My friend Julie Morris, who I went to high school with is a 15 year vegan and has a cooking show on YouTube. Jules has been insistent on opening my eyes to this Vegan world. So I finally agreed to meet up with Jules, TK & Maggie P at Veggie Grill in Redondo Beach. Initially I was hesitant to go because I thought only tree-huggers and anorexic aspiring models ate there. Not so much, I was pleasantly surprised to see all types of bird-food lovers!!!
I didn't want my first Vegan experience to be too overwhelming so I eased into it with stuff that sounded familiar to me. I had chikin (w/ 2 "I's") and Veggie carne asada. Can u really call it carne asada when it's not steak? It's an oxymoron like jumbo shrimp or act natural. Truth be told, it wasn't bad. It was actually pretty good. The flavor of the food was great and I loved the sweet potato fries!!
It took me a while to get past my mental carnivore block, but once I spread some organic ketchup on my fries and dipped my "chik" in some vegan sauce I was more than satisfied. I do love vegetables and fruit just like all the herbivores at Veggie Grill, but I love meat as well! So I guess that makes me an omnivore (third grade just paid off shout out to Miss Rhodes @ Double Tree Elementary)
Some of my friends would occasionally go to Veggie spots, but I would always eat before they went and claim I was full to get out of going. Now I would gladly go to a good veggie spot and get some bird food. There could be something to this though...hmmm, Tony Gonzalez is a vegetarian now and he is the best TE of all time. I have modified my diet to eat better but I don't think I'll be going that far.
Moral of the story: keep your mind open and try new foods. You never know you might run into something you really like. What is the worst that could happen?
Feel free to follow my Girl Julie on twitter @greenjules and check out her show on JulieMorris.net