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Resources for Vegetarian Travel and Dining

Sunday, February 20, 2005; Page P07

Web Sites

• The International Vegetarian Union (www.ivu.org) lists translations for saying "I am a vegetarian" in dozens of languages and gives the names of non-meat dishes from around the world -- a nice primer for dining out. There are also links to books that cover vegetarian travel, as well as to other veggie organizations.

Happy Cow's Vegetarian Guide to Restaurants and Health Food Stores (www.happycow.ne) has listings on every continent.



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VegDining.com (www.vegdining.com) has a world map of meat-free restaurants.

• The Vegetarian Resource Group (www.vrg.org, see Organizations below) posts pertinent questions and answers about veggie travel as well as links to other organizations, guides and outfitters, such as dude ranches with vegan fare.

• Spiritual Guides' Vegetarian-Restaurants.net (vegetarian-restaurants.net) lists veggie restaurants and natural food stores in all 50 states, plus international locations. Also included: non-meat suggestions for fast-food dining and the 16 best vegetarian cities in America (No. 1: San Francisco).

Books

Vegetarian Guides, a London publisher, offers a variety of veggie travel guides, such as "Vegetarian Israel" and "Vegan Guide to New York City." Prices from $9.95. It also sells the "Vegan Passport" ($5.95), a book that explains in 38 languages -- plus pictures -- what vegetarians and vegans can and cannot eat, helpful for dining out. Info: 011-44-20-7739-9499, www.vegetarianguides.co.uk.

Globe Pequot publishes a number of vegetarian guides, such as "Lipsmackin' Vegetarian Backpackin' " ($15.95) and "Vegetarian Walt Disney World and Greater Orlando" ($13.95). Info: 888-249-7586, www.globepequot.com.

Veg Out guidebooks (Gibbs Smith, $12.95) cover the veggie dining scene in a number of U.S. destinations, such as Denver and Salt Lake City. Info: 800-748-5439, www.gibbs-smith.com.

• Also check major booksellers or Amazon.com for such titles as "The Artichoke Trail: A Guide to Vegetarian Restaurants, Organic Food Stores & Farmers' Markets in the U.S.," by James Bernard Frost; "Healthy Highways: The Traveler's Guide to Healthy Eating," by Nikki Goldbeck and David Goldbeck; and "The Tofu Tollbooth," by Elizabeth Zipern and Dar Williams.

Organizations

• The Vegetarian Resource Group (410-366-8343, www.vrg.org) is a nonprofit organization in Baltimore that spreads the veggie gospel. Also very helpful with travel plans.


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