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Aug 21, 2012
by: Anonymous

Question: Thanks for explaining the difference between northern and southern California.

That state is definitely of interest to me, but it is so huge, which makes it difficult to know which area would be best suited for veggies!

Yeah, Hawaii would be awesome, but if you could pick a place in the continental USA, what would win your vote for most veg friendly (and city)?

Andrew's Answer:

Veg friendly and raw friendly don't have much in common.

When vegetarians and vegans are talking about a region's veg friendliness, they're pretty much exclusivity talking about if there are lots of exclusive vegan/veg restaurants or if general restaurants have veg-friendly items on the menu.

They're probably also talking about an area's concentration of vegetarians and vegans, or if there is a "vegan" scene of people protesting against animal abuse/ eating, gathering together for potlucks, etc.

Personally, that isn't much of a deciding factor for me, since I rarely eat at restaurants, and most often, vegetarian restaurants don't cater to my desire for large quantities of salad and fruits as well as something like a buffet does.

I'm looking for good fruit, warm weather, sunshine, open public spaces, good transportation (bike lanes, subways, etc), and good fruit. Other raw foodists being around is a plus too.

I think the single coolest city in the country, which does happen to be very veg friendly, is Portland, Oregon. It's just got so much going for it.

The only thing it lacks is good weather, but hey.

Aug 20, 2012
Where to go?
by: Anonymous

Awesome article.

I'm looking to move, so this was timely.
I heard that Asheville, NC was very veg-friendly.

I have a friend who lives near Norfolk, VA (the PETA headquarters) and he said there's not much veg support in that area---not even a Whole Foods!

What did you mean by when you said that the culture in SoCal is not as progressive as North Cal?

If you have to pick a state, which would you choose?

I'm dying to get out of Chicago!


Like all stereotypes and generalizations, true or not, there is a degree oversimplifications involved, but in my opinion the culture of southern California is more about highways, business, and the superficial Hollywood mystique.

Northern California is more about bikelanes, permaculture, spiritual matters, environmentalism, and other things I consider progressive and enjoyable.

I don't have an opinion on the absolute best spot, and think any could make a good home, but if I had to choose I'd probably go with Hawaii.

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