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  1. No Beef for Me in Beef Country

    August 17, 2015 by betaman

    More than two years since my last post here. No, that does mean I’m no longer vegetarian flexitarian.

    While the wife says I am officially veg by default by now, I stand by my flex beliefs. I still have not eaten meat in any real sense since I started this blog. But who can resist a few bacon crumbles, when you ask for them on the side of your potato skins (so the dog can enjoy them)?

    Wyoming is Beef Country

    Literally, you’ll see that on signs all along the highway. So big surprise that Buck’s was all out of the only non-meat entree on their menu. Without the fried Walleye, we opted for a cheesy artichoke dip, onion rings, and the skins, with bacon on the side.


    Oh and a side salad, if you consider shredded iceberg lettuce and a cucumber slice an actual salad.


    But what do you expect in Beef Country?


    For the record: the food was awesome and the service was great. I’ve just fulfilled my cheese and fried food quota for the foreseeable future…

  2. Oh no, not the Duck!

    April 8, 2013 by betaman

    As I’ve mentioned previously, eating out as a vegetarian can be a challenge. This is especially true when sharing meals family style. Chinese or Thai food offer plenty of vegetarian and seafood options, all quite tasty indeed. But what’s a flexitarian meat lover to do when his meat loving friend orders the delectable duck dish, and everyone is sharing?

    I couldn’t help myself, I had to taste the sauce and veggies cooked with the yummy looking, succulent smelling crispy duck pieces. It took all my will power not to scoop up a tiny bit of the duck, just for a taste. Based on the mushroom and onion I did taste, it must have been delicious. And I did enjoy my spicy mussels, veggies in peanut sauce and Pad Thai. But come, we’re talking duck here!

    Duck a l’Orange has always been a favorite dish of mine. Chinese Crispy Duck another. The Thai dish my dinner guests never realized I was drooling over would have been a first. It may very well have been my last chance too. My mouth still waters thinking about it. [wipes chin]

    Another temptation test passed, just not so easily this time. Next time I dine out with friends, nobody better order rabbit!

    Peking Duck in Chinatown, San Francisco

    Peking Duck in Chinatown, San Francisco

  3. Eating out as a vegetarian

    February 26, 2013 by betaman

    Visiting friends and dining out can be a challenge as a vegetarian. Especially when some of those friends will wave a warm piece of bacon under your nose like the Pusherman. Other friends will get it and simply prepare a wonderful root vegetable terrine and salad without asking any questions.

    It’s imperative, however, to inform your host when your visit includes any meals. It’s only fair, and no feelings will be hurt.

    When it comes to dining out, the choice is up to you but your options are limited, especially when it comes to good old fashioned American diner food. It’s hard to limit ourselves when presented with so many scrumptious options, but that is what we must do since restaurant owners are clearly going to cater to the masses.

    The good news? There are actually restaurants out there that make their biscuits and gravy without sausage in the gravy. Finding them is the hard part.