Helloooo! My name is Leanne and I hope ye don't mind me throwing out a question. I travel alot for work and tend to stay in hotels and b&b's, so I'm free to get my own food and take care of myself in terms of how I eat.
In September I'm going to a small town near Zurich for a week, for work. This time I won't be staying in a hotel - I'll be staying with the people employing me! Besides being a vegan who loves her simple yummy food, I'm also a people pleaser.... How in the name of God am I going to tell them I don't eat Cheese? It's Switzerland!
I understand your situation, the only advice i can give you: tell them upfront!If you are in contact with them now, tell them now! I learned one thing and that is that the expection of people should be managed well, and if so, most things are not a big deal. It gets a big deal because of people having other expections and than get disappointed because they are not cming true.
Just tell them asap, in a casual matter. Something like: hey guys, i am so happy i will be staying with you. It is so much nicer than in a hotel. Did i tell you something i think you should know; I am currently eating a plant beased diet. This is not going to be difficult for you as i will bring some of my needs. Also I would love to cook for you this and this blabla...
The longer you wait in telling them, the more difficult it will get, and maybe they will buy extra foods for you, like that special cheese and than it is presented to you and.... you get the picture :)
Good luck and have a wonderful time!
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I agree with Axa - definitely communicate a.s.a.p.! I was in Switzerland last month, and had a conversation with a guy who grew up in the mountains and whose father raises livestock. I was trying to explain that most of the hard cheeses weren't vegetarian, that newborn calves are killed to make the rennet used in the production of many traditional cheeses, and he was totally outraged - said he couldn't imagine anyone killing a baby calf for such a thing and that he would never eat that kind of cheese etc. Well it wasn't the time to pursue the argument, with no way of proving that my idea was anything other than outlandish, but I hope he's gone off and done some Googling and maybe a few more calves will be safe as a result?
Many Swiss people live much closer to nature than in other places in Europe or in the US, and they may not hear this debate as often or as loudly as in places where animal welfare is causing concern even amongst meat-eaters.
I found a restaurant in a shopping mall in Raleigh, NC . Crisp is not completely vegetarian/vegan menu but does have a wonderful vegetarian wrap. I do not understand why is the wrap is not listed as vegan as there is no dairy cheese unless you ask, anyway I ordered mine as is just, l veggies with raspberry vinegrette and it is just delish!
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