Monday, July 1, 2013

Vegan Food is Everywhere

I've found that it's easy enough to be a vegan when I'm at home. I know which local restaurants offer food I can eat, and if I don't want to go out, I can always cook up something in my kitchen.

It's more difficult to be a vegan when I'm on vacation, however. I'm the only vegan in my family, so in unfamiliar cities, we find ourselves wandering from restaurant to restaurant, looking at the menus and trying to determine if there's anything I can eat. In many, but not all, U.S. cities, I can go online ahead of time and identify restaurants that have vegan options, but that's much harder to do if we're traveling abroad.

It occurred to me a couple of years ago that I couldn't possibly be the only traveler searching for vegan-friendly restaurants, which is why I decided to create this blog. I thought that, at a minimum, I could help fellow vegans who might be looking for something to eat in Sacramento or anywhere else I happened to visit. I assume Sacramento Vegan is serving its purpose since, according to my blog statistics, people have read it in 108 different countries. But my real hope was that other vegans might be inspired to write similar blogs about the restaurants in their cities.

Unfortunately, I didn't know of a platform where people could record that information. Just the other day, however, I discovered the Vegan Food is Everywhere website, which invites people to share information about the vegan dishes they've tried in restaurants all around the globe. It's very easy to use. After you register on the website, you input the name and address of the restaurant where you've found a vegan menu option that you like. Then you'll add information about the dish, and a picture if you have one. You can also leave comments. That's all there is to it.

The Vegan Food is Everywhere website is still fairly new, so there are large swaths of the globe with no restaurant listings. The reason I'm using today's blog post to promote this website is mostly selfish -- I expect to travel to South America later this year, and so far, only two South American restaurants have been posted on the website. So to everyone from South America who reads my Sacramento Vegan blog, I'm begging you to post information at Vegan Food is Everywhere about the vegan options in your countries.

Finally, I want to offer my sincere thanks to the creators of Vegan Food is Everywhere. You're performing a great service for your fellow vegans worldwide!


Vegan Food Is Everywhere said...

Thanks for the awesome blog post!

Just wanted to mention that you can actually add dishes to the website without registering or signing in. However, if you do choose to sign in first, your name will appear on the dishes you add, and you'll have access to member-only features like commenting, a list of all the dishes you've added, and a list of dishes you want to try.

Pam said...

My pleasure! I'm so glad that you're doing on a global level what I've been doing at the local level.

Jennifer said...

It's true that vegan restaurants are becoming more popular. I had no idea there were so many great places in Sacramento. Thanks for the post!

Pam said...

You're welcome, Jennifer! I hope other people will add restaurants from wherever they live too.