Vegan Fast Food

Homemade pico de gallo

Stopped by Taco Bell today for lunch. PETA recommends their 7-layer burrito as a vegetarian option; for vegans, skip the sour cream and cheese, and add pico de gallo and potatoes.

Wanting to know for sure the potatoes weren’t cooked in oil shared with meat, I asked the guy behind the counter, explaining that I’m vegan.

“Oh, my best friend’s vegan!” he said, “so I get it entirely. When she comes over, I cook potatoes, and she brings some other stuff, and…”

A year-plus ago, when I turned vegetarian, eating out seemed a chore. Eight months ago, turning vegan seemed even more troublesome. I felt apologetic for imposing, and it seemed few people even knew what the word meant.

Today it just ain’t no thang—even at Taco Bell. And for that, I’m thankful.

Photo by jeffreyw

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