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Old 08-07-2009, 02:00 PM   #1
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I have a headache from planning this trip and could use some opinions please!

Warning, this is long!!!

So we do not have our 90 day window for a month still, but planning meals is already a hassle. We are there for 8 nights in early December. I'm the designated meal planner and am required to make everyone happy. Here's what I'm dealing with:

Me : I'll admit I'm part of the problem. I'm a vegetarian. That's a bit limiting. Furthermore, I'm a vegetarian who doesn't really like cheese, especially when melted. Given that Disney has decided cheese is the best substitute for meet, this is a problem.

But I'm not the worst!

My dad: He has ISSUES. Some not his fault, some are. First off, he has false teeth, so he has trouble chewing, especially really crunchy things like celery or undercooked veggies, as well as more chewy things like al dente pasta. Second, he has a constricted esophagus, so what he does chew needs to be really, really chewed. Third, he has a cow stomach, his own, natural stomach stapling. Seriously, his doctor has never seen anything like it and wants to write a case study on it but my dad refuses to sit through another colonoscopy to do it. His stomach is divided into 3 parts, and food only goes into the first part, which is very small. So he eats tiny meals and if he eats too fast, he has what he calls an "attack" and throws up. The best food for him is fish, he likes it and it usually is easy for him to eat. And finally, the ones of his doing: despite the fact that he smokes and drinks beer like a fish, he is also health obsessed and won't eat anything he considers "bad," like swordfish (mercury) or anything fried. But he will eat hot dogs. I know, I don't get it either.

My aunt: possibly the worst offender as she throws tantrums if she is unhappy with her meal. She has "allergies" to garlic and black pepper and so needs a very nice accommodating chef who is willing to cook her a dry steak and baked potato with literally no seasoning. She is also lactose intolerant and won't eat fish or chicken. It's basically steak or nothing. Oh and she eats pizza, despite the fact that most tomato sauce will have garlic and pepper in it. Again, I don't get it either.

The rest of the gang is pretty normal.

My cousin won't eat any fish, but otherwise eats everything.

My mom likes to say she'll eat anything, but in reality hates curry and anything spicy.

My uncle literally will eat anything (as long as it is served with a beer). And does. His nickname is Yum Yum. Seriously, that's what my entire family calls him.

So if you have made it this far, I am impressed and would be happy with any suggestions. We need restaurants that are a) vegetarian-friendly, b) serves fish for my dad, c) serves steak that is not pre-marinated for my aunt, d) serves rather bland things for my mom, and e) serves excellent cocktails. Because I am really, really going to need one with this crew

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