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Veggie4Life139
May 30th, 2006, 04:48 PM
Hello everyone...do any of you know where the biggest vegan population/most vegan friendly place or state in the U.S. is? My fiance and I are both vegan and want to move somewhere other than vegan hating Ohio. Any places you guys know of or where you live and know some other vegans would be helpful. Thanks!

DianeVegan
May 30th, 2006, 06:37 PM
I'm not sure if the most vegans are here, but Portland, Oregon is extremely vegan friendly. My husband and I are moving here in July from Connecticut. We are here this week and it's been great - vegan friendly and eco-friendly. The only downsides are the fact that the unemployment is higher than the national average and the state income tax (and property tax) is high. And you must like overcast, cloudy, misty days. The up sides are (in addition to the above) no sales tax, great public transportation (free in the center part of the city), lots of organic and locally grown foods and lots of outdoor things to do and see.

I hope the two of you find your dream home.:)

maya
May 30th, 2006, 06:49 PM
Well it is defo not Florida that's for sure!

DancingWillow
May 30th, 2006, 06:54 PM
I think the west coast is generally more animal- and eco-friendly...California, Oregon, Washington. Also, I think if you live in a bigger city (Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, etc), you'll have more vegan options, though living in a big city itself is less eco-friendly.

I wanted to move out to the west coast, but didn't work out that way...

DianeVegan
Jun 1st, 2006, 01:10 PM
Dancing Willow, I think maybe living in a big city can be more ecological if you take into consideration that condos and apartments use less land, public transportation uses less energy and containing sprawl keeps more roads from being laid and more houses being built. It's one of the reasons we've decided on city living. But I'm not denying that there are some serious downsides as well. For instance, I can't compost here and more people means a strain on sewage treatment, trash collection and energy use.

DancingWillow
Jun 1st, 2006, 05:35 PM
You're right Diane. There are pro's and con's to both city and country living...

madpogue
Jun 1st, 2006, 10:12 PM
Dancing Willow, I think maybe living in a big city can be more ecological if you take into consideration that condos and apartments use less land, public transportation uses less energy and containing sprawl keeps more roads from being laid and more houses being built. It's one of the reasons we've decided on city living. But I'm not denying that there are some serious downsides as well. For instance, I can't compost here and more people means a strain on sewage treatment, trash collection and energy use. This is something of a false dichotomy. A city isn't "more people", it's people in a smaller space. That same number of people in a rural environment, unless they live "off the grid", can typically mean more strain on resources like sewage treatment, trash collection, etc. And many of the "close to the earth" activities such as composting, traditionally thought to be the domain of the countryside, can be done in town. Co-housing, housing co-ops, and just plain smartly-designed apartment projects can accomodate things like composting, gray water, rain catchment and even vegetable gardening.

eclectic_one
Jun 2nd, 2006, 04:37 PM
I'm not sure what country you're in and you may have seen this before, but here's a link that might help (if you're in the US or Canada):
http://goveg.com/f-vegcities.asp

ducksgomoo2
Jun 2nd, 2006, 10:09 PM
May I suggest the Big Apple? Even the name sounds vegan friendly.

veganwitch
Jun 2nd, 2006, 11:10 PM
It's not Maine that's for sure.

I was impressed with the vegan culture in Seattle, Washington. Thought about moving there but don't want to stress out our animals by uprooting them and moving them across the country.

kriz
Jun 3rd, 2006, 07:06 AM
LA is vegan friendly.:)

Wildflower
Jun 3rd, 2006, 05:51 PM
This is something of a false dichotomy. A city isn't "more people", it's people in a smaller space. That same number of people in a rural environment, unless they live "off the grid", can typically mean more strain on resources like sewage treatment, trash collection, etc.

I thought usage of the term 'city' was defined by population? :confused: As opposed to a 'village' or a 'town'. Perhaps some smaller "cities" may have equal population to a rual area, but something like NY or Chicago would not...

moonshadow
Jun 3rd, 2006, 11:34 PM
if you don't want to live in a place that has a big city feel, try santa cruz, california, or its surrounding area. very vegan friendly and not a huge city :)

Bodybuilder
Jun 5th, 2006, 04:34 AM
Portland, OR

Some great things about Portland:

- Portland is the #1 Vegan Friendly City in America
- Portland is one of the most beautiful and clean cities in America
- Portland is one of the fittest cities in America with all kinds of outdoor activities during the beautiful summer for athletes to take part in
- Portland is only an hour from the Pacific Ocean so we can still "hang out on the beach"
- Portland has more vegan and vegetarian restaurants per capita than pretty much anywhere
- Portland actually has vegan soft serve ice cream that comes out of the machines (kinda like a Dairy Queen, but vegan)
- There are many forum members in Portland and around the region so we are sure to have a nice turnout and lots of local tour guides
- Portland has lots of other attractions such as being
located near Mt. Hood and Mt. Saint Helens, Seattle, Olympia, Eugene, Vancouver & Victoria plus all kinds of great wild nature, rivers and mountains.
- Did I mention that we have Food Fight!, the ALL VEGAN 7-11 type convenience store???

vegan1969
Jun 5th, 2006, 12:42 PM
Portland sounds like a dream. I wonder if I could afford to live there.

veganwitch
Jun 5th, 2006, 01:08 PM
I am intrigued by Portland as well. I had no idea it was such a vegan haven. I was just telling my husband about all the positive vegan points on the way to work this morning.

It seems like the northeast US is the exact antithesis of the northwest.
Just my luck :mad:

moonshadow
Jun 5th, 2006, 06:24 PM
gosh, now i'm wishing we had moved to portland instead of england! well, only slightly. we were seriously considering it until the last minute, though.

Bodybuilder
Jun 5th, 2006, 06:37 PM
Yeah, Portland is a pretty amazing place. I'm moving there in 3 weeks, but I've been visiting for 3 days at a time for the past few weeks.

Here are a few places to go in Portland:


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Vegetarian Restaurants: (21 Listings)

Blossoming Lotus HappyCow Supporter! Reviews(6): Add/Read
925 NW Davis St (at Pearl District) (97209) (map)
503-228-0048
Moderate
Innovative, gourmet, and vegan. Open daily 7:30am-7pm.

Vegetarian House HappyCow Supporter! Reviews(6): Add/Read
22 NW Fourth Ave (97209) (map)
503-274-0160
Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Buffet
Moderate
Recommended dishes: fried veggie crab rangoon, veggie beef with orange flavor, veggie sesame chicken. Lunch buffet Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm. Open Mon–Fri 11am-2:30pm, 4:30-9pm, Sat–Sun 11am-9pm.

Bay Leaf Reviews(4): Add/Read
4768 SE Division St (97206) (map)
503-232-7058
Vegan-friendly, Organic, Chinese, Juice-bar, Take-out
Moderate
Dishes are prepared from fresh vegetables and some soy protein meat substitutes: sizzling tofu, mushroom crisps, lotus root delux, eggplant with garlic sauce; also organic tea, smoothies, vegan cakes, and more. Accept credit cards. Mon-Sat 11am-3pm & 3-10pm, Sun 12-9pm.

Caffe Destino Reviews: Add
1339 NE Fremont (97212) (map)
503-284-9455
Ova
Cheap
This is a coffee house with lovely vegetarian soups, salads, panini and cold sandwiches. They have breakfast and lunch stuff. The coffee is fresh roasted and very good. They also have fine teas. The owner is an animal lover with an animal preservation agenda. The restaurant is open Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Divine Cafe Reviews(3): Add/Read
SW 9th & Alder St. (at between Alder & Washington) (97205) (map)
503-314-9606
Lacto, Vegan-friendly, Organic, Take-out, Catering available upon request
Cheap Once located on 1200 NE Broadway but recently moved to a downtown address. It is an outdoor vendor set up (right across from the Magpie vintage store). Open M-W from 11- 7pm, F-Sat from 11-9pm and Sun from 12-5pm. Reccomend the barbeque tofu or the tempeh reuben sandwich, both delicious and with homemade sauce. Plenty of options to choose from, even caseine-free cheeze and a thick dream shake made of soy, chocolate and peanut butter! Don't forget to ask for a buy 12 get one free card because it's very likely you'll want to return again.
100% VeganEarthbound Vegan Cuisine Reviews(1): Add/Read
SE 45th (at Hawthorne) (97205) (map)
971-221-4598

Vegan Food Cart
Cheap
Food Cart offers cold & grilled sandwiches and natural beverages. Call ahead for a grilled sandwiches. Accept visa & mastercard. Mon, Thur, Fri 7a-3p, Sat-Sun 1-9pm, Closed Tue-Wednesday.
India Chaat House Reviews(2): Add/Read
804 SW 12th (at Yamhill) (97205) (map)
503-830-4576
Lacto, Vegan-friendly, Indian, Take-out
Cheap
Large menu featuring dishes with basmati rice; also large "chaat" menu. Any vegetarian item can be made vegan upon request. Try the navraten korma, channa bhature, pakoras, and chai. Cash only. This is a truck with limited seating; there is a restaurant in Keizer, Oregon. Closed Sunday.
India Direct Reviews(1): Add/Read
16205 NW Bethany Ct (97229) (map)
503-690-0499
Ovo, Indian
Cheap
Open Tues-Sat 12-8pm, Sun 12-6pm.

Kalga Kafe Reviews(3): Add/Read
4147 SE Division St (at SE 42nd) (97202) (map)
503-236-4770
Lacto, Vegan-friendly, Organic, Indian, Thai, International, Gourmet, Take-out, Accept Credit Cards
Moderate
Can adjust most dishes for vegans. Open noon-midnight, closed Tues.

Nithya's Kitchen Reviews: Add
NW 1st Ave (at SW Ankeny St. in Portland Saturday Market Int'l Food Court) (97209) (map)
541-344-8529
Vegan-friendly, Indian
Cheap
Please confirm for HappyCow-- Also may be other vegetarian boths: Kathmandu Cafe & Jalisco's Natural Foods (Mexican Veg.). Solid range of spicy and tangy southern Indian cuisine, reasonably priced and generous portions. Cash Only.

The Tao of Tea Reviews(1): Add/Read
3430 SE Belmont St (97214) (map)
503-736-0119
Moderate
Fine teas & light food made-to-order.
The Tao of Tea Reviews: Add
2112 NW Hoyt St (97210) (map)
503-223-3563
Moderate
Fine teas in a peaceful atmosphere with water fountains and soft music. Light food is different at each location.

100% VeganVan Hahn Vegetarian Restaurant Reviews(4): Add/Read
8446 SE Division St (at 82nd) (97266) (map)
503-788-0825
Vegan, International, Vietnamese Food
Cheap
Vietnamese vegetarian, lovingly and beautifully presented, unique gourmet quality and delicious, owned and operated by a Buddist nun with profits being used support their nearby temple. Open every day 10am-9pm, except closed Tuesday.

100% VeganVeganopolis Reviews(14): Add/Read
412 SW 4th St (at Stark) (97204) (map)
503-226-3400
Gourmet, Beer/Wine
Moderate
Everything is vegan - soups, salads, sandwiches, baked goods, Illy coffee, juices; offers a dinner buffet; also hosts art exhibits. Accept credit cards. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm.

Vege Thai Reviews(5): Add/Read
3272 SE Hawthorne Blvd. (97214) (map)
503-234-2171
Lacto, Vegan-friendly, Thai
Moderate
Their vege meats all have whey in them, so currently only the tofu is vegan.

100% VeganVoodoo Doughnut Reviews(1): Add/Read
22 SW 3rd St (at downtown) (97204) (map)
503-241-4704
Vegan Doughnuts!
Moderate
Doughnut shop with usually 5 or 6 vegan varieties. Doughnuts are about $1 each.
La Villa Reviews: Add
719 Morrison St (97205) (map)
503-872-9696
Mediteranean, Not 100% Vegetarian
Cheap
Not 100% Vegetarian. Has a vegetarian menu. Lebanese and Brazillian food. Try the hummus. Closed Sunday.

Laughing Planet Cafe Reviews(2): Add/Read
3320 SE Belmont St (97214) (map)
503-235-6472
Lacto, Vegan-friendly, Juice-bar, Take-out, Not 100% Vegetarian
Cheap
Not 100% Vegetarian. Burritos, veggie burgers, soup, salad, steamed veggies, vegan desserts, and juices; try Jamacian-Me Hungry burrito.

PaRaDoX Cafe Reviews(5): Add/Read
3439 SE Belmont St (at 34th & Belmont SE) (97214) (map)
505-232-7508
Ova, Lacto, Vegan-friendly, Not 100% Vegetarian
Cheap
Not 100% Vegetarian. Under new ownership as of Jan. 2006. Most of their menu items are vegetarian.

The Blue Monk on Belmont Reviews(1): Add/Read
3341 SE Belmont St (97214) (map)
503-595-0575
Beer/Wine, Italian, Not 100% Vegetarian
Moderate
Not 100% Vegetarian. Full bar. Usually a vegetarian special in addition to vege selections; try the vegan lasagna. Live jazz music Tue-Sat. Kitchen open until 1am. Imported beer selection.
website: www.thebluemonk.com (http://www.thebluemonk.com/)

Vita Cafe Reviews(2): Add/Read
3034 Ne Alberta St (97211) (map)
503-335-8233
Chinese, International, Take-Out, Not 100% Vegetarian
Moderate
Not 100% Vegetarian. While the majority of their menu is vegetarian or vegan they do offer meat and occasionally a fish dish.
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Health Food Stores: (15 Listings)

Food Fight! Vegan Grocery Reviews(25): Add/Read
4179 SE Division (at 42nd Ave) (97202) (map)
503-233-3910
100% Vegan (including no bone-char sugar) convenience store offering Imports, mock meats, junk food, books, and other miscellany; shop in person or online! Open daily 10am-8pm.

Food Front Co-op Grocery Reviews: Add
2375 NW Thurman St (97210) (map)
503-222-5658
Organic produce, deli, grocery, and more. Daily 8am-9pm.

Nature's Fresh Northwest Reviews: Add
3535 NE 15th Ave (at NE Fremont) (94587) (map)
503-288-3414
Deli foods, wine, and other foods.

New Seasons Market Reviews: Add
5320 NE 33rd Ave (at Concordia) (97211) (map)
503-288-2323
Organic Produce, grocery, deli, beer/wine, supplements & care products. Open daily 8am-10pm.

New Seasons Market Reviews: Add
6400 N Interstate Ave (at /in Arbor Lodge) (97217) (map)
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Organic produce, grocery, deli, beer & wine, supplements & care products. Daily 8am-10pm.

New Seasons Market Reviews: Add
1214 SE Tacoma St (at Sellwood) (97202) (map)
503-230-4949
Organic Produce, grocery, deli, beer & wine, supplements & care products. Open daily 8am-10pm.

New Seasons Market Reviews: Add
7300 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy (at Raleigh Hills) (97225) (map)
503-292-6838
Organic Produce, grocery, deli, beer & wine, supplements & care products. Open daily 8am-10pm.

New Seasons Market Reviews: Add
1954 SE Division St (at SE 20 th Ave) (97202) (map)
503-445-2888
Organic Produce, grocery, deli, beer/wine, supplements & care products. Open daily 8am-10pm.

People's Food Co-op Reviews: Add
3029 SE 21st Ave (at 1 block N of Powell Blvd) (97202) (map)
503-232-9051
Organic produce, deli, vitamins, homeopathic remedies. The store is 100% vegetarian (including rennet) except for pet food. Daily 8am-10pm.

The Daily Grind Natural Foods Reviews(2): Add/Read
4026 SE Hawthorne Blvd (97214) (map)
503-233-5521
Organic Produce, Deli, Vitamins. One of the biggest draws at The Daily Grind is the Bakery, which produces a dazzling array of vegan and traditional pastries. Muffins, scones, brownies, and pies being among the most popular. A wide variety of fresh baked breads using wheat and alternatives such as spelt and kamut are also available. The hempseed bars are amazing, and the large "high protein" cookies are nearly a meal. Unique and eclectic, this is the "coolest" place to buy food in Portland.

Whole Foods Market Reviews: Add
1210 NW Couch St (at Burnside between NW 12th and NW 13th) (97209) (map)
503-525-4343
Large natural foods supermarket with fresh produce, vitamins, grocery, care products, deli, bakery, and more; try the vegan donuts. Open daily.

Wild Oats Market - Bridgeport Reviews: Add
7485 SW Bridgeport Rd (at Tigard) (97224) (map)
503-598-7650
Organic produce, deli, vitamins, juices, grocery, care products, and more. Open daily.

Wild Oats Market - Fremont Reviews: Add
3535 NE 15th Ave (97212) (map)
503-288-3414
Organic produce, deli, vitamins, juices, grocery, care products, and more. Open daily.

Wild Oats Market - Hillsdale Reviews(1): Add/Read
6344 SW Capitol Hwy (97239) (map)
503-244-3110
Organic produce, deli, vitamins, juices, grocery, care products, and more. Open daily.

Wild Oats Market - Laurelhurst Reviews: Add
2825 E Burnside St (97214) (map)
503-232-6601
Organic produce, deli, vitamins, juices, grocery, care products, and more. Open daily.

Info from this link:

http://www.happycow.net/north_america/usa/oregon/portland/index.html

DianeVegan
Jun 6th, 2006, 03:03 AM
Blossoming Lotus is a great cafe that shares space with a yoga studio. It's the best raw food in the city, the best and healthiest breakfast and by far the coolest people working behind the counter. By the end of the summer I will have eaten everything on the menu.:D

I just spent a week in Portland preparing for my move and I met about 10 vegans (that I know of). While the east side of the river has more vegan options, the west side has a lot as well. I never had to describe veganism to anyone in a restaurant even once. And the local farmer's market had a vegan bakery stand. Every city should be like this.

Wildflower
Jun 7th, 2006, 04:02 AM
I loved Portland when I went there on vacation years ago.

It was the place I met my first vegan!

I would love to move there - it is the best place I have been in this country.

DianeVegan and BodyBuilder - Oregon has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country - was it hard to find a job there?

DianeVegan
Jun 7th, 2006, 04:17 AM
Wildflower,
It wasn't difficult to find a job but that's only because I am in a field where most hospitals are short staffed. I am very fortunate to have been able to make this move. I don't know much about the job market in Portland but if you want to move here I hope it turns out to be a good opportunity for you.

Wildflower
Jun 7th, 2006, 04:25 AM
Thanks Diane.

Unfortunately, my boyfriend is not too thrilled with moving to a place with both earth quakes and tidal waves! :(

But I thought maybe I could convince him to move inland a bit... either way, it won't be for awhile. I hate living here, but we only do as my boyfriend attends a school here. This is also a good place for his job field (Midwest/mechanical engineering). Alas...I can dream! :D

Limey
Jun 7th, 2006, 05:17 AM
This thread is really making me want to move there, or visit at the least. Maybe I can incorporate Portland with my trip to Seattle next year. I might fall in love and move and crush my mother's heart. Oy.

mophoto
Jun 7th, 2006, 06:12 AM
i know the feeling talia!!

i would love to move to portland, but i have my sites set on chicago (today, but it always changes) because it is a lot closer to my family!
i don't think i could mentally tolerate the overcast weather, in portland. i can barely stand it here!!!

Bodybuilder
Jun 7th, 2006, 06:13 AM
Oh yeah, Portland is only 2 1/2 - 3 hours drive south of Seattle....You have to make it down! Portland really does rock.

Check this out:

http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=27