Eating out should be a lovely treat from a stressful day at work or even at home. But if you’re allergic to specific foods, how do you deal with your situation? Is it safe to eat out at a restaurant?
Well, lucky for those who are not allergic to anything, you won’t be suffering from any dilemma or stress caused by eating out. Dining out on restaurants can be tricky if you have any food allergies, mainly because you are not sure of the foods that are on the menu. But if you are more attentive to what you eat then, there probably won’t be any problem dealing with restaurant foods and allergic reactions.
One thing that you should remember is know what you are allergic to. This is the first step when you’re at a restaurant. If you are aware of the foods that can trigger allergic reactions, you can share this to the service staff and ask for something that does not contain any foods that you are allergic to. For example, crabs. There are people who are allergic to crab’s meat, but sometimes food that contains other crab by products can also cause allergies to a person. Eating out should be a luxury for you, so go ahead and choose something that you know is safe to eat. Now, there are times that a service staff can’t remember some foods that make up a certain dish, it’s best to let the staff check the food you want to order.
But sometimes, service staff can be pretentious. They can tell you that they’ve checked the meal and give you a go signal to order. Here comes the problem. We are not assured that all service staff are honest, well, depending on their training and work attitude. Most provide trainings that get their staff learn the foods that they serve and the ethics in providing services to the guests. Get to know the restaurant where you plan to eat at. If you have time, you can do some web browsing for reviews and such, or get to know their menu, if there’s any on the web. Here you can be assured of a safe dining experience.
As much as you can, try to avoid eating at a restaurant during peak hours. Eating at a place that is less crowded lets the service staff attend to the guest’s needs, one person at a time. This can avoid miscommunication between a staff that checks out the order and the guest who wants his/her order to be checked. If you’re too busy to wait for non-peak hours, eat at a place where you know your health is in good hands. You can avoid the hassles of wasting time waiting and a stressful argument about foods that cause allergy.
While the restaurants should be aware of the whole “allergy”situation, the person with allergies should also take responsibility in his/her own health. Don’t wait for the staff to ask you what foods you are allergic to, because to remind you, not all staff works out just fine. Take the initial step in letting the restaurant know about your allergies, so then, they would know if they can serve you something you’re not allergic to or if they don’t have something that you’re not allergic to. In the end, the individual should be responsible for himself/herself. If you’ve done everything and still, you got allergic reactions from a restaurant’s food, it is then that you can push your complaints to the higher management.
Have a fun and stress-free time while eating out.