For our last ESF trip we travelled to Cole Valley to go to Zazie. I have been to Zazie before with the oh so beautiful Samantha Blackburn for brunch but dinner was a whole different experience. We all sat at one long table to enjoy our last meal together, we chatted and ordered some drinks as we waited to order. Sam and I decided to split the flank steak in a brandy cream sauce , which is clearly the way a dead cow is meant to be cooked, topped with portobello mushrooms with asparagus and mashed potatoes.
We also got a side of the mac and cheese (which was one of the best things I have ever put into my mouth, I think Sam only had 2 bites).
Zazie only uses free-range, antibiotic and hormone free meats, and you can really taste the difference in the quality. It also feels great eating a piece of a dead animal that was honored when it was alive, instead of abused and almost manufactured. I started really paying attention to what I ate after I read the book Skinny Bitch, I had a strong reaction to it and starting eating vegan. Reading in detail about how cows, pigs and chickens were treated, and how they were slaughtered disgusted me to the point where I was sobbing uncontrollably and refused to eat any animal products for 2 years. Now, this was when I was in high school and my mom supported this lifestyle and actually did it with me, so I didn’t have to worry about prices or availability, and it was fairly easy. When I went to college, trying to eat vegan in the school caf was almost impossible, so I started eating meat again and didn’t think too much of it. After reading Michael Pollans book Omnivore’s Dilemma, I expected to have the same reaction and was extremely surprised when I didn’t. In his book he describes in painful detail the unnatural and inhumane treatment of cows in feedlots; how they are basically forced to eat processed corn to fatten them up to the point where there livers are abscessed , there muscle is marbled with fat, and can barely walk because their legs do not support their weight. He also gives grueling details about how they are tortured into giving up their lives for our consumption. While doing research for this blog post I went on Youtube and was re horrified by the mistreatment of cows, pigs and chickens, and will be giving up commercial meat until I can afford to eat free range meat. I have always been a animal lover and have had pets that give up their love for me, I feel I can at least respect animals by eating ones that haven’t been murdered.
Needless to say, we ate it all.
After dinner we ironically went to McDonald’s for dessert, and I am usually all for McDonald’s. I think that everyone hates on it because it’s fast food and there is a stigma about fast food after the film Fast Food Nation came out in theaters in 2001. But its the epitome of capitalism, of America. Every other corporation exploits and manipulates people just like McDonald’s does, so what’s the big deal? Why is it that when I say “I want McDonald’s” peoples reactions are along the same lines of disgust and repulsion? Maybe its because they have seen the horrible videos on Youtube I unfortunately just viewed.
I took this picture of the sprinkler system in the McDonald’s parking lot, they obviously need to repair their irrigation system, I mean we are suffering from a water shortage and drought…come on!