I love eating out and I love that you don’t have to worry about cooking the meal yourself and worrying if the food is going to set off the smoke alarm. However, when it comes to eating out, I am so unadventurous. Eating out is, usually, the perfect opportunity to try new foods, that are cooked properly, but for me, I stick with what I know. Which means, after eating, I feel utterly disappointed after chomping on the same chicken based meal and wishing I had ordered something else. It’s also ridiculously difficult choosing something when you have Celiac Disease, especially as I’m in some sort of in between stage until I have my hospital procedure next week. I don’t want to choose something that is bland and tasteless but also, I don’t want to be doubled over in pain. It’s a no win.
So when the waiter comes over and asks “is everything okay with your meal” and politely I reply ” yes it lovely,” in my head I’m thinking, no it’s bloody not, I’ve had this a million times before, I hope it doesn’t leave me in agonising pain and please don’t come over when I have a mouthful of food, thanks. Of course, no one ever reply’s with a negative, just because it is British Etiquette and you should be bloody thankful that they’re waiting on you, hand and foot.
HOWEVER, is it me or do you always have to wait a lifetime for them to bring the bill over? Maybe it’s just me wanting to try and shake the food coma off and have a walk around the block, but it’s like they keep you hostage for that 20 minutes until they decide to bring the card machine over. You end up awkwardly looking around the restaurant trying to catch someone’s eye and when you do, you half smile and look down like it never happened. All I want to do is leave, so please, hurry up.
The moral of the story: try something different (if you can) and be prepared to wait for the bill and if you are worried your food contains gluten, make sure a toilet is nearby.
Lots of Love,