Confession time: I, the Lemon Ninja, have not been within 100 yards of a restaurant in 4 years. I don’t have ninja-level restaurant skills, aside from my vague memories of calling restaurants ahead of time. If any ninjas out there have more restaurant safety tips for our ninjas-in-training, please let me know and I will add them to the site!
Here are a few restaurant survival tips:
- Avoid foods that naturally contain citric acid.
- Refer to your issue as an “allergy.” Though technically us ninjas probably suffer from a citric acid “sensitivity,” the average non-physician tends to take this as “something whimpy-er than an allergy,” and may not take you seriously.
- Look at the menu ahead of time.
- Call before you go: ask to talk to the chef, and ask if they will let you look at ingredient labels when you arrive. They are usually much more receptive to showing you when they are forewarned!
- Don’t trust the waiter if they look confused. Some waiters are excellent, while others are not well informed about the nature of food allergies. Always talk to the chef to be safe.
- If it doesn’t look or taste right, don’t eat it.
- Make sure to ask for no lemon in your water.