Mike from Applecore was one of my first blog followers. Despite the fact that he wasn’t vegan, he liked my posts and commented often. I started following him too and we became good blogger buddies.
When I found out Mike would be in SoCal, I suggested that we get together for coffee. He and I, along with our spouses, met at a cafe, and it was great! The conversation flowed effortlessly.
Since Mike and his wife aren’t vegan, I didn’t bring the topic up. I don’t like to preach. But while saying our goodbyes, Mike said, “I didn’t even get to ask you my questions about veganism.”
This surprised me – I didn’t even know Mike was veg-curious. But since it sounded like he was, I suggested that we meet again at Au Lac, a vegan restaurant in Fountain Valley.
At our second meeting, in addition to having a fabulous meal, Mike and Florence quizzed my husband and me about veganism. I got the sense that Florence wanted to go plant-based for her health. Mike, however; didn’t sound entirely sure.
Since Mike and his wife were going to be in Venice Beach the next day, I suggested that they go to Café Gratitude, one of my favorite vegan restaurants. “And you must try their Key Lime Pie!” I ordered.
The next day I got this email from Mike:
Hi Celeste and Paul,
Florence and I just returned from Venice and lunch at Café Gratitude, and it was really good! When I told our waiter we had driven all the way from Pasadena (we took Florence’s aunt with us) just so I could try their Key Lime Pie, he had the restaurant comp it for us! Isn’t that cool?!
We all shared and we all loved it! We even picked up a couple of their other desserts to try later on this evening – the coconut cream pie and their chocolate cream pie. (I just snuck a couple of samples and they are amazing!)
For lunch, Florence ordered their mushroom burger, which I tasted. I had the Mexican Bowl – especially good with their hot sauce! And Delia had their tacos. All of us were very impressed with the foods. I think we are going to like this plant-based diet!
I may fall off the wagon occasionally if Irish whiskey or scotch or various ales are not strictly vegan, but I am aiming to make our main meals vegan. There are already a bunch of recipes I look forward to trying. 🙂
I was excited by Mike’s email and got back to him telling him that whisky is vegan.
Now I’m wondering what I’ve done. Mike and Florence are interested in a plant-based diet for health reasons, and here I am encouraging them to eat fancy vegan desserts and drink whiskey. Oh boy, I think I need to write a post about the difference between a plant-based diet and veganism to clear my conscience.
Until I get to that, let me just say that just because something is vegan doesn’t mean it’s healthy. More on that soon!