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The Big Question: To Go Completely Vegetarian, or Not?

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Photo: Michael Hänsch Flickr/CC

By Danielle Gillette

After trying my hand at part-time vegetarianism for the past couple of months, I have come to the conclusion that full-blown vegetarianism and/or veganism isn’t really for me.

I know, I know, there are so many proven benefits to it- this article from the Vegetarian Times outlines several of them, including living longer, saving money and keeping your weight down.

One of the other benefits they cite is that it’s easy to make the switch to vegetarianism, and this ten-step transition guide tries to make the switch as easy as possible too.

Though it may not have been that easy for me, personally, to do even half-time vegetarianism this semester, that’s not to deter anyone else from trying! There are tons of vegetarian recipes out there, and making at least one meal a week vegetarian can have a big impact on your health and on the environment: according to Kathy Freston, if everyone in the U.S. went veggie for one day, we’d save 100 billion gallons of water.

So, though I may not be converting completely to vegetarianism, I will strive this summer to have at least one vegetarian day a week. Lots of great produce will be in season, and I’m looking forward to getting more veggie cooking experience from the comfort of my kitchen at home.

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Celebrating Vegetarianism in Connecticut

By Danielle Gillette

I may go to school in Boston, but I live in Connecticut. I’ll be going home soon, so I started to check out what vegan/vegetarian things are going on in my home state. As it turns out, Connecticut is having its first annual Vegetarian and Healthy Living Festival or “VegFest” this weekend, April 28-29, at the Convention Center in Hartford.

Carrots

Photo: Russ Glasson/ Flickr CC

The festival was founded by Ani Tirpan, owner of Wholesome Creations (a company that makes vegan, gluten-free, all-natural salad dressings) in North Haven, Connecticut. According to articles on the festival, Tirpan wants the event to focus not only on just the vegetarian/vegan diet, but the lifestyle in general.

There are speakers, cooking workshops, yoga classes, and film screenings scheduled over the two days, all intended to educate the general public on all things veggie.

So if you’re in the Hartford area this weekend and want to learn more about vegan/vegetarianism, the festival is free (with your donation of a vegetarian or vegan food item for local food banks) and runs from 10 to 6 on Saturday and Sunday. More details can be found here.

I wish I was going to be home so I could go check this out, but the semester’s not quite over. If, like me, you’re in Boston but you still want to see what a “VegFest” is all about, the Boston Vegetarian Society will be having their 17th annual Vegetarian Food Festival this October (the 27th and 28th, to be exact).

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Montecristo in Mission Hill

By Laurie-Ann Mansir

Even though I’ve lived in Mission Hill since September, I hadn’t yet been into Montecristo. Located right in Brigham Circle, Montecristo offers authentic Mexican food for a pretty low price.

Although they have lots of delicious looking things on their menu, I obviously had to try their burrito. These guys definitely know what they’re doing when it comes to Mexican food. It was spicy and delicious, and the ratio of ingredients was close to perfect. If you’re looking for a real burrito, Montecristo is the place to go. With meals starting at just $6, you have no excuse not to check this place out. And if you’re over 21, they just started serving beer and wine, so you can enjoy una cerveza with your tasty treat.

I’m not sure I would deem them the best burrito in Boston, but you can be sure I’ll be going to Montecristo again!

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