Monday, September 1, 2008


I've often referred to myself as a 'flexitarian'. Although I wish I could say I was clever enough to have created the phrase on my own, I read it in a random magazine at some random time and I think it is a term that describes my diet well. 

I can go probably a month without eating meat and not even realize it. I feel like my meat preparing skills are lacking, and am always shocked when I  compare a can of beans ($.79) to 2 chicken breasts ($8). 

But from time to time, I absolutely CRAVE meat and will stop at nothing until my hunger is satisfied. Here are my favorite meat dishes. If it weren't for them, I could be a vegetarian in a heartbeat. 

Rare Beef Noodle Soup (Pho) - Especially good served satay style sprinkled with peanuts, and with lots of basil, bean sprouts, fresh lime juice, hoisin and hot sauce. This delicious soup will cure you of any cold or sinus thing you got going on. You know the place is authentic when you write your own order down. You see, with the Vietnamese, their Pho making abilities decrease with the more English they speak. Its a fact. 

Greek Lamb - A lot of people don't seem to care for lamb, something about the smell. I, on the other hand, love it very rare, with any sort of oregano/mint seasoning. If I were on death row, my request for my last supper would be lamb, pita bread, tzatziki, kalamata olives, a fresh cuc and tomato salad and lemon wedges. Drool. Incidentally, that would also be my meal of choice for a Tuesday.

Sushi - Sushi? Sashimi? Regardless, I love em both. BBQ eel, yellowfin tuna, California rolls with real crab, no fake crap...mmm. Recently I discovered that I enjoy the little guys that have the fish eggs in them. I know it sounds so gross, but they crackle in your mouth 100 times more than rice crispies ever could! And they look like pretty, shiny jewels. I love how sushi doesn't weigh you down, and how it takes so long to eat. On the other hand, it drives me crazy when your friend, maybe someone from school, says "I LOOOVVE sushi, my boyfriend is  a quarter Japanese so we like, have sushi all the time" and then when you to MakiMaki they order tempura vegetables, edamame ( which she absolutley drowns in high sodium soy sauce ) and teriyaki chicken. YOU my friend, do not love sushi. 

I like leaving these tasty, meaty dishes to the pros who know what they're doing. So when my iron levels are getting low, this is how I indulge. What are your fave meat dishes?


Betina said...

WEll, I can tell you one thing, it is not a McD's cheeseburger, which is what I had for lunch today.

The sacrifices I make for my kids... sheesh.

Patience said...

i used to only eat meat from cafe rio... those were the days!

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