Still, I must admit to curiosity about that culture. This lead me one day to ask my friend, 'Do you ever want to eat meat?'.
He said no, but added, "Well, I crave protein". And I said something like, ah. And I let it stand at that because I'm that type of guy. I try to be courteous towards all (yes, I fail sometimes, but that's not the point), especially when I've kinda put them on the spot.
But that is not what I thought. Might I share what I really thought?
It was something like, 'Shut. Up. No one craves protein. What the Hell does that even mean?'
People crave steaks and chops, chicken and fish, brats and Italian sausages. That's what they crave. How the Hell do you crave protein?
No one, and I mean no one, thinks, I'm going to the restaurant for a rare protein. No one asks for protein tartare. No one says I'm going to throw some protein on the grill, come on over. No one says that I'm going to stop by Mom's house and hope she makes her famous Southern Fried Protein. No. One. Does. This.
You have to do better than that to make me think I should change my eating habits. Far better indeed.