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1. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Vegetarian in culianary capitals like Sichuan, China, Melaka and Penang, Malaysia and so on...

Vegetarian culture vulture isn't an Oxymoron or just moron. I mean isn't ironic to deprive oneself of Turkish Shawarma, becoz you are a veggie boy or girl.

I am a newbie and a year ago I though, man fought so hard to be on top of the food chain and vegetarians just throw it all away by depriving themselves of the privilege of eating meat. Well I want to keep my vow for 12 months. I am 5 months old with this dietary reinvention.

Are you a vegetarian? When do you give in? Are someplaces way too irressistible not to try the local cuisine.

I just tell myself, its not so adventurous to eat pork, beef and chicken, anyway, so I won't have to.

Do you ever regret not eating meat in one destination, because you were vegetarian. Its winter and I manage not to eat meat. I miss Cheese and tomato sauce, something that cost too much in some parts of the world.

2. Posted by Yvekes (Respected Member 266 posts) 7y

Okay, you're from the Phillipines, the meat loving capital of the world. It must be hard to be a vegetarian there, I'm one myself and in restaurants you have to use a magnifying glass to spot some vegetarian dishes. Especially in the cities is difficult to have a proper vegetarian meal, although there are even in the Phillipines 100% vegetarian restaurants (I saw them in Puerto Princessa and Bacolod).

So, even when I'm in the Phillipines, I never feel the urge to eat meat or fish, how poor my diet is.

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

I'm not sure what you mean by "culture vulture". That would mean, at least to me, that vegetarians prey on other cultures--which doesn't make any sense. At the very most, they deprive themselves of certain cultural experiences, which would make them "culture carcasses", if anything.

Plus, being vegetarian is a life choice. I don't think they drool over hamburger, and I doubt they feel they're missing out on anything.

4. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 7y

Quoting tway

Plus, being vegetarian is a life choice. I don't think they drool over hamburger, and I doubt they feel they're missing out on anything.

I couldn't agree with you more, Tway. I have been a Vegetarian for almost twelve years now and I chose to be for several reasons. One of them is that I never liked the taste of any kind of meat, so the logical consequence was not to eat it any more. Hence, I don't think I'm missing out if I don't eat meat at a foreign destination, because in my opinion it is more polite not eating it than saying "Oh, your national delicacy tastes yuck.''
Also, sweets and deserts are usually a great option for me to try the local cuisine ;).

5. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

Quoting Yvekes

I saw them in Puerto Princessa and Bacolod.

Wow you have been to Bacolod!! I thought I was the only westerner to ever go there. I will be back there this time next week, I can't wait.

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

I agree with Tway and Steff - vegetarianism is a chosen lifestyle for whatever reason. If you choose to "indulge" in particular meat dishes while traveling then you really remain the omnivore who eats a majority of their food as vegetables and fruits.

This makes me think of the "professed vegetarians" who buy the tofurkeys for Thanksgiving because they are vegetarians but love the taste of turkey. What's the point?! It's shaped like a small turkey, smells sort of like a turkey and tastes sort of like a turkey but it's really a soy product. Guess they are able to "sooth their conscience" about loving real turkey by "indulging" in fake turkey (as long as it tastes about the same).

Quoting tway

"culture carcasses"

Good one!

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8. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

if you've never had bison and you ever make it to north america you need to do yourself a favor. They are so tasty in fact that the europeans went crazy and killed millions upon millions until there were only like 50 left (not an exaggeration)...so they can be a little hard to find. but some places still have it on their menu.

so if you ever see bison (or buffalo, it's the same thing over here) on a menu, get it. it's a little sweeter than beef but with no fat and lots more protein. Plus overall I think buffalo are treated pretty well nowadays and it's healthy so it's definitely a reason to jump off the vegetarian wagon while you're over here.

9. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting tway

I'm not sure what you mean by "culture vulture". That would mean, at least to me, that vegetarians prey on other cultures-

culture vulture, Uhm, it's a traveller that devours cultural experiences, which includes eating local cuisine. Vultures scavenge carcasses, while lions and other predators prey on other animals.-just my assumption.

10. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting Cool Paul

if you've never had bison and you ever make it to north america you need to do yourself a favor. They are so tasty in fact that the europeans went crazy and killed millions upon millions until there were only like 50 left (not an exaggeration)...so they can be a little hard to find. but some places still have it on their menu.

so if you ever see bison (or buffalo, it's the same thing over here) on a menu, get it. it's a little sweeter than beef but with no fat and lots more protein. Plus overall I think buffalo are treated pretty well nowadays and it's healthy so it's definitely a reason to jump off the vegetarian wagon while you're over here.

If they are endangered species, I'll pass. But if not on the list, I'll put a break to my vegetarian policy, if I ever make it to North America.