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Just an update: go Max Go candy bars are no longer hard to find on the west coast, but still appreciated wherever they're found!

Re: Candy bars by sharontroysharontroy, 04 Nov 2009 17:25

Ike's is super awesome and everybody knows it. Which means that basically no matter what time of day you go there will be a line out the door. It's a tiny space and very popular. Be prepared to wait an hour or more for your order.

Be prepared by sharontroysharontroy, 25 Oct 2009 19:53

Brassica is run by three vegan chefs who've been to culinary school and trained at some awesome restaurants. I'm torn between wanting them to be able to get their own restaurant and wanting them to run Brassica forever because it's such a fun dining experience. The food is awesome and speaks for itself. But you have to admire the heart that goes into this - they serve you out of the apartment where two of the chefs live on home made tables and linens. Be forewarned that you're seated barefoot on the floor so it's not ideal for anyone who can't sit cross-legged for what usually ends up being a 3 hour meal. If you can make it though, it's always worth it.

by sharontroysharontroy, 14 Sep 2009 22:41

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this restaurant. It's got a very relaxed vibe, with service that is friendly but takes its time, so it's probably best to go early and not when you're already really hungry. Because their menu changes daily according to availability of fresh, local ingredients, they write each day's choices on a chalkboard and bring it around to each table, which also contributes to the wait.

But the wait is well worth it. The dishes are all small plates, so it's best to order several. Each one is inventive and delicious, with some of the most outstanding produce I've had at a restaurant. The drinks are also great, made with fresh fruit and available in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic forms.

Hi, everyone.

This is Tim, Sharon's lucky husband. I've been vegan since my freshman year of college in 1996. I work as a software developer for a company called Atlassian that is based in Sydney, Australia but has an office here in San Francisco, too. I get to travel for work from time to time, which has been pretty good since I've mostly gone to pretty vegan-friendly places. I'll have to fill in the details for a few places that I've been.

Re: Getting to Know You... by Tim MooreTim Moore, 13 Aug 2009 07:35

Hope not just us two.

Doug, also a New Yorker but lived on the west cost much longer and staying in the Bay Area for good I hope. Vegan for almost 10 years and vegetarian for 5 years before that. Wife is the same as are most of our local family and friends. (Yea!). 2 cats, one is also special as he is blind and has a yucky genetic disease causing matted hair. Still has quality of life at 16 so keeping the fingers crossed we don't need to put him down soon. Also unemployed and looking for work as a S/W tester.

Cheers
Doug

Re: Getting to Know You... by VeganDougVeganDoug, 05 Aug 2009 21:05

No problem, will be on here once in a while. Just need to remember to take notes.

Please check out the updated Washing Dulles IAD page, I did a bit of changes to improve the format. Note the gate location and highlighted text for easier viewing. Not a big fan of the Vegan/Vegetarian options listed out free hand. Better to have a table to see and then let the user dig for more details. Could do a grouping of "Gate areas" since many places at IAD at least are grouped together. SFO International is too somewhat.

Sample one looks like this:

Concourse B

Green Leaves @ B-73

  • Vegan options: Maybe
  • Vegetarian options: Yes, salads and bagels with dairy products.

Five Guys (Burger Grill) @ B-73

  • Vegan options: Fries might be vegan, not sure about the oil.
  • Vegetarian options: Yes, grilled cheese and other items perhaps.
Re: Suggestions? by VeganDougVeganDoug, 05 Aug 2009 20:58

Some choices for now, still need more research into these places.
Max and Erma's host did not know if burger was vegan or not. Didn't get to ask if cooked on the same grill.
I think there is a Mexican place but it had no vegan options and likely just your typical cheese for psudo vegetarian. Rice had chicken stock I believe.

Please feel free to add more or email me and I can add for you. vegandoug AT gmail DOT com.

Thought I'd get a little introductions thread going.

I'm Sharon, Veg Table creator and administrator. Been vegan for 4 years, vegetarian for almost 9. I grew up in New York, but have been calling San Francisco home for the last 4 years. I live with my wonderful vegan husband, Tim and our… special cat. Right now I'm between jobs (yay economy!) but have been working in nonprofit administration for… well, a long time. I'm enjoying this break to work on projects like Veg Table and love getting to know my fellow veg*n community!

Your turn!

Getting to Know You... by sharontroysharontroy, 05 Aug 2009 10:01

On the one hand, I appreciate that Amici's is bringing vegan pizza to some smaller towns in the Bay Area. On the other hand I can't help but raise an eyebrow about their SF locations. Specifically, their delivery range which seems to specifically omit neighborhoods where more minorities live. (Seriously, there's a big hole where Western Addition is.) Maybe I'm just bitter because my apartment falls one block outside their range. (Mexicans live here.) But I was able to sample some while at a friend's house recently and it was pretty good. It's nice to be able to hang out in social situations and order pizza like a normal human being. :-)

Mixed Review by sharontroysharontroy, 02 Aug 2009 23:51

Hi Doug,

Thanks for taking the time to comment here, and I apologize for not responding sooner. I agree that having a section for pre-security restaurants would be helpful and will think about updating the template.

SFO and Oakland don't have the best websites unfortunately which makes this exercise challenging. Also hard to know how accurate and up to date their info is. But I'm flying out of SFO next week so I plan to get there early to better survey the land :-)

Re: Suggestions? by sharontroysharontroy, 02 Aug 2009 19:46

Yes, just joined and updated SFO and added the initial IAD page for DC.
I think the template format is good for now, but could be updated a bit to better arrange the information so people don't have so much to read. Will think on this and hope to remember to come back…but a summary of places and close gates. Need to isolate in/out of security areas. (Had to down a soy mocha when I was in SFO but the wrong side of international and re-entered security.)

Not sure of the best format, but links to the airport websites is also important, IAD has this now.

Hope this site take off.
Doug

Re: Suggestions? by VeganDougVeganDoug, 31 Jul 2009 13:06

The selection is fairly poor right now. Last time had a large greasy serving of fries as it was the only thing I could find. Mexican food is all made with animal products. There is a new Chipolte (Mexican) opening up, well it has been under construction for a few months now, which has Vegan and Vegetarian options in other locations. Can't wait!

International SFO has very poor choices for food if you are Vegan. Vegetarian is somewhat better. Note to check if the food is really vegetarian (aka chicken stock). Once past security your choices are severely limited as Firewood grill takes up two locations with the same limited menu.

The falafel is pretty awesome on its own. Add to it this glorious toppings bar, and you've got a great meal. If you're familiar with Amsterdam Falafel House in DC, I'd say they're pretty similar. Chick-o-Pea's is a little more posh and eco-friendly. (They compost just about everything!)

Fixins! by sharontroysharontroy, 27 Jul 2009 22:24

I came here for a bachelorette party. I was nervous when I heard "Hawaiin Barbecue" picturing pigs on spits, but the food was more Polynesian/Asian fusion and had tofu dishes. Hooray! The jungle tofu bowl was quite good. (You can't go wrong with fried plantains.) The cocktails are exactly what you would expect. (And thus, I downed a "pink bikini martini.")

St. Francis has some good vegan brunch choices, but it could be better. The home fries, for example are made with butter and they don't give you a non-butter alternative for your toast. It does have pretty good tofu scrambles though. (I like the pesto one best.) There's almost always a wait, and I'm not sure it's necessarily worth it.

I can't say enough good things about Millennium. My husband and I will make up special occasions just to have an excuse to go there. Pricey, but worth it. The menu changes regularly for seasonal ingredients. Every detail of each meal is bursting with flavor and you know you're going to get something you've never had before. It's also worth checking out their bar - some amazing cocktails (and hard to find choices like vegan White Russians)!

Worth every penny. by sharontroysharontroy, 21 Jul 2009 06:57

The best part about Herbivore is definitely the brunch options. I eat their tempeh BLT way too often, but I'm also partial to their sausage biscuit. They carry People's Donuts and their banana walnut bread is also great. When it comes to lunch and dinner options I often feel that everything comes over-dressed or over-sauced.

Best for brunch by sharontroysharontroy, 21 Jul 2009 06:54

Thought I would start up a thread where anyone can leave ideas or suggestions for the site. There's plenty you can change and edit on your own, but if you've got ideas for how the site can be better organized, new features you'd like to see, etc. feel free to let me know!

Re: Suggestions? by sharontroysharontroy, 20 Jul 2009 21:37
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