(on being presented with a plate of meaty stew):
"...I'm so sorry, I was sure that I'd mentioned that I'm vegetarian"
"But you veggies eat, chicken, right?"
"Umm, no, I'm a VEGE- tarian"
"I guess chicken is meat, fine, but you eat fish, don't you?"
"No. Never have. That'll be because I'm a ... vegetarian."
"Oh.... Can't you just... pick the meat bits out?"
"Forget it. I hope you don't mind if I skip the stew... I can just have the vegetables. It's fine, it's what I usually do at home..."
"Sure. Hey we have some great roast potatoes"
"Aw, yum!" (tucking in)
"Yeah, we cook them in dripping, the old fashioned way... makes them really crunchy..."
I usually request their 'fantastic, special pasta and spicy tomato sauce, you know the one you did last time' when I go round there now, as, despite it being neither fantastic nor special, at least I know I'm safe with that one! :0)
Veggie for nearly 20 years.