Best Places to Live — If You’re A Vegan

greetings portlandPlaying on the internet earlier today I Stumbled Upon, quite literally, Peta's Best Veg-Friendly City Award at GoVeg.com. Unfortunately, they don't date their articles, so I don't know when this list was compiled. I looked at Peta's site (GoVeg is a Peta website), but I couldn't find the list there even though I drilled-down quite a bit, so I'm not sure this list is current. But it is interesting nonetheless.

Portland tops the list, strip clubs and all. (Nothing against Portland here... I just find the idea of a vegan strip club utterly amusing. And please note, I held back on the pun here in the interest of social correctness, even though Jane said it was funny and okay for me to use.)

Here's the list, be sure to go to GoVeg's site (link above) for further details on the cities:

America's Best Vegetarian-Friendly Large Cities

  1. Portland, Oregon
  2. Seattle, Washington
  3. San Francisco, California
  4. New York, New York
  5. Atlanta, Georgia
  6. Washington, D.C.
  7. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  8. Austin, Texas
  9. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  10. Chicago, Illinois

America's Best Vegetarian-Friendly Small Cities

  1. Asheville, North Carolina
  2. Eugene, Oregon
  3. Salt Lake City, Utah
  4. Norfolk, Virginia
  5. Santa Monica, California
  6. Santa Cruz, California
  7. Boulder, Colorado
  8. Madison, Wisconsin
  9. Athens, Georgia
  10. Ann Arbor, Michigan

Canada's Best Vegetarian-Friendly Cities

  1. Vancouver, British Columbia
  2. Victoria, British Columbia
  3. Toronto, Ontario
  4. Montréal, Québec
  5. Calgary, Alberta
  6. Ottawa, Ontario

Jane and I live in Los Angeles... sometimes referred to by non-Angelenos (you know, the jealous folks who don't live here) as "the land of fruits and nuts." And yet, Los Angeles didn't make this list (note: Santa Monica is part of Los Angeles county so you could argue we are indeed on the list). That validates my feeling that things here aren't as they've been stereotyped, even though The New York Times doesn't seem to agree:

California has long led the country in the creation and fortification of urban food ways. The state was on the forefront of restaurants devoted to raw food and was the birthplace of the organic produce movement. In Los Angeles, vegan restaurants are nearly as prevalent as hamburger joints.

We've got a number of vegan restaurants in L.A., but let me state, emphatically, that they are nowhere near as prevalent as hamburger joints! Maybe one day...

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