or maybe it’s just honey:
Dear interwebs, Honey basil variant?
Interwebs: No, I don’t think so.
Would not be Vegan. Vegans don’t approve of honey.
Not necessarily true. Some vegans eat, others don’t.
Personally, having been vegan before, I ate honey. It’s exploitation of animals that most vegans want to eliminate from their diets. To eliminate honey (which is made by an insect and therefore is technically not an “animal” byproduct) is to say that we should not exploit bees. But, if we can’t exploit bees, then we’d have to abstain from the plants that bees pollinate since that would be an exploitation of bees as well, in my opinion.
But, I was never vegan because I didn’t want to exploit animals… it was simply for health reasons. Those who have a philosophical motive to be vegan would probably disagree with eating honey.
. To eliminate honey (which is made by an insect and therefore is technically not an “animal” byproduct)
I am confused. Are insects not animals? Or is there some other nuance I’m missing?
yep… insects are not mammals, which is not what I wrote, but what I was thinking.
@fedworker, yes there are vegans who don’t eat. But their numbers are rapidly declining.
So vegans distinguish between mammal and non mammal animal life? I thought they don’t eat any animal or animal product, period?
@dezlboy — and they’re easily identifiable from a distance, so you can avoid them if you wish.
Newty25: You said it (“Eating vegan is easy when the food tastes good.”). I would add: especially if the food is also healthy.
Here is hoping GH will succeed. Plus, let us hope that there will be a dedicated vegan restaurant in the corridor in near future, with great menu and marketing strategy. Bus Boys and Poets and Teaism are good examples, but not in our corridor. This is a big gap here. Just imagine if the County/Business officials knew how to get the right business. Well, they are not too bright, are they not? Else, why would agencies want to leave ARL?
All I wanted to do by posting this article is point out that GH now has meat back on the menu, which is good news for everyone that missed it.
I’m sure that the reason that “agencies” are leaving Arlington has nothing to do with the lack of vegan food in the area. I’m positive that NSF did not say “you know what? we need to move because Arlington doesn’t have enough vegan options!”. Being from the Midwest, my perspective is that there are TONS of vegetarian and vegan options here, as I had NEVER seen a dedicated vegan or vegetarian menu in a restaurant (let alone a dedicated restaurant) until I moved here about 4 years ago.
@ gabby1 yes, compared to the midwest there are more vegetarian options in metro dc. Meat eaters often comment on how many there are here. Although I am not a true vegetarian, I do lean that way and have gone through phases of varying strictness. I find that the DC metro region has some options, but compared to many other cities this area has fewer and less interesting options. Maybe this is due to the size of the city, maybe this is due to DC’s nature as a lawyer/political/gov’t hub – who knows. The high rent probably doesn’t help niche establishments. Many places don’t survive (Java Green, Vegetate). Often when you see a dedicated restaurant, the food doesn’t live up to the hope. Good vegetarian food can be quite good. Gobo’s in NY is fantastic. We have nothing like that here. Mostly what you have is a menu with a veggie burger and the helpful note “vegetarians love our veggie burger” which is funny since it can often be the only veggie choice on the menu. The burger comes to you and reminds you of the frozen veggie burger you have back in your freezer. When I get a menu with two options, I get pretty excited – Portabello sandwich or veggie burger – ooooooh a choice!
I’m not vegetarian or vegan, but my best friend is (vegetarian). She lived here in the DC area with me for 2 years, and we never had any issues with going out to eat or ordering food that she would be happy with. We never walked back out of a restaurant because of their lack of vegetarian options, and she never commented on the lack of options available to her. I guess I just don’t see how vegetarians have it so bad here? Vegan, I can see that being difficult, but it’s difficult in general to adhere to strict diets. I’ve never eaten at any of these amazing veg restaurants in other cities, so I really don’t have anything to judge the DC scene against either.
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