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A vegetarian meal to London on United
True story: we once did a grand tour of Europe with a friend who kept Kosher, and just observing her frustration with menus and what little she could eat at some of the coolest places we'd come across...well that left an impact. We can't even imagine what finding proper food can be like for a vegan on the road, but luckily there's a blog that's looking to unearth the best vegan meals around the globe: The Traveling Plant Eater.
The writer is Ray, a 30-year-old who owns an edamame business and travels frequently to support it. That's interesting on its own, but then there's the fact that he's vegan and faced with things like finding suitable meals in airports, or praying that the vegetarian in-flight meal work out. For example, The Traveling Plant Eater recently gave an overview of what there is to eat for a vegan at Miami International Airport, and reviewed Cathay Pacific's new vegan in-flight meal.
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If there's one thing that's inescapable in Germany, it's sausage. You don't have to be eating it, but you will find a thousand variations of sausage specialties offered up everywhere from fancy restaurants to kiosks on train platforms. Because of the ubiquity of meat, we were delightfully surprised to find that McDonald's, usually the bringer of sandwiches covered in bacon and mystery sauce, is considering the rest of the population by offering a Veggieburger in German McDs.
Originally introduced in February, the Veggieburger is still touted as "Neu" (new), and is made with potatoes, peppers and carrots. In the ad above, the sauce looks suspiciously like mayonnaise when they could have chosen a healthier option, but Europeans love their mayo.
Keshav Kaushik, a lacto-vegetarian who abstains from meat and eggs, boarded an Indian Airlines flight in February of 2003. He informed the air-hostess about his dietary preferences and she indicated understanding. Despite this, a cake that Kaushik was served had a piece of egg shell. Hilarity failed to ensue and the case has been making its way through the Indian court system ever since:
The passenger became nauseous and also fell unconscious. The flying staff and other fellow passenger rendered necessary help and after disembarking at Delhi airport he lodged a complaint with the consumer court. Kaushik further alleged in his complaint that 35 days after the incident he suffered haemorrhage in the abdomen and had to be hospitalized to undergo surgery.
Bust out your favorite organic cotton T-shirt as it’s time for the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival. Things kick off on October 31 and run through November 1 at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Beantown. We know that it’s hard to resist bacon for an entire day, but festival organizers have such a full lineup that you won’t even remember what a pig tastes like.
There will be plenty of exhibitors hawking their vegetarian wares and offering a ton of free samples, so you may want to skip breakfast for this one. Once you’ve discovered your new favorite ingredient, take in a presentation by professional chefs so you can learn how to prepare some new dishes. Maybe they’ll even teach you that you really do enjoy broccoli—you were just making it wrong for all those years. This is the longest running festival of its kind in the country, so you won’t be disappointed. They just want to share a love for delicious plants with you and your friends.
Locales from Philly to Dubai are racing to attract the eco-conscious set by touting their environmentally-friendly eating, sleeping, shopping and transportation options, but Ghent, Belgium just took it to another level by becoming the first city go all-vegetarian once a week.
The picturesque Flemish town—best known for its medieval castles and cathedrals—has declared every Thursday a veggiedag (veggie day), when all residents and visitors are encouraged to go without meat in a nod to the overwhelming amount of greenhouse gasses emitted by livestock.
There won't be any bacon police roaming the streets (at least not yet), but government employees and politicians have agreed to abide by the meatless decree, and schoolchildren will be brought into the fold as well. The city is currently printing 90,000 "veggie street maps" to guide people towards vegetarian eateries.