Starbucks just introduced bento boxes to their stores across the country, and it turns out one of them is vegan!* The sesame noodle bento box comes with noodles, veggies, tofu, pickled cucumbers, sesame peanuts, and a piece of dark chocolate for dessert. I haven’t tried it yet, but from the description they got things right. This is the kind of meal I’d be happy to eat on a road trip. Grains, beans, nuts, veggies, and a little something fun to end the meal on. Good job, Starbucks!
About a year ago, Starbucks changed the way they made their Frappuccinos so you could easily get them vegan style. (Order a regular drink with soy milk. Avoid the skinny versions which contains milk powder.) With this, bagels, oatmeal, and Liz Lovely cookies, Starbucks is showing how easy it is to provide vegan options that everyone will enjoy.
From what I can find, these Texas cities have Starbucks locations: Abilene, Allen, Amarillo, Arlington, Bastrop, Beaumont, Bedford, Benbrook, Boerne, Brenham, Brownsville, Bryan, Burleson, Cedar Park, College Station, Colleyville, The Colony, Conroe, Cypress, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Euless, Fairview, Fort Hood, Fort Worth, Frisco, Gainesville, Garland, Georgetown, Granbury, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Haltom City, Harlingen, Hillsboro, Houston, Humble, Huntsville, Hurst, Irving, Katy, Kerrville, Killeen, Lakeway, Laredo, Leander, Lewisville, Longview, Lubbock, Lufkin, Mansfield, Magnolia, Marble Fallas, McAllen, McKinney, Mercedes, Mesquite, Midland, Mission, Montgomery, Murphy, Nacogdoches, North Richland Hills, Odessa, Pflugerville, Plano, Port Arthur, Richardson, Rockwall, Rosenberg, Round Rock, Rowlett, San Angelo, San Antonio, Sherman, Spring, Stephenville, Sugar Land, Temple, Texarkana, Tomball, Tyler, Waco, Watauga, Weatherford, Weslaco, Wichita Falls, Willis, The Woodlands, Wylie.
Not every location will have this (and some of these are in grocery stores or Targets), but it just goes to show that small changes at big corporations can make a huge difference. I love small, veg-friendly businesses (keep your eyes open for reviews of Texas vegan products from a new Lone Star Plate contributor), but not everyone has a Bouldin Creek or Spiral Diner nearby, and it’s great to have more options when traveling in unfamiliar places, too.
*Thanks to a post on DallasVegan’s Facebook page!