I’ve lived in four cities since graduating from college, so I’m pretty good at doing the moving thing. I have my own personal stash of boxes into which the contents of my apartment fit perfectly. I’ve mastered the moving “hacks”— including using socks to protect my glassware and dish towels and t-shirts to wrap the dishes and picture frames. And I can quickly navigate the process of setting up utilities, changing my address, and setting the cats up with a new vet. The worst part is usually dealing with the DMV—I always end up going back more than once because I’ve overlooked a small detail on the forms—gah!
Moving also means figuring out where I’ll eat in my new city. Brooklyn had been a series of dichotomies—vegan restaurants proliferated, but there were also plenty of places which were definitely NOT veg-friendly. There are certainly less vegan options in CT than in Phoenix, Boston, or NYC. But I’ve found that there is a thriving veg community spread across The Nutmeg State! The Happy Cow app and Vegan Connecticut Facebook page keep me in the know. There’s also a wonderful event called Compassionfest held in Hamden twice per year, where all the vegans unite to eat and buy cruelty-free products.
If you’re in town and looking for a veg-friendly restaurant, here are some recommendations:
-Flora – a plant-based restaurant with especially tasty desserts!
-India – the menu indicates which items are vegan and gluten free!
-The Spot Coffee Shop- there’s a yummy quinoa salad on the menu!
-bar taco – a few choices which are vegan or can be made vegan, and the servers are great about it.
-Black Bamboo – there’s a vegan section on the menu!
-Lena’s Café – there’s a vegan vegetable salad with lots of avocado!
-Claire’s Cornercopia- it took me about 10 minutes just to read through the extensive vegetarian menu. The black bean soup was phenomenal!
-Ion—awesome menu with a full vegan bar and terrific desserts!
-Bloodroot—these lovely ladies run a vegetarian restaurant and feminist bookstore right on the water. There’s also a cat who moseys around!
-Divine Treasures Chocolate— HOMEMADE VEGAN CHOCOLATES AND SOFT SERVE.
-B.Good – chain with quite a few vegan options on the menu
Grab a meal at one of these places if you're in the area, and stay tuned as I embark on Year 2 here-- because for the first time in three years, those boxes are not being put to use this summer!
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