Lane and I were trying to figure out where to go for dinner tonight. We were having one of those dilemmas you sometimes have where one person is in the mood for a certain type of cuisine and the other person is in the mood for something entirely different.

We’ve been vegan for almost 10 months. In all this time, it really hasn’t been much of an issue. The first few weeks were difficult and confusing; it’s hard to rethink your old habits. But once we got into our new vegan habits, things got easier. I’ve got a list of staples I keep in my pantry; I’ve got a few “quick-fix” things in my freezer for those days when I cannot even bear to think about preparing food. I find I need to do a bit more planning before travel, and some of the foods I’m preparing these days requires a bit more prep time. But overall, it really hasn’t been a difficult transition, other than the occasional pizza craving!

The biggest issue, for us, is often eating out. We’re not afforded many options at most restaurants. So, if the restaurant of choice has one vegan entree, and one of us is not in the mood… it can be problematic. I know I shouldn’t complain, we live in Los Angeles, and it’s probably way easier to get vegan food here than elsewhere in the country (notable exceptions being Portland and New York), but I would really like to see veganism go mainstream. I’m tired of being offered a substandard veggie burger or portobello mushroom as my only option! Where are all the vegan meals? As an omnivore, I never went back to a restaurant that only had one acceptable item (to me) on their menu. I hate not having a lot of choice!

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