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Hello!

Before I got the diagnosis, I visited the States every year. Last time 2009. I loved travelling around. Sometimes via coach, sometimes via car.

Now I am very affraid, because I am travelling the second time since I have celiac disease. Last time I only went to Vegas, where I ate of the buffets.

In Germany, I know, that the french fries at Mc Donalds are gluten free because of their own fryer. So you can eat salat, fries and the icecream.

Are there some hints of some chains, where you can regulary eat things like fries, mash potatoes, baked potatoes or something like that?

By the way, I am going to New York - Manhattan - next week.

For Example in Germay, the mash potates at KFC are glutened.

I dont want to risk something on my 4-day-trip. So I will take a lot of food (bread, crackers and so on) with me.

But I think it would be nice, to eat something fresh.

Maybe someone could give me some hints?

Thanks a lot

GermanUsaFan

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You should google "gluten free New York City" and see what it pulls up.

I know you can get gluten free hot dogs and beer at New York's Citi Field Mets baseball games.

There are a LOT of Italian restaurants in NYC, but American Italian east coast food isn't that much like Italian food in Italy. In Italy, there are enough celiacs that many restaurants know and can prepare decent gluten free food. Here in the U.S., this means that you might find a pizza place that has a gluten free option for the crust and they think they're REALLY doing something exotic. You won't have trouble finding any gluten free pizza in New York City, and there are also several gluten free bakeries, like Baby Cakes.

there is a steakhouse chain called "Outback Steakhouse" which has a gluten free menu and serves a lot of basic steak, seafood, and baked potatoes, and they have a lot of outlets in the NYC - Long Island area.

For fast food baked potatoes, there is "Wendy's" http://www.wendys.com/food/NutritionLanding.jsp

For french fries in the NYC area, there is "Five Guys Burgers and Fries" where the burgers and the fries on the menu are gluten free, only the buns are not. I have not eaten there personally, but they are very popular. http://www.fiveguys.com/faq.aspx

If you need to buy gluten free food in NYC, there are at least three Whole Foods Markets. You may be bette off trying to find a local, smaller health food store that won't be as expensive. Use google and search "health food stores NYC" and it will pull up a lot of options, like Lifethyme Natural Market.

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New York is relatively well educated about gluten, and if you emphasize "allergy" when they looked confused, you'll (probably) be fine. I also enjoy eating the prepared salads from the sort of "upscale" NYC supermarkets, and it's easy to find gluten-free breads, crackers, etc. The greenmarkets (farmer's market) are full of great fruit this time of year.

Print off the list of "forbidden" ingredients in English to take with you and you can compare to the food labels.

The only thing I would be very careful to avoid is places where the servers don't speak English.

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Hi. I've travelled around the US twice now since I've been gluten free. I tend to drag around lots of snacks and fruit and things (just because it's easier and more affordable to be able to eat on the go like that) but I also eat at Chipotle a lot, especially when I feel that scurvy will set in :-) I think the food there is delicious (last year on my 4 week trip I think I ate at Chipotle an average of 5 times per week. They really need a frequent-eater card so i can collect points or something)

If you can get to a Whole Foods, then you can stock up on baked goods.

McDonalds fries are fine and usually easy to find.

I like PF Changs. It's not asian food as I remember it, but at least it's safe.

I eat at Outback Steakhouse in Australia. I presume the menu is pretty similar in the US and I enjoy their food.

New York is going to be heaps easier than a small town. I have eaten at places without gluten free menus (they did have allergen guidelines). I generally stress that I have an allergy (unless they say 'oh, do you have celiac?') even if it's not accurate, and I get the wait staff to write NO CROUTONS!!!!! on the order. I find that more stressful though since an average US restaurant menu is just laden with items containing gluten (much more so than in the UK or Australia). But it is doable and I'm pretty sensitive.

Or just eat at Chiptole every day :-) (I was in Santa Barbara for a total of 40 hours last week. (2 nights, just one full day) We ate at Chiptole 3 times during that period :-) I'm now suffering from Chiptole withdrawal.

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Hello!

Before I got the diagnosis, I visited the States every year. Last time 2009. I loved travelling around. Sometimes via coach, sometimes via car.

Now I am very affraid, because I am travelling the second time since I have celiac disease. Last time I only went to Vegas, where I ate of the buffets.

In Germany, I know, that the french fries at Mc Donalds are gluten free because of their own fryer. So you can eat salat, fries and the icecream.

Are there some hints of some chains, where you can regulary eat things like fries, mash potatoes, baked potatoes or something like that?

By the way, I am going to New York - Manhattan - next week.

For Example in Germay, the mash potates at KFC are glutened.

I dont want to risk something on my 4-day-trip. So I will take a lot of food (bread, crackers and so on) with me.

But I think it would be nice, to eat something fresh.

Maybe someone could give me some hints?

Thanks a lot

GermanUsaFan

I visited the us this past summer, first time since I was gluten free. If you are flying you can call your airline and request a gluten free meal, they are not too bad. I found wonderful success in going to restaurants and asking for their gluten-free menu. I was surprised how many waitresses and waiters understood the gluten free menu. I live in Germany and have not found it as easy here.

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