Saturday, November 21, 2009

World Vegan Month Tip #21


Plan ahead. One of the obstacles to maintaining a vegan diet is group meals out. Calling ahead to a restaurant to ensure that a plant-based meal can be prepared is essential sometimes to a relaxed and enjoyable time out. Restaurants want your business and in this economy can't afford to lose it because they're unwilling to accommodate vegans. Diplomacy + straightforwardness = success!

8 comments:

The Blasphemous Fiendess said...

I have just discovered you and I'm so glad! I too am a vegan feminist (also humanist) mum with a son. Mine is now 15! I had no religious upbringing and am essentially and atheist but have buddhist and pantheistic leanings. I blog about vegan recipes I use, style I like and all of my in your face opinions. You will notice by my spelling that I am a Canadian. I on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia.

The Voracious Vegan said...

Love this tip! Yes, a delicious vegan meal is possible (almost) anywhere. It really does usually just take a few polite requests. Thanks for the reminder!

Marla said...

Hi, Blasphemous Fiendess: I love your name! I got a chance to skim through your blog and it looks very fun. I am excited to have a new one to visit. Yay! And it is nice to "meet" you.

Thanks, VV. There's an expression called "the vegetarian veto" in the restaurant industry, which essentially means that with a group of eight or ten ot however many, if there's a vegetarian who can't be served at a given restaurant, the whole party will dine elsewhere. Especially in today's rough economy, restaurants cannot be turning people away because the chefs are prima donnas or unable to accommodate. I'm a big believer in the polite inquiry. And you know what? Good chefs like challenges and to many a vegan meal is a challenge. Strange, I know. ;)

Vegan Burnout said...

Great reminder, Marla! I generally won't go to a restaurant that doesn't post the menu on its website, or that doesn't have a website at all. (Seriously, what are you doing running a restaurant if you can't be bothered with a website?!) We're heading to Florida for a few days after Thanksgiving, and planning meals is looking to be a bit of a challenge.

Marla said...

Yep, call ahead, VB. (Also, are you looking up things on HappyCow.net and VegDining.com?) If they can't be bothered to make you a decent vegan meal, they don't deserve your money. Have fun in Florida, by the way!

Vegan Burnout said...

Alas, both those sites had nothing for Sanibel Island, where we're headed. But! I found a website with a huge list of Sanibel/Captiva restaurants, complete with menu PDFs, so I managed to get a pretty good list together. Muahahaha, vegan invasion!

Jane said...

Actually, Marla, I just wanted to post that this picture could very well be my mother! How uncanny! And, of course, loving all your tips this month!

Marla said...

Thanks, Janey! I miss you too much!