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For some reason day six was the hardest day to be a vegan so far.
It all started when I woke up in the morning, and I just wanted cream in my coffee. Cream in my coffee is one of those little indulgences I give myself that really make my days better. I know I know – I sound pretty terribly whiny and dramatic, but coffee just hasn’t been as satisfying without it, and on day six I woke up jonesing for some cream. “normal!” I kept thinking all day, “I want normal and easy!” Whine whine whine.
Being a brand new vegan, meals have definitely taken more planning and effort as I’m getting used to new cooking styles, different kinds of food, and different varieties of snacks. So I was very excited to learn that there is a beacon of familiarity in this novel vegan world: pizza.
Pizza Pi is a vegan pizza parlor in Seattle, and it is right near where I live! As some of you may know Seattle has been snowed in this past week, and I have been off work. I was tired of cozying around inside, I was ready for an adventure, and vegan pizza seemed like just the thing. I bundled up, convinced my most loyal vicarious vegan that trekking 2 miles uphill in the snow for pizza was a good idea, and off we went.
I ordered the “hoity toity” pizza. Spinach and artichoke sauce with chicken, sun dried tomatoes, kalamata olives and a light sprinkling of cheese. I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I thought vegan cheese might be waxy or plasticky. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It was soft and mild. It conveyed the idea of cheese without trying to be cheese. The toppings were really flavorful and definitely did most of the work in the taste department. The sauce was good too. It was tangy and complemented the zippy sun dried tomatoes perfectly. My vicarious vegan also gave it two thumbs up, even though we did stop on the way home to get him some very non-vegan ham and pineapple pizza.
Having a pizza party was the perfect way to make my frustrations about veganism into a thing of the past. I’m back in the saddle, and I think my next recipe will be Thai coconut soup. Perfect for a cold winter day!

-C