An Open Letter to Vegans From an Ethical Omnivore

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Sara Ventiera
Let me start this out by saying I fully support veganism. I think it's great that individuals choose to honor their own bodies and the rest of the animal kingdom by abstaining from meat.

Aside from the obvious anti-cruelty aspects, being vegan is better for ones health (mostly anyway, but we'll get to that in a minute), it's significantly easier on the environment (much of the time), and due to both of these factors, it has a positive economic impact in terms of reducing dollars spent on curing illness, negating climate change, cleaning up the destruction left over from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and a whole host of other issues associated with the production of meat.

That being said, as someone who enjoys exploring the ethical implications of our food system, I'm tired of the self-righteous zealots who claim the only way to show compassion and humanity is through veganism.

See Also: An Open Letter to BurgerFi From a Vegan


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An Open Letter to BurgerFi From a Vegan

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As a nonmilitant vegan, I frequently find myself eating out with omnivores. Their meat consumption doesn't irk me, but the lack of options at eateries often does. Because seriously -- how hard it is to throw together one vegan entrée?

On that note, I was recently bummed to discover that BurgerFi, the environmentally sustainable burger chain that everyone's obsessed with, has nothing to offer vegans. Even its quinoa vegetarian burger has animal products in it. FAIL. So in response, here's my open letter to the leaders of the "better burger movement."

See also: BurgerFi Opens Newest Location at CityPlace


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Whole Foods CEO Confronted at Lynn University Over Fired Chicago Mom

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Rhiannon Broschat protests Whole Foods after being terminated from the grocery chain.
Whole Foods Co-CEO Walter Robb was invited to speak at Lynn University this past Wednesday as part of the Dively Frontiers in Globalization lecture series. The annual series invites "outstanding individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in world markets" to speak to the community about their work. Past lecturers have included Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, and Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey.

But just as Robb started to address the audience with "I appreciate the warm welcome," a woman in the audience interrupted the talk with a question about Whole Foods worker Rhiannon Broschat.

According to the Palm Beach Post, the woman was removed from the audience, with Robb saying this was not the place to discuss the issue, adding that the public didn't have all the facts because it was a personnel matter and therefore confidential.

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Wedges Are an Abomination and an Insult to the Glorious French Fry

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Fries are one of the greatest side items to ever grace a plate.

The preparation takes a humble potato and turns it into a perfect combination of salt and grease, with an ethereal texture that is fluffy on the inside, impeccably crisp on the outside.

Whether these little beauties are served on the side of a burger or as a main plate, we love them just as they are.

That said, many variations exist; some achieve the ideal fusion of flavor and texture, while others are an abomination, an affront to everything good in life.

Wedge fries fall into the latter category. To put it bluntly -- they just suck.

See Also: Ten Best French Fries in Palm Beach and Broward Counties

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The 13 Most Overcooked Food Trends of 2013: #1 Kickstarters

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As of this writing, there are nearly 300 results for "restaurant" on Kickstarter.
The world of gastronomy is as subject to the whim and whimsy of the "trend" as any industry, from fashion to music. Some foods are eternal, like pizza, and others come and go from our midst, for better or for worse.

So, we got together all of the food writers we could find and asked them what they thought the most overdone, needs to come out of the oven, stick a fork in them already food trends of 2013 were.

Since 13 is our lucky number (we like to live on the edge), that's exactly how many we came up with. Some we loved, some we hated, some we loved to hate, and others we just couldn't resist loving until we hated ourselves.

See also: The 13 Most Overcooked Food Trends of 2013: #2 Overpriced, Pretentious Wine/Beer Pairings

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The 13 Most Overcooked Food Trends of 2013: #2 Overpriced, Pretentious Wine/Beer Pairings

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There are wine pairings dinners, and then there are wine pairing dinners. Do you see the distinction?
The world of gastronomy is as subject to the whim and whimsy of the "trend" as any industry, from fashion to music. Some foods are eternal, like pizza, and others come and go from our midst, for better or for worse.

So, we got together all of the food writers we could find and asked them what they thought the most overdone, needs to come out of the oven, stick a fork in them already food trends of 2013 were.

Since 13 is our lucky number (we like to live on the edge), that's exactly how many we came up with. Some we loved, some we hated, some we loved to hate, and others we just couldn't resist loving until we hated ourselves.

See Also: The 13 Most Overcooked Food Trends of 2013: #3 "Reality" TV Cooking Shows, a la Amy's Baking Company

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The Daily Show's Solution to the Marijuana Legalization Debate: Think of It Like Beer (Video)

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Jon Stewart points out the hypocrisy of pot versus beer.
We all have that one pothead friend who thinks of himself as a legal scholar and loves nothing more than to debate the general hypocrisy of the way our society (not to mention our legal system) treats alcohol versus marijuana.

Who has not sat patiently through the "big lumber paid to have marijuana defamed and criminalized so help wouldn't destroy their business" speech, not to mention the one about how pot cures everything?

Thank God for beer or most of us wouldn't be able to listen to this monologue one more time.

But we nod along, because, well, as annoying as Buddha is, he's got a point -- Jon Stewart is just able to make it much more hilariously, and with news clips.


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People Who Don't Like Pizza Are People Too

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Jess Swanson
I took this photo. I know it looks delicious, but instead of eating it, I told the owner I was too full.
At some point in our country's history, it became socially frowned upon not to like pizza. Cheese pizza is the new apple pie. If someone doesn't like spinach or some other fibrous vegetable, people understand. No one questions children probing it on their plates. But if you don't like pizza, you're met with suspicious glares as if you suddenly announced to your friends and family that you're actually a Russian spy.

This is not something I tell a lot of people because of the aforementioned looks. Also, as a food blogger, I have a street cred I need to keep up. But I'm an enigma: I was born in America, socialized through the public school system, and yet I still do not like pizza.

I am not a freak. The taste buds want what the taste buds want.

See also: Confessions of a Food Blogger: The Word "Foodie" Makes Me Cry


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Confessions of a Food Blogger: The Word "Foodie" Makes Me Cry

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Remember when the word "foodie" was only used in a bitchy elitist way? I do. Ah, the good old days. It seems like just yesterday that a relatively small number of people believed that only they could legitimately call themselves foodies, to the detriment and exclusion of everyone else. These self-important, next-level food lovers feverishly latched on to every culinary trend, tried every new restaurant from New York to Napa Valley, and carefully peppered every dinner conversation with the names of award-winning chefs.

Soon television, print, and online media caught wind of the emerging culinary renaissance and it wasn't long before we were being introduced to exotic foods like balut and hakàrl. Suddenly, the masses had access to a world that was previously reserved for a select few. The number of cooking shows increased exponentially and, with it, our knowledge of the culinary arts.

Today you'd be hard-pressed to find a person who doesn't identify themselves as a foodie. The term is thrown around as recklessly as the people who insist that they are "so O.C.D" because they have a penchant for cleaning up after themselves and buying cutesy office supplies at Target.

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"Paying it Forward" in a Restaurant: Sucks To Be the Server!

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I don't know about you, but I have been hearing about a lot of people "paying it forward" lately. This comes in response to a widespread fear that morally, this country is going down the toilet, and that in order to collectively restore our karmic good graces, that we should show more genuine acts of random kindness toward strangers.

Earlier last week came an emotional tale from a Dunkin Donuts (probably not in South Florida) drive-thru cashier who was astounded when a customer paid for the car behind them, and they in turn paid for the following car, and so on and so forth, triggering an all day snuggle fest of love, Kleenex, and tear-drenched maple logs.

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