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when to mention vegetarian-ness?
Posted July 15th, 2011 - 12:57 pm by from Ware, England (Permalink)
Hi all,

I'm vegetarian and one thing I haven't quite figured out is when to mention it when couchsurfing - I used to just tell people when I'd arrived and we were discussing dinner plans, etc, but I've found that sometimes when you go somewhere that's quite meat-centric and your host has already cooked a meal it obviously causes awkwardness :-( It's in my profile but when I am the guest, I don't think it's up to my hosts to read my entire profile so it can obviously be missed sometimes. I thought of telling people before arriving, but it kind of seems as if that's hinting that I expect to be fed, which is not a message I want to give..

Anyone else had problems with this? Thoughts?

Rachel

Posted July 15th, 2011 - 1:22 pm by from Linden, Germany (Permalink)
i always say that i'm vegan. you can mention it as "PS:...."

just make sure it "sounds" friendly, not like "i'm vegetarian - you corpsemuncher!" ;)

like you said "telling people before arriving, but it kind of seems as if that's hinting that I expect to be fed, which is not a message I want to give".

so you could say "PS: I'm vegetarian - I don't expect that you cook for me of course ;) I just always mention it because it often avoids complications."

Posted July 16th, 2011 - 12:29 am by from Paris, France (Permalink)
I personnally try to be hosted by vegetarians.
And actually I've always been hosted by vegetarians or vegans so far. So, no problem.

I think you canmention it when you ask to be hosted. You can present yourself a little bit ans write that you are a vegetarian.

Posted July 18th, 2011 - 1:17 pm from Ballina, Australia
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Posted July 18th, 2011 - 3:34 pm by from Seixal, Portugal (Permalink)
Being honest and clear from the start works best for me...

Never had any issues (once to be honest, had to explain that beer is considered alcohol which I dont want in my home :)

Sometimes it needs repeating for people who are clearly not used to choose their food, the concept can be kind of alien to them.

You are more than welcome to explore Fátima...

Regards,
Wim

Posted August 26th, 2011 - 1:16 pm by from Galway, Ireland (Republic of) (Permalink)
While introducing myself in my couch request, I would say what I can offer to the host. Amongst other things like for example language exchange or story telling, sharing skills etc. i would offer to cook a meal for my host (and in brackets I would say that i am a vegetarian and know a couple of nice veggie recepies). I think thats as polite a way to communicate as you can get it.

what do you think?

Posted October 18th, 2011 - 8:13 pm by from Klagenfurt, Austria (Permalink)
I agree with the others that you should tell your host in the additional request that you would love to cook for them.
I usually say "I'm a vegetarian. I would love to cook for you and so far almost everybody has loved my cooking, so I think you will too."

In case you aren't very good at cooking and just tend to eat simple food or raw foods, try the sentence already written above:

"PS: I'm vegetarian - I don't expect that you cook for me of course ;) I just always mention it because it often avoids complications."