Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Edelweiss Village Café

Today was a good day for us to begin our food blogging fun although we acknowledge that this post isn't too allergy-related.  We were able to have lunch together (a rarity these days) and after watching Diners, Drive-ins and Dives last week when a German restaurant was featured, the husband suggested that we return to Edelweiss Village Café for our lunch date this week.  We have eaten there before although not as frequently as the husband would like, hence the not-so-subtle suggestion.

One thing that the wife has learnt since marrying someone of an Eastern European background is that the cuisine from that part of the world typically does not highlight seafood, which was confirmed when we looked at Edelweiss' online menu.  As allergy sufferers, we really appreciate online menus so that we can at least determine whether we can eat at the restaurant or not.  While this menu didn't list the ingredients of their food, the only seafood we saw on there were the clam chowder soup and the North Sea fish cake, neither of which seemed prominent when we arrived for lunch.

This was a relief especially in dining at places that offer ready-to-serve food where cross-contamination is very possible (such as when the same serving utensils are used for different foods or different foods are prepared on the same work surface).  Thankfully, the warm foods that were placed together were items such as perogies, sauerkraut, red cabbage, and bratwursts - foods we didn't need to worry about and enjoy anyway.  The fish cakes might have been in the same vicinity but it was not touching the other foods; hurrah!  The only suggestion we have might be that each food has its own serving utensil but this would be minor compared to other things we've faced.

In the end, we both decided to have the Schnitzel plate (husband-pork, wife-chicken) and it was delicious (and filling as you can see below)!  We're grateful that German food is usually a good option for seafood-free eating and that for once, we don't need to draw attention to our "special" needs.  That, and how can you go wrong with red cabbage, German potato salad, and schnitzel?

The wife's chicken schnitzel plate - and yes, she did share.
Seafood-free friendliness: Very!

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