Would You Go Vegan For Love?

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what would you give up for love?
Willing to make a culinary sacrifice? How to date with food preferences and allergies in tow.

The Gluten-Free Dater
Kirsten, a 35-year-old Bostonian, is sensitive to gluten, so among other restrictions, she can't drink beer (though wine and most liquor is safe). But it doesn't keep her out of brew pubs, a common stop on the dating scene. Her trick? She orders the darkest hard cider so it looks like she's drinking beer with the rest of the crowd. "If I'm holding a wine or martini glass in a place like that, people will think I'm a girlie-girl," and ostensibly she wouldn't get the attention from her preferred flavor of brew-swigging boys. 

"I hate not fully participating in that subculture," she admits. But her new boyfriend has recently moved in, so clearly her dietary quirks have not hindered romantic progress.

Jessie, a 22-year-old Coloradan with Celiac Disease who for years avoided dining out, says: "Many men have been accommodating, offering to cook for me. If you don't want to discuss it right away… you stick with Mexican restaurants or a place with good salads." 

Special Treatment
Malin, a 34-year-old Mainer, points out that higher end restaurants are better bets. "The measure of a good restaurant is they know every ingredient going into their dishes…and take pride in pleasing the customer." They make food from scratch, to order, and therefore can make adjustments to recipes to accommodate the gluten-free diet. This was far from an embarrassment. "It makes me feel special," Malin says.

Malin also had a long-term relationship with a sous chef who enthusiastically experimented with ways to make recipes gluten free at home. And when they dined out, he could advise her on typical ingredients in various dishes. Lucky gal, she had her own personal expert in tow. 

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