Despite the fact, that I often get to hear, that meat eaters get lectured by vegetarians or vegans a lot and are very annoyed with that, my experience differs a lot.
In fact, just a few days ago, I had a very similar situation again in aspanish restaurant. We got to chat with the people sitting next to us at our table, two couples, which were quite communicative and easy to talk to. But from the second on that someone mentioned that I was a vegetarian, or didn’t eat meat, the same sentences as usual were thrown at me.
„When you don’t eat meat, what are you doing in this restaurant?“ (a tapas restaurant with a big variety of vegetarian and fish options)
„Oh, why do you even care, just eat what you want!“ (after asking me if it was a taste thing or a thing of beliefs, that I wouldn’t eat meat)
„Believe me, dear, I’ve been cooking for the last 25 years and there is no way of getting this kind of flavour without meat or the fat of it.“ (after me arguing, that you don’t need animal fat to obtain a certain flavour while cooking, that any fat would give flavour and that many times, it is just the spices, that give meat the special flavour, which then in return can work with anything else too, e.g. vegetables. Also I find it a bit sad that there is not more food wisdom to be spread after 25 years of cooking)
So, again, I found myself not talking about my vegetarianism/ pescetarianism/ flexetarianism at all because I don’t want to tell other people how to live their lifes, and receiving los of comments on how to do it right or how to do it better in my life. Weird, huh?