« Last post by Nam on Yesterday at 09:53:34 PM »
I once had a lady in my house who could not eat wheat, dairy, eggs, or meat. What do you give her for breakfast? A salad? I have a cousin and several nieces who can't tolerate gluten--even being around wheat flour makes them break out in hives. Then there is my militant vegan buddy and his equally vegan wife and son. It makes it impossible to serve a meal without offending someone or having to make special separate dishes for people. Restaurants love all these special food people, because more people end up just saying to hell with it and going out to avoid the hassle of trying to accommodate 5 or 6 different diet plans.
I forget who said it in my family, could've been my maternal grandfather but whoever...it was on my mother's side of the family but a vegetarian was invited (no one knowing she was a vegetarian) over to a family get-together, and she saw all the meat everywhere and someone asked why she had a strange look on her face and she announced she was a vegetarian, and someone (probably my grandfather) said [paraphrasing]: "That's alright. You have a right to be who you are, so...take yerself outside and eat with the cows 'cause we eat them in here."
His point was that if you don't want to be offended then leave but you (the vegetarian/vegan) are offending the person offering you his or her hospitality in their house. So, if you're so offended then leave, go eat with the cows, you'll feel right at home.