Oh hello there friends!
In case you’re wondering yes, I did pass the ultimate vegan challenge!
I went out for dinner with my non-vegan friends to a non-vegan restaurant.
So a bit of a back story – I never go out for dinner (as vegan or as a meat eater), in all honesty I can’t even remember the last time I had a meal that wasn’t prepared by me. It’s just not my thing. Even on road trips I’ve always prepared my lunch and snacks the night before. I still eat chips after a night out, while everyone is having kebabs and I still go out for coffee every now and then, I’m not that extreme but I rather know exactly what I am eating and that way I have an excuse to learn and improve my cooking skills, so it’s a win/win situation.
So going out as a vegan with meat-eater friends to a place where everything has either meat, bacon or some kind of cheese was my ultimate vegan challenge.
I checked their menu in advance because I like to be prepared so when we arrived I knew I wanted their Vegetarian Spaghetti but without the cream sauce and they were actually happy to make it with olive oil instead which made me feel extremely welcome (I don’t know if they were that happy because we’ve known each other for a couple of years now but they were happy!). Everything goes smoothly until they bring the plate to the table and there’s a pile of parmesan on top of my spaghetti and broccoli! My first reaction was something like this “*gasps* Oh no! Is that cheese?” my friends quickly asked the waiter to replace my plate because I wasn’t having any cheese which is really nice because I don’t like to bother people so I’m sure that if I was by myself I would probably just try to eat the small portion of spaghetti that didn’t have any cheese on it.
The waiter came back with a new plate of spaghetti (without any cheese or cream sauce!) and it all turned out well in the end.
For me this was my ultimate challenge as a vegan because I am always the kind of person who asks what’s on the menu and I barely make eye contact when ordering something at the counter but this made me realise that I don’t have to be like that and it’s awesome!
Today I’m going out for an afternoon tea and in case you’re wondering I’m super chill because I did it once so I can do it again.
Hearts and Hugs,