Eating out with allergies when you don't speak the language
I always try to bring an allergy translation card with me. I show it to my server and hand motion that I will die if I eat what's listed on the card. I also try to use Google Translate on the spot to ask them if they understand clearly - that makes it more of a conversation and I feel more secure. - Ariella, Have Epi, Will Travel 🙂
I will always try to pick the simplest dish - if it has something that I don't understand or has lots of ingredients I will avoid choosing that particular dish. It is also important to note that a lot of US restaurants list all the ingredients a dish has underneath the menu item (i.e. BLT, bacon lettuce tomato wheat bread). Most other countries don't do this, which can lead to surprises once the dish comes out. Don't expect all ingredients/allergens to be apparent.
Other than this I recommend always having an allergy translation card or written statement from a native speaker (when possible) that explains your allergy.
We lived in Switzerland for a bit and our French was not wonderful. Ordering for my daughter was a pain sometimes but I agree with everyone above. Bring a translated card and order simple. Try and speak with a local regarding the language if possible. For example, there are 2 words for peanuts in French (my translation card only listed one) so that was biggie to learn for us.
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