That triathlon I registered and “trained” for? Yeah, that didn’t happen yesterday. You can read why on my new blog Stop Chasing Skinny: Find Happiness Beyond the Scale.
Since I didn’t race, how about a few brief restaurant reviews? I recently wrote about vegan “fast food” options locally. Today I’ll share a few local, non-vegan, restaurants where both the omni and the vegan can dine in harmony.
Mediterraneo (366 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT)
Greenwich, CT is a short drive from my house. There aren’t a ton of vegan friendly restaurants but I have had salads (hold the cheese) at Mediterraneo so we gave it a shot. Ironically, as we took our seats outside, we saw that across the street there was a packed restaurant, Bruckner’s, which, turns out, is vegan friendly. Okay next time.
On to our lunch. I ordered sides and made a point to request that no butter is used. Sound like a silly request? The server wrote it down without batting an eye. You know why? A lot of restaurants finish dishes off with butter for flavor. Even rice! You have to ask!
A side of lentils…
…a side of marinated beets…
..and a side of fries (I’m not a saint, people!).
It totally worked.
Watermoon (66 Purchase Street, Rye, NY)
I’ve written about this local Asian restaurant previously. My husband and I met another for couple for dinner a few weeks ago. They ordered a plate of dim sum to share and, being the lone vegan, I broke out of ordering my “usual” starter and opted for sweet potato and asparagus rolls to start.
For dinner I ordered the Moo Shu Tofu for the first time.
This was fantastic (I had half for lunch the next day) and it just may be my new “usual.”
Chat 19 (19 Chatsworth Avenue, Larchmont, NY)
I went out for brunch with two girlfriends last month. Brunch at non-vegan restaurants can be tricky. Let me rephrase that. Breakfast can be tricky — brunch works because I can opt for lunch.
It was a gloriously hot and sunny day so we dined al fresco which, naturally, requires beginning with a crisp and cool rosé.
There were two vegan options on the menu (and lots of items with cheese that I could have requested to be modified). I made it simple and went with the veggie burger with a side of guacamole.
Errr, yes, I went with fries again but, hey, this time they were sweet potatoes!
This lunch didn’t wow me. I have to remember that.
Now vegan for a year and a half, I’m learning where I can go out to eat locally without getting frustrated.
I have been thinking of polling local restaurants to ask them to share every vegan option on their menu. The idea is that I would start a page on this blog that would direct folks in Southern Westchester to restaurants that can accommodate them — and perhaps encourage restaurants to offer more vegan options. Food for thought…