How do beef work
"It was the afternoon after the Super Bowl, which to me is any other Monday. I'd been working at this slightly upscale, locally focused bar and grill for a few years, and had taken my first table shortly after noon. It was a pair of ladies in their early 30s. I brought them their waters as requested and asked if they had any questions about the menu.
"'Yeah, these elk tacos. What's elk like?' one asked.
"'Well, elk is actually fairly similar to beef or venison. It's a ground elk bolognese in the taco, and the taste is very close to lean ground beef. But I find it slightly sweeter.' This question comes up fairly often, and I was prepared.
"Her brows furrowed. She blinked at me a couple times and asked, 'So, it's, like, white meat?'
"I tried again. 'No… it's red meat, similar to ground beef…' I trailed off. This was a line of stupid questioning I was not prepared for.
"Her brows were still furrowed. Mine probably had, too. "OK,' she said slowly, 'but what's it TASTE like?'
"I paused for a lot longer than I should have before again sputtering something about ground beef, but sweeter. She blinked. I blinked. I was out of options, so I jokingly pretended to be recovering from the Super Bowl and offered to grab her a small taste of the bolognese from the kitchen.
"She and her friend laughed, joked about how they were recovering too, declined the taster, and proceeded to order a pair of garden salads with chicken." -- Erica Summers