I packed a bunch of food stuff. We were staying at Homewood Suites, a place with a stovetop, microwave, and full fridge/freezer. I'm in heaven.
I go down to the little food store in the lobby just out of curiosity and lo and behold, there are 4 Simply Asian options. Just for sport I check the ingredients and 3 are VEGAN!!
The next day there was a "Grand Opening" ceremony officially commemorating the, well, grand opening even though the hotel has been open since March. I point out to the General Manager that this excellent choice allowed not only those who ate meat to dine in their rooms but also vegetarians and vegans and commend him on his choices This was Lawton surprise number one. Oh, the Pad Thai was the only option which wasn't vegan. I must say that the freeze dried noodles, seasoning packet and vegetables didn't look all that impressive when I put them in the included bowl and added water but they looked and tasted great after coming out of the microwave. (I know I know, who wants microwaved food but if that's all there is ...)
There was a nice heat to the dishes. (I didn't get to taste the Kung Pao as it made its way home and my daughter scarfed it down yesterday. She loved it).
Meanwhile at the opening there was not one vegetable offered. Not a dish with fiber. Just meat and meat and more meat. Oh, wait, there were a few onions and peppers on the shrimp skewers. I tore af few pieces of fruit off of the Edible Arrangements ... uh ... arrangement. Later I scored a crudite plate right from the supermarket, with some carrots, peppers, celery and tomatoes. Of course some ranch dressing got splashed on some of the veggies but hey, you can't eat a vegetable without some fat on it, right? I sorted through and ate the ranchless ones.
Come on people, seriously, do you all want to have brittle arteries by the time you're 45? And eating like that? What do you actually go to the crapper once a week? I've seen some unhealthy things but this really gets first prize for having no regard for your body let alone the animals!
Inside is a vast array of vitamins, supplements, dry and canned goods. This is an awesome, (and you know I don't use that word often), and pretty all encompassing store.
Now I really hope that I remember your name right but this is Sally. She was the only vegan working in the store and extremely knowledgable about what she sold. She's pretty friendly too and offered me the 10% Thursday discount. Or was it the Senior discount. Hey, I'm only 55!!
|Impressive frozen section, impressive organic section and a whole section with sprout jars and sprout seed packages. I'm gonna have to look into this just as soon as I build a Florida room outside my apartment window.|
|The only thing I found lacking was the selection of vegan burgers. Sally said they basically just didn't sell. Come on Lawton!!! Clean your arteries a bit.|
|Although hard to see this is a picture of a 1950s drive in. I can just imagine the girls on roller skates car hopping.|
And on the way to the airport there are sculptures of beautiful animals of the plains. Another animal that we've almost decimated. But if you click on the picture and enlarge it and take a look at the babies you have to smile.
|Scary. Just scary. Notice the sweat drops on my chin. Couldn't wait to get up to altitude and cool off the jet.|