and good ways to save a few $'s. It's fun talking about all our local stuff.
 

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I'm excited about Trader Joe's and Qdoba (I checked out their menu online and they've got some awesome food). I should check both out at the same time if they're so near each other. There is a lot to do around here, but it seems like everything is a bit of a drive from where we live (at least 20 min.) and I'm hard pressed for time. We live near the Little Creek base. How about you? We spend a lot of time near the Town Center area (off VA Beach Blvd.), but I don't know if there are many vegan places in that area (other than some of the restaurants).

It would be cool to meet up some weekend. I'd love the chance to meet another vegan and have someone who knows the ropes (veganism and the local area).
 

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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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