- Specify that you do not want any meat, fish, seafood, egg, dairy products (also enumerate butter, cheese, cream, yogurt etc. to be safe).
- Do not forget to ask about animal products in liquid form such as chicken broth, fish sauce, oyster sauce etc. It is surprising how others do not see these as animal products.
- Do not be afraid to repeat your request to make sure they understand what you will or will not eat.
- Be courteous.
- If the opportunity to talk to the staff, chef, or owner comes up, use this to engage him or her in a conversation. This will help the next vegan who orders. And who knows? You may be planting vegan seeds that will one day grow.
There is hardly any excuse not to be vegan. In the 3 years that I am vegan, I've never been in a situation where I had absolutely "no choice". I've never starved. There's always something somewhere close to you.
Being vegan is a powerful way to reduce suffering and fear in the world. Do it not for your convenience, but for the convenience of the animals not to be killed. Go vegan!