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food allergies as well and if I eat out I look at the menu online before we go and figure out what I can have and call and ask they can make something for me.

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2/15/15 10:30 A

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Hello, Yelp is good as is www.happycow.net; the reviews are good but because the kitchen staffs learn as more people begin to ask for plant based meals, their responses may get better. I find the best things that you can do is what you are already doing; look at the menu on line and see if there are components in other dishes that you can put together to create a meal for you to eat. Let the restaurant know before hand by calling them ahead and let them know that you want a meal with no animal ingredients, broth, fat, flavorings, etc.. By calling ahead of time, the kitchen staff and chefs can plan for you. Most restaurants can pull together a pasta primavera. This works well for me and many times I will get a meal that is so colorful and beautiful that many at the table wish they could have ordered the same dish off the menu. Best wishes with your veg transition; your body and the animals will be grateful.

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1/25/15 1:44 P

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Thank you for posting the website. I have their app on my smartphone. http://www.happycow.net/mobile.html emoticon


I am a vegetarian because of too many meat allergies that some are life threatening. I am feeling so much better since the change to eating Lacto-Vegetarian.

I found another app that has been helpful in my transition to eating vegetarian.
The app can help vegans and vegetarians.
It is for Apple or Android: http://www.IsItVegan.net
Is It Vegan is a tool for anyone interested in eliminating animal products from their diet.
Simply scan the UPC bar code on the package of any food or beverage product, and you'll see: -Whether the product is vegan, vegetarian, or neither.

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1/19/15 1:50 P

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While here in Orlando I did not find any difficultys being a vegetarian .

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I find that most restaurants will modify/have options.
I love bean burritos and spicy salsa, for example.
Unfortunately, I'm almost always ravenous after just an hour or two. I wonder if anyone else experiences this...

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I am a vegetarian that eats fish but not eggs, only for baking.

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1/2/15 5:06 P

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http://www.happycow.net/north_america/usa/

Happy Cow lists a lot of vegan/vegetarian restaurants in the United States...check out the link above

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Hey fellow veg heads,

I got an email today letting me know that 3 of the happy herbivore cookbooks are on sale today on Amazon for 1.99! Usually they are around 20. Email me if you need the links. Don't want to post them here and be accused of promoting commercial links or whatever. I just wanted to share the info. I love her cookbooks!

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@OPUS...I totally want that Vedge cookbook. I have their previous recipe book from Horizons and I use it quite a bit. One of my favorites is their version of clams casino. Sooooo good.

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Trying to look at eating out today for supper and so many places don't have vegan options or it's crazy limited. Grrrr. emoticon

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I think it's already been said but I usually just go out for ethic fare. I'm big into Thai, Indian, Ethiopian, and Mexican cuisine. Sushi joints that sell maki rolls are good, but check the menu beforehand. Vietnamese is good. Heck, even if you're in a small town Chinese food restaurant, you can probably ask them if they have tofu, which they can swap into a noodle bowl, or just ask for extra veggies if they don't or if you're anti tofu. A lot of big chains now offer veggie burgers too- even steakhouses. If you need a vegan option, order a salad and have them hold the chicken. Your offers are likely to be restricted but honestly, it doesn't really matter. If you're willing to go outside your comfort zone, there is some amazing vegetarian and vegan food to be had.

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I live in a very small town of 204 and pretty sure I am the ONLY Vegan around. My friends accomidate my needs at BBQ's with mushrooms for burgers but eating out is a real challenge.

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I am a vegan and do find that eating out can be challenging. Especially if I have no say in where we are going. If I have any control in the situation, I will do some research online ahead of time and look for a restaurant that will accommodate everyone I the group's preferences (not just mine) and then email a list of potentials to the group. Then I'm not being bossy or imposing my veganism on anyone since everyone gets to vote.

Yelp website and app are a big help.

I've also found that calling a restaurant ahead of time (especially in those situations where I don't control the venue at all) is a great way to get a heads up on what are the vegan options and can even result in the restaurant having a heads up so they can be sure to be prepared for you....

I had to get over not being a PITA and ask for what I need and want and what I dont. You'd be amazed how accommodating restaurants can be.

Mexican, Indian, Mediterranean/middle eastern are my favs.

For fast food chains, I love chipotle, and subway is ok in a pinch.

My fav vegan chain is Native Foods. Second fav is Veggie Grill.

Fav food is my dad's. I do agree that home cooked vegan meals cooked with love is the best. Seems like you just can't get that amazing delicious quality in a vegan restaurant meal.


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Ruby Tuesday has a extensive and very fresh salad bar and they offer the Veggie Trio as an entrée. It basically consists of 3 sides. Also, Amy's Flaming Burrito Bar (I think that's the name) offers a very yummy vegan burrito that includes black beans, rice, tofu, and cheddar Daiya cheese among other veggies and salsa. Amy's Flaming Bowl is a buffet restaurant that has tons of veggies including tofu and they stir fry it right in front of you with either rice or noodles. Whole Foods also has a nice hot/cold buffet. Check out your local health food store and perhaps they have a café inside.

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This is the best vegan restaurant I have ever seen - they are a chain, very elegant, nutritious, and delicious. US branches - http://lovinghut.us/; other countries - http://www.lovinghut.com/. Unbelievable.

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We have a lovely Vegan resaurant in Fort Collins, Colorado. Best nachos I have eaten in my life! My problem is that I am the only vegan among family and friends, so it is very difficult to find someone to join me there.

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I love having a vegetarian meal because a lot are gluten free. I've gone gluten free and I've noticed if I eat a vegetarian meal it feels great and I know that I won't have something with gluten in it.

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Ugh. I live on Okinawa, and there is basically no vegan food here. Beautiful salads that look edible in the the menu photos come slathered in meat unexpectedly. There's a few Thai (yum) places, and an Indian place that has a vegan pumpkin curry (yummy!). And TODAY (seriously, TODAY) a vegan place opened up ACROSS the street from the base where I live! I can WALK to vegan food in Japan! It's catching on! Last weekend (I think) I went to the first ever Okinawa Food Flea (not a typo), and there was a place called Ital's Curry or Ital's Deli or something that had ALL VEGAN options! Vegan Jamaican stew with turmeric rice, vegan Japanese curry, smoothie's, brownies, scones, and more! If only I could find their physical location! The stew was to die for, by the way!

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If I want to go out it's usually for Thai food. thai resturants usually have a fairly extensive veggie menus.
Now I want Thai food.

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Subway 6" white Italian bread with only veggies. Yummy.
Pappa Murphy's thin pizza with only sauce and veggies (no cheese) then add nutritional yeast at home.
Indian or Thai foods have vegan or vegetarian choices
Mexican substitute beans for meat in tacos or get bean burritos although the calories could be high
Many places have a vegetable plate


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We have a couple vegan places here that we can go to. We also like Indian food and I alter some meat dishes wherever we go so I can eat!

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I try to alter what has meat in it into a vegetarian/vegan meal whenever I'm out.

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My husband is vegan and now realises home cooking is best. We have some very good recipes which helps. I eat mostly vegan too. We do head for Indian or Far Eastern restaurants if eating out vegetarianism is part of some of the cultures there so we can be sure to be getting non meat protein such as pulses. I find a lot of vegetarian restaurants.serve bland fare they would be well advised to seek help from some Hindi community where meat isn't eaten and learn to make the dishes flavoursome.


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Whenever I find something that is either vegetarian or vegan, I try to find gluten free too. You have to be careful on that when you're ordering.

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I agree with REBECCA7436, I look at the menu on line first and decide what I want to order ahead of time. That way I don't even have to bother looking at the menu and I have a good idea of how much the bill will be. Plus I'm never afraid to make special requests.

More and more restaurants are catering to vegetarians and vegans by giving us options.

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I'm lucky, my local Mexican restaurant has a veggie fajita and they do NOT use lard in their beans so I'm good to go!

I've had good luck at restaurants by asking the waitress to help me out. They ordered meals and just left out the meat, substituting extra vegs or something to "fill" out the order. Usually I order "a la carte" and order veggie side dishes and stuff. It's usually enough to get me through the meal just fine.

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There is a Mexican restaurant near us that has a plate of grilled veggies, with beans and rice. It is SO delicious! The veggies are zucchini, carrots, mushrooms, onions and peppers. I think the beans might use some animal fat, but otherwise almost vegan. There is no cheese. You can order corn tortillas and get less fat and sodium than flour tortillas.

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since I'm not a vegetarian or vegan and just aim to eat over 50% of my meals vegetarian, going out to eat isn't that hard. I can always find a good vegetarian dinner. For brunch yesterday had a guesadilla with pinto beans, avocado and jalapeno peppers w/a side of spinach. Couldn't have been better! Most place will modify - there was a breakfast burrito with sausage and they would have taken the sausage out.

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I find breakfast to be the hardest if I go out, I try to get my friends to do lunch or dinner it seems easier. I try to look at the menu in advance so I can see what they have. But it is hard


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I always dread eating out. Not only do I live in a city that caters to omnivores, but I'm always hesitant on whether I want to support the restaurant that is serving meat and dairy. I have gone out and I stay away from the stuff I don't want, but one gets tired of salads emoticon

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I agree with you BLUEEGG55, I recently went out for a anniversary dinner and had eggplant parmesean. And I said to myself that while it was OK , I can make it better at home.(then I realized there was probably egg in it to for the breading; oh so much to learn as a newbie vegan) I love your " visual self healing". I always eat with my eyes first too!!

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just don't like it but you know it's for greater reasons than the veganism and paying $12 for 3 wilted sides of frozen veggies that were steamed...while watching the people you love eat cow and chicken. it's because the eateries serve so much processed food. they salt, when they say they do not, they use msg, when they say they do not, and they take side cuts like freezing dinner choice (all the major chains) in zip lock freezer bags and you get that in a microwave, heated. it just feels NOT from the ground. i am such an awesome vegan cook in the kitchen - I can make anything clean and full of flavor and my produce is fresh and there for the cooking. sitting around a bread basket watching friends and family eat white rolls, butter, salad dressing drenched in thousand island chemicals, cow cooked raw with blood oozing out and pizza with cheese dripping off it, and bread sticks on the side and ice cream for after doesn't do it for me. None of my friends and family are vegan so these excursions are exercises in food futility for me. at least visually. it's one of the bummers of being the only in a large circle of friends and family. therefore, until that can get cleaned up you will see ME eating at home. i love my restaurant - it's one in a million and the price is right.

i did go through a faze of salads and sides at the cow places they pick. i am over that now. and prefer to stay home for a bit food wise and play with cookbooks and make masterpieces. :). it's called visual self healing.

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I don't have much of a problem. More places have a veggie choice or I just order three side orders of veggies
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What state do you live in NLITNME2?

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I was wondering if anyone could suggest a restaurant in the Pasadena area that serves meat, but will have vegan options too?

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I live in a state that has NO vegan restaurants at all & one vegetarian restaurant (which is over 200 miles away from me), so eating out is always about making choices within the confines of a "traditional" restaurant. Going ethnic is ALWAYS choice # 1, especially Indian, Thai, Japanese. A Mexican restaurant in our area actually has a lot of vegetarian options, that can easily be made vegan when asking for no cheese. It is challenging not to have things soaked in oil and/or sodium, so eating out is best limited: lighter on the pocket book too!

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My favorite vegan choice is Japanese food. I also live near the Pasadena area in LA County and they have a lot of vegan restaurants. If I'm ever in Philly, I'll have to check out Vedge.

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sounds great unfortunately I.m in the eastern Fl. But there is a GREAT Japanese place in the villege

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I travel with my Mom every year and find certain areas of the country to be the real challenge. This will be my first year on a diet. I use the happycow website for wherever we go. I ask a lot of questions and this year there will be even more. I LIKE the fact that being veg omits A LOT of fast food (calorie wise). We do Chipotle often as the ingredients are fresh, not swimming in oil and often locally sourced.

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So many great ideas! Thanks, posters! emoticon

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If anyone is near southwest Florida, I just went to Ionie cafe the entire menu was raw, vegan, and organic. Definitely gets two thumbs up from me.

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Hey everybody! :)

I'm new to this group but just thought I would introduce myself by sharing: I know someone already shared the link to the happy cow website (here it is again: www.happycow.net), but there is also a happy cow app that you can conveniently download on your phone! It's perfect for finding vegetarian/vegan friendly restaurants in the area!

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Wonderful u have choices!

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Oh and I forgot a wee cafe run in a Presbytarian church alongside a refugee and asylum seeker charity which has a great lunch menu, soups and salads etc.
http://www.ruchillparish.org.uk/pages/te
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I live in Glasgow in Scotland. We are relatively lucky (though it pains me to admit it Edinburgh is a wee bit beter).

We havea group of pubs which include the Flying Duck http://www.flyingduckclub.com/, The 78 http://www.the78cafebar.com/, Mono www.monocafebar.com, and Stereo http://www.stereocafebar.com/ which all do fully Veg and Vegan food (Stereo is totally vegan on the food side but the bar has Guinness amonst it's choices), Then the 13th Note a pub with an entirely Vegetarian menu.

Local coffee shop chain Icafe has veg choices in both their tapas and sandwiches and a few vegan choices too plus you can get soya milk http://www.icafe.uk.com/. Anothe local bakery called Tapa has a menu with veg and vegan options 50p extra for soya milk. http://www.tapaorganic.com/ Loads of Indian restaurants and a couple of Chinese ones that do great bean curd dishes.
A stir fry place called Wok to Wok (it's a franchise as my mate went into one in Amsterdam and it was identical), where you can have tofu and veggies and they use a seperate wok for meat free stuff.

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Yes that's true I was surprised to find out

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I agree with the fish sauce being in everything..... Even salad!

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I'm so lucky to live near lots of vegan choices. I don't try in Thai places, though, because there's fish sauce in everything. Instead, I learned to cook my favorite Thai dishes.

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I had really good luck at a Peruvian restaurant last week that had tons of vegan options.

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Good idea with the avocado

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I love Spiral Diner out here in DFW and mostly cook at home, but one suggestion I have is to think about what you can add to dishes when you ask for ingredients to be taken out in dishes. For example, I enjoy Thai soups but they usually have shrimp or chicken. I used to say "please no shrimp or chicken", now I ask what else I can get in it -- extra veggies, tofu, etc.

I've also discovered that avocado can make sauces creamy and dairy-seeming so it's a great thing to add to dishes and doesn't hurt to ask if there's any in the kitchen.

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