One thing I’ve been really nervous about is eating out with friends with my new dietary restrictions. I really don’t want to be that person, but I’ve tried to challenge myself by eating out at my favorite places and staying within the parameters of what I need to eat.
Which turned into a hamburger with no bun and a salad at every place I went to. And I kinda hate salad.
Still, I was impressed with my ability to still eat within what I needed to eat without thinking about my complete lack of variety whatsoever.
But then when I picked up my travel, I was facing the unknown. I needed to make food decisions at places I’ve never been before. And sometimes I was too restricted to jump to my normal default.
Which was great.
For example, I just had an amazing meal with a close friend. She suggested a seafood place that she said was great for dietary restrictions.
I was up for seafood because I hadn’t gone to a seafood place since I had to limit what I ate, but I was also nervous I was going to have to be that person when ordering.
I asked a waiter a question about the cauliflower, and he immediately zoomed in on my dietary needs.
I ended up getting a seared ahi tuna with asparagus over a cauliflower risotto. It was incredible.
I wasn’t expecting to like it enough for a photo, so I apologize for it being partially eaten.
For the first time in a while, I found myself scooping up every item on the plate. It was delicious. I wasn’t eating to sustain myself. I was eating for enjoyment.
And these were all items I’d never have ordered otherwise.
Now I know tuna is in my arsenal and I know that cauliflower risotto is a thing. In fact, last night, I made roasted pork in a cream sauce over cauliflower risotto and it was mmmm…
A definite contrast to the usual pasta-heavy Italian cooking I do, but a way to bridge how I’m use to cooking to how I must eat now.
And I wouldn’t have known about it if I didn’t travel there.