In September, I traveled back to the midwest to visit with family and friends, and while I was in Detroit I couldn’t resist having a few Coney Islands. If you’ve never been to the Motor City, Coney Islands, or “Coneys,” are the best hot dogs on the planet. You can find them on almost every block of metropolitan Detroit. (That’s only a slight overstatement.)

Then, there were the White Castles. Yes, I tried their new plant-based, Impossible Slider, and it’s VERY good…but it’s not the original, soggy-bunned White Castle with “everything” (mustard, ketchup, pickle, and onion) that will bring you back time and time again, and you can eat whether or not you decide to chase it down with their signature Onion Chips. If you’ve not traveled east of the Mississippi, White Castle is more than worth the trip (although you can now grab a Crave Case of those sliders in Las Vegas).

My heart and cardiovascular system was screaming bloody murder by the end of my week-long trip, so on the flight back to California I decided to back off of the red meat for a day or two, to give my ticker time to recover and get that bovine-based cholesterol out of my system. Before I knew it, it had been a week, I’d had no beef or pork at all, and I was staring October 1st in the face. I decided to dub that looming month No Red Meat October, and try to get through the month with no beef or pork.

Click here to read the full feature on MPC’s red meat-free month, and his initial thought about forgoing deep-fried food this month. 

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