MY Dad invited me out to a fancy restaurant, but I told him I wasn't going unless the Boxing Day reservation could provide me w/ decent vegan food. After one Xmas party this year where I had to eat dairy & got *very* sick, I have made the decision that anyone inviting me out for dinner had better get used to my eating habits.
I just spoke to the restaurant & got a very nice *vegetarian* staffer on the phone, & we talked about vegan options: a mushroom burger, cheese/egg/bacon-free spinach salad w/ balsamic vinaigrette, a stir-fry, an avocado sandwich... She was so nice, & said she would tell the chef I was coming & I could talk to him before they prepared the food!!
So now I don't have to sit at home & eat ramen noodles while my family chows down at a very fancy restaurant.
I still don't get along w/ my family, but things will go a lot smoother than last year, when at another restaurant I ate cheese & fruit for a price of $40 a plate, while everyone else had a 4 course meal.