New cafe near the Bangor Mall showcases vast array of vegan and vegetarian fare

Little Gem, a cafe that highlights vegetarian and vegan menu items, opened Tuesday at 109 Bangor Mall Boulevard in the same development as the Bangor Mall Hannaford. Credit: Linda Coan O’Kresik / BDN

A new cafe on Bangor Mall Boulevard will highlight vegetarian and vegan menu items and other healthy treats, capitalizing on a growing nationwide trend toward plant-based diets.

Little Gem, which opened Tuesday at 109 Bangor Mall Blvd. in the same development as the Bangor Mall Hannaford, is owned by Maggie Bauman. She moved with her mother, Sara, to Bangor last year from Toledo, Ohio, where for more

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Being vegetarian and vegan are not the same. But what’s the difference?

Susan S. Johnson

The world is now shifting to a more plant-based diet! The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly changed the way people think about plant-based eating, and its growing role in protecting personal and planetary health. For those practicing a plant-based diet, the difference between being vegetarian and vegan might be obvious. For others, it can be confusing, we think.

For instance, vegan and vegetarian diets avoid all animal by-products. But how are being vegan and vegetarian different from each other? 

To understand this better, we spoke to Dr Priya Palan, dietitian, Zen Multispeciality Hospital, who shared with HealthShots that vegan and vegetarian

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A vegan and vegetarian food guide

Susan S. Johnson

Plant-based eating is growing in popularity around the country and in Tallahassee. Here is a look into some of the many options available for vegans and vegetarians in Florida’s capital. 

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Strictly vegan and vegetarian

The Bark 

Owners Susie Petty and David Green opened this funky, colorful mural-covered vegetarian restaurant, bar and event venue four years ago in the All Saints neighborhood. 

“We combined forces to create this space,” Petty said, “which has a full liquor bar, where we do

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Eating healthfully at State Fair of Texas? 18 keto, gluten-free, Whole30 and vegan ideas

Susan S. Johnson

If you’ve looked at any of the mouthwatering photos of the food at the State Fair of Texas this year, it’s pretty apparent that the focus here is not on healthy eating. But, there are plenty of keto, gluten-free, Whole30 and vegan options if you know where to look.

In fact, Dallas mayor Eric Johnson admitted he’s “going to need some help here” with his keto diet, and the State Fair of Texas immediately offered him a list of compliant foods.

Find the fair’s full lists of keto, Whole30, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options on Below are some

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