3.09.2010

I just don't like it.

I like food. I like all kinds of food. Fruits and veggies are my friends and carbs are... well more than a friend. There is one particular food group that I have never come to terms with. MEAT. As a little girl I would do everything I could to avoid eating my meat at all costs. I used all sorts of methods: hiding it in my napkin, hiding it under other foods, (salad and mashed potatoes worked best for this.) I even resorted to placing the meat in my mouth and then excusing myself to spit it out when no one was looking. When I was about 8 I spent one traumatizing day at my great grandpa's farm during the slaughter for beef. I became the designated beef labeler. In order to get me to the end of the assembly line, my mom had to cover my eyes and ears all the way to the other end of the barn and put me in a no sight   I used to cringe at the site of chewy, stringy, fatty...animal. Let's pause for a moment. While trying to find another word for meat, this is what I found:

Definition: flesh of animal consumed as food
Synonyms: aliment, brawn, chow, comestible, foodstuff, grub, muscle, nutriment, provision, ration, subsistence, sustenance, victual

Sick. I just can't stomach it. 

I'm not a vegetarian. I believe that as long as the animal is treated properly, it's just part of life to consume. My dislike for certain types of meat is more about the texture, taste, and smell. It's just so chewy and chunky. It has to be the worst texture I've ever experienced biting down on. In my opinion red meat is by far the most un-appetizing dish there is. There are certain members of my extended family that enjoy their steak rare. Can someone help me understand how a giant slab of pinkish red flesh swimming in BLOOD sounds like a delicious meal?? And what about the term "Still Mooing"? Frightening!! 


This past weekend we had a dinner date at Rodizio Grill. It happens to be Trav's favorite restaurant based on his love for meat and his 2 year residence in Brazil. For those of you not in Utah, it's a Brazilian Steakhouse featuring over a dozen rotisserie grilled meats. Including but not limited to chicken heart. *gag* Each table has a little thingy ma-jig that signals whether you want the meat to keep coming, (green) or whether you want to take a break. (red) If you leave it turned green side up you get to experience what our friend Matt calls "the fountain of meat."

Brazilian Gauchos  just like this guy bring around the feast and trim it right under your nose for your delight. Apparently this guy can hardly contain his excitement over passing out chicken heart.



This is Trav's attempt to feed me his favorite delicacy.

Now that's more like it. Salad, veggies, and fruit. The purple place mat is actually a special one. It designates special people who do not enjoy the "meat fountain."


This is Amy. She is a meat consumer. She loves Rodizio Grill just like my husband. 

The experience isn't all bad. I did enjoy myself some Banana Frita. Which is basically a fancy Brazilian term for deep fried banana.
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16 comments:

Heather Marlene said...

i've never been to Rodizio, but I've been to Tuconos many many times. and I'm with Travis... it is awesome! I just wish it was a little cheaper! but to support your dislike of some meats... my favorite thing there is the grilled pineapple. YUMMY!

HowryFamily said...

Not sure how I came across your blog but LOVE it!!

Reading this post made me laugh! I could not have written it any better! I don't know about you but do you find it hard to cook for your family if your husband loves meat and you don't?

meredith* said...

i agree with you. all you can eat meat? too much. also, going there at 6 weeks preggo kinda ruined it for me. yuck. but, my hubbie loves it.

Lundell said...

I'm with you...I've had the same ground beef sitting in my freezer for over a month now, were (I) am not a big eater of red meat or milk. When we do occasionally get meat or milk we order it from Winder Dairy where it comes from Utah (not Mexico or who knows where) and it's 100% organic. I choked on a piece of steak about 10 years ago and never really wanted it since. I'm glad I'm not the only one

Kellie said...

oh you're missing out! we went to rodizio's for the first time last month and I thought it was yummy. but i didn't venture out to try any of the weird stuff (chicken heart...blah).

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

i'm so with you on the meats. um, your little boy is presh... he reminds me of mine - a hunk of a chunk! : ) so glad you found my blog so i could find yours. i'm in love with for the love!!! your family is gorgeous and i can't wait to read more. also, i'm crushing on your header and am your newest follower! : )

Amy said...

What about bacon? Everything tastes better with bacon. and I don't think anyone actually eats the chicken hearts... sick!

tinypaperheart said...

your blog header is so pretty. :)

Linda said...

I do love meat. I do not like it mooing. And I don't need it on a daily basis. Your salad looked lovely :)

Elizabeth said...

I'm not a big meat eater, although I don't mind a good burger, steak, or chicken breast. Have you seen Food, Inc. or read the book "Fast Food Nation"? You might give up meat all together after watching or reading those. Coincidentally, I started writing a post last night about it, which I am going to post in the next couple of days.

Mykell said...

I like meat, but I mostly like mine shredded for tacos and burritos. I come from a long line of farmers, and honestly fresh beef is soooo good. One bite and you would never go back. Aaron's grandpa is Mexican and a delicacy for them is cow tongue, I refused to go there. I told him I am not eating anything that can taste me back!!!

Shay said...

dang I'm not going to wrap up the box of fresh cut steaks I had waiting in my freezer for your birthday... and I was just planning to put them straight on the plate after they thawed with little preparation. Now I'm going to have to rack my brain for a new gift idea!

Meet Virginia said...

totally feel the same way my mom told me about how they raise chickens and i was never the same! blick!

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Megan said...

Those fried bananas are awesome! I am a fan of meat but I have to have it totally cooked. I don't understand eating bloody meat--DISGUSTING!

Amber said...

I UNDERSTAND!! I was recently forced into going to Tucanos. It was not a very pleasant experience. I like to cook meat into dishes, but eating it by its self is not something that is particularly appetizing.

Lindsay said...

I'm one of those Rare Steak eaters! Although, I'm extremely strict on portion size. (you know, the ol' deck of cards rule) Any more than that, and it's just plain gross. But then, I have that opinion on any food. When I see people gorge out on piles of food, I want to puke. Doesn't matter if it's a mound of meat or those horrid buckets of popcorn they sell at the movie theater.

So yes. Meat good - but only some. And mostly fish! I LOVE fish. Oh, and as far as rare steak goes, I always feel that it's the most tender and flavorful that way. Overcooked meat is when it gets "chewy". So, if you've never tried it rare, that may be part of why you don't like it.

You just keep doing what your doing. You can eat whatever you like. :-)