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#1 violentlyserene

 
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 12:18 PM

We're going to Old country buffet tomorrow for a family thing. Since we'll be there for a while in a large group with everyone else eating, i'd really like to find something to eat so the attention doesn't stay on me and my lack of food. We only go once a year so I'm not even sure what they have and can call and ask about.

Those of you who risk buffets, what do you eat? Any ideas on what's likely to be my best options? I have celiac so contamination is an issue but I don't react to small levels so I won't know if anything i eat actually was safe.
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 12:23 PM

NOOOOO! I think they put flour in the corn there! OK...I really don't know that. That place is a gluten filled mine field. Someone will use the pasta spoon in the corn. Stuff falls off the gravy spoon and drips into the green beans. There are rolls & biscuits! You could call and see if you have the rare one knows about gluten-free eating. I would bring my own or eat first.
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 12:49 PM

Buffetts, and diners, and pot lucks = oh my! :o

Gluten filled landmines!

Gluten Russian roulette!

How close is the ladies room to the tables? :rolleyes:

Would I eat there? no, never, nyet.

Sorry, hon. Too chancy.

I'm with Karen. Eat before you go and just enjoy the company.

I would ask the family (next year) to go someplace less scary? :ph34r:
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 12:59 PM

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 01:02 PM

I'm aware of all the potential issues and since not eating isn't an option, I'm trying to be proactive and make it as safe as possible.
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 01:14 PM

I'm aware of all the potential issues and since not eating isn't an option, I'm trying to be proactive and make it as safe as possible.


We know hon, but we honestly just don't see how it is possible.

Just being honest. Buffets are too cross-contaminated.

Why is "not eating" an option? I don't understand.

Risking it is very dangerous, IMHO.
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 01:20 PM

I'm so sorry but this scenario just is not worth possible regrets later. :(
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 01:22 PM

We know hon, but we honestly just don't see how it is possible.

Just being honest. Buffets are too cross-contaminated.

Why is "not eating" an option? I don't understand.

Risking it is very dangerous, IMHO.


When I searched, i found a couple mentions of people eating at OCB which is why I asked here. It had been done by members already and I was hoping to find their advice. It is a risk and one that I accept for a once a year event. My goal at this point is to mitigate it, not find to ways around eating there at all.
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 01:22 PM

I think Old Country buffet is one of the hardest to eat safely. I have been to expensive buffets and people drop the roll in the salad & pull it out. You could call ahead and see if they could serve you from fresh pans but I wouldn't think they would have a clue. Just bring some food if you can't eat first.

No one can force you to eat poison unless they are holding you down. I can't imagine your family would hold you down and force poison into you.
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 01:26 PM

When I searched, i found a couple mentions of people eating at OCB which is why I asked here. It had been done by members already and I was hoping to find their advice. It is a risk and one that I accept for a once a year event. My goal at this point is to mitigate it, not find to ways around eating there at all.


Call ahead to the one you are going to. You never know, one might be better at helping you then another.

But I guess we don't understand why it's so important to eat the food? Why that's more important then your health? Honestly, if I was going to take a chance, I think I would pick a place with better food. OCB is OK but it's not great.
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#11 violentlyserene

 
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 01:36 PM

Call ahead to the one you are going to. You never know, one might be better at helping you then another.

But I guess we don't understand why it's so important to eat the food? Why that's more important then your health? Honestly, if I was going to take a chance, I think I would pick a place with better food. OCB is OK but it's not great.


It's not my choice of places but I'm doing the best I can. I'm definitely calling ahead, just not sure what to ask them about. Asking for gluten free stuff is likely to get me blank stares but if I can be specific on things, it should be better. I won't suffer from eating there because I don't react and I'm extra careful the rest of the time so I can keep my sanity in situations like this. sitting foodless and hungry for two hours while everyone else eats and makes me the focus of attention (not unkindly) is much worse than bending over backwards finding a couple things I can eat with an acceptable margin of risk.

It's not everyone's frame of mind and that's fine. I wouldn't force anyone to do this because it's a personal choice.
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 01:41 PM

I won't suffer from eating there because I don't react and I'm extra careful the rest of the time so I can keep my sanity in situations like this.


Then we don't have to remind you that just because you "don't react" ...you are still doing intestinal damage and triggering the autoimmune response every time you take such risks?

We are just looking out for you here, not trying to be difficult.

But as is everything in life, it's certainly your choice.
It is hard to deal with family that does not get it or with having to be "different" because of this disease, but the last thing I would do is put myself at risk for anyone else.

but that's Just me. :)

Just be careful. Best wishes.
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 01:57 PM

It's not my choice of places but I'm doing the best I can. I'm definitely calling ahead, just not sure what to ask them about. Asking for gluten free stuff is likely to get me blank stares but if I can be specific on things, it should be better. I won't suffer from eating there because I don't react and I'm extra careful the rest of the time so I can keep my sanity in situations like this. sitting foodless and hungry for two hours while everyone else eats and makes me the focus of attention (not unkindly) is much worse than bending over backwards finding a couple things I can eat with an acceptable margin of risk.

It's not everyone's frame of mind and that's fine. I wouldn't force anyone to do this because it's a personal choice.


I don't know what the place may serve but if you feel you have to eat there might I suggest that you eat before you go and then pick at (or push around) a salad and perhaps some fruit. Haven't you told your family you are celiac? If you have people that love you will understand if you go with a full belly and just enjoy their company. If you haven't told them you could just tell them you are on a diet and that is why you are just doing plain salad and cut up fruit. Eating before you go will keep you from feeling deprived and maybe have a nice tasty gluten free treat waiting for you at home. Some of us have been known to bring in our own stuff to a restaurant, perhaps you could bring some in and just put it on a plate on the QT.
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 02:06 PM

I don't know what the place may serve but if you feel you have to eat there might I suggest that you eat before you go and then pick at (or push around) a salad and perhaps some fruit. Haven't you told your family you are celiac? If you have people that love you will understand if you go with a full belly and just enjoy their company. If you haven't told them you could just tell them you are on a diet and that is why you are just doing plain salad and cut up fruit. Eating before you go will keep you from feeling deprived and maybe have a nice tasty gluten free treat waiting for you at home. Some of us have been known to bring in our own stuff to a restaurant, perhaps you could bring some in and just put it on a plate on the QT.

We only go once a year so i barely remember what's there but there should be fresh fruit. Thank you, I can't believe i didn't think of that! A friend suggested they may have baked potatoes as well which would be great. I'd love something substantial but i eat worse at home so a potato, ice cream and fruit is certainly good enough for me.

My family knows but this is the best option for a large group and I told them to find what they could and I'd figure the rest out.
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 02:23 PM

If the baked potato is wrapped in foil, that may well be your best best. ;) Eat two.

ANYTHING that has a serving spoon-- even if it's cut up fresh fruit on the buffet line--could be a problem, though as Karen has suggested. If there are whole fruits, then you are in business! :) Or packaged pudding cups?

Hey, Do they serve anything at all off a menu?--you know, like made to order?

you could call and ask! You can't be the first celiac to eat there on a family outing.

I just hate to think of you getting CCed, that's all.
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"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy

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