A good metaphor for being vegetarian at a seaside resort town is that the only health food store becomes a beer hall.
When you ask if there is anything vegetarian to eat, the waiter will brightly say, “ we have a really good veggie burger.”
Twenty years ago,the only veg option at a nice restaurant was stir fry, which was another name for steamed carrots, beans, and portobello mushrooms over fried rice.
Before veggie burgers, an entire giant portobello mushroom would be seared and served in a bun.
At Chinese restaurants, the veg option was Buddha’s Delight,meaning you had given you taste.
Thirty years ago,you could ask for mashed potatoes, but not the gravy.
Someone realized pasta could work as a vegetarian option, and that vegetarian did not mean boiled noodles with salt.
A non-vegetarian will assume a vegetarian can’t have ever have had a decent meal.
A vegetarian will only realize how difficult it is to be a dinner guest when hosting gluten-intolerant guests, or vegans.
Vegans are much more militaristic than vegetarians.