How does a vegan do it?

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
December 7, 2015 9:29am CST
I judge a restaurant by 3 criterion: food, service and ambiance. I love to cook BUT when (not if) I win the lottery I will eat out 3 meals a day, 7 days a week! I am not a vegetarian but then I will eat anything but oyster plant--I love my meat! This is all adding up to the experience Bob and I had last night when we went to the "Sublime" restaurant--a strict vegetarian restaurant. It is one of the most beautiful restaurants I have ever been in and I have eaten in many 5 star restaurants around the world. They have some pictures at their web site (www.sublimerestaurant.com) but doesn't do the ambiance justice--they don't show the wall of waterfalls which you can see through to the outside. The lighting is perfect, the tables are placed so that you aren't on top of anyone else's table. Oh, yes, in the restrooms there is a record that sings 'Wash your hands, wash your hands" with a lilting melody--now that was a first for me. The service was way above par, unobtrusive but friendly, all working as a team, the customer wanting for nothing. Now the food--okay, I have been trying to make tofu taste like anything but cardboard for 6 years without success and though Bob and I had 6 different dishes they all tasted the same--walnuts in everything--all highly spiced--we are still trying to figure out what the' grated cheese' was--looked like brown sugar. For the first time in my life I didn't finish a piece of carrot cake (and I have eaten all kinds)--it was like 2 bricks stuffed with carrots, walnuts (of course) and had some sort of icing topping--after 2 bites that was it. I did enjoy my main course of a portabello mushroom with fresh garlic and virgin olive oil spinach--the flatbread with various veggies and a sauce was good--Bob's rigatoni with pompadora sauce was okay and the 2 dinner salads were tasty including the 'blu cheese' I had on mine BUT carrot cake without cholesterol and saturated fats ain't carrot cake! Would I recommend the restaurant? Will I go there again? Yes to both questions mainly when I have out of town visitors just to have them see the place.I don't know about eating there! Are you a vegan? How do you do it?
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@softbabe44 (5952)
• Vancouver, Washington
8 Dec 15
I like different types of meats I would try vegetarian food just to see what it's like that would be good for me.
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• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
8 Dec 15
I was a vegetarian for 2 weeks and gained 5 pounds!!
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• Vancouver, Washington
9 Dec 15
@GreatMartin How did you like it.
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• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
10 Dec 15
@softbabe44 The vegetables or gaining the weight??
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• Preston, England
7 Dec 15
I have several vegan & vegetarian friends and some of their food is lovely. A few times I have had the Vegetarian options off menus with meat dishes because they look so good - still a carnivore though
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• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
8 Dec 15
I will have veggies as a side dish but I NEED my prime ribs, burgers, veal, chicken, etc. :O)
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• Preston, England
8 Dec 15
@GreatMartin me too though if a vegetarian meal has been nice enough I don't feel compelled to consume meat that day too just to fill a quota for myself - it just has no bearing on future food consumption choices
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• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
9 Dec 15
@arthurchappell I have to have my protein every day or I feel I haven't eaten!! :O)
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@scheng1 (24899)
• Singapore
12 Dec 15
I am not a vegetarian too, though I have no problem with a meal or two without meat. When I win the lottery, I am likely to go on cruise more often, and that means I get to enjoy good food 24 hours a day.
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• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
13 Dec 15
If not good at least a lot of it! :O)
@simone10 (22251)
• Louisville, Kentucky
10 Dec 15
No, I'm not vegan and like you, I don't know how they do it.
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• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
11 Dec 15
There are more of us than them!!!
8 Dec 15
I don't eat tons of meat, but i would hate to be restricted if i wanted to
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• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
10 Dec 15
I feel I NEED my protein every day or I haven't eaten! :O)
@Dragonairy1 (1484)
• Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
8 Dec 15
No, I like bacon and burgers too much.
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• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
8 Dec 15
YES!!!! :O)
@jaboUK (51363)
• United Kingdom
7 Dec 15
No I'm not a vegan - I love meat, just like you. However I could get by on cheese and egg dishes if I had to. That restaurant sounds great - apart from the food! I wouldn't like any of the things you mention.
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• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
8 Dec 15
I am a RAT when it comes to cheese--never get enough!
@WorDazza (8660)
• Manchester, England
8 Dec 15
I'm vegetarian gradually moving towards veganism. The only dairy I have these days is cheese. If I could find a decent selection of vegan cheeses then I would be completely vegan!!
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@Inlemay (17121)
• South Africa
11 Dec 15
I had to serve a Vegan ballet instructor her meal one year and it was the most difficult thing to do - however I persevered and got it done. after she arrived and ate the whole meal and awarded me a Thank you - she said - Oh baked beans from a can would have done just as well - Blow me over I thought!!
@marlina (64572)
• Canada
10 Dec 15
Not a vegan, couldn't do it at all.
@PainsOnSlate (19612)
• Canada
8 Dec 15
I like meat too and my carrot cake has to taste good. My daughter was a vegetarian for years but at the age of 45 had to start eating meat because her diet was causing problems with her body. She needed iron. That place looks wonderful, I would like to see it, if we get in that area this winter maybe we will go in for a drink??? Do they have a bar?, I'll look it up to see for myself. Thanks for sharing such an interesting place.
@Theresaaiza (9847)
• Australia
8 Dec 15
I tried but failed. I went into this hormone fixing program which recommended clean eating so my body can make the most of out of the detox process. I am still allowed my normal diet for the next 2 weeks but cutting some bad stuff into half before I go into the real grind. 4 weeks of full vegetarian. Two weeks into it I was doing well. But nope, there'a a cake shop just across from where I work and I caved in. Bye bye vegetarian. :D
@JudyEv (103344)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Dec 15
I'm not a vegan or even a vegetarian but I don't mind eating vegetarian. And some people really know how to cook tofu. Vince thinks he hates the stuff but he raved about a beef dish in one restaurant (owned by a friend) and nearly fell over when told it was tofu.