Ever since becoming vegan, I’ve found myself seeking out primarily vegan restaurants. (Something I think is pretty normal when making a transition like mine.) I’ve tried a lot of really great things that I wouldn’t have even known existed and for that I’m thankful. However, something that I’ve noticed about myself is my tendency to seek out a vegan restaurant instead of finding options in places that I used to frequent as an omnivore.
Two chainy-type restaurants have recently come to my attention. Chipolte and Qdoba have a decent amount of veg friendly options and even better- their websites give a detailed description of what’s in what so there’s no second guesses there. Check these two out- it’s a great option if you’re eating out with non-veg friends or need something on the go. So don’t count them out just because they’re not 100% veg- I was happy to re-try these places.
Check out the ingredient listing for Chipolte.
Check out the ingredient listing for Qdoba.
In speaking to one of my girlfriends I had a bit of an epiphany. We were talking about the recent (return to) spike in taxes that are taken out of our paychecks and in that I was saying how people don’t really think of 2% as making too much of a difference but when it comes down to a paycheck it’s huge! Then it hit me. Now where have I heard 2% before recently…? Oh yes…for the approximately 2% of people in the United States that are vegan and the 5% that are vegetarian (see this Gallup poll for a 2012 study for some more information and some specifics on demographics) we tend to feel very insignificant in the grand scheme of things. But that’s just it. We’re not. Just like the bumper sticker that I so thoughtfully plastered to the inside of my boyfriend’s lunchbox “Vegetarians Are Sprouting Up Everywhere.” And the idea is to hit those making decisions about our food and the treatment of both animals AND humans for us right where it hurts- square in the pocket. Silly Big Brother- your Trix aren’t for MY kids (when I have them of course).
In that very same conversation I was introduced to a site exposing the horrors of a killer whale named Lolita’s reality. Check it out.
What a lovely birthday weekend complete with food, drink, and friends! I called in for a whole vegan cheesecake from the Loving Hut on Hamilton Street and it truly was sensational! Almost key-lime-esq and I swear the average dairy-consumer would be non-the-wiser. It was also fresh and ready with no more than 30 minutes notice. (Me-Yoong does, however, recommend calling earlier in advance next time but I was still very impressed!) Among the very generous gifts I received this year was a cook book called 101 Best Vegan Foods and we set a goal for 2013 to work our way through the entire thing cooking every meal at least once. (I promise this blog won’t turn into a Julie Julia Project type thing BUT with the help of my brand new Cannon I will be posting the recipes along with pictures of how my creations turned out under the recipe tab so check back for my progress!) I’m actually considering making a whole new tab just for the recipes out of the cookbook… we’ll see how crazy I get! It’s a cookbook you can actually sit down and read since it’s not just jam-packed with recipes but it tells you what foods have which nutrients, why they’re important for a healthy vegan diet, and other helpful suggestions. I’m hooked and ready for this new adventure!
Why should animals have rights? Please check this link out. There’s no excuse for this horrible mistreatment and what’s more- there’s something you can do about it and it only takes 15 seconds.
2013 brings plenty of opportunities for those New Year’s Resolutions we all love to hate. Keeping them is almost as crazy as a vegan food show on the Cooking Channel… or is it? I am very excited to hear of host Jason Weobel’s new show “How To Live To 100” premiering Sunday January 6th, at 8 PM ET. The Cooking Channel describes it:
“Detroit-born chef, Jason Wrobel, dishes up a sublime fusion of food and humor as host of the new Cooking Channel special, How To Live To 100. Known as the “King of Superfoods,” which are powerful ingredients proven to increase your longevity, Jason turns up the heat and whips them up into culinary masterpieces.”
Are you going to tune in? I know I am!
And… do you need a little help figuring out what’s for cruelty-free-dinner in the New Year? Check out this nice little Two-Week Vegan Meal Plan that PETA put together for some ideas!