I’m trying to anyway. It’s something that I’ve thought about for a long time, but I’m a huge foodie. I never actually made any previous attempt since there’s very little I don’t like and wasn’t really willing to give up some of my favorite foods.
My job has opened my eyes in ways I never would have imagined. Regardless of how healthy of a lifestyle one lives, the body will inevitably deteriorate. And there is NOTHING anybody can do about it. That’s a tough pill to swallow because that’s what I and everybody else has to look forward to.
A vegetarian diet has shown to have some beneficial health effects. So while age related deterioration can’t be completely avoided, at least it can maybe be postponed. With that in mind, I finally decided to give it a try.
I went with Khanh and Tom to Paul Martin’s American Grill in El Segundo for dinner. I first tried Paul Martin’s about eight years ago when I was working as an automotive test driver. One of my routes took me through El Segundo. Paul Martin’s Grill is a nice place. It’s a little more upscale than “casual” dining but I wouldn’t go so far as to call it world class. It’s comfortable.
I tried their three mushroom veggie burger with fries paired with a red wine. It was absolutely delicious. I did not feel like I was missing out. Nor did I feel like I made any kind of compromise. On the contrary. I think I liked it better than a regular beef burger. It came with arugula and a pesto aioli sauce. That was good too, but it would be interesting to see how it would taste with regular lettuce and tomato.
The following day, Khanh and I tried Bosscat Kitchen & Libations in Orange County. Since I didn’t know what the word “libations” meant, a quick Google search showed it to mean: “the pouring of a drink and offered to a deity”. Sure. Okay.
I got the black-eyed pea club. It was a sandwich that came with black-eyed pea fritters and a drink called a Kentucky Orange Blossom. I was given a second complimentary drink because the server got my order wrong. I can’t complain because the sandwich was delicious. I, again, didn’t feel like I made any compromise.
I think being vegetarian could work for me, but I’m finding out as I think about it more that being vegetarian is more complicated than simply just not eating meat. Some of my favorite dishes are seafood dishes that I’m not sure I am willing to give up. Even the California tempura rolls that I often get at Genki Sushi would be hard for me to give up.
Maybe down the road, I’ll settle into being more pescatarian.