October 17, 2010

katherine – vegan fail (also, vegetarian fail)

October 17, 2010 - .  

breakfast at Hostel Pangea: coffee, orange juice, watermelon, pineapple, and gallo pinto. This is the only place I did not at least ask if the gallo pinto was vegetarian, even though the waiter was talking to me in English. He seemed really pissed off about my complicated order. There was no way for him to put gallo pinto through without me ordering the “big breakfast” that included it, so my order was basically “eggs, bacon, toast, sour cream, and gallo pinto; hold the eggs, bacon, toast, and sour cream; maybe some of that can be replaced with fruit?), Anyway, I felt uncomfortable wasting more of his time so didn’t ask about any of the possible ways gallo pinto can not be vegan. Sure enough, most of the way through it, amidst the also-curious added peppers and vegetables, I noticed chunks of bacon. A very decidedly 0% vegan confidence rating.

at San Jose airport: free coffee sample; free chocolate-covered coffee beans and chocolate-covered orange peel samples (both vegan); Johnny Walker Red on ice sample; plantain chips; banana

SJO to IAH and IAH to EWR flights: Mr. and Mrs. T’s Bloody Mary Mix with lime (again, the ‘natural flavor’ listed in the ingredients could be not vegan); almonds; plantain chips; in-flight meal minus the chicken-or-ham sandwich, minus the slice of cake, and minus the creamy pasta salad, leaving… a tomato slice, salvaged from alongside Michael’s pasta dish. Why did they stop caring about dietary requests on Continental? I used to be listed as “Pure Vegetarian,” but for these flights, “No Preference” was the only option in the drop down.

dinner from Papasitos in Houston airport: burrito with pico de gallo, black beans, guacamole (they checked on sour cream or dairy in the guacamole and said it’s okay), salsa, and roasted vegetables

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