17 Reasons The Middle East Is Actually A Great Place For Vegetarians

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So. Much. Eggplant.

There's that moment every vegetarian in the Middle East fears: Dinner was going so well — until you came out as a non-meat eater.

There's that moment every vegetarian in the Middle East fears: Dinner was going so well — until you came out as a non-meat eater.

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Suddenly everyone begins to look at you like you've gone mad. Then come the various stages of denial: Oh, so you say you're a vegetarian? Well, let me put some meat on your plate as if you didn't say a thing.

Suddenly everyone begins to look at you like you've gone mad. Then come the various stages of denial: Oh, so you say you're a vegetarian? Well, let me put some meat on your plate as if you didn't say a thing.

I mean, why wouldn't you eat the most expensive part of the meal? You'll die otherwise.

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Sure, everyone is fretting because they just want you to be happy. But let's be real here for a moment: There's still SO much vegetarian goodness to enjoy.

Sure, everyone is fretting because they just want you to be happy. But let's be real here for a moment: There's still SO much vegetarian goodness to enjoy.

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Because everywhere you go there's a stand like this bursting with fresh flavor.

Because everywhere you go there's a stand like this bursting with fresh flavor.

And maybe some extra protein masked as bugs.

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