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Where’s the Beef? – Domino’s has sold out of its new vegan pizza options at half of its stores in Australia in less than a month. Earlier this month, the chain added soy-based vegan beef to its menu atop three pizzas: Beef & Onion, Beef Loaded Burger, and Beef Taco Fiesta. “It’s official … 50 percent of our stores across the country have now sold out of our new plant-based beef,” Domino’s Australia posted on Facebook.
Over 12 years ago, my wife asked if we could go vegan. I had been vegetarian for many years, so it wasn’t a real stretch for me. The one thing I cautioned her about was that we might have difficulties in social situations. For instance, going out to dinner in nicer restaurants could pose a problem, That was 12 years ago. Things have gotten so much easier today.
Before we were vegan, my wife took her mother to afternoon tea at the Huntington Garden in Pasadena, CA. Being a vegan, there typically aren’t many options at afternoon teas, but like other things, that’s changing too:
Dublin Down on Vegan – The Merrion Hotel in Dublin has launched a new Vegan Afternoon Tea experience. This new tea experience follows The Merrion’s seasonal vegan menu, which was introduced at the Garden Room Restaurant last winter with the help of Holly White.
The new vegan tea menu will have a selection of finger sandwiches, including Beetroot Hummus with Carrot and Basil Cress; Grilled Asparagus and Lemon Zest on Multigrain Bread; and Tomato and Mozzarella with Pesto (featuring a plant-based mozzarella cheese). Also included is a Beetroot Bridge Roll with “Egg Mayonnaise,” made of a combination of organic tofu, coconut yogurt, turmeric and herbs. The menu will also have a wide array of sweet vegan treats, including: Plain and Fruit Scones Served with Vegan Clotted Cream, Raspberry Jam and Lemon Curd; Passion Fruit and Mango Eton Mess; Raspberry Pistachio Cheesecake; and a selection of cakes, including Carrot Cake, Lemon Drizzle Cake, Blueberry Orange and Pecan Cake and Banana, Chocolate Chip and Walnut Cake.
Veganism is gaining popularity. The supermarkets are stocking new plant-based items seemingly every day. Recently here in the States, Kroeger announced plans to create a plant-based refrigerated section in their meat department. My wife grumbles about walking down the “dead flesh aisle” to pick up some Beyond Meat. Tesco in the UK is creating an entire aisle dedicated to plant-based products:
Aisle Be Back – Plant-based food is quickly becoming the most popular culinary trend of the decade, and so to keep customers happy, Tesco has just made some major changes.
Starting today, Tesco will now have dedicated plant-based and vegetarian zones in stores for the first time ever, to make its vegan offerings easier to find. With meat alternatives also soaring in popularity, the supermarket giant will also be displaying some plant-based foods in the meat aisle – a change which will begin with fresh food before being expanded out into other parts of the store.
That’s it for today. By the way, I wanted to wish you all a Happy Punctuation Day. Yes, every year, September 24th is a celebration of grammar. What does that have to do with veganism? Well, nothing really, except that this National “holiday” always reminds me of a grammar joke, one which has a very slight relationship to veganism: