November is one of my most favorite times of year. It is the calm before the storm so to speak. I love the holidays, but the holidays for me this year will be different. It will be one of the most exciting and overwhelming holiday seasons of our lives- because it's the only holiday season where we are engaged. Next year we will be married- it'll have a whole new meaning.
I love the holidays because everyone seems to be in a better mood (unless if you work in retail). I love all of the food, the sweaters, the get togethers. All of it. I know the holidays bring some stress but I am doing my best to approach them as best I can.
Probably the biggest hurdle I have to get over are meals. Thanksgiving being the big one. I've never been a huge fan of Thanksgiving- given I'm not as into food as my relatives. Though I did not learn this until getting to know my boyfriend now fiance's family. I thought I enjoyed food, then I met a different group of people, who really does. I always end up feeling bad because I am usually pretty conservative with how much I eat because of my food allergies and general digestive issues, but I sometimes I feel like I am being rude.
I don't think my parents mind too much (as they aren't food motivated people) but I worry that this other side of the family is. But I just want to stick to my guns this year. I won't be eating turkey (first of all I don't like turkey- and second of all I don't eat meat anymore.) But I also want to see about bringing some other foods to share that are vegan friendly.
So with that being said, I've done some research on places in Seattle who offer some good vegan options for pick up:
1) Flying Apron (for take home pies)
They are now doing pre-orders for vegan and gluten-free pies! (I'm heading there today to put my order in!)
2) Plum Bistro
Plum offers a full Thanksgiving dinner if you need somewhere to go! They have excellent food year round, so I can only imagine what their Thanksgiving would be like!
3) Cafe Flora
Cafe Flora is also doing a full Thanksgiving dinner! Not all options are vegan, but all are vegetarian and can be made vegan upon request! Pretty neat!