I’ve had some strange responses to my request for food free of any shrimp but that has to be the strangest. She said it was because the parsley sits around all day and when she sees “allergy” on the order she is always very careful. Well bless her little heart but I have trouble imagining everyone who has touched the shrimp all day dipping their fingers in the parsley just to see how it felt. Oh well. I took my vitamin C today so I’ll be OK without it.
Allergies are a huge problem when eating in restaurants like I have been this week. They are an embarrassment for the people who have them and an inconvenience for the wait staff and kitchen crew. Most of the younger chefs are very tuned in to the concept and use much care but some of the old timers have a little more trouble with it. I have a dark fear that some spiteful cook might just test me to see if I really am allergic some day.
Larger chain type venues seem to be quite well versed in what to do but I still have to scrutinize my order. For example tonight I wanted Chicken Parm at the Boston Pizza and I had to have her check to see if it was deep fried in the same fryer as the shrimp. It was so I had to change my order. Last night I had to have the girl at Shoeless Joe’s see if the fries and shrimp were cooked in the same place. They were so again I had to change my order.
Places like BP are very smart about things like gluten allergies and have GF on their menu. Things like dairy and egg allergies must be a nightmare for everyone involved.
I often threaten, and some day I will carry through, to create a business card style notice I can carry with me which alerts to the allergy. Then I can I just hand it to the waitress, with no fuss or fanfare and have her take care of all my concerns without making a big deal of it in front of the people I may be with or the people around me. The card could include instructions about fried food and perhaps even tell the waitress what to do if I have a reaction to something.
So that is my Thursday rant and if you ever go out for dinner with me my $140 epipen is in my purse.