Last night I had dinner at Stripper Bites in Lewes with an old friend. Hell, we're both old but that's another blog entry but back to my original programming, we had dinner at this fish place. Since I'm to a fish eater I got my usual hamburger with :
and yes bacon.
I got the WORKS! And French Fries (of course). Yes, the hamburger was good, well done just the way I like it with a hint of charbroiled taste. LOVED IT! But when I got back home and was talking to my vegan friend Pat on FaceTime I confessed to him that my stomach was churning, trying to process that beef in the hamburger.
My friend Pat is a vegan. Not a vegetarian which is different but a vegan. From what I understand a vegan not only doesn't eat meat, they don't eat any dairy products or eggs. Pat is a vegan. A vegetarian doesn't eat meat but will eat dairy products and eggs.
Like most of you, I grew up in a household of meat eaters. That was all I knew. Beef, pork chops, hamburger, chicken. My father was a hunter and he frequently brought home squirrels and rabbits which my Mother would make into squirrel dumplings, head and all. Yum! Suck those squirrel brains out through their empty eye sockets. In fact one of my favorite "meats" was scrapple which is nothing but corn meal and all the scraps left over from a butchered pig except the squeal. I still like scrapple, properly prepared of course which few know how to do.
So where am I going with this discussion? The past several years my body has been telling me "Enough is enough!" after I've fed my pie hole with meat. I think last night was the topper. I did so enjoy that hamburger with all the fix ins but man oh man, did I ever pay the price for hogging down all that red meat, well done yet.
|Pat in the center of Lewes, about a hour after I met him. We were looking for a vegan friendly restaurant.|
This past August a follower of my blog came down to meet me in Lewes. His name is Pat. Pat is a vegan. We had dinner in Lewes. He told me he was a vegan so I picked a place that specializes in vegetarian dishes. We chose Cafe Azafran in Lewes.
|Pat and I at Cafe Azafran - our first meal together - vegan all the way - not bad!|
So what to do? The standard salads served with restaurant meals bore me. Always the decision "What kind of dressing do you want?" However, I do love Eggplant Parmesan. Properly prepared of course.
The next night Pat and I went out, I suggested a Mexican restaurant that I liked in Millsboro. Acceding to Pat's desire for a vegan dish, we ordered grilled veggies. As the video above shows they arrived HOT. And they were delicious! Of course the frozen lime margarita I had helped (I was on my second one folks).
Of course the all to frequent question to vegans is "Where do you get your protein?" Folks, veggies have a LOT of protein.
|Pat with his smoothie at Nectar in Lewes - Pat is GREEN|
|Pat with his Three Berry smoothie at the Marathon Grill in Philadelphia during our November visit|
|The line at the Dairy Queen in Lewes this past summer - where I got my last Blizzard shake|
Way better than one of those artery clogging, who knows what chemicals are in it? Dairy Queen Blizzard milk shakes (and cheaper too)!
Folks, I know it is somewhat late for me to get all healthy but better late than never. After my numerous health crises last year (kidney stones, prostate cancer), I'm attempting to add a few more bonus years and extend my stay on this planet.
|Pat and I enjoying yet another vegan meal at the Cafe Azafran in Rehoboth Beach this past August|
I was so disappointed in myself last night that I fell back on my old habit of ordering a hamburger with cheese, bacon that was no good for me. My body let me know because I suffered mightily before I went to bed last night.
|My breakfast at the Marathon Grill during our Philadelphia visit - that was a veggie omelet - I'm half way there to a vegan meal - I have to give Pat credit because he doesn't preach but I can tell by his look that he is questioning my choices|
Will I ever go "all the way"? Maybe but it's going to be a gradual procedure. I do like my creamed soups and butter and milk although I am becoming very used to Almond milk.
|Pat and I at the Agave restaurant in Lewes - great salsa!|
This one thing I do know though folks, is that when I eat a vegan or vegetarian meal it is fulfilling and my stomach doesn't suffer afterwards. But can I ever give up chocolate chip cookies made with eggs and butter? Hmmmm.
|Pat, my vegan mentor, putting the finishing touches on a vegan meal he prepared for me|
But folks, you know the best reason for a vegan meal other than your health? It is the health of the millions of animals who are slain to feed our voracious appetite for "protein."
So folks, I may soon be one of THOSE FOLKS who, when you dine with them, asks the waitress "What do you have on your menu for vegans?"
Oh yes, I will again be the black sheep in the group and LOVE IT!