Posted 14 May 2012 - 09:15 AM
We have a beautiful, fairly new retirement home/assisted living facility in our town. They hold events and concerts that are open to the public. I went there yesterday because they had a Mother's Day buffet and a very talented harpist was playing. I did not intend to eat, but was happy to pay my twelve dollars just to hear the harpist.
I got up and LOOKED at the buffet, and there was a nice lady there who asked if she could help me. I explained about the Celiac and corn allergy. She promptly pointed out the things I could eat - the roast beef that had been cooked plain, the vegetables and salads, the potatoes ("but you can't have the gravy"). The only thing she wasn't aware of was the marshmallow topping on the sweet potatoes being made with corn. I explained to her that veggies are often washed in a citrus wash made with corn. She assured me that they used pure ice water to wash their veggies and nothing else.
So I took a chance. I had two slices of roast beef, some carrots (raw), some cukumbers (plain) and a small handful of grapes for dessert. It was so nice to be able to eat with my friends, and so far I have not had a reaction.
This is only the second time I have eaten out since last June. I feel triumphant! I don't mind bringing my own food or eating before I go, but how cool it was to relax and enjoy the music AND the food!
gluten-free since June, 2011
Can't eat soy, corn, or foods high in salicylates.
Nightshades now seem to bother me too.
BUT I CAN STILL PLAY MY GUITAR AND THAT"S ALL THAT MATTERS!