Yesterday was Thanksgiving and I had plans with my local Meetup group for single seniors. My son got married last year and they had their first child last month. They live in Chicago, which is a long trip from Sacramento. Although we were working on airline tickets so I could visit for a week, it just didn’t work out. Hence my plans with the Meetup group.
We had reservations for 25 at a local chain restaurant. This was our first event at this restaurant so I was anxious to see how it would go. We have several restaurants we book for different events and some of them are becoming quite difficult. They only assign one wait staff to our large group and that makes for a long meal with interruptions and not everyone being served timely.
My Thanksgiving day started with my morning walk. It was a beautiful morning, no rain and no fog. The leaves are still falling and all the landscaping was bright green after the recent rain. It was quiet and the sky was lovely with the rising sun turning the clouds gray and pink.
Our reservation was at 2pm and although many of us were early, they seated us right away. They had five items on the Thanksgiving menu; Turkey Dinner, Tri Tip, Prime Rib, Salmon Oscar, and a vegetarian dish that wasn’t even described on the menu – just the line, “Vegetarian Meal.” I had to ask the wait staff what it was.
This is the hardest part of being vegan for me… trying to decide what to order in a restaurant. The vegetarian meal was a baked potato topped with roasted vegetables, served with a salad. Sounds pretty good, right? I told them to hold the cheese on the main course and the salad.
Didn’t matter – the salad came with croutons (which I don’t eat) and Parmesan cheese. I easily picked out the croutons and did my best to avoid the cheese, but of course it was pretty impossible.
My main course was a huge baked potato, but the roasted vegetables could hardly be found. They were chopped really small and melted with cheese. I wanted to send it back, but with 25 people at the table, that would have taken forever. It was served with salsa, so I did my best to remove the cheese and enjoy the potato with the salsa. I didn’t get to eat many vegetables!
I think I’ve said it before… I’m a dirty vegan – I try to eat healthy when I go out, but it’s not always possible to stay vegan. I’m OK with that – I know a lot of people are not. This is something you need to decide for yourself. Will you disrupt the table and wait to have your food replaced, or can you go with the flow?
If it was just me I would have sent the food back, but I didn’t want to throw a wrench in the efficient service the group was receiving.
It was fine and the best part… I came home to my perfect raw sweet potato pie that was waiting for me in the refrigerator.
It was a relaxing and happy day. I gave thanks.
How was your day? Where did you go and what did you eat?
P.S. As I’ve said before, there are different types of vegans. For me, it’s about eating real food to stay healthy – that’s the most important thing in my life since I healed from fibromyalgia. And my body feels best when I’m eating vegan. Why are you vegan?
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