I spotted this car parked in my neighborhood and squealed:
How cute! Look at all of those adorable animals!
It became a little less cute when I saw the back.
Oh. Boucherie. (Butcher’s shop).
They kill the cute animals.
Good marketing ploy, though. It stuck with me.
For the record, I’m not a strict vegetarian. I just went to a new BBQ restaurant in Paris last night, for crissakes. (More on that later!)
It does always bring up issues for me, however. I consider myself a pretty principled person, but when it comes to eating meat I seem to have slightly wayward morals.
I actually do believe that it’s better for the environment to avoid meat. (Not just a belief. There’s science to prove it).
I also think the industrialized meat industry is unethical and I really don’t like the thought of putting food into my body that’s been pumped with antibiotics and all sorts of other ugly things they feed the animals.
I think the situation is slightly better in France than in the United States, but it’s not all happy, free-ranging cows here.
Still, I really like meat. Sometimes I feel like it gives my body a boost. When I’m feeling weak, a good burger gives me strength.
So my compromise is that I try really, really hard not to eat meat. But I allow myself to when the craving is strong. When I really, really want to. (See, lax morals. I realize this is a flawed system).
Anyway, when I heard there was an American BBQ joint near the Bastille…well, let’s just say I started salivating just thinking about it. I went to check it out last night.
I grew up in North Carolina, so when I saw a Carolina pulled pork sandwich on the menu, I kind of had to go for it. It was between that and the ribs (my friend tried those), but I wanted a little taste of home.
It was good. Yes. I wasn’t that impressed by the cornbread and beans, though they were fine. But that sandwich. When was the last time I had a pulled pork sandwich? Or barbecue sauce, for that matter?
At 5.80 euros for the sandwich, it’s going to be hard to avoid this place. I’m near the Bastille all the time.
I found a recent TED talk called “The Weekday Vegetarian.” This is perhaps what I am.
While I like the idea of fully committing myself to something, I also know I am making an impact by minimizing my intake of meat. And still really enjoying life and not depriving myself because gosh darn it, that there meal was good.
It’s all about choices, right?
(I’m trying the vegetarian Indian restaurant, Krishna Bhavan, tonight to atone).
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