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What's something that you wish was vegan?

I was thinking about this the other day... in the past 10 years, there have been big leaps with vegan substitutes and such... I'm thinkin fake cheese (though improvement is still needed, imho -_-), all these vegan-dessert-cookbooks, vegan marshmallows and some sorta vegan meringue mix. But there are some things that aren't vegan yet, or maybe could never be the same as when we last had them.

For me, I want a vegan copy of:

- These big, soft, M&M-speckled (I could care less about the m&ms) sugar cookies they used to have at Vons. I love all the sugar cookie recipes I've made with various ingredients, but I can't get these down!

- Crepes. Yes, the Vegan Brunch ones are awesome, but eggs are so central to the taste, texture, and cooking process of these and there and I've yet to find a good imitation that would pass with French people.

I know it's not the point of veganism to mourn about things you used to eat or "can't" have, but there are some things, specific or specialty things, that there are no good imitations of (while there are a number of things I think we got *down*). How about you guys?

faunablues, you're right. Vegan substitutes, grocery stores, menu items and cookbooks have come a long way. I remember how hard it was for me to find a veggie burger more than15 years ago.

A vegan diet has expanded my palate to so many new foods, flavors from regions all over the world.

It would be nice though to find the following in vegan form:

Thrifty chocolate malted crunch ice cream (chccolate ice cream w/chocolate bits and little malt crunch balls)

Creme fraiche

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the white cheese dip at mexican restaurants 

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-Restaurants in all areas
-Sliceable cheeze for crackers that doesn't have anything weird about it, and is not overwhelmingly flavored
-Queso that actually tastes like queso
-Good boxed mac and cheeze, or something with that taste
-The world

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haha, restaurants & the world... pretty ambitious.

what's this white cheese dip thing?

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I guess I miss convenience the most.  I wish I could run out on my lunch break and pick up something fast that was really good too.  I guess the white cheese dip is like queso, they just use a white cheese. 

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oh, i see. never had that.

I've never had this either, but would like to if vegan:

brioche.

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haha, restaurants & the world... pretty ambitious.

We're wishing, right?!

P said fish.

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fish??

Actually, it's interesting that some pseudo-vegetarians eat no meat except fish, yet there aren't really any fish imitations. You think if there's enough 'vegetarians' who will make an exception for fish, there'd be a market for this. Maybe they could add flax oil to it, so it's still got the omega 3 goin on.

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fish??

Actually, it's interesting that some pseudo-vegetarians eat no meat except fish, yet there aren't really any fish imitations. You think if there's enough 'vegetarians' who will make an exception for fish, there'd be a market for this. Maybe they could add flax oil to it, so it's still got the omega 3 goin on.

Good points! You should do it. Like..how hard would it be to make frozen vegan fish patties, or whatever?

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fish??

Actually, it's interesting that some pseudo-vegetarians eat no meat except fish, yet there aren't really any fish imitations. You think if there's enough 'vegetarians' who will make an exception for fish, there'd be a market for this. Maybe they could add flax oil to it, so it's still got the omega 3 goin on.

I was never much of a fish eater, except for the canned Chicken of the Sea tuna sandwiches from my childhood days. Whole Foods has a vegan tuna sandwich at their deli, if anyone is craving tuna. They were giving out samples that were disturbingly too much like the tuna sandwiches of my childhood, right down to the fishy breath. The Whole Foods vegan tuna sandwich was too much like the real thing for me so I went straight home and brushed my teeth furiously to get rid of my fish breath.

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fish??

Actually, it's interesting that some pseudo-vegetarians eat no meat except fish, yet there aren't really any fish imitations. You think if there's enough 'vegetarians' who will make an exception for fish, there'd be a market for this. Maybe they could add flax oil to it, so it's still got the omega 3 goin on.

I was never much of a fish eater, except for the canned Chicken of the Sea tuna sandwiches from my childhood days. Whole Foods has a vegan tuna sandwich at their deli, if anyone is craving tuna. They were giving out samples that were disturbingly too much like the tuna sandwiches of my childhood, right down to the fishy breath. The Whole Foods vegan tuna sandwich was too much like the real thing for me so I went straight home and brushed my teeth furiously to get rid of my fish breath.

Yeah, I think there are some good like "tuna salad" things, and such, but I've never had a piece of vegan "fish." I guess May Wah has some, but I haven't had any of their products.
His stance on fish is a whole different story, though.  ::)

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Oh, one more vegan "wish." I'm still searching for a good vegan Madeleines, or a recipe for Madeleines, you know those golden, shell-shaped Proustian cookies you find at bakeries and coffeehouses sometimes. I found one recipe on the Internet that looks like it still needed work.

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i wish my boyfriend was vegan :(

i wish vegan cheese tasted the same as real cheese

that's about it which is fine by me... only 2 things i wish were vegan

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I can think of more things, but I think they are things that are out there, just not very available to me. Like, I want a good vegan hot dog, or chili dog, but the packaged ones haven't really done it. Some of the other things that I mentioned..I just don't think they exist.

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umm let's see... I wish brie was vegan and I wish that people didn't put milk or whey on weird things, and I wish that vegan ice cream was as cheap as reg ice cream.  I wish all Ben and Jerry's ice creams were magically vegan!

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I"ve only been vegan for 15 months but I miss shrimp. I"ve not found a good substitute for fish. I think yhe mockk tuna salad tatses good but not like fish.

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You can find vegan shrimp in the frozen section of some Asian supermarkets (if you got any), and I believe May Wah also has some.

AC, there does exist slices of vegan fish, well, supposedly vegan. A third party tested this stuff for allergens and it came up positive for casein (and I think maybe egg too). It (along with many other meat analogues used at Asian restaurants) came from Taiwan where labeling laws have been... not very strict. Apparently this has recently changed.
But, I had tried said "fish" before this info came out. It was ok generally (I have actually never had fish. the smell always put me off as a kid, as did those fish on ice at the grocery store that STARE at you). My bf, who has had (and does not like) fish, did not like it because it tasted just like fish. So there! A vegetarian fish substitute, not widely available, and not vegan :/

I remember having Tuno when my WF carried it. I thought it was reasonably tasty, but not worth whatever they were charging for it. The bf didn't like it though, though he likes tuna. I forget why; it was many years ago.

There's a vegan Japanese restaurant by my old neighborhood that makes fake tuna/tuna salad, made from sunflower seeds (??), and my bf loves that stuff. So perhaps there is hope...

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I can think of more things, but I think they are things that are out there, just not very available to me. Like, I want a good vegan hot dog, or chili dog, but the packaged ones haven't really done it. Some of the other things that I mentioned..I just don't think they exist.

ok 2 more things i wish were vegan... hot dogs and lunch meat... the vegan ones taste bizarre and chemically to me :(

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Yeah... Though I like the Tofurky lunchmeat more. But you're right; as far as hotdogs/lunchmeat goes in general, the veg versions are typically a better imitation of the cheap stuff we got as kids. Like "veggie slices" (vegetarian, not vegan) tasting like Kraft singles... it's not exactly cheese.

In that same vein, I want a particular disgusting aimed-at-kids product made vegan: those hot dogs injected with cheese.

(I know, gross)

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The caramel squares I used to get from my school canteen/dairies (pretty sure I can veganise these), "cream" donuts ( it wasn't real cream but I still think it had milk in it), cheese (no vegan cheeses have ever come close to tasting right)...

Though to be honest, mostly there's nothing I miss. At all. The above are just passing fancies.

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