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Vegan / Vegetarian Discussion - All Things Veg*n Forum

Not listed in order of importance!
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I am using "Loving Hut" in Palo Alto as my main example - because I have just read about them as I was eating tangerines for breakfast in my apartment here in the south of China!
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Please add your own ideas to this thread!
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Getting more "bums on veggie restaurant seats" is one of the main goals of HappyCow!
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1. Get listed on HappyCow & spend a few $ each year to become a "Friend" - this makes you even more visible on the site.
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See the listing of "Loving Hut" on the page for Palo Alto in California, USA - http://www.happycow.net/north_america/usa/california/palo_alto/index.html
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2. Request your customers / friends / critics / anyone & everyone to write reviews about you on HappyCow - http://www.happycow.net/reviews.php?id=15567
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3. Search HappyCow Members by "area" & invite anyone living close to you to visit / let them know when you have special days.
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4. Write your own HappyCow reviews - declaring that you are the "owner" - delete & update it every month - remember to regularly review other local businesses also - even if they don't reciprocate.
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5. Make your area a better "veggy destination" by letting HappyCow know about other veggy / compassionate eating places & stores which are not yet listed - let those businesses know that you have listed them - network, network, network.
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6. Connect with local journalists & bloggers - especially if they are vegan!
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This morning I enjoyed reading about "Loving Hut" in Palo Alto - at MetroActive - http://www.metroactive.com/metro/01.07.09/veggie-0901.html
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Sometimes stories drop off websites after a few days so i am going to post a few excerpts below -
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Silicon Veggie
Hut Hit
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By Elisa Camahort
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+ THERE'S a new vegan restaurant south of San Francisco and west of Berkeley—and that's big news for veg*ns from my neck of the woods. Last week, this vegan visited Loving Hut at 165 University Ave. in downtown Palo Alto. Now, I'm still waiting (and wishing) for a veg*n restaurant that's more along the lines of Greens or Millennium—more gourmet, more than vegan Chinese food—and I can keep hoping that someone will open that kind of restaurant south of, say, San Mateo. But in the meantime, restaurants like Loving Hut (think Garden Fresh in Mountain View or Happy Bamboo in San Jose) are also really welcome.
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At Loving Hut you order at the counter from a still-small selection of menu choices. Don't be fooled by the menu on their website (www.lovinghut.us)—it is way more extensive than the choices offered thus far at the Palo Alto location. +
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+ I've been to Loving Hut twice in the last few weeks. Both times I tried something called a "yam flour crescent" a rather inexplicably titled appetizer that emulates, more than anything else I can name, fish sticks. And it comes with a vegan tartar sauce.
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Now I know there are plenty of veg*ns who have no desire or taste for faux animal products of any kind, but I'm not one of those veg*ns. I loved eating these mock fish sticks and the creamy vegan tartar sauce too. +
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7. Let HappyCow know when there are news articles / videos posted about you etc. - today "Loving Hut" is featured on the HappyCow Group on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=46222877510
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8. Post about any compassionate events that you know about / organize to this Forum area - http://www.happycow.net/forum/events/index.php
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9. Connect with Quantcast so that you can get a better idea of how "effective" your site is - http://www.quantcast.com/happycow.net/traffic/sites#summary
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10. Remember to link your site / blog / Facebook pages to HappyCow - this is how "Loving Hut" link up - http://www.lovinghut.us/paloalto/links.html
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11. Improve & update your website - regularly - get free critical reports from sites such as - http://website.grader.com/wsgid/2185067/default.aspx - and update it / generate new reports regularly!
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12. Post your best recipes to HappyCow.net - http://www.happycow.net/vegetarian-recipes.html
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13. Ensure that Alexa have your correct details - http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/happycow.net
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14. Improve the health of your customers by switching to a menu which is 100% plants AKA herbivorous AKA vegan & shout out loud that "ingesting animal parts (meat) / animal juices (cruel dairy)/ bird menstruation (stolen eggs), bee vomit (honey) etc. is cruel & wholly unecessary for humans".
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Time to do some work!

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