As a just-over-a-month-old vegetarian, I can relate to your dinner conversation awkwardness. I worked hard to keep my vegetarianism on the down-low, but apparently ordering tofu at a restaurant outed me to my extended family. I hope future dinner conversations are less squirmy, although if you do decide to go vegetarian, you will quickly learn how to handle the subject. Others may not be as diplomatic, though, so best of luck!