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Moondanse

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Hi guys-

I'm trying to decide if the Triump Dining Restaurant guide is worth buying. I was going to get it and then I started to read the FAQ's about it and read that they don't verify the information that they publish. It's all word-of-mouth.

At the very least, should I buy the dining cards?

I'm getting ready to go on a cruise in a few weeks and I'm newly diagnosed, so I want to be armed with as much knowledge as possible. At this point, I have no clue what to tell a waiter/waitress/chef. Other than the basics (wheat, rye, barley), I'm not sure what else to tell them about what I can/cannot eat and how to prepare my food. There are so many resources out there, I don't want to waste my money.

Someone let me borrow the Gluten-Free Bible -- I was going to buy that for myself and after reading reviews from other Celiacs, have changed my mind. Our diet is costly enough (at times), so I don't want to break the bank paying for resources that aren't helpful. Make sense?

Any guidance you can provide would be much appreciated.

As always, thanks for being here guys!!

Kelli

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I have both the Restaurant Guide and the Dining Cards. I would recommend both. The cards come in five languages and wonderful in Chinese and Mexican Restaurants. It eliminates much of the language confusion.

When I travel, I know what Dining options I have that either have a gluten free menu or celiac friendly.


Lisa

Gluten Free - August 15, 2004

"Not all who wander are lost" - JRR Tolkien

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Hi guys-

I'm trying to decide if the Triump Dining Restaurant guide is worth buying. I was going to get it and then I started to read the FAQ's about it and read that they don't verify the information that they publish. It's all word-of-mouth.

At the very least, should I buy the dining cards?

I'm getting ready to go on a cruise in a few weeks and I'm newly diagnosed, so I want to be armed with as much knowledge as possible. At this point, I have no clue what to tell a waiter/waitress/chef. Other than the basics (wheat, rye, barley), I'm not sure what else to tell them about what I can/cannot eat and how to prepare my food. There are so many resources out there, I don't want to waste my money.

Someone let me borrow the Gluten-Free Bible -- I was going to buy that for myself and after reading reviews from other Celiacs, have changed my mind. Our diet is costly enough (at times), so I don't want to break the bank paying for resources that aren't helpful. Make sense?

Any guidance you can provide would be much appreciated.

As always, thanks for being here guys!!

Kelli

I love the Triumph cards and have used them many times in my travels and locally in ethnic restaurants. You should definitely buy them, it makes it so much easier. I originally had bought the six pack when I was diagnosed but recently ordered the ten pack which covers more languages.

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I bought the 10 pack recently and went to try a new Indian restaurant today and used the card for the first time. The dining room manager started to read it in English and looked concerned and when I pointed out that it was in Hindi on the other side, he looked impressed and took it back to show the chef. When he came back he showed me everything that I could not eat on the buffet(there were plenty that I could) and offered to have the chef make a special dish of chicken curry, without the wheat, for me at no extra charge.

There is also some interesting info. with the cards showing different status for the same ingredients in different cuisines because of the difference in the way they are made in other countries.


Me: GLUTEN-FREE 7/06, multiple food allergies, T2 DIABETES DX 8/08, LADA-Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults, Who knew food allergies could trigger an autoimmune attack on the pancreas?! 1/11 Re-DX T1 DM, pos. DQ2 Celiac gene test 9/11

Son: ADHD '06,

neg. CELIAC PANEL 5/07

ALLERGY: "positive" blood and skin tests to wheat, which triggers his eczema '08

ENTEROLAB testing: elevated Fecal Anti-tissue Transglutaminase IgA Dec. '08

Gluten-free-Feb. '09

other food allergies

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Thank you for all the feedback guys!

Does the book provide information other than names of restaurants? I was just reading that the info is only good as of November 2005, so it's rather outdated. If it's a good guide to ordering from restaurants, it may be helpful to me. But, if it just provides names of restaurants and lists of foods from those restaurants, I may pass.

Thanks again!!

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The new 07-08 Guide is out and current.

It also lists some menu choices from many of the restaurants listed.

www.triumpdining.com and see for yourself.


Lisa

Gluten Free - August 15, 2004

"Not all who wander are lost" - JRR Tolkien

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