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My 12 y/o son will be traveling with a group of students to Costa Rica in early 2012. They will go to San Jose, Arenal region, Monteverde, Carara, Sarchi and back to San Jose. I have managed and controlled his diet for the past 8 yrs (even pack his school lunches). This will be his first trip without "mom" along and overseeing his diet. We have traveled to Europe, parts of the US and Grand Cayman so he is comfortable with travel. I am a bit nervous about the food part in Costa Rica, though. I need some reassurance that he will be able to eat more than just fruit and veggies (top on his list - LOL - NOT!!) Is there a lot of fried food, gravies, or is most of it fresh? How about the rice? I will, of course, send some gluten-free snacks, and I told him he would live w/o breads for 8 days.
We'll be traveling to Grand Cayman Island with our 10 y/o who is gluten-free. We plan on packing gluten-free non-perishables but wonder if any of the restaurants have gluten-free pizza? Also, do any of the grocery stores carry gluten-free products? I would appreciate any help.
And on that note.... I hate it when I send my 6 y/o son to school with a sack lunch, and he cannot go thru the lunch line except for milk. I try my best to send him with a lunch he will like, but sometimes it doesn't go the way you plan. For instance, this morning, I sent a Hershey's chocolate kiss for dessert............ and I saw it in his lunch bag this afternoon melted on the bottom. Well, duh............... I sent mac & cheese with warmer packs. Guess it melted his dessert. Talk about feeling like the worst parent. Sometimes I just wantn to cry...........
You are so right, Karen. I never thought about what you said before I posted. I will now take a stance and get on the phone with them tomorrow and tell them that I will boycott them (I have two boys who love McDonald's - one who is gluten-free) until they change things to make the ingredients to make the fries gluten-free. I know that everyone has different symptoms if they digest gluten, but my son has never had a problem with their fries. I guess that's why I didn't feel so concerned. Perhaps, I should be. Thanks.
Perhaps McDonald's were not told or did NOT ask about gluten ingredients. Now that it is a law, the supplier is letting them know that there could be wheat in the products used to make the fries. As I stated above in my post, NOTHING has changed with their ingredients..... McDonald's now has to report if there could be wheat in a product due to the law that took effect last month. My son has NEVER had a problem with their fries, so I am not worried. Perhaps he is not as sensitive as others... lucky him.
I just got off the phone with McDonald's Corporation. He was kind enough to inform me that their supplier has stated that all of the wheat and dairy proteins have been removed but could contain remnants. NOTHING has changed in the ingredients, but they have to state "wheat" in the ingredients because of the law that took effect in January 2006. My son has eaten their fries for years and has never had a problem. We will continue to order fries for him. I do not see a problem with this. I hope this helps everyone!
I will be making bread more often now that my son is going to school. I have looked at a few stores for a bread slicer, but I cannot find one. Does anyone have any recommendations as to where I can get one where I can adjust and slice difference thicknesses? Thanks.
I took an interest in this subject since I use corn tortillas for my son. I usually spread peanut butter on it or place some bologna on it, and he rolls it up. Being somewhat new at this and having thought they were gluten-free, I pulled them out of the refrigerator and looked again. To ease my mind, I went on their website (the La Banderita corn tortillas) www.olemexicanfoods.com, and they do state that their corn tortillas are gluten-free!!
Thank you so very much for this information! I just ordered several "spaghettios" and the beef stew and chicken dinners which I can take with us and warm up in the microwave. I never thought I could be this excited!!!! I have bookmarked the website. I am very jealous that you have this store so close to you. But, thank goodness for the internet! Thanks again. This message board has been a life saver for me.
I have been looking for canned spaghetti and/or other canned gluten-free meals to take on our vacation next month. Someone was quite helpful and gave me the name of My Own Meals which I plan to order from and take with us, but I was wondering if there are any canned goods out there? I would like to have a few other things available for my 4 y/o son when we go out to eat. This will be our FIRST trip since he was diagnosed. We will have a micro and a small fridge in out hotel room, so I will have the capability to warm up food for him when we stay in. He does not like the frozen mac & cheese so I feel like I am in a rut! Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.