Potentially going on college trip to Italy. Really interested in trying foreign food but have bad food allergies (hives, anaphylaxis, the whole nine yards). Any travelers with allergies have advice on how to communicate this with restaurants as a foreigner?
>college trip to Italy
Don't do any satanic sex rituals with your roommate.
bro?? what are you referencing?
Amanda Knox I assume, jailed for killing her roommate before being acquitted on appeal. You can guess the race of the actual killer.
I didn't know they had those people in Italy back then
>You can guess the race of the actual killer.
A low IQ black man that never flushed the toilet. He left a steaming pile of shit at the crime scene. Shitalian police really are bad at their jobs.
The EU actually regulates their food. I'm guessing you won't have any reaction to the eggs here. Peanuts? Probably but peanuts are a new world food so quite rare in Europe.
I never heard of an allergy to onions, maybe saute them better?
there are McDonalds everywhere. I think most restaurants will have a list of ingredients/common allergens on the menus, though you might need worry about cross contamination.
What are your allergies? are they heavily fetured in italian cooking?
Deadly anaphylactic with peanuts, mild raw egg (like scrambled eggs n shit, its weird lol) and mild onions protein. My two main concerns are peanuts (I would not like to have a reaction whilst poorly communicating that I'm having a reaction in the shittiest Italian ever) and egg because I think it would be used in certain Italian foods?
Cross-contamination is a biggie. I'm normally good at letting people know my allergies, but not very confident in doing so as a non-existent Italian speaker (I would expect we would have a translator/guide? I dunno lol).
For a matter of life and death you should carry around a piece of paper with your requirements for food and essential info in case of a reaction. Have it be in both Italian and English. Even with perfect English or Italian someone can still misinterpret what you are saying or not understand its importance
I also have a peanut allergy and am american but its more like your egg allergy and I don't think peanuts show up as much in europe as they do here e.g. in candy for example. Many people probably aren't even familiar with them. Italians mostly use pine nuts, walnuts and hazel nuts I think. Northern italian food is more egg heavy by far, usually more egg pastas and cream sauces with egg in them. Definitely avoid pasta ala carbonara. Onions are probably hard to avoid. How effective are things like benadryl for it?
>Onions are probably hard to avoid.
I can't tell if that's you thinking OP has an actual onion allergy, or if you also got wordfiltered.
"soi" (the stuff that tofu is made from) gets wordfiltered into "onions" on this board, just so everyone is clear.
I got word filtered bad, definitely soi haha. It's mainly just protein (tofu, edamame) etc. Don't really think it'll be a problem.
>You'll want to stay away from Carbonara, the sauce is completely egg based
Are carbonara and alfredo two different sauces? I worked at what was essentially an Italian chipotle-like chain (admittedly a huge bastardization of Italian food in general) and I never had a problem with alfredo.
They are two different things. You definitely won't have a problem with Alfredo, because it doesn't even exist in Italy (except in one restaurant, but it's different from how the Americans do it).
Yes they are different. Carbonara is egg based and it's questionable whether the egg gets cooked. However in the US a lot of restaurants use cream in theirs because it's easier to keep stable and make in large quantities
>How effective are things like benadryl for it?
For peanuts I immediately need an epi-pen and medical attention. Egg and soi are definitely less severe, Benadryl usually chills it out, but its still a pain in the ass with the side effects (side note: can I still drink after taking two bendaryl? trying to take advantage of the drinking age while I'm there too)
>can I still drink after taking two bendaryl?
I would not recommend it. I actually unknowingly drugged myself recently by doing exactly that.
>went out for lunch
>had exactly one beer
>got incredibly fucked up
>became super-drowsy after like 20 minutes
>nearly fell asleep a few times
>I normally don't fall asleep in random spots even when I'm tired, I am usually able to tough it out until I find a safe spot to sleep
>decide to go back to my hotel to sleep it off
>almost fell asleep on the train
>almost fell asleep while changing trains
I should also add that what I did was incredibly retarded, because I took medication without reading the instructions. I just read the instructions now, and yep, it says that drowsiness may increase when combined with alcohol. Don't be like me, OP.
>For peanuts I immediately need an epi-pen and medical attention.
Have they ever figured out why someone becomes allergic to peanuts? I've never heard of this until I met an American in the 2010's. wtf are you people doing to your food?
It'll look incredibly autistic, but you could carry a stack of cards with your allergy information printed on them. So a little card (or even cut-up pieces of paper) that reads "I am a foreign tourist, and I am deathly allergic to XYZ." in Italian. Every time you order, hand a copy to your server.
Pic related. Do something like this, but obviously less wordy and more Italian.
I know it's an autistic idea but you could also write
>NO BREAD PASTA OR THINGS THAT HAVE GLUTEN PLEASE, IT MAKES ME VERY SICK
instead of that convoluted shit nobody's gonna fucking read. "In addition" and "that is" my ass, this isn't writing homework for undergrads and the shitty translator is only gonna see obstacles trying to write those
Oh no, I'm not advocating for OP to write up a word salad for his server, in fact I'm recommending the opposite. The pic was just something I found while browsing sighsee.
>Do something like this, but obviously less wordy and more Italian.
Sorry it sounded like it was aimed at you, I did read your post but I was just complaining about the card lol
Is me I didn't read the thread
>>NO BREAD PASTA OR THINGS THAT HAVE GLUTEN PLEASE, IT MAKES ME VERY SICK
I've worked in enough restaurants. If you say "tee hee I get poopy when I eat celery! :3" to the server, there's a good chance they'll just assume you're a just a whiny moron. But if you tell them you're DEATHLY ALLERGIC to x and y, they will definitely go out of their way to accommodate you, within reason.
OFC, that card is stupid. But saying "G. Paltrow told me not to eat gluten!" won't have the same affect as "I am celiac"
You will do fine in Italy, there are lots of dishes without onion. Many restaurants list allergens on the menu as well.
You'll want to stay away from Carbonara, the sauce is completely egg based
I've actually heard lots of people in America who have sensitivities/allergies to certain foods find it disappears in Europe. Probably because European food isn't pure poison. Could be the case for you too OP
Raw egg would be the hardest to avoid.
Many dishes and desserts are based on raw eggs, e.g. carbonara and tiramisu, mousse etc.
A lot of roux and “white sauces” have eggs thrown into it and are partially cooked; it definitely got stirred into the warm sauce so it may be considered as partially cooked. It really depends on how severe is your allergy towards semi-raw eggs.
As for desserts, get anything more custard-based as it’s at least cooked.
Peanuts are easy to avoid in Italy, I do not remember any meals using these; it’s usually walnut or hazelnut that are both grown in Italy. Just be wary of Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants, they love peanuts and they put it in everywhere.
In some European countries, many restaurants don’t take allergies seriously, like in France. Not sure about Italy because I don’t have major food allergies.
Just tell them and they'll take it seriously, be insistent.
Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever discover new allergies while traveling. For example, getting an allergic reaction to an ingredient or a wild plant/animal that doesn't exist where I live. Or just simply developing new allergies as I get older, which is apparently a thing. Apparently it's not unusual for people to randomly develop new allergies (or even lose any pre-existing ones) as they age.
They don't use peanuts or onions in italian food, just use your brain and you'll be fine. I'm allergic as well and I spent a week in Taiwan and I would have definitely eaten peanuts if I wasn't being observant. If something looks like it could be peanuts I ask very insistently, and if I don't trust it I just go somewhere else.
if you're that worried just memorise the phrase "allergico arachidi".
You can eat anything, if you can eat cooked egg is pasta and pizza dough. We don't use egg, peanuts, or soi in cuisine. Only one dish has egg, carbonara.
Try gnocchi it is potato noodle
Caprese sandwich or salad is good