Can a vegetarian eat something cooked in the same oil as meat?
I found this website that helps vegetarians with fast-food, and it warns that some restaurants cook vegetarian dishes in the same oil as the rest of their food. Is that a warning to all vegetarians or just some, like vegans?
Question answered by Laurel
it really just depends on what kind of vegetarian you are. some just dont eat meat directly, but may have soups and such with chicken broth, or they pick the pepperoni off the pizza type of people. others eat nothing that come in contact with meat. at all. they ask workers to change their glovers between orders and cannot consume meat in any way at all. then the vegan eat nothing that comes from animals. from what ive learned, most really strict vegetarians, not vegans, have been that veges since birth, so meat consumption would have actual negative affects on the body. the others just prefer to not eat meat and care a little less about indirect consumption. but it really just depends on the persons beliefs
What is the best primarily vegetarian restaurant in New York City?
I realize pretty much every restaurant has vegetarian food, but are there any good, primarily vegetarian restaurants out there a mother and daughter could eat at together?
I'm asking because most of the "best restaurants in NYC" I find are primarily famous due to their steak, burgers, etc.
Note - we do eat fish.
Question answered by Alex
I am a vegetarian also! I do not eat fish. this is a great restaurant. my mom and I used to go here all the time! I'm pretty sure every thing they have here is vegetarian http://www.zenpalate.com/
What are some of the best vegan restaurants in San Diego, California?
What are some of the best vegan restaurants (or vegetarian restaurants that has items on the menu that can easily be made vegan) in San Diego, California?
Question answered by Wayfaring Vagabond
Kung Food is one of the best that I have tried, it is all-organic, and has a lot of raw food/ live vegan alternatives as well. They also have a drive-thru, which is kind of convenient when running late.
They have some seriously great food.
Spread Nouveau Comfort Food (pretty awesome too)
Jyoti - Bihanga (both vegetarian and vegan)
Zinc Café and Market (which I believe is mostly vegetarian)
I have heard Cilantro Live is pretty good though I have never personally tried it.
There is also Ché Café, I have yet to try them.
What should vegetarians do to make vegetarianism more mainstream?
There are three main challenges here, I think:
1. Getting More Choice on Restaurant Menus
Vegetarians should have more options at the pub than just carrots and deep-fried zucchini, don't you think?
2. The Tofu Problem
Yes, tofu can be okay, but every vegetarian meal doesn't have to include processed bean curd with artificial chicken flavour, does it? I mean, can't the thought that "real fruits and vegetables can taste good all by themselves" catch on?
3. That Sanctimonious Beatnik in Graduate School
You know the one I mean. His name was Beardo the Wierdo, and he looked down his nose at anybody who ate meat, and acted morally superior to anyone who had ever eaten a hamburger. And so now, lots of people think all vegetarians are like that.
What is to be done?
Question answered by Do your own thinking!
1 I think this is going to become less and less of a problem.
Many restaurants were entirely out of the question when I was a kid, and even fifteen years ago, things weren't so hot.
Now, even steak houses will put a vegetarian main dish on the menu. (Though those can be problematic; qv #2.) But I'm seeing a lot more notations on menus that the restaurant uses such-and-such oil to cook its food, running into a lot more waitresses who'll steer me away from a chicken-stock-flavoured rice before I even ask, and so on. I don't really enjoy requiring special attention here and there in restaurants, but it beats dragging a group of omnivores to the House of Soy, and I suspect the restaurants agree.
I think vegetarians should be as polite as possible in mainstream restaurants, and I think they should go to mainstream restaurants. There're restaurateurs out there who figure I'll just go to a vegetarian restaurant. Not so; it's almost always a normal place with good vegetarian options. If the menu is lacking, it's not unreasonable to take a look at what's on the menu, and ask for substitutions. Politely. Enough of that minor hassle, and they'll just stick stuff on the menu.
Speaking of menus, a lot of places now have little symbols next to their vegetarian options. That should be great, but I usually end up ignoring it -- rare is the restaurant that's done a decent job of it. Rather inexplicable. It shows up next to dishes with fish in them -- hardly ever a seafood dish, but things with, say, oyster sauce, as though a small amount couldn't hurt -- and is never next to _every_ vegetarian option. I mean, lots of vegetarians still like junk food -- fried zucchini should get the symbol, but often doesn't.
2 Education is badly needed.
A respectable vegetarian society (read: not PETA) would busy itself educating people about the differences between vegans and vegetarians, for one. Going back to the menu problem here, not all vegetarians like tofu, and not all will eat veggie burgers, etc. I think of 'Tofu Pups' with the same distaste I have for hot dogs. It makes a lousy 'vegetarian option' if it's the only one. Arfiticial chicken flavour is also not palatable to a number of vegetarians.
One of the more useful things I've seen come out of vegetarian groups is the labelling of some food products as "suitable for vegetarians," which is usually "as certified by the Such-and-such Society." Labels are a good thing here; vegetarians certainly do not eat fish, but they are also not egg-and-dairy-avoiding vegans.
That said, I think it -- vegtarianism -- needs less emphasis on health and more on good food. "Vegetarian" does not necessarily mean healthy or low-fat. I've just polished off a cheese and pickle-laden ploughman's lunch. What's really missing in a lot of vegetarian cuisine is heartiness, which is probably why so many meat-and-potato types sneer at it, often quite reasonably. One can only eat so many curried lentils.
Restaurants need to focus more on the quality of their produce for that "real fruits and vegetables can taste good all by themselves" to catch on. There's nothing good to be said about a plate of wilted white iceberg lettuce. A plate of good-quality marinated and roasted vegetables has a lot to be said about it, though.
3 Beardo the Weirdo is the biggest problem.
There's a surprising number of militant, and aggressively ill-informed, vegetarian and vegan types just on Yahoo! Answers. Look at all the questions involving "vegetarians" who eat fish, with a number of answers claiming "ya they eat fish ok," and a token "labelling is, like, bad." Would you tell your ER doctor you didn't want your blood type "labelled"? These are extremely useful divisions, and you don't see the low-carb crowd objecting to low-carb labels. (Or at least I hope you don't.)
Vegetarianism gets a bad rap because all the respectable vegetarians keep their mouths shut. It's so common that I suspect most everybody is at least peripherally acquainted with a vegetarian, but nobody knows about it unless that vegetarian is one of the 'militant' ones. (There's an interesting corollary here with gay culture, too.) There isn't any reason for me or any of the other vegetarians I know to bring it up in most situations. I do not, and should not, have any interest in what other people eat.
Animal rights pests -- I mean, activists -- are free to protest, but, largely thanks to PETA, are not doing a good job of converting anybody. I suspect a lot of the thirteen-year-olds turning vegan right now are going to be pretty angry in a few years when they figure out how brainwashed and mislead they've been by PETA's child-manipulation arm. Out of curiosity, I ordered their "Vegetarian Starter Kit." It left me feeling humiliated. It deliberately blurred the important distinctions between vegetarianism and veganism, and diet and animal rights. There were no suggestions given for less harmful food production/consumption practices; instead, it was a nasty harangue. It seemed curiously designed for young teen-agers, as though they'd already figured out they hadn't a hope with reasonably well-educated adults.
Would that Beardo the Weirdo and his friends were looked at as "animal rights activists," and not "vegetarians" -- !
Which leaves mainstream vegetarians in an awkward place; there's the responsibility to shut up about one's diet and be polite, and the responsibility to educate (no fish, please, but pass the cheese...), and to distance from the PETA types. It should always be emphasised that people are vegetarians for a variety of reasons, many of which have nothing to do with caring about animals. Bully for those who do care and who don't eat meat to do something about that; it's just not something to be forced on others.
Edited to add:
A few other things hit me while grocery shopping last night:
There are still a pile of products on store shelves I'll never go near because they have traces of meat in them. Entirely unnecessary. I'm talking about the ones that have beef tallow, lard, chicken fat, what-have-you, way down near the end of the ingredients list. Why on earth...?? So small an amount can't be adding to the flavour; it could easily be replaced with a vegetable oil.
And people wonder why it takes me so long to grocery shop. I have no idea what it's like to buy something without first spending a while squinting at its label.
On one hand, I'm inclined to write letters, and have done so since I was a kid. On the other hand, these days, I'm more inclined to write letters of thanks to companies whose products are noticeably vegetarian-friendly -- the ones who use vegetable broth, fat, etc, and don't wreck their products for vegetarians. If they're good with that, and they make good stuff to boot, I write a quick note of thanks, mentioning that I'm telling other vegetarians to check out their products.
But I wish the "suitable for vegetarians" labelling would catch on more in Canada.
On a related note, I don't bother reading the ingredients if certain products are described as "hearty."
Because "hearty" almost always means "meaty." (Particularly according to the Campbell's soup people, who are the absolute worst offenders when it comes to throwing in a token amount of meat in as many foods as possible.)
That's bad. It's indicative of some very serious shortcomings in the entire ouevre of vegetarian cuisine. People obviously do think of 'rabbit food' when they think of vegetarian food. Shame on Beardo for perpetuating that myth, too.
Does it bother most vegetarians to eat food that touched the same equipment as meat?
I work in a restaurant with vegetarian options, but the cheese is sliced on our meat slicer and we use the same knives and stuff.
The meat is cooked when it's cut; it's not against code. We use the knives to cut assembled sandwiches- that not against code either, but might be against personal "code," which is what I'm asking about.
Question answered by too.muchtv
It bothers me. But ignorance is bliss. We know the kitchen may mix up stuff, and it's a chance we take when it comes to eating at non-veg restaurants. We'd REALLY prefer that the stuff gets washed, prefer that it's completely separate, but we know there's a risk. I've asked when ordering veggie rolls at sushi restaurants to wash the knife after it's been used to cut fish, but I can't see them, so I don't know if they've honored my request.
If you could change it, that'd be nice. But we're not stupid. We know it happens. We'd just prefer that it didn't.
What kind of vegetarian food does Gran Canaria have to offer?
And is it easy to get? I'm guessing most restaurants have vegetarian options, but I'm not completely sure.
Question answered by Miss Behavin
Not much. Omlette. Tomatoes. Lots of them. Banana. Potatoes. But they don't put them together very imaginatively, and since paella will be covered in sea food - honestly, be prepared to have lots of salad.
What are some fast food restuarants that have vegetarian foods?
I rarely eat fast food, but when I do it has to be vegetarian because I am a vegetarian and most fast food restaurants don't offer that. I've recently become a vegetarian and I'm not sure which restaurants provide vegetarian food options.
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Question answered by Neon Pink Nails
Taco Bell, Subway... Yogurtland if you want?
I need a good restaurant with a decent selection for vegetarians in Virginia Beach/Norfolk?
I live in Virginia Beach and my girlfriend is a vegetarian. I was wondering if anybody new a good restaurant for vegetarians or somewhere that has a good selection for her. I feel bad cause every time we go to eat somewhere she doesnt have much of a selection.
Question answered by VeggieTart -- Let's Go Caps!
According to www.happycow.net,
What are some good vegetarian restaurants?
Some times hard for me to find good restaurants for vegetarians and i was wondering if you had any ideas because im a vegetarian myself
Question answered by stanp6
Obviously it depends on where you live. In New York City I would suggest Gobo 1426 Third Ave. (81st St.), Angelica Kitchen 300 E. 12th St. (bet. 1st & 2nd Ave.) and Blossom 466 Columbus Ave. (bet. 82nd & 83rd St.)
Where can i be a drunk vegetarian?
I'm looking for a restaurant that serves vegetarian/vegetarian friendly food and liquor in orlando, fl. I'm tired of google... its being a bitch. Thanks.
Question answered by atomicrick
you can be a drunk vegetarian in Las Vegas, except at the Double Down Saloon .... they have a Bacon martini!