First of all, let me tell you that Vegan, is not a bad word. Nor are vegans scary or bad or weird or crazy, at least not anymore so than the rest of the world's population. In fact, as the world persuades it's peoples to go green, I found out that one of the best green friendly lifestyles is the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. But enough about that because I want you to continue reading, even if you do eat meat. This post is not just essentially for vegetarians and vegans, it's also a great guide for those of you who happen to be in love with vegetarians or vegans and living with or traveling with them.
Fortunately vegetarians and vegans are starting to come out of the closet in droves and there are some really hip/cool celebrity types that are helping to normalize the veggie lifestyle in this country. Gone are the days of "oh honey, if you don't eat meat you won't grow", or "you'll waste away", or "but dear, how will you get enough protein?" Let me just say that I'm a very tall woman. Healthy. A former star athlete collegiately and professionally, and...I'm not wasting away.
Gone are the days when all I could order on any given menu was a salad or a baked potato. I'm a mother now and fortunately my children have a lot more options than I ever did. Bookstores are filled with vegetarian and vegan cookbooks which tells me that people are actually cooking that way and living that way. The raw foodies are even gaining popularity and receiving tremendous health benefits from that lifestyle.
But what about traveling and eating out at restaurants? I sill find that vegetarian options are few in most restaurants and vegan options rarely exist. I usually have to ask the hostess before being seated if the cook can make anything vegan. Sometimes they can, and sometimes they can't. Which would be fine if I was going out to eat all by myself and could just traipse up and down the avenues with my inquiries, but generally when I go out, it's with a group, or a friend, or my family and that's just not cool. Let me tell you, if all restaurants offered at least one vegetarian option and one vegan option, I would be half way to heaven. But...I'm not there yet.
However there are great options out there and it helps if someone else has reviewed them ahead of time, so you don't have to and you can take your beloved vegetarians or vegans out for a bite to eat without them squirming in their seats the whole time.
In this blog I'm reviewing vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurants during my travels and in my local area. I hope this helps. Good luck!