Today (again) I had a lovely lunch at Mickey G's. I asked for a "vegan lunch' (i.e. chef's choice) and was surprised to get a monster calzone with artichoke hearts and sliced garlic on top. Nick, my server, said, "Don't panic when you cut into it and see a little cheese. Michael says to tell you it's Luca's cheese." After a brief discussion, I learned that it was a vegan cheese (not sure of the brand as I don't often buy fake cheeses and meats). The dough was perfect - chewy and light - and filled with grilled eggplant, grilled zucchini,  tomato slices, kalamata olives, more garlic, and just a touch of vegan cheese. It was delicious!  Of course, I shouldn't be eating bread, due to my gluten intolerance, but I find it's hard to live without it all the time.

Yesterday's vegan lunch was two grilled portobello mushrooms topped with sauteed spinach, sliced kalamata olives, diced sun-dried tomato, pine nuts and herbs. Full yum!


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    "The Year of the Vegan" is a diary of my challenges and triumphs during 2010 - a year in which I will not consume any animal products. This commitment is motivated by my disgust about the hidden and externalized environmental, social and societal  costs of our nation's food network. Join me considering what we eat, and why.

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