I love date night.
Eric and I try to have it weekly and the rules are:
- No talking about work/business
- No talking about the kids
- No phones/Internet
We eat, laugh, dream out loud-always a good time.
When I first started this vegan journey, date night used to be a bit like this....
*Sigh* I was so used to eating whatever....the thought of inspecting the menu for vegan options and grilling the server for details overwhelmed me.
7 Tips for a fun vegan date night:
*Use happycow.net to find local vegan-friendly restaurants near you (this app is handy for travel, too).
*Don't be afraid to ask for help - Since so many people have food allergies, servers are used to answering a lot of questions about ingredients.
Don't just say you're a vegan because most people aren't too clear about what that means - Ask specific questions like, "does this bread contain eggs or butter?" or "Is this soup made from vegetable or chicken broth?"
*Consider what's in the kitchen not necessarily what's on the menu - A lot of times there aren't any obvious vegan options on a menu, so try to think about what ingredients are in the kitchen and make a meal out of that. For instance, if there's a mushroom burger (beef patty with sautéed mushrooms) on the menu - you know there's mushrooms in the kitchen, so ask for a mushroom burger (minus the patty) with lettuce, tomato & onion instead.
See this blog post for more details
*Some vegan options you can usually find on any menu:
-Black bean/veggie burger (check to make sure there isn't any egg in the patty and ask them to skip the cheese)
-Steamed vegetables and rice (make sure there's no butter-you can season it with salt & pepper)
-Basic salad (skip the cheese & croutons-use balsamic vinaigrette as your dressing)
-French fries & baked potato
*Skip the restaurant - Sometimes it's just easier not to think about food at all. Consider eating at home before the date and going to a concert, basketball game, movie or play putt-putt golf instead
*Relax!-Try not to let food rule your evening. Enjoy your boo and have a good time
Like I said in this post, vegan life is not uptight.
It's fun and with a few adjustments you will be just fine.
Happy date night!