The Thirsty Vegan

Confession: Thursday nights are the new Friday. In other words, Thursday nights are the nights that college students have their fun. One of the few area bars has a special on Thursday, aptly named All You Can Drink (known, affectionately, by its truncated version “AYCD” from us students).

What happens, though, when you are:

  1. Fresh and new to the whole bar scene (and vastly uninterested in it for the most part)
  2. Newly 21
  3. Vegan

Combine all of these factors and you have….ta da…..me!!

Let it stand, again, that I am never one to miss a good time. A few friends and I went out last night and I found myself so intimidated by the bar that I stuck with a Pabst Blue Ribbon — it’s light and I knew it was vegan. Plus, drinks are intimidating to me in the way that the Starbuck’s menu is foreign to the non-coffee drinker…just plain scary and might as well be written in Greek.

I did my research before the night began and found some awesome resources for vegans who want to have a drink or two. If beer is your thing, check out PETA’s list of beers for vegans. You might be asking yourself: How can a beverage made of grains be non-vegan? Some companies use fish bladders, casein and other dairy ingredients and byproducts in the filtering and distilling process. A simple search will tell you everything you need to know.

What if mixed drinks or wine or other liquors are what you fancy? Check out Barnivore! This vegan super couple has compiled a huge database of vegan wines, beers and other liquors. Unfortunately, there isn’t a mobile app but the site is so comprehensive, you can easily use it on your iPhone or Android while you are at the store or at the bar.

I’ll drink to that!

So my meals for the day:

Breakfast: Green smoothie! 1 cup water, kale and raspberries. I was in a hurry this morning. I never actually measure out anything besides the water — I just eyeball it. I find myself adding more and more kale/greens than I did at first.

Lunch: Peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat. Apple. Coffee with Silk Very Vanilla.

Dinner: It’s been a long week. I had laundry to do. I was tired. I guess you could say, pure and simple, I was a lazy vegan tonight. All I really wanted to do tonight was have a low-key, minimal effort night in with me, myself and a few of my favorite movies. I really need to go to the store but I really had no desire to do that tonight so I did what any lazy college student would do — I put in a pizza order. Hey, it’s Friday! Kirksville has a few options: Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Bellacino’s and a local dive called Pagliai’s. You can research any chain restaurant and check out the allergen/ingredient information. I did a little investigating of my own and saw that Papa John’s (my personal favorite chain pizza joint) has crust that is sans dairy and egg free. AND you can get super creative when ordering your pizza. Things got a little crazy and saucy in my apartment tonight and by that I mean the pizza variety.

Vegan pizza and "The Great Gatsby" — what more could a girl ask for?

Vegan pizza and “The Great Gatsby” — what more could a girl ask for?

Under the “cheese” tab, simply select “no cheese” and let your imagination romp! I love pineapples, black olives and mushrooms, so that’s what I opted for. I think next time, I’ll get extra sauce and maybe add green peppers. At any rate, I have some delicious leftovers for tomorrow’s dinner!

How do you guys navigate pizza? What are some of your favorite toppings and way to go cheese free?

Have a happy Friday and a WONDERFUL start to Labor Day Weekend, for all of my American followers.

You guys are great!

 

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