Yesterday I shared my second tip about Eating Out as a part of 10 Days of Gluten-Free, created by Linda, the Gluten-Free Homemaker. Being nice to your server is key to getting him on your side before you ask him to jump through gluten-free hoops.
My apologies for the longer post today, but it’s an important one. I must share the BYO story that changed my life.
The phone rang in my college dorm room. At the time I didn’t realize that the voice on the other side would one day be that of the Husband. Before agreeing to go on the first date that he was proposing, I just had one question, “Where are we going to dinner?” I cringed when I asked the question. I didn’t want him to think that my acceptance of his offer depended on the type of restaurant he would take me to. But I needed to know that we were going to a place where I would be able to eat. I quickly explained that I had food allergies, now sounding like a completely high maintenance college girl. Great.
I didn’t know that I was gluten intolerant, but I had figured out that I couldn’t eat bread with yeast. I was on the right track as eliminating yeast products naturally cut out a lot of gluten from my diet.
Our first date was at a diner, and I ordered a burger without the bun. When our meals arrived, I pulled a long bread bag out of my purse, removed the twist tie, and slid the lonely yeast-free bun onto my plate. I cut it in half with the dull butter knife and inserted my greasy diner burger. Reaching for the ketchup, I caught the pre-Husband’s eye. He was beaming.
“You brought your own bun?”
I think that was the moment he fell in love with me.
Bringing your own gluten-free food may or may not lead you to the love of your life, but it will help ensure that you’ll be eating something safe that you enjoy.
Bring your own bread, salad dressings, and condiments. If the restaurant has a problem with it, don’t return.
While traveling, I was thrilled to find a deli that had Boar’s Head products right along the beach. I ordered a few slices of turkey, tomato, avocado, and a packet of mustard in a takeout box. Then I took my sandwich fixings to a table, pulled out two slices of Udi’s gluten-free bread from my beach bag, and made the most delicious sandwich on the planet.
(It’s amazing how the memories of a fantastic meal is proportionate to how hungry or thankful you were to find safe food!)
Reminder, when ordering at a deli, ask your server to change gloves, and watch for cross-contamination in condiments. (Squeeze jars of mustard and mayo are safer than open containers. Individual packets are best.)
BYOGF. Bring what you want. Eat what you like. Like what you eat.
Have you entered to win a $25 P.F. Chang’s gift card? I’m giving away two at the end of 10 Days of Gluten Free. Submit another entry today by leaving a comment below. You can leave two entries by answering a second dish question or letting me know that you followed Gluten-Free Cat on Twitter and “liked” Gluten-Free Cat’s Facebook page or shared this post on Twitter or Facebook.
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- The giveaway begins May 7, 2012 and ends at 11:59 pm central time on May 18, 2012.
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I’ll be back tomorrow with tip #4. And don’t forget to hop over to these blogs today for more gluten-free tips:
- Getting Started – Linda @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker
- Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House
- Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog
- Frugal Tips – Janelle @ Gluten Freely Frugal
- Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl
- Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free
- Kids – Lynn @ Lynn’s Recipe Adventures
- Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva
- Shopping – Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry
- What foods have you brought into restaurants?
- Do you feel comfortable or uncomfortable bringing in your own food?
- Have you ever been asked to leave for bringing in outside food?