This past Saturday I went to a friend of the family's house for their holiday party. Now, just to preface my story they know that I am both a vegetarian and lactose-intolerant. So, I get to the party and everyone is standing around talking and eating the hor d'ourves. I walk over to where they are set up and look...stuffed clams, stuffed mushrooms with parmesean cheese and beef (or something), shrimp, and tomato-basil foccacia bread. OK. It's a start. So I take a few pieces of bread. The hostess comes over to me and sees that I am only eating the bread and she says to me "Is there nothing appropriate her for you to eat?" which I found very rude. Calmly I replied that I am a vegetarian and lactose-intolerant, so most of the food I can't eat. The she asked me, "Don't you eat fish?" I replied no. She retorted with "Well I have had a vegetarian friend for 10 years, and he always ate fish!" She then decides to announce to everyone in the room "Nicole is a vegetarian, but I think that she is taking this way too far. So you don't eat dairy or fish now either?!". Agrivated, I replied that I am allergic to dairy (but to be quite honest I don't mind one bit!) and I've never eaten fish since I became a vegetarian and walked away. Then dinner time arrives. Again I look over the dishes of food. I end up with salad and sweet potatoes. I'm ok with this. I am not one to make people go out of their way to accomodate me and I don't push my views onto others. It's my personal choice. But she feels the need to (rudely again) ask me if I will be able to eat anything. If you know that I am a vegetarian - wouldn't you at least make one dish veggie-friendly? Let's fast forward to the desserts. We have cheesecake, chocolate cake, and some custard-y looking pie. By now, I think she thinks I am insulting her by not eating any of her food, but just picking over it. Believe me, this is not the case. Had I known that there wouldn't be anything that I could eat, I would have contributed a dish. Instead, I'm starving. Her husband was kind enough to give me some graham crackers. It was quite a miserable and rather rude night.