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  1. I had a fabulous time in Spain (I was there 5 weeks and came back a few days ago).

    Your message is very encouraging. We're going to Portugal & Spain (on a tour) in mid-Oct. I noticed both countries have gluten-free group websites.

    Did you contact these gluten-free organizations before you left home or while you were there?

    Did you find some of the restaurants (pizza places!!! I'm dying for a store-made pizza!) you mentioned through the gluten-free organizations? I guess what I'm really asking is, how up-to-date is the list of restaurant names & addresses that are on the web?

    We'll be in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, & several small towns. Main concern for me is Barcelona, where we'll be completely on our own.

    AND what about your plane flights? How did you cope with that? (We're going on Lufthansa & were able to order gluten-free meals! United, however, is a different story, as in.....huh? what's a gluten-free meal? So I expect to starve on the return flight.)

    Thanks for your help.

  2. My fiance and I recently got invited to go see some friends about 2 hours away from where we live. I'm nervous about going but I really want to and I don't want to let Celiac get in the way of doing what I want to do. I've been feeling quite good lately (almost normal :) ) so I feel like I'm ready. Here is what I have considered to try and make sure things go smoothly:
    • Our hotel room will have a kitchen
    • We're bringing some pots, pans, plates, cutlery, etc.
    • I'll bring extra diabetes supplies
    • Imodium and Pepto Bismol (just in case)
    • We're bringing some food and will stop at a grocery store when there

    Is there any other preparation that I might be missing? I'm so worried we'll get there and think 'how could have we forgot about that'! So if anyone has any suggestions about things they forgot to think about when they went on their first gluten-free trip that would be great. I'm so nervous but excited.

    Thank you

    There are lots of travel ideas for celiacs on the web. Here are a few:



    http://www.celiactravel.com/restaurant-cards.html (I think this person deserves donations! His language cards are great!)

  3. I am a newly diagnosed celiac from Naperville. Just looking for others in this area. I'm 23 years old.

    Hi, I don't know if I'll ever find this forum again, but....

    I live in the north suburbs of Chicago. There's a good size gluten-free-only store (that moved from Buffalo Grove) in Northbrook, on the southeast corner of Dundee & Waukegan Rd. It's open every day but Wednesday. I don't think it has a useful website anymore (ie, you can't order on line). But the woman who runs it is nice & helpful & happy to recommend good products, and willing to entertain requests for new products. And how nice not to have to read ingredient labels!

    The Sunset Food stores in this area carry many gluten-free foods, espec. the store in Northbrook. As I'm sure you know, Trader Joe's & Whole Foods carry some gluten-free foods (the newer & larger WF carry quite a variety of some gluten-free products).

    Our local Jewel & Dominick's carry many gluten-free foods, often in the 'organic' or 'intl' sections.

    For southern Wisconsin people, there's a large gluten-free-only store just south of Milwaukee off I-94.