Veganism at Applebee's is a challenge
Saturday, July 31, 2010
I was invited to dinner with my friend to meet her parents. We were going to visit one of my favorite Thai restaurants. I already knew what I was going to order: Green Curry with Vegetables and Tofu, mild, over brown rice. Instead, we ended up going to the local Applebee's. Now I used to work at an Applebee's when I was 16. Back then I was an omnivore, at veg and non-veg foods, and didn't worry about weight gain or loss. Today I was faced with two challenges: making low-fat, low-calorie choices AND finding something, anything!, that was vegan. I ended up making good dinner choices but succumbed to the Chocolate Meltdown. What an appropriate name. It weighs in at 720 calories so, luckily, I shared it with two other people. Whew. Still, I feel "bad" about eating cheese, margarine, sour cream, ice cream, and cake. While there is nothing wrong with vegetarianism, I am ethically vegan. How do I reconcile this divide between action and ethics?