Bunny thoughts

Vegetarianism so far

I've discovered a few challenges with vegetarianism (at least for me)... mainly, the smell of cooked animal flesh is soooo wonderful. I went out for dinner last weekend and the whole table next to me ordered homemade burgers that smelled absolutely amazing. I ordered a veggie burger...it just wasn't the same. Which brings me to my next point. Although Toronto is a great place to be vegetarian, it's sometimes tough finding places that have GOOD vegetarian menu choices. A lot places will have token vegetarian options (like salad) and others...well let's just say a piece of beef found its way into my tofu and eggplant dish the other day. Despite the fact that I don't have any real negative feelings towards meat, this really upset and disturbed me. I can't even really explain why but it was a pretty intense feeling.

I'm rather enjoying the choice I made. I can't even really articulate why I made it either and I don't think that it's a choice that anyone else needs to make. The closest thing that I can come to explaining it would be to say that it's a spiritual choice for me. That probably won't make much sense unless you live inside my cooky little head. You see... being someone who is very drawn to Buddhism, I felt myself drawn to this aspect of it. Many but not all Buddhists are vegetarian, particularly if you're party of the monastic order. There's something about abstaining from meat and spiritual development that seem to go hand in hand for me. I don't really know how to explain any more than to just say that.

I honestly feel like I'm making more of an effort to eat better now too and that is really good. I still have my vices but overall, I feel like I'm eating quite a bit better. Today I made a creamy pasta sauce from scratch! I've never made a cream sauce from scratch before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It turned out fairly well, despite needing a bit more salt and pepper. I made it with portobello mushroom, cauliflower and garlic! Next time I might try adding some more spices/herbs and see how it goes!
I've been vegan/ovo-veg for about six months now and meat still smells fabulous to me. Mouth-wateringly delicious! But I know that if I had the meat in front of me, I couldn't really eat (much of) it or enjoy it. I'm ok with enjoying the smell of burning blood and flesh. That sounds horrible, though, doesn't it? Anyway, liking the smell doesn't upset me.

I just wanted to share my experience.

Also, I don't know where you live in TO, but the middle eastern, greek, and indian restaurants in town have excellent veg choices. Also, Fresh on Queen (near Crawford) and on Bloor (near Spadina) is most excellent. Fressen on Queen West serves high-end amazing vegan food.
Thanks for sharing this! I have a feeling I will forever enjoy the smell of burning blood and flesh (yep, sounds horrible but I love it!). I imagine I will eventually more into more of a state of knowing that I wouldn't enjoy it as much to eat it anymore. As it stands, I'm already enjoying the slight changes in the way I feel in just this short amount of time.

I'm over on Roncesvalles, where there are a lot of good choices but I work downtown...where there's a LOT of fast food! I'm starting to learn what's good and what's not so good for vegetarian eating. Cafe Supreme is a good "default" on most days.

Wouldn't mind checking out some of those other places you mentioned at some point too! ^^ Thanks!