But one British holidaymaker’s experience – shared on Twitter – perfectly illustrates the tribulations of being vegan and attempting to visit a traditional restaurant to savour the local cuisine.
When sisters Georgina and Gabbie Jarvis, from Leeds in northern England, were holidaying in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol last week when they decided to visit an establishment that promised to ‘cater to vegans’.
Feeling cheerful after spotting a vegetarian pizza on the menu, the 17-year-old's hopes were soon dashed when the chef explained it contained egg. However, he promised to whip up a vegan alternative instead.
But when the dish arrived, it was quite what hungry Georgina had in mind.
Her sister posted a photograph of the salad plate consisting of roughly chopped raw tomatoes and red onions – which came with a price tag of €7.
out for tea and the restaurant claimed they catered for vegans, this was my sisters amazing vegan meal ??? pic.twitter.com/5jBiSAiSYG
— gabbie (@gabbiejarvis) August 5, 2017
The disappointing dining experience obviously hit a nerve, and the tweet was liked over 61,000 times and shared by more than 16,000 people since being posted on Saturday evening.
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