It’s a common experience of picky eaters to find eating in restaraunts tricky. One of the main reasons for this is the frequent difficulty in finding something on the menu that we can eat.
But as I improve, I am beginning to find that I am now beset by a new problem. In the past, I’d be lucky if there was one single thing on the menu that I could eat. So the drill would be, when ordering, to scan the menu and find that thing, then order it. Or, as my brother used to say, “find the thing you hate the least”. Fairly simple, even if I needed to make an alteration to the advertised dish when I ordered.
Imagine my confusion and bewilderment then, when I find that there is more than one thing on the menu that I can eat. This must be par for the course for non-picky eaters, but I have no idea how they handle this situation – how do they choose? More and more these days, I find myself paralysed with indecision at the point of ordering, because I am simply not used to there being, effectively, a choice of things on offer that I can eat. Other people don’t seem to agonise over the decision, or dither in painful uncertainty between different options for very long. How do they manage it?
I have discovered (by asking friends) three strategies so far that non-picky eaters use when ordering in restaurants. One is based on what they’ve had for dinner in the immediate past, or what they’re planning in the immediate future – eg if you had fish last night, have something different tonight. The second is based on ordering something that you probably wouldn’t cook for yourself, or that you aren’t good at cooking for yourself. And the third is to choose something you’ve never tried before. I have to say that last one really wouldn’t work for me, at this stage.
It must be a good thing that I am starting to have this problem though. Next stop, fruit and veg.