No, I’m Not A Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw Foodist, or… Anything-ist

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My favorite quote on the issue of being vegetarian, or not.  Exactly why I don’t call myself a vegetarian, vegan, raw foodist, environmentalist, or anything-ist.

“I think that people have framed this conversation in absolutes. Either you are or you aren’t. The word vegetarian, I think, does a disservice because there are a lot of people who care but maybe don’t care, or can’t care in an ultimate way. If you think about environmentalism, nobody would ask, “Are you an environmentalist or not?” The question doesn’t make any sense. And the notion that the first time you drive in a car or fly in a plane that you should throw your hands up in the air and say, “Okay, well I give up. I’m not going to try at all anymore,” is crazy. If people thought about food more like how we think about the environment, a lot of people would be eating differently and the whole system would look a lot different.”

Jonathan Safran Foer, from an interview about his book Eating Animals, with Kiera Butler for To see the whole interview click here. To see his book on Amazon… here.

I get asked a lot if I’m vegetarian, or vegan. I don’t call myself or think of myself that way, even though I eat that way most of the time. Just not 100% of the time. And I don’t like rules. Some people are absolutist about it which is actually admirable, but it’s not what works for me. And I don’t think pushing absolutism onto others is what will change the world. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

Post Shimmy Veggie Bliss at NY’s Zen Palate

zen palate1 gliving Post Shimmy Veggie Bliss at NY’s Zen Palate

Relocating to Los Angeles called my attention to the daily routines of New York living I once took for granted. Red brick sidewalks, seasons, and the ubiquitous round-the-clock subway system has now dissolved into freeways, studio lots and a coastline sunset.

Another staple routine I continue to miss is my Thursday night bellydance class on Lafayette Street – both because I enjoyed the class and because afterwards meant a post-shimmy meal at Zen Palate.

Established in 1990 by a group of Buddhist vegetarians, Zen Palate is gourmet “G” at its finest, and the ordering options are legion. Sometimes it was the delicately textured seaweed and soy crepes I craved after ninety minutes of veils and zills.

zen palate2 gliving Post Shimmy Veggie Bliss at NY’s Zen Palate

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