|My mom about 10 years ago.
|I imagine there's no menu like this in Invercargill, New Zealand.
|Our waiter knew it would be a long night after the drink orders took 20 minutes and decided to join us at the table for a quick rest as he took the appetizer orders.
|We pretty much had the entire back room all to ourselves. Our waiter is still writing.
|The younger generation: Can we feed them right?
|The older generation: Can we change their minds?
|That candle has been burning for 102 years. I'm not sure if that's true or not but is sounds kinda neat.
|The middle generation: If we can get to them before it's too late ...
It's nice to see that the vegan menu is online now: http://www.johnsof12thstreet.com/pages/Vegan.html
John's makes a separate vegan garlic bread with I think is just the cat's meow. It's so indistinguishable from the regular garlic bread that my "special" bowl of it kept disappearing. I eventually had to cover it and keep it close. Unfortunately that was almost the last high point of the vegan/not vegan food war.
Many appetizers were ordered but only the bruschetta was vegan. It has a nice fresh tomato and garlic flavor with a creaminess from the avocados. I managed to grab one piece before they vanished. Seems like we're off to a good start, no?
Let me backtrack for a moment. I personally believe that every time I go out on a limb and offer a non-vegan person my vegan options I'm making a statement. "See, it's at least as good as your food!" I beam with pride when this happens and people tell me the vegan food I order for them is delicious. There is a little part of me that is mildly irked when someone I bring to a place with vegan options orders the vegetables. I sort of feel that you can get veggies anywhere but where can you get a specifically made vegan option? Seitan A'la Rosa? You don't even want a taste?! People just don't seem to care. I know, this is my issue, not theirs. But we will come back to this later as I firmly believe that when a place offers vegan options they should be OUTSTANDING. I really shouldn't feel like I'm out on a limb.
On a different note, here are two side dishes. Not very exciting but nobody ordered these as a replacement for an entree, just ... side dishes. Probably blanched and sautéed in garlic and olive oil they were just run of the mill veggies. The escarole was a tad more cooked than I like it but I now eat a lot of my greens less cooked than I used to.
So the questions that come to my mind are:
Do we as vegans go wherever vegan food is offered as if that is our only criteria?
Do we accept mediocre vegan food in a non-vegan restaurant so others can have their conventional food choices?
Should we patronize a 100% vegan establishment if the food is mediocre just because they align with our food ideals?
I live in NYC so have plenty of choices but if I lived in a place where my choices were limited how would I feel about not supporting a vegan establishment or a place that thought enough of vegans to put something on the menu for us?
It wasn't. The bottom layer of the cake was hard. As in stale. As in people poking at it with a fork like it was cardboard. As in, "Is this cake 2 days old??"
I was appalled. This was my big moment to show everyone how delicious vegan cake could be and the cake crashed and burned like it was shot out of the sky in a dogfight.
Yes, the flavor was good and the icing was good and the top cake layer was moist and good but it was like hitting a, "Huh?"
Now some people had a good piece of cake and finished theirs and some others took one bite and stopped but come on! After the wonderful desserts I had at Champs this was even more of a disappointment. I played this up! And I got angry. And I got a bit pissed off since the cake set me back $55!!
So I went back to Champs the next day with the leftover cake.
I centered myself and balanced and neutral walked in with my wife in tow for lunch. And a review. Bearing no attitude about the previous nights event I said I would give it a fair trial.
And once again was amazed and awed by what can be done with vegan mock meats and a comfort food diner kind of menu.
|Another shot of the "V" for INVSOC
You could really grab down on the soft bread and hold the thing together to get a nice mouth of ... everything.
The oven fries were seasoned and served with a Chipotle mayo. These were like mini baked potatoes and the fat of the mayo nicely offset the heat of the seasoning while adding just a nice kick of smoke and a touch more heat.
|2 sandwiches, fries, and 2 coffees. Not too bad.