Well today starts day three of “Project Vegan” and I have to say, it sure isn’t as easy as I thought it might be. As I packed for my trip to Kingston NY for the week I realized that my bag was a little extra full. Not only did I have to shove my beloved boots in there instead of wearing them, I had to now pack toiletries. This is something I NEVER do because I’m all about the free stuff in the hotel.
Before leaving Owensboro I stopped in at Genes health food to obtain a few vegan friendly products that way I didn’t have to wash my body and hair in “baking soda and vinegar” (Uh hummm Danielle). After a 45 min endeavor of looking at the label on products I ended up with the following:
1 bottle of bluebonnet super earth multinutrient vitamins
1 bottle of Giovanni cruelty free shampoo
1 bar of “Kiss my face” (yup that’s the brand) soap
And lastly 1 stick of Toms all natural cruelty free deodorant
With the toiletry problem solved, the only obstacle left was finding food to eat.
I will say unlike my “Rural Vegan” friend Danielle, I have it much easier. I’m in Kingston NY, only 10 miles from Woodstock, so vegan friendly restaurants are much easier to come by than they are in “Middle-of- corn” Kansas.
I was fortunate enough to find Duo Bistro, whose employees were kind enough to show me the ropes of veganism by pointing me in the direction of other vegan friendly places in the area. At the bistro, I had my first tofu experience and I’m surprised to admit, it wasn’t half bad. It was grilled on vegan-friendly bread topped with fresh veggies and raw peanuts tossed in a vinaigrette dressing.
Now as you all know, I’m a meat scientist, and well, veganism isn’t smiled upon, so dinner with the guys from work was a little brutal. It only took until the end of dinner for the jokes to stop. But that aside, I found myself ruling out many of the items on last night’s menu. I guess I never realized how many items had butter in it! So I settled for a salad with a side of broccoli and asparagus.
One day down!
Yesterday was quite the adventure. Not necessarily the finding vegan food part but an Okie trying to maneuver his way through the Catskills of New York to find said vegan friendly food.
I scoped out Sissy’s Café in the historic area of Kingston. I walked in and all seemed calm, until I saw the menu. That’s when I saw it, a vegan delight sandwich with Fakin BACON! Yup that’s what I said! BACON! I was pretty sure I just found my vegan saving grace!
I was wrong, very wrong. Now I probably should have known better than to think there was a bacon replacer out there that could size up to real pork bacon, after all, you haven’t had angels dance across your tongue until you’ve had real bacon. Believe it or not, fakin bacon wasn’t bad! It was actually pretty darn good! It tasted nothing like real bacon but for a product with no actual meat in it, I was impressed and would definitely eat it again.
After a prolonged lunch caused by my failed attempt to maneuver through NY mountain roads that go four different directions in a mile stretch, I was surprised with an email from the one and only PETA. Yes friends, you heard me right, PETA. If you’ve followed my blog in the past, you know my views on PETA and HSUS. As I read through the email I was shocked to see that they too were following my and Danielle’s adventure through our blog and hashtag on twitter! Their email included their support of our adventure additional advice along with letting us know they would be happy to answer any questions we had.
I wrapped things up with a light spaghetti (egg free of course) and tomato sauce. This time I utilized the handy list I found for vegan friendly beer and adult beverages. I felt like a little reward for surviving two days into #DandDGoVegan was a well deserved Stella Artois. (New saving grace, my favorite beer is Vegan!)