Back in the spring of 2019 I began eating a mostly vegan diet for health reasons. Occasionally I’ll have shrimp in a salad, or an egg white for breakfast, and I still put honey in my tea, but 99% of the time I follow a plant-based diet that excludes dairy.
Since I’m not a great cook I eat a lot of baked potatoes, fresh fruits, and salads at home, but my favorite place to eat is Sweet Pea Cafe in Tallahassee where everything is vegan, including the yummiest baked goods ever.
In the beginning when I ordered a meal at Sweet Pea I was full of questions like, “Who’s seitan?” and “Isn’t Tempeh a town in Arizona?” To their credit the Sweet Pea staff answered these questions and more, and finally I found myself fairly knowledgeable about vegan foods. Well, I know what I’m getting when I order, anyway. I’ve become fairly fluent in Veganese.
A couple of days ago I was in line to order at Sweet Pea behind a young couple who were obviously vegan novices. I patiently waited while they asked all of the questions I had asked and more.
“What’s tempeh made of?”
“How about seitan? What’s in it?
“What’s in a falafel?”
“What kind of cheese do you use?
Seriously, this young couple was thorough in their quest to find out what everything on the menu was made from or of.
There was one question that I never asked, though that the male did: “And what are the potatoes made from?”
I looked up from my phone to find the person taking the order suppressing a smile.
“Potatoes. We generally make them from potatoes.”
He went on to tell him what kind of oil they’d be cooked in and that they were locally grown.
I just had to grin. Finally someone asked a question I could’ve answered even in my virgin vegan days. Potatoes are made from potatoes!