Having been a vegetarian for 13 years and counting, I have no trouble navigating the food choices available to me. In addition to that, I have also become well acquainted with certain “challenges” that come along with the title of vegetarian that can be both amusing and annoying.
- I started thinking about this a few nights ago when D and I went out to pick up some food from Chipotle for dinner. As we were standing in line, I suddenly started laughing to myself. D asked me what was up and I told him that I had just been thinking about how funny it is when you go to the counter and as for a vegetarian burrito bowl and they ask you what kind of meat you want with it. Sure enough, when we got to the front of the line, here’s how it went down:
Chipotle guy: Hi, how can I help you?
Me: I’d like a vegetarian burrito bowl to go please.
Chipotle guy: (Asks about rice and beans)
Chipotle guy: (After adding said rice and beans, slides my order down the counter to the meat selection). What kind of meat?
Me: Just the veggies please!
Behind me, D had a good chuckle.
When meeting someone for the first time and the subject of food comes up:
Me: So, I’m a vegetarian…
Other person: Oh! So does that mean you’re a vegan?
Wouldn’t I have said I was a vegan if I was a vegan?
- A big pet peeve of mine is certain restaurants that have NOT ONE SINGLE thing on the menu that doesn’t contain meat. This doesn’t come up too frequently, because at the very least, most places will have salads. What kills me is when going to a restaurant (this happens most often with chains) that has no entrees, appetizers or even SALADS without meat.
- People who think you must starve and not eat any protein if you’re a vegetarian: I think I covered that myth pretty thoroughly in this guest post.
- People who think it must be impossible for a couple to include a meat eater and a vegetarian. It really isn’t all that difficult! In fact, I have no idea what it would be like to date another vegetarian as it has never happened. I also talked a lot about that in yet another guest post here.
A lot of my friends and people I know in general are big fans of this philosophy:
But that one just makes me laugh 🙂
If you’re a vegetarian, what are some of your pet peeves? For all the meat eaters out there, tell me your pet peeves about food in general!