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Shop Talk: Vegan variety in Palo Alto

Original post made on Jan 31, 2013

In many cases, yes, according to a few chefs with restaurants in Palo Alto. "Eating vegan is a growing trend," said Calafia restaurant owner and chef Charlie Ayers, who has readjusted his offerings to reflect the changing trends.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 12:13 PM


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Posted by Sarah Creighton
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 31, 2013 at 6:55 am

I LOVE that PA is going more vegan. My three kids and I are vegan and I run a vegan blog called "" which has grown immensely, proving that the vegan audience is thriving and growing. The restaurants mentioned in this article are fantastic and I always love taking my non-veg friends there to show them how great vegan can be!

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Posted by Longtime veg
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 31, 2013 at 7:18 am

I have been a vegetarian, mostly vegan since 1973, with the exception of during a pregnancy. I have been to Calafia several times. The food is great. Though the service and seating are not too hot. Those chairs are painful!

A lot of the earth's ills could be lessened greatly if more people stopped eating animals! People who eat too much meat are often more aggressive than they would be otherwise. Plus, look at the waste of food that goes into feeding meat animals... it could feed millions of people. The meat industry as a whole cause a lot of pollution, erosion, etc.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 31, 2013 at 7:29 am

Good food is good food. I have lunched here and enjoyed it. I am not veggie but can enjoy an occasional veggie meal as I don't see the need to eat meat at every meal.

I just don't like veggies (or greenies) preaching to me.

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Posted by Patricia
a resident of University South
on Jan 31, 2013 at 7:45 am

Hooray for Palo Alto. I've been a vegan since 2003. It's been very hard to find restaurants that serve vegan food. I can't wait to try these places. Thank you!

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Posted by local gurl
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jan 31, 2013 at 10:41 am

Longtime Veg, you lost me at meat eaters "are more aggressive than they would otherwise be" . . . seriously?

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 31, 2013 at 1:47 pm

The only problem with eating vegan in a restaurant is that you will pay even more for food that costs less to the restaurant. Seems like of unfair to me. I usually try to eat vegan or dishes with just a little meat in them. When I do this I usually look and feel better, but my years of programming to eat the American diet still has me craving junk food and meat.

We are a long way away from fixing our American factory food system.

I would like to mention Whole Foods & Piazzi's for their prepared food and salad bars and Sprouts Cafe as being big helps for me to eat right conveniently and for a reasonable cost.

One thing the city might do is to find some land and either pay or take volunteers for planting and growing vegetables on it and sell it to restaurants. Once it gets going and proves successful maybe it could be privatized, but why should not all localities try to source some of their own food? I started growing veggies in my yard and the difference really opens your eyes to how much we have gotten used to food that is made for transporting and shelf life as opposed to food that is made to eat. If this understanding is offered to more people I think they will see, notice and demand a difference.

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Posted by Longtime veg
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 31, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Too much protein causes aggression in mammals, including humans. Vets will often prescribe a low protein diet for aggressive dogs ( I have worked for horse and small animal vets as a technician).

Also, in ancient China, Buddhist priests cooked for Mandarins. to make them less warlike, they often made tofu into meat and fish-like dishes, seasoned to taste like the real thing.