We all know that living with food allergies is challenging, especially while eating out. We need to be diligent and vigilant to ensure that we do not end up in the bathroom all evening or worse that we do not end up in the hospital. To add to our cautious feeling while dining out, we also feel like we are put on the spot. The whole table stops to hear our list of allergies and to see how we discuss with the server possible alternatives. Everyone waits with baited breath to see if we can eat here or if we have to go somewhere else. Dining out can be quite an ordeal but it is feasible. I do it at least once a week and sometimes up to four times, with no reactions. Knock on wood!
Well this past weekend, this Allergic Traveler had a different experience. I went out to a bloggers’ conference being held in Raleigh. We had dinner on Friday night and the conference was held on Saturday. I will tell you more about the conference in the next post. For now I am going to focus on the dinner.
We went to Primal Food & Spirits in Durham, NC, where 29 of us (yes 29!) had to order special meals. Many at the table were gluten free while others were dairy free or had a list of allergies (like me!). This restaurant specializes in gluten free dining. Their menu is quite extensive. There is something for everyone. People at our table had everything from beef ribs, to feta and bacon, to octopus and fish. Aside from the deliciousness, the other thing that impressed me about this restaurant is that it has only been open for about a month. The owners took great pride in taking care of us. To cater to a team of 29 bloggers while only being open for less than a month is very gutsy. But when you offer a great product and service, then why not? I would like to thank Primal Food & Spirits for an excellent job, great presentation and superb service. I am very much looking forward to my next dining experience there.
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Author: Tarah Jakubiak
After working for 20 years in the corporate world, Tarah Jakubiak founded Allergic Traveler. Jakubiak, president of Allergic Traveler has traveled the world since the age of two. She has been to 25 countries and 34 states. Jakubiak has been to all inclusives, gone on cruises, gone camping; backpacking through Europe, gone to the big cities, and little hidden gems. She has multiple food allergies but it does not stop her from seeing the world. Jakubiak is allergic to eggs, nuts, mushroom, soy, garlic, corn, sesame, potatoes, celery, shellfish, chicken, pork, peanuts, and many fruits. She is originally from Montreal, Quebec and now lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband.