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I spent 10 days in Costa Rica a couple years ago and had no problems - you can use the Spanish restaurant card with ease and stick to rice and grilled meat or fish with steamed veggies, tacos with corn tortillas, or ceviche, which I had almost every day for lunch (just make sure they don't give you gluten crackers with it). It's all similar to mexican food. the nice thing about a country with minimal chain restaurants is their cooking is a bit more "pure" and you don't have to worry as much about funny sauces or strange marinades. I always travel with gluten-free granola and just use milk or yogurt from the hotel with it for breakfast. in addition to clyclinglady's list of snacks, I also recommend single serving peanut or almond butter packs with little bags of gluten-free crackers or pretzels (in a humid place like Costa Rica a large bag that you keep open will quickly go stale).
I was there in late June and had a scrumptious dinner at S&P Oyster company. It's a beautiful location too you can sit on a patio right on the riverfront. I had a lobster and avocado appetizer and a seafood risotto. Was a lovely evening!
I feel for you and agree lunch is the biggest challenge to adapt to - and with the person who said anything you make for dinner can be adapted to lunch. I do a lot of making big batches of chili, soups and stews, anything liquid or moist like that which you can easily freeze. I portion it out into individual servings for the freezer that I can then just grab quick and pop in the microwave. For the bottomless pit eater you could also give him rice to go with it - I've found cooked rice freezes fine too.
Also, risotto is surprisingly easy to make (especially if you have a non-stick pan) and quite filling and freezes well too if you want to make big batches of that, I often add some cooked chicken to a vegetable risotto recipe to include some protein.
And, for cool meals in the summer quinoa can co quite a long ways, I use it to replace couscous and make like a black bean, corn, bell pepper and quinoa salad you can eat straight out of the fridge. A lighter lunch is veggies and hummus - you can make your own from canned garbonzo beans and add whatever flavors you like.
I am traveling to Portugal for a vacation. We'll be in Porto and Lisbon. Any recommendations for gluten- free friendly restaurants and grocery stores where I could find some snacks? We'll be there for 10 days so I may run out of my standard stash of snacks I bring in my suitcase on trips. thanks everyone for any tips!
Jaleo and Zaytinya are both close to the Verizon Center and have plenty of gluten-free options, including a menu listing the gluten-free dishes. Both are tapas places, Jaleo is Spainish and Zaytinya mediterranean. Zaytinya even will give you cucumber slices in place of bread to dip into its hummus and eggplant dips. Also, they have adapted dishes not specifically on their gluten-free menu for me by cleaning the grill, not coating in flour, etc.
All of these recommendations are great. I'd also add Dino (http://www.dino-dc.com/2008/10/menu.html), which is very gluten-aware and will serve any of their pasta dishes over polenta instead. Its just two metro stops up from Dupont. Also, there's a Whole Foods at 14th and P (Dupont Circle is 19th and P) where you could stock up on snacks or breakfast food. I love their gluten-free cranberry scones there.
I'm in Hilton Head this week and had a great meal at the Sage Room (http://www.thesageroom.com/ ) last night, they had a gluten free menu and would let you substitute any protein with any of three sauces and preparations. Also had a good experience at Wise Guys (http://www.wiseguyshhi.com/), a tapas place with a long list of gluten free items.
I agree, this cookbook is wonderful. Blueberry muffins were yummy as well as some of the entree dishes. Looking forward to trying the pancakes after your rave review - did they come out thick or thin? I like mine on the thin side.
I second what you've heard about the Netherlands. I just returned from there for a work trip and I had been worried about eating out with the work gruop each night. It was no problem, every restaurant we went to knew what it was and had numerous options for me. Most even carried gluten-free bread and they brought out a separate plate of it for me when they brought regular bread for the rest of the table. It was often really good bread too, much better than what i've found in the U.S. All the caterers for our lunches made me sandwiches with gluten-free bread and i could even ask for it at the hotel for breakfast. It was such a pleasant suprise, I wish U.S. hotels and restaurants were so aware.
I am traveling to the Netherlands (Amseterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague) for a week in July. It is mostly for work and lots of pre-arranged meals (I told them I need gluten free and sent them a description in both English and Dutch), but I think I should bring some safe food with me or buy some when I'm there just in case the work functions mess things up and I'm left hungry. Any recommendations or advice for safely eating gluten-free in the Netherlands? This is my first major trip since being diagnosed with Celiac, all my other travel hasbeen to friends or family where its easy for them to have stuff for me to eat.
Thanks for the suggestions - Risotteria had too long of a wait so we ended up doing Thai, which worked out fine. I did buy some breadsticks from the counter at Risotteria and they were YUMMY. First warm, fluffy bready thing i've had since being diagnosed in January. Made my NYC friends promise to take me back to Risotteria some night when we have no time contraints, everything looked great!
I need to eat dinner out on a Saturday night in NYC and am looking for restaurant recommendations for places that understand gluten-free. I'll be in the village near Christopher street. Any suggestions would be most welcome!