Great Sage

The Great Sage, Clarksville, MD

A visit to the Great Sage in Clarksville, MD never disappoints. The food is always excellent and can satisfy any meat eater or non-meat eater.

Name: The Great Sage


Captured: 4/2/2017


Vegan Fail 2012 #vegan

It is almost time for our 2013 resolutions and it is time again for me to confess how I have failed again at my quest to eat a 100% vegan diet.

I of all people should know better. My husband is a personal trainer and a true vegan and I have read enough articles and books to know the benefits of a vegan diet. Below, I am going to outline where I fail in an attempt to do better next year. The sub-bullets are what I propose to do to help myself next year to resist temptation.

Food Purchased for Me Situations

  • Metro DC ASTD Dinner Programs

    • Issue – There are times where I don’t want to just eat a salad and the choices are usually a meat and a pasta. The pasta tends to have dairy on it or in it.
    • Solutions – Give in and eat the salad and vegetables. Order a dinner from the restaurant in the hotel.
  • Metro DC ASTD Board Meetings

    • Issue – When I go to LaMadeleine for the EC meetings I sometimes can’t resist stuff with eggs in it.
    • Solution – Resist. This will be easy since this is my last year on the board.
  • Lunches at Work brought in for All Day Meetings

    • Issue – The choices (COSI, Booeymonger) are usually a sandwich with melted cheese that is impossible to remove from the bread or a salad that has cheese mixed in. On top of that I shouldn’t even be eating the bread because the yeast causes issue for me.
    • Solutions –  Be sure to get to the person ordering the lunch to ask for the cheese to be on the side. I miss Jennifer, she always did this for me. Or buy my own lunch. This really would be bring my own lunch because we usually have working lunches.
  • Visits to relatives houses

    • Issue – Sometimes it is just hard to resist macaroni and cheese and other items that taste really good.
    • Solution – Resist but never insult anyone. Although I have a goal, I am never going to insult a host by not eating their food. It is easy to explain that I don’t eat meat but to explain the no eggs, no dairy, no honey is another thing when talking to an older person. I will never insult an older host if they are persistent.
  • Accidents

    • Issue – If you put your Starbucks order on the piece of paper with 10 other people, you may accidentally get a Chai Tea Latte with Milk instead of Soy Milk. I could tell upon the first sip. Yuk.
    • Solution – Either resist or take the chance.

Sugar Addiction

  • Sometimes when I am out, I totally forget and will buy a dessert from one of the many delicious bakeries around where I live and usually these are not vegan bakeries.

    • Issue – The chocolate ganache cupcake from Georgetown Cupcakes is pretty delicious. If there is no line, I will forget my Vegan Quest and buy one. The desserts at Leslie’s Cakes are great and I like frequenting this non-chain bakery. She has beautiful cakes.
    • Solution – Resist and see if there is any dessert at Leslie’s Cakes that might be vegan.

Pure Choice

  • When I go out to dinner with my friend Deadra, I always seem to get something with cheese in it. And I know the consequences that will occur, as I tell her, I will become gurgly. The other day we went to Founding Farmers and I just gave up and had the fish and chips.

    • Issue – We have gone to so many different restaurants that I want to try what is on the menu.
    • Solution – Listen to Deadra. She tries to warn me. 🙂

The good news is that if I am at home and cooking I don’t get into these situations.

Percentage of Vegan Meals

By my calculation I may have eaten non-vegan food 78 times this year.

If you do this calculation 365 days x 3 meals = 1095

1095 meals – 78 non-vegan meals or snacks = 1017

1017 vegan meals / 1095 total meals = 92.8%

Hmmm, as I look at this 92.8% isn’t that bad. But I am going to try even harder. In my next post I am going to explain why and provide some resources that point to why a vegan diet is a better way to go than the standard American diet (SAD).

My Vegan Quest

OK, so I haven’t said much about my vegan quest and my Kimchee experiment. Why, because I am failing!

Let’s start with the Kimchee. I tried. And actually it tasted ok. If mixed with other food it was perfectly fine. The problem was that my olfactory senses just did not mesh with the molecules exuding from the Kimchee bottle. I did finish it though.

Next, my quest to not eat any products from an animal. First of all let me just say, I don’t think this will extend to leather goods but I will try my best.

Whenever I really focused and read labels I could maintain a vegan diet. It is whenever I just stop thinking, I make the mistakes.

The Dark Champagne Truffles from Teuschers Swiss Chocolates…the champagne center apparently has milk in it. I can vouch for that because my throat was scratchy last night after eating two. But am I going to throw away my $2.50 chocolate truffles? Heck no!

My friend at work gave me a zucchini bread load her mother sent me all the way from Pittsburg. Eggs are helping bind this rich and delicious loaf. It was specially made for me and will I give it away. Heck no!

But the one that I surely could have avoided got me as I was leaving work. The leftover cookie tray from our students. The chocolate cookie with the coconut center, some kind of macaroon is my favorite. Did I skip it walking out today? Heck no!

I will recover from this setback.

In the meantime, here are two resources if you: