|Kali in front of the fabulous Veggie Xpress!|
And the "naked" pizza Capone's Flickerlite was more than happy to prepare for me.
|Whole Wheat Veggie Pizza, sans cheese|
and then there's our beloved Ocean Deck where Beren and I often visit for cocktails and gorgeous beach view. In the past I've been able to order a mahi salad or shrimp but now that I'm not eating seafood, I'm pretty much screwed at this place. Unless I want a plain salad or fried, greasy appetizers, I'm going hungry. I indulged in a few bites of nachos and then Beren was gracious enough to share his chicken salad with me, taking all of the poultry for himself.
|Nachos, chili on the side|
At Captain Hiram's in Sebastian, FL, there was not one single vegan-friendly appetizer or entree! I inquired about other options not listed on the menu, would have been happy with a baked potato, but nope. I was left to fill up on bread and salad. Not fun, or healthy.
So, what's a veg to do when dining out? First, plan ahead. Most restaurant's menus are online, allowing you to peruse and plan to your heart's content. If not, call them! I'd heard that a local pizza joint was vegan-friendly, using soy cheese, but before I drove over I called ahead. Guess what? They're no longer doing so. That saved me a trip and some dollars. I also found a website and app that will alert me to veg-friendly restaurants and stores in the area, Happy Cow has become my new best friend!
I've also been doing a lot of cooking (stay tuned for a post on that) and think that a picnic basket and cooler may be a permanent fixture in our car. I don't want to be caught unprepared, forced to eat fried garbage for the "experience" of dining out.
I'd love some input from seasoned vegans out there!