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I agree with everything that has been said (I have a friend who goes with her boyfriend their on their fancy "date night" which is beyond my comprehension), but at least they do have gluten-free options. I work in the boonies and when I MUST go to a work lunch at least I can go there and eat something - I'd rather that than the awkwardness of refusing to go or just sitting and eating nothing, which I have had to do. I appreciate that they have made a few gluten-free options available - of course, it's our decision whether we go and eat them or not. [i just realized that I am basically echoing the most recent comment, which I apparently hadn't finished reading, but am posting anyway to second what she has said].
I just went to San Diego last week and did some research, including concerning Carlsbad restaurants. Unfortunately, this list does not break it down into areas and I was looking partially for a brunch place for adults, but it still might be helpful. Most of the places I looked for were between Carlsbad (to the north) and as far south as Hillcrest. Hope this helps a bit:
http://www.stgermainscafe.com/menus2/lunch.pdf (apparently gluten-free bread/pancakes, but not on menu?)
http://tavernablu.com/menu/(gluten-free menu at restaurant)
Thanks for the replies. I am always so careful so it doesn't seem fair that the one time I don't check something out that should be fine, it isn't. But I guess if one moment of not being thorough results in throwing up in public, I will never assume a meal will be fine again!!! I'm quite sure that it was gluten and not the drink since (thank goodness) I haven't had a problem with wine so far.
Thanks for this; it makes me feel better. I had Indian food last night, which is usually not a problem. I've been gluten-free for 6 years and have never thrown up, but I did last night after feeling very nauseated. It kind of freaked me out, but I guess my body just wanted to get rid of the gluten as you say. But I had D not long before I threw up, which IS normal for me after I've eaten gluten. I am so careful that maybe my body just reacts in this violent way now on the few occasions I ingest gluten...
I ate at an Indian restaurant last night with a group of people and I did something that I never do - I didn't check out the restaurant to see is what I was ordering was gluten-free. I was just on a trip and asked these questions over and over and I guess I figured because I've never had a problem with Indian food, that it would be ok. I got aloo gohbi, which is potato and cauliflower in sauce and there should not be any gluten in that, though I am sensitive and there could have been CC. Anyway, we went for a drink afterwards and I started feeling VERY bloated and when I went to the bathroom I had D - these are common symptoms for me. However, then I started to feel very nauseated and as soon as I broke from the group and went into the subway, I actually threw up! That has never happened to me with glutening and I don't think I was food poisoned as everyone else was fine and it's a high-rated restaurant. Has anyone else gotten nauseated and thrown up from gluten? Thanks.
I haven't experienced anything like a seizure when exposed to gluten. However, I do sometimes have this very weird thing where I feel like my brain is tingling. It's hard to describe in any other way. It's a disturbing feeling and it doesn't go on for too long. It took me a while to connect to gluten, but now it's one way that I know if I've been cross contaminated. Good luck with feeling better. It's a hard road sometimes and I know it can be frustrating.
Maybe you didn't mean to be as condescending as you sounded, Kareng, but I will say that I have hesitated to post on this forum because I've gotten comments that I found weren't trying to be sincerely helpful. What do I know - I'm not a food scientist; I only know that I don't feel well and I don't feel like throwing my food (and money) in the trash? I'm simply wondering about the dusting and I'm not extending any conspiracy theories. I was simply looking for some support and other people's feedback, not sarcasm.
I've been using Pioneer and it doesn't have any of those allergens you mentioned and it's sugar-free too. I get the chewable, but it's available in capsules, too. Make sure you get the "gluten free" one (that might be the only one, but it definitely says "gluten free" on it).
Thanks for your comment. It wouldn't be the mustard because I've never had a problem with that. It COULD be a gluten-free roll that I ate (I sometimes react to yeast)...I didn't think that the gluten would be in the seeds, but i thought that it might be a cc issue and they could have had contact with gluten and been dusted with it - I'm THAT sensitive...
I guess I was not as careful as I usually am and should have been. I was having trouble finding mustard seeds anywhere, so I finally gave in and got some in the International Cuisine area of Wegmans. I thought that I'd be safer since mustard seeds are not ground up and are whole, but I should have at least rinsed them first. I'm pretty sure that is why I felt pretty bad this morning. What is so annoying is that I'm very short on cash and made this curry dish to last for a couple of days; now I have to decide whether to throw it all out (which of course I should do) or try a bit of it and see if that's truly the cause. It doesn't happen to me too much anymore, but the idea of wasting money and hard work cooking over something so ridiculous as 10 mustard seeds, that should NOT have gluten anyway, drives me nuts!!!
Eric, that has been a big concern for me, too. I mainly get almonds and walnuts from the bulk aisle in Whole Foods and another health food store near me in Philadelphia. I asked the people who work there and they told me that they can't guarantee anything. After hesitating for a long time, I found that it's pretty impossible to find any nuts that are GUARANTEED not to have gluten in them and I feel much safer getting organic (only) nuts from Whole Foods or from another health food store I trust. The only other option for me was to not get nuts at all, so I felt like this calculated risk was worth it.
This is an interesting discussion. I didn't know too much about the FODMAP diet before reading about it here, but it seems like I have many of the same intolerances. Although I can have garlic, onion has become a huge problem for me (as have leeks). I have found that I can include onions and leeks in broths (removing them before making the soup, obviously) and I'm fine with that. But no matter how much I cook them, I can't eat them themselves in meals. However, for the past couple of years I have replaced them with shallots, which are milder and give me no problem. It might be worth a try. They are more expensive, but if you have a health food store near you and can buy them more in bulk, they're not as bad as in the mainstream supermarkets, where they're priced up even more.
Be careful with asafoetida - it can have gluten in it. It depends, but probably a good idea to find out the source of the spice so that you can be sure.
I think people have always talked about food this much, but we just notice now because we have the dietary restrictions. I'm a lot better about listening to it now; I do try to tune out, but a lot of the time (when it's not too terribly rude, I just leave the area or change the subject). The thing that always annoys me, though, is at work. People are CONSTANTLY bringing in gluteny baked goods, home made and low quality doughnuts, etc. from chain stores, putting them on the kitchen table and sending department wide emails about "goodies" in the kitchen. Of course, I know I can never eat any of it and try to avoid the kitchen until it's all gone and just the tell tale crumbs remain, but they bring in so much, it's usually there most of the day. It seems like my coworkers use this as a way to show off (bringing in the most fattening treats and trying to one up each other). As annoying as this all is, the MOST annoying part is when I'm in the kitchen making my lunch, avoiding looking at the brownies, etc. and the stream of people continues and as each one picks up a brownie, they smile guiltily, insist on making eye contact with me, and say "yum, brownies" like it's some earth shattering discovery. I give some version of a fake smile and move along, but it's exasperating, especially when they KNOW that I can't have any of it. As someone mentioned earlier, I think they want to feel less bad about eating it so they want everyone to eat it, hence the weird eye contact thing. I don't know, but I wish that work places weren't so clogged up with this stuff. It's not fun for us and it's not good for those who are eating it all the time...