nice mcf.... I too eat meat, but almost always grass fed organic meat from reputable places. I cant afford to eat large portions of these types of meats, because they are generally quite expensive. But ive found that im just as happy going without meat several days a week, and i really enjoy it when i can cook up a meat heavy dish made with fantastic ingredients.
Honestly, the meat in most supermarkets is just so gross i cant imagine just picking up the "regular" stuff. My local grocery has seriously cheap meat (and in manhattan too) and it just looks terrible, not like something you would like to eat.
i have been checking the threads but i guess i need to take a closer look
i checked out the bierborse.... i dont understand the stock market analogy
thanks for you input!
Why not just eat less meat?
Even if you don't believe that diseased cows and chickens that are literally fed garbage and by-products, and then kept alive with antibiotics and pumped full of hormones, is bad for you and your family's bodies, the fact is we cannot keep on producing and consuming meat in the methods and amounts we have become accustomed to.
I forgot to add:
I just wanted to reply again to this thread in case anyone finds it in the search function :)
Im back from Japan, and i had absolutely no problems whatsoever! HOO-RAY!
I carried a notecard in my wallet. It said on one side: "I am severely allergic to MSG, and if I eat it i will have to go to the hospital."
Anyway, the Japanese in Tokyo are very cognizant about the potential dangers of MSG, and i found that most people were very helpful in helping me determine which foods i could eat and which i couldn't.
A couple of notes:
I ate mostly fresh food, and lots of sashimi.
I was turned away at 90% of restaurants, because they would indicate that virtually everything on the menu included Ajinomoto (MSG).
At one restaurant, I went for lunch and all was good (they even made me a soup from scratch w/o MSG!). I returned for dinner with my partner, and while at lunch everything was fair game (limited menu), at dinner it was quite the opposite.
So in the end, for those similar to me: Stick to fresh food. No convience store food. No sauces. Carry a note card everywhere.
For the haters out there, i can only hope that your limited minds will one day evolve to the point you are able to realize that science is hardly infallible (by definition), and that we have yet to know all there is to know.
Thanks for the help everyone else :)
Im traveling to berlin in a bit
and Im would love to have a night out with my honey drinking beers and eating some killer Sausage/Sauerkraut/Potato. I did a meal like this in a great bar/resto i found in Hamburg with a friend, it was fantastic and im looking for the same thing in berlin.
We'll be staying in Friedrichshain but we're down to travel to the nearby 'hoods for a fun for high quality/ reasonably priced food and beers. We're young broke but love food and a good time out.
These places are kind of the German version of a brewpub i know. not exactly restos... but that's good cause we're on a tight budget and we don't want to be spending more than 12-15 euro per person on the food.
While im at it, if anyone has recommendations on cheap cheap beer bars in the area i would love it too!
Let's all face reality here:
Food companies are so adept at advertising that they are able to coerce children into wanting processed, additive ridden junk rather than real, natural food.
This should be a crime. And in the future, I am sure it will be.
The fact that there is such a large market for this stuff just goes to show how ignorant, uninformed and apathetic millions of Westerners are.
Thanks for your time brandon, i've got a few ideas going and i think i'll be fine.
just gonna stick to fresh fresh food like i do in other places... i'll have a card i carry around and hopefully i can stay away from sauces and soups... msg might be in all the processed foods here, but it seems like people are not using it to cook anymore, except in the fast food type establishments so that is cool
Incidentally, I'm really quite disturbed at people like this Scharn yahoo (reply above). Why do people who have no experience with a matter want to constantly shout down the people that do have that experience? Crazy world, crazy people
Thanks for the replies guys...
i guess it kind of confirms my worst fears.
Brandon, you are well meaning, but i really hate hearing people preach about how harmless msg is when they've never had a bad reaction to it. Me? Can't sleep for days, dangerous tachycardia, vertigo, nausea, severe confusion, dis-coordination.
Its about the worst reaction i can think of to anything. For sure its the worst reaction to any food or drug i've ever experienced. And i've experienced a lot.
For the record, "natural" msg doesn't do a thing to me. Case closed for me. I guess if you've never had a emergency room reaction to the stuff than you'd be content to talk about the "science".
I will definitely be avoiding the sauces... And i very very rarely eat any type of processed food anyways (out of necessity). I'm not the person that's eating msg all day long and doesn't realize it, ie i never eat the miso soup.
Thanks for mentioning the pickles (who would guess?). Anything with dashi is out, and all the brown sauces i already knew. It kind of sucks given that Japanese used to be one of my all time favorites!
Maybe I will risk a Ramen at a nice soup place...
I'm going to be in Tokyo for quite a while this spring, and I'm quite concerned that I won't be able to avoid MSG which I am severely allergic to.
I used to love Japanese soups/ramen, etc, but I'm worried that since i've become sensitive to it, I'll be limited to sushi and tonkatsu.
Does anybody have any tips on what I can for sure eat, and what i for sure *cannot* eat (Ramen, obsviously)? I would really appreciate any advice you can give me.
Also, please don't respond with something snarky.