Carnivores in love
Friday, August 8, 2008 | 06:14 PM ET
by Andree Lau, CBCnews.ca
All through university, my friend Chinta was a hard-core vegetarian. My solution of "Why don't you just eat salad?" was not usually welcome in response to her concern that the restaurants I wanted to eat at didn't offer meatless options.
Fast forward almost 10 years to a dinner celebrating Chinta's wedding.
Her parents are roasting a whole pig in the backyard of their cottage in Nova Scotia — and my former vegetarian friend has requested that a chicken be stuffed in its belly.
I wondered if falling in love with a carnivore had anything to do with it.
Not really, said my friend.
"It was more of a health and weight thing," she told me. "I'm a picky eater so I was always a bad vegetarian. I never ate lentils and all the other good-for-you things you were supposed to eat to get protein."
A night with some heavenly lamb threw one vegetarian off the wagon. (Cranberry Marketing Committee)
So she took the plunge back into the meat world with a supermarket roasted chicken.
"It did take a bit of a pep talk to take the first bite," she recalled. "It was weird to eat it at first and I was worried about being ill. But nothing happened. So I moved on to steak. And that's when I really rediscovered meat."
I have another friend, Steph, a vegetarian for five years, who suddenly started eating meat again — around the same time she met her longtime, meat-eater boyfriend.
Surely, love played into the switch?
It turns out it wasn't affection, but a restaurant in Edmonton named Culina that bewitched Steph's taste buds.
She said she was already reconsidering her vegetarian diet — which she was gaining weight on — when she went to a special dinner at Culina where the main course was lamb.
"I'd be lying if I said it wasn't heavenly. Tender, juicy, succulent, melted in my mouth," she said.
"My significant other loves to take credit for it, but I met him three days after I ate the lamb," she said. "[But] I guess you could say falling in love kept me a carnivore."
Both of my friends admit meal-planning and cooking with their significant others is easier these days, and they try to buy free-range, organic meat whenever they can.
Has your diet changed over the years, and why?
This discussion is now Open. Submit your Comment.
Post a Comment
About the blog
From trends and culture to politics and nutrition, Food Bytes serves up tasty tidbits about food and the issues surrounding it that flavour our everyday lives.
About the writers
Amber Hildebrandt writes for CBCNews.ca in Toronto. Growing up on a farm in Manitoba, she acquired an insatiable appetite, but it was during a stint in Japan that she developed her discerning tastebuds and "foodie" ways.
Andrea Chiu is an associate producer at CBC Radio Digital. Though she loves to eat, cook and discuss food, don't ask her to bake. It never turns out well. She tweets as @TOfoodie on Twitter and organizes food and wine events in Toronto called FoodieMeet.
Tara Kimura is the consumer life reporter for CBCNews.ca, covering a wide range of issues that range from rising food costs and the growing organic movement, to new trends in the marketplace.
Andree Lau is a CBC web reporter in Calgary. Her journalism career includes seven years as a CBC-TV reporter. Her own blog called "are you gonna eat that?" chronicles her eating adventures (including sampling snake and camel hoof tendon).
Jessica Wong is a CBCNews.ca writer who loves to eat and cook, as well as discuss, read and watch programming about food, sometimes all at once.
Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca's writer in Prince Edward Island, wrote about food and beer for national and regional magazines before joining the CBC. He acquired a desire for new tastes on his first trip to Europe, and an appreciation of eating locally and in season when he finally settled down on P.E.I.
Elizabeth Bridge is a writer with the CBC Digital Archives in Toronto. She first ventured into the kitchen as a child to indulge a sweet tooth by baking cookies and making fudge. A student budget compelled her to be a vegetarian (for a while) and instilled in her an ongoing curiosity about food and cooking.
- Chinese banquet dinner
- Thursday, April 9, 2009
- Share your Easter recipes
- Thursday, April 9, 2009
- Ode to the sandwich
- Wednesday, April 8, 2009
- Sweet treats and salty science
- Monday, April 6, 2009
- Peeking into your kitchen
- Thursday, April 2, 2009
- Subscribe to Food Bytes
- April 2009 (6)
- March 2009 (10)
- February 2009 (9)
- January 2009 (9)
- December 2008 (16)
- November 2008 (13)
- October 2008 (12)
- September 2008 (11)
- August 2008 (9)
- July 2008 (12)
- June 2008 (10)
- May 2008 (16)