What to Expect When Trying Plant-Based Food for the First Time
Before last weekend, if you asked me if I'd prefer a T-bone steak to a plant-based chicken sandwich, I'd 100% take the beef.
After finally giving plant-based food a chance, I have been swayed.
I DJ'd a wedding in Providence at Plant City, an upscale dining experience that will blow your mind when you see what they can make with, well, plants.
Let the record show that I am an avid meat-eater and enjoy all things chicken, beef, turkey, pork and miscellaneous game.
Heading into the wedding, I was skeptical, especially knowing that my vendor meal was going to be nothing but plant-based options.
Let the record also show that I was highly impressed.
One by one, the staff brought out multiple options to try, from pizza to fried cauliflower and fried "chicken" sandwich sliders. Yes, you read that right. A plate of tofu-based fried chicken sandwiches topped with coleslaw, champagne vinegar pickles and a zesty chipotle mayo was the highlight of dinner.
As expected, though, the consistency of the fake chicken took a little getting used to as it was much softer than biting into something from Chic-fil-A, but the flavor overruled and it was a big thumbs-up, to say the least.
Next up were these mini-tacos that were very photogenic for The Gram. The tiny dorado tacos had some sort of fried "fish" on top, but were actually made up of maitake mushrooms drizzled with a refreshing cilantro aïoli over a bed of pickled cabbage. The dish was was gluten-free, soy-free and even nut-free.
Last but not least, something a little more familiar: pizza.
At first glance, it looked like a veggie pizza with some sort of chourico on it. Turns out it was vegan pepperoni that had a spicy kick and a zesty aftertaste. Don't ask me what it was made of, but it was most certainly not meat and complemented the pizza very well.
The point to all of this is simple: Don't knock it until you try it.
If anything, it's a healthier option your body would appreciate. For those who are not full-time vegans or vegetarians, you don't have to be to enjoy plant-based anything. No matter where you go, whether it be a restaurant or a food truck that serves plant-based options, take a break from your everyday routine and expand your palate.
You never know. You just might surprise yourself.