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Kassie Whitaker

Kassie Whitaker
Seattle, WA United States
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July 1, 2012

I am in Seattle looking for work.  The Couchsurfing project is the most amazing thing ever.  I have made friends, seen the city from the inside (which means I've not visited the Space Needle), and enjoyed the food-consuming company of people who are very considerate of my dairy allergy.  I have two interviews this week, both of which are looking optimistic.  I expect to be offered employment with them both this week, and I expect to accept them both as well.  As soon as I have an official offer from one, I will secure housing.

July 3, 2012

Today, I ate at a vegan restaurant for the first time in my life: Wayward Cafe in University District.  I went in, looked at the menu, got really flustered, and then ordered a cheeseburger, fries, and a side salad with ranch dressing.  I paid for my food.  I sat down at a table.  And then the unthinkable happened: my food came out to me on a plate, hot and delicious and perfect and incredible.  I smiled so hard that I literally hurt my face, stunned that I was able to safely order food in a dining establishment without the fear that it would kill me -- or worse, make me wish I were dead.  I look forward to beginning work so that I can eat here more often!

July 4, 2012

I am on Whidbey Island, staying with a friend for a couple days.  The people I have met this week are just phenomenal.  One interview for a job in Seattle will be held here on the Island tomorrow, and the other interview will be on the East Side in Seattle on Friday, at which point I will return to couchsurfing over there.  By the weekend, I expect to have been offered definite employment and to find a place to live starting Monday, July 9th.

Today, I have decided to begin this fundraiser.  After driving 2,300 miles from Arkansas, spending the last bit of money I had available on gas and basic needs to get out here to find work (which was just not available in the South), and arriving tired and worn in Seattle, WA, I now know what I want my life's mission to be for the next few months: food.

I haven't eaten in restaurants in well over a year, since the discovery that all my health problems were the results of a dairy allergy that had been repeatedly misdiagnosed.  I have learned to cook my own food and to work around the inundation of dairy-laden ingredients in our culture, but I still miss the joys of going to a restaurant, having a relaxing dining experience, and appreciating the work that someone else puts into my meal.  I miss not having to clean up the dishes afterward, too.

So here's what I'm going to do:

I am going to find every dairy-free safe place in the Seattle metro area, and I'm going to eat one of each item on the menu everywhere.  Then, I'm going to write a review of each individual plate and post it on a website for all you happy dairy-free/vegan/special diet eaters to enjoy!  Not just restaurant reviews, which already exists here and there throughout the internet, but individual meal reviews.  I don't want to miss a thing, and I don't want you to miss them, either!



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