I love hearing that Las Vegas is becoming more and more vegetarian and vegan friendly. I travel there several times a year and one of my favorite things is always the restaurants. I have an upcoming trip in late March and am more excited than ever about the food options. Many of the restaurants at several resorts now have vegetarian tasting menus. I’ve had the ones at Sage and Michael Mina before and loved them both. I’m currently researching what restaurants to hit up this time around, but I will definitely check out the Wynn. A Chef, who also went to my culinary school, is helping revamp menus there. Steve Wynn is now a vegan so it’s great to see that he wants all of his restaurants to include several meat-free options:
VEGETARIAN FOOD FEST
I’m also excited that NYC is going to have it’s first ever Vegetarian Food Festival. How the biggest city in the country hasn’t had one of these before is beyond me. I’m definitely going to attend, just not sure in what capacity yet:
OPRAH’S VEGAN CHALLENGE
While there was some controversy surrounding the episode Oprah did early in February about staffers going Vegan for a week I have to look at the positives. Several friends texted me during this episode and said they were mortified by the slaughterhouse shown and were going to at least reduce meat consumption. Of course, the slaughterhouse they showed was better than most (still awful). Imagine if they would have shown a realistic factory farm. Anyway what the show did was open awareness to an absolutely horrible industry. I am hoping that it prompted people to google more info on slaughterhouses. I always hope people do their research about things like this, that way they can at least make informed decisions. Baby steps to going meat-free are okay too. So the hope is that Oprah made some waves and that the meat industry will therefore feel a negative impact. Here’s a good article on it written last week by Robin Quivers:
The other vegetarian thing I’m excited about is picking out meat-free baby food for my 6 month old. It’s fun exploring her options and avoiding those glass jars that grind up turkey with veggies. Gross! She gets to eat pure flavors and doesn’t have to worry about consuming turkey (or any other meat) that came from a disgusting factory farm. That just can’t be healthy for a baby. I don’t care if it’s organic or not. Turkey pureed is just not natural. End of story.