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.