1.27.2010

Vegetarians vs. delicious, delicious sausage

My favorite vacations are ones that combine food and yoga. My sister Ingrid and I made a trip to San Francisco a couple years ago to practice with our beloved Rusty Wells, eat what still may be the most amazing vegetarian meal I have ever encountered at restaurant/yoga studio Ubuntu in Napa Valley, dive into divine Italian in Noe Valley and eat raw, vegan food at Cafe Gratitude.

We liked our theme so much we're doing it again next month, this time in New York City. She lives there, but we are turning it into a yoga/food weekend, practicing yoga four times in three days and planning our meals well in advance. We have reservations at DBGB, Daniel Boulud's latest restaurant, and also are debating whether we'll eat ramen at Momofuku Noodle Bar or at Ippudo. (I practice, partly, so I can eat. I highly recommend it.)

But yogis are in a bit of an uproar over a story that ran Wednesday in the New York Times called "When Chocolate and Chakras Collide," which debates the malleable way people interpret the yogic principle of ahimsa, or do no harm. Many yogis believe ahimsa applies to animals and thus become vegetarians or vegans.


Eating vegetarian can be extremely delicious. (Terzo Piano, Chicago)



But do I really have to give up my ragu?

Count me and my sister among the conflicted and inconsistent. We picked DBGB for the sausage. It's not just any sausage. Ingrid says it's delicious sausage. "Daniel Boulud is a genius."

I much prefer buying meat and eggs from happy cows, happy pigs and happy chickens at the Ballard Farmers Market. I cook vegetarian a lot and am ordering less meat at restaurants. I want to save the earth. At the same time, I can't imagine life without delicious, genius sausage. I guess I'm not that conflicted. I learned from the article that some studios won't accept you into teacher training unless you're vegan. No cheese? No thank you.

4 comments:

svasti said...

I'm with you, and I'm a former vegetarian. I don't think meat has anything to do with enlightenment.

And as long as I buy organic/free range meats, and don't eat too much of it then I'm cool with that...

K said...

Here's the other dilemma. While I know many vegans who stick to whole foods (whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, etc.) many eat just as many processed, genetically modified foods (soy is hugely affected) as an omnivore. Just because it's "vegan" doesn't mean it's easier on the planet, just like something marked "low fat" isn't necessarily good for your heart. Open your minds, people. That said, eating less meat and sticking to organic when we do is a good step for us all, both for the environment and for our own health.

N said...

Hi Svasti, thanks for the comment. K, I agree. Processed, genetically modified foods are not a great option either. I'm OK with limiting my meat intake and buying sustainable meat, but can't imagine cutting it out entirely.

Anonymous said...

I think ex-vegetarians and vegans should be particularly ashamed, you after all are aware of the abusive nature of meat and dairy, yet you turn your back on the suffering and mandated murder of sentient non-human animals. That's not enlightened, that's simply cruel.

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