From strawberry rhubarb pie at Monty’s Blue Plate Diner to ramblin’ chili at the Weary Traveler, vegans in Madison have it pretty tasty.
“Madison may be the capital of the dairy state, but it makes a super getaway for vegans,” wrote Robin Tierney in a recent story on PETA Prime. “Just hold the cheese.”
Earlier this summer, Alliance for Animals and the Environment, Madison’s vegan group and the hosts of Mad City Vegan Fest, made it easier to find out just how delicious and wide-ranging the options are for dishes without meat or dairy.
Their newest website, MadisonVegan.com, sorts vegan-friendly restaurants by cuisine (American, Asian, bakeries and cafes, pizza, etc.) and by location: north, south, east, west and downtown. Adjoining suburbs, like Fitchburg and Middleton, are grouped with their closest area of the city.
Lynn Pauly, the co-executive director of AFAE called the website a go-to spot “when you’re in need of a vegan meal… vegan friends coming to town, tourists as well as locals.”
The vegan group designed a billboard, recently seen off of Stoughton Road near the Beltline, which will move around Madison for a year, to direct people to the website.
“The billboard and website are our way of saying thank you to the awesome restaurants that offer vegan options,” Pauly said.
Some of the vegan-friendly spots will be old hat to Madison vegetarians, like the veg-only Green Owl, vegan food cart Ladonia Cafe and the Willy Street Co-op.
Others might be surprising, like Willalby’s Cafe on Williamson Street, which serves vegan biscuits and gravy. Vegans can find cranberry wild rice at Buck and Badger Northwoods Lodge, sweet pea risotto at Liliana’s and jerk tofu at Jamerica.
“We are definitely in the middle of a vegan movement,” Pauly said. “Although Madison considers itself a progressive town, we’re not quite as progressive as we think when you consider how many cities are fast becoming vegan-rich for ethical, health and environmental reasons. Portland, L.A, Austin, Salt Lake City, New York and even Las Vegas have us beat by a mile.”
The menu guide has a leafy “V” icon indicating which restaurants mark the vegan or vegan-optional dishes on their menus. What it needs now are more reviews from local vegan diners, to offer tips like the one on Roman Candle’s listing: “be careful of the salad dressings if you don’t want to eat honey” or Banzo’s: “excellent food, even my carnivore husband agrees. This is our go to falafel place.”
Pauly said the site doesn’t charge restaurants to be listed, but does hope to monetize it.
“We hope to sell advertising next year,” Pauly said. “Our future goal is to produce a magazine-quality guide to insert in one of the weekly papers annually.
“Madison seems to be more focused on the locavore movement and we’d love to see it combined more with veganism,” she added. “We agree it is good to eat locally produced food, but for real impact, nothing compares to eating a more plant-based diet.”
Vegan meals, sweets, beer, and wine—Madison may be the capital of the dairy state, but it makes a super getaway for vegans. Just hold the cheese.
Nestled on an isthmus between two beautiful lakes, this Wisconsin city raises the bar for music in all kinds of genres as well as for urban and rural activities and cuisine that uses fresh, seasonal, and regional ingredients. I even saw a big red billboard in town announcing Madison Vegan’s new online restaurant guide.
The billboard was posted by Alliance for Animals and the Environment, which also organizes a weekly dining e-newsletter, citywide vegan chili cook-offs, and the Mad City Vegan Fest, at which thousands of vegans and supporters party each June. read full article here:
While veganism isn’t for everyone, it is an increasingly popular choice for people who want to pursue more holistic dietary habits, and these sites offer awesome recipes and in-depth descriptions of the benefits of veganism for anyone who wants to give it a shot.
When Bill Clinton invited me to lunch in May, I knew better than to expect fried catfish or barbecued ribs. The former president is now a devoted vegan, meaning no meat, fish or dairy products, and he has pursued a healthier way of life for more than three years. While I figured our lunch menu might be bland, that would be a small price to pay for private time with a world leader who is anything but.
As it happens, the fit, trim and sharply attired Clinton, whom I’ve come to know well during more than two decades covering his career, is his usual gregarious, charismatic self. But a bland menu? Not even close.
As we enter a private room overlooking Manhattan’s busy Rockefeller Center, I’m struck with a dazzling kaleidoscope of a dozen delicious dishes: including roasted cauliflower and cherry tomatoes, spiced and herbed quinoa with green onions, shredded red beets in vinaigrette, garlicky hummus with raw vegetable batons, Asian-inspired snow pea salad, an assortment of fresh roasted nuts, plates of sliced melon and strawberries, and rich, toothsome gigante beans tossed with onions in extra-virgin olive oil.
The luncheon banquet gives a whole new meaning to the dreaded cliché “Eat your vegetables.” And this is exactly what Clinton, who is taking on America’s obesity epidemic with the same passionate commitment he brought to the presidency, wants.
As I gawk, he smiles. “This looks pretty good, doesn’t it?” Clinton asks. It looks better than good. We sit down and with great relish start passing plates back and forth. He favored the quinoa; I loved the roasted cauliflower and snow peas; and we both liked the beans.
The road to a healthier diet
At age 66, Bill Clinton still travels and works at a pace that completely exhausts staffers who are two or three decades younger. Yet, while coping with heart disease and the usual complaints of aging, he has managed to change his diet drastically, lose more than 30 pounds and keep the weight off. If he can do all that, then maybe there’s hope for the rest of us baby boomers — and Americans of all ages — whose eating and exercise habits (and medical expenses) worry him a lot.
I first noticed a change in Clinton’s eating habits when we were in Capetown, South Africa, back in July 2010. (I have been covering his extraordinary postpresidential career since 2005, interviewing him frequently and traveling with him across Africa, Europe and the Mideast, as well as the United States.) We were all preparing to dig into a tempting dinner sent up to the former president’s suite from a very fine restaurant in the hotel. Sitting down next to him, I glanced at his plate and saw none of the steak, shrimp, fish or chicken on the buffet — just a tangle of green lo mein noodles and a pile of broccoli.
“Is that all you’re eating?” I blurted.
“That’s right,” he replied. “I’ve stopped eating meat, cheese, milk, even fish. No dairy at all.” He smiled and yanked on his waistband. “I’ve lost more than 20 pounds so far, aiming for about 30 before Chelsea’s wedding. And I have so much more energy now! I feel great.” (He achieved his ideal weight in time for his daughter’s marriage to Marc Mezvinsky on July 31, 2010.) Read more here:
A recent Associated Press article about Washington farmer John Bartheld, who breeds miniature and full-sized cows, ended with Bartheld saying since he doesn’t have kids “these things are kind of like my children,” referring to his cows.
I often hear livestock farmers say similar things about the animals they breed, raise and even sell for slaughter. There is nothing remotely family-like about raising an animal, no matter how much affection one has for it during the process, then shipping it off to be slaughtered for food.
Many people are becoming more aware of the suffering behind the production of meat and dairy products and are embracing a vegan lifestyle.
Not only is it better for the animals, it has a positive impact on one’s health and our environment. Visit madisonvegan.com for local restaurants that offer delicious and healthful vegan options. Give one of them a try.
— Lynn Pauly, Madison, co-executive director, Alliance for Animals and the Environment
Dear Editor: Regarding Rick Bogle and Zorba Paster’s Opinion and Commentary on the Dalai Lama, I would like to point out that meditation has another prominent spokesperson as well. Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, peace activist and author who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr., is best known for teaching mindfulness meditation. An ethical vegan, Hanh has said, “Buddhist practitioners have practiced vegetarianism over the last 2,000 years with the intention to nourish our compassion towards the animals. Compassion is our most important practice. Understanding brings compassion. Understanding the suffering that living beings undergo helps liberate the energy of compassion. And with that energy you know what to do.”
The concept and practice of nonviolence are central to Buddhism, and mean not causing pain to any being by thoughts, words or actions. Perfection is neither possible nor the point. The essential practice of nonviolence is veganism, minimizing harm to the environment and to all beings affected by humans’ choices. This includes the millions of animals who are hurting, suffering and dying needlessly.
As a longtime meditator, I try to practice nonviolence: I am determined not to support any act of killing in the world. As for the Dalai Lama, I hope that eventually, like Thich Nhat Hanh, he will “know what to do,” and find the understanding to take the basic Buddhist precept of compassion off his meditation cushion and onto his dinner plate.
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