Out wandering our neighbourhood late Saturday evening, we stopped in to the Topanga Cafe for a spontaneous pitcher of margaritas. Never having ordered a pitcher of margaritas in my life, nobody knows why I did then; certainly not because I wanted the smell of tequila to linger into bed with me. At the waiter’s suggestion, we also ended up ordering the eggplant-stuffed burrito, which was likely the best burrito I’ve ever had.

I. and I have experienced outstanding service lately. Last week we went to Steamworks, and when I asked about vegan food, our server was knowledgeable and accommodating. He offered us a stir fry with vegetables, something off the menu. It sounded interesting, but we finished our beers and left, finding ourselves a few blocks East at Six Acres. Once again, our server was helpful and we enjoyed some tasty bean fajitas; but all in all, even hippie-loving Vancouver is slow on the vegan menu courtesy.

I’ve ranted about this before but must mention it again: if a restaurant wanted to increase its sales, it would expand its menu to accommodate all customers. This seems like the most logical thing in the world to me. I’m not talking about changing over entire menus, but adding two or three entrĂ©es isn’t going to ruin the business. Most restaurants already stock the ingredients used in vegan cooking, it’s just a willingness to offer it that’s missing. Veganism is a growing trend, and the lack of vegan choices in restaurants is not a reflection of veganism itself, but a reflection of the society it exists within. It is a society that has historically opposed differences, it is a society that is often slow to change. But I understand that this process takes time, given how many different mechanisms of oppression are still ongoing today. We can only counter this oppression with patience and understanding.

That’s the hard part.