I just wanted to jump in and say "hi"! I'm new to the forum and have been a vegetarian for a short while(2 years). Living in Louisiana, it is hard to explain to people why you don't eat seafood or barbeque of any kind. They just give you a 'blank" look. I do have to say that finally many of the restaurants here are trying to be sure they offer meals that don't include meat.
It is certainly nice to find a place where there will be no "blank" looks!