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Quick hits on the meatless beat

We’re Number One! LivingSocial, the D.C.-based daily deals site, surveyed 20 major cities and concluded that D.C.’s “preference” for vegetarian and vegan restaurants ranks number one.  Although a closer look at the data reveals that our “high” veg-status remains low overall compared to other tastes: eight percent described their eating habits as meatless, whereas 39 percent would say they were “experimental” and 38 percent adorned the title “meal lover.”  On a national level, five percent chose the vegetarian/vegan label.

Critics Choice: Props to David Hagedorn for addressing the favorites and flops of vegetable dishes in his fall restaurant reviews for Washington Flyer. Hagedorn publicly spanks both Graffiato (“The only shortcoming I’ve come across are the vegetable offerings, billed as room temperature but, in fact, cold; they would benefit from a wood-oven blast”) and Virtue Feed & Grain (“One glaring omission: vegetables. Pickled beet roots don’t count”). And Cleveland Park’s Tackle Box receives a gentle caress, as Hagedorn praises its plentiful vegetable options.

No Turkey For Me: Former Washington Post food blogger Kim O’Donnel just signed a deal securing her second book, The Meat Lover’s Meatless Holiday Table (Da Capo Press). The follow-up to her year-old The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook, will “dish up vegetarian menus for festive occasions throughout the year, from Super Bowl Sunday to Christmas,” according to an email from O’Donnel. The book is due out in October 2012.

I’ll Take My Vodka Sans Bacon: Like to drink? Like to gossip about PETA campaigns and have strong opinions about genetically-modified vegetables? Join DC Vegan Drinks to talk shop and get a buzz on. Tonight, the group meets at Bread and Brew from 7 p.m. t0 10 p.m.

Photo by Stefanie Gans