The food was fairly ordinary today, we went back to the same bakery (Blue Scorcher) as yesterday where we had lunch and this time had oatmeal. It was good steel cut oats with walnuts, fresh fruit and soy milk but at $8.50 a bowl I found it kind of steep. Lunch was a Mexican place we found in Seaside that had several options. In Seaside we also found a place selling "vegan jerky" and another selling sorbet. We haven't eaten the jerky yet but couldn't resist buying it despite the place being full of various animal meats. The lady working there turned us onto the sorbet place as well. Dinner was here in Garibaldi Oregon and while at first we were nervous because all the restaurants are heavy seafood places with virtually no veggie options we ended up with one of the best priced and tastiest options of the trip. For under $3 we each had a dinner salad at a place called Kellie's Kitchen and it was tasty, fresh and not just your typical diner salad.
There are three takeaways from today for the travelling vegan. Number one is when your stuck go to an ethnic restaurant, in particular Mexican, Asian, Indian or African. All of those have vegetarian options and often vegan ones as well. Our Mexican restaurant today not only had a clearly labelled "Vegan Beet Taco" special but a veggie burrito they were happy to make vegan without cheese or sour cream.
The second takeaway is that I see more and more restaurants clearly advertising vegan options. The sign you see in the photo on the top of this post is in an ice cream shop It seems that the more plant eaters there are (and we are growing as a group) the more entrepreneurs are wanting to sell us stuff. This is great if you have patience to explore the place you're in and watch for signs and labels. It's bad in that there are more and more junk foods available to vegans every day making it harder to make healthy choices. I used to always indulge in vegan desserts when offered as they rarely were. Now they are so common I have to avoid them as much as I can.
The last takeaway is that the small diners and cafe's will often be great choices for simple healthy vegan meals. If they offer a side salad, ask them if they make it meal sized and throw on as many vegetables as possible. We ate dinner tonight for around $10 for three people and were very satisfied. To be honest, a lot of the specialty vegan places we go are very expensive and it makes me think sometimes we are overthinking the salad and how much it should cost.
Tomorrow we are heading on a train ride along the coast (avoiding the dinner train as they only offer three different meat options) and then heading south for some more adventure. It looks like our hotel tomorrow morning will be much better than the one we had this morning which only offered pre-packaged 7-11 style pastries and coffee making us run for the expensive oatmeal instead.