Simple Yes or No. This Is Where To Go.

One of the early changes in my shopping routines with my wife after becoming vegetarian is “Well…What do I eat now?”. Lots of stuff are vegetarian such as pasta, fruits, vegetables, noodles, etc. But you have to figure out what to eat day to day. You need the good amount of protein with a well balanced diet. The kicker, it has to taste good too. No way you will last with such bland vegetables and fruits with meals. You have to be real and set expectations lower on how delicious your meals day to day can be. Not to say you can’t make good food.

Being a carnivore for 30 years, everything revolved around meat. Ok Steak with this and this, ok chicken with this and this, if not that much pork, then put this and this. It was the central focal point of nearly any and all meals. So I began to shop and find my places and things what to get. You need that substitute for hard protein. I found that Trader Joes, espeically one in Falls Church, was a great place to get veggie options. They have  soy sausages, soy chirizo, and even meatless breakfast patties. You’re not really missing out when you these things kind of available. The hard part is simply to know whre to go. You’re not going to know where you can shop and what you can get without visiting them. Knowledge is key. Trader Joes has a fantastic selection of vegetarian and soy based goods to apply to many meals. Even my wife was impressed with the soy chorizo and said it was hard to tell the difference. Thats how much flavor there is. She took the soy chorizo and mixed it with a spaghetti sauce.

Anyways, that gave me the idea to simply make a map of places that are vegetarian friendly. And I don’t mean, anything you can eat that is vegetarian. Obviously I know i can eat some pasta, some bread, some fruits, some candy, or eggs and be vegetarian. These things are offered at any grocery store. What I mean was for places that given a YES or NO to be a vegetarian and/or vegan friendly offerings from their store. Places with lots of soy goods or everyday household meals that are vegetarian or vegan friendly. So lets start it, google maps, and where can we vegetarians can shop and get lots of goods!!

**** The vegan cheese needs a considerable amount of work. I dont mean to be picky or choosy. And I know many times its not close to real stuff and thats not what I’m seeking. Half the time, I’m just seeking somethin bearable resemblance. The vegan cheese offered at Trader Joes,. major turn off. I could barely stomach it. Dont get it unless you want to support the cause.

 

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Lets Go Nats!!!

Off to the ole great american past time baseball. Its been quite a few years since I made it out to a Washington Nationals game. Nice summer air, sun shining and some nice cold brews. I went with my brother, sister in law, niece and good friend. Something to do on a Saturday afternoon. Sister in law got some tickets from her work as a company event and thought why not tag along.

Lots of families enjoying the game and looking at the beautiful stadium. My brother and Vandy decided to get some beers of course to start off the game. I got an Goose Island IPA that was a little hard to drink fast. I was at half the speed of finishing my beers compared to Vandy and David. After sitting down for a little while, it was time for dun dun LUNCH! With our tickets we get a free beef hot dog, chips and a drink.

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I started to think oh what should I eat instead of getting that free meal. I forgot I’m probably one of the worst places as a vegetarian. Hot dogs, hamburgers chilli nachos, all of the great meaty foods accompanied with the sport. I just walked around to the food stalls and could smell the fatty and fried foods encompassing the stadium. I thought I was screwed. I guess I’ll have to suck it up and eat a beef hot dog.

After my brother got his meal, I went up to get my free hot dog. Then I saw  V………E…G…G. ?! Can I believe it? I…EEE, its a veggie hot dog!!!!! Just my luck! I was jumping for joy inside that the Washington Nationals my hometown DC team would provide something like this. They are conscious of vegetarians and do offer something for us to enjoy like everybody else.

I put my order in for a veggie dog. Thirty seconds later, a lady comes back and says, ” Here’s your beef hot dog”. I’m like what ok, simple mistake.  I tell her “sorry, I ordered a veggie hot dog?” She goes oh ok. **Tosses beef hot dog into trash and runs to get veggie**. My heart sinks. The point is to make a stance but also to not waste, in order to eat a veggie dog, the beef hot dog was thrown away. And now that cow died for nothing or at least a piece of him/her. Not my fault but I did feel terrible. What was the point of all that, I would have eaten the beef one. My parents haven’t gone through the Killing Fields and my mom chattering since a child not to waste a SINGLE grain of rice. Its implanted in my brain not to waste food. But what can you do. The veggie dog was pretty good and I  got to enjoy my day just like anybody else.

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After wandering the whole stadium; I realized there was quite a few vegetarian options. Not just fries hahaha. They even list it on there website. Veggie burgers, cauliflower sandiwch, veggie tacos, etc. YOu name it, you get the ballgame experience with similar ballgame food. So its a shoutout to the Washington Nationals who do their part to make an enjoyable experience for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. You guys get a Home Run from me!!! (cheesy).

Food Concessions Veggie Options: http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/ballpark/concessions/index.jsp?content=vegetarian