One thing always surprises me when we eat out – the lack of vegetarian options in regular North American cuisine. Take burger joints for instance. There will be scores of non-vegetarian items on the menu, be it beef or chicken or pork. The ubiquitous cheeseburgers and hamburgers and grilled chicken burgers and crispy chicken burgers and pulled pork burgers dominate the menu. Pushed to some sad forgotten corner is usually an equally pathetic veggie burger. And its there, just so that the odd vegetarian in the group can be dragged to the place by his meat-eating friends. More often than not, the main ingredient of these veggie burgers is soy granules and result is often a dull, vapid insult to the taste-buds. Its almost a punishment for choosing to be vegetarian.
Again and again, I ask what’s in the veggie burgers and order something else. And again and again, I wish there were tastier and more creative vegetarian options available. And I’m not even a vegetarian! Can’t imagine what vegetarians eat when they go out there!