Top 5 Foie Gras Dishes to Try in Houston

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Foie Gras Breakfast at Triniti.

3. Foie Gras "Breakfast" at Triniti

Some genius at Triniti appreciates that no meal should be safe from decadent perversion and to demonstrate, tops off the already over-the-top combination of a buttermilk pancake, quail egg and candied bacon with a slab of seared foie gras. To this guy or gal, I say, "Well done, you!" But also, nix the scare quotes. Fuck Wheaties; this is the breakfast of champions.

2. Foie Gras and Scallops at Kata Robata

Liver and mollusks are a winning combination, as aptly demonstrated by Kata Robata's luscious appetizer of Hudson Valley foie gras, seared scallops and teriyaki sauce. The only downside is, the main dishes that follow are likely to fall short, except, perhaps, the lobster macaroni and cheese.

1. B.M.F. Burger at The Burger Guys

Call me crazy, but I don't like bacon on my burgers and I think at one point I explained this preference by saying something like, "I don't like more meat on top of meat." Well, that was a stupid thing to say and clearly not true since a fried egg only improves a burger and foie gras turns it into a heaven-sent sandwich. Case in point: the B.M.F. Burger, which layers Akaushi beef, a generous three ounces of foie gras, onion bacon jam, garlic aioli and a ladle of gastrique sauce. You will have multiple food orgasms despite the fact that you're out $35. What, you have better things to waste your money on? Like Angry Birds shite? Come now.



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bloommakeupartistry
bloommakeupartistry

You "don't believe in animal cruelty"??? I didn't know the suffering of another living being was a belief or up for debate, it's pure scientific fact. That would be akin to me saying that toddlers don't feel pain because they aren't that smart enough to do so.


Animal cruelty is now recorded by the FBI and considered a felony in all 50 states. 


melodyjreid
melodyjreid

Jane, I mean Joanne, you ignorant slut.

misssteere
misssteere

I have tried to delete the multiple postings- sorry folks- I wrote this on my cellphone. When I tried to edit spelling mistakes etcetera it posted  and I can't delete. Hopefully a moderator will delete all but the most recent right below. 

misssteere
misssteere

You have most certainly NOT "satisfied any and all political objections to this piece." ALL animals want to live and have the right to do so, unmolested. You may think "I'm an animal, so I have a right to do whatever I want with other animals. I have evolved to eat meat." Although that isn't exactly true, it's TIME TO KEEP EVOLVING! When humans started eating meat there wasn't a lot to eat in many places. We had no agriculture, and only some areas had plants we could eat, so a nutritionally dense source of calories proved useful as we evolved. Meat eating didn't help us develop bigger brains as many say. ANY food in large quantities would have, so we had the calories to survive. In barren areas, try getting an orange for example, or some grapes. Now, things are TOTALLY different, we live in urban areas. Most of us aren't living in the wild. However, we are still acting like cave men and justifying it with "paleo" and "cave man diets." People always want to hear good news about their bad habits. 


Paying other people to imprison, torture, enslave and murder animals so you can stab your shiny fork into what was once a beautiful creature, isn't noble, intelligent or kind. Becoming vegan IS. Not only will you stop hurting animals but you will save PEOPLE all across the world from drought and starvation. Raising animals for food uses an incredible amount of water. Water that could be used (if we stopped breeding these animals) for human use. The crops they are fed aren't their natural diet. Cows are supposed to eat grass. Instead, they're fed primarily GMO grains, which in turn, YOU are putting in your body. I'm sure you buy products that say "no GMO'S" proudly on the label, but that poultry, dairy and meat you ordered in a restaurant was a GMO festival. Even if you buy "grass fed" meat, milk and butter, you are eating torture and death. The fear and suffering become part of you. Land is being destroyed by these industries which includes the manufacture of leather. Tanneries pollute the water with toxic chemical runoff. The oceans, lakes and streams are being destroyed by over fishing and chemicals. Fish are intelligent creatures and killing them is akin to you drowning. They essentially drown on land when they are forcibly removed from their home. Who gave us the right?! Don't even get me started about the air! 


The animal industry itself doesn't support feminism. You are a woman, I don't understand the disconnect. Mother and child (cow and calf) are separated at birth, and her baby is not allowed to nurse. The milk, of course, is taken from the cow to be sold. The calves are divided into boys and girls. The boys become veal and die young in the slaughterhouse scared and alone, not even able to enjoy life, after confinement. The girls become future milk slaves, where they, like their mothers, will be injected, branded, ear tagged, and operated on without anesthetic. They will be hooked up to unnatural machines where blood and puss from their swollen udders get in the milk. There's actually an "acceptable level" of blood and puss in ALL MILK AND MILK PRODUCTS, allowed by LAW. Consider how the cow actually gives milk in the first place. Like a human female, a cow will only produce milk after being pregnant. In order to have many continually lactating cows, they are "raped" where a farmer sticks his hand and arm in the cows vagina to artificially inseminate her. Few bulls are needed and that saves money and space. Female chickens are kept in cramped conditions (even free range chickens have about the space of an iPad to walk around on) and when their eggs hatch to produce more chickens, the female chicks are kept and the male chicks (who aren't useful because they don't lay eggs) are GROUND UP ALIVE or tossed like garbage, one on top of each other into trash bins to be crushed by the others and die in fear and agony. Millions daily. They were born without a chance to live. If you eat eggs, milk, cheese, meat or poultry, you support baby animals being killed. How can any woman agree to doing that? (Or man!) 


Animals and their "products" aren't ours to take. Animals love, care, and have compassion. Which is much more than I can say for many humans I've met. Yes some animals eat animals. Their bodies were designed for it. Ours were not, no matter how various people want to spin it. Look at the diseases of modern life that prove it, like cancers and coronary issues, to mention but two. You don't see many meat eating animals in the wild develop these diseases because those animals digestive tracts (very short, unlike ours) were designed for quick digestion of putrefying flesh. Their teeth are sharp and long (not like our puny "canines" made for holding things like apples, etc, while we bite.) Their claws are long and razor sharp and they can run faster than an olympian. We are closer to a gorilla- who is large and strong but lives on PLANTS. 


Animals fear their keepers who abuse them and paying people to abuse them is why there is an animal holocaust. Looking the other way, burying your head in the sand and buying meat, fish, poultry, dairy and eggs IS THE EPITOME OF CRUELTY. Who are you? Mengele? Please Google "cruel egg industry" and "cruel dairy industry" and then view a few slaughterhouse videos. Watch the excellent movie Earthlings. There's a reason we take our children to pick fruit but not to a slaughterhouse. Examine your life. That flesh you so succulently dine on is murder. If you don't believe me, then treat your beloved pet, your child or your best friend the way animals are treated. WE ARE ALL THE SAME. Explore veganism. It is a beautiful, insanely healthful and delicious solution to an ugly problem.

misssteere
misssteere

You have most certainly NOT "satisfied any and all political objections to this piece." ALL animals want to live and have the right to do so, unmolested. You may think "I'm an animal, so I have a right to do whatever I want with other animals. I have evolved to eat meat." Although that isn't exactly true, it's TIME TO KEEP EVOLVING! When humans started eating meat there wasn't a lot to eat in many places. We had no agriculture, and only some areas had plants we could eat, so a nutritionally dense source of calories proved useful as we evolved. Meat eating didn't help us develop bigger brains as many say. ANY food in large quantities would have, so we had the calories to survive. In barren areas, try getting an orange for example, or some grapes. Now, things are TOTALLY different, we live in urban areas. Most of us aren't living in the wild. However, we are still acting like cave men and justifying it with "paleo" and "cave man diets." People always want to hear good news about their bad habits.


Paying other people to imprison, torture, enslave and murder animals so you can stab your shiny fork into what was once a beautiful creature, isn't noble, intelligent or kind. Becoming vegan IS. Not only will you stop hurting animals but you will save PEOPLE all across the world from drought and starvation. Raising animals for food uses an incredible amount of water. Water that could be used (if we stopped breeding these animals) for human use. The crops they are fed aren't their natural diet. Cows are supposed to eat grass. Instead, they're fed primarily GMO grains, which in turn, YOU are putting in your body. I'm sure you buy products that say "no GMO'S" proudly on the label, but that poultry, dairy and meat you ordered in a restaurant was a GMO festival. Even if you buy "grass fed" meat, milk and butter, you are eating torture and death. The fear and suffering become part of you. Land is being destroyed by these industries which includes the manufacture of leather. Tanneries pollute the water with toxic chemical runoff. The oceans, lakes and streams are being destroyed by over fishing and chemicals. Fish are intelligent creatures and killing them is akin to you drowning. They essentially drown on land when they are forcibly removed from their home. Who gave us the right?! Don't even get me started about the air! 

The animal industry itself doesn't support feminism. You are a woman, I don't understand the disconnect. Mother and child (cow and calf) are separated at birth, and her baby is not allowed to nurse. The milk, of course, is taken from the cow to be sold. The calves are divided into boys and girls. The boys become veal and die young in the slaughterhouse scared and alone, not even able to enjoy life, after confinement. The girls become future milk slaves, where they, like their mothers, will be injected, branded, ear tagged, and operated on without anesthetic. They will be hooked up to unnatural machines where blood and puss from their swollen udders get in the milk. There's actually an "acceptable level" of blood and puss in ALL MILK AND MILK PRODUCTS, allowed by LAW. Consider how the cow actually gives milk in the first place. Like a human female, a cow will only produce milk after being pregnant. In order to have many continually lactating cows, they are "raped" where a farmer sticks his hand and arm in the cows vagina to artificially inseminate her. Few male cows are needed and that saves money and space. Female chickens are kept in cramped conditions (even free range chickens have about the space of an iPad to walk around on) and when their eggs hatch to produce more chickens, the female chicks are kept and the male chicks (who aren't useful because they don't lay eggs) are GROUND UP ALIVE or tossed like garbage, one on top of each other into trash bins to be crushed by the others and die in fear and agony. Millions daily. They were born without a chance to live. If you eat eggs, milk, cheese, meat or poultry, you support baby animals being killed. How can any woman agree to doing that? (Or man!) 

Animals and their "products" aren't ours to take. Animals love, care, and have compassion. Which is much more than I can say for many humans I've met. Yes some animals eat animals. Their bodies were designed for it. Ours were not, no matter how various people want to spin it. Look at the diseases of modern life that prove it, like cancers and coronary issues, to mention but two. You don't see many meat eating animals in the wild develop these diseases because those animals digestive tracts (very short, unlike ours) were designed for quick digestion of putrefying flesh. Their teeth are sharp and long (not like our puny "canines" made for holding things like apples, etc, while we bite.) Their claws are long and razor sharp and they can run faster than an olympian. We are closer to a gorilla- who is large and strong but lives on PLANTS. 

Animals fear their keepers who abuse them and paying people to abuse them is why there is an animal holocaust. Looking the other way, burying your head in the sand and buying meat, fish, poultry, dairy and eggs IS THE EPITOME OF CRUELTY. Who are you? Mengele? Please Google "cruel egg industry" and "cruel dairy industry" and then view a few slaughterhouse videos. Watch the excellent movie Earthlings. There's a reason we take our children to pick fruit but not to a slaughterhouse. Examine your life. That flesh you so succulently dine on is murder. If you don't believe me, then treat your beloved pet, your child or your best friend the way animals are treated. WE ARE ALL THE SAME. Explore veganism. It is a beautiful, insanely healthful and delicious solution to an ugly problem.

misssteere
misssteere

sorry my comment posted three times. If there is a moderator, please remove the earlier two and keep the most recent "newest" one. There is no option for me to delete my post myself, and I was trying to edit out typos. 

misssteere
misssteere

You have most certainly NOT "satisfied any and all political objections to this piece." ALL animals want to live and have the right to do so, unmolested. You may think "I'm an animal, so I have a right to do whatever I want with other animals. I have evolved to eat meat." Although that isn't exactly true, it's TIME TO KEEP EVOLVING! When humans started eating meat there wasn't a lot to eat in many places. We had no agriculture, and only some areas had plants we could eat, so a nutritionally dense source of calories proved useful as we evolved. Meat eating didn't help us develop bigger brains as many say. ANY food in large quantities would have, so we had the calories to survive. In barren areas, try getting an orange for example, or some grapes. Now, things are TOTALLY different, we live in urban areas. Most of us aren't living in the wild. However, we are still acting like cave men and justifying it with "paleo" and "cave man diets." People always want to hear good news about their bad habits. 


Paying other people to imprison, torture, enslave and murder animals so you can stab your shiny fork into what was once a beautiful creature, isn't noble, intelligent or kind. Becoming vegan IS. Not only will you stop hurting animals but you will save PEOPLE all across the world from drought and starvation. Raising animals for food uses an incredible amount of water. Water that could be used (if we stopped breeding these animals) for human use. The crops they are fed aren't their natural diet. Cows are supposed to eat grass. Instead, they're fed primarily GMO grains, which in turn, YOU are putting in your body. I'm sure you buy products that say "no GMO'S" proudly on the label, but that poultry, dairy and meat you ordered in a restaurant was a GMO festival. Even if you buy "grass fed" meat, milk and butter, you are eating torture and death. The fear and suffering become part of you. Land is being destroyed by these industries which includes the manufacture of leather. Tanneries pollute the water with toxic chemical runoff. The oceans, lakes and streams are being destroyed by overfishing and chemicals. Fish are intelligent creatures and killing them is akin to you drowning. They essentially drown on land when they are forcibly removed from their home. Who gave us the right?! Don't even get me started about the air! 


The animal industry itself doesn't support feminism. You are a woman, I don't understand the disconnect. Mother and child (cow and calf) are separated at birth, and her baby is not allowed to nurse. The milk, of course, is taken from the cow to be sold. The calves are divided into boys and girls. The boys become veal and die young in the slaughterhouse scared and alone, not even able to enjoy life, after confinement. The girls become future milk slaves, where they, like their mothers, will be injected, branded, ear tagged, and operated on without anesthetic. They will be hooked up to unnatural machines where blood and puss from their swollen udders get in the milk. There's actually an "acceptable level" of blood and puss in ALL MILK AND MILK PRODUCTS, allowed by LAW. Consider how the cow actually gives milk in the first place, Like a human woman, a cow will only produce milk after being pregnant. In order to have many continually lactating cows, they are "raped" where a farmer sticks his hand and arm in the cows vagina to artificially inseminate her. Few male cows are needed and that saves money and space. Female chickens are kept in cramped conditions (even free range chickens have about the space of an iPad to walk around on) and when their eggs hatch to produce more chickens, the female chicks are kept and the male chicks (who aren't useful because they don't lay eggs) are GROUND UP ALIVE or tossed like garbage, one on top of each other into trash bins to be crushed by the others and die in fear and agony. Millions daily. They were born without a chance to live. If you eat eggs, milk, cheese, meat or poultry, you support baby animals being killed. How can any woman agree to doing that? (Or man!) 


Animals and their "products" aren't ours to take. Animals love, care, and have compassion. Which is much more than I can say for many humans I've met. Yes some animals eat animals. Their bodies were designed for it. Ours were not, no matter how various people want to spin it. Look at the diseases of modern life that prove it, like cancers and coronary issues, to mention but two. You don't see many meat eating animals in the wild develop these diseases because those animals digestive tracts (very short, unlike ours) were designed for quick digestion of putrefying flesh. Their teeth are sharp and long (not like our puny "canines" made for holding things like apples, etc, while we bite.) Their claws are long and razor sharp and they can run faster than an olympian. We are closer to a gorilla- who is large and strong but lives on PLANTS. 


Animals fear their keepers who abuse them and paying people to abuse them is why there is an animal holocaust. Looking the other way, burying your head in the sand and buying meat, fish, poultry, dairy and eggs IS THE EPITOME OF CRUELTY. Who are you? Mengele? Please Google "cruel egg industry" and "cruel dairy industry" and then view a few slaughterhouse videos. Watch the excellent movie Earthlings. There's a reason we take our children to pick fruit but not to a slaughterhouse. Examine your life. That flesh you so succulently dine on is murder. If you don't believe me, then treat your beloved pet, your child or your best friend the way animals are treated. WE ARE ALL THE SAME. Explore veganism. It is a beautiful, insanely healthful and delicious solution to an ugly problem.

piperann3
piperann3

I am dumbfounded by your statement that you don't believe in animal cruelty. It is as factual as cruelty to childen or seniors. Forcing something against someone's will, as in forcing a tube down a bird's throat for the selfish, inhumane reason of enlarging it, is indisputably cruel. How ignorant and heartless to consider it any less egregious. And as is the case in all other procedures in the making of meat, dairy, fish, and egg dishes- totally unnecessary.

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annaria
annaria

Lack of compassion right here, no understanding of value of life who wrote the article.

animalshaverights
animalshaverights

Yea, misssteere said it all. You seriously "don't believe in animal cruelty" ?? What?   And you seriously think "individuals have a right to consumer whatever he or she wants" ?? What about the animals' rights? Animals ARE individuals, they have rights. You don't get rights or freedom when you take it away from others, that's called evil, not "rights." You're a fucking hippocrit! Wake the fuck up dude! I can't even believe you're stupid enough to say, "whether or not force-feeding is cruel or painful can be debated." Wooowwww. I suppose if someone who has physical power over you jammed a tube down your throat and force fed you til your organs almost explode, that would be debatable. Maybe someone should demonstrate on you how this feels and see if you still want to debate it. You obviously have probably never seen a slaughterhouse video, and if you have, the way you have so ignorantly spoken in your piece shows that you are an un-empathetic, heartless waste of air and space that doesn't give a fuck. A robot has more humanity than you do. Hope you choke enjoying some roasted torture, the world would be a much better place.

misssteere
misssteere

You have most certainly NOT "satisfied any and all political objections to this piece." ALL animals want to live and have the right to do so, unmolested. You may think "I'm an animal, so I have a right to do whatever I want with other animals. I have evolved to eat meat." Although that isn't exactly true, it's TIME TO KEEP EVOLVING! When humans started eating meat there wasn't a lot around in many places. We had no agriculture, so a dense source of calories proved useful as we evolved. Meat eating didn't help us develop bigger brains as many say. ANY FOOD IN LARGE QUANTITIES would have, so we had the calories to survive. In some barren areas like Africa, try getting an orange or some grapes. Now, things are TOTALLY different, we live in urban areas. Most of us aren't living in the wild. However, we are still acting like cave men and justifying it with "paleo" and "cave man diets." People always want to hear good news about their bad habits. 


Paying other people to imprison, torture, enslave and murder animals so you can stab your shiny fork into what was once a beautiful creature, isn't noble, intelligent or kind. Becoming vegan IS. Not only will you stop hurting animals but you will save PEOPLE all across the world from drought and starvation. Raising animals for food uses an incredible amount of water. Water that could be used (if we stopped breeding these animals) for human use. The crops they are fed aren't their natural diet. Cows are supposed to eat grass. Instead, they're fed primarily GMO grains, which in turn, YOU are putting in your body. I'm sure you buy products that say "no GMO'S" proudly on the label, but that poultry, dairy and meat you ordered in a restaurant was a GMO festival. Even if you buy "grass fed" meat, milk and butter, you are eating torture and death. The fear and suffering become part of you. Land is being destroyed by these industries which includes the manufacture of leather. Tanneries pollute the water with toxic chemical runoff. The oceans, lakes and streams are being destroyed by overfishing and chemicals. Fish are intelligent creatures and killing them is akin to you drowning. They essentially drown on land when they are forcibly removed from their home. Who gave us the right?! Don't even get me started about the air! 


The animal industry itself doesn't support feminism. You are a woman, I don't understand the disconnect. Mother and child (cow and calf) are separated at birth, and her baby is not allowed to nurse. The milk, of course, is taken from the cow to be sold. The calves are divided into boys and girls. The boys become veal and die young in the slaughterhouse scared and alone, not even able to enjoy life, after confinement. The girls become future milk slaves, where they, like their mothers, will be injected, branded, ear tagged, and operated on without anesthetic. They will be hooked up to unnatural machines where blood and puss from their swollen udders get in the milk. There's actually an "acceptable level" of blood and puss in ALL MILK AND MILK PRODUCTS, allowed by LAW. Consider how the cow actually gives milk in the first place, Like a human woman, a cow will only produce milk after being pregnant. In order to have many continually lactating cows, they are "raped" where a farmer sticks his hand and arm in the cows vagina to artificially inseminate her. Few male cows are needed and that saves money and space. Female chickens are kept in cramped conditions (even free range chickens have about the space of an iPad to walk around on) and when their eggs hatch to produce more chickens, the female chicks are kept and the male chicks (who aren't useful because they don't lay eggs) are GROUND UP ALIVE or tossed like garbage, one on top of each other into trash bins to be crushed by the others and die in fear and agony. Millions daily. They were born without a chance to live. If you eat eggs, milk, cheese, meat or poultry, you support baby animals being killed. How can any woman agree to doing that? (Or man!) 


Animals and their "products" aren't ours to take. Animals love, care, and have compassion. Which is much more than I can say for many humans I've met. Yes some animals eat animals. Their bodies were designed for it. Ours were not, no matter how various people want to spin it. Look at the diseases of modern life that prove it, like cancers and coronary issues, to mention but two. You don't see many meat eaters in the wild develop these diseases because those animals digestive tracts (very short, unlike ours) were designed for quick digestion of putrefying flesh. Their teeth are sharp and long (not like our puny "canines" made for holding things like apples, etc, while we bite.) Their claws are long and razor sharp and they can run faster than an olympian. We are closer to a gorilla- who is large and strong but lives on PLANTS. 


Animals fear their keepers who abuse them and paying people to abuse them is why there is an animal holocaust. Looking the other way, burying your head in the sand and buying meat, fish, poultry, dairy and eggs IS THE EPITOME OF CRUELTY. Who are you? Mengele? Please Google "cruel egg industry" and "cruel dairy industry" and then view a few slaughterhouse videos. Watch the excellent movie Earthlings. There's a reason we take our children to pick fruit but not to a slaughterhouse. Examine your life. That flesh you so succulently dine on is murder. If you don't believe me, then treat your beloved pet, your child or your best friend the way animals are treated. WE ARE ALL THE SAME. Explore veganism. It is a beautiful, insanely healthful and delicious solution to an ugly problem. 

bababa
bababa

Wow, you're an asshole.

misssteere
misssteere

You have most certainly NOT "satisfied any and all political objections to this piece." ALL animals want to live and have the right to do so, unmolested. You may think "I'm an animal, so I have a right to do whatever I want with other animals. I have evolved to eat meat." Although that isn't exactly true, it's TIME TO KEEP EVOLVING! When humans started eating meat there wasn't a lot around in many places. We had no agriculture, so a dense source of calories proved useful as we evolved. Meat eating didn't help us develop bigger brains as many say. ANY FOOD IN LARGE QUANTITIES would have, so we had the calories to survive. In some barren areas like Africa, try getting an orange or some grapes. Now, things are TOTALLY different. However, we are still acting like cave men and justifying it with "paleo" and "cave man diets." People always want to hear good news about their bad habits. 


Paying other people to imprison, torture, enslave and murder animals so you can stab your shiny fork into what was once a beautiful creature, isn't noble, intelligent or kind. Becoming vegan IS. Not only will you stop hurting animals but you will save PEOPLE all across the world from drought and starvation. Raising animals for food uses an incredible amount of water. Water that could be used (if we stopped breeding these animals) for human use. The crops they are fed aren't their natural diet. Cows are supposed to eat grass. Instead, they're fed primarily GMO grains, which in turn, YOU are putting in your body. I'm sure you buy products that say "no GMO'S" proudly on the label, but poultry, dairy and meat you ordered in a restaurant was a GMO festival. Even if you buy "grass fed" meat, milk and butter, you are eating torture and death. The fear and suffering become part of you. Land is being destroyed by the meat industry. Tanneries to make leather goods pollute the water with toxic chemical runoff. Don't even get me started about the air! The oceans, lakes and streams are being destroyed by overfishing and chemicals. Fish are intelligent creatures and killing them is akin to you drowning. They essentially drown on land when they are forcibly removed from their home. Who gave us the right?! 


The animal industry itself doesn't support feminism. You are a woman. I don't understand the disconnect. Mother and child (cows and calves) are separated at birth, her baby is not allowed to nurse. The milk, of course, is taken from the cow to be sold! The calves are divided into boys and girls. The boys become veal and die young in the slaughterhouse scared and alone, not even able to enjoy life, after confinement. The girls become future milk slaves, where they, like their mothers, will be injected, branded, ear tagged, and operated on without anesthetic. They will be hooked up to unnatural machines where blood and puss from their swollen udders get in the milk. There's actually an "acceptable level" of blood and puss in ALL MILK AND MILK PRODUCTS, allowed by LAW. Consider how the cow actually gives milk in the first place, Like a human woman, a cow will only produce milk after being pregnant. In order to have continually lactating cows, they are "raped" where a farmer sticks his hand and arm in the cows vagina to artificially inseminate her. Few male cows are needed and that saves money and space. Female chickens are kept in cramped conditions (even free range chickens have about the space of an iPad to walk around on) and when their eggs hatch to produce more chickens, the female chicks are kept and the male chicks (who aren't useful because they don't lay eggs) are GROUND UP ALIVE or tossed like garbage, one on top of each other into trash bins to be crushed by the others and die in fear and agony. Millions daily. They were born without a chance to live. You eat eggs, milk, cheese, meat or poultry and you support baby animals being killed. How can any woman agree to doing that? (Or man!) 


Animals and their "products" aren't ours to take. Animals love, care, and have compassion. Which is much more than I can say for many humans I've met. Yes some animals eat animals. Their bodies were designed for it. Ours were not, no matter how various people want to spin it. Look at the diseases of modern life that prove it, like cancers and coronary issues, to mention but two. You don't see many meat eaters in the wild develop these diseases because those animals digestive tracts (very short, unlike ours) were designed for quick digestion of putrefying flesh. Their teeth are sharp and long (not like our puny "canines" made for holding things like apples, etc, while we bite.)  Their claws are long and razor sharp and they can run faster than an olympian. We are closer to a gorilla- who is large and strong but lives on PLANTS. 


Animals fear their keepers who abuse them, and shoving a tube down a gooses throat and force feeding it until it's stomach is at capacity, sometimes cutting through the animals neck with the tube, all so the liver can eventually grow unnaturally large IS THE EPITOME OF CRUELTY. Who are you? Mengele? Please Google "cruel egg industry" and "cruel dairy industry" and then view a few slaughterhouse videos. Watch the excellent movie Earthlings. There's a reason we take our children to pick fruit but not to a slaughterhouse. Examine your life. Look at what you are promoting! That flesh you so succulently describe is murder. If you don't believe me, then try that on your beloved pet, your child or your best friend. WE ARE ALL THE SAME. Explore veganism. It is a beautiful, insanely healthful and delicious solution to an ugly problem. 

ClaudiaM22
ClaudiaM22

Few things are as repulsive as arrogance and ignorance, especially when combined in one entity. Sadly, Ms. O’Leary, you seem to suffer from both.After reading through the comments and your responses, I see that you like to play with words and think that your sophistry can trump truth.I mean really….do you really think that asking that man if he has ever personally witnessed the process of producing foie gras negates his assertion that the process is cruel?He probably didn’t personally witness people being herded into gas chambers during the holocaust either.As much as you would like to turn it into a “complicated,” and therefore “debatable,” issue, the important question here is really quite simple.Would YOU, Ms. O’Leary, like to change places with one of those geese whose livers you so enjoy?Would you like to be crammed into a tiny cage, live your entire life there, have a tube rammed down your throat so you can be force fed four or five times a day until your liver bloats so large you can no longer stand, but have to squat there in your own feces because you cannot move, in so much physical pain that you tear your own skin off.Would you like that, Ms. O’Leary?Is the answer to that question “complicated” or “debatable”?

carolmae.barton
carolmae.barton

Disgusting food eated by disgusting people - who will not live very long because their diets are obviously made up of things that are diseased, antibiotic ridden and full of fat. Meat or shall we say animal corpse, especially from sick animals such as the ducks used in Foie Gras is the biggest killer of our age.

cathiwalsh
cathiwalsh

Aura, Etoile, Philippe, Hawthorn, Le Mistral would round out the top 10, not in any particular order, nor yours.

johansen
johansen

If animals are sentient beings, then meat is murder. But then again, God put them here to serve us. Noah brought them aboard the Ark not only to reproduce and replenish the earth after the flood, but also to eat. TRex BBQ, and grilled wings of pterodactyl were a favorite of the ship's crew, according to the new Ark Amusement Park planned for Kentucky.

mpharv
mpharv

I've always seen more recoil from the fact that foie gras is organ meat (fatty organ meat to boot) than from the method of procurement. This reminds me of the South Park episode where they decided to officially call veal "tortured baby cows" and people stopped eating it. Yet I don't know anyone who has stopped eating veal because of that episode. And when Stan stopped eating meat all together he broke out in hive-like vaginas. So there's that.

timblack2
timblack2

an angry birds reference? in 2013? 

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

I'm not a huge fan of foie gras, but I love pate.  Does anyone have good recommendations in that regard?

mikhastur
mikhastur

I also enjoy foie gras.  However, the ethics of it are hardly so cut and dried.  anyone who has watched the  force feeding should have no doubt that the birds are not enjoying it.

hellerdanielle
hellerdanielle

Chez Nous Has The Best Fois Gras From France... Worth the drive... You will Never be dissapointed 

jsoleary
jsoleary

Anse: Interesting statement: "there is nothing more cruel than killing." What about prolonged mistreatment that causes unremitting suffering and misery?

Jalapeno: Many of the videos online are extremely outdated taken at facilities before the latest regulations and technology have been enforced. But, fyi, I don't think I'm brave either [for writing this article]. But I do wonder how you are defining 'strident' in terms of quantitative proportions. I feel like most people i know who self-identify as at least concerned with animal rights are not okay with foie gras. 

Anse
Anse

 I fully support finding ways to humanely treat our food animals. But let's not ignore the truth about eating meat: there is nothing more cruel than killing. It is the ultimate cruelty. I eat meat, and I know where it comes from, and I, and every other meat eater, has blood on our hands.

Jalapeno
Jalapeno

Seared foie gras appetizer at Pappas Steakhouse - $17

She is not "brave" for writing about foie gras.  Only the most strident animal activists consider it cruel.  Go to the 'net and look at any of the many videos depicting the process.  The animals are not distressed.

I get so weary of enjoying an article like this only to find the same tired and stupid arguments erupting in the comments.  It's like the activists google search the term all day every day to find them and slam them with their vegan philosophy.  Thanks for getting it started Paval.  I'm out.

paval
paval

Joanna, brave to come out and speak out for foie gras. 

Recently I read of a method that actually uses the over-eating of the ducks before migration period (a natural instinct) instead of real force feeding with the questionable methods of mass force feeding (funnel and the whole nine yards). But of course the livers do not turn out as big as with the forced feeding or it for sure takes a lot longer. But it is great to know that the ethical discussion has led to an over thinking of the methodology. As it should in the whole meat industry. And that includes the consumer too. We consumers are also culprits of the mistreatment of animals in the meat industry as we always ask for lower and lower prices and flock to those stores that offer the lowest prices in food.

Other than that, I concur totally with you, there is almost nothing more delicious than a nice piece of expertly prepared foie gras.

jsoleary
jsoleary

@johansen Um, that's all fine and good if you believe in God and the Old Testament. But last time I checked there is a separation between church and state in the ol' U.S. of A., which means that line of reasoning is irrelevant when considering if foie gras should be legal.

jsoleary
jsoleary

@mpharv That's very true. Also thank you for directing me to what I sure will be amazing Southpark episode. 

BrieMelton
BrieMelton

@FattyFatBastard L'Olivier, my tiny fat friend. By the way, if you love pate, you should love making it yourself, because it's simple. And fun. And cheap.

Anse
Anse

Revival Market in the Heights makes some pretty good pate.

jsoleary
jsoleary

@mikhastur Curious: have you watched in person or just on internet videos?

Anse
Anse

I'd consider it perverse to gratuitously subject an animal to misery and suffering. I just think it's important to remember how necessary it is for farmers and ranchers to maintain an emotional distance when it comes to their animals. I know you know that, but let's remember that they aren't pets. They're gonna die, and we're gonna eat 'em, and no matter how well you treat them, that's where it ends.

mikhastur
mikhastur

@jsoleary @mikhastur I have never seen the process in person.  But I have seen film of it from many sources, including on the internet, mainstream news sources and documentary films.  are you suggesting that it is less clearly cruel when seen in person?

jsoleary
jsoleary

@Anse I'd like to hear more about why it's a 'necessity' for farmers to keep an emotional distance. Do you consider it hypocritical/disingenuous otherwise? You must notice much of the rhetoric surrounding FFA, 4H, and other agriculture organizations for youngsters centers on the importance of developing a relationship with an animal...even if one day you intend to slaughter it.


mikhastur
mikhastur

@jsoleary @mikhastur I am glad that we agree.  The ethical questions have been my point all along in this conversation.  The first definition of "cruel" at dictionary.com is "willfullyorknowinglycausingpainordistresstoothers."  that seems like a good place to start with when considering "perjorative" labels dealing with this issue.  again, in my mind, there is little question that the birds involved are at the very least distressed during the forced feeding procedure and very likely in pain, as well.  I have not endorsed any particular legal option here, but that is what are legislative process is all about, considering ethical questions and coming up with some sort of agreement about how they should be resolved.  

jsoleary
jsoleary

@mikhastur @jsoleary There is no doubt in mind my that the process is ethically questionable. But for me the more interesting issue is what we decide is "cruel" with regards to the treatment of animals. Also, to what extent is the "cruel" or "ethically questionable" or whatever pejorative label you want to ascribe sufficient to make it [foie gras production] illegal.

I think it's ethically questionable to let tweens give birth to and raise children but the State happens to disagree. 

mikhastur
mikhastur

@jsoleary @mikhastur I think if it watching the process would confirm that it is not cruel, the industry would be promoting watching it and visiting facilities where it is practiced.  They are clearly not doing that.  the fact that no process could be developed that satisfied CA's legal requirements of no cruelty also suggests to me that the process is ethically questionable.

jsoleary
jsoleary

@mikhastur: Eh - that could be true but I'm not comfortable with that assertion ["it is less clearly cruel when seen in person"].  I was pointing to the fact that many of the videos on the internet that have been used by news sources are very outdated from facilities either shut down or that have changed because of regulations.


jsoleary
jsoleary

@Anse You make an excellent point about the inherent vagaries and paradoxes of our "loving" relationships with animals.  Do companionate human-animal relationships preclude one party (or the other) from tapping into its use-value (for fur, milk, meat)? I think Marx would say no.

Anse
Anse

I was in 4H and raised hogs for my county youth fair. I never had a problem eating pork, but my poor kid brother couldn't eat bacon for years after he realized that his beloved Pee-Wee (the name of one of his pigs) was somebody's breakfast. I guess we want to think of ourselves as animal lovers, but how I think about my dog and how I think about a pig are two different examples of "relationship".  One is not the same as the other.

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