Keenwah, a small veg-friendly cafe in Newport, saved this vegan from going hungry.
When you're vegan, you need to be an expert in preparation. Prepare for the worst, AKA that you may starve to death because the places you travel to could have nothing for you to eat. These days, I remind myself a lot of my grandma who used to fill her fanny pack with snacks on the go. If you check my purse right now—yes, it's filled with snacks in case I get hungry.
I recently traveled to Newport, RI for a wedding and found myself in a bit of a predicament. I arrived a couple of days early so I could do some exploring, specifically at the beach. (Side note, running on the Cliff Walk was one of the greatest experiences. Beautiful!) After my snacks from home ran out, I was forced to go out into the world and forage for my own food. With fresh
seafood by the plenty, Newport isn’t the most vegan-friendly place. Most restaurants offered not one single veggie option. I don't mean to sound high maintenance, but good grief!
And then, a magical thing happened. From a simple google search—“what the hell do vegans eat in Newport?”—I came across Keenwah, a new veggie-friendly café in Newport. Inside, with vegan muffins, teas on display, and a chalkboard menu filled with things I could eat, I finally felt home. I got the macchu pichu wrap with scrambled tofu, sun dried tomatoes, pesto, quinoa (because of course!), and greens. It came with perfectly spiced sweet potato home fries and orange slices, which really just tickled me. Verdict: delicious.
I talked to the woman who worked there and thanked her for saving my life. A fellow vegan, she completely understood the lack of options in the area and also recommended going to A Market, a small organic grocery with lots of vegan prepared foods. I thanked her a thousand times and was on my way.
At A Market, I went a little crazy and bought three vegan wraps, a curried potato salad, a vegan muffin, a couple of Lara bars, some fruit, and a coconut water. The joint reminded me a lot of the Upper Valley co-op. It had all the right things!
Back to the wedding: I was skeptical that there would be anything for me to eat, so I ate a full meal before I left (again, expert in preparation!). I’m glad I did, because the vegan entrée was a cob of corn and three red potatoes. I wasn't upset in the least because my belly was full with yummy vegan treats from two new places I feel so lucky to have stumbled upon. The biggest bummer was not being able to eat the cake, because cake is delicious. In the end, the wedding was loads of fun, and I was happy to be a part of it, vegan food or no vegan food.In summation, if you have a food allergy, are vegan, or have some kind of special diet, BE PREPARED. Before you travel, bring food with you and eat a little something before you go out. But I bet you already do, my dear readers, because you're smart little cookies, as my grandma used to say.