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Yesterday evening was a pretty annoying day for me as a veg*n.<br><br>
I was out with some acquaintances, having dinner at a restaurant. I ordered the vegetable stir-fry, which I had previously confirmed had no fish in the sauce. A friend offered to share her fried food with me, and I ate an onion ring without thinking "oh, this has eggs" and was irritated at myself for doing that.<br><br>
Then my entree arrived and it had a piece of beef sitting on one side. I'm pretty sure it just fell in there from someone else's food (we were a pretty huge group), but I felt bad for eating the entree even though I know it's worse to waste food.<br><br>
I mentioned off-handedly that I didn't eat meat, or eggs, or dairy as I passed it to someone else who ordered some chicken (who subsequently didn't eat it either, but I should have asked first). And then the guy diagonally from me is all like "I'm a strict carnivore" and I looked at his plate and pointed out that he was eating fries and his meat was in a sandwich of wheat bread. Both not meat.<br><br>
And then they were like, "Oh it's just a way to deliver the meat."<br><br>
And I was thinking "So, do you eat your plates and cutlery too?"<br><br>
Then they started waxing on and on about their 12 hour marinated steaks and bacon and I was just like <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">.<br><br>
I wish I had more veg*n friends. I know... two, maybe, including my partner. I just get so frakking sick of all the paeans to meat.<br><br>
Sorry, I needed to vent.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>luxdancer</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2891547"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Yesterday evening was a pretty annoying day for me as a veg*n.<br><br>
I was out with some acquaintances, having dinner at a restaurant. I ordered the vegetable stir-fry, which I had previously confirmed had no fish in the sauce. A friend offered to share her fried food with me, and I ate an onion ring without thinking "oh, this has eggs" and was irritated at myself for doing that.<br><br>
Then my entree arrived and it had a piece of beef sitting on one side. I'm pretty sure it just fell in there from someone else's food (we were a pretty huge group), but I felt bad for eating the entree even though I know it's worse to waste food.<br><br>
I mentioned off-handedly that I didn't eat meat, or eggs, or dairy as I passed it to someone else who ordered some chicken (who subsequently didn't eat it either, but I should have asked first). And then the guy diagonally from me is all like "I'm a strict carnivore" and I looked at his plate and pointed out that he was eating fries and his meat was in a sandwich of wheat bread. Both not meat.<br><br>
And then they were like, "Oh it's just a way to deliver the meat."<br><br>
And I was thinking "So, do you eat your plates and cutlery too?"<br><br>
Then they started waxing on and on about their 12 hour marinated steaks and bacon and I was just like <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">.<br><br>
I wish I had more veg*n friends. I know... two, maybe, including my partner. I just get so frakking sick of all the paeans to meat.<br><br>
Sorry, I needed to vent.</div>
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Do you live in the London area <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> Need some vegan friends, myself. Ofcouse now that I've moved back to Ontario, all the animal lovers will start popping up in AB <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Hehehehe... "deliver the meat."<br><br>
Oh wait. Adulthood. Right.<br><br>
Um...serious mode.<br><br>
I guess there's a lot of places you can eat out that are more or less "in the know" about vegetarianism. Ethnic places usually seem to be better at keeping things sorted. As for your friend, they're stupid and there's no cure for that.
 

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It's not worse to waste food.</div>
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Maybe I worded that wrong. I meant that, since I was very sure that my entree hadn't been cooked with meat, that it had just fallen in from someone else's meat dish from the distance between where the waiter gets it and when they deliver it, I thought it would be a waste of food (meaning the rice and veggies) since the intent of the cook and the waiter was not to meatify my entree, but by accident of having 20+ orders to carry out in a timely manner. If I thought that they had tossed it some beef and then picked it out because they realized it was the wrong order, but missed one, I would have had a different reaction.<br><br>
To clarify: I DID NOT EAT THE MEAT. I don't consider meat food to be wasted.<br><br>
The reason I'm pretty sure is that the guy two seats down had one of those beef sandwiches that uses meat sliced in the specific manner that the bit I found was and that it was not at all touched by the soy sauce marinade that the veggies and rice were drenched in.
 

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Do you live in the London area <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> Need some vegan friends, myself. Ofcouse now that I've moved back to Ontario, all the animal lovers will start popping up in AB <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"></div>
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I'm on the West Coast, sadly <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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we can be friends online.
 

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I now have NO vegetarian or vegan friends. The one vegetarian I actually knew in real life recently went back to being omni when she divorced her vegetarian husband. My cousin is a fish-eating "vegetarian," but other than that, there's no one. So I feel your pain. My friends are pretty cool for the most part, but they really don't understand.<br><br>
As for the meat in your entree, I would have still complained even though it was accidental. I got a "vegetarian" salad once with some chicken in it that had fallen in by accident and I was horrified. I complained, got a new salad and a coupon for a free one on my next visit, and the manager promised to have a talk with his employees about being more careful with accidental contaminations. You might save another vegetarian from the same experience next time.
 

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As for the meat in your entree, I would have still complained even though it was accidental.</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"> I would have sent that back.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Nishani</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2892419"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"> I would have sent that back.</div>
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+1. It would've totally freaked me out as well as disgusted me. I think that would've bothered me more than the meat comments.
 

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we can be friends online.</div>
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I guess I could carry my laptop to restaurants and on outings... but snail mail potlucks might get tricky <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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I now have NO vegetarian or vegan friends. The one vegetarian I actually knew in real life recently went back to being omni when she divorced her vegetarian husband. My cousin is a fish-eating "vegetarian," but other than that, there's no one. So I feel your pain. My friends are pretty cool for the most part, but they really don't understand.</div>
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Generally, my close friends are pretty supportive, but sometimes there's this feeling I get that I have to walk on eggshells not to come off as one of those "judgmental fanatical types". It gets tiring, y'know?<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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As for the meat in your entree, I would have still complained even though it was accidental. I got a "vegetarian" salad once with some chicken in it that had fallen in by accident and I was horrified. I complained, got a new salad and a coupon for a free one on my next visit, and the manager promised to have a talk with his employees about being more careful with accidental contaminations. You might save another vegetarian from the same experience next time.</div>
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I could have said something, but by the end of the night, I was pretty cynical about the response - I kept feeling they would have just rolled their eyes at the "fanatical veg*n chick". Considering how conversation seems to turn to how awesome meat is anyway, I might just skip the restaurant part of the social gatherings altogether since I already spend four hours with these people prior to that.
 

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+1. It would've totally freaked me out as well as disgusted me. I think that would've bothered me more than the meat comments.</div>
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I guess I just felt somewhat pressured to not make a big deal out of it...
 
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