Me: I would like to request the vegetarian meal.
Her: Let's see...you could have Vegetarian-Hindu, Vegetarian-Raw, or Vegetarian-Vegan.
Me: ...Um, isn't there just plain vegetarian? I'm not vegan, I'm not Hindu, and I do eat cooked food.
Her: Well, raw just means that if they serve other people salad, then you'll get one too.
Me: <thinking about how crazy I would be if served only salad on the plane> No, it doesn't. There are people who only eat raw food, not cooked. I am not one of those people.
Me: Sometimes they call it ovo-lacto? Because I eat eggs and drink milk?
Her: Oh, yes, there's one of those. Lacto-ovo.
Me: <sigh of relief> I'll take that one.
Although I am really curious what the Hindu meal would have been on a flight to Japan. Maybe I should have asked for that.