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From: David ( -
Subject: Re: How to Maintain a Vegan Diet While Traveling?
Date: March 18, 2013 at 4:56 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: How to Maintain a Vegan Diet While Traveling? posted by Jo Stepaniak on March 18, 2013 at 7:34 am:

Thanks for your reply. I'm still relatively new to a vegan diet having only embraced this cuisine at the start of last summer.

I must admit that I'm still not used to the strange looks I get if I'm dining out at an area restaurant. Rural Arizona is very much a meat and potato (or beans) country with emphasis on the meat.

The local restaurants don't seem to be very vegan friendly. Most do have a vegetarian component but these generally include some type of cheese.

I was particularly surprised at how limited the selection was at Denny's. About the only thing I could find was an item on their Fit Fare menu which offered Seasoned red-skinned potatoes, fire-roasted peppers and onions, mushrooms and broccoli on a hot sizzlin’ skillet but it's topped with egg whites.

I suppose that I'll just have to cross this metaphorical bridge when I get to it. At this point I'm thinking of bring a small electric teapot with me so that I could at least cook up some oatmeal in the morning. I also have a nice assortment of dried vegetables and various types of dried vegan bouillon. I recently tried Frontier's vegan chicken which has a light creamy texture compared to the other brands I've been using. I also have some excellent mushroom bouillon ... so if worse came to worse, I could make some vegetable soup and pack an ice chest with soy cheese and vegetables so that I could make simple whole wheat sandwich for lunch and dinner.

Since I anticipate traveling during the summer, I'll have to stay close to my car since I'll have 4 cats who can't be left in a hot vehicle. As I found when moving to Arizona, Red Roof Inns are pet friendly and for a modest surcharge, I can offload the little ones into an air-conditioned bedroom.

With cats in a motel room, I am hesitant about leaving them unattended. I've literally had nightmares about housekeeping opening the room and letting my cats out. If my cats were to be lost in a strange place, I doubt if I'd be able to recover them. This almost happened when I was moving to Arizona. Charlie, a little black cat, ran way when I opened the door at a gas station. I spent an HOUR looking for him and was about to reluctantly give up when I heard an, "Rrorwr," and looked down to see Charlie pawing at my leg.

Under the circumstances, I may have to plan to be self sufficient for meals. The cats will be stressed out and I'll be tired. This presupposes of course that I'll have someplace to go. I hope I will.

At this point I've had positive interest from a school in Massachusetts and another in Pennsylvania. It remains to be seen as to whether or not I'll be invited to interview.

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