Despite it’s size, Geneva is home to several restaurants that offer great vegetarian food. Here’s my list of places to check-out:
1. Dallywater’s – this restaurant makes all their food from scratch and always has several delicious vegetarian options on the menu. Check of the vegetarian bangers and mash or the “vegetarian” meat pie. In addition to the food, Dallywater’s has the nicest facade in the city. You can sit in the lovely windows, enjoy your meal and watch the city go by.
2. The Leaf – responsible, organic, local, delicious. Check out the veggie burger, banh-mi or risotto. They also happen to have one of the best beer selections in town.
There are several wonderful places to eat in downtown Geneva. I love walking downtown for food and drinks at one of the locally-owned, independent restaurants or pubs. I’m really impressed that there is so much good food in such a small city. I’m also impressed that these businesses are choosing to set-up shop in our walkable and quaint downtown. Don’t get me wrong, I love the downtown, but it’s no longer the commercial core of the city. I think it’s important to support these businesses if we’d like to eat local food and create viable downtown communities.
Let me tell you — I am not the only fan. Edible Finger Lakes has recently published an article highlighting many of the good eats (and good peeps!) in town. Some of my personal favourites include the following:
Leaf Kitchen: local, organic, lots of veggie options and a Canadian chef(!)
Red Dove: local, organic, fab beer menu and great space
Dallywater’s: delightfully British, beautiful window seats and fantastic food and teas
Pure: yummy Indian food including lots of veggie options
Apparently, you can have a green breakfast of champions at the Irish Pub in downtown Geneva. It consists of Lucky Charms cereal in beer and Irish coffee. You can later join the pub crawl that gets started at 3 pm. This town sure knows how to party!
This is a neat video about a beekeeper in Brooklyn. She notes how the honey tastes differently depending on the season and on where the bees are getting their nectar. Turns out there is such a thing as honey terroir.
Victoria, BC has some really amazing restaurants. Even the little lunch spots offer fantastic food. We have been delighted to discover that Geneva is not without it’s own little food gems. One restaurant in particular, the Leaf Kitchen, has amazing, local and relatively inexpensive food. The desserts alone are worth a visit. Mmmmm. If you find yourself in the Finger Lakes, you won’t be disappointed by the food scene!
In his book, Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer reviews the practice of factory farming and asks us to consider how much pollution, health risk and animal suffering we’re willing to endure for a piece of meat. The information in the book made my stomach turn. It’s a complete horror story.
Thankfully, there are a few glimmers of hope peppered throughout the book. One example is a fantastic organization in Watkins Glen called Farm Sanctuary. Watkins Glen is about 35 minutes from Geneva and is home to some beautiful waterfalls and some serious car racing. Farm Sanctuary is exactly what you might imagine – a refuge for sick and mistreated farm animals. They also work to raise awareness and promote change about how farm animals are treated.
Before reading Foer’s book, I had no idea how urgently we need to change factory farm practices (I don’t know how things compare in Canada). I’m not sure yet how or if I’m going to change my eating habits. Should I become a full-time vegetarian? Should I try to find ethical meat? Do I really need to research where all my food comes from? Apart from my personal eating habits, what else can I do? Wherever I land on these questions, I will definitely support Farm Sanctuary’s work and I can’t wait to visit when it opens again in the spring.
For more pictures of Farm Sanctuary animals (like the picture of Tweed the Calf, below), check out this article at the Huffington Post.
Update: Natalie Portman may be making a documentary based on Eating Animals.