Sunday, November 16, 2008

vegan, it's not meh

Just so there are no mistakes regarding the title of this post. I'm a carnivore. I don't simply like meat - I love it. If there was a cow in here right now I'd bite a hunk out of it's ass and make a sandwich.

Ok, now that we got that straight.

Last week I was invited out to lunch with some coworkers, considering the day I was having some time away from the cubicle walls sounded like a good deal. This changed once I got in the car... turns out we were heading for the only vegan place within 30 miles. Actually, it may be further than 30 miles. I have no idea since I didn't even know this place existed.

Great, so now I'm thinking about all the shapes you can form soy into. I was imagining the menu would be:

  1. Cold Soy topped with spinach and fig leaves
  2. Warm Soy with bean curd dressing
  3. Soy with lawn clippings

I'm all into trying something new, but honestly I was just hoping they had bread and maybe I could stop for a burger on the way back.

I have no idea where this preconception came from. I still don't even know what the word means and I have a feeling if I googled it I still wouldn't.

But you know what? It was actually pretty good. Turns out they had a great grilled tortilla wrap. They even had a barbecue sandwich (this one was a little confusing for me).

To my local steakhouse - don't worry, I'll be back to eat my weight in beef soon enough.

Maybe next time I'll try the soy. Ha, just kidding.


51 comments:

Lidian said...

Well, soy stuff varies a LOT in quality - and I say this as someone who actually likes tofu. It's a good thing they knew what they were doing with it.

I like to omit the lawn clippings from mine though! ;)

ReformingGeek said...

You're scaring me, dude. I think I would have been hungry again 5 minutes after getting back.


I felt weird the first time co-workers took me to the Vietnamese place to have Pho.

richard said...

Dude, I went vegetarian over here in the Desert for 2.5 months just to say I did it.

The beef was hammered shoe leather, and I only had that once while here, and the chicken, I am not sure is really chicken so my streak could be a little longer. I have a hunch that some of the chicken is chicken flavored soy in the shape of chicken.

Don't worry the hunter, hunter in me is still in full effect and I will hunt as much as I can and consume massive ammounts of red meat upon my return.

dadthedude said...

@ lidian - I never knew you could specialize in soy. A soy artist. The lawn clippings would just add texture. Thanks for stopping by.

@ reforming geek - I'm telling ya, it was actually much better than I thought it would be.

@ richard - thank you for your service Richard, I'll buy you a steak when you get back. I used to like the cold dehydrated pork patties that came in the MRE packets... mmmmm. But my fav were the dehydrated strawberries, you trade for anything with those - jackpot!

AngieSS said...

Dude, I would have been just like you -- planning on getting a burger later. I don't think I could live without meat. I really don't think I ever want to. Nothing better than a big, juicy, tender steak -- yum. I think we'll be heading to the steakhouse tonight. mmmmmm :)

MA Fat Woman said...

Dude, I've started eating vegan cheese. It's great on my 95% lean ground chuck burger...it still gives me my fix for cheese without the fat.

Don said...

I absolutely love veggies. I love them especially when served with seafood and/or a prime rib steak med. rare thank you.

Colleen said...

You can put soy/tofu (is it one in the same? I just don't know) right up there with Jell-O... I'm terrified of it. Although the thought of someone ordering a blue or rare (hell, anything less than well-done) steak freaks me out as well.
I think I'd best stick with chicken. Coincidence? I don't think so. :)

feefifoto said...

Sure it's okay, on the first try. Just imagine trying to eat that way every day after every day -- no ice cream, no mozzarella, no meringue. I'll pass.

dadthedude said...

@ angiess - no, I could not live without meat on the menu. I'm not even going to go there. Didn't make it to the top of the food chain for nothing.

@ ma fat woman - vegan cheese? They have such a thing? I really need to get out more.

@ don - mmmmm. I love my steak med rare as well. I usually get the veggies just to look like I'm going to eat them.

@ colleen - great question. Is Tofu and Soy the same thing? Dunno. Lets eat a burger and talk about it.

@feefifoto - not a chance in hell.

ettarose said...

I am living proof that you do NOT have to eat veggies and will still live. I agree with you guys, I order veggies so it looks like I eat a well balanced diet. Vegan? Why would we want cows if not to eat them and drink their milk? Would they just wander around? Would they live in a zoo? WTF?

David said...

dude - A juicy burger for lunch, a yummy med rare steak for dinner. That's sme fine living.

Although, I must admit that tempeh cooked and seasoned properly is not at all bad. And portobello mushrooms give a nice meaty flavor to any vegan dish.

I find it interesting that the most ardent vegans seek ways to make their entrees resemble meat as much as possible.

Cheers

PlancksPost said...

I was a little scared when I saw the title of this one...thought the gout had gone to your head!
I thought veggies were like a garnish that came out with your steak...you can actually eat that stuff...?

PaulsHealthblog.com said...

You must be a 'meatatarian'.

Once you commit, you have to stick with it!

flit said...

just doesn't seem to be much point to a restaurant without meat to me.

They charge way too much for what you get when it's vegetarian...I KNOW what things cost in the grocery store - and ain't NOTHING that doesn't include MEAT that is worth full restaurant prices, y'ask me.

Yes, I am a carnivore. Also cheap.

Thess said...

first, bet on a horse' ass, then bite hunks out of a cow's ass...

Dad, what's with you and animals asses???

Have a nice day!

dana wyzard said...

I once went totally vegetarian for a year. I ate well (due to the fact that I do things to vegetables that are probably illegal, but yummy) I even tried tofu, and nothing that I did to it, legal or not, could stop that disgusting texture.

Kirsten said...

I find that the lawn clipping go well with the ticks and sticks side dish.

orlund said...

Dude I am with you 111%. It is all about the COW. I buy a big chuck of cow each year that we put in our freezer some hamburger lots of steaks and roasts. And I where a leather jacket.

I LOVE COW.

nukeit said...

"If there was a cow in here right now I'd bite a hunk out of it's ass and make a sandwich."

I nearly fell outta my chair laughing :)

Dave said...

I enjoy my red meat - the very best meat for the barbeque - Baby Seal. It's like veal but tastes more like the sea.....

Grandy said...

Just checking in to see if you're alright, Dude. :)

Diesel said...

They have that vegan crap at Google. I don't touch it.

Laura-Junkfoodaholic.com said...

Oh boy, you made me laugh out loud on this one. I would've been thinking the same things on the way to the vegan joint. No soy for me, Dude!

Dan Brantley said...

Dad, Dude - where have you been? This post is dated Nov 16th?

HumorSmith said...

Dude....where you is???

Grandy said...

Oh goodness Dude! I'm beginning to worry now. Hope all is alright and you are only staying away because you've won an awesome lottery somewhere and you're traveling the world.

Merry Christmas!!!!

Jen said...

Dude, when are you going to write again?

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MA Fat Woman said...

Dude-

I was just checking in. Hope everythings okay.

MA Fat Woman

Life in Beverly Hills said...

Just stopped by...did you move your blog? Hope all is well.

Griff said...

There is more to life than soy! I love a roast dinner, roast taties, parsnips, some mash..maybe some sage& onion stuffing...you can have it all but the meat (which, ok, can be replaced with soy)

Niec blog BTW :)

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I just finished a number of your previous posts. Will visit back for sure. Thanks...

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Dude-
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