Many years ago, I wrote a story about trying to eat a vegan diet for a couple of weeks. I don’t completely recall what prompted my editor to suggest the story, but I vaguely remember it might have originated from a reader who asked where they could go in Springfield to find vegan food on the menu. Mostly likely, we realized we weren’t sure, so we decided to further explore the topic by digging right in: vegan food only for a couple of weeks.
My diet is firmly omnivore. I enjoy everything, and although I try to eat plant-based food as much as possible because it makes me feel good, I also love a plate of fried chicken. What I learned trying to eat only vegan food was that it was very, very easy to find groceries and ingredients I needed to stock my pantry for cooking at home. But the things I cooked didn’t always satisfy me. When I wanted a juicy burger, I wanted a juicy burger—and no black bean patty was going to cut it.
When I learned that Bosky’s Vegan Grill had opened in downtown Springfield offering dishes that had that more indulgent feel, I was excited. This is what I was looking for all those years ago!