Cheese addicts and desert island vegans

Dear omnivores, which cliché do you say to vegans the most: “Yeah, but would you eat meat if you were stranded on a desert island?” or “I’d be vegan, but I can’t give up cheese”? For those in the desert island camp, stop. It sounds desperately “gotcha,” and no one is going to reply, “Oh, yeah, that’s a feasible situation. I’m totally team meat now.” For those in the can’t-quit-cheese camp, that’s understandable. The stuff is literally addictive, but the addiction can be cracked. Dr. Bettina Chrysofakis-Baiduc will shine a light on the topic at a Sacramento Vegan Society meetup called, “I’d Be Vegan if [it] Weren’t for the Cheese!” It happens at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 26, at Zest Kitchen (2620 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 1 in Rocklin). There is no cost to attend, but why not order vegan brunch while in Rome? Maybe a Tiger Mountain Mushroom Burger—it’s so full of flavor, you won’t miss the cheese.