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22 September 2005 @ 02:01 pm
Question for the day  
Okay, if one's vegetarian or vegan friends come over for dinner most people try to (and the vegetarian or vegan friends generally expect) make a nice meal that accommodates that diet and that the company will enjoy. So how come our vegetarian or vegan friends don't make meat hot dogs and hamburgers for us when we go to their homes?

Jes' wonderin'...

-the redhead-
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Bill the bold bosthoonwcg on September 22nd, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)
Because they're all more highly evolved than we are?
callous joy:  clever, clever girlviolatedjoy on September 22nd, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC)
I would. I try to accomodate anyone that I genuinely want in my home. Be it their dietary needs or preferences or drink preferences. I also don't allow certain activities to go on around certain people if I know that it might be a serious trigger for them. The only thing I will not change to accomodate someone is myself.
Brown Eyed Girlbrowneyedgirl65 on September 23rd, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC)
I think the general idea is that a vegetarian diet is a subset of a diet that includes meat, so in theory you're not offering them something they won't eat, which is the case if meat is offered to a vegetarian.

That said, there's plenty of vegetarian meals that don't trigger the sort of sanctimonious Well *I* Don't Eat Meat, You Heartless Thing You that I have experienced on occasion ::rolls eyes:: . I've had meals where I didn't realize until I got home that were meatless, simply because there was no attention drawn to it...
Lalalalalalalalaapplefaerie on September 30th, 2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
hehe so i was peekin at your journal cause i'm in the spinning fiber community and you always post such lovely things, and i figured i would answer this the best i can (i am not vegitarian, for the record, but i grew up being mostly veggie/worked for whole foods market/also worked for earthfoods cafe on umass (the oldest student-run business in america, strictly vegie/vegan))...
the reason that vegans do not offer meat when their carnivore friends come over is that for most if not all, even preparing meat products or serving them on their tableware is contaminating the kitchen - some other student group at umass cooked chicken in our kitchen and we had to sterilize everything, which involved renting out a steam scouring machine thinger.
as for vegitarians...i don't know why they won't. typically the same "contaminants!" view isn't taken by them, at least not vegitarians i've hung around with. i suppose it could be a "well this food is so awesome why would you want meat?" view. heh. which is not the case when it comes to products like "tuno", the vegan tuna. bleeeech. but there is a lot of really, really yummy vegitarian fare out there, so yay for those who know how to cook it. i'm one of them :D
so that's the answer. A) contaminants for vegans and B) probably a superiority complex on the part of the vegitarians.
alligatorjuiceprincess_eowyn on October 2nd, 2005 05:28 am (UTC)
i likewise stumbled onto your journal from the spinningfiber community (i wanted to see if you had directions on how to make that nifty beaded yarn).

i'm sure your friends don't mean any offense, and it's probably not a case of 'veggie elitism' either. they're just cooking how they'd usually cook. you could always talk to them and ask them if they could cook something different when you come over.