Dear Eating Las Vegas,
Let’s see if Mr. Curtas would write the same type of condescending review if he HAD to eat a vegan diet for health reasons. I do and believe me, I am not hungry at all. I know that tofu can taste like almost anything – it’s all in the preparation. If you freeze it and then thaw it it gets “meatier” in texture. Tofu itself doesn’t have flavor – the flavor comes from the sauce or marinade. And I’m not talking about those little white blobs floating in the miso soup in Chinese restaurants. So enough of the sneering (“as perfect and tasty as this food probably can get”). If you get white blobs of tofu for your meal in restaurants … that means the chef is thinking INSIDE the box.
As for “every restaurant in the hotel offer[ing] a vegan option to guests” … it’s about freaking time these chefs started thinking about plant-based meals. Anyone can throw a piece of meat on the grill and call it a day. But try devising an entree that’s more than a plate of steamed/grilled veggies… THAT takes talent. And until Steve (or his girlfriend) … frankly none of the chefs had any. Now I can finally eat in those restaurants.
From a business perspective in a poor economy, restaurants and caterers who choose not to market to vegan consumers do so at their own risk. I agree the number of vegans is small compared to those who would be content eating a meal with animal products. But what these *business people* perhaps have not considered is that the vegan community embraces good vegan food (read: NO STEAMED/GRILLED VEGGIE PLATES) with a *huge* amount of referral marketing via blogs and word of mouth. While the community is not large, our impact usually is. Word of mouth is the best advertising in the vegan community.
Agitatively and Vegitatively yours,
Very Vegas Vegan
Dear Triple V,
“HAD to eat a vegan diet”? ELV is tempted not to go there, but in the adventuresome and offensive spirit for which he is known, will do so. We at ELV consider the American obsession with restricted diets, gluten-free this, lacto-intolerant that, and “I’m allergic to those…” to be the biggest crock of bad head cheese since Horace Fletcher’s liquified diet.
These “conditions” are simply more refined, semi-scientific versions of the old diet fads of the 6o’s, 7o’s and 8o’s, and are a way for everyone to feel unique and draw attention to themselves because of their “special dietary needs.” Do you know who doesn’t have food allergies and “special dietary needs”? People in the Second and Third Worlds. Do you know who does? Americans. Spoiled, fast-food-fattened, unhealthy Americans.
Everything else in your thoughtful, well-written and much appreciated letter, we agree with.