Spaghetti at House of Bites – Miramar (San Diego)

House of Bites in Miramar.

Back in October, Get 1 Free Deals gave out freebie $20 vouchers. I hope vegans were smart enough to grab theirs.  I got one to use at a fast casual restaurant in Miramar, House of Bites. It’s in the Miramar Village Plaza north of the US Marine Corps Air Station (there would be no war if not for them.)

Fine print from the House of Bites voucher.

The good news is that you can order their spaghetti marinara without cheese, the salad without cheese (the Italian dressing and balsamic vinaigrette are purportedly vegan friendly too), and bread without butter.  So, it’s a good deal when you get a free $20. I suppose you could purchase a voucher too and it would still be a good deal if you used a promo code, since two (2) spaghetti entrees pre-tax totals less than $20.  However, the fine print on the voucher doesn’t say anything about alcohol not counting towards the $20, but the owner told me that’s how it is, so make note of that. The voucher does say, however, “Tax and Gratuity are not included.”

Spaghetti marinara and bread.

Funny thing, I saved the red onions from my salad in a container and the owner wondered why I was doing that. I said I was going to use them later and he offered to fill up the container with more. The next day I made a vegan-version of Herbie’s Herbed Potato casserole because the most difficult prep work was done for me already. And I must say I’m super impressed that cool Morrissey doesn’t like onions. (Chrissy Iley, Morrissey, Sunday Times Magazine, Nov. 26, 2017)

Make sure to do the #VeganChalkChallenge everywhere you go because an idiot on #NextDoor hates it.





A Way with Words: Vegan Town

Free sticker from Country Financial

As you surely know, I developed the title of this blog into a new term of art.  To “vegan town” is to make your town more vegan-friendly by winning food prizes away from meat eaters, finding vegan food freebies and bargains, demanding vegan options, and sharing your research results.


Before I named this blog, I did a search on the term “vegan town” to see if anyone was using it for a business or web page.  Nope.  Nothing of the sort came up in a search.  Yet, years later I discovered on my own that a UK vendor started using the term on social media around the same time I started publishing this blog.  It’s funny that I’m the first person to point out the coincidence.

Further research reveals more.  There’s a UK charity called Viva! which has a “My Vegan Town” directory.  Newtown is Sydney’s Vegantown. (Jennifer Duke, Sydney’s vegan heartland: The battle between two suburbs (July 26, 2016).)

Free vegan lunchbox from a cheese company.

Last year, I asked the UK vendor on their Facebook page where they got the idea for “vegan town,” but the owners didn’t want to say.  I can tell you where I got the idea from. San Diego used to be known by some as Dog Town, USA (until a TV series adopted the term), so I figured it should also be Vegan Town, USA.  Any Town, USA has long been a generic example used in catalogs selling address labels.  So I say, make it Vegan Town, USA!

Remember, anyone divergent enough can start their own Vegan Town blog or web page!  Just be sure that it actually relates to the concept of “vegan town” that I developed (getting vegan freebies.)  Yes, it will take more effort and thought than simply posting photos of your food on social media, but it will be revolutionary.  We can network and make the world more vegan-friendly.  Vegan solidarity.

Coolest radio prize is Suja.

Ignorant comment by Cass Payne

Did you know there are Facebook trolls like Cass Payne who argue that the vegan diet is unaffordable?  She calls it “classist.”  She really has it backwards now.  The ruling elite profits off of meat eaters and exploits desperate labor.  They don’t mind murdering animals (in a non-homicidal way) and polluting the environment because it’s profitable.  Adopt the vegan-town lifestyle if you oppose this type of classism.