My husband and I celebrated our second anniversary on October 30th. Unfortunately, Greyhound was closed Monday, Tuesday was Halloween, Wednesday we were busy, so finally on Thursday, we had a proper anniversary dinner.
Greyhound is one of my favorite places to eat. The owner, Joseph, always remembers us, and chats with us for a bit. He's so down to earth, and just a really nice guy. Kevin recently watched What The Health, and has finally decided, that slowly but surely and to the best of his ability, he's going to try to cut meat out of his diet. For that, I couldn't be more happy and more proud. Kevin could eat chicken for breakfast, brush, lunch, linner, dinner, and snacks in between. So, this is a really big step for him, and I'm just so excited for this journey for him. As I've mentioned before, I don't eat faux meat. In my opinion, they're disgusting and they remind me too much of the real thing and I can't eat it. But, I think faux meat options are fantastic for a lot of people. especially those transitioning from being an omnivore to a herbivore. And basically, Kevin is a carnivore. Fruits and veggies, and anything generally healthy for you, he's not a fan of. If he was a dinosaur, he'd be a t-rex. Seriously.
As we we're having this discussion with Joe, he asks our waitress to go and ask the chef to fry up some seitan, in some marinara sauce, with some fresh vegan mozzarella cheese, and bring it out for Kevin to try. Since Kevin mentioned he didn't like spicy foods, Joe took it upon himself to give him this sample plate to try, and it was a generous sample. I just thought that was such an amazing thing to do. He didn't have to do that, but he wanted to show Kevin what he could be eating, and that by not eating meat he's not going to be missing out. And you know what? Kevin though it was delicious! So delicious that he got Vegan Chicken Parm for dinner, and asked for that exact same seitan, instead of the strips, and loved it. He saved some for lunch today, and was so excited to eat it!
We had our usual guacamole for our appetizer, which is both of our favorite. The irony of it all is that, I, of course, live my life for avocados, but Kevin hates avocados, yet absolutely loves theirs. We fight over who gets the last scoop lol. I got my usual Eggplant Parm, since I'm a creature of habit. I did try a small bite of his seitan "chicken" and I just couldn't. At least I tried lol.
The homemade pesto on top really added depth to the flavor, and I just realized that looking at my photo, my eggplant looks like steak strips lol.
It was really cute because there was a young girl there, early 20s probably, clearly bringing her non-vegan parents there, and it was really heart warming watching them try something that's clearly out of their comfort zone for their daughter. We didn't get to stay until they finished their meal, but from what I heard, the parents were pleasantly surprised.
And it's those kind of reactions that really make my heart happy. Seeing people stepping out of their comfort zone, trying things the have zero intentions of liking, and ending up loving it, that's what it's all about.
Give peas a chance, my friends!