Last week I sort of felt silly for all of the posts about the food that we’ve been eating so far; this is, after all, supposed to be a record of our entire year-long experiment in ethical living, and I’ve not said much about donating to charity or volunteering. I will have a post about charity coming up soon, and as for volunteering I’m waiting on people to get back to me (and presumably I’m waiting on my references being checked), so there’s nothing really I can say on that front yet. Recycling is pretty boring and we haven’t hit any major snags. So I’m going to post about food again. We do, after all, eat every single day, and so far the vegetarianism has been one of the more challenging aspects of our experiment.
On Friday night we were headed to Kansas City to go to a basketball game at Wash House; usually when we go out there we try to find somewhere to eat around KC since we’re not there for fun often, but on Friday we couldn’t think of anything that sounded good. We had been wanting to try something vegetarian from our favorite Mexican joint in Lawrence, Tortas Jalisco, so we decided to give it a whirl. In our recent meat-eating past we had both been huge fans of the chorizo torta on the menu, and we knew that they had a meat-free torta on the menu as well, so we both opted for that. It’s listed on the menu as vegetarian, so we didn’t feel like we needed to ask about the beans. Here is a photo of it:
The verdict: Eh, it was fine. It had three kinds of cheese, which were all tasty but together were a bit over the top; the cheese was also cold so it made the sandwich, which is supposed to be served hot, a bit too cold for my taste. As a substitute for what we used to order it’s not bad, but we’re definitely interested in trying something else vegetarian next time we go there. The chips and salsa alone are worth going back.
We had some luck over the weekend when we grabbed lunch from Taco Bell. I decided that we were going to go inside and ask the cashier some questions about vegetarian options on the menu, even though I hate doing it. I just wanted to know what options are available for us at Taco Bell, which so far has been the most vegetarian-friendly fast food establishment we’ve encountered. Their website is also really helpful, by the way: their food facts section mentions that “Several Taco Bell® items do not include meat as an ingredient. […] Of course you can also request that any item on the menu be prepared without meat or sour cream. The enzymes used in the production of our cheese, tortillas, and flatbread are not from an animal source.” Their ingredient statement also seems really thorough and accessible. Win for Taco Bell. The cashier was really nice and recommended this thing that Ryan ended up getting: something rolled up with potatoes and cheese that only cost 99cents. It usually comes with bacon in it, but the cashier told Ryan he could get it without bacon. We both got meatless nachos (I got sour cream on mine, because I’m not worried about gelatin for this challenge; have I talked about my marshmallow addiction yet?) and I got a quesadilla with no chicken. Witness the awesome:
We got some new veggie burgers that we’ll be reviewing soon and we’re going to try to make it out to a restaurant we haven’t been to yet, so stay tuned for all of that in the near future.