Friday, August 12, 2011


Food update. I haven't eaten much meat since early July. I ate at Chipotle once (where the pre-beef is treated well), the Back Abbey, where the burger was amaaaaazing, and I trust the person who told me good things, mainly because it tasted so good, but I guess I don't really know. And then some seafood once. When I had curry pizza with A the other night, it was effortless to not eat the chicken. I don't feel like I missed out at all. And then I had a bite of a Costco hot dog. And that's it. Not a big deal. Surprisingly not a big deal. And, at no other time in my life can I tell you the exact meals in which I consumed meat in the past several weeks. Each one stood out, because it was a thoughtful, very conscious event.

Here's the thing, though. I've had a lot of Boca Burgers. They are incredibly satisfying with swiss cheese and spicy mustard. They are vegan, of course, but when I look at the ingredients, it's a very very artificial laboratory-created food. It seems that way, anyway. And, the Tofurkey "sausage," which is less satisfying, is also like a fake food. Is it a lesser of two evils? Or is it really not a big deal? I wonder if there is any difference between chicken nuggets and tofurkey when it comes down to the amount of manipulation of the food.

Here is what I still want to learn about (if you have suggested reading, I'm open for recommendations), which is a surprisingly slow process when other things in life are, you know, sort of required activities:
- religious slaughter, specifically kosher and halal meats . . .
- corn feeding versus grass feeding farm animals
- tofu production, how do they do that?
- dairy production
- recipes involving real food
- high fructose corn syrup
- Applegate Farms, Hickman Farms

(etcetera... suddenly I'm off to work again)


  1. can you tell i like the topic food as well? :) have you read "animal, vegetable, miracle" by barbara kingsolver? book about her and her family living off the/their land - a LOT of interesting insights/facts from her and her hubby about plants and animals. her hubby is a contributor to the book, and also is her daughter who provides recipes made with real food. another one that i HIGHLY recommend! one of my fav readings in that book was about why people are lactose intolerant...soooo interesting.

  2. i'm reading this book right now(!) literally, it is sitting next to me, and the lactose intolerant info was like a revelation.

    here is a joke for you:
    question: what is the only kind of bee that makes milk?
    answer: boobies!

    (omg, i know, i know).

  3. LOL....HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAHAHAHA...nice, maya, very nice. (the sad part was - and I can't believe I'm admitting this on a public forum - is that it took me a minute to get it...I was eh? keep them food jokes comin'! :)