Sunday, May 15, 2011

Vegan Capital of Maine!


Eating vegan can be good. For a City of its size, Portland (pop. 64,000) has plenty to offer in the way of vegan restaurants. I'm familiar with three restaurants in Portland that all offer vegan dishes. Vegan is not only good for your health but environmentally friendly.

When we breed animals for food, it pollutes the environment by consuming large amounts of water, grain, petroleum, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals. Moreover, the way we raise our livestock is inhumane.  Animals on factory farms have anything but a “real life.”

I haven't adopted a vegan lifestyle simply because I'm just too lazy. In any case, I do limit my consumption of animal protein, and I do go meatless one day a week. Every little bit helps. 

Last week, I discovered Little Lad's Bakery. It's a total vegan restaurant (that means they don't even serve honey). They have an affordable lunch buffet for only $4.99, and while the food isn't haute cuisine, it's filling and nutritious. It sure beats a burger, and who can argue with the price.

For those in search of an upscale restaurant, try the Green Elephant. It specializes in Asian food and has some inventive vegan dishes. On the weekends and during the tourist season, reservations are highly recommended. Even meat eaters love this place!

Finally, for something causal, try Local Sprouts. It's affordable with a pleasant kick-back atmosphere. It serves locally grown organic food. They have a number of vegan dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Try it for a real Maine experience.

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