(Originally published 5/24/13)

Ouch. This is why summertime is a time of voluntary starvation for many vegetarians. No one wants to be the a-hole occupying half the grill with a single tofu dog just because they don't tolerate meat proximity. So this weekend, when you see your vegetarian friend sitting at the cookout without a plate in her hands, claiming she already ate, she's lying. She'd just rather faint from hunger than be accused of being high-maintenance. Show some empathy and help her find some hummus for God's sake.