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  1. I really truly miss eating chop chop, but I've been glutened at Chicken Kitchen more times than I'd like to admit--I just didn't want to give it up because its so great for fast food. There are just too many problems with cross contamination--even if they clean the board and use tongs and a knife that has not chopped the pita.

  2. Talking with the bride is the best advice, but I do tend to handle each situation differently based on a number of factors.

    For instance, one of my best friends from college just got married and she has not lived with me since my diagnosis, so she spoke to the caterer at her very ritzy formal wedding, and they seemed to have no interest in making special meals, so I just told her not to worry about it and ate beforehand, putting a gluten-free brownie in my purse. When the food started coming out, my waitress said that it was otherwise unadulterated sea bass and vegetables drowned in sauce and that they were not marinating it in anything or using flour or any of the usual suspects in preparing the fish or vegetables. I asked that they not put sauce on mine, and I had no problems with gluten or with cross contamination, so I just lucked out.

    Another time, the bride was a person whose house I eat at all the time and her aunt also has celiac, so she asked me what I could eat at her wedding and I told her not to worry about it, but she contacted the caterer on her own and was great about describing what I needed-- I had a great filet mignon and baked potato, and I sent an extra special thank you for thinking of me when she had so many other details to worry about.

    Also, my brother is getting married in November and my future SIL (who I love) told the caterer that it would be a deal breaker if they couldn't find something good for me to eat, and they said that they deal with these things all the time. I emailed her a modified description from Triumph dining cards and she sent it on to them, and they are are going to make something especially for me at a buffet-style wedding.

    Yet, I agree if you don't know someone well or they just don't understand the importance of the food, there is no need to bother them with additional things to consider on their big day. At the wedding of a highschool buddy of my boyfriend's, I simply ate dinner beforehand, and when the best man asked why I wasn't eating, my boyfriend explained and after excusing himself for a few minutes, the best man came back to the table and said that the caterers were fully aware of gluten intolerances because they were making a gluten free meal for another guest and would be happy to make another one for me--I had no problems with the plain fish and green beans.

    Moral of the story: if you simply take care of your own food options and don't expect people to accomodate you, you'll be surprised how often they actually go out of their way to help you.

    2nd Moral: in cases where you don't know someone well but your significant other does, make sure that he or she advocates for you. I never asked him to, but my boyfriend has always very tactfully explained my dining options when we've gone to dinner at his friends or family's homes in advance, and I have never felt awkward in these instances. In fact, I've made very close friends who have been interested in learning not only about my lifestyle and diet options but also about me as a person. So you may just want to talk to significant other beforehand about sticking up for you in circumstances where it would be awkward for you to do the same.

  3. I've been glutened every time I've visited Washington D.C.--to the point where I'm beginning to dislike the city. Even my little State College, PA has plenty of restaurants willing to help out. I'm surprised that such a big city would have several restaurants that have difficulty accomodating dietary restrictions. My best experience their was staying in Georgetown where several restaurants seemed clueless about gluten, but they had things on the menu that could be eaten--a lot of plain steak and seafood.

  4. I've found that the phrase "medically necessary" always helps me out when I call a hotel. I have not encountered a hotel yet that hasn't delivered a fridge/micro combo if I said that I needed it for "medically necessary" foods. Many hotels only have a certain number of these sets, but places like the Hampton Inn specifically set additional sets aside for those people who genuinely need them--not those who just want them for a fad diet or convenience.

  5. I noticed that someone mentioned Lukosawa (potato) vodka. I actually had a serious problem with it. Granted, I had only been gluten-free for a month or so at the time, but after a single screwdriver I was very sick and then soon passed out--really scary! I've never touched the stuff again. I usually just stick to wine, rum, and tequila. I'll probably get more adventurous some day, but only when I'm at home rather than risking weird reactions out in public.