I love being an elite at different hotel programs because it gets me perks such as a free hotel breakfast.
But because of food restrictions I have, I always hope the free breakfast is a la carte and not a buffet. When it is a la carte, I can specify exactly what I can’t eat and usually get something custom made for me.
For example, Powdered Sugar at the French Quarter Hyatt made me this:
When the option is a buffet, usually my options are this:
But I’m really lucky. If something I can’t eat touches my food, there’s no problem. I just can’t eat it.
Other people have severe allergies that can’t handle cross-contamination.
My friend has a shellfish allergy and we went down to eat at the buffet. We asked the front desk whether there is shellfish at the buffet, and the man told us “not really”.
The “not-really” was a chilled shrimp station with the cold food items. I just assumed that meant that my friend couldn’t eat anything from the station.
Then we watched as a man with shrimp on his plate continued around the buffet scooping food and touching the spoon to the shrimp on his plate. Whelp. The whole buffet became off-limits.
It made me think how difficult it must be to travel with food allergies that can’t be simply removed from the plate.
Do you have food allergies? How do you deal with it on the road?