Veggie UNfriendly places & products
Posted by Bruce Jensen at 06/20/2007
I'm hoping this experience is uncommon, but: Last week in Brownsville we found a diner with gorgeous green signage, menus, etc. where everything was touted as pure + natural. We ordered a couple different soy sandwiches. One bite each and we sensed something was wrong. The waiter lied to my wife, but when I asked to talk to the cook he shrugged and admitted that the soy stuff has a substantial amount of beef, "For flavor." Now, there's no way these guys are going to reprint their expensive menus, so it bothers me to know that we won't be the last folks scammed by these jerks. Don't know how many places like this exist though.
Were they actually maked up as vegan or vegetarian? If so then there's definately a case for reporting them.
Terry B.07/06/2007 19:07:05
The good news is that vegetarian is becoming more mainstream and in vogue. The bad news is that a lot of folks are going to use it as a catchphrase for advertising. For instance, ten years ago, I knew very few vegetarians and a good number of people didn't even know what it was. Now, it seems that every other person I meet claims that they are "partly vegetarian" or were vegetarian for ten years. Heck, in my last office, there were four other people who identified themselves as vegetarian. Of course, three of them ate meat of some kind on a daily basis which made it sort of hard for the two of us who didn't. ("What do you mean, you don't eat spaghetti and meatballs? The other vegetarians are.")
"Pure and natural" doesn't mean anything and McDonald's could use it on their menus if they wanted. The term vegetarian isn't regulated either and, unless you know, it's better to ask a lot of questions before you decide what to eat.
Terry B.07/14/2007 06:58:57
I've been thinking about this a lot because the vegetarian restaurant in my hometown (most popular one) has been using sulfates as a preservative on all the salad bar options to keep them fresh. I asked, and was told the truth. I gave my opinion about that behavior flying in the face of good health and vegetarianism and of course don't frequent that restaurant any more. It is also listed in happycow list as a recommended place to go. Now I wouldn't even tell my worst enemy to go there!
You have punched the waiter and cook.lol j/k