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    I've been surprised how accommodating restaurants have been! Though at a horse show last month, I did get teased quite a bit when early in the morning I ordered a cup of black coffee and four sausage patties, with tomatoes. The couple running the little food service joked with me since it wasn't on the menu and sausage usually came on biscuits. Later that afternoon I was showing my horse and hadn't had a chance to stop for lunch, so hubs went back to the couple and ordered me a plain hamburger patty, extra cheese, lots of onions, lettuce and tomatoes, no bun. The couple asked "is this for the same lady that ordered just sausage this morning to eat with her boiled eggs?" laughing with hubby (whos also primal)

    I also got the look as I ate it on horseback, in all my show clothes, waiting for my next class (I should post a pic, its quite funny!)

    There's a Mexican place by my house that knows me pretty well. I told them what I could and couldn't eat, and they cooked me up this gorgeous pile of chicken, beef, veggies and tomato cream sauce I could have died for!

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    I don't go out to restaurants very often, but when I do I usually order something that is pretty much primal anyway, like steak or grilled salmon. I ask to replace white potato with either veggies or sweet potato. I eat out so rarely that I don't really bother to ask what kind of oil or fat my meat has been cooked in, although I probably should.

    My sister-in-law on the other hand is gluten sensitive, so she and my brother will only eat at restaurants that have a dedicated gluten free menu, and even then she asks a bunch of questions to make sure there will be no cross contamination. No place has ever had a problem catering to her needs, and are usually very happy to do so. So don't be afraid to make special requests, it happens all the time and restaurants are used to it for the most part.

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    I don't have any particular allergies, so I usually don't bother... the few times I eat at the mall, I get poutine from New York fries or some sushi. Note that this happens very, very rarely. There's one restaurant I sometimes visit... I usually get their grilled steak salad. Nomnom.

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    I figure if you're paying for food, you don't have to be reluctant or embarrassed about asking for it the way you want it. And, if you leave a good tip, the next time you come back you won't even have to ask.

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    I've been making food requests since I started trying to lose weight in 2009. I'm totally used to it. Veggies instead of rice or fries, dressing on the side for salads, and can you please lettuce-wrap my burger? Thanks! We go to in n out a lot since you can get a bunless (Flying Dutchman) or lettuce wrapped (protein style) hunk of meat-like food substance for super cheap. Carl's Jr & Red Robin offer similar options. So does Wendys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MorganGirl View Post
    I also got the look as I ate it on horseback, in all my show clothes, waiting for my next class (I should post a pic, its quite funny!)
    I'd love to see that. You're so lucky to have ponoehs! My parents bred Arabians when I was little
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
    I'd love to see that. You're so lucky to have ponoehs! My parents bred Arabians when I was little
    I do count my blessings every day to have a poneh in my life...waited 37 years to get one! Here we are with my special request lunch in the saddle
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    Dining stresses me out. For some reason I can't speak in a language that servers understand so I steer my fellow diners toward salad bars, self-serve brunches, Indian buffets whenever possible. Typical restaurant menus always look so malformed to me-- double/triple starches and hazy descriptions of dressings, "garden medleys" etc. So much better to inspect before I choose, especially if I'm paying $20 for the privilege.

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    Quote Originally Posted by picklepete View Post
    Dining stresses me out. For some reason I can't speak in a language that servers understand so I steer my fellow diners toward salad bars, self-serve brunches, Indian buffets whenever possible. Typical restaurant menus always look so malformed to me-- double/triple starches and hazy descriptions of dressings, "garden medleys" etc. So much better to inspect before I choose, especially if I'm paying $20 for the privilege.
    Eating at buffets gives me a sad. I can't tell what's in the food, so often the variety of food I dare try is poor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eKatherine View Post
    Eating at buffets gives me a sad. I can't tell what's in the food, so often the variety of food I dare try is poor.
    The majority is dubious for sure but I find the direct sensory experience more accurate than the menu description.

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