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Restaurant Review – Woodlands

Most vegans in Charlotte have heard of Woodlands Pure Vegetarian Indian Cuisine.  Google vegan restaurants in Charlotte and Woodlands will pop up near the top of the list.  For many vegans, it’s the only Indian restaurant they have tried (a shame because most Indian restaurants in Charlotte, even if they serve meat, still have a… Read More ›

A Brief Message From The Dog

This is the dog.  Yes, the dog.  I’ve hijacked my mom’s computer while she’s in the shower.  She said she was going to shave her legs, so it could take awhile. I just wanted to share that I am walking in the 2012 Farm Sanctuary Walk in Charlotte, NC – October 13! I know what… 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 ›

Indian Grocery Shopping 101

If you’re a vegetarian or a vegan – or even just veg-curious – and have never gone shopping at an Indian grocery, you should!  Not only does Indian cuisine have an enormous variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes, but you can find so many inexpensive staples at an an Indian grocery – like rice, beans,… Read More ›

Restaurant Review – Zebra

NOTE: Zebra’s has closed. In a very ironic twist of fate (or perhaps karma), Living Kitchen, a mostly-raw, vegan restaurant, opened in their space May 1, 2017.  Foie gras has just been banned in California! Unfortunately, it’s still legal – and popular – in North Carolina.  Which prompts me to write a review – or rather… Read More ›

Eat Vegan On $4 A Day

One thing that’s been bugging me lately is the new “elitism” of being vegan.  Elite as in expensive. Eating vegan, at least at home, should be the easiest and cheapest way to eat.  (Dining out is another matter, but since I’m reviewing a cookbook, we’ll focus on home cooked meals.)  Even if you’re flat broke, you can still… 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 ›

Main Street Vegan

I really wanted to like this book – I’ve been hearing such great things about it.  VegNews even went so far as to call it “The Vegan Bible New Testament” and “Moran’s magnum opus.” My verdict? It’s a great book for vegetarian and vegan “beginners.” Emphasis on BEGINNERS. It’s light, fluffy, conversational – and, yes, motivating.  It’s… 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 ›

Update … To Ghee or Not To Ghee

I called/emailed most of the Charlotte-area Indian restaurants today to see how willing they were to prepare a vegan meal.  Woodlands, Situl, Bombay Grill, Copper, and The Blue Taj all said a vegan meal would be no problem!  I did clarify that a vegan meal meant no butter, no cream, no paneer, no yogurt.  Still… 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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