Posts Tagged ‘vegetarian’
So I’ve been going back and forth lately. To eat meat, not to eat meat. Being a former vegetarian then vegan turned back to fish only, then full blown omnivore once again, I’ve gone through the ringer (or more appropriately, the food processor) of dietary decision making. Currently reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s treatise about his same struggle, the issue has sprung to the forefront of my mind once again.
One thing, in the midst of my lack of conviction in the situation, is certain: I prefer out and out, to support places that provide options for all colors of the dietary rainbow. I also prefer to support places that have organic, free range meat should they choose to serve it (even better if it comes from their own family farm). I prefer places that have good beer on tap. I prefer places that are clean, and locally owned and operated. Also, I prefer places that are open 24/7. Does such a thing exist in this little town? Yup. Enzo’s New York Eatery.
Admittedly, my first experience at Enzo’s could be easily discredited. It was four (AM). But still, it was sooooo clean and sparkley. And then I ordered the french toast. I was expecting Denny’s style french toast of course. It couldn’t have been further from. Legit French toast, with just the right amount of cinnamon, butter, vanilla, and yeah, they had peanut butter.
I was sold. And then, when I went back in for a second cup of coffee, I noticed on their giant red menu, a substantially large section with the heading “Vegan Menu.” I had to look again, because not too far from the menu was a very nice meat counter, offering up cold cuts and house made sausage… as it turns out from the family farm. No, that was right. Vegan pizzas, pastas, all kinds of stuff.
So not too long after my introduction to my new favorite eatery in SLO, I had to drag my other half, being that he happens to have a weakness for a good philly cheese steak. He too, was more than sold on the good vibe, reasonable prices, organic and free range meats, selection, and of course, the authenticity of his cheese whiz covered entree.
In sum, places like this don’t come along every day in SLO, so please. The next time it’s three or four in the morning, and you happen to be with your vegan best friend, yet you have the worst craving for a real hot dog, pay them a visit. And then pay them another one in the light of day. You’ll be equally as impressed.
Enzo’s Eatery is located at 733 Higuera St., between Mother’s Tavern and Bubblegum Alley.
Okay, so maybe I’m a bit behind the times. I just discovered author Jonathan Safran Foer. Where have I been?! The author of “Everything is Illuminated” and “Extremely Close and Incredibly Loud” has written another gracefully worded work, full of wit and charm and intelligence, but this time, he’s taken on a fairly meaty topic.
The title of his newest work “Eating Animals” would deceive anyone into thinking that Foer has written some persuasive propaganda. However, vegetarians and omnivores alike will discover something else.
This work is not a clear cut case for vegetarianism (though Foer himself is a vegetarian, and spends a good part of the introduction describing his humorous struggle, only moving on to discuss why we should consider dog meat as a viable form of sustenance.)
No, instead the book is more of an internal debate, and a journey to discover what eating animals really entails, what farming means in America today, and whether or not there’s a clear and easy decision.
Foer charmingly balances both sides of the argument on his sharp blade of written word. It’s impossible not to fall in love with his portrayal of where fact meets feeling. A must read for any vegan, vegetarian, omnivore or carnivore.