The Vegetarian Resource Group Blog


Posted on February 21, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor


On their website, Pret names these items as vegan:

Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Curry soup, Moroccan Lentil soup,
Falafel Mezze Salad, Pret’s Grains & Greens Salad, Hummus & Crunchy
Veggie Flatbread wrap, dairy free yogurt with nuts and berries, fruit,
Overnight Oats with nuts and dates, Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt,
and Oatmeal for breakfast.

For information about eating at other restaurant chains, see

To find vegetarian and vegan restaurants, go to

The contents of this posting, our website and our other publications,
including Vegetarian Journal, are not intended to provide personal
medical advice. Medical advice should be obtained from a qualified
health professional. We often depend on product and ingredient
information from company statements. It is impossible to be 100% sure
about a statement, info can change, people have different views, and
mistakes can be made. Please use your best judgement about whether a
product is suitable for you. To be sure, do further research or
confirmation on your own.

Advocacy at Leg Up Farmers Market in York, PA

Posted on February 20, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor


by Julia Mathew

This was the first booth I had ever done with the VRG and it certainly will not be the last! I, along with three other volunteers, represented The Vegetarian Resource Group on the weekend of February 4th in York, Pennsylvania. We set up our booth in a relatively new natural foods store called Leg Up Farmers Market, which opened in March of 2016. The shop started out as the owner’s way of offering more health-conscious foods to the local community, after having struggled to find them for their child with special needs. Some of the proceeds even go to Leg Up Farm and Able-services to help kids with special needs.

We set up our booth around 9:45am and ended at 2pm. There was a special class at the store on plant-based diets and many promotional vendors were giving out samples, both vegan and non-vegan, throughout the store. We were very surprised at the response to our booth and advocacy, especially in such a rural area. Many people who stopped by the booth told us that they had previously been vegetarian or vegan and had felt great doing it, but had fell out of the swing of it. However, they were definitely interested in trying it again and we had great conversations about how they could sustainably and effectively switch back to it. Others had stopped by our booth because they themselves were vegetarian or vegan, which was great to hear. They were very excited over all of the vegetarian and vegan options offered in the store and were hopeful that others in the area might shift towards a more plant based diet as well. Another man swung by because he had a vegan friend who couldn’t make it and had wanted him to try a vegan diet. He signed up for our membership, thanked us, and took a copy of our Meatless Meals for Working People. It was so nice to talk to him and see his interested in going vegan for his health and the animals. Many dietitians stopped by our booth and remarked that they used our informational materials with their clients, which was so great to hear! “My Vegan Plate” was definitely a popular handout amongst the dietitians. I spoke with a pregnant vegan woman who was looking for additional resources, so we referred her to The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book, which is available on the VRG website. We also gave her a packet about planning vegan diets for children and infants. Shortly after, I spoke to a mother whose daughter is vegan and wanted additional nutritional information and resources. I spoke from my own experience about consuming enough calories and carbs such as brown rice, and gave her some resources, including our pamphlet called “Vegan Nutrition For Teenagers.”

Overall, I think our advocacy was very successful and people were very receptive to us. I think we inspired many people to rethink their dietary and lifestyle choices and perhaps even converted a few. It is truly so exciting to see people showing more interest in vegetarianism and veganism in more rural areas!


Posted on February 20, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

Food Standards Australia New Zealand received an application from Link Trading Pty LTD seeking approval for extension of use of L-cysteine monohydrochloride (known as L-cysteine) as a food additive in reducing browning of fresh cut avocado and banana, and thus to extend their shelf-life.

Food Standards stated “There are a number of ways to commercially manufacture the food additive L-cysteine; some methods source the raw material from natural sources such as feathers or hair before further processing steps are undertaken.”The Applicant confirmed that the L-cysteine it uses is synthetically produced and not from natural sources.

The contents of this posting, our website and our other publications, including Vegetarian Journal, are not intended to provide personal medical advice. Medical advice should be obtained from a qualified health professional. We often depend on product and ingredient information from company statements. It is impossible to be 100% sure about a statement, info can change, people have different views, and mistakes can be made. Please use your best judgment about whether a product is suitable for you. To be sure, do further research or confirmation on your own.

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Vegan Options at Pei Wei® Asian Diner

Posted on February 17, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor


By Jeanne Yacoubou, MS

There are several FAQs relevant to vegans placed under a “Special Notes” section which appear after clicking on any “Nutrition Information” or “Allergy Info” link found on this page of Pei Wei’s website: (The FAQs can be seen at the bottom after scrolling through to the end from any one of those links.)

For reference, here is Pei Wei’s full menu:

Here are the reprinted FAQs:

Q: What are the vegetables that are served with a dish when Vegetables & Tofu is chosen as the option?
A: We serve broccoli, carrots and snap peas with our tofu when guests choose Vegetables & Tofu as the option.

Q: What kind of tofu do you serve when guests choose Vegetables & Tofu as their meat option?
A: We serve a firm, baked tofu that is dipped in soy sauce, very different from the more traditional silken tofu (served only in our Hot & Sour soup). This baked tofu has a smooth texture and tastes like the sauce you choose to add to it.

Q: What ingredient prevents so many of the sauces from being vegetarian?
A: Any sauce that is not marked with a “leaf,” our symbol for vegetarian, has something in the sauce that we cannot remove. Depending on the dish, it could be anything from chicken stock to oyster sauce or shrimp paste. If you would like to know the specific ingredient in a particular dish, please ask a manager.

Q: Do you have any dishes at Pei Wei that you claim to be 100% vegan?
A: The simple answer is no. There are varying degrees of vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. Our dishes marked vegetarian have no meat or animal byproducts in them; however, there are many vegans who do not eat sugar because it is processed using animal bones. We also use honey in our Teriyaki sauce, which is not considered vegan. For this reason, we are only able to claim a vegetarian status on our dishes.

Q: How can the Honey Seared dish be a vegetarian dish when it has honey in the name?
A: The “honey” in the name is used to describe the mild, sweet flavor of the sauce, but there is actually no honey in the Honey Seared dish.

For more information about the vegan menu options at Pei Wei, The VRG communicated with J. Sullivan, Director of Culinary Innovation at Pei Wei. Here are our questions and his responses.

Q: On your site next to the vegetarian icon appears: “Vegetarian Available Upon Request.” How do you define “vegetarian”?
A: We take the vegetarian designation very seriously at Pei Wei. Vegetarian menu items are those that can be prepared with tofu and/or vegetables and contain no animal products whatsoever – no hidden ingredients such as chicken stock, fish oil or animal fat that obviously a vegetarian would want to avoid. Our vegetarian dishes are also prepared with oil or water that has not come into contact with animal products.

Q: How do you define “vegan”?
A: At Pei Wei, we understand that there are varying degrees of vegetarian and vegan diets, so we adhere to the strictest standard when labeling something vegan. While dishes marked vegetarian have no meat or animal byproducts in them, many vegans do not eat sugar because it is processed using animal bones, so we wouldn’t consider a dish with sugar in it to be vegan. We also use honey – made from the toil of bees, and therefore not considered vegan – in our Teriyaki sauce. For those types of reasons, we claim a vegetarian status on most of our dishes rather than vegan.

Q: We understand your position about the sugar as the reason why you don’t wish to label any of your dishes as vegan. Is there any dish that would be vegan as you define it except for the sugar?
A: No. We are only able to claim a vegetarian status on our dishes.

Q: The Edamame Hummus small plate appears all-vegetable but it is not labeled with Pei Wei’s vegetarian icon. Why not?
A: The inclusion of won ton chips make the Edamame Hummus a non-vegetarian small plate.

Q: Can the won ton chips be left off of the Edamame Hummus dish thereby making it vegan?
A: Yes.

Q: What is it about the following that makes them non-vegan?
a. won ton chips (Edamame Hummus plate)
A: The chips contain eggs. The Edamame Hummus plate could be ordered without chips upon request.

b. vegetable spring rolls
A: The vegetable spring rolls are fried in the same fryer as pork egg rolls, crab wontons, etc.

c. traditional edamame
A: The traditional edamame can be prepared as vegetarian using fresh water to steam but that is also available on request.

The VRG also asked the Director of Culinary Innovation at Pei Wei about quinoa added to the menu in April 2016 initially slated to run for only a few months.

J. Sullivan informed us that “Quinoa was originally launched as a limited time offer. Due to its popularity among our guests, it now appears on the menu.”

Q: We noticed that the quinoa entry (listed after scrolling down to Substitutes for Rice on the Pei Wei table of allergy information for Rice and Noodle Bowls Items) indicates that milk and shellfish are present in quinoa. Could you explain why shellfish and milk are indicated allergens for quinoa?

A: The allergen listing is meant to identify allergens for our guests that have food allergies/sensitivities. A dish is marked for the appropriate allergens based on ingredients and possible cross contamination during the preparation and cooking process. The recipe for the side of quinoa includes stir-frying the quinoa in our Kung Pao sauce, which contains oyster extract (shellfish) and sweet whey (milk) as ingredients.

Q: Is it possible to order a bowl of plain quinoa without any of the allergens listed for quinoa above in your table?

A: We take the health and safety of our guests seriously—we avoid promoting quinoa without the disclosure of possible cross-contamination with allergens during the preparation and cooking process.
We asked J. Sullivan if vegetables and tofu are prepared away from meat and seafood products with utensils and cookware that have been sanitized and initially received this response:

“As standard operating procedure, vegetables and tofu are not prepared separately from meat and seafood products with utensils and cookware that have been sanitized. However, the method or preparation can be adjusted at the request of a guest.”

The VRG requested further clarification about this statement and received this reply from the Director:

“To clarify, meat and tofu are prepared on the same surfaces with the same utensils but everything is sanitized between uses (i.e., meat and tofu are prepared separately in a rotation on the same, sanitized surfaces with sanitized utensils and cookware between use).”

Complete ingredient statements for Pei Wei’s sauces are not listed on the chain’s website. J. Sullivan stated:

“While Pei Wei doesn’t list the ingredients to sauces on our website, we are happy to work with our guests should they call guest services with any questions at 1-877-782-6356.”

The contents of this posting, our website and our other publications, including Vegetarian Journal, are not intended to provide personal medical advice. Medical advice should be obtained from a qualified health professional. We often depend on product and ingredient information from company statements. It is impossible to be 100% sure about a statement, info can change, people have different views, and mistakes can be made. Please use your best judgement about whether a product is suitable for you. To be sure, do further research or confirmation on your own.

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Multiple Adventures to By CHLOE

Posted on February 16, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

by Chloe photo

By Heather Francis, VRG Volunteer

Chloe Coscarelli first won national attention after winning Cupcake Wars on the Food Network station. Following this impressive debut, she released three cookbooks. Next, the by CHLOE franchise was created after Chloe teamed up with ESquared Hospitality. The chain currently has four restaurants in New York City (two more are expected to open), one in Los Angeles, and Boston is expecting two locations to open (the Seaport location is opening February 23rd). There is a By CHLOE bakery (SWEETS By CHLOE) on Bleecker Street in NYC. All of their baked goods are made in house daily, and their food is all made from scratch. Did I mention the restaurant has healthy options, too?

The menu is vegan, and has a breakfast, lunch/dinner, and a delicious dessert menu. I crave By CHLOE. It’s at the top of my favorite vegan places, and most likely sits at number one. I have eaten there three times and am already planning the next time

The first time I went I tried their vegan Caesar with a side of sweet potato-cashew cheese sauce topped with crispy vegan shitake mushrooms. To go, I got their massive cinnamon chocolate chip cookie. The mac and cheese had to have been the best part of the meal. The mac and cheese is crazy creamy; I envy the recipe.

In Los Angeles I ventured once again to By CHLOE. A few of my coworkers had dinner, and while they all ordered beautiful quinoa taco salads, I decided on the massive Guac burger. I’m not lying when I say it’s the tastiest veggie burger. The patty is made with black beans, sweet potato, and quinoa, and the sandwich is topped with salsa, crunchy tortilla strips, guacamole, onion, and their own delicious chipotle aioli. It’s truly a mouthful. I advise you to order it with a side of sweet potato fries. I promise you’ll never want to eat a veggie burger anywhere else following this experience. They even have ketchup made with beets. The creativity and unique vibe of this restaurant is incomparable to another.

A month later following the Women’s March in NYC, a friend and I went to By CHLOE for dinner. In this excursion I decided on the Quinoa Taco salad. Now, some people could say that this salad could be made at home, but I’d like to argue that because of the powerful and unique combination of ingredients in the salad. Packed in the salad is spicy seitan chorizo, tomato, avocado, quinoa, black beans, corn, and tortilla strips. On top is vegan crema, and an agave lime vinaigrette. All of this is topped on a bed of shredded lettuce. It’s massive and worth every penny. The dressing itself is one of a kind, and the mix of toppings creates a perfect balance to this beautiful salad.

I 100% recommend traveling to this restaurant whenever you’re in NYC, Los Angeles, and soon to be Boston. There is no other like it. My next venture will definitely be to SWEETS By CHLOE on Bleecker Street in NYC.

If you want more information visit their website: and Instagram @eatbychloe

Updated Guide to Veggie-Friendly Books for Kids and Parents

Posted on February 16, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor


The Vegetarian Resource Group recently updated our Guide to Veggie-Friendly Books for Kids and Parents. You can find it here:

My Internship with the VRG – University of Maryland Nutrition Student

Posted on February 15, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor


By Casey Brown, Intern (left in photo)
Last February, I received an email from Charles, the VRG Co-founder, asking if I would be interested in doing an internship with The VRG over the summer. I was so excited for this opportunity since it revolved around my passion: veganism. At first, I was worried I would not be able to accept the internship since I already was working part-time and scheduled to take multiple summer classes. However, The VRG was willing to work around my schedule so that I could have this experience.

The first task Charles gave me was to determine my schedule. He sent me an email of potential projects I could work on throughout the summer and additional booths that I could volunteer at. Charles customized the projects around my resume to meet my interests, so I was looking forward to all of them. Scheduling gave me practical experience that I know will help me with planning and time-management for my future careers. While I stayed on track with my schedule initially, I soon began to realize that some of my projects would take longer than I originally thought that they would, and I had to make many adjustments to my schedule over the summer.

Although I had been volunteering with The VRG through online opportunities since early 2015, I first met the staff in May last year at Green Festival, an event located in DC. Later in May, I came to the office for the Dietetic Intern Day, where I was able to meet the Dietetic interns from the University of Maryland, College Park. This was a great experience for me, as a Dietetics student, since I was able to connect with many others in my field of interest. It was also an eye-opening event since I realized that not all dietitians are entirely familiar with vegan and vegetarian lifestyles. It was really exciting to know that this was one of the interns’ rotations and knowing that they would go home with many resources and an increased knowledge of vegan lifestyles thanks to The VRG.

My first official day in the office was in early June, and on this day, Charles gave me a tour of the office and a huge stack of vegan books to take home. He explained the history of The VRG to me and told me the multitude of things they are involved with. That evening, my family asked me how my day was and what my internship was like. I tried to explain everything that The VRG does, but I just wanted to say “everything.” They do product reviews, restaurant guides, outreach, publish books, supply tons of resources, etc. I simply could not sum it all up.

One of my favorite projects was cooking vegan dishes for a local soup kitchen, Our Daily Bread. It was a great experience being able to donate healthy, delicious vegan meals to those in need, and it was even more exciting when we were able to visit the center. We met with the Volunteer Coordinator who told us that over one third of the people that they serve preferred the vegetarian options! This was such exciting news, and I am hopeful that many others in the community will continue to donate vegan dishes to their organization.

There were two other interns with me over the summer: Alicia and Heather. While they were here, one of the places we visited was Tuttie’s Place. Here, we were able to meet with about thirty students ranging in age from 5-17, and we had the chance to teach them about the health benefits of vegan and vegetarian diets. We shared a simple vegan banana ice cream recipe with the kids, and the majority of them loved it, saying they wanted to make it again at home with their families! It was really nice being able to get involved with outreach, educate the community, and be able to see the impact we were making in the children’s lives. They may not have wanted to transition to a vegan lifestyle after our event, but they were more educated, aware, and open to it. Many of them were hoping to implement a meat-free day within their households every week!

I also worked on many research projects and write ups over the summer. One project that Heather and I worked on was to determine the vegetarian/vegan options at the national parks. To do this, we reached out to each of the national parks to determine whether or not they offered vegetarian/vegan options within the parks, and many of them told us that they did. For the ones that didn’t have any options in the park, we searched the surrounding area for vegan-friendly restaurants that people could visit, and we made a list of these.

We also interviewed old interns and scholarship winners for an article for the 35th anniversary of The VRG. In this, we asked each person about either their experiences interning with The VRG or winning the scholarship and how it influenced them to this day. This article will not be published in Vegetarian Journal until later this year, but it was really exciting and inspiring to hear each of their answers and to see how The VRG continues to impact their lives up to 15 years later.

I worked on many additional projects including a write-up of how to be vegan on a budget, providing tips for parents whose teen is making the transition, compiling nutritional information about all the different brands of vegan cheeses, and more. These were all interesting to work on and informative, so they can hopefully help many people who are vegetarian/vegan or considering the lifestyle.

In addition to all of my projects, I was also able to volunteer at many booths around Baltimore and DC. These included the Taking Action for Animals (TAFA) conference, Green Festival, a farmers market, Vegan Soulfest, DC Vegfest, the VSDC’s Life-Affirming Thanksgiving, and others! I enjoyed each of these booths and the unique audiences that they attracted! It was an amazing opportunity to be able to connect with so many people who were either vegetarian/vegan or interested in making the transition at booths like TAFA and Vegfest. However, it was also really exciting and necessary to educate others in the community who were less knowledgeable about vegan and vegetarian diets at booths like the Green Festival and the farmer’s market.

I was also able to attend the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore. At this event, the other interns and I were able to sample many vegan products from a multitude of vendors. These items included vegan ice cream and cheeses, cruelty-free lotions, and much more. We went home that day feeling stuffed, satisfied, and overwhelmed. This event really opened my eyes to the growing market for vegan products and the increasing demand for these items.

I am extremely grateful for all of the connections I made throughout my internship as well. The VRG staff are all so kind, helpful, and welcoming, and it is always exciting to come into the office! Although I grew up in Maryland, I am not very familiar with the Baltimore area, and they told me numerous places to visit, events to go to, and restaurants to eat at! I also was able to meet and work with a few other summer interns, including a student from Germany, who I never would have met outside of this organization. Though we all worked while we were in the office, we typically tried a new vegan restaurant every week, and I was able to try Indian, Ethiopian, and multiple other cuisines that I hadn’t tried before.

I am so thankful to have had this opportunity. While it was considered a summer internship, I have continued volunteering with The VRG since then. This internship has helped me make new connections with fellow vegans and Dietetics students, learn many ways to be an activist in my community, and grow my knowledge and passion for veganism. I am so thankful to Debra and Charles for giving me this opportunity.

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Posted on February 15, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor


More than 1000 people came in 2016. They wanted the creamy mac ‘n cheese goodness… without the dairy. And the Mac ‘n Cheese Smackdown delivered. Now it’s back, and anchoring the city’s first citywide Vegan Weekend in Baltimore.

Baked, stove top, bubbly, or slow-cooked – mac ‘n cheese expresses the style of the individual making it. Experience the best Baltimore has to offer on Saturday February 18th at the 2nd Annual Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese Smackdown, where local chefs and cooks will compete for vegan-cheesy excellence. The Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese Smackdown will be held from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Baltimore City Community College, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore MD 21215.

Contestants’ vegan mac will be judged on mouth feel, taste and texture. Categories include Best Overall Mac ‘n Cheese, Best Gluten-Free, Best “From Scratch” (ie, no processed ingredients), People’s Choice, and Most Like Grandma’s. This event is open to the public and costs $10 in advance or $15 at the door. More than 1500 guests are expected to taste the city’s finest in vegan mac n’cheese! The Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese Smackdown is a fundraiser for THRIVE Baltimore.

Thrive Baltimore is a dynamic community resource center located in the Station North community of Baltimore City. Run by a collective of food, environmental and social justice activists, our mission is to provide education, resources and support to anyone interested in adopting a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. Part of Thrive Baltimore’s mission is to provide free plant-based cooking demos, nutrition lectures, food tastings, film screenings and other fun, informational programming in an open, socially conscious environment that makes it a space where all are welcome. We’re dedicated to encouraging people to make healthier, kinder choices that will enable them to live more sustainable lifestyles.

The Smackdown is part of the first city-wide Vegan Weekend, featuring a veg food crawl around the city on Friday Feb. 17 with more than 20 Baltimore restaurants offering plant-based specials. On Saturday night, the fun continues with an AfterParty at Thrive Baltimore and on Sunday Feb. 19, local eateries will offer a Vegan Brunch, followed by a Vegan Pizza Party at Paulie Gee’s in Hampden.

Event sponsors include PEP Foods, Baltimore Vegan Drinks, A Well Fed World, Better Health Better Life, Open the Cages Alliance, Follow Your Heart, MOM’s Organic Market and EmbroidMe.

Website & Tickets:


Posted on February 14, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor


We were sent a notice that the Paradise Meadow brand features the OmegaCrans Omega-3 Fortified Dried Cranberries, fruits that are enhanced with Decas’s own cold pressed cranberry seed oil, making OmegaCrans a natural source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.

When we wrote Decas to confirm that the omegas were vegetarian, they said,
“OmegaCrans are vegetarian! The Omega-3 comes directly from the cranberry seeds.

The Vegan Guide to Stockholm, Sweden

Posted on February 14, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor


By Julia Mathew

According to a March 2016 study conducted by Novus for Djurens Rätt, the largest animal rights and welfare group in Sweden, when asked “Are you a vegetarian or vegan” 5% of individuals responded that they were vegetarian and 3% said they were vegan. However, the parameters of the terms ‘vegan’ and ‘vegetarian’ were not clearly defined so the study results could be skewed. Many vegetarians and vegans live in the capital city of Stockholm and Skåne, or the southernmost county of Sweden. Younger generations are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental impact of animal agriculture and are changing their diet and lifestyle as a result. According to a poll run by Demoskop and commissioned by Djurens Rätt, Sweden’s largest animal welfare and rights organization, Swedish individuals in the 15-34 year old demographic most commonly associated themselves with vegetarianism or veganism. Among non-vegetarians, the poll further stated that there was an increase in interest of purchasing vegetarian products, going from 26 to 37 percent in a single year.

Having visited Sweden multiple times, I have always been thrilled to see the expansion of the vegan movement in such a historically animal product-based society. Veganism is becoming a sort of trend among Swedish youth, as information on the environmental and non-ethical aspects of animal products are becoming more widespread in Scandinavia. There are many popular Swedish bloggers who are changing outsiders’ perspective on plant-based food through their colorful, modern, and artful social media accounts.

Of the Swedish cities I have been to, such as Stockholm, Gothenburg, Uppsala, and Malmö, I have never had any problems eating vegan in my experience. Stockholm is a beautiful city encompassed by water due to its 14 inclusive islands. There are countless vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurants and cafes throughout the city. Most cafes have plant-based milks available. Oatly is among one of my favorite plant-based milks and is becoming an increasingly popular non-dairy milk option in cafes. Oatly is a Swedish oat milk company that produces various vegan products such as milk, creamer, yogurt, fruit juices, and ice cream. Astrid och Aporna is another great Swedish brand that has its own line of products, as well as its own fully vegan grocery store in both Malmö and Copenhagen. Look out for these brands if you’re in Scandinavia!

Vegan-friendly Restaurants, Cafes, and Shops

• Bagar’n Horstull (Hornstull T-bana): Serves vegan semlor, cookies, and sweets; some vegan options available
• Chutney (Katarina-Sofia): Serves Mediterranean plates, burgers, and tofu dishes; 100% vegetarian and vegan-friendly
• Delivore (Hornstull): Serves bagels, sandwiches, smoothies, salads, and milkshakes; 100% vegan
• Govinda (Södermalm): Serves various Indian dishes, has a weekly menu; 100% vegetarian and vegan-friendly
• Hälsocafét (Södermalm): Serves salads, raw pizza, chili, burgers, fruit bowls, and cakes; 100% vegan
• Hermans (Katarina-Sofia): Offers a hearty buffet which includes mixed salads, potato and pasta dishes, bread, pastries, and various dishes; 100% vegetarian and vegan-friendly
• Hermitage (Gamla Stan): Offers a hearty buffet serving soups, daal, potato and rice dishes, salads, curry, and various dishes; 100% vegetarian and vegan-friendly
• Naturbageriet Sattva (Gamla Stan): Offers pastries, bread, sandwiches, tea, and coffee; vegan-friendly
• Reload Superfood (Vasastan): Serves acai bowls, hearty salad bar, sandwiches, smoothies, and raw cakes; vegan-friendly
• Sally Voltaire & Systrar (Norrmalm, inside Åhléns City): Serves soup, sandwiches, and various salads; serves some fish but has many vegan options
• Södermalm Vegetariska (Södermalm): Serves moussaka, nacho and falafel plates, burgers, chili, wraps, and vegetable stir fries; 100% vegetarian and vegan-friendly
• Sthlm Raw (Hornstull): Serves salads, soups, sandwiches, wraps, and pastries; 100% vegan and mostly raw
• Lao Wai (Vasastan): Serves various tofu, noodle, seaweed, vegetable, and soy protein dishes, as well as homemade ice cream; 100% vegan

Specialty Shops & Health Food Stores

• Goodstore (Hornstull, Katarina-Sofia): Carries various Swedish and imported vegan food products and cosmetics; 100% vegan shop
• Paradiset (Södermalm): Offers produce, various vegan food products, and cosmetics; vegan-friendly

“Opinion Polls”. Djurens Rätt. Updated 19 Janurary 2017.
“One in ten Swedes is vegetarian or vegan, according to study.” Independent. 24 March 2014.

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