Tuesday March 3, 2009
Well, to misquote Billy Bragg's Waiting for the Great Leap Forward: "... ZB's optimism fell, At the first hurdle"...
Yup, I got takeaway tonight. My excuse being that I worked an extra long day and really could not be arsed, but that's not much of an excuse, now, is it?
However, out of the vegan takeaway options available, it was probably the most healthy. Also, it gives me a chance to talk about vegan-friendly eateries.
The "Hi I'm a vegan, can you cater for me?" conversation is dull and tiresome and frustrating and ultimately up to how convinced you can be by the person serving you. I really like Mexican food, because it's usually fairly easy to make the vegetarian options vegan by removing the (American influence) cheese and sour cream, as long as the beans don't have lard or cheese in them. And whilst there are a number of "trusted" Mexican places around Newtown, my favoured quick, cheap and very cheerful takeaway place is Guzman y Gomez.
These guys have lovely vegie options, with the best vegan choice being the soft vegie tacos - corn tortillas with black beans, onions, mushrooms, guacamole and pico de gallo salsa. I was greeted today by a sign saying "Tofu is Back!" which was very exiting - the tofu is tossed with spicy tomato sauce, and served in the corn tortillas instead of the onions and mushrooms. Three soft tacos for $10 - ka-ching, awesome value for dollars!!
So tonight's dinner was soft tacos with tofu, and a giant bowl of rocket and spinach with my (you guessed it) favourite lemony-noochy dressing. Followed it up with dried dates, raw almonds and grapes.
Tomorrow should be a better day, where I make White Bean and Tempeh Patties from Vegan with a Vengeance, and some sort of salady affair.
What's your favourite, or most accomodating, non-vegan eatery?