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1. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Is it possible to completely avoid invitations, to eat in peoples houses?
I am a vegetarian, and I dont want to go to somebodies house, and then tell them I dont want to eat their food.
I dont think buying food in Iran will be a problem, but eating with other people might be.
Any suggestions, about how to explain being a vegetarian, while I am in Iran?


[ Edit: Edited on Jul 23, 2007, at 2:39 AM by Mel. ]

2. Posted by flynn (Inactive 140 posts) 9y

Hi Mel.

Seems like no vegetarians have ever been to Iran ;) .

I'd say you're between a rock and a hard place here; either offend people by declining their invitation or refusing their food .

My course of action would be to accept invitations (as I never ever turn down an offer of food), but tell people beforehand you won't eat meat. I'd guess a family dinner includes beside meat as in kebap or stew bread, soup, rice, vegs, pickles, yoghurty stuff and so on - lots of yummy things as I see it.

The crucial part certainly is the explaining. As lots of reasons for being veggie such as slaughter cattle transports or factory farming do not apply in Iran that might proof tricky. Besides, being able to serve an honoured guest with lamb on a spit is possibly considered either a status symbol or an obligation. So maybe better stay away from explain and refrain to stating ;) . If you're not to veracious, you could say it's for religious reasons.

Hm, better get back to work now


3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks Flynn

4. Posted by cplford (Budding Member 98 posts) 9y

You could do what most Iranians do every day - don't eat much at all!

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y


I sometimes get the impression, that they never stop eating.
But that might be the hospitality thing. They have plenty of food around, when there is a guest.


6. Posted by cplford (Budding Member 98 posts) 9y

Sorry Mel, just my weird sense of humor!

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

In that case,