The struggle is real.
I had plans to visit a local restaurant tonight and in talking to a friend this early morning, I was informed it had become an entirely vegan / plant-based restaurant. What?
I couldn’t believe it. I googled and checked out the new menu and if you’re not reading carefully, you’ll miss it, but yes, they are entirely plant based. Good for them.
Not for me.
Let’s set aside the environmental issues – which is an argument, I’m not opposed to having. But for now, let’s also not talk about PETA-driven conversations and animal cruelty – that’s an entirely different subject than the one I want to have in this moment. My problem with plant-based vegan restaurants and/or vegan food in grocery stores has nothing to do with all of that…
It has everything to do with the angst I feel when I see food molded into meat products to taste and look exactly like meat. The very thing people are trying stop eating. I don’t care if its plant based or not, a hot-dog is not my kind of meat to eat and I certainly have no interest in eating a molded one out of tofu.
Look, if it makes anyone feel any better, I’m also not entirely a fan of bling restaurants where the chef molds food into crazy designs to make the plate look beautifully “artsy” or whatever – meat or not, someone touching my food too much, is also part of a gag reflex I’m positive someone else on the planet must understand!
When I pass by the plant based non-meat in the same area of the “regular” meat at the grocery store – I always think: “How disgusting”. To me, a molded chemically produced in a lab “hamburger” looks just as wrong to me as a “regular” hamburger sitting right next to it. So. Weird.
Am I really the only one?
Let me admit, right up front, if I had to kill my own meat, I’d be a vegetarian. I say that knowing exactly how it sounds. I’m a city kid. But if I were to make a change to become less of a meat and dairy eater, I would never be able to eat things that look like meat. I watched how they “made” the Impossible Burger in a lab, and it was just as gag-inducing to me as watching a documentary on how they “make” burgers out of beautiful cows. All of it seems horrible. But I’ve also been to a real farm once or twice in my life – where families raise cattle and… there just seems to be a very different kind of respect for animals on those small family farms and a better symbiotic relationship between how I think it’s all supposed to work…
Look, my point is, if I were going to stop eating meat and dairy, I’d prefer to just eat regular food that doesn’t contain meat and dairy. I would not be able to go down the “look-alike” and “taste-like” “made in a lab” kind of stuff. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me. But I am not a fan.
Well, clearly I won’t be going to that restaurant tonight. I wish them well. And in the big scheme of things, I support their thought process and for making that kind change! That took guts – it was a very popular meeting place, and considering I live in Los Angeles, I assume it will continue to be.
But for me, I’m still gonna need a restaurant to hang at that doesn’t only serve vegan food.
It’s just where I’m at right now.