Ok, vegan warriors, we have a challenge ahead of us! My little department holiday lunch is going to be at The Cheesecake Factory this Friday afternoon. I thoroughly reviewed the menu and it looks, to my eye, like there are really only 2 candidates: Evelyn's Favorite Pasta sans fromage, bien sur, or the Fresh Mozzarella Pizza also sans fromage. I'm not sure if it's safe to assume that the pasta is egg-free, though. What really bugs me about this menu is that it's enormous and doesn't have one single vegan dish on it. Even worse, every single salad has either cheese or some kind of meat on it. When did we become a society where salads are rarely just veggies? The Luau Salad minus chicken and onion actually sounds wonderful, but who knows if there's egg in the crisp wantons and what the heck is in the dressing? I'm sure that the server won't know and I really try to make as few substitutions as possible when I go out, just to make things easier. Pardon the venting; I've just become increasingly frustrated with this restaurant over the years and generally avoid it altogether.
In other news, I cracked myself up a little today. I brought both lunch and dinner to work with me today because I was staying late at work for a screening of the movie Juno. So, my dinner was a hemp seed nut butter and organic raspberry spread sandwich on sprouted whole grain Ezekiel bread. Does that sounds like hippie food or what? And I'm so not a hippie. It just made me laugh because imagine an omni's face if I had told him/her what I was eating. We all think it's normal, but others haven't quite caught on yet. :)
Juno is a wonderful film that's excellently written. I laughed so many times. It's an indie film, so many of you won't have an opportunity to see it if you live in a small city, but I recommend you do if you have a chance. Plus, the main character mentions vegan shoes in one scene and I'm pretty sure she's wearing a veg message t-shirt in another (it's a green t-shirt w/ carrots on it, but the majority of the shirt was obscured by the flannel she was wearing on top). Hooray for promoting veganism on screen!