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On Food

Not long after I came to Montauban my landlord invited me to eat with him. He revealed that he and his wife don't eat meat for dinner that often and I mentioned my vegetarianism. He seemed a little let down and rattled off all the different French foods I should try. I'd thought about it before I came here; how it's a cultural thing, the food is healthier, probably less cruel. I told him about this and how I'd at least like to go a solid 2 years vegetarian. So we agreed that after New Year's we'd have foie gras.
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Now, I have a plan. Like I did 2 1/2 years ago. I was first going to give up all meat by January 1, 2006, but I ended up cramming it into 5 months. Just before the New Year I ended up cheating a little by getting pork ribs with Blake for his birthday and taking a bite of a Whopper that was in the fridge after Christmas. But since then I've not willingly/knowingly eaten any meat. I enjoyed the vegetarian egg rolls Romel's mom made for his wedding and soon found them to be full of beef.

After January 1, 2007 I will eat meat until July 1, 2007. Not regularly. Not at all. Just to try new foods in France and Ireland and to revisit my old friends (jerk chicken, chicken McNuggets, pork ribs, Ultradog, Whopper, crab rangoon, shrimp, fish and chips, etc.). On July 1, I'll be going vegan.

I've been thinking about vegetarianism as a copout for a few months now and the transition's only major hurdle will be cheese (sweet Isis do I love cheese!) but I need to face facts about where my cheese is coming from and what it's doing. Oh, and all the mystery foods at restaurants. But I saw Tom figure that out, I can deal with it too.

So, I'll use the next six months to figure this out while being even more lazy in my eating habits.


"Many people are eating too many animal products," Fontana said, as well as too many processed foods and sugars.


You and I currently have the same diet. Well, I am not eating much rice, but otherwise it is pretty similar.

From the bread and spoiling fresh foods to the museli with no milk.

Produce shopping sucks outside the midwes (I imagine CA has pretty good veggies). It is either expensive or rotten or out of stock.

it's good to read this. i'm struggling too with meat/no meat and everything in between.

our fresh food here is so messed up in the USA... staying good for weeks. where it should be going rotten in a few days...from the market.

can you get to the market each day to buy only what you need?

I am what I consider 85% vegetarian. I dont do it because of cruelty to animals. I do it for health reasons. And I feel better. If someone is offended by me not eating meat I just tell them to imagine what rotting meat looks and smells like compared to rotting vegetables. Then I tell em to suck it.

then I ridicule them for eating horrible meats.

I like to do that anyway. It seems like something vegetarians should do. Ridicule people for the choices they make, while complaining about their rights not being respected.

is the produce in d.c. really that bad?

i could get to a market to buy what i need, but i'm lazy. i might try something crazy after the new year and only buy bread and vegetables (plus the occasional meat, whatever) and just eat that every day. so, i'd go shopping every day for each meal basically, and it'd be extremely easy to make. we'll see...

if only you could make wine from rotting/fermenting meat. I've been thinking about being more of an asshole about my vegetarian-ness. I'll now thank you for that, dr.

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