My chef hero is none other than Anthony Bourdain. In his book, Kitchen Confidential, Bourdain speaks of his dislike of the lactose-intolerant, vegetarians, and those who order their sauce on the side.
I am all three of these things.
I am also an avid fan of Food Network…another cardinal sin in the eyes of Bourdain. I drink in the culinary world of network TV chefs and marvel at their creations. I don’t have cable, so the only place I get to watch these cooking shows are while I’m on the cardio machines at the gym. I’m not kidding.
And while Bourdain is right in his disdain of this kind of chef, it just serves to make me want to get into my, albeit, tiny kitchen, and whip up something amazing for dinner.
I am not a trained chef…but I do love to cook.
Even more than that…I love to eat.
Some would think that being a vegetarian might put a limit on my “foodie” status, but it has yet to hinder me…except at chain restaurants…those little “jack-in-the-box” American cuisine, popular dinner spots like T.G.I.Fridays and Applebees…those sorts of places where the entrées are meat-centric and a vegetarian is limited to a salad (Please, no bacon! And can I get that dressing on the side?) and a bowl of tomato soup.
I’m talking about real food…from real restaurants. Like I said, I love to eat. And with that…I love to try new things. Food, restaurants, desserts, cultures…you name it. I’ll try it.
So, even though I’m one of those vegetarian foodies…I’m still a foodie. I know what I like to eat, but I’m more than willing to give something different, yet still vegetarian, a go.
This, my friends…is my foodie adventures. From the local cuisine to food from abroad…this is my little slice of foodie heaven. And I’m dishing up a piece just for you…should you care to indulge in it. I hear it goes great with hot tea (no milk!).