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Lardo and Vegucated

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On the way back from Portland, we stopped by Lardo for sandwiches.

I loved the place.  Food was quick and good.

One of the great sandwiches around town.

I had their pork belly, pork shoulder and pork meat ball sandwiches before, which were all excellent albeit a little gut bomb.

I opted for a vegetarian sandwich which I never had at Lardo.

They had about 3-4 vegetarian sandwiches there which was a lot more than many other places had to offer.

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It was a chanterelle mushrooms sandwich with sunny side up egg, arugula and normally with cheese, which I got without.

The sandwich was delicious and the egg was well prepared with the runny egg yolk.

There was not as much flavors bursting in my mouth as their meat sandwiches.

Nonetheless a decent vegetarian option.

I shared the dirty fries with my friend, which consisted of parmesan, fresh sage, marinated hot peppers and most important pork scraps.

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It was such an indulgent.

The pork belly pieces were fried golden and crisp.

And it paired so well with the hot marinated peppers.

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Vegucated was a fun movie!

The vegan producer recruited 3 people for her 6-week “going vegan experiment”.

The producer started off with basic medical measurements at a doctor’s office for these folks: weight, blood pressure, cholesterol levels.

She then introduced the 3 subjects to an array of vegan foods in the grocery store and ways to cook vegan.

Throughout the movie, they visited vegan conference, went to farms to see how animals were treated, obtained knowledge on how animals were slaughter.

The movie also candidly recorded the struggle of some of the subjects in going vegan: it was difficult to eat with their family; options were limited when they travelled outside of US.

Towards the end of the movie, the 3 folks got the final medical measurements.

As expected, they all lost weight, reduced their blood pressure and cholesterol.

Sample of three was hardly statistically sound; however, I love the fact that the film was able to focus in-depth of the 3 people who were embarking on a life changing journey – it was their experiences, their interactions with their families and friends.

The producer had followed up after 6 weeks as well to investigate whether the eating habits had stuck with the subjects.

One person really embraced it with their family, others were vegetarian and flexible.

My own experience of trying to eat less animal products have not been easy.

I see it as a win already that I am eating about a total of small palm size amount of meats or eggs (mostly in the form of seafood) everyday, and keeping up with my liquid dairy consumption to only twice a week (in the form of milk or ice cream).

I have been consistently having this limited animal product food consumption for about a month.

Strangely enough, the thought of consuming meat is not as compelling anymore.

Maybe the new habit will stick this time!

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