Ben Abdalla, 42, a real estate agent in Boca Raton, Fla., said he preferred to date fellow vegetarians because meat eaters smell bad and have low energy. Lisa Romano, 31, a vegan and school psychologist in Belleville, N.Y., said she recently ended a relationship with a man who enjoyed backyard grilling. He had no problem searing her vegan burgers alongside his beef patties, but she found the practice unenlightened and disturbing.
Her disapproval “would have become an issue later even if it wasn’t in the beginning,” Ms. Romano said. “I need someone who is ethically on the same page.” While some eaters may elevate morality above hedonism, others are suspicious of anyone who does not give in to the pleasure principle.
14 February 2008
Love Me, Love my Smoker
On this Valentine's Day, I find myself very lucky to be married to an omnivore: