For many years, possibly close to a decade I didn't eat meat. I wasn't a selective memory vegetarian, I was a strict vegetarian. Those selective memory vegetarians are the ones that occasionally indulge in meat even though most of the time they tow the line with living meat free. In that case, my response is why label yourself, just eat meat when you want to. Don't make the point of saying your vegetarian when you once a month consume a burger!.
Memories take me back to eating out at restaurants and being so neurotic about my vegetarian ways. I would ask the wait staff if there was chicken stock in the vegetable soup or if my vege burger was going to be grilled right along with the bacon and beef. Most of the time, grilled cheese and fries, or a salad were my go-to's for eating out. Restaurants these days seem to be much more in tune with dietary restrictions, I think living a vegetarian lifestyle is much different now.
My husband (well boyfriend at the time) and I were both vegetarians, so it made life a bit simpler for cooking at home. When we traveled often on lengthy road trips across the country, we always ran into the food on the road debacle. Or shall I say vegetarian food on the road debacle! You know how hard it is to eat vegetarian driving through rural United States? Well, let's just say eating vegetarian on interstate food is quite the challenge. We weren't the type to hunt for food when traveling, we were in-out and back on the road in no time. Quite honestly, we never gave much thought to just carrying a loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter, and jelly. Silly us. Instead we perfected the art of ordering fast food with out the meat.
My favorite, Whopper with cheese, HOLD the meat. We would stuff our burger with french fries. Aah, the good ol' days. Then there was always the double decker taco with "all beans, no meat". That one was always harder to get perfected on the road. Guaranteed threw the employees for a loop every damn time.
Now that we eat meat, the pendulum has swung in a different direction. We rarely ever eat from fast food restaurants that have Kings, Golden Arches, or Bells. After being vegetarian for so many years, I have become a meat snob. Honestly, I don't love beef so when I do occasionally have a burger, it has to be good meat. We do enjoy a Coleman Natural Beef Burger from our local Colorado Good Times Burger chain every now and again.
Which leads me to the photo above. Recently we broke all the rules. While spending the morning at one of our favorite malls, the Colorado Mills, time escaped us. Before we knew it, it was way past lunchtime. The girls were hungry, so were we. The food court at this mall is the worst. The worst. In a pinch, we revisited our roots. We ordered two Whoppers with cheese, hold the meat. We passed on their vege burgers which are on the menu these days, if you hunt for them long enough. A deep fried hockey puck isn't that great. So instead we stuffed our burgerless Whoppers with fries. It brought me right back to the 1990's. I must admit, I kinda liked it.
***Curious as to what meat we ate first, read this!