So, you’re dating a vegan. You never saw that coming, did you? And now, where are you supposed to take her? How will you cook for her? Before you hit the panic buttons, relax and breathe. Hey, you’re dating a vegan. Excellent! You know what that means? It means that the woman/man you like or love is compassionate and most likely loves animals. How can you go wrong with that? 😉 We need more compassion in this world anyway.
Where do people take their dates? The most common answers are: restaurants, bars, outdoors activities (i.e. including a picnic), movies, beach (if there’s one nearby), hiking, let’s get our dogs together to meet 😉 and what have you 😉
I’ll start with restaurants. I already covered this topic extensively in one of my previous articles about food, romance, and veggie love.
If you like more ideas on dating vegans, please feel free to check out that article too, and leave a comment if you like it or have any other suggestions. They are always welcome.
Basically, there are many vegan restaurants in big cities. And even if you prefer non-vegan restaurants, that’s ok too. Every restaurant now offers plant-based options, and in many non-vegan meals some items can be either removed or replaced with a vegan ingredient. No problem at all. Just a piece of advice, do not offer a salad to a vegan. Like I mentioned in my previous article, salads are not our only food staple. If that were so, I would be a walking skeleton by now. So no, no salad, unless it’s a side dish. 😉
I love eating. Vegans love good food, and believe me, vegan food is so incredibly good. Tell you what, impress your date and order a vegan meal. And then impress yourself when you realize how delicious it actually is 😉
Bars and Outdoors
Bars, well, that’s easy. Most snacks are practically vegan, like salted peanuts, salt chips, cashews, etc. However, some snacks are made with milk products and should be avoided. But plain nuts are ok.
So, you’re the outdoors type and you want to go on a long, romantic hike, and that includes a break after all that walking, preferably near a lake or a ravine, or some other romantic place with a view. But what goes in the picnic basket?
Many grocery stores now offer vegan hams, salamis, burgers, and sausages, and I have read articles about vegan butcher shops that have now opened in some big cities – I believe, only in Dublin, Toronto, London, Berlin, and some places in the US, but there could be a few more. Those vegan butcher shops are attracting many customers, so I´m pretty sure that they are expanding.
If you’re handy in the kitchen, you can try your hand at a vegan potato salad, there are many recipes available online I like Alison’s recipe. I have made it before and it was really good!
Or if you don’t want to mess things up, make a nice easy salad to go with the sandwiches. Don’t worry, you won’t offend us if the salad comes with a hearty meal 😉
Peanut butter and banana sandwiches, simple and good, work as well. Some chips brands are vegan (see my tips in this previous post)
If you want to bring coffee, you can add soy milk and cane sugar (or stevia) if your date likes it sweet. I’m not crazy about stevia, but a lot of people like it.
Waiter, My Wine Smells a Little Fishy …?
There are also vegan wines. Oh God, really? Did you know that? What on Earth is non-vegan wine then? Well, there is the small matter of animal ingredients that are used for the wine fining process. They could be casein (milk protein), gelatin (comes from animal bones) or isinglass (fish bladder protein). Some vegans are strict about not drinking any wine that is made in that way, and others just drink any wine. Some vineyards now produce wines that come without the fishy ingredient.
It’s baffling that such ingredients are used for wine ( and beer), but here’s a tip. When you get traditionally brewn beer, like the Belgian and German ones that have been made for centuries, you won’t find any of that weird stuff in there. I am not sure which ones use it and which ones don’t, but if you need to know about a certain brand, let me know. I can find out.
The Relaxed Kind of Dates
Movie night? That’s pretty simple, you won’t need any tips from me there 😉 I’m not here to tell you what to do on your date, I only talk about food 😉
Let’s get the dogs together. Yes, that’s easy and fun! Just let the little critters do all the bonding for you. They’ll race around, and play, and sniff each other’s butts – not that you should imitate their behavior, but it certainly helps to make your date laugh 😉 I only hope that your dog is not as jealous as my dog Greta, she doesn’t like to share her mommy. Right now, she is not happy with me having a boyfriend, but she’ll get over it. She was really good when we both took her for a walk.
So, there you go. Just relax and enjoy, and stop worrying so much. Stop the vegan versus non-vegan debates. Enjoy each other and learn from each other, and definitely try some vegan food if your date makes or brings it. You’ll love it!