We build too many walls and not enough bridges. ~ Isaac Newton
I’m currently in San Francisco for a conference, so I missed posting yesterday (woohoo for a long time on a plane). So, today will be a combined post of my experiences thus far for the trip. Traveling vegan can be a little tricky at times, but I had high hopes for this one.
The trip began with the flight (duh). If you don’t already know this, do not be a vegan on US Airways. You may starve to death. Even if you are willing to spend the ridiculous amount they charge to get a snack, you cannot, as there are no vegan items. There is also no form of non-dairy creamer, so you should also not want coffee.
I arrived in San Francisco tired and hungry, and very unprepared (had not researched how to travel from the airport at 9:00 at night to Union Square area). So, I decided to just suck it up and grab a cab. Have money if you want to travel by cab in San Francisco. The cab ride was short (10 minutes or so) but was $42. Ouch. Thank goddess that cabbies can now take credit cards!
My roomie was already asleep and I was still sort of jacked up from the trip and hungry, so I made my first foray into eating vegan in SF. I happened upon a restaurant called Ponzu, where I ordered the spicy roasted garbanzos and root chips. Not only were these snacks vegan, but they were also delicious and inexpensive ($9 total, I think). Sweet! And then, off to bed!
Morning arrived early (like 4:30 a.m. early) so after coffee and getting ready, I ventured out to find a bagel place. The hotel concierge waved vaguely at the street and said “lots of places have bagels; walk that way.” I’m not sure that “concierge” means what he thinks it means. I did have an 8:00 presentation to do, so I couldn’t go too far afield. After walking in about a 6 block radius and finding not one bagel shop, I ended up back at the conference hotel with a plain white bagel from a Starbucks satellite. Hmmm…
By the time lunch rolled around, I was famished, because simple carbs for breakfast do that to me. So, again back to the desk to inquire as to a close place with vegan friendly lunches. I was sent to David’s Deli. Do not be a vegan at David’s Deli. Do not be in a hurry at David’s Deli. Nothing on the menu was vegan really, so I opted for a side salad and a side of fries, with an iced tea. The tea arrived, but sadly was not vegan due to the small critter floating in it. I switched to bottled water. 1 hour later (no, seriously, I’m not exaggerating at all), my lunch arrived. It was iceburg lettuce with 4 slices of cucumbers and 3 tomato wedges, along with a small plate of underdone fries. This, my friends, will set you back $20 with the tip. Sweet. Do not attempt to travel in San Francisco without plenty of cash. I need an ATM, stat!
Tonight, I have more time and am more prepared, so it’s off to a highly reviewed vegan friendly restaurant called The Plant. It is local and organic, so I have a good feeling that this is going to be good! But, now I must hit another meeting and then the yoga mat, so that’s a post for another day. I hope you enjoyed my boring travelogue of 16 vegan hours in San Francisco.