Scholastic had its banquet dinner for the Art and Writing Awards at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Columbus Circle. This was the vegetarian entree:
My question/complaint/gripe is this: why must all “vegetarian entrees” at fancy restaurants resort to tofu? Ok, I’m exaggerating, obviously. Not all fancy restaurant fry a piece of tofu, swirl something green on it, and say, Hey, veggies! Too bad you don’t eat meat or you could have gotten some nice, juicy steak just like your neighbor! But, don’t worry! Eat this silky blob of fried tofu- it’s the same size and a similar shape so maybe you won’t notice that they are eating something luxurious and you’re not!
Now I feel better. I guess it wasn’t bad for fried tofu. It had black rice underneath, too, which I had never seen before. It is just annoying that as a vegetarian, I got screwed over at this dinner. I guess it was the veg/vegan dish rolled into one, as there was no dairy. The desserts were delicious, though.