Well, the big 3 - 0 is coming up next week and I am searching for a vegan cake. For the past several years, since I stopped eating dairy, I've made my own cake, but I would really like to not have to this year. (Plus, I'm tired of my only vegan cake recipe...I need to get Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and try out some new recipes.)
I've been searching and so far I have found...one bakery. That's it. Last year I called around to a bunch of existing bakeries and asked if they made vegan or dairy-free cakes, and the answer was no. There is a bakery in a small health food store I frequent, but to be honest, except for their vegan buckeye bliss bars, their bakery kind of stinks. I ordered cupcakes for my mom's graduation party this summer and not only was the woman behind the counter incredibly rude to my husband and son, the cupcakes were awful. There is one more cake place that does vegan cakes, but they do not accept small orders--only large orders for weddings and the like. I emailed the bakery that does smaller cake orders, so we'll see how that goes. I'm thinking about going to the farmers market tomorrow and begging the lady who makes the awesome vegan muffins to make me a cake.
I've been a bit disgruntled with the selection of vegan food offered in my cafeteria lately. You would think, since this is an urban university, that they would have more of a selection of vegan food, but they don't. How easy would it be to make rice with oil instead of butter? They offer pretty much no vegan protein in the cafeteria by my office. The other day I didn't bring my lunch and ordered their veggie burger, which, when I asked a few weeks ago, was vegan...but then when I asked specifically about the bun, it turns out that all the bread they had available had egg or dairy in it. I have to say, the staff in my cafeteria is wonderful--they always take the time to find out the ingredients to everything, and when I told them to just leave off the bun on the veggie burger, they brought it to me with huge, beautiful slices of tomato and lettuce. It's a cafeteria, I understand that they have limited food choices, but I'm not asking for anything fancy. Just beans to put on my salad or something.
Do you know who seems to be incredibly food-allergy and vegan-friendly? You may never guess, because I was shocked as well....Disney World! I am so not a Disney person. I'm really not into all the commercialism and advertising to super young children and that milk commercial on the Disney Channel bugs me for several reasons. But my husband loves Disney World, and my son is a good age, and my husband and I are both turning 30 this fall, so we decided to go. Originally we were looking into renting a house so we could cook, but once I started researching, I came across multitudes of parents whose children have severe food allergies and say the Disney World chefs are awesome. It requires a bit of prep work, but I have no problem calling and chatting with the chefs about what yummy stuff they can make for us.
Hooray, three day weekend coming up! Thank goodness. It has been a rough week. I'm looking forward to relaxing with my guys.