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Yesterday I went to a dinner with my friend and her youth group that were coming into town (I haven't seen her in soooo long. It was nice to get to see her!) Anyway, I didn't know that it was one of those kinds of dinners where you choose chicken or steak, you know what I mean? So she had ordered a chicken and a steak, so she could see which one I wanted and eat the other. (Jess, did you forget I'm a vegetarian?) Anyway, it wasn't a big deal to me. I figured I'd just eat whatever veggies or whatever was served with the meat. I told her it was fine, I didn't feel like making a scene as I didn't know anyone else there. She started asking anyone who might know if there was any way I could get a vegetarian option. It's nice to know that someone is looking after you. As it turns out I just ended up eating around the meat as all the meals had already been made up and everything, but it was still nice of her. And I got a delicious salad, the best baked potato I think I have ever had, some corn, brown rice, a roll, and a slice of apple pie. Mmmmm...<br><br><br><br>
Does anyone else have stories of nice things people have done to accomodate them?
 

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oh that was sweet. I know some of my friends would look out for me, but most of my friends and family forget (amazingly) and think its just a phase or something.
 

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Be grateful you have such a kind friend! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Every year, for bosses' day, the staff in our office make a lunch for the paralegal and lawyers. This last time, it was a variety of soups, salads and desserts. Since I had gone vegan during the past year, they weren't quite sure what I would and wouldn't eat. Several of them questioned me quite closely about what ingredients would be acceptable. One secretary, who was doing the salads, asked me about salad ingredients, and I told her that as long as she put something aside for me with no cheese or eggs, I'd be fine. She said, "Oh no, I'm making a special salad, just for you", at which point I thumped my head against my desk and said "OMG, I'm officially high maintenance!" When the lunch was served, there was a very pretty printed sign next to one of the salads that read "High maintenance vegan salad" and one next to one of the slow cookers of soup that said "High maintenance vegan soup"! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> They also had a great assortment of fruit for my dessert.<br><br><br><br>
Also, when I let it be known last year that I was no longer eating dairy or eggs, one of my co-workers (very much a meat eater) was very distraught on my behalf, when he realized that meant I would no longer be eating pastries from a French bakery we both love. He told me that, if I gave him a day's advance notice, he would completely omit meat, dairy and eggs from his diet for a day, and then I could have some of the wonderful pastry, since it "would be a wash". I thanked him for his truly generous and sweet offer (and didn't try to explain to him that it just wouldn't work that way for me.)
 

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For the end of the school year we had a pizza party at our professors house. He ordered a vegan pizza just for me!<br><br><br><br><br><br>
I hadn't expected it since I am kind of in between right now and didn't want to make an issue on something I haven't been as committed to lately.
 

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Just today I went to my friend's baby shower and all the food there was vegetarian -- this from a group of friends who often have roasted pigs at their get-togethers. They said they were thinking of me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Another group of friends regularly has dinner together Sunday nights & whenever they know I'm coming they make the entire meal (sides, too) completely vegan. Heck, I'm not even vegan (I'm lacto) & they do that for me.<br><br><br><br>
When choosing restaurants my friends often veto restaurants that have a low veggie selection before I even have a chance to say something (which, btw, I wouldn't).<br><br><br><br>
At Indian restaurants my friends often order vegetarian items so that we can share our dishes.<br><br><br><br>
My friends *always* have veggie burgers and/or veggie dogs at their barbecues and make sure they cook it on a different part of the grill from the meat.<br><br><br><br>
My old roommate decided to go vegetarian for the duration of time she lived with me (2 years) because she thought I might be grossed out by her cooking meat in our kitchen even though I said I wouldn't. My next roommate, who hates vegetables even more than I hate meat, never cooked meat in our kitchen, but would sometimes bring home pre-cooked meats (KFC and such) just out of some politeness that I did not AT ALL require.<br><br><br><br>
My friends & family *always* order veggie pizza of some sort.<br><br><br><br>
My family get-togethers are generally centered around grains & vegetables & sometimes have some meat sides.<br><br><br><br>
At a friend's wedding when the mother of my friend's husband found out that I was a vegetarian and there were no vegetarian options at the buffet (I never said a word -- someone else had mentioned it to her), she went out of her way to order a TON of veggie food to add to the buffet. I hadn't even MET that woman yet.<br><br><br><br>
My friends always enjoy the veggie foods I make for them -- even when it's experimental & doesn't turn out right. They like the variety.<br><br><br><br>
There is veggie teasing at times, but it's always in good fun these days (that wasn't always true the first couple years. Once they knew it was serious, they all started bending over backwards for me).<br><br><br><br>
Okay, I think I have the BEST friends in all the world. I am totally spoiled... that's why I haven't had to post anything in the "stupid things omnis say" thread. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
Mskedi
 

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Friends of my s/o found out that I was veg and prepared separate dishes for me. "You can eat this rice because it's chicken *flavor* - but we didn't add any chicken!" I didn't have the heart to tell them where "chicken flavor" comes from. It's the thought that counts! I just skipped that dish when it passed my way and loaded up on the salad and baked potato!
 

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The same thing happened once w/ my mom. I showed her on the box how the chicken flavoring was chicken broth and chicken fat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> But yes, it is the thought.
 

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For Prom yesterday, my friend cooked me and a couple girls some dinner. He had already made some pasta (yes, not bought, MADE!) and chicken alfredo sauce. But I talked to him on the phone while he was cooking, and reminded him that I was vegan. So, he bought me some tofu lasagne, made a pasta salad, and specially made foccocia (sp) bread dairy/egg free! He even bought us soy ice cream for dessert! He served us, and set the tables and everything!<br><br><br><br>
And no, he wasn't my date. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> He's just a great guy!
 

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Okay, I have to add another fabulous thing to this.<br><br><br><br>
Today at work it was teacher appreciation day & ASB made us a pancake breakfast. So many people mentioned they were vegetarians (who knew?) when they tried to put sausage on our plates, that they said next year they're going to make veggie sausage. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Still incredibly spoiled,<br><br>
Mskedi<br><br>
*edited to omit embarrassing typo*
 

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My company has "morning tea" once a month to celebrate peoples birthdays and have started ordering veggie sausage rolls for the non-meat eaters. Before they had to stand around watching meat-filled sausage rolls being eaten.
 

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Wow Mskedi, you sound like you have a wonderful bunch of people in yr life!<br><br>
I was invited to a BBQ by a friend & she'd mentioned to the host (who I'd not met) that I was a veg-head. When I got there he'd made the effort to go & buy veg*n patties & Not chicken breast fillets. I was impressed by his thoughtfulness for a complete stranger. It makes all those nasty comments by others pale into insignificence.
 
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