Vegetarians and vegans used to be the anomaly. But the plant-based lifestyle is trendier than ever, and local restaurants are stepping up to meet the growing demand.
Admitting that you were a vegetarian 30-some years ago elicited reactions that ranged from deep concern and bewilderment, to sheer horror. “You’ll fade away into nothing!” my grandmother would scold at every meal I shared with her. She had lived through World War II in England where meat was scarce and heavily rationed. So to her and many besides, meat had become somewhat of a status symbol, a sign that things were better, and not something to eschew.