Vegan in Public
Hubs and I went to his company picnic over the weekend. Whenever I attend any event that serves food, I pretty much always assume that there won’t be that much for me to eat. Hubs is a little more flexible in his eating (probably 95% vegetarian), so he usually fares better than I do. So, we sort of half planned on eating elsewhere after the picnic, yet held out a little hope that we may be able to scrounge up something to eat there. Turns out, it was catered by a BBQ place, so the options were: meat, meat, more meat, corn bread, Mac ‘n cheese, spinach/cheese dip, veggies, and fruit. Disappointing, but not surprising. It got me thinking though, about how meat centered our culture is. You can’t go anywhere without being assaulted by meat and dairy products, and most anything you find at a party or gathering is unlikely to be vegan. It definitely makes it a lot more complicated to “eat in public.” I try, for the most part, to have a good attitude and go with the flow, bringing my own food whenever necessary or simply not eating at events. But it’s frustrating that the general options are meat/dairy dishes and that in order to eat vegan, you have to be prepared to deal with that.
We ended up getting Thai food afterward (always lots of yummy vegan options), and it was fun because FVB loves restaurants. Lights, people, cool tables to “stand” on, and new things to look at!
On Sunday we met our friend Tayler for this awesome event in Denver put on by Plants&Animals called the neat market. They had some amazing vegan food! We had tamales, cinnamon rolls, hash browns, and bought some yummy baked goods to take home. It’s a small event and had a very “grass roots” feel to it. I enjoyed being able to eat anything there, without having to ask about ingredients! The polar opposite of our Saturday food experience for sure, and a nice way to end the weekend.