Keepin' it real. I'm interviewing my family. again. I asked them their thoughts on plant-based snacks and eating out. This interview is best read while assuming everything that my family says is sarcastic because they think they are funny, I guess (insert eye-roll emoji).
Me: Ok, guys, people liked your last interview so we are going to try this again. What do you think?
Me: Do you find snacking on a plant-based diet is difficult?
Me: I thought you'd say something different.
Me: Uh, I thought you said it isn't difficult?
Saul: It is difficult.
Me: Then, why did you say it wasn't difficult?
Me: Because why?
Saul: I guess, it's not, no.
Me: Ugh, then why did you say it was?
Saul: Because they only thing I snack on are those cookies (Lenny & Larry's Complete Cookie) and granola bars.
Me: What are your favorite snacks?
Eastyn: ummmmm those cookie things, those are good, granola bars, apples, bananas. Bananas are like ehhh, but I'll still eat them. That's about it.
Saul: I like bananas and peanut butter (what he means is peanut butter and bananas because he eats about a half a jar of peanut butter with one banana), cookies, and hummus.
Me: and hummus and hummus
Saul: and hummus. And that's all I eat.
Me: That's all?
Saul: Yup. What other snacks do we have?
Me: How about snacking on the go? How do you make that work?
Saul: Same stuff in a snack bag
Me: As long as I pack it.
Eastyn: Yeah just the snack bag.
Me: Do you guys like going out to eat?
Eastyn: Ehh not so much, no.
Saul: It's getting better. I used to love going out to eat because I would get whatever the hell I wanted. It was hard to find plant-based stuff in restaurants, but they are starting to get better and better.
Me: I've never liked going out to eat. I feel like it's just a big waste of time.
Saul: Ummm. If you're going somewhere you gotta eat.
Me: What are your favorite restaurants now?
Saul: I like Chipotle and.....uhhhhhhh Sheetz
Eastyn: hahaha that's not a restaurant!
Saul: Oh, uhhh what other restaurants are there? I don't think there are anymore.
Me: How about Japanese food?
Saul: Oh yeah that's good.
Eastyn: Oh yeah I love sushi and lo mein. I like Chipotle.
Me: How about Wegman's?
Saul: That's not a restaurant.
Me: I know, I'm asking about eating out.
Saul: Oh yeah. You could try pizza places and get no cheese and just vegetables. Although pizza places have a hard time making a pizza without cheese.
Saul: Because you emphasize that and they still put it on.
Me: What are some of your favorite foods when you eat out?
Saul: My favorite foods would include 1, 2 and C, in that order.
Me: *eye-roll. More specific, please.
Saul: Oh. I like black bean burgers or some type of burger like that.
Me: I am so sick of bean burgers.
Saul: Yeah but you gotta go to a restaurant with a speciality burger with a special sauce or something.
Me: How about burritos.
Saul: Oh yeah I forgot about burritos.
Saul: Sofrita burritos are muy deliciouso.
Me: How about when we went to that Melt restaurant?
Saul: What the hell is Melt?
Me: You know, that one that's like all grilled cheese...when we were in Cleveland for hockey? and we got the tofu wings?
Me: you and I shared. It was peppers and onions on a grilled cheese
Saul: it had cheese?
Me: yeah it was vegan cheese.
Eastyn: Dad, it was literally a grilled cheese place.
Saul: Oh, oh
Me: You could sub out all the cheeses and meats with vegan options. It was super cool.
Saul: yeah that was good
Me: I can't wait to go back there. We are definitely going back there when we go for hockey.
Eastyn: Mmmhmmm and we are going to that froyo place.
Me: Oh yeah Picadilly.
Saul: yeah that was good
Eastyn: Putting the toppings on was fun.
Saul: Pretty expensive
Me: Yeah but fun. It was awesome that they had coconut milk ice cream.
Me: Can you think of any other restaurants? I feel like Otto's in State College always has good options.
Saul: Four Mile Brewing in Olean is good.
Me: Yeah they always have good options.
Me: What would be one piece of advice that your would give somebody to help them go plant-based?
Eastyn: Just buy everything online and have it around (hmmm I may be getting too many packages)
Saul: They say quitting cold turkey is never easy to do, but if you ask me it's probably a lot easier. If you have the bad stuff around you are like "Well, I'm going to eat the rest of that crap" and then you don't really transition.
Me: So you were really happy when I took everything out of the house?
Saul: I didn't say I was happy.
Me: But in hindsight, you think I'm super awesome because I did that.
Saul: NO no
Saul: no no don't put words in my mouth
Saul: I guess the best idea would be to join your meal plans so you don't have to be like "what the hell am I going to eat?" because it's all right there.
Me: That's a great plug. I think that's a great way to end it.
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