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21
Aug

Vegan Dining Options in Asheville, NC (Part 8)

Just when I think I have the vegan dining options figured out in Asheville, more pop up.  Most of the plant-based dining options in Asheville are at non-vegan restaurants which says a lot about the culture in western North Carolina.  Even if menus don’t list a vegan option, most restaurants accommodate plant-based eaters by eliminating the animal products or making an off menu dish.  With that in mind, the following restaurants in Asheville offer some great plant-based options for vegans. Read more »

19
Aug

Vegan Dining Options in Asheville, NC (Part 7)

Asheville’s vibrant restaurant scene is often compared to Portland, Oregon’s (often referred to its sister city) but its not because both cities have numerous vegan restaurants. Instead both cities are known for being incredibly tolerant and accommodating to diners preferences.  Plant-based options are available at most restaurants even when the menu doesn’t list a vegan option.

There are many fine, casual, southern, Mexican, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Thai, Chinese, and Indian restaurants in Asheville. Here’s just a few that offer some great vegan dining options: Read more »

15
Jan

Le Botaniste: Not to Miss!

Le Botaniste in Soho (and also on the Upper East Side) looks like an old-fashioned European apothecary with a black and white checkered floor manned by staff wearing white pharmaceutical jackets. But, instead of rows and rows of “drugs” lined up alphabetically on shelves, the “drugs of choice” – plant food in a rainbow of colored Le Creuset round oven pots and perfectly appointed built in bowls – are front and center behind crystal clear glass.

A plant-based food and wine bar that operates under the mantra attributed to Hippocrates “let food be thy medicine…,” Le Botaniste is an exquisite looking cafe that bills itself as 100% botanical, 99% organic, and gluten-free. It’s also 100% delicious. Read more »

24
Nov

Modern Love: Dinner Destination

Four years ago, Isa Chandra Moskowitz – a vegan chef, author (10 cookbooks), and all-around badass opened a restaurant called Modern Love in Omaha, Nebraska – a city put on the map by Warren Buffet (who holds the annual Berkshire Hathaway meetings in this “best bang for the buck city,” according to Forbes) and a culinary destination known more for steakhouses than vegetables.

Spurred on by the success of the midwest venture (which has since moved and expanded to a larger space to accommodate 80 diners), Moskowitz – a Brooklyn native – opened a second restaurant in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York,  also called Modern Love. Read more »

19
Sep

The Quintessential Arepa

When my daughter was little, my friend from Columbia taught her a Spanish pattycake-like song which went something like this:

a-re-peat-a, ma ma ma

a-re-peat-a, pa pa pa

While they sang the song, they would pretend they were shaping cornmeal batter into an arepa – a round, thick corn cake  (think of shaping play doh into a thick round disk and you get the idea) that is very popular in South America and particularly Columbia and Venezuela. Read more »

9
Sep

In NYC? Go to Nix

Eating vegetarian or vegan should feel more celebration than sacrifice according to Michelin-starred chef John Fraser and James Truman (the former editorial director of Conde Nast), of Nix restaurant fame. With a focus on flavor, Nix, in Greenwich Village, uses seasonal fruits and vegetables to deliver perfectly prepared dishes that simply taste incredible.

So how did Nix get its name?  Good question. Nix was named in honor of the Supreme Court case, Nix v. Hedden in May of 1893 when the court unanimously upheld that the tomato be classified as a vegetable rather than a fruit: Read more »

12
Aug

Vegan Dining Options in Asheville, NC (Part 6)

The sixth installment of where to find great tasting and nutritious plant-based food in Asheville, North Carolina continues with both local restaurants (Nine Mile and Addissae), a chain (Mellow Mushroom), and Asheville’s own community food co-op (French Broad Food Co-Op) offered as vegan dining choices.  All offer various options whether you’re looking for ingredients to make a delicious meal, ready-made dishes, take-out or in-house dining. So explore and enjoy Asheville’s plant-based dining scene. Read more »

8
Aug

Vegan Dining Options in Asheville, NC (Part 4)

The Asheville dining scene for plant-based or vegan eaters has never been better.  Years ago, I could write about the vegan options in virtually any town or city in one or two posts but not for Asheville, a city known for tolerance, compassion, and a deep respect for personal choice.  It’s not that Ashevillians eat less animal products then the rest of the population (they probably eat just as much, if not more); the vegan-friendly approach has more to do with tolerance, accommodation, and a desire to please the people sitting at a table in their restaurant.

This is the fourth installment of vegan dining options in Asheville and there’s still two to go. Enjoy. Read on and taste what Asheville has to offer in plant-based dining on your next visit. Read more »

6
Aug

Vegan Dining Options in Asheville, NC (Part 3)

Some people think of vegan cuisine as lots of salads or food trying to imitate other food, which is true to an extent but vegan cuisine is actually just as varied as standard American cuisine. There are healthy vegan options (i.e. whole grain, low oil, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds) and some very unhealthy vegan options (i.e. white bread, processed foods, fried foods) so choose wisely. Being a vegan doesn’t necessarily mean being healthy.

The list of vegan dining options in Asheville continues in this third posting which includes restaurants with vegan options.  With the exception of one restaurant (Bean Vegan Cuisine), all the restaurants listed below cater to all types of eaters. Whether you’re following a plant-based diet or not, consider each meal an opportunity to nourish your body with the healthiest options available. Read more »

4
Aug

Vegan Dining Options in Asheville, NC (Part 2)

The vegan dining scene in Asheville is hoppin’ thanks to a large group of committed chefs, restauranteurs, bakers, juicers, and talented people who want to bring wholesome, nourishing, and delicious plant-based food to Ashevillians and those who visit this western North Carolina city. Below is a continuation of the list of vegan-friendly dining options: Read more »