I'm out all the time. So I've had to
learn how to navigate a meat-eating
world while sticking with my great
love of vegan food. Here are some
situations I find myself in, and my
usual way of handling them:
I call my hosts in advance and let them know
I'm vegan. "How about if I bring a dish or two
so you don't have to worry about me?" This
way, they don't get stressed out and they can
try some of the food that I love! I also bring a
gift of some non-dairy ice cream or vegan
chocolate truffles; that way all of the guests
can see vegans can be decadent too!
I bring vegan cupcakes or cookies, or
a stack of bittersweet chocolate bars
to pass around and enjoy!
I serve really traditional meals that I grew up
loving so nobody feels like they're missing out:
veggie chicken and non-dairy mashed
potatoes; pizza with soy cheese and mock
sausage; chili made with black beans; and
tacos with veggie protein crumbles rather
I bring a sandwich on the plane, and always
have nuts or trail mix with me. When I land,
I pop into the local grocery or health store
for some apples, peanut butter, and
non-dairy yogurt for the hotel room. I order
oatmeal for breakfast, and find a coffee
shop that offers soy for my lattes.
(Can't live without them!)
I suggest japanese, thai, or mexican, as there
are always things like rice, tofu, veggies,
beans, or avocados at those ethnic places.
I also check one of my vegan apps for a place
that has vegan options on the menu.