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Would I Ever Go Back To Being A Vegetarian?

This is one of the suggestions for a blog posting and my answer to it is “I don’t think so.” Since becoming unvegetarian, I’ve enjoyed experimenting with trying (and cooking!) different meals that I hadn’t ever had before, as well as eating a few things that I remember enjoying in my pre-vegetarian days1. I’ve found that I quite like spicy tuna and salmon sushi, scallops, and lamb, but I still don’t like most shellfish2. I still eat vegetarian meals quite often and when I do eat meat, I try to get non-factory farmed type stuff. I haven’t eaten a McDonald’s burger since become unveg, and I don’t intend to.

So, I’m pretty sure I’m going to stick with my unvegetarian ways, but I guess only time will tell!

  1. See: Mini Wheats, marshmallows, Montreal smoked meat sandwiches, and, of course, bacon (which I’m actually cooking right now for breakfast!) []
  2. See: lobster, shrimp, which I remember not liking before I became a vegetarian. Haven’t yet tried oysters, but I’d like to. []

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And A Beefy Bison

So Devon and I went for a walk around our new ‘hood on the weekend because it was so sunny and beautiful out and we wanted to check out what sort of shops and such we have within walking distance. We learned that the mall is mega-lame1 and we found a number of interesting looking restaurants that we now want to try2. And we found the Uptown Market, an adorable little shop with produce, fancy pants groceries, and meat. And not just any meat, but obscure meats that you don’t find in just any butcher shop or grocery store. Like bison. And ostrich. And freaking kangaroo!

Of course, I wanted to get the kangaroo, because, seriously, how many of you have eaten kangaroo before?3, but the guy at the butcher shop counter said that the bison and ostrich were much more popular and we should really start with one of them. Talking us out of buying the kangaroo seems liked a bad marketing decision on his part, but I’m only 4 months into my MBA, so what do I know? Anyway, we bought the bison burgers and I have to say that they were pretty freaking delicious.

Bison Burger

Bison Burger

You can’t see it, but trust me when I say that there’s a delicious bison burger in there.

In related news, bison makes me think of Boots and Cats, my nephew’s favourite Youtube video. Boot and cats and boots and cats and a beefy bison! I dare you to watch and then try not to have the song stuck in your head!

  1. Even more lame than your average mall – and I am an avowed mall hater, so if I think it’s much worse than most malls, well, that’s saying something. []
  2. Including a few hole-in-the-wall looking places that will either have the most amazing food ever or will give us food poisoning. []
  3. Erika & Paul, if you haven’t eaten kangaroo yet, I will be gravely disappointed []

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The Eatery Challenge

My friend Alicia and I went for a walk around the seawall today – something I haven’t done since Dr. Jen moved away1 – and afterwards we went to get some sushi with Alicia’s husband and daughter. First of all, a toddler eating sushi is adorable. Also, a toddles insisting on eating with chopsticks even though they don’t know how is also pretty adorable.

We were originally going to go to a sushi joint near Alicia & Paul’s place in Yaletown, but it turned out to be closed between lunch and dinner, so instead we headed over The Eatery. The Eatery is a funky sushi place in Kits that is known for its Astroboy-laden decor and weird combinations in their sushi rolls. Being that I’m new to eating fishy sushi2, I asked Paul to recommend the best things to try (as Alicia is a vegetarian). And we ended up having a whole bunch of deliciousness. There were some basic things -salmon nigiri, tuna nigiri, ebi nigiri, and chopped scallop roll – and then some of the crazy Eatery specials – Erotica roll (avocado, salmon, tuna, roe, mayo, crab & cucumber), Malibu roll (smoked salmon, crab, cucumber, papaya), and Miss Piggy roll (bacon, scallop, asparagus, roe, unagi sauce).

The verdict: other than the ebi (prawn) nigiri being pretty tastless and the Miss Piggy roll being odd3, everything else was delicious!

At the end of the meal, Alicia suggested that I should write a blog posting about the Eatery’s crazy rolls and, over time, try to eat every single roll on the “Funky Creations” section of the menu. Well – challenge accepted!  I’m going to consider this my unofficial 102nd “to do” item!

Here’s what I’ve accomplished so far:

Funky Creations at the Eatery (15 Oct 2011)

Note: As per usual, I’m not getting anything from the Eatery for blogging about them. Sadly. I just like eating there.

  1. Dr. Jen and I used to walk the seawall almost every Saturday []
  2. I had never tried sushi before I became a vegetarian, and since becoming an unvegetarian, I have only had a basic tuna roll and salmon roll and it was at a run-of-the-mill sushi joint, not a really good one. []
  3. I always thought that bacon makes everything better, but it turns out that this is not true when it comes to sushi []