“Meat Is Murder”

Certainly not an idea with which I agree, but that’s one of two interesting bumper stickers I saw this weekend. Here’s the other one, which I think I get:

There are only 10 kinds of people. Those who understand binary and those who don’t.

Anyway, one of the things I like about B’ham is that you get the best of all types of people. What I mean is, I’d never want to live in a town where “Meat is Murder” is a common belief. Nor would I want to live in the type of redneck town whose residents would scoff at a story like this:

Where’s the beef?

That’s what you may be asking of Birmingham’s top chili, which just so happens to be of the meatless variety.

After initial reader nominations, pre-judging to name six finalists and final judging by a panel of six, The BottleTree Cafe’s vegetarian chili won The Birmingham News’ Championship Chili contest.

It was the only vegetarian chili among the six finalists, which also included Salem’s Diner (a close second in the judges’ voting), Full Moon Barbecue, Taco Casa, Sam’s Super Samwiches and Doodle’s.

Judges for the final round were Jeff Walker, afternoon deejay on WZZK radio; Rick Journey and Sarah Verser of Fox 6’s “Good Day Alabama”; George Reis, co-owner of and chef at the restaurants 26 and Ocean; Raven Dennis, owner of Raven’s Nest Specialties; and Jo Ellen O’Hara, food editor of The Birmingham News.

Walker, a native Texan, was one judge who put BottleTree’s chili at the top of his list.

“I’ve spent most of my career in Texas, and they know how to make chili,” Walker said. “Texas may be a bigger state, but (BottleTree’s) chili has a bigger taste.”

I like living in a town civilized enough to have vegetarian restaurants, but down to earth enough that the award winning veggy chile from said restaurant features as a main ingredient . . .

About 2 pounds red kidney beans; 3 cups diced tomatoes; 1 cup of chopped green chiles, mild; 1½ cups of fresh corn – niblets or kernels; 1 small can tomato paste; 2 (16-ounce) cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer; Spices to taste

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3 Comments on ““Meat Is Murder””

  1. walt moffett Says:

    As a son of Texas, I am appalled that somebody put beans in chili let alone create a best of the best vegetarian variety. Sic transit gloria mundi

  2. Dan Says:

    Ahhh… PBR. Actually the binary bumper sticker is a favorite of mine. I’m eventually going to get a T-shirt that says that. Just b/c I’m a nerd that likes to be nerdy, here’s the deal. 10 is 2 in binary. Here’s me counting from zero to ten in binary:

    0000
    0001
    0010
    0011
    0100
    0101
    0110
    0111
    1000
    1001
    1011

    Of course, just like the decimal you’re used to, you can eliminate the first zeros… like 030 is just 30. Thus 0010 is just 10, which is “two” in binary but “ten” in decimal. Isn’t that simpler?

  3. wheeler Says:

    i thought that was what it meant. i googled it to make sure, and found a variation that went like this:

    “There are 10 kinds of people in the world. Those who understand binary and those who get laid.”

    crude, juvenile. but funny.


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