the vegan food court
i believe there are two types of vegans in the world. 1- the type that let you know, ahead of time, LOUD and CLEAR, that they are vegan. 2- the type, like myself, that don’t like to cause a fuss, make a scene, or inconvenience anyone… even if that means eating bread and sauce for dinner with no complaints. everyone who knows me knows that i am vegan. some friends don’t actually know what that means. i am always happy to gently inform them. and i’m more thankful that they wanted to make me some food, no matter what they are making. lately, the #1 thing i’ve been hearing about veganism, or trying to eat vegan, is that it takes too much planning. and who has time to plan multiple meals at the fast pace we’re moving in our society? i can completely understand this challenge. when i’m traveling, i try to prepare for a trip with a few snacks like fresh cut fruits and vegetables, nuts, dried fruit and vegan protein bars. i generally scope out places to stop and eat along the way. occasionally, it does happen that i forget to bring a snack or a meal while traveling. recently, i found myself very hungry at a food court in the middle of nowhere. from first glance, it seemed there was no no vegan food in sight. and then i began to panic. i was experiencing a middle of nowhere snack attack and i did something i had never thought to do before: i asked for help from fast food employees. my favorite reaction was from the employee at the pizza chain who looked at me like i’d lost my mind when i asked her to prepare a pizza without meat and cheese. she asked a manager, who decided he couldn’t do it-- even though the pizza was made to order. when i asked her about any restaurant in the area with a vegetarian option, her first response was McDonalds. my tummy rumbled louder. asking for help doesn’t work every time with every person. then, i asked a different fast-food chain for their ingredient list. i reviewed the list and i asked if they would make something with their base ingredients, but without egg, butter, milk, cheese or meat. AND IT WORKED. success! i’d really like to encourage you to ask, ask, ask, ask for vegan food. what’s the harm? you might just get exactly what you want. and fast.