I am a vegetarian. I haven’t really eaten meat since November, 2004. I say “really” because I used to have the occasional serving of fish and chips- like, once every year or two, but it’s been at least three or four years since I even did that. Which brings me to this year, in Tallinn, Estonia, where wild boar and bear steaks seem to be the name of the game. A popular meaty restaurant has a single vegetarian platter- buckwheat, cheese-filled pastry, lentils, root vegetables, sauerkraut, mushroom sauce and picked vegetables. A real taste of the region, sans meat. The waitress did issue a caveat, however: the sauerkraut wasn’t technically vegetarian. I’m not sure if they used some kind of meat during fermentation (sounds gross) or if they just kept it in the kitchen with some sausages on top, but I didn’t let it get to me. I do the best I can and enjoy my sauerkraut worry-free.
Eaten while wearing a shirt, sweater and jacket on a freezing summer day on the outside patio at the medieval-themed Olde Hansa (while tourists looked on in awe). Of course there was a huge mug of dark beer on the side.