I have eaten a piece of meat unintentionally on two separate occasions.
The first time was one piece of chicken at a Chinese restaurant. I wasn’t paying attention and took a bite thinking it was my orange tofu dish, but they had given me my partner’s orange chicken instead and her the tofu. I didn’t notice until after swallowing. It didn’t affect me too much as we quickly switched after the first bite.
The second time was at another Chinese restaurant, but this time a more classy, and less Americanized version of a Chinese restaurant. I ordered a spicy tofu dish labeled as vegetarian. I even told the owner I was vegan, and she said her daughter was too, and we talked a lot about it and how she had a lot of vegan options on the menu. I started eating my spicy tofu, and ate maybe 1/4, or 1/3 of the dish and noticed some chewiness. I took a piece out of my mouth and realized that it was ground pork. (I should mention that I was two strong ginger margaritas in at this point). I alerted the waiter who then went confirm with the chef that it was in fact pork. I began crying and couldn’t stop, and felt really awful. They said the chef didn’t speak English, and had made the tofu dish the way it is traditionally prepared in his country, which is with ground pork.
This was my favorite new restaurant at the time and I never went back UNTIL over a year later.
About a month ago is when I finally went back. I spoke to the owner about what happened and she apologized profusely. She said that none of the chefs that were there at the time were still there and she oversaw the preparation of everything I ordered to ensure my meal would be vegan, and she even made me a dessert dish herself.
Again, yes, it sucked to eat actual f’n meat. But, sometimes you have to forgive and forget, and remember, it’s NOT THAT SERIOUS!