Today marks my 6th week of no land meat. I am actually surprised I’ve been able to make it this far, and even more surprised that it gets easier by the day. I’ve been discovering new food options more often (hopefully I’ll get some time to share some amazing recipes on here, time willing) and trying new things as well.
I did run into a bit of a speed bump last Thursday, though. While visiting my dear friend Caroline in the brand new and gorgeous Gaylord Hotel at National Harbor, we stopped in the seafood restaurant (keeping the name anonymous) to grab dinner. I ordered the mussels, ignoring the descriptive line beneath it. After going through about 1 of the 2 dozen mussels, I noticed round pieces of food mixed in with the broth. At first glance, I thought they were carrots. But then after asking the waitress… she told me they were “chorizos” – which in spanish means… *cringe*… SAUSAGES!? I silently panicked as she walked away, then when she was out of sight, I pushed the hot pot away from me.
When she returned, I calmly told her that I don’t eat pork, and she started to apologize profusely. She took away the pot, and of course took the charge off the bill (without my asking)… which helped with my anger a bit.
This incident reminded me that, no matter how modest I tend to get, to ALWAYS ask if there’s any other type of meat in the dish being served! It will save the guilt and regret afterwards.
But, alas… I’m not upset about it anymore. Besides, I need to constantly remind myself this is a learning experience for me and that mistakes will be made!
Which leads me to a question for you pescatarians/veg*ns out there – have you ever encountered a situation where you accidentally ate meat (or other food items) forbidden from your diet? I imagine this is much harder for vegans to deal with, especially starting out. Share your story…!