What’s your favorite?
What got you into this in the first place?
Do others have a problem with this?
How do you handle being around non-users?
Just a few of the questions I heard tonight at my first ever meet-up with http://www.veganaustin.org. Equal parts social group and support group, I officially joined the last week and attended my first outing tonight. Fortunately, it was at the all-new (and dangerously close to my house) Beets Cafe and I was actually able to ride my bike on over there in less than 10 minutes…Super sweet…
In many ways, we’re freakish outcasts and kinda embrace that dorky role. Story of my freaking life…Kinda like being in the drama club in high school. We have “our thing” and it’s nerdy and weird, but we kinda dig it. I’m still so new to this that when I tell people, “I’m vegan,” I still feel like a total poser. I’m about 95% there after all. (However, I do think I lost my vegan card last week at Whole Foods when I was sporting my “Dairy Free Love” t-shirt while ordering gelato!) Yep–call me a big fat hypocrite. I can’t help it. They had peanut butter gelato and I’ve never tasted anything better. So there–I’m not so hippy-trippy and birkenstocky after all.
The food at Beets was spectacular…Pizzas, burgers, fajitas, chalupas, smoothies, salads…all vegan and all raw living foods. Yeah–I know–it sounds about as yummy as roadkill (ironic) to most people. How can I have a pizza that isn’t cooked?! God damn you people are weird…
I’m embracing my new-found weirdness. After all, isn’t that what we’re supposed to do in Austin? By being “weird,” I’m actually trying to fit into the norm in this town.