Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Hello Vietnam, bye bye Vegetarianism.

Vietnam has the power to turn a life long vegetarian into a full fledged meat eater. It's true, I know because after more than fifteen years without eating meat I have been converted to the way of the carnivore. Tofu is not a really common option at street vendors, and in my two weeks here in Hanoi I have eaten nearly all of my meals sitting on those little blue stools with the locals.Most of this time I was completely clueless as to what I was ordering, I generally just point at something and hope for the best. I'm sure I have provided an endless supply of entertainment to the Vietnamese people I have attempted to order food from (and anyone else in the general vicinity) I've been on the receiving end of countless looks of shock and concern from other travelers over the questionable quality of my meal choice.But through all of my gastronomical misadventures, the only time I have gotten ill was after making the mistake of eating eggs at a popular tourist restaurant. So to those people who follow the typical 'don't eat the ice' rules I say if you don't step outside your comfort zone and try the local foods you can never experience the real culture and that would be a shame. I can't even imagine how much less I would have gotten from this trip if I was always searching for my next piece of tofu.