In an effort to lead a healthier life, I decided to go vegan 3 weeks ago. I’ve ended my long-lasting affair with ice-cream, meats and cheeses. It hasn’t been easy, but I definitely eat more fruits and veggies than normal and have found I have more energy than I used to.
Yesterday I decided to try out a vegan restaurant in the Dallas area, so I discovered Veggie Garden in Richardson (north-east of Dallas). It is only the second vegan place I’ve been able to find so far (the first being the Loving Hut in Addison which turned out to be very tasty).
I walked into Veggie Garden not sure what to expect given that it is really just part of a strip mall and there is nothing much on the outside. The interior was pretty basic, too. But, the food ended up being quite good. I ordered the Kung-Pao Soy Chicken with white rice and my sister ordered the Soy Chicken burger with French fries:
However, the humorous part of this adventure was the political overtone which we were not expecting. First, we asked to get the password for the wi-fi and were given this piece of paper with the password:
We wondered if they were part of the original protest (see pictures of the Dallas OWS protest here).
We also noticed this sign was hanging on the wall:
And, in the corner they had a little area with books and literature containing a combination of vegan and political messaging. Next to “how to become a vegan” is a sign-up for the Green Party (with no sign-ups so far). They had Michael Moore’s book Stupid White Men and a flyer that said, “You can’t be all you can be if your dead” advocating not joining the military.
The bottom says that there are other ways to be patriotic than serve in the military.
Notice Stupid White Men towards the right.
Sign-up for the Dallas County Green Party.
Resources on how to be a vegan and Foreign Policy magazine, not the literature I was expecting.
I would have engaged the owners in a discussion about what exactly their message is supposed to be, but we had a hard time conversing with them (English not being their first language. Our waitress was from China, but she only works there and doesn’t own the place). I wanted to ask what these small business owners are trying to say and how they feel oppressed exactly given that it appears they travelled to the United States vs. choosing to stay in their country of origin. I wanted to ask what type of justice they are seeking while living in a country and a state that allow them to make whatever type of statement they wish and live their lives the way they wish (Obamacare aside).
The food was good and the wi-fi was free, so being capitalists, they won me over with a great product and I will definitely be back. I also humorously realized that my veganism may lead me to meet some interesting characters. This will be fun. My conservatism is non-negotiable, but I do enjoy engaging with those that have different points of view, especially as they espouse a position that is contrary to the very life they live and freedoms they enjoy.
Here is their website in case you want to visit sometime: http://www.theveggiegarden.com/
Lisa @ AmericaisConservative.org