I don't have any pictures from my third birthday dinner last weekend, because it was at my boyfriend's parents' house and I always feel odd taking pictures of food when it's a nice family gathering like that. So you will have to settle for description ... Dinner was a tasty vegan bean soup with warm bread - the perfect fall meal! For dessert, Josh's mom made a beautiful looking apple tart, but unfortunately she used butter in the crust ... which lead to a horrible awkward discussion about my tendency to allow for "exceptions" to my vegan eating. I realized I make too many allowances, which just leads to confusion for people, and I need to stop.
First, I made an exception for blackberry ice cream. Which lead to a second exception when blackberry ice cream was made twice in one summer. Then Josh's mom made an apple pie a while back and said she couldn't get shortening to work for the crust, so she used butter instead. I said it was fine and I would eat the pie anyway. So through no fault of hers, Josh's mom assumed butter crust would always be an okay exception for me. I probably didn't handle things very well, because in hind sight I should probably have made just one more exception for my birthday dinner and eaten the tart. Especially because when I didn't Josh's mom brought out some cookies that she had checked the ingredients on and was "sure" they were vegan. I knew they weren't. But because I already felt horrible and awkward at that point I ate them anyway. So I still ended up with a non-vegan dessert, but not the one Josh's mom had worked so hard on. Not the best end to the dinner, or my birthday weekend. But I guess two out of three great birthday dinners isn't bad.
Monday night for dinner Josh and I met friends for dinner at Founding Farmers, which ended up being our second dinner there in less than a week. We'd met a friend for dinner there the previous week, but didn't come out of that with a photo of my delicious veggie meatloaf and mashed potatoes. FF doesn't have a lot in the way of vegan options - in fact, their regular menu has exactly one vegan item: an appetizer of mixed nuts - but they do have vegan specials, which are helpfully labeled as vegan so you don't have to worry about hidden ingredients.
For Monday's dinner I ordered the veggie bacon burger, which came with a side of beet salad. It wasn't a stellar burger - average burger patty that wouldn't hold its shape and relatively tasteless fake bacon - but the salad was actually really good. Fortunately a good time with friends always outweighs average food.