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    October 16, 2014

    The Improbable Success of the Texas Veggie Fair

    It's pretty impressive if you think about it: Gathering 7,000 vegetarians and otherwise curious omnivores together to celebrate meat-free living might be hard enough, but to do it in Dallas? Texas is a land that celebrates steakhouses, where smoked beef brisket is its own food group, and where beans ... More >>

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    August 15, 2014

    Thirty Days of Eggs, Tears, Jack and Farts: The Diary of a Temporary Vegetarian

    In this week's cover story, Cheap Bastard Alice Laussade tries on vegetarianism for a month. Here, a day-by-day diary of her experience. Day 1: I tell my husband I'm going vegetarian for a month. He replies, "You do whatever the hell you want -- the boy and I are eating meat for every single meal. ... More >>

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    June 6, 2014

    Dallas' Meat Queen Wants to Know: Where Can I Find the Best Vegetarian Food In Dallas?

    Alice Laussade is a longtime Dallas writer and the founder of Meat Fight. I decided to go vegetarian for a month, just to see how the meatless live. After a week and a half, I can tell you that the vegetarian people of Dallas are offered a lot of cheese enchiladas, hummus, and, "Well, you could jus ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    Tell The Mother of Meat Fight Where She Should Eat Her Last Meat Meal

    I've decided to go vegetarian for a month. Which wouldn't really be that big of a deal, except that I love meat so hard. I love meat so much, I helped create a barbecue competition called Meat Fight. What drove me to this meatless idea? The taste of Matt McCallister's Christmas Tree. After eating ... More >>

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    March 17, 2014

    Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Philip Kingston Divided over Whether You Should Eat Meat on Thursday

    In further proof that Mike Rawlings' tendency to craft major policy initiatives in secret is ruffling feathers at City Hall, some (or at least one) City Council member is pushing back against the mayor's newly hatched plan to curb Dallas' meat consumption. The blowback comes on the heels of Rawling ... More >>

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    January 8, 2014

    Sundown at Granada Has a New, More Organic Menu with Fewer GMOs

    For the past year Sundown at Granada has been making a name for itself as a restaurant that serves vegan and vegetarian food that's damn good -- and not just damn good for vegan and vegetarian food. As executive Chef Patrick Stark told Lauren Smart last week, he's also been interested in pursuing a ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    How Vegans and Omnivores Can Coexist in Dallas: A Guide to Eating Together

    Contrary to popular belief, being a vegan in Dallas is not a wholly miserable experience. We don't get spit on while walking down the street, nor do we have to wear big red Vs pinned to our clothing. These days, most people in the restaurant industry know that vegans don't eat any animal products o ... More >>

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    June 4, 2013

    New Study Says Vegetarians Live Longer, But at What Cost?

    We thought we'd take a break from writing about fried meats to mention that a new study just came out about the health benefits of a vegetarian diet. Spoiler: Vegetarian diets are good for you, which is probably not a surprise. What is surprising is that there are numbers to back it up now: over a s ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013
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    December 4, 2012

    John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats Talks Denton, Taco Bell and Breaking Bad

    Over the course of 14 albums and countless cassette-only releases, John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats has become one of the best (and busiest) singer/songwriters around. While his songs can be depressing and dark, Darnielle's sense of exploration is simply remarkable. Whether it's writing about me ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    Alice Laussade Is the Guest Chef at Next Monday's Cane Rosso Pizza Party

    By now you've surely heard that the folks at Cane Rosso love to invite celebrity chefs and other local food personalities to sit in as guest pizzaiolos. The story was almost getting stale before Alice Laussade got in on the action. This Monday night she'll be joining the ranks of Jack Perkins, Brian ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    Vegetarian Awareness Month: Ten Ways to Celebrate in 2012

    Last year, October was Vegetarian Awareness Month. This year, it is once again. Because clearly, the fight to recognize that Vegetarians are among us is still not over. We must be aware. We must make others aware. We will prevail! Celebrating Vegetarian Awareness Month is easy! Just be aware that V ... More >>

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    October 1, 2012

    Meatless Monday: Now Served With a Side of Cash

    The unfaltering advocates of Meatless Monday challenge you to extend your Monday foray into vegetarianism into the entire month of October. The whole month. Four weeks. No meat. That includes fish, you silly pescetarians. Why, you ask? Today is World Vegetarian Day, as well as the ceremonious fi ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    Meatless Monday at In-N-Out? Why? Why? For Crap's Sake Why?

    Let's get hypothetical. You've subscribed to Meatless Monday and have been trucking along just fine for a few weeks. Given the somewhat limited culinary scope of vegetarian dining in the mass market, your Mondays have been subject to quite a few sandwiches featuring grilled zucchini. And probably a ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    Get Thee to the Grill on Meatless Monday

    Summertime is in full swing and along with it come cookouts, not to mention drunk people on boats, Ed Hardy swim trunks, entirely too many children everywhere, the need for those stinky citronella candles and sky-high utility bills from all that damned air conditioning. I relish the opportunity to ... More >>

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    April 30, 2012

    Spend Meatless Monday at the Farmer's Market While You Still Can

    In the coming months, I'll spend most of my time hidden away indoors in the air-conditioned igloo also known as my apartment. So what better way to spend a Meatless Monday than at the farmers market? Rumor has it the Dallas Farmers Market may not be long for this world; I only live about a mile a ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    Is Meatless Monday Working? Maybe.

    Back in January, Mark Bittman penned a little number highlighting various reports that indicated reduced meat consumption in America. He said we were all eating less meat, and I thought that was pretty great. I even tweeted about it. "Is Meatless Monday working?" I asked, and added a link to the ar ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Meatless Monday at Bijoux: This Ain't Your Poor Hippie Yoga-Instructor Friend's Veggie Meal

    The gnocchi.​A suited staffer circled the room, his tray laden with warm slices of olive, rosemary and raisin breads, crusty and fragrant. He bestowed each of our plates with a different variety, and placed between us a ramekin of butter so pristine and smooth it looked like you could ice skat ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    Mumtaz's Indian Lunch Buffet Was Built for Meatless Monday

    Weary of soy protein and veggie burgers from Meatless Mondays gone by, I had set my sights this go around on exotic flavors and spices. My search for bargain vegetarian nirvana took me to Mumtaz, an Indian restaurant located in a generic Richardson strip mall at Campbell and Central. I'm typically ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    Dinner at Spiral Diner: Let's Take This Meat-Free Business Right into the Lion's Den

    The Facebook​Booze correspondent Whitney Filloon is experiment with going meat-free once a week. Here's her latest animal-fat-less dispatch. "How can you hate on a joint whose tagline is 'We Love You'?" This is what I thought to myself as I walked through the door at Oak Cliff vegan destinat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Meatless Monday Is Harder Than I Thought

    Ed. note: Along with our booze correspondent, food critic Scott Reitz is trying his mouth at going meatless on Mondays. They'll occasionally relay their experiences. So far Scott sucks at it. It sounded soooooooo easy. Drop meat on Mondays -- it'll help save the world and shit. And it's only one da ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Ten Ways to Celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month

    October is Vegetarian Awareness Month. It's true. Vegetarians do exist, even in Dallas. And not only that, they should be celebrated, if for nothing else than for eating all the world's tofu so you don't have to see it. Here are a few ways to help make everyone aware of your support for the carniv ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Cosmic Cafe: Willing to Mix and Match to Please You

    ​When Wes Anderson and the Wilson brothers used to frequent the Cosmic Café (then called the Cosmic Cup), they could be found taking in the restaurants eclectic, Zen-inducing ambience, and maybe even conjuring up a plot or two. Former owner of the café Kumar Pallana can be seen in several of ... More >>

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    September 20, 2010

    Tim Love Hates Vegetarians and Their Roasted Pumpkins

    Nick RalloTim Love's Dirty Love Burger is all dirty with glorious meat​Could Tim Love be the unnamed saboteur who copped to bathing vegetarian entrees in lamb's blood? It's highly unlikely, but the Fort Worth celebrity chef isn't shy about carnivorous sermonizing. He last week shared "Five Reason ... More >>

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    August 26, 2010

    Mmm, Fried Soy Products; Who Needs Funnel Cake?

    Chicken-fried bacon or fried imitation cheese...hmm, which to choose, which to choose?​Figuring omnivores shouldn't have all the greasy fun, is hosting its own fried food contest at The Phoenix Project, 406 S. Haskell Ave. "I would expect some of the same, off-the-wall type of ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    Lettuce Now Consider Our Latest Activist Doings: PETA to Hand Out Meatless Weenies!

    ​If nothing else, this is proving to be a very good week for cheapskate vegetarians (or, really, people who just like free food). Because, like I said Monday, at week's end the folks responsible for yesterday's egg-stremely productive protest at the West Village Albertsons will be back at the DART ... More >>

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    January 25, 2010

    Top 10 Most Annoying Diet Fads

    In a rare unguarded moment, Jared Fogle appears without a pair of pants in his hand.​Grapefruit can change your life. Cabbage soup, too. Balancing the right carbs with the right fats extends one's youth. Smoking shaves off the pounds. Eating only vegetables is ethically right...While Americans did ... More >>

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    July 8, 2009

    Top 10 Vegan-Friendly (But Not Vegetarian-Only) Restaurants in Dallas

    Alexa SchirtzingerHey Olivella's -- think this is good enough to land you on our list? Yeah, it is.Dallas, as we've discovered over the past half-year, has a surprising wealth of options for vegans and vegetarians. And though its shining stars are usually the veg-only places--Spiral Diner, Kalachand ... More >>

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    June 25, 2009

    Veggie Girl: Olivella's

    The question is not how Olivella's does the simple Italian thing so well, but why more restaurants don't. Is it so difficult, really, to buy fresh, healthy ingredients, and then to keep the food simple enough to let their flavors come through? Apparently so, or more places would do it. Olivella ... More >>

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    June 23, 2009

    Veggie Girl: Lazare

    Two days after the Morning News gave Lazare a scathing one-star review, I went to see for myself. I had actually meant to go somewhere else, but Lazare was closer. Having read the review, I wasn't expecting much. And the menu didn't bode well for a vegan meal. Most things had cheese or meat--ther ... More >>

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    June 16, 2009

    Veggie Girl: York St.

    Veggie Girl finds vegan and vegetarian options at Dallas establishments of all kinds. The column appears Tuesdays and Thursdays.I love a good storm. So when I woke up last Thursday to howling winds and sheets of furious rain, I resisted the urge to crawl back into bed and instead opted for staring ... More >>

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    June 11, 2009

    Veggie Girl: Villa-O

    Vegetarian penne with vodka sauce.The first thing that drew me to Villa O was the exterior, where a line of nautically themed blue and white couches and rocking chairs wait invitingly for the odd passerby to recline and stay awhile. (This, of course, was before today's storm-of-biblical-proportio ... More >>

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    May 28, 2009

    Veggie Girl: Pizza By Marco (Part Deux)

    After the recent post on my not-so-great experience at Pizza By Marco, I received an e-mail from the restaurant's owner, Frank Nuccio, who wrote that he was disappointed and offered to personally deliver a re-try. Now, I've written some unfavorable blogs in my day (OK...not as many as any self- ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009

    Veggie Girl: Dosa Cafe

    View Larger Map If Frank and I had ever dated, our first date would have been the time he invited me to eat real, honest-to-goodness Taiwanese food in Richardson. I've been a Chinese-and-related food hater for most of my life, with the exception of this one vegetarian place in L.A. where I haven't ... More >>

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    May 5, 2009

    Veggie Girl: Cafe Brazil

    (A Fairytale) Once upon a time, on a Friday night in a town called Dallas, Veggie Girl got confused. She thought she was Girl Drink Drunk. So she waltzed herself to a couple of happy hours and sampled their libations. But as the night wore on, Veggie Girl got hungrier and hungrier. And suddenly sh ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009

    Veggie Girl: Green Papaya

    Eddie GarzaThey say Green Papaya isn't authentic Vietnamese. I say: When I first moved to New York, my oldest friend introduced me to her cousin, who also lived there and was also a journalist. We hit it off immediately, and one of our shared passions--aside from writing, reading, watching Proje ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    Veggie Girl: Nana

    It only took one vegetarian to convince Nana chef Anthony Bombaci to draw up a meat-free tasting menu. "They made reservations, they told us they were vegetarian and they paid for their food," Bombaci recalls. "And we served them meat." After their visit to Nana, Bombaci got a letter--"snail mai ... More >>

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    March 31, 2009

    Veggie Girl: Cosmic Cafe

    Fill in the blank: The best thing about Cosmic Café is... ...a deck of Tarot cards at every table. yoga. ...unlimited mugs of soy chai. ...delicious plates of all-veggie food, whose prices all add up to multiples of nine. (We don't know why. We asked our waitress, and neither did she...b ... More >>

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    March 24, 2009

    Veggie Girl: Cliff Cafe

    Through all my phases, from finicky meat-eater to cheese-hating vegetarian to vegan, I've never had a server actually encourage me to complicate my order. But at the Cliff Café last Friday our server, Ryan H., did--even after my "girly lunch" group had finagled a table on the sunny, secluded back p ... More >>

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    March 17, 2009

    Veggie Girl: Kalachandji's

    Our new feature searching for vegan and vegetarian dining options in Dallas--both at restaurants committed to the cause and regular, meat eating places.Being vegan is supposed to do lots of lovely spiritual and gastrointestinal things to you. You're supposed to feel lighter and healthier, for one. ... More >>

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    March 11, 2009

    10 Questions: Rip Esselstyn

    He's a former professional triathlete and current Austin firefighter. But Esselstyn is also the author of a vegan cookbook. The Engine 2 DietBut he doesn't call it vegan. He's eating "plant strong"--and has been for more than a decade. Then, when a fellow firefighter found out his cholesterol was d ... More >>

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