When travelers visit Alaska they're generally looking for some kind of adventure. Whether it is sightseeing in Seward, backpacking in Denali or just sitting around a hotel room in Anchorage gazing into the jagged peaks of the Chugach Range, there's always a spectacle to behold, a new experience to be had.
Unless, of course, you happen to be a former vegetarian actress from New York. Then, well, you just "wince" at the local cuisine.
Such is the case of the fair Diane Farr: actress, writer, mother of twins. In an entry for the Chicago Tribune, titled "Don't eat the Reindeer," Farr appears to be neither ashamed nor afraid to let her true colors fly. Where to begin? OH, how about here...
When Farr "accidentally" orders reindeer sausage with her eggs (eeeeewww, reindeer sausage!! How could she!?) she faces a conundrum. Should she eat it? Is it worth the remorse? Despite the fact she's been to Italy, the Middle East and Kenya and has totally had to eat some "inappropriate and sad and unjust" things, Farr remains "emotionally paralyzed." She can't seem to muster the courage to eat the bizarre "Rudolph" meat. She writes:
Truth be told, I'm not entirely sure that I even knew reindeer were real animals until I saw them on my room service menu. I think I may have thought they were just part of a beloved folk tale that most of us in the Western Hemisphere hear when growing up. But it turns out Rudolph is very real because a huge chunk of his thigh was delivered to me in a casing. And seeing it, I wasn't really sure I could cut it into bite-size portions and swallow it . . . and still live with myself afterward.
She eats it ("spicy and sweet at the same time"), but not without feeling a loss of innocence. More precisely, after anticipating Santa's sleigh so many times as a child, "eating (that) reindeer would forever close the door on the little girl I once had been."
And you thought monkey brain was bad...
Either way, it may soothe Farr's conscience slightly to know the first listed ingredient in most commercial reindeer sausage is pork.