Happy New Year! We’re 5 days into 2016 and I’m already off to a great start… with a sore throat, woohoooo!
Before officially welcoming in this new year, I was lucky enough to go on a few little trips throughout South Florida. Since the majority of the time people ask me what I eat in general, I figured I could do the same regarding what I eat while I’m away from home and how to eat out as a vegan. Spoiler: it’s almost too easy to do.
People’s first reaction to “I’m a vegan” is almost always, “Oh that’s way too hard, nooo thanks.” I think it’s more of an excuse for people to keep eating the way they do instead of making some small changes in what they eat. That response is literally the last thing we want to hear because we’ve probably said it ourselves once or twice, and it reminds us of those dark times where we used to indulge in animal carcasses.
So if veganism is so hard, then how do I manage to find something to eat at almost every restaurant I go to? Because it’s not hard at all! Being on the road for majority of my winter break has proved to me just how easy it is to dine out veg-style.
My winter break kicked off at the happiest place on Earth, Disney World. Eating out there was easy, relatively cheap, and super filling. PETA’s guide to vegan-eating at Disney World and Vegan Disney World helped me find tons of amazing options. Seriously guys, I was in freakin’ Key Largo where seafood dominates every other food group, and I still managed to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner like a champion. There are so many vegan options that are more than likely already on the menu of the restaurants you go to. If it’s not, just ask your server to help you out.
Telling your server about your diet is what makes dining out a breeze. Majority of the time, they’ll give recommendations or work with the chef because a: they want a good tip, and b: they want a good tip. Veganism has become a huge trend, so it’s a good bet that you’re not the first vegan or vegetarian your server has dealt with. Don’t be embarrassed or feel weird about explaining your dietary concerns. For some really strange reason I would just ask them a crap load of questions to steer away from asking the big obvious one because I didn’t want to be “that annoying vegan.” Unless you want to accidentally eat some cheese, just be straight up with them. You’ll both appreciate it in the end.
If on the very rare occasion you end up eating somewhere you know does not have any vegan options, then eat beforehand. This has happened to me only twice, where I went out to eat for a friend’s birthday and found out the place didn’t have many options for me. When this happens, I just make pasta or something easy and filling since I have to sit through the dinner without ordering a full entree.
Living large and vegan abroad CAN be done, guys, and it’s seriously so incredibly easy to do. Do your research, plan ahead, bring snacks/microwavables, and keep a list of some potential restaurants on the road you can dine at so you don’t forget. Us vegan bitches gotta EAT.