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The word vegetarian doesn't just define a diet—it's a way of living in the world. Read about these restaurants, chefs, cookbooks, and veg-friendly travel destinations to expand and enhance your vegetarian life.

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.

THE BACKSTORY

Age-old health remedies, cleaners, and beauty products made from natural ingredients—some found in our own backyards—are enjoying a new popularity. Here’s why.

Research continues to reveal the many ways in which the veg diet can benefit health.

If you’re transitioning to a more plant-based diet, you’ll be happy to know that new studies confirm that the vegetarian diet—typically high in fiber and low in fat—is beneficial to many aspects of your health. And if you’ve been a vegetarian for years, these findings will give you good cause to pat yourself on the back. 

Here, highlights from new research explain just why the veg diet is good for you:

Marriage turned Vernon Woodland into a vegan.

The chef at and co-owner of the Washington, D.C., eatery NuVegan Café (formerly Woodland’s Vegan Bistro) grew up eating like other African-American youth in the city’s black neighborhoods: meals centered on chicken, beef, and pork. And there was plenty of macaroni and cheese.

His wife, Mickiyah Woodland, who spent her childhood years in Bermuda and in D.C., learned to cook at a young age in the vegan restaurants that her parents operated. 

What it is: A Vegan Bar

The backstory: In a city whose reputation is entangled with hipster stereotypes, The Bye and Bye offers a relaxed, upbeat space free of pretension. Located on Alberta Street, an artsy thoroughfare in Northeast Portland, this vegan bar was established by six friends in 2007. “The owners built the bar with their own hands, then tended bar while running the daily operations,” says communications and events manager Phillip Conner.

After a cold, slushy winter, the brighter days of spring beg for peppy pedicures and breezy, more stylish footwear. In addition to being on-trend for warmer-weather ensembles, these shoes maintain a lighter footprint by boasting ethical construction (no sweatshops), sustainable materials (like reclaimed cork, vintage fabrics, and faux leather made from plastic bottles), and intentionally animal-free fabrications. With eco-cred so solid, you can skip, hop, and run for your commuter bus with a clear conscience.

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