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PLEASE DON'T PASS THE NUTS™ and Allergic Girl™ will chronicle my challenging experiences as both allergic to food and a serious foodie.
Dinning out for someone with food allergies or intolerances [more on the differences later] can be like an episode of EXTREME EATING, if that existed. [Although, Anthony Bourdain's show NO RESERVATIONS on the Travel Channel comes close].
I eat dinner out at least 5 times a week, more if you include lunches--and each time I have the same exact discussion with my servers: "If this food has any [insert allergen here] I will die. I will need to go the hospital and you will have to come with me." Invariably, at least 2 times out of 5 the dish STILL has to be sent back.
[Perhaps at this point, you're wondering, "If she's so allergic why does she eat out?" My answer is because I love food, food history, the whole dining experience and innovative cuisine. Living in a great foodie city like New York affords me the luxury and the opportunity to be at the forefront of FOOD.]
Despite a few setbacks and some disgruntled waitstaff, there are many restos in NYC that understand food allergies and I'm constantly discovering more. PLEASE DON'T PASS THE NUTS will be my blog about eating out at the best new restaurants around town: which are helpful, which would like to kill me [or anyone else with allergies]; which to applaud, which to avoid. It will also include foodie articles, reviews of new allergen-free foods [I'm constantly trying something new to expand my limited diet], links to food companies that offer safe foods and much more.
If you have food allergies, or know and love someone that does, I hope you find my blog helpful!
Happy and healthy eating!