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Top Chef Masters Season 1 Burger Challenge
August 12th, 2009 by plumpdumpling

I was a vegetarian from midway through high school through college for two reasons:

1) my entire family is made up of farmers, and I knew it’d really start ruffling some feathers when I announced I wasn’t eating the Thanksgiving turkey, and

2) I found this really sweet graphic of Ronald McDonald holding a sign that said “meat is murder”, and I wanted to use it on my proto-blog, which was a Geocities(!) website.

I decided to eat chicken later one Father’s Day to make my dad happy, and lo and behold, it made me happy instead. And so I’ve been eating meat ever since. For the longest time, anything but fowl still weirded me out, but now I’m full-on pork and beef all the time. Chicken dishes almost seem childish to me nowadays, especially after watching something like this:

That’s the burger challenge from this first season of “Top Chef Masters”. And boy, does it make me want a grilled slab o’ cow.


2 Responses  
  • Kelly writes:
    August 13th, 200910:23 amat

    Naturally, given that I’m an animal lover of the highest order, I tried to be a vegetarian too, once, but I only lasted about a day and a half. Clearly, I lack your sense of commitment. For one thing, most chefs hate vegetarians and don’t hesitate to feed them the nasty odds and ends from the day’s vegetables, then charge them $24 for a “Vegetarian Plate.”

    And as much as I love fine food and drink, I still think there’s just nothing better than a big old juicy burger.

    • plumpdumpling writes:
      August 20th, 20098:46 amat

      What I can’t believe is that vegetarians somehow expect to be treated like normal people these days. Back in the DAY, I just assumed there’d be nothing for me to eat at any restaurant I went to. Now, not only do vegetarians (and vegans!) have their own specialty restaurants, but they actually have the audacity to make Michael Chiarello cook for them. Fuckin’ Zooey Deschanel and her cute bangs.


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