Conscientious carnivores needn’t despair over news that the Schnitzel & Things truck added a “Schnitzel Down” to the menu today (hey, at least it wasn’t an ice cream–topped Terrible Garbage Burger). According to the Huffington Post, Mario Batali, of all people, has announced he’s taking a step in the vegetarian direction by introducing Meatless Mondays to all fourteen of his restaurants.
Batali won’t actually be eliminating meat, but rather simply adding a couple of vegetarian entrées to the menu every Monday. Still, it’s a sign of the times — or, at least, a sign of the path some are taking during these times. Spanish ham-bassador José Andrés 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; they’re 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.”