So I made it through the weekend — though admittedly, mostly on crackers and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I know that vegetarians and vegans have a much more diverse palette, so I decided to start off the week by taking a more active role in my vegetarian experiment. A friend of mine told me about a vegan fast food spot in downtown San Diego called Evolution.
Not only do vegans cut out meat, but they also remove any type of animal products (milk, cheese, eggs, etc.) from their diets. I checked out the website and was immediately excited ... burgers, French fries, wraps and smoothies. After scoping out the menu, I decided to drop in for a visit.
I tried the mushroom and swiss burger, pictured above. I know what you're thinking, that looks about as appetizing as, well, the slice of pizza that I last blogged about
. But that's just because camera phones don't do food justice. I'll admit, the first bite was rough, (kind of like when you take a sip of your soda only to find out it's milk) but I chalk that up to the fact that my brain is hard-wired to think that I was about to bite into some juicy beef. Once I took a few more bites, things got better. The burger was loaded with tomatoes, lettuce and sauteed mushrooms which aided the taste. Plus, Evolution served my favorite sweet potato French fries (acceptable in pretty much any diet).
Although it will still take me some time to get used to meatless burgers, my days as a vegetarian have certainly been improving. I like the idea behind Evolution — the ability to deliver fast food that's actually fresh and good for you. The restaurant makes a lot of meals from scratch and all of the menu options are cholesterol free. I also have to admit that I love the fact that the staff delivers its food by bicycle.
The search is still on for a fine-dining vegetarian restaurant in San Diego. If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to let me know!
Here's a video on the "Vegan Revolution."