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Find Vegetarian-friendly travel destinations and restaurants. Be prepared with Vegetarian lifestyle travel tips.

This eaterie offers plant-based dishes that look as good as they taste.

WHAT IT IS 

Mesa Verde is a modern, plant-based bistro. Eating for wellness is par for the course in beachy, blossom-scented Santa Barbara, but Mesa Verde is no typical vegetarian restaurant: This off-the-beaten-path eatery revels in plant-based dishes whose color-play and composition rival modern art’s greatest masterworks. 

WHY WE LOVE IT 

Encurentro

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A vegetarian/vegan restaurant on Oakland, California’s waterfront.

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Encuentro features creative, sophisticated vegetarian and vegan dishes, as well as an eclectic wine list. From appetizers to entrées, and desserts to drinks, everything on the menu is seasonal, organic, and delicious. 

When the singer-songwriter Moby was 19, he had an epiphany. As he described it last year in Rolling Stone, he was sitting on the steps of his home with his cat Tucker, whom he’d rescued from a dump as a kitten, when he realized that he did not want to eat animals.

Los Angeles, vromage.com

What it is: 
A well-stocked vegan-only shop in Seattle’s lively University District

Chocolate is very particular, and presents some pretty specific constraints,” says Kate Shaffer, co-owner of Maine-based Black Dinah Chocolatiers and author of Desserted: Recipes and Tales from an Island Chocolatier.

Veg food artisans from Australia to Amsterdam are reinventing the neighborhood butcher shop. “Calling ourselves ‘butchers’ describes that act of putting center-of-the-plate proteins within easy reach of our customers,” says Jess Abramson, co-owner of Toronto’s YamChops. Here, four trendsetting purveyors of plant-based provisions.

Animal lovers who can’t personally take in a rescued animal, might consider sponsoring one with a monthly donation — which offers real help.

Owen + Alchemy

This Chicago juice hotspot serves tasty concoctions made from fresh, local ingredients.

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