Still, like Shainblum, she notes that her dates’ responses to her allergies are as varied as the men themselves.
“Recently, I was out with another guy who kept interrupting me as I explained what do in an emergency. When I showed him my Benadryl, he rolled his eyes and said, ‘I know what that is.’ I didn’t see him again.” Miller’s story raises another key issue of dating with allergies or celiac disease, namely, ‘the talk.’ The talk encompasses more than kissing.
Like the Nike slogan counsels, they say to “ Finding A Safe Dating Haven At Zero8, a restaurant in Montreal’s trendy Latin Quarter, couples sit on the terrace on a balmy evening, sharing bottles of wine or quaffing gluten-free beers as they enjoy everything from garlicky bruscetta to Thai stir-fries, pasta and thick-cut French fries.
Their second date was supposed to be a lovely evening in, complete with takeout vegetarian sushi that he was to buy at a place she trusted with her life.
The first time they ever met, Lori Medoff, a Montreal optometrist and divorced mother of two, told Kenny Webber, the new man in her life, about her severe allergy to fish.
Think of it as dating, where preparedness is paramount and the difference of restricted diet dictates caution and truth, whether you like it or not.
Even Miller, who knows the drill inside out, learned from her “mystery” reaction that minute particles of food do get caught in beards, on collars and in teeth, and can have a disastrous effect in the throes of kissing.