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I have started feeling much more comfortable going out to eat, but I also find I tend to keep going to the same places, because I know I will be safe. I love food, and used to go out to eat at all types of interesting places before. For example, I keep eating Indian, Ethiopian, Thai and Middle Eastern, because I feel comfortable, especially with Indian.

The two times I have been glutened from a restaurant was a Mexican place. i believe it was the chips. But I always hear how Mexican is easy to eat at. I am going out of town next month to stay with a huge group of gluten-eaters, and I am sure we will be eating out a bunch, and I just want to have some idea of what to order. I don't think these people will be eating Indian and Ethiopian :)

I was wondering if you guys could list what you get at different types of restaurants:

Mexican

Chinese

Japanese

Thai

Italian

Pub Food

Costa Rican (there is a place near me I used to love pre-gluten-free, and am curious what I can eat there now)

Thanks!!!

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Japanese-

california roll with real crab substituted for the fake

plain steamed rice

mixed mushroom saute-instruct the chef not to use soy sauce and give him my gluten-free one to use

shabu shabu with the broth made from only konbu(kelp) and water, my own gluten-free soy sauce and yuzu(citrus juice)

cold tofu with various toppings-grated ginger, green onion etc. and my own gluten-free soy sauce

Indian-

the plain basmati rice with the seeds added for flavor

plain lettuce, tomato cucumber with raita(cucumber yogurt) on top as a dressing or use lemon wedges and salt and pepper as a dressing

yellow potato, califlower mixture Aloo?

chicken tika masala

chana masala(chickpeas)

some others I don't remember

fresh fruit for dessert

with the Indian, I always brought dining cards for Indian cuisine and checked each dish. Be sure that surfaces, equipment used for making nan are not used for other dishes. I loved an eggplant dish but discovered that the eggplants were deep fried(not breaded) in oil that was also used for other non-gluten-free items.

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Lisa, thanks. I am actually familiar with those places. I guess what I need to know is, I am going to be out of town, and say we go eat Mexican...which foods should I aim for. Of course I will still ask question, but just so I know what to focus on. If that makes sense.

I may be a foodie, but since being gluten-free, I do most of my gourmet eating at home :)

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Just an FYI, the Injera bread here (Seattle) is made with added barley.

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Mexican -anything not fried or marinated. No sauces that aren't salsa

Chinese -nuthin'

Japanese -gotta ask about the soy sauce

Thai -curries

Italian -nuthin'

Pub Food -gotta ask, but fish, fries, cole slaw, salads

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Mexican - easiest of all of these categories. Corn tortillas, no breaded meats, check the refried beans (can't hurt to be too safe, right?), check the salsa, check the chips - although I have never run into a problem with beans, salsa, and chips. Guac I usually feel pretty safe with.

Chinese - One chinese restaurant here will make their food without MSG (which I do not eat - causes migraines). But I don't feel too safe eating their food. Have not had chinese food since DX.

Japanese - avocado roll (ask about the vinegar though)

Thai - Kao man kai (but ask about the stock they are using). Rad na (ask about the soy sauce)

Italian - HA! I wish... One restaurant here makes gluten free mostacolli, but I suspect they aren't too careful.

Pub Food - have never really tried, unless they offer salads. I have ordered a bar burger with no bun and didn't get sick.

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Chinese rule. Don't order anything breaded or deep fried of course. Then anything with a brown sauce probably has wheat in the soy sauce so only order items with a light/white sauce. You can ask what brand soy sauce they use just in-case it's a gluten free one. I have yet to find a place using gluten free soy. Fried rice will probably have soy sauce so you might avoid that too.

At my local place I've always been ok with the Shrimp and Mixed veggies with a white sauce. I like it so I've never bothered to order anything else.

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Regarding Mexican, this summer I had terrible "gluten" symptoms from ordering/eating flan at a mexican restaurant in Hailey, ID. After speaking with the waitress, I thought it should be safe.

For me, symptoms are extreme belching which leads to vomitting (sometimes for hours), all of which starts ~5-10 minutes after eating gluten cc food. Aches and pains, tiredness, and no energy lasts for 2 days. Symptoms remain 4-5 days if it's a whole bite of real pizza or wheat toast.

I apologize in advance, my post sounds terribly graphic after reading. I am ok with diary. Just wondering if folks here have any insight. I've had mixed luck eating at restaurants with "gluten-free" menu items, so usually avoid eating out.

My wife commented the other day, "NO ONE CAN BE THAT SENSITIVE TO GLUTEN!" after I got

cc eating out again at a restaurant with gluten-free items, so I'm searching for answers. (I think she really meant "no one should be that sensitive...")

Sorry, I don't mean to hijack the thread. I'd like to know if I can order food when eating out. TIA!

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I am too afraid to eat out right now. I am really wanting this DH rash to go away ASAP so I ccan function outside of my home, sit in a movie for 2 hours, visit friends without an itch attack, etc.

Just not worth it for me. Yet.

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There is always a certain amount of risk when eating out. I don't do it too often but I've been incredibly fortunate at restaurants. I've been glutened by my mom but not at a restaurant. I don't question them terribly like others do either. I just order without a bun or ask for a gluten-free menu when I walk in and I have been lucky. Maybe I'm not as sensitive as some, that could be.

Mexican - I usually just order whatever they make in a corn tortilla. I will eat chips at my local restaurant where they know me but I've never eaten them elsewhere. A burrito or nachos usually works for me. Other dishes I just eat at home.

Fast Food - I will order a burger with no bun anywhere where the place looks clean and well kept. Much as I used to love those sub shops, I now can't imagine any safe food for me there. Has anyone had any experience with those?

Costa Rican - This food is close to Colombian. Most of it should be gluten-free unless Americanized. Arepas, a white corn cake with cheese is safe. We eat those at home. They do bread some of their meat so be aware of that. White rice is fine and beans and any fried meat without breading. Fried plantains are delicious and gluten-free, I like the green ones best, soups are a mainstay of their diet. They do not thicken soups but sometimes drop in bread or little gluteny pancakes so you have to ask.

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I have learned that the tortilla chips are often a mixture of corn and flour. I learned that simply by reading the ingredients on different bags at the store. So ask if the chips are 100% corn or a mixture. Obviously, things made in flour tortillas are out. You might ask if they can do a certain dish that normally would be made with the flour could be made with the corn tortillas instead. We have a new Mexican restaurant in my little town, and living up north, a Mex. place of any nature is unusual and highly desired---at least by me, lol. I had to go and try it and have been pleasantly surprised. They make a GREAT hot tamale dish. The outside of them is corn. And they have great homemade CORN tortilla chips. The brownish sauces should probably be steared away from.

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Dada,

I am that sensitive to Gluten. I was sick for two months for "Cheating" in August, okay, I get that and learned my lesson. For two months I was strict and only started to feel better by 8th or 9th week (my symtom was chronic nausea). It was recently my birthday so my co-workers took me out to a gluten free resturaunt. I ordered off the gluten-free Menu (Fish and baked potatotoe) felt fine. Next day in NYC with boyfriend for day, I orderd chicken and veggies plain (felt fine). Two days later the nausea started again (not as bad) but have been nauseous for four days since. I had to be the eating out. Must have been cross contamination or something. So I emphathize with you as many of us due. I am just hoping as I heal more and more if I get accidentally glutened my reactions wont be as severe. I hope. I should mention that I was diagnosed in April of 2009. Then cheated (alot) in August. So I am still new to this and in early stages of healing and learning. Good luck to you

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