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Food Allergies & eating out
Thu 3-May-12
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Hattie
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An interesting article in the Guardian recently, scary too !

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth.....-reactions

 

Scroll down to the article on food allergies.

 

"The beautiful is as useful as the useful...perhaps more so."

from Les Miserables

Thu 3-May-12
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Is this the one that you meant Hattie?

I'll try that again!

Thu 3-May-12
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Yes, thank you, TA.  You are a star

 

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"The beautiful is as useful as the useful...perhaps more so."

from Les Miserables

Thu 3-May-12
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Twinkle twinkle!  big_hug

I'll try that again!

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We've not eaten out for months, I'm just too worried that there'll be nothing much I can eat on the menu, seeing as I have so many dietary issues.  It's quite frightening, reading in that article that some restaurant staff don't understand the true meaning of a food allergy/intolerance, or think it's acceptable to just pick the offending item off your food (erm, would ANYONE want a waiter/chef doing that, regardless of the reason?eeek). 

And I too often feel quite self conscious and think that others may assume I'm merely being fussy, or nitpicking, or attention-seeking (I'm quite sure some people do think that way).

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

Thu 3-May-12
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I wonder if you chose a restaurant and made an appointment with the chef to discuss what you know about yourself, would that make a difference?  It might push up the reputation of the chef too...

I'll try that again!

Thu 3-May-12
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waveThat sounds like a really good idea.  It would mean you could eat with confidence and enjoy the evening.

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Thu 3-May-12
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It is a good idea, it's something to think about for when my birthday comes around, as I would like to go out for a nice meal then.

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Thu 3-May-12
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I rarely eat out but I've had varied experiences when I have. Wetherspoons mark what is vegetarian and gluten free. Currently there are three things I can eat, nachos, baked potato and fruit crumble. Pudding wins, it's lovely, a huge portion and leaves no room for anything else. big_laugh

I contacted a local restaurant when I was going to a group dinner there. The chef went to the trouble of offering me choices and cooked me something to order. It was delicious and I enjoyed the whole meal, it was a delight to eat something I hadn't cooked. welldone

Another local restaurant, contacted in the same way, gave me one choice of main and icecream for dessert. The meal was ghastly, I didn't eat much of it and was ill from it for two days. I suspect either it wasn't gluten free or gluten got into it while it was being prepared. The girl serving was quite rude about my having a special meal so I suspect there was quite a bit said in the kitchen about a finicky customer. I won't be going there ever again. thumbs_down

Today, having a long wait for the bus I bought my OH a meal in the asda cafe. There was only one thing I could eat. An egg. I didn't bother. frown

Sue, you'll have more trouble than me, so the best of luck to you.

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Fri 4-May-12
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When I had my restaurant we had a lot of customers with various food allergies. We gained a good reputation for serving them meals they could safely eat so they came back often. I was shocked by the attitude of other restaurant owners in the town who told me that they often lied about what went into various meals for these poor people. In my experience the worst offenders were often the chefs, who couldn't care less about them. I got rid of two male chefs for their attitude but luckily found a wonderful female chef from New Zealand who cooked like a dream & cared about the customers' needs. Her stories about the attitude of male chefs was very enlightening...... eeek  

 

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That makes me even more worried about eating out........

Maybe the answer is to only pick things on a menu that are plain, and plainly cooked, and thus are unlikely to have any suspect ingredients.  Like a steak, with veggies I know I can eat, with absolutely no sauces or dressings.

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I go along with that, Sue, & although I have no food allergies I do the same unless I am absolutely sure of the restaurant. I don't even eat sandwiches out now since I was very ill after eating an egg mayonnaise one about a year ago. Nowadays I take something with me or buy a piece of cheese & break pieces off to nibble. 

 

"The beautiful is as useful as the useful...perhaps more so."

from Les Miserables

Fri 4-May-12
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A bit French, isn't it Hattie, some crusty bread and some cheese - that's lunch! And what's wrong with that?

 

When we were house-hunting in France, we did just that, bought a baguette and some lovely cheeses, and we'd find a convenient space next to the fields of sunflowers, and just soak up the atmosphere! (Mind you, I also had a teapot etc as I don't imbibe - in the alcohol sense!)

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Just make your absence felt"
Sat 5-May-12
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I have found restaurants vary. Our local ones (2 of them--I haven't tried eating in pubs, suspect they wouldn't know or care) are both good about being truthful about what is in the food and in having choices. Recently P took me out as a reward for nagging him not to do too much so his nose would heal big_laugh and forgot to tell them when he booked that I need GF food. They just said to remind them when I ordered and they could make almost every starter and main course GF though some of them were in anycase. That was real service and the food was excellent. It helps that it is local and they know us, I suspect.

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It is good that you have the opportunity to eat out Barbara.  Poor Sue feels restricted.

I'll try that again!

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