How to have your cake and eat it too...sans guilt.
Why I’m hungry for a vegan “Big Mac.”
I haven’t had a Big Mac in 17 years. Before I became a vegetarian, it was my fast-food BFF. My go-to. My everything. At 11 years old, I could wolf down two of them with fries and feel no shame. I was young, life was beautiful and calories didn’t count. But now that I’ve all but forgotten what it feels like to bite into a juicy burger, Los Angeles fast-food joint Doomie’s has set up shop in Toronto to give vegans and vegetarians something to chew on. The menu features the hallmarks of a greasy spoon (barbecue pulled “pork,” fried mac ’n’ “cheese” balls), but all I really care about is the vegan take on the Big Mac. The Mac Daddy, as Chef Doomie (he only goes by one name) calls it, is a towering replica of Mickey D’s original except that it’s built with animal-product-free ingredients. I’ve enlisted the help of a friend for the taste test—she has had a Big Mac recently, so her meat memory is better than mine. The burger certainly passes our visual test—it looks just like its beefy predecessor, and you can even get it in a fast-food-style box. After a couple of bites, we both agree that the special sauce is pretty on-point and the patty is hearty. Sure, we’ve probably consumed about a million calories, but we’ve decided to embrace the chef’s outlook: “Life is short,” he says. “You have to do what makes you happy.”