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Eating Out

Step-by-Step Guide to Dining Out with Food Allergies

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Step 4 Follow Through

Send a thank you note: It’s old-fashioned, but I often send a handwritten note for an excellent and safe meal. E-mail works fine, too. Any thank you is welcome, and encourages accommodation for others.

Review online: If you had a terrific experience, your online praise will help others to locate a gem. A review on Allegicliving.com’s Forum or on an allergy-safe or gluten-free restaurant site helps fellow community members to find a great, safe meal.

Become a regular: The best thank you is to become a loyal patron. Besides, the rewards of dining regularly at a restaurant are many. I call it creating the Cheers experience (from the 1980s TV show). Once you become a fixture, like the character Norm, all kinds of special things can happen. They may even name a drink after you. Don’t laugh, that happened to me; it’s called the Simply Sloane!

Sloane Miller is an author (Allergic Girl: Living Well with Food Allergies), blogger and advocate who coaches food-allergic individuals. Learn more about her at www.allergicgirl.com.

Related Reading: Allergic Living’s Guide to Smart Dining

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