How to eat plantbased when you eat out… we often get asked how to do this and not come off as the “crazy high maintenance vegan” at the table

1. PLAN AHEAD- there are so many great resources to ensure you can find a restaurant/ cafe that will meet you dietary wants and needs. Some of our favourite apps especially when traveling are @happycow @tripadvisor
2. CALL AHEAD- call the place and give them a heads up and check if they can cater for you. We find often chefs love the challenge of veganising a meal or having the freedom to experiment. However with more time, they will often put more effort and love into your food. This also helps when dinning with others, then you don’t need to have the long winded discussion with waitstaff about your requirements.
3. BE SPECIFIC & NICE- Not everyone understands what vegan is, so if they don’t know, help them out by just telling them what you don’t eat. For some people this is a total new concept so don’t assume they know. If you’re nice, people will be nice right back and much more accommodating to your needs.
4. LOOK FOR THE CODES- Menus often have little icons next to items that indicate which items are vegan, vego or gluten free. Sometimes it’s a little “v”, “vg” “or the V leaf. Just look for the guide so you can know what they stand for as there’s no universal code between vegan and vego.
5. BE A CLEVER SUBBER- Most menus have vegetarian options which can easily be made vegan. Just ask if the dairy or egg can be removed from the dish to make it vegan friendly. See if you can swap it for something else they would have in the kitchen. Eg- a veggie burrito, I would ask for the cheese and sour cream to be removed, and instead replace it with guacamole. Saying the word sub or replace is key because then hopefully they don’t charge you extra! Which I might add, is my pet peeve especially if the ingredient you are changing to is much cheaper than the original.
6. SIDES ARE YOUR FRIEND- Sometimes if there are no main dishes that are easily made vegan, I will look to the sides. Often there are lots of side dishes that are vegan friendly, or can be adapted, so I will order a big plate of those.
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