I can eat this now? News to me!
I was at a conference in Perth in Western Australia a couple of weeks ago for work.
Seriously…I got given croissants with cheese and tomato for morning tea.
As fantastic as I’m sure the croissants were, they are pretty much just flour and butter. Just what a vegan who is violently allergic to dairy and who is gluten intolerant wants to eat! And cheese…
I call that one a fail.
It got worse. Lunch was a buffet, and when I registered for the conference I’d been told that I would be brought a separate meal that suited my dietary requirements. No meal showed up and literally every single thing in the buffet contained dairy. Everything. There was a vegetarian thing with a tomato sauce, but it was topped with parmesan cheese. The catering staff literally just said “scrape it off”. I wanted to smack them upside the head. I restrained myself – barely.
I eventually got them to bring me the meal I’d been told was forthcoming…And it was the same veggie sauce without the cheese – except now it was mixed in with pasta which contained egg. I just ended up eating fruit from one of the fruit bowls scattered about.
My expectations when I’m travelling in developing or third world countries are admittedly pretty low. But in Australia? In a 5 star hotel in a state capital city? I have expectations. I expect when I order a vegan and gluten free meal that it is actually going to be vegan and gluten free. I do not expect to be served food that is going to make me violently ill by professional caterers. Do these people seriously not know what the hell “vegan” means?