Well, we’re still hanging around the hospital for most of the day, so this will be another quick post. Even shorter than yesterday, because I haven’t cooked and only ate one meal – and not in the hospital this time.
Searching for vegan
The family reunion was getting rowdy, and Mum needed some sleep, so we took off to the local shopping strip to find something to eat.
There wasn’t much in the way of vegan food that I could see. One of my sisters wanted to show us her favourite cafe The Black Pig (a very unfortunate name considering my love of pigs!). The menu had NOTHING that was vegan, but since she was so enthusiastic about the place, I went in to ask whether they could recommend something.
This was one of those good Italian cafes where they make EVERYTHING themselves (pasta, baked goods, etc.), so they know exactly what’s in each dish. They also love their vegetables!
They couldn’t have been more helpful. The chef said that if I was happy, he’d put together a panino especially for me – and for my (other) sister.
I was expecting thick, dry panini with the usual roasted eggplant, pumpkin and capsicum. The kind you find in just about every Italian cafe. This was very different!
The bread was really fresh and not too big. Inside was a combination of avocado, peas, radicchio and olive oil…LOTS of olive oil. It was messy, but it was just so delicious I didn’t mind having to wipe my fingers and face after every second bite.
Let’s get vegan options on every menu!
When a cafe can come up with something this good, I wish they’d let us know about it by adding it to their menu!
I know some people are of the opinion that we shouldn’t support businesses that sell animal products. I know it’s unpleasant to sit in a place with pieces of animals on everyone’s plates (and sometimes I just can’t do it), but if I can manage it, I think it’s a positive thing to do, for 2 reasons:
- First, if we visit non-vegan businesses, and are friendly and polite, they will understand that vegans AREN’T pale, thin, crazed purists who don’t like good food, as they might imagine. They will see that we’re just ordinary people who don’t want to kill animals for our food.
- Second, if non-vegan businesses see that there is a demand for vegan food, they’ll start adding vegan options to their menus, and that’s good for everybody. Non-vegans might even try them too!
Long before I was vegetarian or vegan, I preferred the vegetarian/vegan option anyway. There have to be lots of other people around like that.
Of course, we also need to support all-vegan businesses, because they’re fantastic and I LOVE having a choice of anything on the menu.
Looks like I just need to start eating out even more!
And then there’s hospital food…
There’s also the other matter of hospital food…I don’t mean the cafeteria, I mean what they give patients to eat.
Oh dear, it seems to have gone even further downhill since I was last in hospital! It beats me how they expect people with no appetite to be tempted by a pile of mush with unidentifiable sauce over it? Blahhh! Hopefully Mum will be home soon and won’t have to worry about it anyway.