Ever had a "meatcident" (meat accident) where you're eating something and you had NO IDEA there was meat or a meat-derivative in it?
They're pretty horrible.
And I know it sounds like something that would happen to a careless, immature, unobservant newb vegetarian...but I'm sure even the most refined veg stumbles upon a meatcident.
I've gone veg for three years now, and it's happened to me several times...most recently, last night.
God, it was utterly terrible. I cried and ranted and everything.
Here's the story: Me and my parents go to an Italian "Ristorante" and I order the only veg option on the menu...Torteglione with Steamed Veggies and a Marinara Sauce. So I'm eating away at my plate, thinking that it was meat-free. Hooray, right? Wrong. I notice that the marinara sauce my parents are using has itty bitty chunks of meat in it. I stop dead in my tracks. It's unlikely that this place uses two different kinds of marinara sauces...it would take up too much time. And since my plate is smothered with cheese and veggies, it's hard to see or notice the little bitty chunks. But sure enough, they're there. Microscopic, but there.
Don't think I don't pay attention or am careful with these things. I'm downright anal about them.
Horrified, I stopped eating in mid-chew, spat the torteglione concoction into my napkin, and did my best not to cry in public. But once we got in the car...oh man. Tears galore.
And of course, my parents didn't understand, thought I was overreacting, thought the whole ordeal was ridiculous and merely said "You'll live."
Sheesh. I wish I lived with a family that understood.
Anyway, that's my meatcident. What about yours?