It’s happened again: a trip to Disneyland as a vegan… And the verdict? Same as before: sucks to be vegan in Disneyland.
We had a huge family reunion of sorts this weekend – my brother, his wife & 18-month old son, my parents, my son, Friand & me – decided a trip to Disneyland might just be a fun way to reconnect after almost a year of being apart.
Again, I went armed with protein bars, this time Luna as my brand of choice. I mean, seriously, how could I pass up “Nutz Over Chocolate”?? And knowing that we weren’t going to there much longer than 6 hours, I figured 2 bars would be sufficient to get me through until dinner (at home) that evening.
This time, I admit, I did not do much menu reading. I didn’t even give Disneyland a chance to redeem itself in my eyes. I am not normally this closed minded when it comes to dining out, but something about a place claiming to be “The Happiest Place On Earth” feels like a challenge to my personal brand of teenage-angst, and therefore will not get much effort out of me.
At one point, though, I did see a concession stand selling fruit, fruit juices, salads & other “green” looking foodstuffs. But, like I said, I wasn’t going to give in. “You’ll never win, Mickey, NEVER!” In keeping with my disdain for lettuce in general and my long held grumpiness over eating salad or fruit bowls while everyone else is eating full meals, I did not buy a banana from The Mouse. Fruit is not a *vegan* meal: it’s a snack, it’s a side dish, it’s dessert, it’s a nutritional necessity, but it is not a meal. And even a banana wouldn’t have boosted my caloric intake enough to perk me up out of my Disney-haze that afternoon.
2 Luna bars, 2 bottles of water, sunburn on my scalp & two trips through “It’s A Small World After All” (and by “trips” I mean both kind) and I was one hurting vegan. But, the day ended with us all going out to Hugo’s for a wonderful meal. And what does The Valley Vegan order when she’s dying of hunger & low blood sugar? Why a mojito & a Veggie Burger (with lettuce, tomato, avocado, veganaise & Daiya Italian Cheese!!!). Thanks Hugo’s! And thanks Friand for taking care of me.