What Vegans Eat – Day 701: Travel Edition


Breakfast: The rain seems very close by. Obviously when it rains, the rain is right there on the outside. But when you live in a house or an apartment with lots of thick walls and hallways and rooms you can feel very far from the outdoors. We are staying in a poolhouse, it’s like a studio apartment with big windows. There is no escaping the outdoors. It is just on the other side of the glass door. We watched the rain while eating fresh California Oranges and Gary made some Oatmeal.
There was a faraway “boom” sound and then the power went out. We learned that a tree fell on some power lines. This was going to be a long day! Our cell phones and computers were charged but the wifi was out. Our cell phone service was extremely slow.
I finished up the leftovers from the Falafel Drive In and Gary ate his Oatmeal.
After doing a bit of work we thought we would leave early to make sure we could get out okay, since the road was blocked on one side. We thought we’d have a late lunch/early dinner at the Vegetarian House before rehearsal but they were closed and we didn’t want to wait for them to open. We went down the street to Tofoo Com Chay since we had not been there in a long time. We shared the Au Lac Salad which is their version of the Chinese Chicken Salad and we each got big bowls of Pho.
Then it was over to Peets for a hot tea. On this chilly, power outage day, I decided to get some tea with vegan whipped cream on top of an order of loose leaf Assam Golden Tip (described as a strong and malty cup). I took a few sips and it didn’t taste right. It tasted wrong! Could the whipped cream have turned? I sat there with Gary, chatting, using the restroom and passing the time before I decided to take it back. It was replaced with plain tea which was fine. The vegan Coconut Whipped Cream at Peets is normally delicious. I am concerned that perhaps enough people aren’t ordering so that it does go bad. And if people aren’t ordering it, maybe they won’t offer it anymore. Or maybe I am worrying for no reason. I will try it again soon.
Evening: It took a long time to get home after a long rehearsal. Traffic was backed up because the road we wanted to go on was still blocked with the fallen tree, and nearby highway 17 also had problems with mudslides. When we finally got back to the pool house it was very bright outside from the full moon. But the electricity had not been restored. We lit our candle and the gas fireplace. I burned a lot of energy at rehearsal and wanted something to eat. Corn Thins to the rescue once again. This time I had them by candlelight with avocado and cherry tomatoes.

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