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  1. Small Challenges Are The Hardest

    May 5, 2013 by betaman

    It would be much easier to turn away from a large steaming piece of pink Prime Rib with au jus, surrounded by garlic mashed potatoes with horseradish and sour cream than the last bite of crispy burnt ends on the plate.

    Saying no to an obvious indulgence is a piece of cake. Reaching for that last tidbit of fajita meat at the taco bar party requires serious willpower, or a slap back with the other hand. Why is that?

    A rack of ribs calling my name is obviously against the rules I have made for myself as a self-proclaimed flexitarian. A small piece of bacon whispering “eat me” when nobody is watching is a different story.

    Ultimately, all it takes to resist temptation is to remind myself why I’m doing this.


  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