The way to a (wo)man’s heart is through the stomach. Oh yes, today we’re going to talk about love. Love and food are very much connected.
Cooking with your partner, sharing a meal in a restaurant or your own prepared dish, tasting each other’s food … Need I say more?
So, here come the salads again.
“Dating a vegan? Make her a salad.” “They probably have salad at that restaurant.”
OK, no, salad is not always the way to go. I agree that most people like a nice salad, but if vegans had to live of that, we’d be as thin as sticks, wouldn’t we? And, after you’ve read some of my posts (You did, right? 😉 ) you have realized by now that I am no fan of salads.
Sure, there are some excellent variations, made with chickpeas, or quinoa, broccoli, kale (yep, I’m including that 😉 ), seaweed, lentils, etc. Personally, I like bean and also quinoa salads from time to time. There are many kinds that are quite filling and savory. I also love making my own salads, since I always use a range of different ingredients.
A Date in a Restaurant – Where? What?
So, you’ve met someone you really like, and you invite her for dinner. She accepts, but … tells you she’s vegan.
Uh oh, what does she eat? Where do I take her? Are there any vegan places?
Yes, of course, there are vegan places, but it all depends on where you live, doesn’t it? In big cities, finding a vegan restaurant is absolutely no problem, but in smaller towns or villages, it may present a challenge.
Let’s just imagine that there are no vegan restaurants in your town, no places that offer mouthwatering vegan lasagnas, pot roasts, shepherd’s pies, chocolate cakes, ice cream, pudding, coconut whipped cream, or any other delights. No restaurants that have vegan tacos on the menu, or vegan burgers, stir fries, Pad Thai, mushroom stroganoff, empanadas, paella, or other delicacies.
No need to panic.
Before you stress to the point that smoke escapes your ears, sit down and read. I’ve got some suggestions. And believe me, it is easier than you think 🙂
Romance in Your Veggie Dinner
First of all, don’t tell your date, “I’m sure that this restaurant has a salad.” We do not live of salads, and remarks like this won’t get you any points.
Forget about the salads, just for today 😉
Let’s make a list, shall we?
- Guacamole and chips
- Salsa and chips
- Pancakes with mushrooms and Gruyere cheese? –> ask the waiter to remove the cheese
- vegetarian sushi rolls usually come with Philadelphia cheese –> once more, ask the waiter to bring the rolls without cheese or replace the cheese with something else, for example, mango, or cilantro sauce, or anything else that can be used.
- Mexican tortilla soup: check if it is made with chicken or vegetable stock, and ask the waiter/waitress to make your soup without the cheese. Sometimes tortilla soup also has chicken. Always check beforehand what is written in the menu.
- Tomato basil soup can be veganized if it is made with vegetable stock
- Potato soup (ask to have the cheese and cream removed – and perhaps replace it with a plant-based ingredient, if the chef wouldn’t mind.
- Gazpachos: some of them can be easily veganized
- French onion soup: again, order it without the molten cheese and check if vegetable stock was used. Some vegans ask if they can use their own vegan cheese instead (yes, some actually bring it, knowing that it would make things easier, but it all depends on the restaurant, I suppose)
- Sushi: that’s simple. Most – if not all – sushi bars now offer vegetarian and vegan sushi rolls.
- Main courses:
- If vegetarian burgers are on the menu, ask the waiter to remove the cheese
- Bean burritos are delicious
- Bean tacos, mushroom tacos, veggie tacos, veggie burritos, and so on
- Spaghetti: do not use Parmesan
- Pizza Margarita with no cheese tastes great, especially the thin crust. The big bread pizza crust may contain cheese or other dairy …
- Most dishes come with meat or fish, so that menu section has to be ignored 😉 It will be too difficult to veganize it, unless you have the slab of meat removed, but then you’re just left with a few veggies and potatoes … That’s boring and definitely not filling.
- Most desserts are pre-made and they usually have dairy in them. Sorbets, however, are safe to eat. Sometimes, you can get lucky and find a dessert on the menu that contains no dairy or eggs. You just need to ask the staff at the restaurant. And sometimes they even offer a veganized version of their meal.
Always be nice when you ask 😉 A friendly smile can get you more favors than irate demands, and it’s definitely a plus point for you if your date sees you treat others with respect 🙂 Right?
Cooking Together Can be Hmmmmm Amazing
Do I need to explain that? 😉
Mixing the ingredients together, chopping and stirring, making a meal together can create a bond. It is even erotic, in a way. You’re making this, both of you, your hands touching by accident (or on purpose 😉 ) listening to soft music, talking, smiling, laughing … You get the idea.
The internet is loaded with vegan recipes. There are so many cookbooks. And I’ve already shared a few recipes as well 😉
Just in case, here are a few suggestions, easy to make, delicious to taste, and the rest is up to you, my dear 😉
Vegan Starter Kit
There are so many great cooking books, restaurant guides, and so much more. Taking a vegan out for a date is no big deal, and you’ll end up savoring some delicious food.