Wednesday, 8 January 2014

#WIAW - Vegan Challenge Update

So I am on Day 10 of my vegan challenge and I thought I would give you all an update for WIAW. I am battling a cold at the moment, but otherwise I am feeling pretty good. I won't lie to you though, eating out this past weekend was a struggle.

On Friday night we had made plans to have a double date with a couple of friends. We had settled on Fresh - a delicious, local, vegetarian restaurant, also known for their vegan-friendly options. But when we arrived Friday night the restaurant was closed because of a burst pipe. DANG IT! This silly Canadian Polar Vortex strikes again! So we opted to head to a Thai food place instead. They had lots of vegetarian options and I opted for the Veggie Red Thai Curry. It was delicious, but I am not 100% convinced it did not contain fish sauce. It wasn't listed on the menu, and was flagged as a vegetarian option, but in the interest of full disclosure... Confession: I may or may not have ingested a small amount of fish sauce on my vegan adventure.

Saturday was really no better. My sister was flying back to Halifax after the holidays, so we met for brunch before she caught her plane. Ummmm FYI: Brunch as a Vegan is TOTALLY LAME! Everything either is eggs or has eggs in it. SIGH! Eggs has actually been one of the hardest things to give up. With my tummy troubles over the summer, eggs have become a huge staple for me because they are protein packed but easy to digest. So being vegan meant the brunch menu was pretty much off limits for me. I thought about just getting a salad, but even all of those had meat and cheese. So I ended up with veggie pasta at 10:30am...not my first choice. Especially when surrounded by so many delicious looking pancakes!
In other words, this week I learned that eating out as a Vegan is very tricky. It is hard to guarantee exactly how your dishes are prepared, and the menu options are limited. I admittedly don't eat out a ton, but this is definitely a negative point for the vegan lifestyle long term. I just found it stressful. But we are only 10 days in, so we shall see.

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

22 comments:

  1. And you can't do soy right? Otherwise, I've had a fantastic vegan frittata or tofu scramble. Otherwise, I can't imagine what a restaurant would make that would feel "brunchy" hmmmm Pancakes? ;-)

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  2. Eating out as a vegan is tricky, indeed. I don't eat out a lot either but when I do, all I do is asking. I never trust the menu or the fact that I believe that something is vegan. I always ask the waiter/waitress. Sometimes they are very helpful while others are totally uninformed, not willing to find out what plates are suitable for me and even rude. At this case I never visit the restaurant again, although I believe I need to be more exigent. If we as vegans don't take ourselves seriously nobody will!

    New starts are always difficult!

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  3. I am not vegan so... I agree - it must be tough. Lots of options where I live but not everybody likes a place that has the vegan options...

    Feel better!

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  4. Yes - just imagine if you're vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free! Haha that's why I started eating meat again. But to be honest when eating out before... I would just research restaurants and only go to vegan-friendly ones. I agree it causes a lot of stress and looking back I wouldn't want to do it again!

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  5. Maybe the Polar Vortex is Nature's way of telling us to eat animal fat... and carbs! *ducks* I kid! Though I suppose the vegans couldn't hurt me since I'm an animal too... I should still be wary of the GF and Paleo types looking for payback...

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  6. YOu're a MACHINE! And we can't have you turning into an icicle!!

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  7. It can definitely be a little tricky to eat out as a vegan depending on where you live. Growing up in the countryside there were multiple birthday [not mine] dinner's where my only option on the menu was a bowl of plain tomato soup minus the whipped cream on top. Then again, when visiting a larger city [like Berlin for me] means having an awesome choice of everything vegan from brunch buffets to cafés and restaurants and even an all-vegan supermarket. I hope you'll have another chance for a good vegan brunch experience. If all else fails maybe host your own :)?

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  8. You are having some crazy weather up there. One week ice storms and the next week a polar vortex. I was a vegan for over a year...way tough to eat out. Good luck with your challenge!

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  9. sorry brunch was lame - that thai food looks really good though!

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  10. Brunch/Breakfast is REALLY difficult. It usually means oatmeal or toast with peanut butter and fruit for me. We found one good vegan place with amazing tofu scrambles and go there every weekend. Being vegan definitely makes eating out difficult, but you'll find places that are amazing and those become your new staples.

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  11. That is tricky!! I did a vegan challenge once... I forget how long I lasted but it was tough!

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  12. I am not sure I could ever be a vegan especially since we own an organic egg farm. I don't think I could ever give up my eggs? What have been some of your favorite vegan foods so far?

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  13. At least you know Fresh won't be closed forever so you'll just have to eat out there all the time :) I was a vegan many, many, many years ago and I don't think I'll go back but I do love vegan dishes (especially from Angela at Oh She Glows!)

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  14. Great job! You are doing good with your challenge!

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  15. Most places will sub potatoes or mushrooms for eggs in the vegan breakfast :)

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  16. Ugh darn polar vortex! Fresh closed? Gah well let's hope that doesn't happen on Saturday! I agree that finding a vegan-friendly brunch is tough, but there is a really cool little place here called the Yeti Cafe and they have some great vegan brunch options! One of my faves is a great big collard wrap stuffed with veggie goodness, and the sauce it's filled with actually tastes a bit eggy, but it's vegan! I believe it's made with curry powder, nooch, and a few other goodies. I've been trying to re-create it because it was so delish. If you're ever here on a weekend, I will take you there!

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  17. If you lived in Los Angeles, eating out as a Vegan would be VERY VERY easy... Which is why I am proposing that you come visit!!! :D

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    1. You can stay at my new place Krysten! Lol! We'll drive down to LA together to hang out with GiGi.

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  18. I know that eating out with any sort of restriction, whether it be preference or allergy related, can be so tough. Hopefully the challenge gets a bit easier, and luckily there are plenty of options when you eat at home! :-) Also, I definitely agree with Gigi that eating out as a vegan in California is pretty darn easy, we have quite the array of options here.

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  19. I have learned the same thing about being GF. Doing it at home is perfectly fine, but being GF out is tricky.

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  21. Eating out gets WAY easier the more you do it. I think for me it was overcoming my nervousness about asking for what I needed. People are REALLY accommodating when you ask for help - I just had to start doing it. My husband was also really good at reminding me to speak up. :)

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