I live in South Georgia. As such, it's not exactly what one might call a vegan-friendly environment. Finding someone who actually knows what veganism is, and even knowing how to accomodate such, is very rare.
So I went to a chinese restaurant for dinner yesterday, thinking it would be a good place where I could most likely order something to meet my needs, even if it was white rice and steamed vegetables.
So I get around to ordering, after discovering the vegetarian section of the menu(quite good, imo), and made my order. The waitress, noticing my choice of entree, asked if I was vegetarian, and upon saying yes, asked if I would prefer a substitution be made for the chicken broth normally used in the dish for something animal free. Needless to say, I was floored. This kind of thing might not be anything special for people in more northern states or more populous states, but here I find it just amazing.
So anyway, it just made me feel good. For once being fully accomodated, with no tension, and no one feeling awkward. Granted I wasn't getting an option of grilled tofu at a steakhouse, but it gives me a little faith in the idea that things are spreading and improving.
That's cool. I do live in a very vegan-friendlich environment one could say. There are many chinese food shops here and I always buy my tofu, seitan and other cool products there - and they are a lot cheaper than in normal supermarkets. We do have many falafel-restaurants around and I really like it. People know about veganism and Animal Rights but, well, it could be better but it's alrighty