More Going Backwards: Vegetarian-vegan foods being removed from menus

An animal should not have to give up its life so that one can have a meal when there is no shortage of other food choices available.

Hola a todos. As to be expected, as we regress as quickly as possible back to the 1940-50s here in The Cesspool under the orange nazi and his proudly-ignorant, septic and rabid cult-like followers, more and more restaurants are removing their vegetarian and vegan food choices from their menus. Mi amigo/My friend goes to Marin County (across the Golden Gate Bridge north of San Francisco) about once a week to visit a relative. They usually go out to a different restaurant each week for lunch. Mi amigo tells me that the quality of the food is rapidly declining in all restaurants they’ve eaten in over there. I suspect the same is true for San Francisco. Mi amigo is having great difficulty finding vegetarian food choices on restaurant menus in Marin. He’s asked a couple of servers about this and they told him, “We get no requests for vegetarian food here anymore.” Although I’m not at all surprised to hear that, it leaves me with a feeling of disgust. Mi amigo said: It’s bizarre because in the 1960-70s, Marin County was what one would call “Vegetarian Heaven.” It’s where vegetarians lived during the hippy era. At that time, it was very progressive. That was a very different time than today. It seems that for many people (if not most) being a vegetarian-vegan was just a long-term fad (in the big scheme of things). It was a way of being seen as “cool, hip and in” at the time. It certainly is not that way now. So, to have something to eat in restaurants, mi amigo is having to do simple special requests and asking the kitchen in these restaurants to leave out the dead animal in the food he orders, or he just orders a basic ensalada/salad. Of course, his food is still probably cooked in the same pan used for the “meat” orders, but that’s beyond his control.

I don’t eat in restaurants anymore in San Francisco because I like what I cook at home better. I know what’s it in, and I don’t use pounds of sal/salt or high heat as professionally-trained chefs have been brainwashed to do by culinary schools. (High heat causes cancer causing free radicals, for those who don’t know, although I suspect most people couldn’t care less, since most people don’t care what they eat). But I suspect the removal of vegetarian and vegan foods is the same over here in restaurants in The City, what few restaurants still had vegetarian-vegan food options to begin with. I usually don’t hear anyone talking about restaurants or food around here these days. The last time I did, someone asked the person is she was a vegetarian, and she said, “Oh no, I’m not like that,” as if being a vegetarian is a very bad thing. One would not have heard that type of response in the Old City of the Gay Mecca. Years ago, one of the local vegetarian health food stores in San Francisco’s Castro started carrying meat. (Sigh). I heard a customer gushingly thank the manager for bringing in meat/dead animals. She said to him, “I was a vegetarian, but now I eat meat. It’s bad! It’s bad!” What she meant by “it’s bad” was that she couldn’t get enough meat to eat after being a former vegetarian. She sounded as if she had become addicted to meat. When mi amigo and I were eating in restaurants over here (particularly in The Castro), most restaurants only had a “token” vegetarian food choice. One item. I remember there being a run on Mushroom Risotto for the longest time at one local restaurant. This restaurant, which has since closed, had an excellent reputation. They rarely changed that one vegetarian item, so if a vegetarian or vegan went to that restaurant on a regular basis, they were stuck with Mushroom Risotto. So even at that time (that was maybe ten years ago), that told us that this restaurant had few requests for vegetarian or vegan food and that explained why they were so red meat-obsessed, while pretending to be “progressive.”

There’s nothing genuinely progressive or liberal about eating dead animals, which is something that the fake-progressives, fake-liberals (they’re usually just partisan Establishment Democrats at voting time) and the fake-socialists among us cringe at hearing, because they all refuse to change their own meat-eating behaviour and have a bank of excuses of why they can’t do so. They’ve all been brainwashed (likely since childhood) with “You must eat meat.” And if one does not eat dead animals one is considered “weird” and looked upon as not “normal.” Meat and meat production are not good for our environment or for one’s health. (Related: UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet). In the Old City of San Francisco — again, I’m referring to the Gay Mecca days — where people cared more about what they ate and their health, vegetarian and vegan food choices were more available. But as San Francisco has become tech-lobotomised, thoroughly corporatised, completely sanitised and utterly raped of its Bohemian character so that it looks more like some Midwest redneck city today, I should suspect that vegetarian food is sparse here as well. I no longer look at menus hanging outside of restaurants because why bother? I have no intention of eating there. The last time I read restaurant reviews for San Francisco, people here were writing such comments as, “More meat, more meat.” Well it’s your health idiots. It’s your clogged arteries, your plaque, your stroke, your heart attack, your diabetes, your colon cancer, your prostate cancer and other health problems. “Meat”/Dead animals is not good for any of that. Or are you in Denial about all that too?

Mi amigo has been a vegetarian for over two decades and each time he has his panel of blood test results, they tell him: “Whatever you’re doing, keep doing. It’s rare that we see these kind of excellent test results in here and especially for someone of your age.” He’s always pleased to hear that. They asked him: “By the way, what are you doing?” He said, “Just my usual exercise and I’m a vegetarian.” They said, “Oh, we love vegetarians in here. Keep doing what you’re doing.”

We both feel that an animal should not have to give up its life so that we can have a meal when there is no shortage of other food choices available.

It seems that with the “lah-tee-dah” wealthy — the elitist wealthy (Millennial) assholes who have moved to San Francisco in recent years — what conservative, redneck hell hole did they move here from? — the wealthy think they must eat expensive dead animals to show off their wealth, Dahling. As if anyone gives a fuck what they eat. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Previously:

Sweet Words: “Ethically Sustainably Farmed Animals.” What’s Ethical About Killing Them?

The Junk Food Vegan

Vegetarians, Vegans and Carrageenan

San Francisco’s Castro values health and wellness? Ha!

Bring Hamburger Mary’s to The Castro?

7 comments on “More Going Backwards: Vegetarian-vegan foods being removed from menus

  1. Dan

    Thank you for this article.

    Your reference to the “fake socialists” brings to mind comments I read on the SEP site probably 1.5 years ago. The environment and being a vegetarian came up in the comments. One commenter who seemed to be speaking for the SEP in Australia said that the environment was not a pressing issue for the SEP at this time. All commenters in that thread supported eating meat. One person said that people should have the right to eat meat and that there was nothing wrong with that. Others chimed in with agreement. Health ramifications were not a concern, nor were concerns about the environment or any thing else. That was when I began to realize what frauds this group of people are. Just wanted to pass that along.

  2. Michael

    Question for pink barrio –

    I’m curious to know if when you ate in restaurants or at gatherings with family or friends or coworkers did you let your vegetarian or vegans feelings be known the way you’ve expressed them here? What about any new people today that you eat with?…do you let them know how you feel about eating meat? If they’re eating meat what do you do?

    1. el barrio rosa Post author

      Hola Michael, the answer to all of your questions except that last one is: No. Reading between the lines, I think you really wanted to ask me, “Are you a sanctimonious vegetarian?” The answer is no. Isn’t “sanctimonious” what vegetarians are usually called by meat eaters? It’s often the meat-eaters who come off as smug, holier-than-thou and sanctimonious when trying to put vegetarians down and how wrong we are for not eating meat. Being a vegetarian is not a “mission” for me, nor is it an agenda. I don’t even think about, and the grocery store I shop in — worker-owned and operated vegetarian/vegan Rainbow Grocery Cooperative in San Francisco — fortunately has never sold meat in their store and they don’t have a meat counter. For me, it was not a conscious decision. I didn’t decide one day, “I think I’ll be a vegetarian.” I liked some of the meat my mother cooked such as her meatloaf and chicken. I wasn’t too big on roast beef. But after I started living on my own, the only meat I would deliberately buy was chicken breast. Then what do you do with the bones and package? It became much easier to make something else not involving meat, such as spaghetti and salsa/red sauce or pesto rather than messing with any meat. Then, years later I may have made a deliberate decision to not eat dead animals, but I don’t remember whether I did or not to tell you the truth. Meat was not important to me. Then mi amigo/my friend was the same way and he thoroughly researched the best way to be a vegetarian to get what the body needs as far as nutrients and protein that we wouldn’t be getting from meat. And that’s the way we eat today. We are occasionally asked about how we get what our bodies need by not eating meat. Even when we explain that, we are most often dismissed as if the meat-eater asking us about it thinks s/he omnipotently knows much more about it than we do, even though they’ve never researched it. But that’s the sanctimonious stuff that we get from some meat-eaters. They can be quite smug about it. Unless I’m asked about it, I don’t even mention that I’m a vegetarian. I eat what I want but it never includes meat. And I don’t go around asking people at a table why they’re eating meat. I don’t care why they’re eating meat. But I don’t get the same respect. Even when I try to avoid the topic, I’ve been asked by sanctimonious meat eaters (usually guys), “You don’t eat meat? How weird.” As if they’ve never heard of vegetarians. They apparently don’t realise how very judgmental they’re being, or trying to troll me. At that point, I change the subject and ask someone “how is your pasta?” If the meat eater comes back at me with more interrogating questions, I answer them politely but I let it be known that I’m a bit bored by it all. I’ve often thought: Why are you (male meat eaters) so obsessed with what I’m eating when I haven’t asked you a thing about that dead animal on your plate that you asked for rare so that you could see it swim around in that blood on your plate? What a disgusting sight. You asked: “If they’re eating meat what do you do?” I eat what I chose. As for vegans, many of them seem to be on a mission of sorts. From my experience with vegans, many (most?) eat anything (except meat) — it can be junk food and have all types of garbage in it — as long as the food does not contain an animal product in it, they’re cool with it. Hope this helps. Chau.

      1. Michael

        You guessed correctly that I eat meat, maybe by the way I asked the questions. Thanks for your reasonable response and for not going off on me.

  3. D8

    At one time there was one restaurant in the Castro that could make their usual fare vegetarian or vegan but not sure they’re still doing that. Up the street is that expensive restaurant mostly attracting young straight couples who look like they’re on a first date IN THE CASTRO (sorry for screaming but after all this time I still find it bizarre that straight couples go on dates and sit at their table making out in the Castro), or that’s who I usually see sitting at the window table. That restaurant serves pork belly, pork cheeks, duck liver mousse (doesn’t eating an animal’s filter sound delicious to you?), a $34 T-bone steak, and a 1/2 Lb. Double Cheeseburger with House Cut Fries for $18.00. $25 for a vegan lasagna. I hope that serves at least 2 people.

    $34 for one steak ????

    1. el barrio rosa Post author

      Hola D8, I fixed your mistake for you. I think you’re talking about the same restaurant I wrote about way-back-when that has/had the $3 cake-cutting fee. I was on their site and there’s no longer a dessert page. I assume they still have desserts, but they’re now being covert about the cake-cutting fee. Gracias to you and E for your comments.

  4. E in Sunnyvale

    Great article – I was wondering if you’d touch on this subject and sure enough, you did! I was raised on a typical northern European meat-heavy diet and got to watch my immediate family die of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and colon cancer – all of which are linked strongly to meat-heavy diets. I’m a vegetarian since around 2006 (well, except for the very rare seafood meal, so I guess I’m a bit of a pescatarian if you want to get technical). I hated meat as a kid – found it repulsive – and I never got over that, so “going veggie” was no problem for me.

    And you’re absolutely right: there has been a very noticeable decline in vegetarian-friendly menus just about everywhere except Indian restaurants. Seems this decline has been going on over the last 6-7 years – very much in sync with the millennial techie invasion. Can’t be a coincidence.

    It seems like the meat industry is also on a rampage – this started when more people were finally talking about the negative health consequences (and huge environmental impact) of meat consumption. I cringe at the adverts for meat-meat-meat-meat-more-meat “food” items for various restaurants. The millennial generation is primed and ready for this kind of advertising. I also cringe whenever I hear someone – usually, but not always, male – claim that “it’s not a meal if there’s no meat in it” or something to that effect. Brainwashing. Lots of men seem to think it’s un-masculine to eat vegetables – male posturing, macho nonsense. But hey, it’s your health! Don’t mean to sound sexist, it’s not just men, but I think it’s more common by far.

    I don’t eat in restaurants anymore in San Francisco because I like what I cook at home better. I know what’s it in, and I don’t use pounds of sal/salt or high heat as professionally-trained chefs have been brainwashed to do by culinary schools.

    Screw restaurants! :) Nothing like going to one and getting a ridiculously oversized unhealthy portion of mediocre food for which you pay a premium and half of it often ends up going to waste because it’s too much for one person to eat. And if you do eat all of it, well… it’s your health.

    But yeah – I also *love* cooking; it’s like therapy for me. Best part is I get to eat the 100% organic results :) It’s much cheaper too, especially if you have a local farmers’ market.

    …someone asked the person is she was a vegetarian, and she said, “Oh no, I’m not like that,” as if being a vegetarian is a very bad thing.

    I’ve heard crap like that too. The media often portrays vegetarians and especially vegans as being sanctimonious, cultish weirdos. There is a lot of hate for vegans. But then, a lot of vegans behave in a way that isn’t going to earn them many friends and supporters. (As an aside, have you ever read the ingredients labels on some of those vegan “substitute” foods? Yikes! No thanks).

    Anyway, I’m rambling again. Great article about a topic that seems to be getting buried. Glad someone else has noticed this too!

    Love ya’s
    ~E

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