"When I moved to New York, it became harder to be a vegetarian. There was so much good food, and at the time I didn't really have the means to buy the food I needed to maintain the lifestyle I had been living at school," she said. "I was suddenly looking at meat, almost wanting some.
"One night, I was watching David Chang cook this juicy, inches thick steak on Mind of a Chef. He was drizzling oil all over it. He says something like 'if you could only smell this right now.' It was like something snapped, it was an epiphany."
Butkovic said she literally experienced "meat dreams," that night, and the very next day she was "serendipitously served a coal-oven pizza with uncured pork jowls" (it's Brooklyn), which she ate enthusiastically. "After that, I do eat meat now, about every other day. And I try to be conscious of where my food is coming from. But I actually don't think I've had a steak since that David Chang moment. I should get one, right?"