A ThreeSixty Disenchanting Experience
Very recently I decided to go pseudo-vegan for personal health reasons. I say psuedo because eliminating anything from my diet may send me into a severe depression. But increasing the good stuff and limiting the bad stuff is not really that big of a deal.
Excited about my new path, I headed to ThreeSixty to do some shopping and lunching. ThreeSixty deems itself Hong Kong’s largest organic and natural food store. Largest? For sure. It’s the closest thing to an American sized grocery. The selection? Crappy. There are lots of things that are probably delicious and not so easy to find, but are still not that good for you. Hello, I thought this was a natural food store?
Yes, I understand that as a vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or paleo- subscriber, you can still manage to eat crap.
I was hungry and should have known better. I showed up with an open mind and stomach and was so devastated to find few vegan options. Salads and sandwiches had meat or seafood or cheese in them. The quiches looked good, but nope, can’t have that. The gelato looked good too. Damn. Where are you dairy-free options??
I thought I would just do some shopping and piece together a meal. That didn’t work out either. I ended up buying spinach, blueberries on sale, some super dark chocolate, a frozen pot pie for a rainy day in the office, and a butter substitute. Nearly everything I could have purchased in my own little, less sophisticated neighborhood.
I take stock when I grocery shop. I keep tabs on what you can buy and where. It’s exhausting, but necessary if you want to cook outside of chinese cuisine. I found two versions of chia seeds, in two different areas of the store, and still more expensive than CitySuper by my office. Ok, they got coconut oil. Good to know. Kale? Does KALE exist anywhere in this town??
After paying for my goods I made one more (maybe a few more) circle around the “food court.” I used to really like the very decent food court in the Central location when it was around. Sometimes the food was not so great, but you had a ton of options. I eventually realized that my road to happiness was the mezze platter with hummus, tzatziki, falafel, tabouleh, and lentil salad. But this, like all things good in HK, went away.
I finally settled on a falafel burger with tahini. And it was good. After all the shopping trauma, I needed those fries too.
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Someone has been cut from this photo.
Point to you, Ms. Wintour.