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It’s been very easy being vegan for the first two weeks of the year because I haven’t been out to dinner with Nick.  Friday night this week was our first date night since I jumped into my new lifestyle.  It ended up being quite an enlightening start to the weekend.

Nick and I choose to go out to dinner at a local brewpub that is known to have incredible choices in vegetarian and vegan dining.   It happens to be one of my favorite places to go for a good dinner with a great pint to accompany the meal.  I always get the Vegan Sloppy Joes with Veggie Chips, but this time I needed comfort food.  We started with a couple of soft pretzels.  I had the yellow mustard and Nick just had to have the beer cheese.  I drooled over the cheese but found that after he finished it I was just fine.  I opted for the Vegan Shepherd’s Pie and Nick had the BBQ Grouper, but we both had a pint of Pear Cider.   I realized that it is very easy to have all of the foods that I love and crave while being vegan.  I just need to tweak how I go about making or ordering them.  Our dinner was both delicious and inspiring.

We tried again the next morning to dine out for my favorite meal of the day, breakfast.  We went to a cafe that also has vegan food.  I hadn’t been in years and was surprised that they had expanded the menu and had 50% vegan options for me to choose from.  I had oragnic coffee, the Tofu Scramble with 5 different veggies and Whole Grain Toast.  Nick had an omlette named BOB and Powerhouse Potatoes with tea.  It was amazing to find that vegan options are out their if you look.

I know that it is hard to find restaurants in your area unless you’re in the know, but I can help you with this new online source for vegan restaurants.  Check out this restaurant source from the Physicians  Committee for Responsible Medicine http://www.21daykickstart.org/restaurants/index.cfm to find a restaurant near you.  It’s growing everyday, so make sure to check back for more options.

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Next time you stop at your local coffee shop take a moment and think green.

  • Fair Trade Coffee, Please!- Ask your Barista for the Fair Trade Coffee instead of the conventional pour.  Fair Trade Coffee is certified and exported from developing countries with the help of international organizations.  This organized social/market-based movement helps to regulate fair pricing, improve social and environmental standards, promote sustainability for producers and workers, increase economic self-sufficiency. Impoverished countries and societies are empowered by this development aid.
  • Say NO to the Sleeve- Before you take one of those handy cardboard coffee sleeves think about your impact on the forestry industry.  Instead of grabbing that cardboard sleeve, you can slide on your own customized “CupCoat”.  Cup Couture sells the most amazing insulated sleeves that fit 12oz, 16oz and 20oz coffee cups.  Using a reusable sleeve will save 6-10lbs of paper waste per person a year.  I own the Mint Chocolate Design and am the envy of my local coffee shop.
  • Think before you Pour- Forget about using that plastic stir stick.  Add your sugar or sweetener of choice before you fill the cup with coffee.  This will naturally melt the sugar and allow you to conserve energy, oil and reduce waste by not using the stir stick.
  • BYOC - Bring your own thermal refillable/reusable cup for the road.  Think of all of the waste you’ll be reducing by just supplying your own personal mug.

Taking these 4 quick and easy steps will drastically reduce your global footprint making you Eco-Chic in every way!

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