I go to luncheons and dinners for the organizations that I am with. I notice that when the menus are planned ahead no one ever considers that people may be vegan or vegetarian. If you are lucky, you will get to go to a restaurant that has a selection of grains, legumes, or vegetables. If you are unlucky, you will get the small garden salad while everyone is enjoying the meal of their choice. If you live in an area where people traditionally don’t care about providing options to people who don’t eat meat, asking for a separate menu can make you feel like you are going to become ridiculed. So, rather than calling too much attention to yourself, you just eat your side-salad and wait until you get home to eat a satisfying meal.
Last night, I went to a barbeque restaurant and enjoyed chips and salsa with artichoke dip, fresh vegetables, but the rice wasn’t pleasing. I was expecting this spicy pilaf filled rice, but got a buttery rice with cut up bell-pepper. I sat and watched people eat pounds of ribs, steak, and fried chicken. I am thankful that no one stopped and had a discussion with me about why I’m not eating meat. I felt relieved.