Contrary to popular belief, being a vegan in Dallas is not a wholly miserable experience.
|There's no butter on it. That makes it vegan, right?|
We don't get spit on while walking down the street, nor do we have to wear big red Vs pinned to our clothing. These days, most people in the restaurant industry know that vegans don't eat any animal products of any kind, which is clearly a sign we are hurtling towards the godless socialist society of Michelle Obama's dreams. But on a more practical level, it makes ordering a much simpler process than in years past.
Once you figure out what to eat when you go vegan, the main challenge becomes a
social one, because you live in a city that thinks you are crazy. A city that thinks you are vitamin/protein/fun deficient and could pass out from fatigue at any minute. Some of your friends understand, but the rest are only tolerating you. Eating with co-workers, acquaintances and the dreaded new person can still be a precarious and awkward experience.
Being a vegan means agreeing to an unspoken, unwritten social contract dictating theMore »
rules of eating and living in Dallas, especially when omnivores are involved. This contract helps vegans get food they actually want while not alienating everyone they know.