Monday, March 12, 2012

Lenten Vegan - Almost Halfway to Easter

Things I've learned as a Lenten Vegan:

Even vegetarian restaurants might bring you a buttered (with butter made from cow milk), toasted bun when you order the supposedly vegan veggie burger. Ugh.

I like scrambled tofu better than I like scrambled eggs. Yay!

Sweet Ritual is a vegan ice cream shop near my house. They serve a "Glitterbeast Sundae" which is my new favorite indulgence. Yum!

Almond milk tastes like a milkshake, and is too thick. Coconut milk is too fatty. Low-fat rice milk is almost just right until the rice aftertaste hits. None of these stand up to hot coffee or hot tea. Eww.

Thank goodness for Wheatsville Coop and their clearly labeled vegan bakery items, hot food bar items and cold case takeaway items. The popcorn tofu po'boy sandwich is super-tasty and satisfying.

Food for Lovers makes just-as-good-as-the-real-deal queso.

I personally opine that Tofurky brand frozen vegan pizza makes my tummy hurt, and leaves an odd aftertaste. Bless them for trying though!

Lots of jellybean brands have beeswax in them. Boo...

Vegan chocolate tends toward a tad too chalky-dry or a tad too pasty-textured for my tastes.

Almond cheese is not necessarily vegan. Luckily I've learned to read the label carefully before it goes into the shopping cart.