Mmm…fake bacon (and how I came to be a vegetarian)
Is fake bacon sufficiently inspiring as a blog topic? I don’t know, except to say look at this beautiful veggie BLT. Actually it’s a FBLAATC sandwich – fake bacon, lettuce, arugula (still growing in my garden even in January), avocado, tomato and cheese sandwich. Not quite as catchy as BLT, but every bit as good if not better.
I’ve been a pescatarian for about six years now – a vegetarian who eats dairy, eggs and fish, but nothing that walks (cows, chickens, pigs, etc).
I decided on this new mode of eating when we first moved back to Alberta after living in Victoria for five years. I immediately found the meat culture in Calgary overwhelming after settling into a veggie-dominated way of life on the west coast. But what pushed me to make the change was driving through Brooks, Alberta on trips to visit family in Medicine Hat and watching semi-truck after semi-truck full of cows turning into the meat processing plant. If there is a more horrifying thing to imagine than what is happening inside those buildings I don’t know what it would be. That was the end of me and meat, and the beginning of me and tofu bacon.
I made the lunch above thinking about the tremendous food carts of Portland, where I recently enjoyed a wonderful veggie BLT. We visited Portland earlier this year on our way back from the Oregon coast and Willamette Valley wine region. I’ve been meaning to share some photos from that trip since it was such a delightful place to travel, so as a start, below is the delicious sandwich that inspired my own creation.
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