The Face Behind the Lemon

square photo This is me, An Allergic Foodie, the face behind the lemon. I use the lemon Gravatar for several reasons. My blog has become so popular that fans swarm me when I enter the supermarket. Okay this happened once–and actually she was an old friend who has a soy allergy. But her husband got pretty darn excited when he realized I was the blogger who broke up with Dr. Oz.

I also hide behind the lemon because I don’t want restaurant staff to recognize me. Waitstaff and chefs would surely quake beneath their white coats if they recognized An Allergic Foodie taking note of their food-allergy capabilities. Okay, maybe it’s more that my husband doesn’t want our local restaurant owners to know who I am; hubbie wasn’t too happy when I wrote a negative review and couldn’t return to his favorite restaurant that made the “best” Osso Bucca.

The real reason I use the lemon is simple. My youngest son (I have two) took the photo on a roadside fruit stand in Italy during our first and only trip to Italy.  It was tough trip because I was just learning to cope with celiac disease and food allergies. During this same trip, while eating tons of pasta, this same son started experiencing symptoms of celiac disease. The photo of the lemon reminds me of how far my son and I have come since that trip. It’s also rather silly and upbeat and I hope it reminds you  that “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”

8 thoughts on “The Face Behind the Lemon

  1. I totally agree! Your mantra is what I have telling my boys all their ‘food allergy’ lives. My eldest is 16 with food allergies to dairy, egg, beef, lamb, sesame, fish, shellfish, peanut/tree nuts, mustard and raspberry. My 14 year old son is allergic to peanut/tree nuts. Both have asthma and my eldest suffered for hears with terrible eczema. Living with food allergies, eczema and asthma has not been easy…but it has had many ‘silver linings’! 🙂


  2. Thank you for writing this blog. I love your blog that you wrote to eaters of everything. I was diagnosed just a couple of years ago at age 19 with celiac disease and multiple food allergies to foods I had been eating my whole life. I also have the eosinophilic esophagitis. I am the only person in my family and of all my friends with celiac and food allergies. I am also a college student that lives in dorms so that makes it really challenging. I am allergic to chicken, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, ginger, tomatoes,oats, and bananas, I also cannot eat beef, dairy, cantaloupe, or eggs. It has been quite a journey for me. This blog reminds me to not give up on my love for food and cooking.


    • Taylor, Thanks so much for letting me know my blog is helping you–your kind words really mean a lot to me.
      Honestly, I can’t imagine living with all of your food restrictions in a dorm room!!! As you may have read here, my college son really had a horrible experience with celiac disease the first two years in college and we have since moved him into a house. Even that isn’t working all that well because most college kids think celiac disease is like being lactose intolerant. Do you think girls are more empathetic?
      I love that you aren’t giving up on food and cooking! In fact, I just got a great blog post idea! Can you email me privately at Thank you! 🙂


  3. Thank you for your blog! As a highly allergic person myself, I’ve learned to live with the challenges of eating out. Food allergy is definitely in my genes because I have siblings and multiple cousins on both sides of my family who are allergic to various foods from seafood to nuts of varying degrees. It can be a challenge when doing family dinners at home and even more so when we go out for family get togethers! I wanted to share with you a take out restaurant in the West Village in NY called Vien that really surprised me. It is a gluten-free Southeast Asian restaurant and when you order, the first thing they ask you is whether you have any food allergies! I was completely blown away! I also double checked to make sure that their soy sauce is gluten-free. They confirmed that they use tamari. The food turned out to be extremely delicious but it was their attention and consideration of my food allergy that made this restaurant truly exceptional. If you are ever in NY you must check it out! Here’s their website – It is extremely refreshing to have a restaurant worry about my food allergy for once, wish there were more places like this.


  4. Hi, Stephanie. Thank you for sharing a GOOD experience eating out! It’s nice to hear about a restaurant and staff that are doing it RIGHT!! Stay tuned in . . . I’ll be blogging about a restaurant who did it right but got negative responses from those who don’t have food allergies.


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