June 3, 2014 at 10:03 pm , by Nick Shell
3 years, 6 months.
As I just mentioned in the letter before this, we spent last weekend in Atlanta for the Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con. While there, we had a little adventure riding the SkyView Ferris wheel, on a whim.
I’ve noticed that my letters to you are taking more of a turn these days, as I find myself focusing more on reviewing road trip destinations, toys, movies, and vegan food… from a family friendly perspective.
So it only makes sense that I would like to point out something really cool that I learned last weekend:
Atlanta is undeniably vegan friendly!
I would have never assumed that.
Having grown up in Fort Payne, AL, just a 2 hour drive from Atlanta, I was familiar with a culture in which fried chicken and sweet tea were simply part of one’s identity.
To have even thought of not eating meat, dairy, or eggs was somehow… unChristian, unpatriotic, and basically, just overall blasphemy for a Southerner.
With that being said, Atlanta continues to show up in nearly every Internet search for “Vegan Friendly Cities in America.”
And it didn’t take long for our family to see that.
As we approached the Georgia World Congress Center where the Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con was being held, we encountered “Vegan Man” with his homemade costume, accompanied by his other friends from a group called Mercy For Animals.
Once I looked down at the pamphlet they were handing out to passersby, I responded with, “Yeah. I’m a vegan.” I instantly received a hug and great cheer.
When you’re a vegan family, it’s a given that you have to do your meal planning in advance.
So we found a perfect 100% vegan Asian fusion restaurant calledThe Loving Hut. It was inexpensive and delicious!
While we were waiting for the food, you enjoyed “putting the ants in their bed.” (That consisted of you sprinkling salt and pepper in their tray.)
Conveniently enough, the restaurant was right across the street from the Sandy Springs Whole Foods, which was just right around the corner from the Le Meridien where we stayed.
So between The Loving Hut and Whole Foods, we never had to worry about where our plant-based meals would come from.
I loved being able to start each morning withBuchi on tap. (That’s basically the vegan version of soda; it’s a brand of Kombucha tea, based out of Asheville, NC.)
As for you, as a treat, you got to enjoy some “natural bears” and “squishy fish,” which were basically gummy bears and Swedish fish that were made without dyes from bugs or petroleum.
So with all that being said, we are now officially confident to visit the wonderfully entertaining city of Atlanta again, as a plant-based family.
Yes, Atlanta is very vegan friendly.
P.S. Our next “family friendly road trip” where we will test the “vegan friendliness” of a city will be Lake Tahoe, Nevada… in just a few weeks!