Forgot lunch today - suggestions for a non-restaurant goer?

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Forgot lunch today - suggestions for a non-restaurant goer?

#1 Postby 9nines » Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:26 am

I bring my lunch everyday and I forgot. I never eat at restaurants, except an Asian vegan one, once a month (I can not go there because it is about 10 miles away and I rode a commuter bus to work.)

I worked-out pretty hard yesterday evening, so I am very hungry.

I might go to Café Express and get black bean soup and side vegetables but ordering that way is al carte, so fairly expensive and it is not really that much food. There is a Cajun restaurant that has vegetarian red beans and rice but I am not sure I trust them plus it is white rice.

I work downtown, in Houston (anyone have specific suggestions for it) or general suggestions (there are the normal fast food, sandwich shops etc. )

Thanks.

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#2 Postby SeaSiren » Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:29 am

Are you near a grocery store? Many choices there. Subway for fast food would work also, although I don't find that their food "sticks" with me for very long.

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#3 Postby 9nines » Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:39 am

No just convenience stores but no grocery stores.

I used to eat a vegetable sandwich and black bean soup at Cafe Express but a manager told me the bread provider changed and the new bread has eggs and milk in it. There are not too many vegetables (fennel, spinach and carrots, with humus to be much calories without the bread, so I do not ant to get it and jus not eat the bread.)

I might take a bus to a vegetarian restaurant but it would take probably an hour half to two hours so might get into trouble being gone so long.

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#4 Postby Kathryn » Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:50 am

I'd trust the beans and rice in a veggie restaurant more than the black bean soup (unless you are sure there is no beef broth in it, for example).

In a pinch, I'd go to a grocery store, pick up some hummus, whole grain pita and/or raw sliced veggies (pre-sliced), an apple, some p.b., some nuts, things like that.

I keep a stock of Vega bars in my office that work nicely as a light meal in cases like this. Then I just make my next meal a bit bigger.

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#5 Postby 9nines » Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:46 am

I usually have a cereal and rice milk at work but ran out; I am going to store tonight.

Does pizza crust normally have egg or diary in it?

I found a restaurant with vegetable pizza (has feta cheese standard but I will ask for it not with that.) I called and the restaurant said the crust has no egg or diary in it.

I never thought about it before but being a flat bread I guess diary and eggs are not normally in pizza crust.

Anyone know?

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#6 Postby SeaSiren » Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:49 am

Some pizza crusts have dairy in them, you will have to ask them.

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#7 Postby _raVen_ » Fri Feb 03, 2006 12:54 pm

You can ask for plain pasta (it probably is just semolina flour, but ask if it has eggs, just in case) and marinara (usually vegan, but ask!)

Really, you have to ask about everything.I'm still surprised even now after 10 years that simple plain things you buy at the store that you would think are okay contain something ridiculous :?

Baked potatoes are always reliable, and salsa on top is usually good. A salad if you ask for olive oil and vinegar separately to put onyourself (unless they have a vegan italian dressing.

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#8 Postby Aaron » Fri Feb 03, 2006 1:39 pm

Get a bag of organic baked lays or something. 1500 cals should tide you over to dinner : )

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#9 Postby 9nines » Fri Feb 03, 2006 1:40 pm

Do I just have bad luck or does this happen to others?


I hate restaurants. I do not even know why I try to go to them.

I went. I ordered and the waiter said, "oh you are the one that called." I answered politely, "yes" and I politely asked, "with the feta not on mine, is there anything else a strict vegetarian would not eat on it." He smiled and said, "vegan? Yes it would be totally vegan then."

It came. It was good but small. Then after eating about one fourth of it, I noticed it had some yellowish-white strands about one centimeter long, melting. It was sparse amounts but was on all the toppings. I did not say anything and being hungry and it being so little, I ate it.

The restaurant was not very busy; it was early, so I see no excuse for what happened to have happened. I understand the staff actually cooking the food is just following the orders but if I phoned about ingredients and then iterated my questions to the waiter who used the word 'vegan' on his own, why can the waiter not tell the staff not to add the cheese (again, the restaurant was not busy.) The menu did not state any parmesan or mozzarella cheese was on the pizza, so there is no way I could have known. The waiter should know the food.

Or am I completely wrong assuming it was cheese. Is there something else with that description (thin, short, whitish strands that melt?)


Sorry for the rants but I wanted to express myself.
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#10 Postby SeaSiren » Fri Feb 03, 2006 1:49 pm

9nines wrote:Do I just have bad luck or does this happen to others?


I hate restaurants. I do not even know why I try to go to them.

I went. I ordered and the waiter said, "oh you are the one that called." I answered politely, "yes" and I politely asked, "with the feta not on mine, is there anything else a strict vegetarian would not eat on it." He smiled and said, "vegan? Yes it would be totally vegan then."

It came. It was good but small. Then after eating about one fourth of it, I noticed it had some yellowish-white strands about one centimeter long, melting. It was sparse amounts but was on all the toppings. I did not say anything and being hungry and it being so little, I ate it.

The restaurant was not very busy; it was early, so I see no excuse for what happened to have happened. I understand the staff actually cooking the food is just following the orders but if I phoned about ingredients and then iterated my questions to the waiter who used the word 'vegan' on his own, why can the waiter not tell the staff not to add the cheese (again, the restaurant was not busy.) The menu did not state any parmesan or mozzarella cheese was on the pizza, so there is no way I could have known. The waiter should know the food.

Or am I completely wrong assuming it was cheese. Is there something else with that description (thin, short, whitish strands that melt?)


Sorry for the rants but I wanted to express myself.


No, your not alone. Happens all the time to me.

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#11 Postby 9nines » Fri Feb 03, 2006 1:59 pm

I will just bring two cereal boxes and two non-refrigerated (until opened) containers of rice milk, so I always have food.

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#12 Postby willpeavy » Sat Feb 04, 2006 10:48 am

When a convenience store is the only thing available I usually get a pack of peanuts, a bagel, and a juice
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