Bottom line is I want more veggies.
Increasingly I find my self kinda bored with Western style dining.
Dinky salad with itsy greens, too much cheese/dressing/nuts
Served with one of the following as a main, alternatively:
Big portion of protein: steak, fish, stew, burger (which I don't finish and take 1/2 of home)
Big portion of pasta which often has too much cream, meat, etc associated with it
I love a good steak, chop, piece of fish, but usually I find I need 1/3 of your average portion.
Then, I find myself in a battle to get enough veg.
At a recent dinner in Boston I wanted a large bowl of gumbo and two veg sides ($5 each) and was warned that the veg sides were tiny and I probably would not be full. So I got the big meaty main, for the same price, and once again gorged on meat.
I find myself going more often to Asian places where I know I stand a fighting chance of actually getting some veggies. And honestly, even the protein dishes are more artfully, interestingly prepared.
Even Mexican and South American, though often light on the veg, are at least more interesting and tasty.
How often do I want a large (fill in the blank, grilled roasted, broiled, baked) slab of animal protein slathered in some (again fill in the blank, peppercorn, aioli, crem) sauce.
Most of the world, certainly 50 years ago, just does not eat this way. To some extent I guess it is really the cuisine of affluence.
Typical meal I make for myself at home: large bowl of fish soup with lots of local tomato and corn (emphasis on the veg, light on the fish) fresh baked bread, and a large side of rappini. When I am done I feel full, happy, and healthy. Not stuffed and wheezing on fatty beef.
I feel that increasingly I want to eat like a poor peasant somewhere. Simple natural flavors, heavy on the veg and carb, a dash of tasty protein.
I recently had a delicious meal where I was served nearly a pound of duck and prosciutto. My salad was tiny and cheesy, the main had no veg at all. Dessert was a HUGE glob of ice cream and cake. It tasted great. I felt sick when I was done.
I am just plain burnt out on the American gorge fest. No wonder so many of us weigh 200 pound plus.