By Birthday Boy - 06/12/2017 05:00
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Wow. How selfish. My family always went where I wanted for my birthday. They’d never make me eat at a place they knew I didn’t like or was allergic to.
On the one hand, they should have respected your choice as it was your birthday. On the other hand, I've never been to a single sushi place that did not offer more than one choice of meat; in fact every sushi place has also offered (including fish and shellfish) chicken, beef and pork. What kind of sushi place was this that did not have non-seafood options? Something seems fishy to me lol
It really depends on the restaurant. I've been to seafood restaurants where the one and only non-seafood option was a chicken sandwich, which turned out to be a warmed-up frozen fried chicken patty (basically a large chicken nugget) on a hamburger bun, with nothing else on it -- no lettuce, mayo, anything, just lukewarm chicken and a withered, crumpled bun. It really was like the restaurant was saying, "If you don't like seafood, why are you even here? Please don't come back, because we don't care about you." Also, places that specialize in fish/seafood/sushi don't always prepare the non-fish/seafood/sushi stuff separately, and those alternate menu items are potentially contaminated with the thing you're allergic to. If a restaurant offers fried fish and French fries, the chances are good that the fries are fried in the same oil as the fish, and they will smell and taste fishy.
Oh, boy do I feel for you on this one. If I eat fish or shellfish, it is almost certain that I will throw up within an hour or so of eating (not the severe allergic reaction of going into anaphylactic shock, but the milder allergic reaction that is very similar to food poisoning). If I eat food that has been fried in the same oil as fish, I will get queasy at minimum, and will have to spend a few hours swilling Pepto Bismol and keeping an empty bin near me, just in case. And when I turn down an offer of fish or shrimp because "it will make me sick -- literally, not figuratively," most people act as if I've said "I just don't like that." No, it's not a matter of taste. It's a matter of my body physically rejecting fish and seafood, and I have zero control over it. As annoying as it may be, all you can do is just keep repeating, as calmly as you can, "No, thank you. I'm allergic to that. It's something that I need to avoid ever eating if I value my health."