Conscientious carnivores neednt despair over news that the Schnitzel & Things truck added a Schnitzel Down to the menu today (hey, at least it wasnt an ice creamtopped Terrible Garbage Burger). According to the Huffington Post, Mario Batali, of all people, has announced hes taking a step in the vegetarian direction by introducing Meatless Mondays to all fourteen of his restaurants.
Batali wont actually be eliminating meat, but rather simply adding a couple of vegetarian entres to the menu every Monday. Still, its a sign of the times or, at least, a sign of the path some are taking during these times. Spanish ham-bassador Jos Andrs recently told 60 Minutes that he found meat "overrated" and "slightly boring." He explains to Anderson Cooper: "I believe the future is vegetables and fruits. They are so much more sexier than a piece of chicken ... I love meat, too, but only once in a while. You get a piece of meat and you put it in your mouth; you chew; the first five seconds, all the juices flow around your mouth; theyre gone; and then you are twenty more seconds chewing something that is tasteless at this point. Something like this doesn't happen with a pineapple, an asparagus, or a green pea."