Monday, October 10, 2011
Would you like a side order of religion with that?
If you're vegan, you've probably heard of Loving Hut.If you're not, you probably haven't--or at least it doesn't ring a bell.
Loving Hut is a chain of restaurants affiliated with a group I can only conclude is a cult. I first run into this group in the food section of the Green Living Show in Toronto, alomst 4 years ago. The group had a booth and proudly advertised that their food was vegan. The name of their venue was hard to find--I think they were promoting a store in the suburbs--but I couldn't help noticing signs for the Supreme Master. Sketchy...
And then I heard more about Loving Hut restaurants. Apparently they are opened by Supreme Master's devotees, and they feature all-vegan food. What a conundrum--on the one hand: Food I can eat! I can anything there! ZOMG!! But on the other hand: is any of my money going to this woman who had the cojones to call herself Supreme Master? And if it does, does it matter, anymore than when I buy vegan food from giant international food companies, or from restaurants that also sell meat, or any of the thousand other food choices I make every day?
It's a tough call. The photo shown is from a restaurant called Green Earth Vegetarian Cuisine in Toront's east end. I kindof love it. The dish pictured is "Orange Chicken", and I think I've ordered it all three times I've been there. But there is a TV screen showing Supreme Master Television (seriously!) and the display area has some pamphlets and other materials as well. I don't think it really makes a difference whether I suport this business or not, but going there makes me uncomfortable. Until I get my Orange Chick'n, that is.