My partner likes my beard too. I'm lucky that way as so many women these days have been conditioned not to like men with beards. Have you tried growing your beard? Mine started quite wispy in my early twenties and kept getting better as I got into my thirties.
I was glad to see you in the vegetarian/vegan group too. When I grew up in Mexico (near Cuauthemoc, Chihuahua), I didn't even know about such a thing as vegetarianism. In '93 I went back for a visit the last time and gorged on meat for the last time. I've been vegetarian ever since; vegan since 2000. How is Monterrey for veg*n options? Is it difficult?