As you must surely have noticed by now, we’re in the midst of celebrating Cheesefare Week with Pizza Week. Seven glorious days of pizza! For my own personal fasting rule, this is the last week of vegan cheese for me. But the restaurant I went to today, a pizza place that offers pretty awesome vegan pizzas, had something else in mind for me.
Pointing right at the word vegan in the vegan pizza section of the menu, I told our waiter I would like a vegan 12″ thin crust, with caramelized onions, portabello mushrooms and spinach. They mostly gave me what I asked for. Something seemed odd, though. The cheese was perfectly melted and fluid. When I pulled off a slice of pizza, the cheese was VERY stretchy and stringy. It looked a lot like the cheese on Fr. R & Z’s pizza…
Their pizza was not vegan (that is BBQ tofu, though). I became suspicious. I pulled off one super stretchy strand of cheese from my pizza and squished it between my fingers. It seemed firmer than I thought it should be. Still, I was very hopeful Brick Road just really knows their stuff when it comes to working with vegan cheese. Maybe they could give me some tips. But then…I put the stuff in my mouth. The taste. Was very. Different. This was definitely not Daiya. I know you have to acquire a taste for vegan cheese, but let me tell you – after only that for the past 15 years, real cheese is pretty gross and weird tasting. Sorry. It just is. I spit it out.
Even though I wasn’t very happy about having to send back the pizza, and wait for another one while I watched my friends eat, it did provide me with a rare opportunity to compare vegan cheese and dairy cheese, something I would never, ever do under normal circumstances.
So. Yes, we can clearly see Daiya just doesn’t melt like the real thing. It is stretchy, but not as stretchy. It looks kind of…maybe not as appealing. I admit it. But I still love it! In fact, I just finished off the last piece of this pizza.
(By the way, the waiter was very apologetic and super nice about it, and he knocked a big chunk off my total. I still highly recommend Brick Road Pizza for vegans and non-vegans alike.)