Anyone from Missoula? Or Montana in general? I would love to hear about other's experience living in this not-so-kind-life-friendly environment. I would also love thoughts on wild game hunting, as my fiance and his family are all avid hunters...
I'm moving to Missoula for good in June! I was there last summer (as a vegetarian, I am now full-vegan). Good Food Store is great for anything you might want or need- their bulk section is truly amazing (and a great way to buy only small bits of things when you're trying out a new recipe). In addition to food, they also sell organic shampoo, lotion, and even dishsoap in bulk. They also have a dine-in area with plenty of vegan options, including baked goods for sale and preorder. The salad bar features wonderful homemade dressings, many of which are vegan (if you haven't tried the GFS take on Annie's Goddess dressing you haven't truly lived!)
I love the GFS! It's the only place I can find a lot of items. Yes, their bulk section is fantastic and I adore their salad dressing! I only wish we had just one more "whole foods store" so that the GFS could have a little competion and possibly lower some of their prices. I've found a few items at regular ol' Albertsons that are priced lower than the GFS. But alas, I love supporting organic local food. I live pretty close to the GFS so it's a nice walk, too. :)
My boyfriend works at GFS and I make sure he takes full advantage of his 20% employee discount whenever I'm in town! Any chance you could get your wild game hunting fiance to apply to work there? ;)
I know The Bridge has a couple vegan pizza options but I've never tried them. Last summer the downtown farmers market on Saturday mornings was really nice (but also pricey!) I've heard the Clark Fork River market (near Caras Park) is slightly cheaper, but I don't remember noticing much difference the couple times I was there last year.
Keep me posted if you find more kind-life-friendly restaurants, stores, etc.? I'll do the same when I move there this summer!
Can I just add a flirt voice for the 'Yahoo GFS!!!' campaign?! I love it there. So nice to be able to find new things to try as I'm flirting with being a vegitarian/vegan.
This post caught my eye also because of the hunting question. Not sure what your stance is but I come from a family of hunters who are respectful and use what they kill. I have really rabid views on baiting--like they do in the south, putting out grain while hunters sit on their butts and wait for deer (so wrong)--and I'm kind of a hunting snob. It's my opnion that if a person puts in work to find an animal who can be harvested as humanely as possible, when they're respectful of all that entails and use all they can it's not offensive to me.
To see a life wasted for sport or trophy? Disgusting.
Not sure if that helps or even gives insight. :) That's what responding at 1am brings!