Having been a vegetarian for nearly a decade I’m used to hearing the jokes and the attacks. I don’t announce I’m a vegetarian unless I have to, and I don’t demand people consider becoming a vegetarian— it’s their choice, just like being one is mine. It doesn’t take long to learn to let the silly comments , “eat meat, stupid” or the bizarre claim that my vegetarianism is white upper/middle class privilege. Or the even more bizarre logic that if people stop eating meat there will be all sorts of problems because of the animals we are not eating. I’m not here to say why those things are dumb.
What I am here to say is this: if you want more than pasta or a sub-par veggie burger you ought to try and avoid New Hampshire. At one place I “ate” (a kind of fancy place no less) the waiter defined a vegetarian meal as a meal in which you can’t taste any meat. Seriously. At that restaurant I could only order from the appetizer and side-dish menu
I am sure that there are other places that are just are vegetarian unfriendly, but I doubt that there are many places (especially in the northeast) that are less happy to see a vegetarian. Many menus it don’t seem to consider the possibility of a vegetarian existing. And I’ll tell you this too, the grocery stores aren’t much better.
My proposal for new highway signs: Bienvenue, New Hampshire welcomes you… unless you are a filthy vegetarian.