Being vegan has been surprisingly easy so far. I’ve realized that a lot of the dishes I normally cook are vegan already, or almost vegan. For example, I normally eat rice and black beans with avocado, tomatoes and sour cream for lunch, so if you remove the sour cream, BOOM, vegan dish. Other days I would make rice with broccoli, tuna, avocado and goats cheese. Get rid of the tuna and goats cheese and add some seeds and nuts for extra protein and BOOM, another vegan dish. Easy as pie.
But what I’ve found very, very hard is going out for lunch with friends. Not because there aren’t things on the menu that aren’t vegan friendly (I think every restaurant I’ve been to in the last two and a half weeks have had vegan options), but some options are very limited and, on top of that, I have to watch everyone else indulge into whatever they feel like eating.
You have to keep in mind that I am not normally vegan, I’m just doing this as a challenge and to understand veganism a bit more, so it’s bloody hard to stop myself from eating other things. But hey, it’s a challenge! It wasn’t meant to be easy. And so a couple of days ago, when Simon told me that he had made a reservation at Sticks’n’sushi to go eat with his uncle and brother, I died a little inside because I LOVE raw fish. And I wasn’t going to be able to eat any.
This is what I ate instead:
Not the most exciting sushi you’ve seen, I know. But at least I could eat something.
To be honest, this place disappointed me a little (did I just make the first negative review on the blog?!). I felt the quality was very similar to other sushi places such as Wasabi or Itsu, and it was more expensive. But on the other side, the staff was lovely and the menu was quite extensive. So yeah, I don’t know how to feel about it! Might have to come up after my vegan period and give this place a proper go.