My grandmother is in her late 80′s and my father is 64 (as of July, 2014). I am 42 and my youngest brother is in his early 20′s. That means between us we have nearly every stage of life covered. I had the most surprising conversation with my dad about this. Dad mentioned how strange it feels for him to be looking at the next 20 years of his life and wondering what retirement might look like, while his mother looks at the next 5 or 10 years of her life knowing they are her last years. It was sobering for me. [...More...]
Nicole and I had dinner at The Mitten, one of our favorite local pizza places with amazing vegan options. At one point, our friends became curious about our vegan pizza, so we offered a sample.
They cautiously tried a few bites before polishing off the last few slices. As they ate, they commented on every texture and flavor, ultimately deciding vegan pizza is not so bad. They would be willing to eat it again, in a pinch.
This happens a lot to vegans (people who consume no animal products). The veggie-curious will go out on a limb and try the crazy vegan food once, usually after explaining how they could never adopt a vegan diet themselves.
Because we are polite, vegans almost never point this out, but the funny thing to us is the food we eat is the same food as everyone else with the exception of 1 or 2 missing ingredients. Vegan pizza is just pizza with soy cheese instead of regular cheese, or tempeh instead of pepperoni. The bread, the sauce, the mushrooms, green peppers, tomatoes, olives, etc… are not special vegan versions.
You have steak, a baked potato, and green beans. I have a baked potato, green beans, and a side salad. Almost every vegan meal is just a normal meal with 1 or 2 ingredients missing or added. The longer you are vegan, of course, the more curious you become about food and the more exotic food you are willing to try but this, again, is no different from other foodies.
Anyway, if you are out with your vegan friends, I promise they will be excited to share their treats and prove vegan food is safe and just as delicious as other food (because it is pretty much the same food, just missing meat and dairy). If you do try a vegan bite, though, here is a tip to seem gracious and civilized to your veg-friendly friend… don’t act like you’ve never had food before.
(And, just to be clear, we’re never really offended; we all did the same thing the first time we tried our vegan friend’s food, too.)