Making a Case for Vegan Filipino Food

The glossy, crispy skin and juicy meat of charcoal-roasted lechon; the charred gelatinous pork fat at the end of a barbecue skewer; the hearty marrow-enriched beef broth of bulalo: These are some of my fondest memories of Filipino cuisine. I’ve always thought of Filipino food as the ultimate comfort food. And for me that comfort always came with karne, or meat.

When I first heard of vegan Filipino food—about five years ago, when I moved to New York from the Philippines—it sounded like an oxymoron. Some of our cuisine’s most popular dishes are adobo, typically made by braising chicken

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Burgers, burritos, lobster rolls – but hold the meat at VEG OUT, a local vegan food festival

The entrepreneur opened a vegan-only restaurant in Schenectady this spring, her second attempt after a brief hiccup.

Business is brisk at the Take Two Cafe, with customers diving into their self-styled comfort food: Burgers, burritos, even lobster rolls.

No meat. 

Schenectady’s only vegan restaurant opened at a time when the meat industry is experiencing profound disruption and plant-based diets are becoming more mainstream. 

Slaughterhouses faced manpower issues in the early days of the pandemic, leading to shortages. Meat prices continue to soar — posing a grave threat to chicken wing nights — while the plant-based meat industry is becoming

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Minty Z Offers Vegan Dim Sum and Asian Food in Coconut Grove

click to enlarge Minty Z's carrot and black sesame bao buns. - PHOTO BY MINTY ZHU

Minty Z’s carrot and black sesame bao buns.

Photo by Minty Zhu

Minty Z is a fresh addition to the diverse culinary community of Coconut Grove, offering plant-based Asian fusion plates with a focus on dim sum.

Located just across the street from the Grove’s post office on Grand Avenue, the full-service, bistro-style restaurant opened in December 2020, giving the 305 a much-needed solution to an absence of vegan dim sum options across Miami.

Minty Z is a creation by ex-New Yorkers Alex Falco, the

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Plant-based? Here are 13 vegan restaurants in Charlotte, and what to order at each.

Eating plant-based foods is easier than ever with the rise in popularity of vegan restaurants in Charlotte.

Salads are no longer the only option for vegan eaters, and the consumer market for vegan food is continuing to rise year after year. Data collected by the Good Food Institute and the Plant-Based Foods Association found that retail sales of plant-based food grew 27 percent over 2020, reaching $7 billion.

From fair-priced breakfast or brunch options to high-end dinner cuisines, these vegan establishments in Charlotte are changing the way people view vegan meals by providing fresh options for all. (Pro tip:

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