Q I’m new to veganism this year and while I’m really enjoying cooking my own food at home, I’ve avoided eating out so far as it seems a bit of a challenge. Do you have any advice?
This is one of many new vegans’ biggest concerns, but it needn’t be. My first port of call is www.happycow.net, a handy guide listing all the vegan-friendly eateries in towns and cities across the world.
Evening meals should be the most straightforward. Indian, as with much international cuisine, is a safe bet, and most of the national chain restaurants do at least a couple of options. Pizza without cheese is usually vegan, as are veggie burgers. Lunch can be trickier, but most coffee chains and supermarkets offer at least one vegan option ‘to-go’, be it a sandwich, wrap, soup or salad.
If you know you’re going somewhere specific, look for their menu online. If not available, ring ahead and see if they can ‘veganise’ an existing dish for you. Chefs are almost always happy to accommodate.
Jimmy Pierce is Media Manager for The Vegan Society, the oldest vegan organisation in the world whose founders coined the word ‘vegan’ back in 1944. An educational charity, The Vegan Society seeks to inform the public about all aspects of veganism, and also campaigns for change at a policy level. Jimmy acts as its media spokesperson, regularly liaising with the press and appearing on radio to spread a positive vegan message as far as possible.