June 2009

Are Vegetarians just Vegans who can't commit?

I’ve been a vegetarian for seven years, now. It’s never been terribly difficult, except at family gatherings, and then it was more awkward than difficult, a matter of making my own dinner. I was in my early twenties, and there were a few of us that were, or were becoming, vegetarian at the time. I was at college, so I couldn’t afford to buy meat anyway; I just sort of fell into it by default. Since then, however, I’ve moved to San Francisco and become friends with a rare breed of individual; the vegan.

Tomorrow, I take the plunge and join their ranks. For the month of July, there will be no milk, no butter, no eggs, and, worst of all, no cheese. I love cheese; it’s savory, it’s salty, it smells like a farm. It’s one of the crowning achievements of human kind, up there with fire and Barcelona.

Michael Jackson was a Vegetarian

Though many people might have known that Michael Jackson was a vegetarian in the 80s, it seems that he was still one when he died. When AEG, his promotion company, was looking into his health before his big tour, they reported that he was in top shape and indeed, a vegetarian.

“I’m a vegetarian now and I’m so much thinner. I’ve been on a strict diet for years. I feel better than I ever have, healthier and more energetic,” Michael said in his book, Moonwalk. LaToya Jackson, as well as Michael’s father Joe, are also said to be vegetarians.

It’s rumored that Michael even followed a vegan diet—though not, of course, a completely vegan lifestyle, as he was fine using animals for entertainment—as well as being accused of keeping exotic pets in unhealthy conditions.

In praise of... Zucchini blossoms

If you’ve been to your local farmers’ market lately, you’ll have noticed baskets of baby zucchini. These are great; small, firm, sweet, and fresh from the farm, they actually taste of vegetables, rather than having a slightly savory flavor. This isn’t what I want to talk about, though. If you’re really lucky, the vegetables will have their flowers connected to their ends. Now, these are the most readily available of things, so when you do come across them, they are a real treat, and something not to be missed.