I went shopping for clothes yesterday and I really got frustrated when I went to buy some lunch. All I wanted was a quick bite and went to a supermarket called Marks & Spencers which sell plenty of sandwiches and salads. There were no vegan options and all the vegetarian options had milk and eggs as ingredients. How can a spinach salad with pasta have milk or eggs in it? It really pissed me off! At the end I had to go to a place called wagamama where I know there's a couple of vegan options but ended up speding more. Really annoying.
What you guys do in similar circumstances? Do you always bring your own or are you flexible and buy a vegetarian product?
You sure Christian? Was it a ''Marks & Spencer Simply Food' store? They usually have a few vegan options - Three Bean Salad, Lentil & Rice Salad, Cous Cous etc. Saying that I can't always find them at all stores.
A lot of general stores have cous-cous, rice and pasta snacks next to the sandwiches suitable for vegans, and in some cases is labelled as such. A lot of shops have falafel and bombay potato pitta rolls. Holland & Barrett has some vegan snacks as well. Local health food shops will have a variety of snack's - have you ever seen any 'Laura's Idea' stuff?
That said, it depends where you were shopping yesterday as obviously some areas are better than others.
Some times I will take food with me if I'm going to be out all day. I wil never compromise and buy a vegetarian option. I would go hungry but usually snack on crisps, peanuts, fruit, dried fruit, flapjacks ( if I'm certain the vegetable margarine is OK ).
I hope you have more joy next time you are shopping mate.