800 hours: Wake up and go to breakfast in the hotel. Find the room full of old people all wearing name tags that say “Zoomers” on them. I don’t know what they were zooming to, but they sure were being poky moving through the buffet line. I partook of some weirdly salty oatmeal from a packet. It tasted better after I added some of my own almond milk. The hotel put out some bananas and I had to rush to get one before the old people took them all. Young people like mushy food too, thank you very much.
Ianto likes mushy food, too.
1200 hours: Veggie sandwich from Subway–it was meh, but it had plenty of green stuff on it. Practiced my ingredient reading skills on some of the snacks available in the gas station.
1800 hours: I have found a vegan oasis in New Mexico. Ok, maybe not an oasis, but a puddle at least; and of all places I found it in Los Alamos.
Our route took us through Santa Fe, where most people would have stopped for the night. My family, however, is made up of nerds; and my brother is the super-science-nerd-overlord; and I say that with love and affection, because the level of nerdiness he manages to achieve astonishes me daily, and someday, he will be the science-nerd-overlord of us all . So, instead of staying in Santa Fe, we drove twenty more miles to spend the night in Los Alamos. Now, Los Alamos is nerd mecca because it was the site of the Manhattan Project during World War II, and is still home to the Los Alamos National Lab of National Security Science.
While my brother worshiped at the altar of the science museum there, I found my own mecca in the form of the Los Alamos Co-op. Conveniently located directly next to the hotel where we were staying, the Co-op, if I had to guess, was made up of approximately 30% vegan foods– maybe more. This is impressive considering that 1) the town of Los Alamos is quite tiny and 2) the Co-op itself is small. I frolicked around the store, probably befuddling all the other shoppers with my gleefulness at finding my first great vegan travel discovery. I seriously felt like the freaking Columbus of vegan food– without the disease and genocide.
I knew the Co-op was a good place when I saw the Uncle Eddie’s Cookies, which my friend has been urging me to try for awhile now, but I have been unable to find (I found them Alison!!). I shall now proceed to replace my daily ration of Oreos with Uncle Eddie’s cookies and the assortment of chocolate that I purchased.
Of course, although we were only buying dinner, I proceeded to slip extra items into our basket. Here is a picture of my total haul:
Don’t worry, I didn’t eat it all in one hour ;)
For dinner I had a baked tofu wrap from the Co-op and for dessert the “Deli Vegan Baked Item” of the day– peach cobbler.
I gorged myself on the whole thing of peach cobbler– because no one wanted to finish it, and I sure wasn’t letting it go to waste. Now I’m going to fall asleep and have wonderful peach cobblery dreams because I have extracted a promise from my parents to return to the Co-op in the morning for breakfast. Can’t wait to see what the “Deli Vegan Baked Item” is tomorrow.