Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Vegetarianism in the news!

It's all a bit crazy here at the moment! I am trying to finish my uni course and so my essays are priority which means not much time for blogging about vegetarian food. However - there is still lots going on behind the scenes!

I have read a couple of good articles about vegetarianism around lately, so I wanted to share them with you and give you some thoughts on them:

Where Vegetarianism is an exotic illness and 20 Tales of Vegetarian Woe - These articles tells tales of how hard it is to be a Vegetarian in some parts of the world. As a seasoned traveller I can very much relate. Although Vegetarian food in this country has drastically improved over recent years - especially in the supermarket, it is still hard to find good veggie food in restaurants, and in some countries abroad, it is even harder.

In the USA, I typically end up living on Cheese Quesedilla's, garden salad's and potato chips, as it is virtually impossible to get anything else, although I do remember an awesome pasta dish I was served in a Steakhouse - Pasta Alfredo with lots of garden veggies in it.

When we went on a school Choir trip to Prague once, I think I ended up living on cheese and bread - the fail-safe vegetarian alternative as none of their dishes were vegetarian and as we didn't speak the lingo, it was impossible to ascertain whether they were or not!

We like to cruise with an Italian Cruise firm and I have to say, I never fail to find things to eat as Italian food is one of the most vegetarian friendly. You can't go wrong with a margarita pizza, or Pasta in tomato sauce. They even had some great vegetarian options for their 5 course dinner's every night - although they don't label the food vegetarian, so it's a bit of a guessing game to figure out whether the food is vegetarian or not. I have also had to send "vegetarian" dishes back on numerous occasions as they contained meat.

A recent trip to France proved quite interesting as although France is the land of bread and cheese - they don't do well at other vegetarian food, even though they have improved in recent years. A dance trip to France as a teenager is particular memorable as I think I lived on Fried Egg and Chips all week. This time the selection did include Vegetarian Burger's and more pasta, but I still don't think France is the most Vegetarian-friendly country.

Germany too is a Vegetarian's nightmare. Amongst all of the Bratwurst, beyond chips, and salad, there is not much that they sell in restaurants without meat. Thank goodness we were staying with lovely friends who did cook Vegetarian food for me.

Whenever I go abroad, I always go with the expectation that I probably will be living on very basic foods such as bread/cheese/salad/pasta - as then, I can't be disappointed, and I am always pleasantly surprised when I find something I can eat. After 20 years of being a Vegetarian, my expectations are typically low when I walk into any restaurant or shop - in this country, or abroad. Apart from the occasional gem, the only way I can typically get delicious, flavoursome food, is to buy tried and tested vegetarian brands in the supermarket, or,  if I cook it myself.

What are you bad or good experiences of eating Vegetarian food abroad? Do you have any secret tips to share?

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