Potato, Potahto

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!

Peace, people.

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

13 thoughts on “Potato, Potahto”

  1. Oh lord… Seriously sometimes you do wonder what people are coming to. Seriously.
    I am minded here on the sub of potatoes how, having had enough of the lack of education my girls were getting in the local school quite pukka area, nowt like I grew up I assure,one where the school thought it was brilliant, I parceled up the older one’s entire term of work, which consisted of a world map sent home for our edification, with potatoes, potatoes, potatoes written all over it and said, I personally had no idea they grew in so many places. School inspectorate was in with in the week and I was applauded on the street that finally someone had done something.

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  2. Lol. I followed a vegan diet for years before surrendering to regular food when I got too sick to cook for myself. Still, all my cookbooks are vegan based and baked potatoes are my go to when it gets too meat crazy around here.

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    1. My husband eats steak nearly every day. We have totally different diets. I don’t have to eat vegan—just dairy free, but I’ve found I really like vegan fare and I’m assured it’s dairy free.

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  3. This one is gold, although I do understand it might be confusing in the vegan world where a lot of things are made from plant based alternatives (like cheese and ‘meat’!). But potatoes are potatoes. Potatoes is potatoes, as Samwise Gamgee would say.

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