Thursday, July 2, 2009
Allergens from the other side
A couple of interesting reads from the web: First is the perspective of a server at a restaurant on accommodating people with allergies. It's a telling point of view - that subtle exasperation at dealing with the special needs cases, which actually reflects quite a few views, ranging from engineering buildings to handle wheelchairs, to having translators on hand for non-native speakers. However, sometimes it doesn't matter what the server says, since ingredients, as they get imported, may already be contaminated with unintended materials. A group samples food from Los Angeles area vegan restaurants, only to find quite a bit of the food high in animal proteins. Some people with allergies to seafood choose the vegetarian option as a safe route, but this may be a problem.