What I Ate At WJMC 2017 (vegan)

As a vegan in DC for the Washington Journalism and Media Conference, there were many meals where I didn’t know what to expect.

I knew before leaving for DC that I couldn’t rely on what the conference had to provide. I’ve been vegan for two years, and know better than to expect someone who isn’t used to cooking vegan know how to make a proper vegan meal. Especially walking into Southside, I knew to grab bananas and hope for the best.

Veganism is a touchy subject in restaurants, and most chefs don’t understand what exactly it is. So they just roast veggies and call it a day. Which isn’t what I would voluntarily eat on a normal day.

Day One

Dinner at Johnson Center


Day Two

Breakfast at Southside, Lunch at Newseum, and Dinner at Gordon Biersch


Day Three

Breakfast at Southside, Lunch at Buca De Beppo, and Dinner at Soutside


Day Four

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at Southside


Day Five

I brought Breakfast, Lunch UberEats Fare Well, and Dinner at Westfields Marriott


There is no access to a fridge or microwave, so any food brought needs to be non-perishable. Therefore, I brought shelve stable Protein Shakes, Cliff Bars, Cookies, Pretzels and more to snack on through the day and at night. It became a running joke that at every meal, I would grab two bananas. Which came in handy because I would share them.

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