Road Tripping? How Do You Do It?
Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:58 PM
Are there chain restaurants you head to that are "safe"? Do you stock up a week's worth supply of food just in case?
Help! (admittedly, we haven't even eaten out since my son was diagnosed 1 month ago, but we have been calling local restaurants and stock-piling lists of where we can go. But you can't do that when you are on the road, right?)
Posted 14 March 2012 - 07:21 PM
If we want to eat out, we look for PFChangs. We have eaten at PFChangs in alot of different states when traveling, and they do such a great job of keeping things seperate we don't worry about CC. (we don't want to be sick while traveling). We bring gluten-free cereal for the hotel for breakfast. Sometimes we will get a baked potato from Wendys, but we don't do much else from Wendy's except the Frosty. But if we have our own salad makings in the car, a hot baked potato goes well with it.
Good luck! and Have fun!
Posted 14 March 2012 - 07:22 PM
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:00 PM
We pack bread, lunch meat, cheese, mayo and lettuce for sandwiches, fruit, carrots and celery, crackers, nuts, and chips. You can fill the cooler with ice every night at your hotel to keep everything fresh and it's easy to restock at a grocery store.
I also keep a lookout for places with gluten-free food for a treat. Boston Market is a favorite of mine, Wendy's is good, and if I find a P.F. Chang's, I've hit the gluten-free jackpot!
Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:07 PM
The girls are lobbying for us to buy a freezer which plugs into the power point so we can have ice cream anywhere!
Also, I pre-pack TONS of snacks. My favorite containers are the ziploc divided rectangles http://www.ziploc.co...izeName=Divided Rectangle
Lots of fruits and veggies.
Also, we've always been fine bringing food into restaurants for the kids (one we suspected had celiac, turns out both do...). We either brought food in in our snack pack ziploc containers or just packets of oatmeal (make sure your child does ok with oats!) and asked for a bowl, spoon and hot water!
Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:13 PM
Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:53 PM
Posted 15 March 2012 - 01:10 AM
There will also be a list of restaurants. I don't know offhand if it will list which ones are gluten-free or not. We didn't have to worry about gluten when we made our moves but we did travel with a cat so did not want to stop to eat in hot weather and leave the cat in the vehicle. You might also have good luck finding restaurants using a GPS. There are some chains with gluten-free menus. The ones I know of are Olive Garden, Old Spaghetti Factory (some locations), Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Pei Wei and PF Changs. I'm sure there are others.
What we always travel with are corn chips and some form of beans. Either bean dip, canned refried beans or other canned beans. Also canned green beans and canned olives. That's enough for us to make a meal of if need be. Dried fruit and nuts are good things to have to. Be cautious about taking fresh fruit and vegetables from state to state. Or even sometimes within a state. There can be checkpoints where they will stop you and take what you have so you don't inadverently bring bugs in. Some brands of beef jerky are gluten-free.
We found that most mini mart type places these days have string cheese or other single serve cheeses, little packets of nuts and chips and even fresh fruit. We also got very lucky once and were able to stay near a Walmart with a grocery. I drove over there and bought a ton of stuff.
At one place we stayed, we noticed a family in the communal food room at our hotel. There was coffee, some snacks and a microwave. They brought in (not sure where they bought them) some canned refried beans, corn tortillas and bagged salad. They made bean tacos to eat.
We also stopped at Wendy's on occasion. You can get the chili and a baked potato there. Both are gluten-free. I think the side salads are fine as well.
If you are eating at an unknown restaurant, opt for very simple food. Yes, you will likely get bored with it but better safe than sorry. Hamburger patties are almost always safe. So is bacon or a piece of ham. Baked potatoes are almost always safe although they could be cross contaminated. Fresh or canned fruit should be fine. Cottage cheese should be fine. Chicken might not be okay. Some frozen chicken contains wheat. Eggs might not be safe. Ihop puts pancake batter in thier eggs.
Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:48 AM
I was traveling for work yesterday, and although I brought lunch, I didn't bring dinner, and suddenly it felt like there were no options available that were gluten-free. I realized how dependent we are on our kitchen!
Cooler and picnics sound like the way to go. That's how we used to travel as kids. My husband and I have gotten lazier and eat more at restaurants when we travel. I guess we go back to the good old days: cooler and picnics.
Posted 15 March 2012 - 06:56 AM
Out of curiosity I started to look on the Zion site. There is a restaurant menu for the more fancy restaurant. On the bottom of the menu it says gluten-free options available upon request
Zion is an amazing park! I hope you go!
Also, there is a LOT of good Mexican food outside the park--might see how that works for your family too!
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