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The Vegan Food Guide USA | Hacks & More


”Vegan? In the States? As an exchange student? You are crazy! Is that possible? What do you eat? Salad? We can’t take you anywhere! ”

Actually, being vegan in the States, as an exchange student, is quite possible and not as challenging (at all) as it might seem. I collected a few restaurants and typical dishes, and spiced them up with some hacks for you :)

German Version

Common American Restaurants 

Fast Food Chains

Probably the most fearful place to stop by and eat are fast food places. Not only are there very few vegan, or even healthy in any sense, options, but supporting the cruelty behind the fast food chain image is hard to overcome. But sometimes one really has to stop by..what to do then?

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Wendy’s might be one of the safest places to go to, in case your family, or even friends, are unsure about which fast food restaurant to visit and you are able to suggest a place. Apart from a BLACK BEAN burger patty  (the buns are apparently considered vegan too), you can easily order lots of  plain baked potatoes with apple slices on the side, or ask to change some salad ingredients.

Starbucks / Coffee Shops

The oh so popular coffee-shop stores. Luckily they probably are one of the easiest places to eat, or rather snack, vegan. Due to increasing demand milk substitutes are available almost everywhere, and Starbucks even offers cute fruit bars and “evolution” juices. So much about feeling fancy about eating healthy!

Mexican

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#WelcomeToMoes – Art Vandale in a wholewheat tortilla

Mexican (and asian) places are ALWAYS  very safe. Common are chains like Chipotle, Moe’s and Taco Bell. Very often it works like this: you stand and wait in line and once it is your turn you can choose your type of meal (burrito (bowl), quesadilla, tacos..) and are able to customize it up to every single ingredient; meaning that you can say NO to meat and HELLO to tofu, tempeh, veggies, guac and salsa. And jalapeños.

Mellow Mushroom

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the mentioned hoagie

Now Mellow Mushroom is just a pretty awesome place, in my opinion. Not only are the options endless for vegans, and vegetarians, as the chain additionally has a vegan menu, but it is not know as a “vegan place”, so even meat eaters will gladly stop by and enjoy their meal along with you. Tip: The Tempeh Hoagie is the bomb! (just ask to leave the cheese (and feta) out).

Olive Garden

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The gluten-free (vegan)  noodles and Primavera-sauce, sadly not vegan

Olive Garden is an american italian restaurant, serving lots of pasta and non-vegan dishes, and are very common for their (vegan) breadsticks! The first few times eating out at Olive Garden ended up being a mess for me, as the re-fillable entre salads contained a lot of cheese and the dressings dairy. The vegetable sauce I got with my pasta sadly contained dairy as well, as I found out later on. To prevent that, for any restaurant, check their websites, and you will find information on vegan dishes, or kindly ask the waitress/waiter, although some might not exactly know what veganism is and you might have to explain it to them first.

Typical Meals & Hacks

  1. HAPPYCOW.COM – THE place to go and check for vegan or veg-friendly restaurants (although there might not be all existing places entered)! Including reviews and pictures. Just go onto the site, scroll down and use the map to check a specific city for restaurants, cafes and (grocery) stores.
  2. There are AWLAYS salads, veggies and potatoes – apart from “The Cook-out”. DO NOT go to the Cook-out! Other than that you are SAFE. Either order your salad with several (cooked) veggies and check the dressing ingredients! The balsamic vinaigrettes should usually be vegan. If you can’t befriend yourself with a salad, check the side dish options and make sure to order veggies and baked potatoes without butter.
  3. Oatmeal – now I do not know about traditions outside the South, but oatmeal is traditionally made with, YES, thank god, WATER! I have asked at several, even home-owned restaurants and usually the answer was water, but please check. The one and only time I did not do so my oats were very surprisingly made with eggs.
  4. ASK – do not be afraid to ask your waiter/waitress for changes in your order. If somebody doesn’t want the tomato slice on their burger turns out in the same way as someone who only wants two slices of bread and cooked veggies turned into a sandwich or no cheese on their salad. It is the customers wish and mostly very much possible.
  5. Store – and in the worst cases, if there really are no vegan options or your family went to the cook-out, ask to stop by at a store and quickly grab some fruit or chips. Another tip would be to eat before or after you went out, which is not as nice, but in very bad situations do-able.

 

There might be following more restaurants, more tips, more hacks; just stay tuned.!

I hope you have a lovely day, #govegan, try it :)!

Sophie

 

 

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Ultimate Constance Food Guide

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Until now I have been quite some times in Constance, as my parents married here and we just love this small city. It lies directly next to Switzerland and at the Lake of Constance. There are obviously many more delicious stores and places to grab a bite, but these are my favorite spots, all offering vegan/vegetarian food (too)!

BREAKFAST

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Pano

Is one of the best places to eat. It is therefore always very full, so come early or wait long…Not only the breakfast and drinks are delicious, but they have a sandwich and salad-bar too! Paired with comfortable seating opportunities and a good location in the city, try it out when you visit Constance.

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Stadtkind (engl. city child)

Not lying directly in the city center, Stadtkind is away from the crowds but still very busy. The cute, small cafe offers delicious, and also vegan, breakfast plates, paninis, smoothies, etc. Something for everybody, basically.

LUNCH

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VIDA

My ABSOLUTE FAVORITE place in whole Constance, actually the whole world. Vida – Eat Different, started as a catering-service but quickly opened a very small but still super cozy store in the city. Every meal they have is optionally available vegetarian and vegan, labeled carefully and made from local and organic ingredients. And don’t leave the store before you haven’t tried the BBQ-Sauce!

Eugens

On the “Marktstätte”, offering many vegan meals. The restaurant is relatively pricey, but still worth a visit, especially if you want to eat something near the stores and shops. I have only been there once, but it was too yummy not to mention…

SNACK

voglhaus Das Voglhaus 

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A cafe directly in the city and always full. Besides selling the usual coffees, teas and bites, vegan cakes, snack and lunches are available too! The thing that I love most about this place is the location and the awesome benches surrounding the cafe. There are comfortable sitting possibilities with pillows ‘in’ the windows as well! How awesome?!

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lebento

@lebento

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A chain in Germany, selling one of the best Frozen Yogurts with many different toppings. Seating possibilities are outside in the sun or in the small store. The store took up rice pudding,smoothies and juices onto their menu recently.

Le Bento

Located in the shopping center “Lago”, it is perfect for a quick drop-by while you are in a shopping rush. Le Bento makes one of the best smoothies and juices in town, try them yourself!!

DINNER

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Il Boccone

I feel like everybody knows this famous italian restaurant. The atmosphere is very nice, as high stacks of wood cover one wall and everything is designed to be very open. You can even sit on the big stairs. The pizza and noodle dishes are very good, just as the salads. Check their website, to enjoy a meal accompanied by specials guests, like singers or comedians.

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Bangkok

As asian food is my absolute favorite, I was lucky to find this store in Constance. We always drop by while visiting the city, so the owners of this restaurant already know us and are so kind to everybody! Rather than trying the lunch-menu, indulge in the delicious dinner meals on typical thai plates.

I hope that you are just as a food lover as I am and could find some tips on where to eat, in case you visit Constance, or any city that offers these restaurant-opportunities!

Bon Appetit!

Sophie