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Dining out Gluten Free
- By Judy Rough
- Published 07/4/2010
My name is Judy Rough, I am a new member to this Celiac/Gluten free world. I sorta diagnosed my self after weeks and months of being sick. I have an aunt that has celiac so I started doing research on the issue. My favorite foods usually consist of some kind of pasta, so you can feel my pain. And like many of you out there I'm struggling to find foods that taste good. I'm also a restaurant owner which makes this even harder since most of what we serve is not gluten-free, but I'm working on that.
The one thing I really miss about being normal, is going into a restaurant and ordering the new pasta dish on the menu and not worrying about it causing you three days of severe pain--perhaps just a few pounds of extra weight. So I find myself eating at home a lot. Being in the restaurant business I get a chance to really search for some new restaurant choices in gluten-free foods.
I love Italian and this is my biggest challenge, but so far I have actually found two very good choices in noodles. And my friends laugh because they know if I can't find something to eat I end up with grits and bacon. I would actually die if bacon was off limits. And candy--can you imagine being a kid with the crazy disease and not being allowed to eat candy, that would be suicidal.
The one problem I have with dinning out is trying to determine how serious the kitchen staff really take the cross contamination issue. Do they think that we are just over-paranoid morons? How many times have you gone home and had horrible stomach cramps for days and days after eating out and wondering just what did they do or better yet not do?
But I continue the battle along with the hundreds of others out there just like me who look for a healthy way to eat out that is not expensive, tastes good, and leaves me pain free.
Until next time happy cooking!
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