Hi, I'm a new Montrealler and don't know many people yet. Is anyone part of a knitting/crafting group that I could tag along to? Back in Ottawa there were tons of groups that got together to knit in pubs, I'd love to find something like that here.
Beggars can't be choosers, but I'd love to attend something close to home in Ville Marie or close to work in Westmount.
That you should ALWAYS ask if particular soups (and even certain grains) have a meat stock base. Minestrone, miso, french onion, all kinds of soup (and, in some cases, cous cous) sound vegetarian but are oftentimes made with chicken stock or fish stock. That may sound obvious, but I've been a vegetarian for almost 3 years and have just started to figure this out!
OK this is gross what I'm about to say. That onion soup mix that you mix with sour cream to make yummy chip dip? Contains beef.
Miso soup is usually made with fish broth (nauseating thought, I don't even want to picture how they make that). And pho has a beef broth base! You're messin' with my soups, meat.
Anyway, I've been thinking a lot lately about becoming a vegetarian. I don't really like meat anyway and I want to work towards being healthier. Plus, I do like a lot of breads, fruits, and dairy products. I don't, however, like many vegetables. I want to, I just don't.
Just HAD to put my two cents in here. Vegetarianism is NOT healthier on principle. I've seen a lot of very unhealthy vegans (you know the kind, they're all skinny and sickly looking because they're malnourished). I've also seen plenty of healthy meat-eaters. The reason vegetarians seem more healthy is because if they want to do it for any length of time they have to know how to balance they're diet to get all the essential proteins and vitamins, whereas people who eat meat (and often a lot of other crap) get that from the meat itself without necessarily trying. Also, vegetarians, especially vegans, tend to cut a lot of the processed crap from their diets because its not kosher.
However, that does not mean that I don't think you should go for it, but do it because YOU want to, whatever that reason may be. Otherwise you'll end up cheating, etc, and that's what tends to give vegetarians a bad rep. There are lots of good resources on this website and through Google that can get you started with recipes, etc. So... good luck!
Great point, Ducky! I've met so many people who tried going veg and just gave up and went back to being omni because they were so unhealthy... because most of what they were eating was crap. There are, of course, those who just aren't suited to vegetarian/veganism, but I think for a lot of people it's a matter of identifying what your body needs and what you aren't getting. If all you eat is processed soy junk and bread, sure, you're going to be pretty damn unhealthy.
I'm pretty sure they keep for a while, but they're never around long enough for me to find out.
They really, REALLY don't. I'll spare you the gross story, but suffice to say that it took a lot of bleach and dish soap to make me feel safe using the container again.
I like plain veggies... carrots, cucumber pieces... I also like to bring nuts to snack on, or granola bars... I eat nearly constantly so I always have food on me. Cut up fruit is a great snack, or even blended into a smoothie... my grocery store also sells vegan chocolate and raspberry mini-muffins which are great. They're geared towards kids going to schools with food allergy restrictions, so they have no nuts, no dairy, no egg, and I think they're gluten-free. I keep them in the freezer and pull out one to pop into my lunches. It thaws pretty quickly.
... I wish that someone had told me that every time the topic of food comes up (which it does often, I work with a bunch of moms who love to cook), that my officemate would rationalize her omni-ness to me. My god, if I hear her talk about how she never orders meat at restaurants and only eats it when her husband cooks it ONE MORE TIME...
It's my choice. Mine. Only mine. And the way I eat affects ONLY me. And the animals that I'm not eating, but really, it doesn't affect any other people. It is their GUILT that drives them to rationalize the steak they're chomping on. When I ate meat, I didn't think about what I was eating, or I rationalized it away - and it annoys the crap out of me to see other people doing the same but I can't say anything or I'll be That Angry Vegan Chick. So I'm just going to go along, and bring my tasty vegan bento lunches to work and have them smell frigging amazing, and have people ask me what the heck my lunch is because it smells so friggin' good, and maybe I'll convince someone that vegetables. are. tasty. and you do not need a giant hunk of flesh to make a meal.
Although to not be completely negative, I was pleasantly surprised when my father, the eternal omnivore, the guy who loves to grill any kind of meat out there, tried a bit of my spicy tofurkey dog last night and LIKED it. I was proud! Of course he will never go veg, but I am proud and happy that he's not doing the whole "eww, vegetarian" disapproval thing.
I also wish I'd known the following things: 1. Tofutti Cuties ice cream sandwiches are friggin' delicious. Go try the key lime pie flavour. It's so bad, I eat like two a day. 2. I actually can't digest dairy. Go figure! I give it up, I lose weight. I eat it, I puff up like a puffer fish. 3. Tofu scramble, when done right (i.e. NOT like at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, you don't need to flavour it solely with mustard so it looks like there are egg yolks), is tastier than scrambled eggs. 4. It is so much easier to be veg when your partner is veg as well. Veg*ns seem to gravitate toward each other. He also fends off the protein question quite well by professing his obsessive love of tofu. And you have someone to make tofu!fish & chips for you. And you have someone to try new veg restaurants with. And you only have to make ONE MEAL if you're cooking for them. (My ex was omni, the smell of him cooking chicken actually made me throw up. Not the reason we split, but it contributed to the tension.) 5. That I WOULDN'T MISS IT. Really. All in all, I miss two things - firstly, my favourite comfort food - my mother's fried egg on toast, which was delicious because she used so much salty butter in it (which I can now rationalize away by saying it was horrible for me and I shouldn't eat it anyway), and prosciutto (... which I can now rationalize away by looking at the fat content and realizing I shouldn't eat it anyway.) I can even see a perfectly-cooked, juicy yet well-done steak and go "eh. Not interested." because I see it for what it is, which is flesh in a state of decomposition, and not a tasty food item.
I'm a big fan of the big veggie sandwich... sauteed mushrooms, grilled zucchini, roasted red pepper, lettuce, onions, olives, eggplant, and more... add some mustard, veganaise, and vegan horseradish and put it all on some fresh crusty bread! Yum. It's also nice with cheese/"cheeze".
I also like a toasted tofurkey (the smoked kind!) and veg cheeze sandwich with lots of mustard. And the BBQ tofu sandwich that someone mentioned a few posts back!!