Break Up Letter

Dear: Vegetarianism,

We've had a good long run. Seven solid years. You've been with me through the good and the bad. You've helped me avoid heart disease, food-borne illness, and you've been an all-star in the battle against constipation. I can't thank you enough for everything.

But, I have to tell you something.

Veg, dear sweet love, I've been lying. To you, and to myself. This is really hard for me, so I'll just cut to the chase, rip off the latex-free bandaid.

I've been seeing Bacon.

It began one day, innocently, with some bits in a salad that I'd ordered. I didn't know that it was even in there until it was too late. But, even though it was an honest mistake that I couldn't have avoided - I felt completely guilty. I came home and cried into my pillow, vowing to stay away from the temptation forever more.

Soon after, I realized that my guilt came from more than my unknowing consumption. Eating those little bits brought me intense pleasure. It was a dirty temptation that I had a hard time resisting, but I promised myself that I'd never go all the way.

But now, the occasional tryst has grown into a full-fledged affair that I can no longer deny. I'm sorry that you had to find out this way.

I'll always love you.


  1. Sigh... I hope it is just the bacon though


  2. I like to think of bacon as the gateway meat.

    Also, meat really has nothing to do with heart disease and food-borne illness. The problems all lie with the industry. There shouldn't be any health reasons to avoid meat, only ethical ones.

  3. Greek Girl from QueensJuly 10, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Ahhh...I know just how you're feeling, and I empathise. This happened to me - in a very similar scenario - about a year ago. I too felt very 'bad,' very guilty regarding my 'food crime,' but then...well...what can I say. Try as I might, and try as I did for many years, I succumbed. There. I've said it. I love meat.

  4. You were already a half-assed vegetarian, fact of life.

  5. yeah, food borne illness and heart didease are not due to eating you need to move on to delicious steak.or maybe a really well dressed burger.some veges are the most unhealthy people i have met.

  6. Sorry you had to cry into your pillow, but you have made me have a really good laugh.
    Bacon rules!
    I have an obsession with bacon and want it every day.
    Don't be sad, pork is the other white meat.

  7. I just found your blog today after seeing one of your comments over at Smitten Kitchen and thought to myself, "I have to check out anyone who calls themselves a bacon eating Jewish vegetarian! That is my kind of gal!"

    I am loving your recipes and am looking forward to reading a lot more.

    I am also a bacon eating Gentile vegetarian. My bacon story is the same as yours exactly :)