Monday, September 21, 2009

Vegetarian on the Road

"old country road" by rennett stowe

Last week, I spent the entire week in rural Kentucky on work-related travel.

It was difficult maintaining a vegetarian lifestyle while on the road. It wasn't a situation where I was tempted to eat any meat last week; rather, the restaurants tended to have no meatless options. So, I ended up subsisting that week for the most part on bagels for breakfast, and salads for lunch and dinner from McDonald's. I'm glad I had the foresight to pack Power Bars to tide me over in the event I became hungry.

Seeing the economic depression in this small town in Kentucky, I was reminded of the family portrayed in the film, Food, Inc., who subsisted mostly on fast food simply because - thanks to generous federal government subsidies to the meat industry - it was cheaper than going to a grocery store and purchasing healthful options, such as vegetables. I was not surprised, therefore, in my observation that fast food "restaurants" dominated the town where I stayed, the most popular being the KFC with its all-you-can-eat option for about $6.99.

I am returning to this town in early October. After this trip, my travel schedule will be considerably reduced. I am looking forward to being able to resume posting regularly on this blog and having the time to just chill and catch up with what's happening on my favorite food blogs.

There will be a post later this week about a
simple new twist on a vegetarian classic. It's something I learned while dining at a restaurant in Nashville a few weeks ago.

Have a good week!


Anonymous said...

ooo what'd you have at mcdonald's? I love their fries and soft serve!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Wow. I had the same experience in Kentucky in 2001. Let's just say I ate lots of iceburg salad with ranch dressing and cheese pizza.

Um yeah. I guess things haven't gotten any better.