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Vegan Options in Las Vegas

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Along with MrsHound, I spent a full week in Las Vegas earlier this month, the longest single amount of time I’d ever spent there, certainly since becoming vegan, on a single trip. I was there for the annual Affiliate Summit West business conference, Affiliate Marketing’s biggest yearly

get-together featuring somewhere over 5,700 participants. We arrived on Saturday, Jan. 9 and the conference ended Tuesday the 12th. We had intended to return home the next morning, but for various reasons that developed, we decided to stay a few more days, until the following Saturday morning. Thus we were faced with the need for many additional food options that we were not anticipating.

Having been to Las Vegas several times since becoming vegan, we did know of a few excellent places for some of our meals, but we were able to add to our list of eateries that were more than accommodating to our vegan needs.
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An Overview of Our Vegan Trip to Seattle

While on an all-too-brief trip to Seattle, MrsHound and I spent some time with our daughter and son-in-law, both orthodox vegans, and sampled some great vegan cooking, got a couple of vegan cooking lessons, and ate at a couple of Seattle’s great vegan restaurants. We evan brought home a few items from a vegan grocery, all fodder for several upcoming posts.

For now, we want to briefly discuss the vegan center of Seattle, the area around University Avenue and NE 55th Street.

For several years, the area around this intersection has been the home to several great vegan outposts. On our first trips to Seattle after the young’ins moved there, we were introduced to Pizza Pi, a vegan pizza parlor. Pizza Pi has gone through several changes in ownership, and while the quality of the product has stayed pretty high, the atmosphere has had its ups and downs, reaching a zenith when it was owned by some of the same people who own other area vegan businesses. We did not eat there on this trip, but previously, in our carnivore days, did enjoy meatless, cheeseless pizzas and calzones there, thanks in part to their great selection of sauces and dips, in particular, their “creamy” garlic sauce.

The area also features Sidecar, a great vegan store, that sells all sorts of vegan products, including pet supplies and food, clothing, and supplements, but features a great array of vegan groceries, many of which can not be found easily elsewhere. I highly recommend their great Cream Filled Dillos, the vegan twinkie, but, made to be eaten NOW, not to “stay fresh” on the grocery shelf for a hundred years. I came home with a bag of assorted vegan mixes, sauces, and snacks, and a couple of Dillos.

Across the street from Sidecar is what we have found to be the best vegan restaurant we have been to, anywhere, Wayward Vegan Cafe. We will be writing more about Wayward, and our two meals there, soon.

And now we have learned that anchoring that brand new building being built south of Sidecar, will be the new location of Seattle’s great vegan Thai restaurant, Araya. We were not able to go there for a meal on this trip, as we have in the past, but did get take-out, and we’ll write more about Araya later on, too.

We had a great trip to Seattle, and the vegan dining was excellent. It would be terrific to see an area in LA County, hopefully near us, explode with a vegan community of restaurants and shops, as has happened in Seattle. There is an area in Claremont, CA with a handful of natural and organic establishments, and we hope to check it out soon, and see what they offer vegans.

Much more on our trip to Seattle, though, to come.

Mediterranean Flatbread Pizza from Lazy Dog Cafe

The Lazy Dog Cafe opened up near us about a year ago, and we enjoyed many of their meals for carnivores, not to mention their fine beverage selection. I especially like their microbrew, Lazy Dog Red, but I digress.

Lazy Dog Flatbread Mediterranean Pizza

Lazy Dog Flatbread Mediterranean Pizza

When we first returned there after our conversion, we basically went with some of their vegetarian-type selections, such as their stir fry with tofu. Unfortunately, they do not do tofu well. It seems they buy semi-firm tofu in squares, and when they do their stir fry, it gets semi-crispy on the outside, and stays mushy inside. Not good. I’ve also tried the cucumber salad, but the dressing is way too light on the vinegar.

But then the last time there, I looked more carefully at the menu, and found some items that can easily be done vegan. My choice was their Mediterranean Flatbread Pizza, that is a thin crusted “flatbread” made into a pizza. It comes with a really good array of veggies, and cheese. The staff was more than accommodating, and prepared mine with no cheese, but with their excellent marinara sauce instead.

The result was an excellent dish that I am sure to order again.

On the Hound scale of 1 to 10, a 7.5.

Dawg lovers, besides their indoor seating, Lazy Dog Cafes also feature outdoor patios where your dawg may accompany you as you dine.

And Pizza lovers, take a look at this.