Eating meat was a natural part of my life until I watched the document Cowspiracy in the beginning of 2016. It was shocking and made me think. Before that I hadn’t realised how much meat production affects the climate change. This fact and also the miserable conditions of the animal started the change in me.
First I started adding vegetarian days in my diet. Then stopped buying meat (beef, pork meat and chicken) for home cooking. I still ate those in the restaurants when I knew they are local food and from the fair conditions. I still ate meat in the South Korean restaurants this spring – but soon after the Olympic Games I went to Indonesia and that trip changed everything.
I could say that Indonesia is the promised land of vegetarian food. The food was insane there – sooooooo good. I was in heaven! There were so many great options and overall so many vegetarian restaurants! There was a fancy dinner vegetarian restaurant and big filling lunch bowls that cost five euros with a nice and fresh drink. Shady Shack in Canggu was one of my favourite places – I wish I could get there right now…
The ingredients in Indonesia are so fresh and so good – no wonder they have all these delicacies when they literally live in the jungle. The weather treats the vegetables and the fruits well. I found a new treat: jackfruit tacos! I had never heard about jackfruit before, but the tacos that I had were mind blowing – much better than with meat.
In Indonesia I realised that if vegetarian eating was this delicious, so varied and pure I want to eat that way. I got so excited about it. Of course now in Finland it has been much more challenging to me to have interesting meals because the fact is that I’m a lazy cook and it’s so freaking expensive to dine out here. Well lunch prices are payable but dinners rip you off! I just visited a cool vegan “Yes Yes Yes” restaurant in Helsinki – but the plates were so small (and expensive) that they left me hungry. That’s a shitty feeling.
Anyway after Indonesia I left meat behind. My diet consists of vegetarian and vegan food now but I also eat fish and eggs, from the dairy products I eat special cheese (blue, goat etc…). I’m not sure if I can and will leave everything behind. As stated before I’m changing my diet for environmental reasons and because I want to know that the animals live happy and have space around them. I think hunting has always been a natural part of our lives – in fact, I wasn’t meant to leave all the meat dinners but to my surprise I have lately noticed that after eating more and more vegetarian food my taste has changed. This happened after Indonesia. Just lately I accidentally ordered a Halloum cheese burger that had meat in it and ate it – and the meat taste bad to me. I also could feel the grease on my palate and teeth. Not a nice feeling! So that’s where I have come. I hope I still like the Finnish reindeer though! I have also learned many new tastes, nowadays I like mushrooms more and more. By the way, I wonder what is the difference to eat mushrooms and bugs for instance? There have been discussions if the bug breeding is ethically okay. I think we should be looking at the bigger picture – we need to eat something anyway!
I think more and more people will love to eat vegetarian and vegan food when they get great experiences! I hope we’ll get more options and will have vegetarian food as a big part of our future living. We need to do so. Have you got some new tasteful experiences?