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Thread: Food allergies, intolerances, aversions and imagined problems

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    I have a lot to say about all this. I live and work in LA, which is home to normal people, as well as some of the most unreasonable, entitled, narcissistic, pseudo-science following, trend-loving and unburdened-by-logic humans that can be imagined.

    First off, let me say I hope to never be a part of someone getting seriously ill or worse through anything I prepare, whether it is "my fault" or not. Sort of a hippocratic oath, I suppose. My friend is nut allergic, and one time he showed up at a party where he wasn't originally going to attend. So I made turkey burgers with feta cheese and pine nuts. But surprise, he showed up, and he forgot to ask, and I didn't think about it. So of course he had the turkey burger and had a mild reaction. I felt terrible. Never want to go thru that again.

    People have a very complex relationship with food. Many people have no discipline or willpower when it comes to food or certain foods. I have several friends who are lactose intolerant, yet will have ice cream from time to time, without lactaid pills, knowing full well what will happen to them later. People negotiate with themselves, and "treat" themselves to food, even if it has significant negative consequences. Or, "I know I shouldn't, but...." like they're getting away with something.

    There are celiacs, there are people with real allergies and sensitivities. Myself, I have always loved mussels, I used to eat them without any issue, but for whatever reason in the last few years, I can't keep them down. If I'm cooking it, I can taste the sauce, but if I eat a mussel, it's bad news. Other mollusks, no issues at all - oysters, clams, limpets, shellfish, other seafood-no problems. So it's possible to have very narrow sensitivities/allergies.

    On the other hand, people have learned to say that they are allergic to things because it gets more attention at restaurants (or in our case, catering). But as mentioned above, people often give in with varying proportions of anxiety of symptoms, possible discomfort and distress, fake guilt, real guilt, or no consequences at all.

    People are surprised when they go on a voluntary gluten free diet and they lose 30 pounds. Wheat is a good chunk of the Western diet, so removing wheat removes whole categories of food, so of course they lose weight.

    An annoying trend is people showing up to weddings or sit-down dinner events without letting their host know about their food requirements, and asking "what are my ______________ options?" Insert gluten-free, garlic & onions free, dairy free, vegan, vegetarian, no-carb, etc.

    We did one party for an actor who made a big deal out of food being kosher-style and prepared in his kosher kitchen, and the other food being made out of his non-kosher kitchen. No problem. The servers were briefed that he is to be warned of all appetizers with any dairy, so as not to violate the beef and dairy rule, since he was planning to have steak. He had a fit at one point and demanded we go out and buy and prepare a separate kosher chicken for him. He ate all the appetizers. He ate the cheese course. He ate steak. He didn't touch the chicken. Broke all his own rules. Religion-based rules. Oh, well.

    Oh, the rewarding, wonderful, annoying world of food.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucretia View Post
    They make me break out in fat.
    My reaction to Thanksgiving meals is that I start sweating gravy.

    "There's only one thing I hate more than lying…skim milk, which is water that's lying about being milk." -- Ron Swanson

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    That just makes me want to sop you up with a biscuit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sachem allison View Post
    my favorite: a lady walks into my restaurant and say's " I am deathly allergic to onions but, My favorite dish is onion soup, can you strain out the onions for me? It will be alright my parents do it this way all the time." I say," get the hell out of here and don't come back", " If I ever see your parents I'm going to slap both of them!"

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    allergies are very common in Finland. the worse i have seen when we had 80 people for dinner and list of 50 people allergies.

    you will hear the strangest and funniest things.

    lots of people says that they can't take any milk product, but butter is ok !!? once i heard that some one is allergic to tea. And lotsss more....

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    Quote Originally Posted by tweyland View Post
    I live and work in LA, which is home to normal people, as well as some of the most unreasonable, entitled, narcissistic, pseudo-science following, trend-loving and unburdened-by-logic humans that can be imagined.
    This is SO DAMN TRUE!!!

    I know of other people that had adult onset allergies to shellfish. My former boss at the fish market I worked at years ago became had an allergic reaction to crab (naturally, after I made him a crabcake) after selling it, eating it for years. Another friend of mine had a horrible allergic reaction to scallops after enjoying them for years.
    "Don't you know who he is?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by sachem allison View Post
    The Thai customers response, keep eating.

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    I developed a shellfish allergy in my late teens. It started with my lips swelling when eating some crab, and by the time I was around 22 I almost quit breathing after eating some shrimp flavored Top Ramen. I don't like mollusks, so I let people assume that I am allergic to them too!
    And when I eat cilantro I break out in heeby jeebies!
    Spike C
    "The Buddha resides as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer or the gears of a cycle transmission as he does at the top of a mountain."

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    When I read a comment from Spike my right eye starts to twitch. Maybe it's an allergy.
    Now is not the time to bother me. And it's always now. Wiley Miller

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    I know people with the late onset shellfish allergy. They all really enjoy shellfish too. That's a bummer deal.

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