It has been so long that I sometimes forget being vegetarian is not the norm, especially here in the Seattle area where vegetarians seem to make up nearly half the population. Therefore, most of my food issues at restaurants have to do with ensuring I’m not inadvertently eating gluten, not a stray chicken leg or pig remnant. That’s why I was so caught off guard last night when we went out for dinner at a Mexican restaurant and I was brought a beef burrito (with cheese) instead of a plain bean burrito, though it was indeed on a corn tortilla. The thought of nearly putting the beef in my mouth makes my throat tighten and my stomach nauseous, therefore a new meal was not ordered. Needless to say, the next time we have a family hankering for Mexican food, we’ll be headed somewhere else.
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