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Vegan in Philly #PLA2012

Franklin Fountain Soy Chocolate Ice CreamBeing vegan at a conference is not always easy, but offers its own unique rewards. Since going vegan, I have often had to be more diligent about carrying around my own snacks and meals, and researching ahead of time which restaurants in a given city will work for me. On the other hand, one benefit is that going to vegan or vegan-friendly restaurants in a new city gives me an excuse to see parts of the city that I perhaps would not have explored otherwise. Searching for new vegan restaurants in a city I’ve never been in before is always a fun adventure for me.

PLA 2010 was easy, as Portland, OR is a vegan paradise. Philadelphia, while not quite as abundant in its herbivorous offerings, has had some delightful surprises so far. Blackbird Pizzeria is an all vegan pizza joint that does excellent thin crust pizzas. Khyber Pass Pub in Olde Town offers a vegan pulled pork (seitan) sandwich that even my meat-eating partner absolutely loved. The past two nights I’ve ended my evenings with a generous scoop of creamy soy chocolate ice cream from Franklin Fountain, pictured above.


  1. Kristin

    I envy you being in Philly! I lived in Center City Philadelphia for years – now I’m in a the UK, and I miss the vegan ‘cheesesteak’ sandwiches from Gianna’s Grille so much, they are delicious. The ‘freebird’ especially, which is made to be like a chicken cheesesteak (yes, that’s what we call it, nevermind the logic). Completely vegan if you ask for it that way. With onions, is my favourite.

    My mouth is watering now. You should have one – I’ll live vicariously. 🙂

  2. Jeanette Larson

    I was thrilled when ALSC finally set up a system for vegetarian and special diets to be handled at the Newbery/Caldecott banquets. It’s hard to be vegan or vegetarian at most conferences. Even when we find restaurant options, the convention center is usually almost impossible.

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