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So I actually took a lunch break today at work (I usually eat my yummy homemade lunch at my desk, checking the boards, etc), so I walked over to Vons to check out their soups. It's kinda chilly (ok, chilly for Southern CA), and a warm veggie soup or minestrone sounded yummy. They had four soups out in their deli and I was shocked that not ONE was vegetarian! Sure, I could have picked out the chicken from the chicken noodle, but that's just gross, not to mention the chicken broth it was cooked in... yuck. Luckily, I had a tomato/cucumber sandwich in my car, but it was just so frustrating to be unable to get a warm bowl of soup from one fo the largest grocery chains in the US. Seriously! Had I not brought a lunch, I would have been forced to buy something in a can, swipe a plastic bowl, and heat it up int he breakroom. Maybe add an organic apple (which I did buy) for extra nutrients. Does this happen you guys often? Do your grocery stores offer ready-made vegetarian options int he deli? Should I complain to the manager?
 

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That's not surprising to me. Even if they had Vegetable Soup chances are it would have meat stock in it. They provide the soups that sell the best.<br><br>
You'll probably have to go to a more veg-friendly store like Whole Foods to find vegetarian soups in the deli.
 

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I noticed that a while ago, and I agree it's terrible that they can't offer a vegetarian soup. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:"><br><br><br><br>
However, did you check the soup aisle? They sell instant soup cups, Safeway brand. Just add hot water, stir, and wait 5-7 minutes. Some of them are veg*an. The black bean soup is vegan and pretty good.<br><br><br><br>
Maybe you can write directly to Safeway headquarters. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:">
 

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I haven't had soup in a restaurant, deli, etc in years. Not since, shortly after going vegetarian (probably a year or two into it..), I ordered a vegetable soup at a restaurant. I asked the waitress if there was any meat it in. She informed me there was not. (At the time, I didn't think to ask about the broth). My soup arrived and one or two spoonfuls into it I notice chicken or turkey floating in it. I bring this to the waitresses' attention and she proceeds to argue with me.<br><br><br><br>
Her: chicken isn't meat<br><br>
Me: Yes it is<br><br>
Her: Well there's only a little bit in there! *whine*<br><br>
Me: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wall.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wall:"><br><br><br><br>
Ever since then I haven't trusted *any* soup unless I have the ingredients list staring me in the face.<br><br><br><br>
Perhaps you could mention it to management, as they may not even realize it is an issue. If they thought that having a vegetarian option available each day would bring in customers, they may be willing to do it (after all, omni's will still eat vegetarian soup). It's certainly worth a try.
 

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Yeah, I won't eat soup unless I've made it myself (Ramen counts). This really sucks at restaurants that don't allow substitutions. "Do you want the split pea with ham or the chicken rosamarina?"<br><br><br><br>
But I wouldn't count on Safeway making any changes. The Dominick's (owned by Safeway) by my house still doesn't realize that the reason they're losing all their customers is because they never have more than 2 lanes open. There shouldn't be lines at 3 o'clock in the morning. I'd rather go hungry than wait 45 minutes in line at the grocery store.<br><br><br><br>
If I were you, I'd just keep some cans of veggie soup in the bottom drawer of your desk with some washable microwave safe bowls. The cans will last forever. Or you could make your own soup and bring it to work. Or better yet, bring your crock pot to work and treat your co-workers to some homemade veggie soup for lunch that will cook the entire morning. Soup is so cheap to make and it'll score you some brownie points.<br><br>
~Wonder <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/guitarist.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":guitar:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>~Wonder</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
The cans will last forever. Or you could make your own soup and bring it to work.</div>
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Well, the cans won't last <i>forever.</i> They shouldn't really be kept longer than a year after purchase, I've been told. But it's still a good idea. Just use them up and replace them every so often.<br><br><br><br>
And making soup for people at work is also a great idea. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Amy SF</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Well, the cans won't last <i>forever.</i></div>
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That's just to protect them, not you. I watched an episode of Modern Marvels on Containers and I quote:<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">A sealed tin container of roasted veal from one of Sir William Parry's arctic expeditions in the 1820s was opened in 1938. The contents were then fed to a cat with no ill effects.</div>
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Of course I don't know how the food tasted after over a century but cats are known to be picky eaters, at least all the cats I've ever met.<br><br>
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I went to my Safeway last night and took a look at their deli soups.<br><br><br><br>
The only one that was vegan was the Very Veggie Chili. The others that I looked at (the Tomato Bisque, the Minnestrone and something else) had either whey or chicken stock in it (I don't remember seeing any varieties that had both - it was either one or the other).<br><br><br><br>
You'll want to double-check this with the Safeway/Vons in your area in case the ingredients are different but that's what I found at my Safeway. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I went to my Safeway last night and took a look at their deli soups.<br><br><br><br>
The only one that was vegan was the Very Veggie Chili. The others that I looked at (the Tomato Bisque, the Minnestrone and something else) had either whey or chicken stock in it (I don't remember seeing any varieties that had both - it was either one or the other).<br><br><br><br>
You'll want to double-check this with the Safeway/Vons in your area in case the ingredients are different but that's what I found at my Safeway. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
Great story. I'm one of those who love to be at the local Safeway/Vons store for a different purchases.
 
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