Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Chow thyme or Ciao time?

I love hearing and reading about vegan and vegetarian restaurants... It brings me joy to know they are out there, spreading the word about vegetarian food and showing the variety that is available.

Don't you love it when someone says, "Yer a vegetarian? That must suck! What can you eat?!"
It's like, y'know, "Hello! What can't i eat?! Just not animals. There is so much to eat!!"

I always look forward to reading other blogs that talk about restaurants that are strictly vegan or vegetarian or restaurants that offer veg*n choices/options...

I would love to read comments about your fave local restaurant(s)... where you go, why you go, what they serve, the types of clientele you see...

I have posted about some of my faves (mostly in SoCal but also throughout California and Chicagoland as well) on this blog in the past.

Tomorrow i have a lunch meeting with one of my fave editors at SIPZ, which might just be the best vegan restaurant in San Diego!!

This cartoon gives proverbial food for thought, no?


Urban Vegan said...

too funny.

the agency where i work is very good about always having vegan food at meetings. Yesterday, at one of these lunch meetings, a woman whom I work with had just learned I was vegan. "What do you eat?" she screamed. [*yawn* so tired of hearing that one] I looked at my plate. It was piled high with salad, a nice grilled veggie sandwich and of ginger noodles.

"This," was my simple answer.

Vicki said...

we are headed your way in july! staying downtown ~ surfing pb! where's sipz, cuz we'll be there too. :o)

Ferocious Killer Kat said...

Native Foods
Real Foods Daily
Annapurna Cuisine of India
California Vegan
all the above in Los Angeles!

jenny said...

I would love to go to Inn of the Seventh Ray in Cali!

Jennifer C. said...

Hi KleoPatra,

How is your sister doing? I hope she is or will be back to 100% soon.

There aren't too many veg restaurants here in Seattle that I would recommend. I guess Cafe Flora is the most well-known, but I have never had a good meal there. My favorite place is Hillside Quickies, a vegan sandwich shop. The guy that owns it was raised Rastafarian and makes the most delicious sandwiches on Earth!

Carrie™ said...

I like the cartoon! Very funny. I've never been to California and am so jealous of it being such a veg-friendly place. The west coast in general (both countries) seems to be more progressive that way. And great weather to boot! Lucky you.

funwithyourfood said...

Did you ever make it over to Mama Testas?? That place is GREAT


Anderson, Cherie said...

We go to a Vietnamese place sometimes. They have a vegetarian section on their menu, but one of the items lists "oyster sauce," so I'm sure to say "no fish or oyster sauce" when I order. It's okay. Sometimes I get a lot of veggies and sometimes I don't; sometimes it's oily. Usually when I leave I feel like I should have just cooked.

We have a veg-friendly pizza place as well, where we get a pizza with sauce, avocado, spinach, tomato, onion, green bell pepper, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, just loaded. It's very good.

There is a veg-friendly Thai place up north in Broad Ripple called Thai Cafe. The food is always good and you only have to say "made vegan" and they know what you want/need. Love the lad nar.

There are also veg-friendly Indian places, like Shalimar, with excellent food, and then there's a vegetarian (not vegan though) Indian restaurant but I find it to be oily and also, it's in the back of a store that has huge meat signs in the front of it. Creapy. The store is supposed to be an Indian store; I guess in the US, they forget that most people from India aren't big meat-eaters.

Then another place in Broad Ripple is Three Sisters Cafe. Used to be all-veg but now is just veg-friendly. Most options are tasty but ocassionally salty.

Melody said...

I am so picky (and I've worked in restaurants enough to know what goes on behind the scenes) that I rarely eat out. I get too irritated that the veg food often sucks and is overpriced and I could make it so much better.

There is a Vegan restaurant around 30miles from me, but I haven't eaten there yet.. I should, but I never am in that neck of the woods.

regarding your comment, as far as I can tell, I'm the only Vegetarian/Vegan Personal Chef in my town. I think I need to network more. I teach a lot of cooking classes, but those aren't big money makers.. so the people who come to those classes usually can't afford my Personal Chef services.. I'm thinking of sending flyers to Doctors, Lawyers and other "wealthier" business people.. I have several clients, but they aren't regular.. and they're out of town. I need to find more locals. I'm fortunate because we don't rely on my income (although it would help our savings big time)

Sonya said...

Kleo - I'm with you - I love hearing about vegetarian restaurants in cities. Speaking of which - I'm visiting San Francisco in August, and wondered if you knew of any good places to try?

I'm from Toronto, and there are a ton of veggie options:

- Fresh (Juice for Life) - delicious and creative salads, rice bowls, burgers, fries, and desserts. And yummy juices.

- Fressen - our very own "fine dining" strictly vegan restaurant. The food is out of this world - I can't even describe it. It's always packed, and a bit pricey - but worth it.

- Cafe 668 - vegetarian chinese/vietnamese food. No MSG!

- Pulp Kitchen - a very cute brunch place that serves up a mean vegan omlette with rosemary potatoes.

- Sunny Cafe - a vegan lunch cafe (buffet - pay by weight) where the food is very home-made and healthy - I looooove their perogies.

And those are the strictly vegetarian places. There are a TON of veggie-friendly places - waaay too many to mention.

But I should also add that NYC is my favourite city for vegetarian food. They've got their own veggie diner (with a pie window and all!), and Moby's cafe is just phenomenal.

All this talk about food has made me hungry!

Shananigans said...

Wow, I had no idea Toronto was such a veg friendly place! I will add it to my list of cities to visit in Canada along with Vancouver. I decided to post about my favorite places to eat on my own blog, so you can read all about it there.

amygeekgrl said...

LOL at the cartoon.

i was talking about vegetarianism with my dad during his recent visit and he honestly thought that you could eat chicken and fish and still be a veggie. WHAT?? why aren't chicken and fish meat? people can be so silly.

Geraldine said...

What a great post, as usual, love the cartoon too. Can't contribute on any veg. restaurants but I think it's great to have options in your area and when travelling.

BFN, G :)

PS: K, I commented on the City Hippy review, re: your comments, thanks again!

Richard said...

One, I love the cartoon! Two, thanks for putting a link to my blog. I'll do the same on mine for yours. Three, my favorite veg*n restaurant in southern California is Follow Your Heart. My wife's family live there and we always eat there when we're down for a visit. I think it's in Woodland Hills. My favorite vegan restaurant in my neck of the woods is Bok Choy Garden in San Francisco.

Dori said...

I agree on the painting thing. WHen I have to go into a buffet for an extended family function I get so grossed out watching peeople snack their greasy lips on great big hunks of some meat or other that had been showcased by a personal carver to cut it up right in front of us.

I'm so glad that my husband knows this grosses me out and if he have to be there he tries to make sure we don't have to sit so I see it. I'm glad that it has been a couple of years since this has happened.... we now really push for these family gatherings to be done potluck style in each others houses.

t. said...

Funny! Not only the comic! But also because I used this same frame for the post of the day at The Vegan Club. Vegan minds think alike?

t. said...

Oh, and for Shananigans, Toronto must be one of top three vegan places on earth! Sonya is dead right: there is just too much to choose from! I lived there for a number of years and I can add at least another 4 or 5 places to the great ones she already mentioned.
GREAT place for anything vegan!
Canada is probably the most pro-vegan country of the universe!

Jody from VegChic said...

Lol, that comic made me chuckle.

My dad's girl friend asked me the what do you eat question tonight? Then she commented that I must be losing all this weight because of what I don't eat. Hello? I've been vegetarian for 5 years. Switching to veganism 2 months ago didn't do it...exercise and eating healthier has.

I try to post about MA and RI veg restaurants on my blog and I've also posted some on VegginOut. I love reading about restaurants in other bloggers areas too!

pinknest said...

my fave "neighborhood" restaurant (it's technically in another neighborhood) is el rey del sol and it's in chelsea and they have the best classic cheese enchiladas and refried beans and rice!!! aaaaaaa. want.

Peter Matthes said...

I don't think I could be a vegan for very long.

I love red meat and chicken and shellfish too much.

Anonymous said...

I'm from Toronto too and I agree with all Sonya's picks. I also love:

- Bo De Duyan - a chinese mock meat restaurant - they make killer chicken balls.

- Budha Vegetarian - right beside Cafe 668 and in my opinion much better, but totally lacks atmosphere.

Live - that awesome raw rest. I posted about a while ago.

Urban Herbavoire - Fressen's sister rest. I have yet to try it, but can't wait.

There are so many more, but I can't think of them right now.

thinkvegan said...

I arrived here from my blog thinkvegan (thanks for linking me). Unfortunately there aren´t many vegan (or even vegetarian) restaurants in Spain. In Madrid (where I am from) there is only one vegan restaurant called vegania and it is excellent, they make and amazing vegan Spanish ommelette!
Great blog!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Oh man that cartoon..

funwithyourfood said...

Don't forget to stop by my blog while I'm on vacation. Richard's still posting for me ;)


Anonymous said...

I kind of live out in the country and my town is super small. We have a bar-b-que place, a chinese food buffet with NO vegetarian/vegan options, a Pizza Hut and a McDonalds. Nashville is 30 miles away and only has one vegetarian restaurant (Indian) and one vegan cafe on Vanderbilt University (pain in the but to get to). Needless to say, I don't eat out much.

Anonymous said...

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