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The How-To Lounge: Dealing With a Picky Eater

As annoying as it may be, some people are just picky eaters. I used to be one and I know how frustrating it was for my parents who used to cook for me and my friends who ate out with me, so here are some tips to help cope with people who are fussy about what they eat.

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  • When you go out to dinner, avoid restaurants that are very specialized in one specific food. Picky eaters tend to like bland, safe food so stick to Italian or California Cuisine and choose a restaurant that has an extensive menu.
  • If your friend or family member pulls a Sally (from When Harry Met Sally), try not to get too agitated. Chances are they are just as embarrassed to order in that way as you are to witness it.
  • If you are hosting a dinner party, be sure to serve something a picky eater can eat. Keep in mind that even if he or she doesn't eat cheese, chances are they will be able to eat the crackers that accompany the cheese, or the veggies served with the dip, even if they avoid the dip altogether. You want to be accommodating, but you shouldn't feel the need to cater the entire menu to appease them.
  • It can be frustrating to dine out with people who are picky eaters, so if it becomes problematic for you or your friendship, simply choose other activities that don't involve a meal or have them pick where to eat.

If anyone else has other tips to offer, please share your suggestions below!


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