Friday, June 4, 2010

Day 3.145: Me, milk and the Mountain Man...

When I was about 13 I started to get migraines. They were serious stop-me-in-my-tracks headaches I felt like a hole had been drilled in my forehead, or maybe that I wished one would be. I would be debilitated, have to lie down then usually, I would throw-up, fall asleep for a couple of hours and then start to feel better.

This was the symptom that finally led to my diagnosis with a cow's milk allergy. Previous manifestations had been eczema and asthma neither of which had been serious enough to lead to a diagnosis. Anyway, I gave up cow's milk and its products and have been almost entirely migraine free for the last twenty-five years. I'm not obsessive about avoiding dairy, but if I have a little I'll get classic mild allergy symptoms - itchy eyes and a runny nose and I'll be more careful.

Today, I bought, ate and enjoyed a cheeseburger.**

Thanks to a tip-off from somewhere (sorry and thank you whoever you were), I persuaded my colleagues to head for lunch today to Spill'n The Beans in Troy - a characterful coffee shop with a surprising range of food. The menu is here. We were there however for one thing only (except for the one vegetarian in our party - he can leave a comment about his experience if he wishes!) - the MMMB (Mountain Man Mega Burger). The burgers are great and three-fifths of today's burger-eaters were tempted by their interesting pre-selected flavour combinations. For me, however it was about the build-your-own and the presence of the option of goat-cheese.

So, I had a cheeseburger, but anticipate no ill-effects. It was very tasty and I'd recommend this little place to anyone - not just my fellow cow's cheese avoiders!

* The picture is from Day 3.086 on the Skyline Drive - I'm rather pleased with it, not sure why I passed it by at the time.

** This was not the first one I've eaten in 25 years - but probably was the first one I've bought.


  1. Looks good! Almost worth a trip ourselves...

    What the definition of a 'European' sandwich? Particularly as distinct from Panini?


  2. Based on my experiences (of being a 'European' in the US that is) I would say, one that doesn't include cheese unless required by name, one in which the fillings include less than a pound of meat, one in which the fillings make up less than 70% of the thickness of the sandwich, ...

    But based on the menu - it appears to be the presence of deviant ingredients - camembert, horseradish, French baguette (as opposed to a Freedom sub). The other sandwich is made on a croissant - but so are the breakfast sandwiches in Dunkin' Donuts, so I think this one must qualify on the no-cheese rule.

  3. local vegetarianJune 6, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Spill'n the Beans has a few choices for lacto-vegetarians, including the special (sun-dried tomato) quiche of the day on a very good mixed-green salad. The mediterranean ambience was generally agreeable, but the huge TV screen with the collapsing Dow was rather distracting.

  4. Interesting about your link with migraines and cow's milk. When I was a kid I had bad eczema and I tried giving cow's milk up to see if it made any difference. It didn't seem to, but I remember loving having my own section of the fridge that my sisters weren't allowed to eat from! However I suspect that the novelty wears off after not very long!

  5. Yeah it does wear off - and now I have to share mine with E5N1 following a suspicion he has inherited my issue with cow's milk. Hopefully we are mistaken about him, but at least it is a lot easier now than it was twenty-five years ago.


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