Friday, February 19, 2010

Cheese Is Better When Fake

Lunch was Broccoli and Sun-Dried Tomato Fusili from California Pizza Kitchen. As you can see from the picture, someone hocked a loogie in the middle of my pasta. Not really, but I think I would've preferred that to the splat of parmesan cheese that was there instead. The internal conflict and confusion I had while eating this dish barred me from any enjoyment.. I requested for 'NO CHEESE'. They added cheese. I ate the cheese solely to prevent drawing any attention to myself and to be congenial and went on to feel like a huge fraud and failure. I'm still wrestling with the situation.
I managed to persevere and carry on at dinner time. Two Boca Chick'n Patties with Tomatoes and Tofutti Singles. Roasted Cauliflower with Goddess Dressing on the side.
I'm not going to let today's set back get me down. Being vegan is one of the best things in my life.

6 comments:

stacy said...

If it helps, I occasionally lapse from my goal of an exclusive vegan diet, but your blog consistently reminds me how delicious vegan food can be. It's an inspiration.

prideandvegudice said...

oh no! that sounds really awful and frustrating. i'm sorry!

dirtyduck said...

i love the last line of this post
"being vegan is one of the best things in my life" how beautiful! and inspiring.and you poor thing, i know every bite was difficult for you. how long have you been vegan?

The Shenandoah Vegan said...

Stacy, thanks for your kind words. That's all this blog is about is to let others know that they're not alone in this endeavor (it's hard sometimes when you feel like you're the only vegan in the area) and to share some food ideas.

Nora, It was really a strange situation with the food having been carried out quite far from the restaurant. Looking back, there was no way around it without causing a scene.

Michelle, I've been vegan for I believe three years. I was vegan about a year before starting this blog and I started the blog just because other vegan bloggers helped me get back into veganism from vegetarianism. I had given up being vegan about ten years ago just cause of hassles like the one yesterday.

kimberly said...

it's very frustrating when you order something specifically and it doesn't come that way...boooooo on california pizza kitchen.

it's great to have a community of bloggers and i definitely say that the wonderful blogs i viewed convinced me that going vegan was awesome.

i still agree almost 2 years later and i laugh when people don't get why i am vegan. i agree with you, it's one of the best things about my life.

dirtyduck said...

lol it is a hassle sometimes:) and i know what you mean about feeling like the only veg in the area. in new jersey where i first started, NOBODY WAS VEG!!! lol it was deer huntin' town.*shudder* there were deer carcasses hanging off the back of every good 'ole boys truck over there.*bigger shudder*

but you have so many restaurants and places to buy good groceries, do you ever talk to people you see at the grocery store? kinda weird but you might meet some people that are into the same things as you.i always want to do that but i cant get u0p the nerve(its probably better tha way, id freak them out:()
i didnt meet another vegan till i was seven years in...talk about lonely! lol all i had for a friend was a book(ha about what being vegan is)sojsut trying to say im with ya!