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I'm sorry but I really need to let off some steam about my disasterous food weekend.<br><br><br><br>
Firstly, Friday night my SO and I decided to order Thai food. When I spoke to the guy on the phone I specifically asked if the spring rolls contained NO MEAT and he replied that they didn't. So to my surprise I'm ready to eat my spring rolls, but tear them in half first and discover it full of some foul meat stuff. EWWWW. So my SO had to eat them all.<br><br>
I also ordered tofu and vegtables in peanut sauce, but low-and-behold, there was NO friking tofu. I felt like ringing him and abusing him, but I didn't.<br><br><br><br>
The Saturday night, my SO and I had a romantic night planned and we were going for dinner on a paddle steamer, which had a large buffet. When booking I'd specified to the woman on the phone that I didn't eat meat or diary and she assured me that there was plenty of food on there that I'd be able to eat.<br><br>
So guess what....... I get there and all there is for me is a plate of cucumber, boiled carrots and baby bread rolls.<br><br>
I was so p*ssed off. Luckily I had a nice waitress who had the chef whip me up something.<br><br><br><br>
I'm so sick of ignorant and rude people. They need to learn some respect. I swear one day I'm gonna crack and really get some abuse flying.<br><br><br><br>
Anyone else get these dilemmas as often as I seem to?
 

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Was it the Kookaburra Queen?<br><br><br><br>
No, because I avoid eating out now... sad but true. Although I ate out on Friday night and they had a lovely veg pasta dish, no mention of cheese, came out with a big dollop of parmesan cheese. I figured that because I hadn't specified no cheese I wouldn't make a fuss and just scraped it off.<br><br><br><br>
That really bites Euphoria, maybe try some of the veg restaurants/cafes?
 

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I really dig the paddle steamer ride, you no way get those here in the naf old UK <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:">.... So anyway, was this a Mississippi boat or some other river your "steamer" was cruising on??<br><br><br><br>
You were very wise to check your spring roll before munching into<br><br>
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Always a sensible precaution!!! ........I hope your romantic night on the waters was not overly-shadowed by the lack of veggie buffet, at least you said you had a nice waitress heh!
 

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I think a lot of times in cases like these people just say "sure, sure, we've got plenty that you can eat", or "no, this doesn't have any meat or dairy in it" because it's just an easy way out for them.<br><br><br><br>
I used to suck it up and just take what I was given, but I'll be damned if I do that anymore. I always try to be polite when I order "no cheese" or something similar and end up getting cheese anyway, but I am assertive now and insist on getting what I ordered. I also don't leave such a generous tip like I otherwise would.<br><br><br><br>
These things do get frustrating, but I think if we all make sure to spread the word to restaurants that we visit that these things are not okay that eventually things will get a bit better. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I have about given up on going out to eat. My husband and I have one restaurant we end up going to a lot since it has three items on the menu I like to eat (veggie burger, veggie lasagna, and black bean burrito). He enjoys it since he eats enough meat for the both of us! I'm trying to convert him though, so I keep tons of veggie stuff around the house. He actually likes the veggie chicken patties and corn dogs.<br><br><br><br>
This weekend we went to O'Charley's which for the record has practically nothing for vegetarians. I ordered a salad and ended up picking tons of bacon bits off it since I didn't know they came that way. Even the mashed potatoes had bacon bits. The best thing was their steamed vegetables though which were delicious.
 

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Shewolf - Yeah it was the Kookaburra Queen. It was a really nice night after everything. I'd love to try veg restuarants, cept my SO doesn't eat veggies, so I'll have to drag my mum or one of my girlfriends to one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Chandradee - You said you picked the bits off... see I'm really picky, I would rather not eat. It's hard when I eat out I know, but my SO, my parents and my SOs parents are now all really careful with everything, it's so good <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Once, in a mexican restaurant, I asked if the guacamole had sour cream, that no cheese be put on my taco, and if the beans had lard. So I ordered a guacamole taco, with FRIES. The waitress actually asked me if I was on a diet.... First off- that's rude and pretentious of her! Second, if I was on a diet, why would I order fries? Seriously... I mean... DUH!<br><br><br><br>
And I always think people imply that I'm fat, it's a HUGE insecurity with me, seeing as I used to be really overweight and I was made fun of for it in middle school. But vegetarianism changed that for me, and I didn't do it for weight loss... I'm still scarred from my past though... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> Maybe that's part of why it pissed me off even more...<br><br><br><br>
I usually just tell them what alterations to make for me in restaurants. If there is nothing I would expect them to accomodate to me. Oh well, eventually it will get better for us veggies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I'm sorry you had such a rotten experience. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
I've only been to one restaurant since going veg, and I'm kind of nervous about going anywhere else.... The one I went to (Sweet Tomatoes) is a buffet with many veg options. Their food is great, and I like being able to fix my own plate. I don't like the idea of going to a restaurant, asking if they have anything vegetarian, then asking if the veg food is cooked on the same place as the meat, blah, blah.. I really don't like to be a burden, I guess. I've been wanting to go to Ruby Tuesday's and try their veggie burger, but I figure it's probably cooked the same place as the meat, and don't want to worry about it.<br><br><br><br>
It's for the best, really... going out to eat, almost always equals over- eating.
 

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Honestly if I had the funding I would open a beautiful vegetarian restaurant. Not one of those hippie ones (not that there's anything wrong with them) as they seem to scare omnis off, but something ultra-modern with a nice bar area and yummy menu. Mmmm i can keep dreaming until I win the lotto <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
My mum just bought me this great recipie book for veg and vegans and I can't wait to try out some of the recipies. In fact I might spoil myself (as I know my SO wont eat it) and cook myself up a big feast on Saturday mmmmmm. Sounds like a plan <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Yeah -- it's hard to eat around bacon bits and it really depressed me to have to do it. Next time I will remember to ask for them to be left off. I'm one of those vegetarians who eats too much bread though so I haven't lost any weight. : (
 

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Since I have now gone Vegan, I am going to eliminate some potential allergin foods for a month or so and see how I feel. These are wheat, nightshade veggies (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant), certain beans (chickpeas - sorry loki - kidney), all vinegars and peppers (spicy and otherwise), and tropical fruits (bananas, mango, papaya). Really not too much of a problem at home, but I am just WAITING to see how ordering out goes....rice and veggies anyone? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">
 

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I went to a barbecue yesterday, and was told in advance by the host that she'd buy me and my wife veggie burgers.<br><br><br><br>
Touched by the gesture, I said nothing else and picked up a six-pack of beer on the way over.<br><br><br><br>
Turns out the veggie burgers are full of cheese and milk products. I didn't even bother reading the rest of the label to look for egg whites, but I'm sure they were in there, too. I ended up eating corn on the cob, fresh peaches, strawberries, chips and guacamole, and pasta salad for lunch. Wasn't too bad, I suppose, but I sure was looking forward to a veggie burger... At least we brought our own homemade vegan chocolate chip cookies, so we could indulge in dessert!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> That would be so hard, someone going to extra effort and completely stuffing up (actually, my friend did tht, but I just ate the damn meat flavoured tofu)...
 

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Euphoria,<br><br><br><br>
Wish I could help with the funding. Your restaurant sounds euphoric!<br><br><br><br>
My family and I would probably eat, then never want to leave!
 

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Hehehe just what I intended vegluv.<br><br><br><br>
Just remember if anyone wins the lotto and wants a business venture in australia, give me a buzz <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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I have also indulged in the fantasy of having a veg restaurant. Two problems: First I'll have to learn what/how to cook! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> Second, who in my provincial town would want to eat there?<br><br><br><br>
Oh, also have to win the lottery first! Darn.
 

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I'd be interested in setting up a vegetarian restaurant. If money fell into my hands, it's what I'd do. Great vegan food, and great vegan boozing, all under one roof. I've thought of the name: "Loki's Carrot Ranch" but I dunno whether i'd want it all hippy or if I'd prefer to make it more welcoming. But I suppose if I take the hippiness OTT then it'll have nostalgia appeal.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by FafaFrappy</i><br><br><b>The waitress actually asked me if I was on a diet.... First off- that's rude and pretentious of her! Second, if I was on a diet, why would I order fries? Seriously... I mean... DUH!</b></div>
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Ugh! That's one of my "things." I freaking hate people with rude nerve. I would never ask someone a question like that. It's just like people who ask women they don't know, "Are you pregnant?" only to find out the person just has a belly or has gained weight. So, so rude.<br><br>
I used to wait tables years ago, and you cannot imagine the things people say to servers. Too bad that wait person had no tact. You never know if someone is thin or overweight for medical reasons too. What if someone was on chemotherapy and recovery was making them thin? Ugh, that kind of stuff gets me so irritated.
 
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