On Saturday my friend called me and invited me over for dinner. I was like, um do you remember I just went vegan a few weeks ago? And she said "Of course! I made something vegan just for you." It was pasta with homemade marinara, olives, mushrooms. She even said "I forgot to check, are you sure that linguini doesn't have egg?" and then she checked the box for me. How cool is that?
When I was still vegetarian my friends were awesome about making sure that there was always something I could eat, e.g. "I made my pasta salad without the ham" or "I put out a cheese and veggie tray for you." As soon as I walk in to a potluck, everyone points out what's available that I can eat. When we grill out in the summer I'd bring veggies, and portabella mushrooms for my "burgers," and usually there would already be some there! Now that I'm vegan I've definitely increased the challenge for them, but they seem to be rising to it. When I went to another friend's house to watch movies last week, she had avocados, olives, chips and salsa for me.
Of course, sometimes good intentions go awry. Yesterday my friend's mom was telling me about a pasta salad she was going to make for me, using ramen. I told her that it sounded great, as long as she didn't use the flavor packet. Puzzled, she said "You can't even have that?" I had to explain that no, it's powdered beef or chicken (unless she gets the one that Jess told me is vegan -- Top Ramen Oriental flavor). I could tell that she didn't really understand why
I didn't want to eat that, but she just smiled and said, "OK, I'll think of something else to make."
Not a single one of my friends is veg (yet), but they are GREAT!!!!