Attention, tofu totalers and zucchini zealots: We’ve heard that being a vegan in a city known worldwide for its cattle industry can be a little a lonely. Local cabbageheads can now cozy up together online via VegFortWorth, a casual and friendly blog that includes recipes, coverage of the rare vegan/vegetarian restaurant opening, and, more importantly, tips for how to eat vegan in non-vegan restaurants. As a carnivore myself, I tried not to take offense at the occasional digs at my dietary habits. (A recipe for “Hamburger Helper’s Awesome Vegan Sister” declares that the dish is “reminiscent of Hamburger Helper, without the meat, dairy, and general processed grossness of its pre-packaged predecessor.” Excuse me, but the “general processed grossness” is the whole point of sitting down to a hearty plate of my favorite Cheeseburger Helper a.k.a. “Hamburger Helper’s Skanky, Ultra-Dairy Sister”).
In honor of the launch of VegFortWorth, here’s a live solo performance by Morrissey of The Smiths’ ”Meat is Murder.” Sorry, but I couldn’t find a cheerful song about eating vegan.