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VegCharlotte Awards – Best Chili

Welcome back to the 2013 VegCharlotte Awards! Today’s category:  Best Chili. And the winner -by a landslide – Pinky’s Westside Grill. Yes, apparently Charlotte, NC vegans and vegetarians LOVE Pinky’s Homemade Veggie Chili.  They like it by the bowl ($3.95).  They like it on the Stray Dog (vegetarian dog topped with chili, mustard, slaw, and… Read More ›

2013 VegCharlotte Awards – Salads!

The 2013 VegCharlotte Awards – For The Vegans, By The Vegans! Today we’re going to review the nominees for Best Salads in Charlotte, NC! There were not as many votes in this category as in some others – perhaps vegans are tired of having “salad” as their only option at many restaurants when they eat out; or… Read More ›

VegCharlotte Awards – Methodology

It’s almost time to announce the winners of the 2013 VegCharlotte Awards … but I first, I wanted to explain the concept and the methodology I used. The VegCharlotte Awards were created after I read one too many articles about “Best Vegetarian Food in Charlotte” or “Best Vegan Food in Charlotte” – articles that were… Read More ›

Restaurant Review – Sangam Indian Cuisine

More proof you can find vegan Indian cuisine in the Charlotte, NC area … Sangam, a restaurant that specializes in Punjabi food (my favorite)! The menu has an impressive list of 21 vegetarian options (not counting many of the appetizers, soups and salads, or accompaniments).  At least half of those options are vegan or can… Read More ›

More DNC Veg News – Foo Fighters At Rock The Vote!

More DNC Veggie News – Foo Fighters Performing at Rock The Vote! Yes, Wednesday, September 5, the Foo Fighters played an awesome 3 1/2 hours, 35 song set before an enthusiastic crowd of approx. 1000 people at The Fillmore. Ok, I know the Foo Fighters are not vegetarian themselves –  BUT about 1/3 of their… Read More ›

Chelly’s Cakes-n-Pastries

2012 has been a milestone year for Charlotte vegans and vegetarians! From Charlotte’s first Vegfest … to the opening of Bean, Charlotte’s first sit-down vegan restaurant and all-vegan bar … to the launch of Chelly’s Cakes-n-Pastries, it’s been quite a year! Chelly’s Cakes-n-Pastries has particularly taken the area by storm.  The wholesale vegan bakery’s Launch… Read More ›

The Bean Has Landed

BEAN. Charlotte’s very first all-vegan, sit-down restaurant.  If you’re not familiar with Charlotte, NC and its steak houses and BBQs and local yokels endlessly carrying on about bacon, you don’t understand just how truly groundbreaking Bean is.  Trust me, it is a very big deal – history in the making! Bean had its “soft” opening… Read More ›

Veganism – The Newest, Hottest Trend!

Veganism is HOT!  It is TRENDY!  In 2012, Veganism is TOTALLY HAPPENING!  It’s FRESH .. It’s NEW .. It’s NOW! (Nevermind vegetarianism and veganism have existed since ancient India and ancient Greece; those old dead guys don’t make good press.) In many ways, this trendiness is a good thing, as there is more information and resources for… Read More ›

Restaurant Review – Olive Garden

Olive Garden is probably not the first choice restaurant for most vegetarians/vegans, but let’s face it – we all wind up there sometime.  Someone from your office will throw a birthday party there.  Or you’re shopping at Carolina Place Mall with friends and they decide they’d rather eat at Olive Garden than the Food Court. … Read More ›

Don’t Panic! – Ordering At An Indian Restaurant

Indian restaurants can be a bit intimidating your first visit or two.   You enter the restaurant, and your mouth waters – but you can’t really explain or identify what you are smelling.  There may be traditional or contemporary Indian music in the background – you start to get into it, there’s some sort of weird funky one-string… Read More ›

To Ghee or Not To Ghee

Whenever someone hears my partner and I cook mostly Punjabi food, the reaction is always the same. “You eat all that GHEE?  But that’s SOO many calories!  I could never eat Indian food – I’d be as big as a house!” an omnivore will exclaim, looking askance at my size 6 body and my partner’s slim… Read More ›

Restaurant Review – Thai Marlai

There are three things that come to mind when reviewing Thai Marlai in Cornelius: (1) service and friendliness of the staff; (2) loads of veg choices; and (3) freshness of ingredients. First, service.  Sometimes ethnic places can be a little intimidating for me – I’m dealing with unfamiliar dishes or taste combos and am not… Read More ›

Why I Write Restaurant Reviews

I do intend to be writing posts other than restaurant reviews, but right now I am in the process of transferring reviews from my FB VegCharlotte page to my blog, as I think this will be a much more helpful and useful format. I’ve been asked before why I bother to post restaurant reviews, when there… Read More ›

Restaurant Review – Ginbu 401 – Chinese/Sushi

In March 2012 VegCharlotte had a dinner meetup at Ginbu 401 Sushi/Chinese!  Ginbu 401 has the usual veg friendly appetizers you should find at a good Sushi place – edamame, vegetarian spring and egg rolls, and a veggie tempura plate.  But of course we all wanted to try the vegetarian sushis!  They had several varieties… Read More ›

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