Dear Vegan at Heart,
Today your mission is to read about vegan options at restaurants that serve delicious international fare.
When I tell people I’m vegan, they often look at my sympathetically and say, “that must be hard when you go out to dinner.” Um. Not even REMOTELY…as long as I choose a vegan-friendly restaurant. Restaurants that serve cuisines from around the world happen to be some of the most vegan-friendly restaurants around. And while your waiter might not have heard the word “vegan” before, they are usually happy to make small adjustments to dishes once you explain about "no meat, no fish, no milk, no cheese," etc. Just ask them to replace the meat or dairy with veggies and/or tofu!
[Note: be sure to ask for "no ghee," a clarified butter that's usually added at the end of cooking]
[Note: fresh pastas are usually made with egg, but dry pastas and whole wheat pastas usually aren't.]
[Note: you might want to ask for no fish sauce in the miso soup.]
MIDDLE EASTERN (Israeli, Lebanese, Turkish, etc.)
[Note: specify no fish sauce for these as well.]
There are many more vegan-friendly world cuisines to explore, including Caribbean, Malaysian and Vietnamese. Enjoy!
P.s. Agua y vitaminas!
So...I still get the sympathetic looks, but I tell people all the time that it's really not difficult to find things to eat. The only thing I would warn about is - many Japanese restaurants use fish-based stock for their miso soup and many Italian restaurants use pasta that contains eggs (I usually avoid that by ordering the wheat pasta). I sometimes wonder if the bread the Mexican restaurants and Middle Eastern Restaurants contains milk or eggs, but...no one's perfect :) Thanks for the new ideas!
|Kristen (Mon, 27th Apr, 2009)|
Thanks for the list
I'll keep a copy in my bag.
|JG (Tue, 23rd Sep, 2008)|