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brigala

Member Since 16 Mar 2008
Offline Last Active Mar 06 2014 12:53 AM
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#854927 Staying In Hotels

Posted by brigala on 19 February 2013 - 08:48 PM

I don't think it's very common for there to be gluten in laundry detergent. Shampoo and soaps are another matter - I bring my own. 

 

I look for hotels with kitchens, or vacation condos. I am not comfortable eating out very much unless it's at a dedicated gluten-free restaurant. 

 

I bring a roll of tin foil and line any  baking sheets or whatnot before using. The first thing I do when I arrive is re-wash all the dishes and utensils. I don't use the toaster at all. If there are plastic or wooden utensils, I don't use those either. 


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#520636 Johnny Rockets

Posted by brigala on 26 March 2009 - 07:11 PM

I was traveling this week, and the other day I found myself at the mall in Downtown Sacramento looking for dinner. After quickly ruling out Panda Express and all the other restaurants in the small food court, I came across a place I'd never heard of before: Johnny Rockets.

Before I went in, I looked up their website in my iPhone. Lo and behold, they have a detailed ingredient listing for everything they serve in their restaurant:
http://www.johnnyroc...ingredients.php

That was helpful in and of itself. I went inside, and found I could sit at the counter where I could actually watch them cook the food -- the kitchen is right there, not in a separate room. The assistant manager took my order. I explained to her that I had "food allergies" and ordered a burger with no bun. I asked about the fry oil for the french fries; she explained that although they have a "dedicated" frier, they do sometimes fry chicken fingers in the french fry frier. I really appreciated her honest answer. I ordered a side salad instead, and after looking up the ingredients on their website for the ranch dressing, I got that as well.

Although it's not a gluten-free restaurant, I could see how they prepared the food. hamburgers (and buns) were assembled in a separate area from where they grill. I didn't ask whether they *ever* put buns or bread on the grill, but they didn't have any there while I watched. The grill was very clean and I felt comfortable (with my level of sensitivity) that there wouldn't be any significant cross-contamination even if the grill was occasionally used for gluten-containing foods. In fact, I don't think they have a higher chance of contamination than I do in my own kitchen (which is not gluten-free either).

The assistant manager came back around later and asked me to tell her more about my allergies. Not because she needed to, really, but because she was interested / curious. I mentioned that the reason I have them hold the tomatoes is because I can't eat them raw, but I can eat catsup or cooked tomatoes. She offered to grill some tomatoes for me to put on my salad! What an idea -- I would have never thought of it, but it was tasty!

They served my bacon cheeseburger wrapped in layers of lettuce, with a paper wrapper around that to hold it together. They obviously serve bunless burgers regularly (whether to wheat-sensitive or low-carb folks) and now how to make it feel like a "real" burger.

Overall, I really was happy with the experience, and if I am in Sacramento again looking for a burger I would definitely go back. The person taking my order was friendly, listened carefully, and went out of her way to make sure my meal was just right. The restaurant was clean, and it gave me a lot of peace of mind to be able to watch my burger being made. I noticed that their milkshake machine had a separate mixer marked for peanut-butter milkshakes, so they obviously take peanut cross-contamination seriously, too. And their website really made it easy for me to decide whether it was worth even walking through the door in the first place!

I just wanted to share. :-)

-Elizabeth
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