Since I met my Canadian friend Pat in August of 2013, I've been gradually transitioning to vegetarianism. For some years now I have been migrating away from a meat only diet.
|Pat standing in front of another vegan restaurant we found during our stay in Los Angeles|
Never a big steak eater, I did like pork chops, sausage and chicken. Mostly chicken. But one can have too much chicken too. I think the last time I had an actual steak was when we lived in Philly in 1976. I have cooked beef in stews and had hamburgers, but one of those big, juicy, bloody steaks that so many crave? Not me, and besides I like my meat well done much to the consternation of some of my fellow diners who like to see a pink center to their prime rib and a slight pulse. When I eat meat, I want it dead. Of course this rules out sushi. But I digress.
|Me trying out this vegan soup at the Vegan Glory restaurant - I forget what was in it now but it was good|
Meeting Pat and being exposed to his vegan only diet I have been experimenting with a vegan/vegetarian diet. And I have to say I like it. I don't think I'll ever go totally vegan (no dairy products) like Pat but I seem to be morphing into being a vegetarian although still like white meat chicken, but only small pieces and mixed with vegetables.
|"Yum! This is alright!"|
I listen to my body/stomach these days. I know if I stuff the usual artificial trans fat foodstuff down my pie hole my stomach rebels. "What are you doing to me?" it asks. We in our culture have been brainwashed for so long that food that is jacked up with preservatives (to extend the shelf life and thus the profits of the big food companies) and artificial ingredients (to fool us into thinking we tasting real food) and colors (to look pretty to entice us to buy their damn junk food), that we don't think we have a choice. Well, we do folks. I see the cultural shift in our society by the ever increasing demands for natural, real "natural" foods. They taste better and they sure are a lot healthier for your body.
|My stomach sending me a message "Thank you!" - happens every time I eat food that is fresh, natural and wholesome|
Well, I'm starting to sound preachy now and I promised myself I would refrain from proselytizing and complaining in my blog posts so I won't belabor this subject. But I do want to say that I feel a lot better, a way lot better when I eat food that is freshly prepared and not loaded down with sugar and salt and fat.
|My delicious entree at the Vegan Glory restaurant - fabulous!|
When Pat and I travel together on one our our adventures, we seek out the vegan and vegetarian restaurants. This isn't too hard of a task in big cities like Toronto and Los Angeles. Of course in a small, backwater, pseudo cool place like Rehoboth Beach, it's almost impossible unless you consider a wedge of iceberg lettuce a sufficient vegan meal. That's about all you're going to get where I reside now.
|Pat's entree - also delicious!|
Oh I know what you're thinking you Rehoboth readers "There goes Ron again, bashing Rehoboth Beach and the surrounding communities Lewes and Milton, Delaware." Yep, that's what I'm doing folks. Seriously my Rehoboth Beach friends, how many more restaurants do we need bragging about their crab bombs and restaurants with "Fish" in their names? I get it, I get it . . . . seafood all the time. That's all fine and well if you love seafood. Me personally (and Pat), we hate seafood. It's very simple with me, I just don't like the fishy smell. And the residual mercury? Don't need it.
|Seafood - this makes me queasy just looking at it|
Now to be fair I hear there is a vegan restaurant in Rehoboth beach, who name I will not mention because any names I mention in my blog in a negative light I usually get a blowback on, but this particular vegan restaurant is expensive. Apparently they view a vegan menu in the caviar category. I just cannot find a restaurant in the area where I live that offers a vegetarian meal with reasonable prices. Although I do hear a falafel hut is going to open on the boardwalk. I'll believe it when I see it.
|To some this looks delicious and they could eat it all, to me it looks pre-barf|
The only problem I find with a vegan or vegetarian diet is that preparing the dishes take a lot longer than throwing a slab of meat on the grill or in the frying pan.
So there you go folks, that my little screed for the day. Hope I haven't offended all you seafood lovers but you really should consider taking a break from your mercury intake.